First Focus


Have you ever Googled the phrase “why people volunteer?” If you do, about 73 million websites and articles will appear. If you read any of the articles, you’ll quickly conclude that people want to volunteer. That’s good news! And even better, you’ll be pleased to learn that volunteering at the church tops most of the list.

We at First Baptist Church believe very strongly in the power of serving the community to grow the church. Serving is a way to treat people the way God wants to see them treated, and it’s the very essence of God’s personality. That’s why it’s so powerful. God has designed us to volunteer. It is Christ-like and biblical. It is also something that you will enjoy doing.

Church, your help is needed at Springtime Tallahassee. We need you to sign up to volunteer. Why? Because more people will walk through our church doors on that day than Easter Sunday. That is right! More people enter our facilities during Springtime Tallahassee than on both of our Easter worship services. What a great opportunity to show God’s love to others.

The community has noticed our generosity and smiles. Becky Liner, our amazing Springtime Tallahassee coordinator, contacted several of our longtime volunteers and ask them to share comments that they have heard from others. Here are a few…

“This is so great First Baptist does this for the community. Thank you!”

“Thank you for your hospitality! We especially appreciate the Baby changing area. It’s nice to have a place just to sit down.”

“At first I thought this building was a bank. This is a very friendly church.”

“Everyone is so kind at the church.”

“Our entire extended family attends Winter Festival/Springtime every year. My sisters and I tell our children that if they get separated from us, to go to the building where we take them to use the bathroom. The people there will take care of you until we can find you. The church is a safe place.”

“This church is so friendly. Thank you, I needed a place to sit down and rest.”

“I was afraid to come in here the first time… I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to or not. But then everyone was so nice! My kids and I come back every year.”

“Can I visit on Sunday. This is a nice church.”

“I have been nervous to come into a Baptist church. It was not what I was expecting.”

“I cannot thank you enough for how nice this is and what a service this is for our springtime community.”

“Thank you so much. The changing table was an answer to prayer. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

As Josh Hall mentioned on Sunday, “We joined this church because of the hospitality showed to us during the Winter Festival/Springtime Tallahassee. We wanted to come back on Sunday after we saw what you were doing on Saturday.”

Volunteer today for Springtime Tallahassee, by visiting http://signup.com/go/roVsEe. You can make a difference this weekend… you can make an eternal difference in someone’s life.

— Todd Smith