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  • Happy New Year!

    Posted By on January 5, 2016

    As we begin a new year together as a church family, I would like to encourage you to enter with great expectations! I am already seeing that God has prepared us for something great this year.

    New Life is a primary focus for the beginning of this year as we celebrate this Sunday several new lives in our church family. This Sunday we will celebrate in a baby dedication service, praying for these precious ones God has entrusted to our care and for the family they have been assigned to. We will also be focusing on new life in Christ through baptism this month and will be preparing for the culmination of our Kingdom Assignment as we share what new life God offers to our community.

    Growing Ministries is another area God is taking us through this year. We will be holding a special called business meeting next Wednesday evening at 6:30 to discuss a proposal from the personnel team to shift our search for a youth minister to a full time position. We are also working to increase our ministries through partnering with some smaller churches in our area to better help them fulfill the Great Commission.

    A third area I see God at work is through our stronger stewardship. Last fall we ask you to fill out a survey about your abilities and willingness to serve. Our Ministry Leadership Team is working during the next few months to give you the opportunity to step into some roles within our family. You will be hearing from them soon. This also shows me that on the horizon God will be doing an even greater work than what He has been doing, as He prepares us for the Harvest that is coming.

    Thank you so much for allowing me the privilege to serve as your Pastor. It is an honor and fulfills who God has called me and made me to be. Continue to pray for me, for our church family, and for the days ahead. I hope you are ready for a great ride this year!

    Willie

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    Pastor’s Perspective

    Posted By on September 5, 2014

    It is always so exciting to be a part of what God is doing, and I see God doing a great deal in and through us here at First Baptist. This morning was the first session of Men’s Fraternity. We had a great turnout and I can already see how God is working in the lives of the men of our church. Even after the first session, the testimonies and expectations were amazing. I would encourage all men of the church to consider joining this group each Wednesday morning at 6 AM for about an hour.
    I have been in awe of God at work in you. As we set forth Operation Andrew a week ago, I was overwhelmed by your serious approach to this focus on reaching people with the Gospel of Christ. I committed to pray for each of you and those whose names you gave me as your Operation Andrew prospects. As a result, besides each of you, you gave me over 250 names to pray for. Again, evidence of God at work!

    God continues to bring new faces and families into our fellowship each week. They are finding a welcoming and friendly group in our church family, as it should be. As we continue to pray that God will give us Richmond, we must also pray for the opportunity to reach out into this community and impact peoples lives. The greatest way that will happen is through each of us individually. We, as a church, will continue to minister and serve, but you and I are the face of who God has put together here.

    I am excited and expecting even greater things from God and through His church here as we approach our Fall Revival with Richard Coss. We are just three and a half weeks out. Please continue to pray and work with your Operation Andrew prospects. Pray for Richard and the messages God has for him to share with us and our community. What can you imagine God doing through this revival meeting? “To Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than all we ask or imagine, to Him be the Glory!”


    Don’t forget, we have some great worship and study going on every Sunday evening and Wednesday evening. We are closing in on the conclusion of the book of Daniel on Wednesday nights. Sunday evenings we continue our study of final pronouncements. I hope to see you there!

    It is an honor to be your Pastor!
    Willie

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    Fall Revival

    Posted By on June 24, 2014

    We are praying for revival in Richmond.  Richard Coss an ex-con who received a Presidential pardon from Gerald Ford will be with us to speak for us.  You don’t want to miss what God will do.  Services will be Sunday morning September 28 at 10:40 and Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.  Services from Monday to Wednesday will be at 7:00 p.m.  Come join us and bring a friend.

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    Pastor’s Column

    Posted By on January 15, 2014

    Happy New Year! 2014 promises to be a great and exciting year for the family here at First Baptist. I am encouraged by the energy of our church right now. I am continuing to meet new family members who are returning, as well as new folks from the community coming to see who we are.

    I want each of you to know how important you are in the plans God has for us this year. As we prepare for revival here in Richmond, we first want to renew our hearts and minds to the plans and purpose God has for us as the church. With this in mind we will be having a “Celebration of Renewal” March 23-26. Beginning Sunday morning, the 23rd, I will start us off followed by Jim Herod on Sunday evening. Monday evening Jerry Cain will be here to challenge us, and Larry Thomas will lead on Tuesday evening. We will then dedicate Wednesday night to a time of prayer and commitment. I hope you will plan to join us for this renewal time.

    Working toward the “Celebration of Renewal,” we are also planning several fellowship events to continue to strengthen the unity of our body. The first is the work day this Saturday to touch up the sanctuary and chapel. Then we will have a “Souper Bowl Party” on Feb. 2nd, a time of fellowship food and fun. The Sweetheart Banquet for couples will fall on the 14th of February, and a “Hee Haw Family Night” on March 8th. There should be something for everyone, but the main purpose is to continue to build our fellowship. Many of these events are great opportunities to invite friends and family to also.

    I am looking forward to seeing each of you this Sunday, when our focus will be “Living in the World.”  May God bless your week!

    It is an honor to be your Pastor,

    Willie

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    Pastor’s Column

    Posted By on December 16, 2013

    What an amazing service we had for Hanging of The Greens! It is truly the advent season. As I watched the transformation of the sanctuary, it reminded me of how God has transformed my life through Jesus. Not that the appearance of my life was a wreck, but when Jesus came in, the transformation was evident and dramatic.

    This is my favorite time of year, as we celebrate the coming of our Lord and Savior as a babe. I hope you will come and share with our family Sunday afternoon, December 8th. We will host an open house and we would love for you all to stop by and visit with us. We will be ready by 4 and will be there all evening. The address is 43383 Old Highway 10, east of town.

    I want to encourage you to participate with one of our Sunday School classes and their celebrations on the 15th in the evening. If you are not a part of one of our classes, this would be a great opportunity to meet some people that you could join on Sunday mornings.

    And don’t forget about the Christmas musical on December 22. It promises to be a great time of worship through music. I am also looking forward to the Christmas Eve service. It will be a great chance to invite some friends to join you and introduce them to your church family.
    Willie

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