Community

Special Event: "UnBreakable" Marriage Enrichment Study

Who is this for? 
Couples in their first 15 years of marriage looking to enhance and strengthen their relationship.  

What is it?
Once a month, couples will gather to study a concept outlined in UnBreakable by Charles Causey and Tony Miltenberger, a marriage enrichment study focused on enhancing and strengthening Christian marriages. 

Seasoned couples from the First Baptist Church community will facilitate each session. Afterward, couples will enjoy a date night together to discuss what they’ve learned. 

Sessions and materials are provided free of charge. Childcare is available for $5/child and $10 maximum per family, reserved in advance and payable at the door.  

Once a Month Sessions:   

Session 1: Foundations – Friday, October 9, 2015 
Session 2: Commitment –
Friday, November 13, 2015 
Session 3: Kindness – Thursday, December 10, 2015 
Session 4: Honesty –
Friday, January 8, 2016 
Session 5: Forgiveness – Friday, February 19, 2016
Session 6: Sacrifice – Friday, March 11, 2016
Session 7: Togetherness – Friday, April 8, 2016 

Event Evening Schedule:

5:30 to 6:00 p.m. – Child drop-off and refreshments for attendees
6:00 to 7:00 p.m. – Session time
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – Date night! Couples can go out to dinner to debrief and enjoy time together.
8:30 p.m. – Child pickup

Space is limited, so register today! Please send questions to Sally Ann Smith (openabook@gmail.com)

“...a superb blend of biblical truth, practical wisdom, and personal application. If you want to go beyond a marriage that merely survives but actually thrives, this is for you.”  – Quinten Steff, lead pastor of Valley Church in West Des Moines, IA 

Christian Community

When Jesus met with His disciples for the last time, He said to them...

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34).


The ministry of Christian Community seeks to promote loving relationships within First Baptist Church.

There are many ways we can do this in our church family. We have teams that are committed to engage our congregation in prayer, pastoral care, marriage enrichment, family building, women’s ministry, physical health issues, welcoming new members, and fellowship.

Our goal is to open the doors of our church so that all who enter here will find a place of belonging and feel loved and cared for.

Ministries Include:

Pastoral Care

  • Critical Care / Hospital visits
  • Funerals / Bereavement 
  • Grief Support
  • Ministry to Families in Crisis
  • Congregational Care for Homebound
  • Wedding / Marriage Preparation

Prayer Ministry

  • Catalyst Prayer
  • Prayer Retreats in Spring / Fall
  • Service of Prayer for Healing
Congregational Health
Fellowship & Spiritual Enrichment
  • For Ladies Only (FLO) Women's Ministry
  • Fellowship Friends (new member companions) 
  • Family Ministry Team

For more information contact Lynn Turner, Senior Associate Pastor.

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