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.

Old Fashion Pulpit Swap

For the first Sunday of Lent 2018, FBC welcomed Dr. Arnetta Beverly to deliver our sermon while Ray preached at St. Stephens, United Methodist Church where Dr. Beverly serves as pastor.

Listen to Dr. Beverly’s sermon at this link.

Thanks Dr. Beverly!

Intergenerational Women’s Group

FBC Women are invited to a gathering next Sunday, February 18 to discuss starting an Intergenerational Women’s Group. Please join us next Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

A “Meager Meal” on February 14th, 2018

February 14th is Valentine’s Day. It is also Ash Wednesday.

We will observe this most significant day with a “Meager Meal.” Reservations can be made as you normally do for Wednesday night meals. We will not charge for the meal but will ask for donations for the Dragonfly House.

The meal will consist of Pinto Beans, Greens, Onions, Pickles, and Cornbread. Following the meal we will have an intergenerational family discussion on love followed by a brief Ash Wednesday service.

Sunday Service Warm-Up

January 28, 2018:  Brannon Gilliam and Lee Spears…..check out the video on Facebook at this link:  FBC @Facebook Live

If you’re not a Facebooker, below are a couple inside peaks:

Full Wednesday Night Schedule, Winter 2018

Full Wednesday Night Schedule Resumes on February 21st

Our quarterly business meeting will highlight our first full Wednesday Night Family Night on February 21st. We will hear the final report on our 2017 finances that enabled all of our commitments to be met and learn more about being an “Encouraging Church” with CBF.