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And Now….After Sunday’s vote, what happens next?

25 May 18 After Sunday’s vote, what happens next? This past Sunday, at a Called Church Conference, the members of First Baptist Church voted by an 88% margin to press ahead with the future staffing proposal recommended by the Personnel Committee, the Future Story Steering Committee and the Board of Deacons.  That being so, this blog post is a brief description of what happens next, but before we get there, please embrace the call to […]

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Staffing for Our Future — Church Conference this Sunday, 9:15 AM

The following proposal for the ministerial staffing for our church was presented to the congregation on Sunday, April 15 with a follow up Town Hall discussion on Sunday, April 22.  The proposal is scheduled to come before the church at a Called Church Conference THIS Sunday, May 20 at 9:15 AM in Webb Chapel. Thank you for planning to be in the Church Conference this Sunday, May 20 at 9:15 AM following the 8:30 AM worship […]

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Teamwork Always Makes the Difference

Mutu umodzi susenza denga! “One head can’t carry the roof.” That’s the east African way of saying, “There’s no ‘i’ in ‘team.’”   The truth is teamwork always makes a difference.  We need each other. And, when we work and play together, the fellowship that results is always a winner. Last week saw the season finale tournament of the Men’s Church Basketball League. Our First Baptist Church Men’s Team finished 2nd in the league championship tournament […]

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August 29, 2017

August 29, 2017 Day 2: Adult Department Beyond good intentions “I would like to learn just one thing from you:  Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?  Are you so foolish?  After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” (Galatians 3:2-3 NIV). I have been on a journey of sorts.  A journey of learning more […]

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Through a Difficult Storm

By Holly Sweat The Lord continues to carry us through a difficult storm. The last couple of days have been trying, it began Wednesday when I came home from work and found Dan completely disoriented. Phone books were thrown all over the counter in Dan’s attempt to reach me at work.  He couldn’t figure out how to use the phone or his cell phone to contact me or anyone else for help. He was having […]

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Love Overcomes Loneliness

By Carol Ann Hoard Tuesday, thirteen members of our FBC Youth Group and I, along with our Student Ministry intern, Holly Strother, set out for a Mission/Service Day. We planned to cut flowers from the community garden, bake some cookies, make greeting cards, and take them to five people. We divided our preparation time into three groups: flower cutting and arranging, cookie baking, and card making. The flower group had many, many flowers and only […]

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Learning to see the “What is”

By Michelle Moser I met my husband on a blind date on Easter weekend of 2015. My mom’s friend thought it would be a good idea for us to meet, and needless to say she was right. One thing that bonded us early on was the strong desire to start a family. With both of us in our mid-thirties, we were ready to start a new chapter in our lives. Bruce and I dated for […]

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High Hopes, 92 Years and Counting!

By J.A. West I was born and reared in Wilmington, NC, but when I was 18 years old, the US Navy changed all of that.  I was about to be drafted into the army, but I chose to join the Navy instead.  The Navy took us 19-year-olds and spent a year training us and hoping we would soon look like men, instead of boys.  I spent a year in the Navy V-12 program at Duke […]

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Overcomer: A Journey Through Grief

By Suzanne Martin In June 2015, my husband, Don, and I flew from Oklahoma to North Carolina for an annual month-long stay with family. All the emotions were in tow: excitement, anticipation, anxiety, and happiness. The morning after we arrived, my world changed abruptly and I would never be the same. As Pop, as Don was affectionately named by our family, was leaving the breakfast table his breathing became labored and his steps faltered. Something […]

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Prayer for Inauguration Day, 2017

Dear Father, as the transition of power is taking place in our nation this week, we take time to pray for our leaders as Paul brings the charge in Scripture, “The first thing I want you to do is pray.  Pray every way you kow how, for everyone you know.  Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation.  This is […]

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