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Sunday, May 24, 2020

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Sunday, May 24, 2020 11:00 AM

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Virtual Church – Online

Scriptures include: Psalm 68:1-10,32-35 and Acts 1:6-14

Guest Preacher Rev. Joe Collins will preach a sermon entitled, “Power Trip”

Joe is the Chaplain for Good News Jail & Prison Ministry in the Martinsville and Henry County corrections facilities. The mission of Good News Jail & Prison Ministry is to help fulfill the Great Commission by reaching inmates around the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ. You are invited to consider becoming a partner with Joe in this great calling, by prayer, volunteering, and/or financial support.

 

Joe Collins is a native of Bristol, VA and a graduate of Belmont University, Nashville, TN. He served as pastor at First Baptist Church, Charlotte, TN before becoming a chaplain with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry in January 1997. He served as Chaplain for the Dickson County Sheriff’s Department (TN) until May 2001. In 2000, Joe was named Chaplain of the Year by Good News Jail & Prison Ministry. In 2001, he transferred to Harrison County, Mississippi to begin the ministry at the Harrison County Detention Center. In 2015, Joe transferred to Prince George, VA to begin the ministry for GNJPM at Riverside Regional Jail. On August 1, 2019, Joe came to Martinsville/Henry County Jails as chaplain with GNJPM.

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Giving of our Resources

Please continue to give generously to the ministries of our church, even as we cannot meet in person each week. You can give online here or mail / drop off your tithes and offerings to the church office. Your gifts help us to continue to offer ministry to our church members through virtual church services, Bible studies, ministry to the community, and more.

We are in the midst of new missions opportunities during this season of pandemic. We want to serve our neighbors, and to do that, we need your generous giving. Click here to see what we’re up to, and make a special donation to our Missions Opportunity fund by designating your online gift or mailed check in the memo line.

Thank you for providing for the mission and ministry of First Baptist Church!

Learn More about Good News Jail & Prison Ministry:

  • “Like” Good News Jail & Prison Ministry for MHC Page on Facebook: Click here
  • Check out the GNJPM Website: Click here

Give to Good News Jail & Prison Ministry:

  • You can give financially to Joe’s ministry through our church by writing your check to GNJPM and sending to the church with your regular offering, or writing a check to FBC and we’ll send the funds on your behalf – just let us know how much you’d like to designate.
  • You can also give regularly to Joe’s Ministry by filling out the form on their website to withdraw monthly – be sure to choose the designation 027 – Martinsville, Collins: Click here

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Join Us for a Service of Worship

Sunday, May 17, 2020 11:00 AM

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Virtual Church – Online

Scriptures include: 1 Peter 3:13-22 and John 14:15-21

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled, “The Shape of the Spirit”

In our Gospel lesson today, Jesus is letting his disciples know he leaves with them an advocate, the Spirit, to guide them after he leaves their physical presence. This Spirit isn’t one they will know simply by a feeling (though undoubtedly the Spirit can be felt at times). More than a feeling, though, the shape of the Spirit is an outline of the life, teachings, and actions of Jesus of Nazareth. What does it mean to embrace the Spirit after Jesus leaves? It means keeping Christ’s commandments, following his lead in our own actions and teachings.

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Giving of our Resources

Please continue to give generously to the ministries of our church, even as we cannot meet in person each week. You can give online here or mail / drop off your tithes and offerings to the church office. Your gifts help us to continue to offer ministry to our church members through virtual church services, Bible studies, ministry to the community, and more.

We are in the midst of new missions opportunities during this season of pandemic. We want to serve our neighbors, and to do that, we need your generous giving. Click here to see what we’re up to, and make a special donation to our Missions Opportunity fund by designating your online gift or mailed check in the memo line.

Thank you for providing for the mission and ministry of First Baptist Church!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

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Sunday, May 10, 2020 11:00 AM

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Virtual Church – Online

Scriptures include: Psalm 31:1-5,15-16 and John 14:1-14

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled, “The In-Between”

Our Gospel lesson situates itself in between Jesus’s life/teachings and his death/ resurrection. It’s an in-between space, where hearts are troubled and fears abound. It’s a place where the disciples need reassurance and comfort. We use this text so often at the in-between of life with a person and life without a person: at the funeral or the graveside. The hope of eternity, coupled with the reality of impending death, is where the disciples find themselves with Jesus. I think we’re also at an in-between space right now in our shared communal life. We are in between life-as-it-always-was and life-as-it-will-be. How do we live now, with the potential for illness and death around every corner? How do we hope for the future when reopening our lives makes so many of us so vulnerable? How do we thrive in the in-between? Perhaps Jesus’s words have new meaning for us in these in-between days.

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Giving of our Resources

Please continue to give generously to the ministries of our church, even as we cannot meet in person each week. You can give online here or mail / drop off your tithes and offerings to the church office. Your gifts help us to continue to offer ministry to our church members through virtual church services, Bible studies, ministry to the community, and more.

We are in the midst of new missions opportunities during this season of pandemic. We want to serve our neighbors, and to do that, we need your generous giving. Click here to see what we’re up to, and make a special donation to our Missions Opportunity fund by designating your online gift or mailed check in the memo line. Don’t know how much to give? Note that each meal we serve to our essential personnel costs about $120. Would you be willing to sponsor a meal (or half a meal, or a couple of meals)?

Thank you for providing for the mission and ministry of First Baptist Church!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Join Us for a Service of Worship and Communion

Sunday, May 3, 2020 11:00 AM

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Virtual Church – Online

Scriptures include: Psalm 23 and John 10:1-10

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled, “A Gate and a Shepherd”

Jesus loves a metaphor, especially one with multiple layers to make his hearers think more widely about who he is in relationship to humanity and who we are in relationship to one another. Following a healing of a blind man, Jesus begins to explain to the religious leaders that he is a gate to protect his followers, as well as the shepherd who leads them: the voice they trust. But those with the power, the religious authority, have spent their time dismissing his healing and the blind man. They are concerned more about their well-being and position than the person who was healed. The image of Jesus as both protector and leader should mean something to us today – for through and with him, we can have life, and have it abundantly.   

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Giving of our Resources

Please continue to give generously to the ministries of our church, even as we cannot meet in person each week. You can give online here or mail / drop off your tithes and offerings to the church office. Your gifts help us to continue to offer ministry to our church members through virtual church services, Bible studies, ministry to the community, and more.

We are also beginning new missions opportunities during this season of pandemic. We want to serve our neighbors, and to do that, we need your generous giving. Click here to see what we’re up to, and make a special donation to our Missions Opportunity fund by designating your online gift or mailed check in the memo line.

Thank you for providing for the mission and ministry of First Baptist Church!

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