This Sunday, June 10th, 2018.

It’s time to go to Riverdale, that wonderful town where people care and life is, usually, fair.  Say Bo has moved into the newly renovated Kolinski house and has thoughts of opening a hotel or a Bed and Breakfast.  When he is told that would not require rezoning and special permits, he ignores the legalities and puts a sign out front that reads, “Travelers Inn.”

He has no guests until one day during breakfast at Gower’s Drugs, the door opens and a stranger walks in.  When Maude asks his name, he responds, “Puddin’ Tame, ask me again and I’ll tell you the same.”

Puddin’ Tame moves in with Say Bo and the drama is just beginning. Come this Sunday and discover a story of redemption and hope in our favorite town, Riverdale.

Sunday’s anthem is a beautiful arrangement of “O Jesus, I have Promised.”  “O Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end; be thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend.”

Brannon Gilliam is our lay reader.  He will read Psalm 130 and Romans 5: 1-11.

We are singing two Fanny Crosby hymns: “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” and “Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It!”   Our final hymn is the moving, “Softly and Tenderly.”

Ronnie Smith is providing our pre-service music.

School ends this week and graduation is Friday and Saturday.  We are already thinking of August when the children return to school.  Last year we collected an amazing amount of school supplies and 500 book bags.  Let’s do it again!

I hope to see you Sunday.  Remember that our services are carried live on WLXN radio (1440 AM or 99.9 FM)  We are working on being able to stream our services through our church website.

Grace and Peace,

Ray

This Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

Dear FBC-Friends,

Once a year we gather as a church to honor our High School graduates and to celebrate this great milestone in their lives.  And every year we wonder how these children have grown up so fast!

This year we have three graduates:  Tori Houser, Harrison Fulbright, and Skylar Freedle.   Tori and Harrison have grown up in our church and Skylar has been involved in our youth group.

I know you will want to be in church Sunday to share in this great service of celebration!   Meagan Smith and Peggy Barnhardt will be providing our Pre-Service music.

I have a special surprise for the Children (That I think the entire church will enjoy!)

The choir has a lovely   anthem for our graduates:  “Go, My Children, With My Blessing.”  The words are beautiful:  “Go, my children, with my blessing, never alone; waking sleeping, I am with you, you are my own.  In my love’s baptismal river I have made you mine forever.  Go, my children, with my blessing.  You are my own.”

Harrison is reading our Old Testament Lesson from Jeremiah 29: 11-14, and Tori is reading the New Testament Lesson from Philippians 4: 4-7 and verse 13.

We will honor our graduates with a breakfast before the service and we have a gift from the church that will be presented in the service.  The Sue Brown Knitting Ministry will also have a very special gift.

A special thank you to Beverly Fulbright and Linda Engstrom for taking on the role of the “candy providers.”  Jim Phillips always made sure the candy dish in the office was full of candy for the children.  Beverly and Linda want to continue this tradition in memory of Jim.  If you would like to help them by purchasing some candy, please let them know–I know they will be glad to have others help with the happy task.

If you cannot be with us in person, tune in to WLXN radio (1440 AM or 99.9 FM)  Unfortunately, the radio station is no longer providing the live stream of our service.  We are looking into a way to provide streaming through our website.

I hope to see you on this very special Sunday!

Ray

This Sunday, May 27, 2018

As we approach Memorial Day weekend we look forward to our time of worship on Sunday.  Our choir always provides a moving anthem for this special day and this year they are singing “Song for the Unsung Hero,” a Joseph Martin anthem.  The words are very powerful:  “Sing a song for unsung heroes, sing from sea to shining sea.  As the faithful sang before you, sing the song of liberty.”

We will have a time in our service to remember those “unsung heroes” who found “in their love of freedom power stronger than their fears.”  We will also honor all who have served our nation in the military.

As a special feature on this Memorial Day Sunday, I will share a personal tribute to “America’s Pastor,” Billy Graham.  Dr. Graham died in February at the age of 99.  I will share some reflections and then, in honor of this great and humble servant, we will sing his signature invitation hymn, “Just As I Am.”

Ed Taylor and Jim Barton, along with Peggy Barnhardt, will provide our pre-service music.

My sermon is titled:  Are You Able? And is based on Mark 10: 35-45.

I hope you can be with us Sunday for this special time of worship.  Come early for Sunday School.  If you do not have a regular Sunday School class, let me know I will be glad to introduce you to one of our excellent classes.  Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m.

A week from Sunday is Baccalaureate Sunday.  We will go to Riverdale on the 10th, celebrate Father’s Day by taking a closer look at the Prodigal Son on June 17, and June 24 will be a special celebration of both communion and baptism!   Don’t miss a Sunday at First Baptist, but if you have to be away, log on to service via our website or WLXN.com or listen on the radio at 99.9 FM or 1440 AM.

I hope to see you Sunday!   Have a very good and safe Memorial Day weekend!

Ray

This Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Dear FBC-Friends!

I hope you can join us for a very special time of worship this Sunday, May 20, as we welcome the Lexington Senior High Choral Ensemble.  Melonie Rector does an outstanding job with these talented young people.  Their repertoire for Sunday includes “Sing Me to Heaven,” “The Road Home,” and “We are Blessed.”  It is always a joy to hear these gifted young people sing!

Richard and Betty Jane Honeycutt will be providing our pre-service music this week.  This weekly feature has become a special blessing to our congregation.

Ethan Houser will share with us Sunday about his exciting summer plans at Passport.  Ethan has been selected to be a Bible Study Leader, one of the most important positions of leadership in the Passport camp.  It is a great honor to be selected.  We are so very proud of Ethan for his leadership and Christian witness.

Connie Russell will talk to us Sunday about a critical need we have in Davidson County for foster homes.  You can make a tremendous difference by becoming a foster parent.

We are always grateful for the beautiful music that Beverly Khemlani provides each Sunday.  This week her offertory selection is “Deep River.”

Many of our youth are at Caswell this weekend.  We pray they will have a meaningful and safe retreat.  They will be returning home on Sunday.

I hope to see you in church Sunday.  If you cannot attend in person, we are live on WLXN radio (1440 AM, 99.9 FM) at 11 a.m. and you can stream us from any location at WLXN.COM.

A week from Sunday is our Memorial Day Worship.  June 3 will be Baccalaureate Sunday and there is a rumor we are going to Riverdale on June 10.

Grace and Peace,

Ray

This Sunday

Friends,

This Sunday, Mother’s Day, will be a very special day of worship at First Baptist Church.   Tim Michael will provide our pre-service music beginning at 10: 40 a.m..

At the 11 a.m. service we will dedicate Samuel Phillips who was born on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Jen Fuller-Allen will have our children’s time with a special Mother’s Day Theme.

Kacie Beck, who has just completed her first year of college, will share about a very special project at Kamp Kiwanis.

Jackson McCarthy, who graduated from Furman last weekend, will be back home and is singing for us Sunday!  That will be a special gift for all of us!

The choir will sing a beautiful Mother’s Day Anthem—“A Home of Grace.”

I’m looking forward to preaching this Sunday—my sermon is “Momma Always Said . . .” based on John 2: 1-11 and Isaiah 49: 8-16.

Don’t miss this special time of worship as we gather together as the family of God at First Baptist Church.  If you are unable to be at church Sunday, we are live at 11 a.m. on WLXN radio (1440-AM, 99.9 FM) and you can stream us on the WLXN website.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Grace and Peace,

Ray

23 Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10: 23-25

 

Nominating Committee

The nominating committee is in the process of beginning their important work
for the coming year. There are a number of committees in the church that can
use your skills.

From Sunday School, to Building and Grounds and AudioVideo.  To Ushers, Food Service or Missions, there is a committee for you. If you are not sure what committee may suit you, please stop by the church office and look at last year’s report.

Please prayerfully consider lending your talents to First Baptist Church. For more information, please contact the church office or Nominating Committee Chairman, Jon Myers.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Vacation Bible School

Mark your calendars for VBS! From July 30th to August 2nd, 2018, we will journey with Daniel and his friends into Babylon.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!

If you are interested in volunteering – please contact Meagan.

See the sneak preview below:

In case you missed past VBS action at FBC, take a look at the fun:

Winston-Salem Dash

Senior Adults are invited to join us this Friday night for WS Dash Baseball! The cost is $15. Please let us know if you can attend. All youth and youth families are invited to join us on Friday, June 1 for Dash Baseball.

Belize Mission Supplies Needed

We are collecting supplies for the Youth Mission trip to Belize, July 14th – 23rd, 2018.

We need soccer balls, bean bags (any color), sidewalk chalk, tennis balls, Nerf balls, and 4 oz. bottles of bubbles.

A collection box is located in the the downstairs lobby.

Please help us prepare for this important mission.

Homecoming 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The guest minister for the 11 a.m. worship service will be Tracy Fulbright Love. The special music starting at 10:30 a.m. will feature The Fulbright Family!

Following the worship service, there will be an old fashioned covered dish lunch.

Everyone is invited!  Bring a guest or friend!