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Strategic Plan

For 166 years, our church has been a lighthouse on the hill for our community and the world. This Sunday, I want to share a vision to reach people for Jesus over the next 5 years. Our Strategic Planning Committee has been working hard to compile the suggestions from our church, assess our current opportunities, […]

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2nd Quarter Giving

Thank you for faithfully giving in 2015 to the budgeted ministries of First Baptist. We have so much to be grateful for, and we have work to do to meet our budget goal. Before I share the need, I want you to know how your giving has already impacted the lives of our students this […]

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Thank You, Marty and Janice

Twenty years ago, Marty Smith came out of “retirement” to serve as our Minister to Internationals. As you know, Marty and Janice are unstoppable forces of God’s love and grace. Their work to share the gospel with our community is unsurpassed. They brought all the energy and wisdom from a successful ministerial career pastoring churches […]

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Trusting Jesus Together

Thank you so much for your kind words and support over the last couple of weeks. I’m so grateful to be a part of First Baptist, and our staff and families have felt your prayers. We’re having a great summer of ministry and mission. Your attendance has been outstanding in worship and Bible study. Our […]

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In Word and Deed

Thank you for a wonderful Vacation Bible School and Upward Sports Camp week. God poured out his blessings on us, and we have several people to thank personally for their great work. Children’s Minister Rhonda Smith and Co-Directors Allison Bubriski, Amy Rigsby, and Caroline Weiss orchestrated a seamless operation. Truly, this was the best one […]

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Minister of Pastoral Community

At the business meeting June 24, our Personnel Committee will be recommending Rhonda Smith to be our new Minister of Pastoral Community. Rhonda has served faithfully for 18 years as our Minister of Children. Although she did not seek this new position, she was open to the Spirit’s leadership when the search committee approached her […]

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Trusting God Through Crisis

Where do you turn for wisdom during times of change and tension? The Bible offers several examples, but one of the best books to read is 1 Samuel. This book records the Israelite transition politically, relationally, and spiritually. God’s people moved from a tribal system to a monarchy and encountered tremendous difficulties along the way. […]

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Choir Tour

I’m not sure what I loved about choir tour more—rehearsals, tours, Bible studies, host homes, leadership, friendship, food, or home concerts. I’ve visited more natural bridges, eaten more church spaghetti meals, and had more prayer partners than the disciples in Acts. But one thing I know for sure. The experiences of choir tour have had […]

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Weekday Week

Thank you for making the Week of Awareness possible. Media competitors WCTV and the Tallahassee Democrat partnered to shine a bright light into the darkness of underage substance abuse and drinking. Conversations publicly and privately are happening across our community to connect parents better to each other, change the behavior of adults and teenagers, and […]

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The Importance of Pentecost

Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit to believers. For Jews in the first century, the holiday occurred during the Feast of Sukkot or booths, when God gave the law in the wilderness and lit their path through a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. […]

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