Advent 2020

We need your help to help keep us connected and
make our spirits brighter this Christmas season.




Photos for Advent
Send Pictures to Michelle between Nov 27 -Dec 16 
Throughout Advent Send in pictures of your Nativity scenes at home with or without your family in the photo.   These will be shared each Sunday during the virtual service.


Family Greetings
Send Pictures to Michelle between Nov 27- Dec 22.
Since we can’t see you in person we’d love to here from you virtually… Send in a  Christmas Greeting from you and your family for Sunday mornings during advent.


Advent Wreath and Manger Scene
Thursday December 24, 2020
As you are watching the virtual services each advent Sunday we invite you to light your advent candle at home at the same time we are lighting it at church.  And if you have a Nativity scene at home, have your children point out the different figures which are being presented each Sunday.


Virtual Christmas Eve Service
Thursday December 24, 2020

Plan to join us online at 5pm
Traditional service will have Silent night candle lighting so be sure to have your candles ready at home. Service will be available on YouTube after 5pm 


“It’s a Wonderful Life with Music”
Thursday December 24, 2020 2 pm
Plan to listen and watch a past and present musical offering from First Baptist starting at 2 pm . We pray it will bring Christmas Spirit into your home Christmas Eve and Christmas day.  Music will be available on YouTube after 2pm 


Stories of Faith
Through the season of Advent, we’re looking for people who willing to share a brief story (2-3 paragraphs max) of how God has impacted your life in faith, peace, joy and love.  

If you’d like to participate, send an email to Cheri Grizzard or letter to the office and we will share the stories we receive in worship and/or online (if we have more than we can share during worship).  If you wish your story to remain anonymous, please so indicate in your email.  

Stories of peace: Share a time when God has helped you reconcile or make peace with someone.  Turn in before Dec 6

Stories of joy:  Describe a time when you felt what you would describe as true joy (beyond happiness). Turn in before  Dec 13 

Stories of love: How does God shape your understanding of what love is?  Turn in before Dec 20 



RMMO – Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering

The Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) originated in the mid-1930s, when American Baptist congregations received a Communion Fellowship Offering on the first Sunday of each month to support retired ministers, missionaries, their widowed spouses and elderly clergy within their churches. In 1977, American Baptist Churches USA launched RMMO to continue this appreciation of God’s service.

This year, to honor this tradition and acknowledge the current circumstances, we chose Hope for Today, Hope for Tomorrow as our theme. This theme encompasses the true strength and dedication of ministers, missionaries and their widowed spouses who have devoted 15 years or more to ABCUSA.

Please Click Here to GIVE

Make checks payable to the church and mark RMMO on the memo line.

( To specify the selected mission Select Missions- Retired Ministers/ Missionaries from Dropdown box)

 Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes Mission Drive


This year we are having a  “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” Mission Drive where we are collecting hats, scarves, gloves, lap blankets and socks for both children and adults in need. These will be given to multiple organizations including Sugar Creek Elementary and the local Mission!|
 These items can be donated through the next month from October 28th to December 2nd and can be either store bought or handmade.
To stop the spread of illness we will be packing the items individually in Ziploc bags with dates so the organizations can know when to safely open them. You can turn in these items to the drop-box in the Narthex.

Friendsgiving – November 26

(From Gabrielle Hastings:)

For many of us, Thanksgiving is going to look a little different this year as we forgo gatherings with family in the hope of keeping everyone healthy. Our family made the decision to cancel our plans this year…but I’m still going to cook a turkey dinner.

With so many people planning to spend Thanksgiving alone, we want to give people the opportunity to celebrate together even if we’re physically apart. So we invite those who would otherwise be alone to join us for a remote Friendsgiving. Sign up by Sunday, November 22nd, to pick up a meal on the afternoon of November 26, Thanksgiving Day, and then join us on Zoom for dinner or dessert.

The meal will include turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, and a choice of pumpkin or apple pie. Let us know how many are in your household what kind of pie you want, and if there’s anything you don’t want included. If you have any food allergies, let us know and we’ll try to accommodate them.

Guests can pick up food at our house from 2:00-2:45 p.m.; the Zoom gathering will begin at 3:00.  Address information and zoom links will be shared with those who sign up.

To let us know that you’re interested, if you have any questions or would like to help, contact Gabrielle Hastings at