We believe the church body should be in scripture on a regular basis. Each month, a passage of scripture is selected for the whole church to read together. That scripture is normally preached on during the month. The Leadership Team and church family share their experience of Abiding in Christ, focused on the monthly scripture passage.

The Abiding scripture passage for May 2023: Acts 2:1-47

The Coming of the Holy Spirit
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ 13 But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

Peter Addresses the Crowd
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

       17 “In the last days it will be, God declares,
                that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
                and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
                and your young men shall see visions,
                and your old men shall dream dreams.
       18   Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
                in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
                and they shall prophesy.
       19  And I will show portents in the heaven above
               and signs on the earth below,
               blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
       20  The sun shall be turned to darkness
               and the moon to blood,
               before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
       21  Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

22 ‘You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— 23 this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24 But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 25 For David says concerning him,

              “I saw the Lord always before me,
               for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;
       26  therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
               moreover, my flesh will live in hope.
       27  For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
               or let your Holy One experience corruption.
       28  You have made known to me the ways of life;
               you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”

29 ‘Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,

            “He was not abandoned to Hades,
              nor did his flesh experience corruption.”

32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

            “The Lord said to my Lord,
             ‘Sit at my right hand,
      35  until I make your enemies your footstool.’”

36 Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.’

The First Converts
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’ 38 Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’ 40 And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ 41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Life among the Believers
43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.


Bible studies are led by the pastor and by individuals within our church. Various studies come in many shapes and sizes. 

Our Adult Bible Study meets in-person or via Zoom on Thursdays from 6:30pm-8:00pm

If you are interested in joining a Bible Study, please contact us. 



In-Person Sunday School Classes for all ages @ 11:30am. (Season Ends May 7, 2023)


First Baptist has a small groups ministry that we refer to as Life Groups. A Life Group is a group of up to twelve people who meet monthly to experience the love of God and grow in relationship with each other. Life Groups also reach out in mission to the world while seeking and welcoming members so new Life Groups may be formed.

Life Groups have four basic components:

  • A time of “centering”, or “focusing”, or “worship”, usually with a devotional thought or a song. We all lead busy lives, and need a chance to “calm down” enough to enter the presence of God.
  • A time of “learning”, or “discipleship”, with a discussion around our Abiding scripture.  This helps us stay connected to what God is trying to say to us.
  • A time of “sharing”, and “prayer”, where in an attitude of “love and caring”, we share our burdens and joys, and pray for one another. This develops over time into a wonderful place to share confidentially, trusting the group to build each other up.
  • A time of considering “mission”, or “service”. It could be something as simple as all signing a card to someone who’s been sick, or going together as a group to the hospital or to a nursing home to visit someone, or deciding to help out with a mission project.

Life Groups have the added bonus of a time of “food, fellowship, and fun”, where a dessert/snack is shared, or even a simple meal, and folks can visit and enjoy being together.

Each Life Group has designated leaders, and yet, leadership can also be shared, i.e. someone may volunteer to bring a dessert, or lead the “centering” time, etc.

Life Groups lift up the truth that Jesus Christ is in the midst of each group, and offers us the strength and healing we all need. Christ is the one who provides the power and vision necessary to live the Christian life. When Life Groups come together, the focus is on experiencing Jesus in every part of our meeting.

Want to learn more? Contact Pastor Lara. 

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Take Note! Music Program is for all K-12th graders.

Mondays: After School - 5:30pm

Activities include organized free play and conversation, snack, devotional, singing, acting, and playing hand bells or tone chimes. Each year, a Christmas musical is presented and, in spring, a musical is presented.

These musicals include costumes, acting, choreography, and, of course, singing! The Take Note Choir also sings and rings during Sunday morning worship service in fall and in spring.

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 Praise & Worship Team

This group is open to youth and adults on a rotating basis. Accompanied by keyboard, drums and guitars, the group leads singing during Sunday morning worship services year- round.  


   FBC Vocal Choir
   This group is open to adults and high school youth who enjoy a wide variety of choral         music. The choir sings during Sunday morning worship service about once per month.
    Practices are usually held on Wednesday at 6:30pm, during the school year. 


FBC Handbell Ensemble
This group is for all adult and high school youth. We ring during the Sunday morning worship services about once a month. Practices are usually held on Tuesdays at 6:00pm, during the school year.


Youth Choir & Bells
This group is open to 6th - 12th graders. They meet during the school year on Monday afternoons, as part of the Take Note! Choir and sings with them. Students also have the opportunity to play handbells with the FBC Handbell Ensemble, playing during some Sunday morning worship services.