Christmas Food Boxes

It is the time again for Sunday School Mission Project Food Boxes at Christmasfbc-food-boxes
for the needy in our community.

Last year we prepared 60 boxes at a cost of $75.00 to $80.00 box.  Please give as you are able.  All checks should be made to First Baptist Church.  December 7 is the deadline for all contributions.  The boxes will be delivered on Wednesday December 14.

Contact Peggy Barnhardt or the church office if you wish to help box items or deliver boxes.

Sunday School Class Room Assignments, May 2015

Due to the size increase in some adult Sunday school classes and the decrease in
others, there has been a reassignment of some of the classes. Below is a list of all adult
Crusaders Room 222
Fidelis-Dorcas/Ruth/Good News Room 106
Family Matters Room 203
Faithful Workers Room 218
Fellowship/Philpott Room 104
Lightbearers Room 204
Open Door Room 206
Randy Hall Room 105
Rochella Baker Room 202
Team Coed Room 201

Yard Sale sponsored by the Open Door SS class

Yard Sale
Saturday, April 25th
FBC Fellowship Hall

Sponsored by The Open Door SS class to raise funds for the children’s ministry.

Items maybe dropped off beginning Sunday April 19th.  Please place all items along the wall or on a table or on the stage.

Questions?  Contact William or Michelle Hopkins, 336.300.5551.

2015 Carolyn M. Parker Memorial Lectures — Recap

The 2015 version of the Carrie Parker Lecture series was an outstanding success!  Susan Sparks came all the way from New York City, NY to Lexington, NC to provide FBC with series of lectures on humor and healing.  Being a Lawyer, Comedian and a Minister, she provided us with humorous insight on Saturday night, Sunday School hour and morning Worship.sunday-morning

Susan’s topics were:

  • “The power of humor in the spiritual path.”
  • Getting through the tough times (faith in times of pain).
  • “The Mulch Pile”

The Congregants had a couple of chuckles, many belly laughs and some were even brought to tears with laughter!

Thank you Susan!  You are a delightful (and funny) Lawyer, Comedian, Minister and person!  You’re welcome to come back to your home state anytime!

Read more about Susan here and here.



2015 Carolyn M. Parker Memorial Preaching/Teaching Lectures

Saturday, January 31 – Dinner and Lecture
Fellowship Hall – 6:00 p.m.
“The power of humor in the spiritual path.”  Susan Sparks

Lecturer Menu: Flank Steak with Plum Ginger Sauce, Asparagus, Mashed Potatoes, Bread, French Silk Pie
Adults: $6.00 Children 12 & Under: $4.00 Family Limit: $20.00
RSVP: Sunday, January 25

10:00 a.m. Sunday School – February 1 – Fellowship Hallsunday-morning
Getting through the tough times (faith in times of pain).  It is based on a motorcycle trip my husband and I took out West and uses humor and storytelling in a piece entitled “The Tisdale Triangle.”

11:00 a.m. Worship – Sanctuary
“The Mulch Pile”
Letting go of the negative things in life and allowing ourselves to grow something beautiful in their place.  Based on Paul’s words in Colossians 3: 7-10 and 12-14.

Originally from Charlotte, Susan Sparks has had an unusual life path. She attended UNC at Chapel Hill and WFU School of Law. After ten years as a lawyer and moonlighting as a standup comedian, Susan left her practice and spent two years on a solo trip around the world, including working with Mother Teresa’s mission in Calcutta, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and driving the Alaska Highway. She entered Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she earned a Master of Divinity.

She is currently the Senior Pastor of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City (and the first woman in its 165 year history). Susan is a cancer survivor and speaks to groups across the country on humor and healing. Susan has been featured in O Magazine, the New York Times, on CBS, CNN and ABC.

Newsletter — September 2014

Check out the September 2014 newsletter (Refrigerator format) for current events and activities.

To sign up for the electronic version, please go to this post for easy sign-up.  Help FBC reduce its cost by  going Green today!

August 31st, 2014

2 big events for FBC:

Sunday, August 31 – 10:30 a.m.
During the Sunday School Hour, all children and youth will be promoted to their new classes for the new church year. Any adults wishing to make a change are urged to do so at this time. A bell will ring when it is time to promote.

Summer Sermon and Singing Celebration
FBC will mark the conclusion of our “Summer Sermon and Singing Celebration.” We will culminate this special summer celebration with and old fashion “Hymn Sing.” Come prepared to request your favorite hymn to be sung during the service.

Easter Sunday 2014

See the full Congregation, full Choir with Musicians, an outstanding and animated Sermon along with the Easter Lilies.

Ice Storm of March 2014

update:  March 11.  Additional photos added.  Photos courtesy of TWilson.  The chronological order is the morning of March 7th at the peak of the ice storm,  after lunch, March 8th and at night, Saturday, March 8th at 11 pm.

The Ice Storm came to Lexington on Friday.  A late winter storm in 2014.  Up to 1/2 inch of ice accumulated in most areas of town.  Plant life sagged from the weight of frozen water.  With this heavy burden, trees were uprooted and limbs broke, snapping at weak points.   Other casualties were downed power and telephone poles.  Friday was a mess.  By noon Saturday, most of the power had been restored to Lexington.  One exception, was First Baptist Church, 4th Street side.






After numerous consults with Utility Officials, FBC was promised power by late Saturday evening.  Power crews worked feverishly day and night.  Sunday morning came.  No Power.  Yet, FBC persevered, as Sunday School started with no utilities!  Most congregants left the cold dark classrooms searching for light and some measure of comfort and fellowship.  The Sanctuary provided the needed place of respite.

By 10:30 am, the power was restored!  The Sanctuary,  in all of its glory, provided even more light.  While there were no bulletins, Rev. Tommy Wilson, simply and elegantly guided the morning worship by announcing each point of the service.



The 2014 Carolyn M. Parker Memorial Preaching/Teaching Lectures

The 2014 Carolyn M. Parker Memorial Preaching/Teaching Lectures

Dr. Franklin Golden, Lecturer

Saturday, February 8 – Dinner and Lecture – Fellowship Hall – 6:00 p.m.  (Please make your reservation early!)
Sunday, February 9 -10:00 a.m. Sunday School – Fellowship Hall
Sunday, February 9 -11:00 a.m. Worship – Sanctuary

Preaching/Teaching Lecture details:

The Ephesian Moment (In the American South?!)
Jesus hung out with all the wrong people. He gathered to himself a group of friends that confounded and offended those around him. His way of life was socially scandalous – and he expects the same from his followers!

The early church discerned the fullness of Christ when people who were supposed to stay far from each other (Jews and Gentiles) started to share life together. Theologian Andrew Walls calls this the “Ephesian Moment” – the social coming together of different cultures to experience Christ.

What if we are currently living in such a moment? What if the homogenous American church is on its way out? What if we truly need other people (people not “like us”) to know the completeness of Christ? What would that mean for our existing congregations?

Through stories, questions, and scripture, we’ll consider the radical social nature of the Gospel and how we might bear witness to it.

Rethinking Hospitality
Building on Saturday night’s discussion, we’ll use the Sunday school hour to explore new possibilities for church life by rethinking hospitality. What if hospitality is about more than good manners? What if it is not about receiving people where we are – but being the kind of people others would welcome into their lives?

In Luke 10 Jesus sends 70 of his followers out to witness to the new thing God was doing in the world. Notice Jesus didn’t wait for people to come to him – he sent his followers out on a mission. His followers were tasked with being in the world in a beautiful and life-giving way that other people would be drawn too.

What does hospitality mean in a time when fewer and fewer people are just showing up in our churches? We’ll discuss what it means to be a sent church witnessing to the boundary-crossing love of Jesus.

“Born Again”
Romans 6:3-6

Franklin Golden, a native North Carolinian, is the founding co-pastor of the Durham (NC) Presbyterian Church, a new church plant in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Prior to seminary Franklin produced and performed in musicals, including the premier of Good Ol’ Girls and the off-off-Broadway revival of Pump Boys and Dinettes. Franklin is married to Martha, a psychologist and his best friend from high school. They have three children.