Dr. Michael Blackwell and Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina

Our church has a long and dedicated history with Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina.  Dr. Michael C. Blackwell is celebrating his 35th year as President of BCHNC, a remarkable legacy!  We are privileged to have Dr. Blackwell visit our church on Sunday, September 23.  We will also have two very special guests from the past!

To honor Dr. Blackwell for his outstanding service, we want to receive a special offering for the Children’s Home.  Please make checks payable to the church and designate your gift for Baptist Children’s Homes.  We will present Dr. Blackwell with our gift on September 23.

Wednesday Nights in the Fall, 2018.

Our Wednesday night schedule will begin with a Covered Dish on September 12, followed by a fun-filled night of entertainment and information.  Three of our Wednesday nights will be true Family Nights with a lively intergenerational program that everyone will enjoy.  We are grateful to the Randy Hall, Rochella Baker, and Faithful Workers Sunday School Classes for providing the meals on these nights:  September 26, October 17, and November 14.   The Fall Festival will be on October 24.  The Crusaders’ Class will provide hot dogs.

Dr. Howell will lead Bible Studies on September 19, October 3 & 10, and November 14.   Meals on these nights will be catered by Yarborough’s.  Please join us for an exciting Wednesday night season at First Baptist Church!  Reservations will begin soon.

Bible Study Opportunities

There are several great opportunities for Bible Study each week for the First Baptist Family.  Bible Study begins each Sunday with our Sunday School classes.  We have a number of outstanding classes to choose from.  The Monday night/Tuesday morning Bible Study begins in the Fellowship Hall on September 24 & 25.  Dr. Howell will be teaching the early chapters of Genesis.  The Monday night class is at 7 p.m. and Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Dr. Howell will also teach a 4 part Bible Study on Messianic Prophecy on Wednesday nights, September 19, October 3 & 10, and November 28.  Men are invited to the Men’s Bible Study at the YMCA each Thursday morning at 7 a.m.  Women are invited to the Women of the Word at First Presbyterian Church Monday nights and Tuesday mornings beginning September 10 & 11.  And our FBC Women’s Fellowship will meet again on Saturdays, September 29 and October 27 at 9:30 a.m.  You can also find many excellent Bible Studies on Right Now Media.

Sundays in September, 2018.

Sundays in September will begin on September 2 with a 3 week September Sermon Series on:  “What Does It Mean to be Saved?  Salvation in Three Tenses.”

Dr. Michael Blackwell will join us on September 23 and we will also have two very special guests from the past.

Dr. Howell will conclude the month on September 30 with a sermon from Genesis 3, “East of Eden.”

Tony Cartledge to Visit Next Sunday

Sunday school classes are invited to a joint session in the fellowship hall next Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m..  Dr. Tony Cartledge will share different resources for Sunday school and Bible Study.

Tony is a former pastor and editor of the Biblical Recorder. He is now a professor at Campbell University Divinity School and is contributing editor and writer of the Nurturing Faith Journal and Bible Studies.

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, 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

 

144 Challenge – Money Tree Fundraiser

Help support our youth as they travel to Belize this summer by participating in the 144 Challenge! There are envelope trees in the sanctuary and fellowship hall with envelopes numbered from 1 to 144. Please consider taking an envelope with an amount you are able to give.

What’s your number?

Family Night Dinner

Join us as we discuss and practice prayer. The menu will be spaghetti (angel hair) with sauce and meatballs or cheese ravioli with sauce (meatless option) with garlic bread, assorted salads, and dessert. Please make your reservations by noon on Monday.