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The Open Church @ FBC

Relaxed. Relevant. Inclusive.

A new service of worship and gathering of community.

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While our buildings may be closed, our people, God’s church, are open for ministry.

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The Congregation of First Baptist Church, led by the Holy Spirit,

covenants to worship Almighty God and to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Consistent with the Great Commission, we will share our spiritual gifts beyond our doors with enthusiasm, generosity, and grace. 

Our Vision

Alongside the community of faith in Martinsville and Henry County, we seek to serve and to love our neighbors of all ages – from the smallest children to the most seasoned adults – with care and attention to physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, just as Jesus did in his ministry.

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Sundays

The Open Church, 9:00 a.m., Front Plaza

Sunday School, 9:45 am

(Virtual during COVID-19 on Zoom)

Sunday Worship, 11:00 am

(Virtual during COVID-19 on Services page)

Childcare provided in our church nursery during all adult studies and our traditional worship services. 

Wednesdays

Wednesday Night Midweek Check-In, 5:00 pm

Bible Study, 6:00 pm

(Midweek Check-In is Virtual during COVID-19 at 7:00 pm on Zoom)

Thursdays

Thursday Morning Bible Study, 10:00 am

(Virtual During COVID-19 on Zoom)

11:00AM | Sunday

July 12, 2020

Join us for a Service of Worship

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Virtual Church – Online

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled, “More than Enough”

Scriptures include: Psalm 119:105-112 and Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.

Our Gospel lesson from Matthew this week is the parable of the sower, or the parable of the soils. To 21st century ears, this story seems implausible at best, downright silly at worst. Why would a sower indiscriminately scatter seed like that – where it falls on all kinds of soil and might not grow? Does the sower not realize that more than half the seed will not yield a crop? But Jesus says that a good sower is a high-risk sower, trusting that what needs to grow will grow. And the parable doesn’t end with just a normal harvest (which would be good enough!), it ends with far more than enough – a hundredfold harvest! So often we think things are about to run out – money, time, energy, etc. – but God says “keep sowing indiscriminately, share, share, share. You might just be surprised at the yield.” 

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Pastor Update 7-8-2020

Pastor Update 7-8-2020

Three updates/reminders from our pastor: 1) Coordinating Council has chosen an in-person reopening date; 2) Reminder about a new outreach ministry at FBC; and 3) Reminder about the upcoming called business meeting proposed amendments to our church bylaws.

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Pastor Update 6-24-2020

Pastor Update 6-24-2020

Three updates from our pastor: 1) Reminder of the date in early July that we will be making the decision regarding reopening; 2) Announcement of a new outreach ministry at FBC; and 3) Announcement regarding proposed amendments to our church bylaws. 

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