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2011 FBC News Archive

Operation J.O.Y. brings Christmas to Richmond's needy
 
- this item posted December 13, 2011
Operation J.O.Y. (Jesus, Others, You) will provide gifts, food, toiletries, cleaning supplies and other needed items to 300 people this Christmas. In it's 13th year, the Christmas operation is sponsored by FBC's Ministry of Christian Compassion. This year the ministry will help more than 100 Mixteca families (refugees from one of Mexico's poorest states), 13 single mom families, three inmates, ten kids from the Rosey Grier Youth Pavilion, 15 children from Richmond Friends of the Homeless, 120 men and women who are currently homeless, and ten Bhutanese refugee families. The gifts and supplies, and the labor to assemble and deliver them have been provided by FBC members and staff.

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One Accord to sing at Bruton Parish
 
- this item posted December 10, 2011
One Accord, the auditioned choral ensemble of Richmond's First Baptist Church, will present a Christmas concert at Williamsburg's historic Bruton Parish Church Tuesday, December 20 at 8 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

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ChristkindleMarkt second year successful
 
- this item posted December 6, 2011
Hundreds attended the second annual ChristkindlMarkt on the church lawn last Saturday, December 3. Read the story and see the photos...

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Christmas and New Year's schedule announced
 
- this item posted December 4, 2011
There will be only one Christmas Day worship service at 11 a.m. There will be no Sunday school that day. On New Year's Day, there will be one worship service at 11 a.m. and an intergenerational Sunday school experience in the Dining Hall at 9:45 a.m. The Webclass Bible study will take place on January 1.

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Spirit of giving alive during the Christmas season
 - this item posted December 1, 2011

First Baptist members and friends contributed 50 grocery bags of food to the church's food pantry during a collection at the Thanksgiving worship service November 22. The food filled 10 grocery carts. In addition to the food contributed during the service, some members got together and bought another $10,000 worth of food for the pantry and holiday giving. Between now and Christmas, church members will distribute food and other items to needy persons throughout the Richmond area. FBC will host a breakfast and Christmas celebration for the homeless community December 19. Later that day, members will distribute Christmas packages in the Mixteca community in South Richmond. The following day, single mother families will come to the church and pick up pre-packed gifts and shop in the free Christmas store.

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FBC Hosts CARITAS
 - this item posted November 21, 2011

FBC girls (participants in GA's) packed bags of supplies for CARITAS Wednesday night, November 16. FBC members had contributed underwear, toiletry items, and other supplies. The girls and their leaders sorted and packed bags for each CARITAS guest. The church is hosting 35 men this week as we do each Thanksgiving week. CARITAS (Congregations Around Richmond Involved to Assure Shelter) provides temporary housing for Richmond's homeless men and women during the winter months.

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Ways to help those in need this Christmas
- this item posted November 15, 2011

The Ministry of Christian Compassion has listed several ways you can help those in need in the Richmond community this Christmas. More info...

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New deacons nominated
- this item posted November 9, 2011

The Deacon Nominating Team is recommending six new and seventeen returning deacons to serve a three-year term on the active deacon board starting January 1, 2012. The congregational will vote on the recommendations at the conclusion of the morning worship services Sunday, December 11. To view the list of candidates please go to Deacons.FBCRichmond.org.

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Upward sports registration extended
- this item posted November 8, 2011

Registration is still open for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading. There will be make-Up evaluations Monday, November 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the gym. More information...

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$228k given during special offering
- this item posted November 7, 2011

Members and friends of Richmond's First Baptist Church gave $228,515 Sunday and last week in a special offering to catch up on the church budget for the year. Before the offering, we were $146,781 behind in giving to support the church's $3.1 million annual budget. The offering came on high attendance day, with 836 in attendance in Sunday school and 1,045 in the two worship services.

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Christkindlmarkt planned for December 3
- this item posted November 2, 2011

The second annual Christkindlmarkt, a European-style community Christmas market, has been planned for Saturday, December 3 on the church lawn at the corner of Monument and Boulevard. Read more...

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Budget Team presents proposal for 2012
 - this item posted October 26, 2011

Budget Team Leader Karen Linkous presented her team's recommendation for the 2012 church budget Wednesday night during the quarterly church business meeting. They proposed a budget totalling $3.1 million, the same as the 2011 budget. The presentation is available by clicking here. The congregation will vote on the proposed budget during Sunday morning worship services November 20.

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Senior Adults plan Veterans Day celebration
 - this item posted October 24, 2011

Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war Paul Galanti will be the keynote speaker for a celebration to honor veterans at Richmond's First Baptist Church Friday, November 11, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm. The Veterans Day program also includes brunch, music and a Color Guard presentation. You may purchase tickets for $ 5 in the hallways on Sundays and Wednesdays.

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Is there life after death?
 - this item posted October 20, 2011

Dr. Jim Somerville, Senior Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church will talk about “WHAT’S NEXT: Is there really life after death?” The three-week series takes place in the church’s Dining Hall, Wednesday evenings at 6:15, November 2, 9 & 16. Session topics include, “Christian Hope, Hopelessness, and False Hopes,” “Some Guidelines for asking the Right Questions,” and “Christian Hope for Individuals and the World.” All sessions are free and open to the public.

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FBC to host CARITAS in November
 - this item posted October 17, 2011

Richmond's First Baptist Church will host 80 homeless men the week of Thanksgiving as we participate in CARITAS November 19-26, providing shelter, laundry, clothes and other needs. FBC members and friends are invited to volunteer to help. CARITAS coordinators will have a table set up in the church hallway the next several Sundays and Wednesdays for people to sign up for laundry, Thanksgiving day activities, and to get more info on this year's program. More info...

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2012 Church Budget to be presented Oct 26
 - this item posted October 13, 2011

The Budget Team will present the proposed Church Budget for 2012 during the quarterly church business meeting Wednesday, October 26 at 6 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Also on the agenda for the meeting is the report of the Nominating Team.

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Men's clothing donations needed
 - this item posted October 9, 2011

The clothes closet is in desperate need of men's clothing. If you can donate good, used clothing, or new clothes (shirts, pants, socks, coats, sweaters, etc.) please bring your donations to the collection bin on the lower level of the church building. For more information, please contact Associate Pastor Steve Blanchard.

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"The Physician Within" focuses on bones & joints November 5
 - this item posted September 29, 2011

Richmond’s First Baptist Church is sponsoring a Saturday symposium November 5, dealing with medical issues of the bones and joints. This is part of "The Physician Within" medical series. The sessions will be helpful to people experiencing bone and joint issues, as well as those who want to be proactive in caring for their bodies. Medical doctors will give brief presentations and then answer questions. More info...

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World Hunger Sunday is October 9
 - this item posted September 20, 2011

Worldwide, some 925 million people are hungry every day. Richmond's First Baptist Church will observe World Hunger Sunday October 9. Members may donate food to the FBC food pantry, or give money through Baptist World Aid or through Southern Baptist Global Response. Bring food to the church and put it in the carts in the main hallway. Here's a list of what's needed. Give money online or by using your offering envelope.

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Upward Sports registration opens
 - this item posted September 15, 2011

Richmond's First Baptist Church will host Upward Basketball and Upward Cheerleading January through March, 2012. Registration is now open. Evaluations are scheduled for November 5. Get more information and register...

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Deacon nominations open
 - this item posted September 13, 2011

The deacon nominating team is requesting nominations for new and returning deacons to serve a 3-year term on the active board starting January 2012. Nominations may be submitted using the forms available at the kiosks or online at Deacons.FBCRichmond.org. Submissions are requested by Sunday, October 9.

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Webcast Bible Study Class launches October 9
 - this item posted September 6, 2011

Richmond's First Baptist Church will offer a weekly adult Bible study live webcast beginning Sunday, October 9, at 9:45 a.m. FBC member Dr. Michael Harton, a gifted Biblical scholar and educator will teach the class. He will lead participants in a thought-provoking and reflective study of Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians. Webcast viewers will have opportunity to participate by posting questions and comments and interacting with Dr. Harton throughout the webcast. The class will be available here at www.FBCRichmond.org.

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FBC members give for Japan earthquake relief
 - this item posted August 31, 2011

The Baptist World Alliance this week acknowledged gifts totalling $4,601 from First Baptist Church, given through Baptist World Aid for relief efforts in Japan in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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Art Show registration opens
- this item posted August 16, 2011

Registration is open for the New Creation Fine Arts and Crafts Show. The show is scheduled for October 8 & 9 in the FBC Dining Hall & Gym. The show will celebrate God's gifts of creative expression. Registration forms are available on the kiosks. Registration deadline is September 25. More info...

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Divorce Recovery Workshop begins Sept. 25
- this item posted August 11, 2011

Registration is now open for the fall Divorce Recovery Workshop at Richmond's First Baptist Church. The eight-week workshop begins September 25. More info...

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ONE Sunday scheduled 9/11
- this item posted August 8, 2011
The FBC congregation will reconnect for the fall on ONE Sunday, September 11. The sanctuary will be open for prayer between 8:30 and 9:30 that morning. Everyone is encouraged to participate in Sunday school at 9:45. And then there will be ONE worship service at 11 a.m. Dinner on the grounds follows at noon. You may bring a picnic lunch for your family, or purchase bag lunches for $5 each. Tickets for the bag lunches are on sale now at the reception desk off the main hallway behind the sanctuary.

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Mural takes shape in children's hall
- this item posted August 4, 2011
A mural depicting Richmond landmarks is taking shape on the hallway of Suite 210. More info...

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New Americans Ministry needs household items
 - this item posted July 28, 2011

The New Americans Ministry needs flatware, glasses, towels and sheets for our New American friends who continue to arrive and need our help! More info...

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Service of honor and remembrance planned
 - this item posted July 26, 2011
Richmond's First Baptist Church will host a service of honor and remembrance Wednesday, September 7 honoring the men and women of our police, fire, and emergency agencies as we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The one-hour service will start at 6:15 pm in the FBC sanctuary and is open to the community. All Richmond-area police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders are invited.

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Elm tree removed
- this item posted July 21, 2011
The 100 year old Elm tree in the courtyard of Richmond's First Baptist Church was removed this week. Read more, see photos & a video...

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Twelve baptized in the James
- this item posted July 21, 2011

A dozen church members were baptized Sunday afternoon, July 17 in the James River during the third annual river baptism. Read more, see photos & a video...

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No Wednesday night dinners in August
- this item posted July 17, 2011
The annual "building cleanup weeks" have been scheduled for the month of August. Many activities in the church building will be limited during that month. There will be no Wednesday night dinners or activities.

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FBC members to talk about "Life in Ministry"
- this item posted June 30, 2011
Several church members will talk about their lives in ministry Wednesday nights in July at 6:15 in the Dining Hall. Speakers are ministers and missionaries who are a vital part of our membership.
July 6 - Jim Flamming
July 13 - Allen Brown
July 20 - Jim Somerville, with John Moreau, Suzanne Shonnard, Len Morrow, and June McKeown talking about what they do to “bring heaven to earth.”
July 27 - Clark Scanlon

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VBS participants "finding hope"
- this item posted June 28, 2011

The 199 children and 110 leaders involved in Vacation Bible School at FBC this week are learning about hope through Bible stories and activities. The theme is "Finding Hope: A Field Trip of Faith." Bible school began Monday morning and continues through Friday. Through daily “field trips”, children are searching for hope through Bible stories, symbols of hope and actual evidence of how hope and love are shown (given) to others through missions right here in the United States. The Kids are enjoying interactive class times as well as music, games, drama, and art. This year's VBS mission project is a book drive of new and gently used books to be distributed to children in our community and Together For Hope communities. We are also collecting an offering to be given to Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for their Together for Hope ministry.

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Elm tree to be removed
 
- this item posted June 20, 2011
The Elm tree which has presided elegantly over the courtyard since the church building was erected in 1927, will be removed in July. The tree has been deteriorating for several years, showing the effects of termites, tree borers and Dutch Elm Disease. Now it has become a hazard. Huge dead limbs hang precariously over the bell tower. Plans are to remove the tree as soon as appropriate permits are obtained from City of Richmond. A replacement will be planted in the fall.

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Pastor discusses the "state of the church"
- this item posted June 15, 2011
Senior Pastor Dr. Jim Somerville talked with the Deacons about the "state of the church" during their meeting June 14. See the video and read his remarks... 

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River baptism scheduled July 17

 - this item posted June 9, 2011
The third annual FBC river baptism, followed by a picnic dinner on the grounds, is scheduled for 4pm Sunday, July 17. It will take place on the James River, at 8771 Riverside Drive.

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New Ministry to help people in times of illness or crisis
 - this item posted June 1, 2011
The Ministry of Christian Community is launching UFirst, a new ministry to assist individuals and families during times of illness or crisis. Ministry coordinators Kim Luger and Theresa Norton are looking for volunteers to provide meals, help with simple home maintenance, provide transportation, or help meet other temporary needs that may arise. You only need to volunteer when you can help. Emails will be sent to those who are interested in helping. You can respond if you are available. Sign up today to help our church community. Email Kim Luger or call Kim at 360-8975. If you are looking for a place to serve but are unsure about committing to volunteer regularly, this is a perfect opportunity for you.

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FBC to the Diamond
 - this item posted May 31, 2011
Due to the Dining Hall setup for Vacation Bible School the week of June 27 through July 1, the Wednesday night dinner June 29 will not take place in the church facility. Rather, members and friends of FBC will go to the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball game. Discounted tickets ($5) are available Sundays and Wednesdays.

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FBC to get new hymnals
- this item posted May 16, 2011

We'll be singing from new "Celebrating Grace" hymnals in the near future. The hymnals will be purchased through donations. Individuals and groups may purchase them for $15 each in honor or memory of someone. A hymnal plate will list the one donating the hymnal and who is being honored or memorialized. There are forms and envelopes on the kiosks. Complete the form and place it in an envelope, along with a check payable to FBC and place it in the offering plate, take it to the Finance Office, or give it to Susan Marshall, administrative assistant in the Worship Ministry Office.

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Vacation Bible School registration opens; helpers needed
- this item posted May 11, 2011

Children age three through the fifth grade will participate in Vacation Bible School June 27 through July 1. Volunteers are needed, too. More details...

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Ministry of Compassion lists some urgent needs
- this item posted May 9, 2011

The Ministry of Christian Compassion has listed several urgent needs for volunteers. Among the needs are people to help with summer mission trips overseas, some summer mission projects in Richmond, and a fall conference on Poverty and Homelessness. More details...

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Senior Adult Summer Bible study to focus on “The Bible from Beginning to End.”
- this item posted May 3, 2011

Senior Pastor Dr. Jim Somerville is the teacher for the Senior Adult Summer Bible study June 6-9. He says, "Too often, we look at only one passage of Scripture at a time, without considering the way it relates to the rest of the book or the rest of the Bible." So during the weeklong study, he will guide a journey through the whole Bible—from Genesis to Revelation—drawing attention to the way the many pieces fit together to tell the story of God’s creative, redemptive, and sustaining work. The study takes place in the church's Dining Hall from 9:45am to 12:45pm each day Monday through Thursday, with lunch included.

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New giving plans approved
- this item posted April 28, 2011

The congregation approved changes in the church's denominational missions giving plans during the quarterly church business meeting Wednesday evening, April 27. The new plans will take effect January 1, 2012. See the new plans...

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Summer small groups forming
- this item posted April 27, 2011

The First Family Team is encouraging church members and friends to participate in a summer small group. If you have a hobby or interest and would like to see if others in the congregation share that interest, register on the bulletin board outside the Pastor's office. Post the name of a possible group and see if others sign up. You might also check on existing groups to see if something interests you. It will be a fun way to meet folks and spend some time over the summer.

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Church business meeting April 27 to decide changes in Denominational Partnership Giving Plans
- this item posted April 25, 2011

The congregation will gather for a quarterly church business meeting April 27 at 6:15 p.m. in the Dining Hall. On the agenda is a discussion of proposed changes to the church's denominational partnership giving plans. Read more...

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First Friday Praise begins May 6
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this item posted April 17, 2011
Richmond's First Baptist Church is starting a monthly kid- and family-friendly worship service on the first Friday of the month. It's called, "First Friday Praise" and takes place in the church's Dining Hall, 6-8 pm. The first service is May 6. It includes a potluck dinner followed by worship for all ages that is kid-friendly. Families, singles, young and young at heart are welcome! After worship, there will be activities for kids and time for fun and fellowship for all. Read more about FBC's intergenerational ministries in The Religious Herald, the Newsjournal of the Baptist General Association of Virginia.

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Slovakia mission trip meeting is this Sunday
- this item posted April 12, 2011

First Baptist Church is planning a mission trip to Slovakia to assist with English and Youth Camp July 8-17. There will be a meeting for anyone interested in participating in the trip Sunday, April 17th at 12:15 in the Adams room. For more information contact Lisa Byerly.

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Church Choir & One Accord to present "Hymns for Good"
- this item posted April 11, 2011

The Church Choir and One Accord of Richmond's First Baptist Church will present a concert of hymns Sunday, May 15, at 7pm in the sanctuary. It will be a light and enjoyable hour of singing and listening. We are asking everyone who attends the concert to bring a box of spaghetti and a can of spaghetti sauce. These items will be passed on to the Community Missions Ministry of First Baptist Church, to help feed the hungry.

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New Americans in need of jobs & household items
- this item posted April 5, 2011
FBC’s New American ministry is seeking donations of mattress covers, both twin and full size, to be used in the establishment of new homes for our international friends. In addition, many of these internationals are seeking jobs so that they can establish themselves here in their new country. If you own a business or work in a company that is in need of good employees, our refugees are ready and willing to work. More information...

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Mission Trip deadlines approaching soon
- this item posted April 5, 2011
First Baptist Church is sponsoring one domestic and five international mission trips this year. Some of the deadlines for registration are approaching soon. Get more information...

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Church email is still spotty
- this item posted March 31, 2011
The church's computer network experienced a catastrophic failure on Monday, March 21. Despite the best efforts of the technicians, we are still not back to 100%. Incoming email has been affected by the issue. We know that some email is not getting through to the intended recipients. Until this issue is fully resolved, please use the phone, or ask for a delivery confirmation on your emails directed to addresses @FBCRichmond.org. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

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South Africa mission trip planned
- this item posted March 29, 2011
First Baptist Church is planning a mission trip to South Africa in August. Team members will be working with a local church to help finish construction of their building. They will also lead outreach programs with children and youth in the community. There will be a meeting for anyone interested in participating in the trip Sunday, April 10th at 12:15 in the library. Carlos & Susanne Acosta are the team leaders for the trip. For more information contact Susanne. Get information about other mission trips planned for 2011.

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FBC hosts abolitionist event
- this item posted March 17, 2011
Richmond's First Baptist Church is partnering with the Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI) and International Justice Mission (IJM) to sponsor a day of advocacy training workshops for youth and young adults Saturday, April 30. The day's events will conclude with an Abolition Night Worship Event at 7pm. More info...

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Upward Sports concludes 6th season at FBC
- this item posted March 16, 2011
Upward Sports concluded its 6th season at First Baptist Church with an awards and recognition ceremony Sunday afternoon, March 13. More than 170 children and adults participated in basketball and cheerleading. Read more and see a video...

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Newells moving to Texas
- this item posted March 15, 2011
Former FBC members Ben and Leonora Newell will move from Helena, Arkansas to San Antonio, Texas at the end of 2011, where they will work with an organization called "Business as Mission" to improve the conditions for 20 of the poorest counties in the U.S. Ben talked about their plans during the North American/Global Missions Prayer Breakfast in the FBC Dining Hall March 12. As representatives of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Ben and his family have served in Helena, Arkansas for the last 9 years. They have started programs to help improve the physical and spiritual lives of people in this poverty-stricken area. Ben talked about some of their projects and their hopes for the area in the future. They established jewelry-making project for girls. During the summer, several churches (including Richmond's First Baptist) send teams to Helena to help with a summer camp for children and youths.
   - Reported by Mary Palmer

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2010 finances, 2011 commitments reported
- this item posted March 10, 2011
Church Treasurer Kim Boys reported to the Deacons March 8 that the financial books for 2010 have closed with total expenses of $3.1 million and total gifts of $3.08 million. The deficit was covered by the reserve fund. Church Administrator Billy Burford reported the results of Commitment Sunday February 13. He said 374 commitment cards were received, indicating pledges of financial giving totalling $1.5 million. The budget for 2011 is $3.1 million. Read an interview with Kim Boys and Billy Burford about the relationship between giving and pledging...

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One Accord schedules concert April 9
- this item posted March 3, 2011

One Accord, the auditioned adult choral ensemble of Richmond’s First Baptist Church will present a concert entitled From Glee to Joy on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. The concert will feature a wide variety of music, ranging from Broadway to Handel, including solos, small ensembles and choral anthems. Read more...

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Slavery still a problem in Richmond, 2011
- this item posted February 24, 2011

Slavery and human trafficking are still going on in the United States and around the world. In an effort to provide more information about this issue, the FBC Ministry of Christian Compassion is partnering with the Richmond Justice Initiative in sponsoring an information session on Sunday, March 13th, 9:45 - 10:45am in the FBC Dining Hall.. Read more...

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Deacons propose changes in Denominational Partnership Giving Plans
- this item posted February 22, 2011

The Deacons voted at their February meeting to propose some changes in the church's denominational giving plans. The proposed changes will be presented for discussion and vote at the quarterly church business meeting April 27 at 6:15 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Read more...

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Monument Market gearing up for second year
- this item posted February 21, 2011

Monument Market, a Fan neighborhood weekly farmers market sponsored by Richmond's First Baptist Church, which premiered in 2010, is gearing up for a second season. Vendor applications are now being accepted. (Download the application.) The market opens the first Saturday of May and continues through October. It takes place each Saturday, 8am to noon, on the church's Robinson Street parking lot, at the corner of Monument Avenue and Robinson Street.

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Students and leaders prepare for DiscipleNow Weekend
- this item posted February 15, 2011

Ninety-seven middle- and high-school students are registered to participate in DiscipleNow Weekend beginning Friday, February 18. DiscipleNow is one of the major spiritual growth events of the FBC student ministry. The students will live for the weekend in 17 host homes around the Richmond area. Twenty-seven adults will serve as leaders for the small groups. The students and their leaders will gather at the church building for worship on Friday & Saturday evenings. They will participate in a surprise fun activity Saturday afternoon. Chris Robertson, from Huntsville, Alabama, is the speaker for the weekend. Richmonder B. J. Joiner is the music leader. The weekend concludes with the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service February 20. Several of the students will share their experiences during the service.

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Budget adopted
- this item posted February 14, 2011

The congregation voted at the conclusion of morning worship services February 13 to approve the 2011 church budget. Read the budget...

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Children's library opens
- this item posted February 14, 2011

The new children's library opened Sunday, February 13. Throughout the morning, children's classes visited the library for browsing and story-reading. It is located in the 140-suite on the first floor, near the main elevator.

The library is dedicated to the memory of Jackson Ramsey, a 16-year-old member of First Baptist Church who died last year. (photo by Barbara Booth)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Church leaders explore leadership model
- this item posted February 12, 2011

A hundred and thirty leaders of Richmond's First Baptist Church gathered Saturday morning, February 12 to spend three hours exploring a leadership model for the congregation. The "Leadership Forum" took place at the Virginia Baptist Resource Center in Richmond. It was facilitated by Dr. Bob Dale. Read the full story...

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Members explore ministry options at fair
- this item posted February 6, 2011

Members and friends browsed through 45 exhibits to explore ministry options available through Richmond's First Baptist Church during the 2011 Ministry Fair February 6. The booths filled the church's dining hall and gym. Hundreds of people spent time checking out the ministries and talking with ministry leaders. The annual ministry fair is coordinated by the Member Equipping Team. (photos by Win Grant)

Betty Ann Dillon talks with Member Equipping Team member Bruce Leary.

Larry West talks with three young ministry fair participants about summer missions opportunities. 

Bob Tabor and Lynn Turner encourage ministry fair attendees to "get in the habit" of prayer.

 

If you're looking for ways to help put God's love in action check out the Ministry Want Ads...

 

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New offering envelopes allow giving to relief projects
- this item posted February 3, 2011

The gold Missions Offering envelope included with each month’s packet of regular offering envelopes will have a new look beginning in March 2011. Two new lines have been added to provide for giving to relief projects:
    Disaster & Hunger (BWA, BWAid)
    Disaster & Hunger (SBC, Global Response)
Giving may be through the Baptist World Alliance or through the Southern Baptist Convention. Gifts may be made at any time by checking the appropriate line. You may also make your gifts online.

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2011 FBC Mission Trips listed
- this item posted February 2, 2011

Mission groups from First Baptist Church will work in Arkansas, Slovakia, China, Moldova, Canada, South Africa, the Caribbean and Central America this year. Read more...

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FBC Weekday Preschool collects diapers for Capital Diaper Bank
- this item posted February 1, 2011

The First Baptist Church Weekday Preschool Ministry is collecting packages of new diapers for the Capital Diaper Bank during the month of February. You may participate by bringing new and unopened packages of diapers and placing them in the collection bin in the Preschool Welcome Area off the main hallway. Read more...

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New Children's Library opens February 13
- this item posted January 27, 2011

The grand opening of the new Children’s Library will be Sunday morning, February 13. The library is dedicated to the memory of Jackson Ramsey, a 16-year-old member of First Baptist Church who died last year.

   

Stop by for a visit between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the preschool hallway across from the main elevator. 

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2011 Church Budget to be discussed January 26
- this item posted January 20, 2011

The Budget Team will present the proposed church budget for 2011 for discussion during the regular quarterly church business meeting Wednesday, January 26 at 6:15 p.m. in the Dining Hall. See the budget.

Development of the annual budget is usually completed in the fall. But it was delayed this year due to the shortfall in giving the church was experiencing in the early fall. Most of that shortfall was made up through a special offering October 31, and offerings which were above average through the end of the year. Total offerings in 2010 were $3,085,000. The 2010 budget was $3.2 million. The proposed 2011 budget is based upon expected gifts of $3.1 million for the year.

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Five to be ordained Deacons January 30
- this item posted January 19, 2011

Five new deacons will be ordained Sunday, January 30 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary. They are Keith Carroll, Mark Larson, Gerry Ozmore, Trip Phaup, and Clint Smith. The five were elected by the congregation in December. They met with the current Deacon Board, which served as a Deacon Ordination Council January 18, where they shared their faith stories and answered doctrinal questions. Following the discussion, they were unanimously affirmed by the Deacons. The entire church family and friends are invited to participate in the ordination service.

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Deacons approve change to weather closing policy
- this item posted January 19, 2011

If weather conditions make it necessary to cancel the 8:30 a.m. worship service, Sunday school will also be cancelled. But every effort will be made to have the 11 a.m. worship service. The Deacons clarified the policy during their monthly meeting January 18. Read the weather closing policy...

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FBC Team to participate in Monument Ave 10k
- this item posted January 17, 2011

TeamFirst will begin training for the Monument Avenue 10k next Sunday, January 23, at 1:30 p.m. No experience is needed to participate. The race is scheduled for Saturday, April 2. TeamFirst registration and t-shirt order forms are available online, and on the Recreation Ministry bulletin board in the main hallway of the church building. For more information, contact Buddy Burgess, 358-2977

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Mystery Dinner "Class of ’54"
- this item posted January 10, 2011

Do you have a taste for mystery? Are you ready for a fun time with friends? Join us on Saturday, February 12, 5:15 - 9:30 p.m., in the FBC Dining Hall. This absorbing whodunit creates its own mysterious world set in the 1950s at the high school malt shop hangout for the Roley City High School Class of '54. The layers of a complex murder will be peeled away as you and seven other guests at your table assume the roles of the suspects. Players need only have a sense of humor and require absolutely NO acting experience to participate in this extraordinary evening of entertainment. Cost: $20 ea., $70 for a reservation for four or $120 for a table of eight. Tickets will be sold on Sundays and Wednesdays. You may also fill out a reservation form (available on the church kiosks) and turn it in by Sunday, February 2. For more information contact Geri Hale-Cooper at (Hale-Cooper@FBCRichmond.org) or 358-5458 ext. 132.

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January is Christian Stewardship month
- this item posted January 6, 2011

For three Sundays in January (16, 23 & 30) adult Sunday school classes will focus on Christian stewardship. Unlimited: God's Grace and Glory, is the curriculum that will help members see the unlimited rather than the limited potential available through faithful lifestyle stewardship. Download the Sunday school lessons and get more info.

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Wednesday night activities resume this week
- this item posted January 3, 2011

Wednesday night dinners and activities resume on January 5. This Wednesday also marks the beginning of a Winter Bible Study. To be held on Wednesdays, January 5, 12, 19, & 26, at 6:15 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Join us after dinner as Jim Somerville leads the series. Get more info on the series.

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