9 Jan

Mauricio Vargas Service Livestream

The Celebration of Life for Mauricio Vargas can be seen on First Baptist Church’s YouTube page ( and Facebook page ( beginning at noon CT on January 9, 2023. You can read his obituary below. Afterwards, a link to the service will be added to this post. * * * * Rev. José Mauricio Vargas […]

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29 Dec

Pastor’s Pen – January 2023

To some, January 1st is simply another date on the calendar. To others, it is a brand-new journal, full of blank pages pregnant with possibility and potential.   I’ve always loved the turning of one year into the next. On the shadow side of the Christmas hustle and bustle, I carve out space to sit with […]

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5 Dec

Thank you Piecemakers!

Piecemakers Ministry meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month January through November in Room 101 from 10am to 2pm and create pillows, receiving blankets, quilts (baby, children and twin sizes), anti-pill fleece lap quilts for people in wheelchairs, walker caddys and other items as needs arise. They set up a display in […]

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29 Nov

Pastor’s Pen – December 2022

Sometimes Advent sneaks up on me. You would think stores putting out Christmas displays in early October would be a clue, yet its arrival still surprises me when the Thanksgiving turkey is still warm.  Advent means “arrival” or “coming.” It is a season of expectation and hope. Believers worldwide spend the four weeks leading up […]

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28 Nov

Global Missions Offering

Our Global Missions Offering goal for 2022 is $8,000. You can read more about ways to give and who we partner with at Help us reach our goal this year as we partner with others to share the love and hope of Jesus Christ around the world.  

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15 Nov

Join Us for Advent 2022

Christmas on Sunday! The return of caroling! And…PJs? Join us for Advent this year. There s something for everyone! It is a great time to share with others and fellowship. Most importantly, we celebrate the birth of Christ two millennia ago but still is timely today. 2022 ADVENT SCHEDULE Sundays, 9:00 am In-Person and Live-streamed […]

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29 Oct

Pastor’s Pen – November 2022

Our Entrusted stewardship series centers on the truth that much is entrusted to us by God for God’s glory and the good of others. While stewardship encompasses more than our finances, our finances are an essential part of it.  Each autumn, we plan our church budget for the coming year. Some of us get cross-eyed […]

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29 Sep

Pastor’s Pen – October 2022

One of the things I do as a wedding officiant is taking responsibility for the marriage license. At the rehearsal dinner, I secure it from the bride and groom so they can focus on the hundred remaining items on their to-do list before saying, “I do.” After the wedding, I secure the required signatures, seal […]

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29 Aug

Pastor’s Pen – September 2022

Dear Church,  The great theologian Clint Eastwood (aka Dirty Harry) once said, “What you put into life is what you get out of it.” This quote is not an original thought to Clint, of course. I’ve heard it said many times in many ways. Yet, it is easy to forget.   There are seasons in the […]

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