Welcome To Our Website
As Senior Pastor and on behalf of the family of the First Baptist Church, I want to thank you for visiting our website. At the First Baptist Church, we believe God calls each of us to be engaged in a passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ. There is no higher calling than to seek the Lord with all your heart, and in so doing, to glorify Him. We welcome you to join us in this pursuit. The fact that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and then rose from the grave is our fundamental belief. He lives today and stands ready to give abundant and eternal life to all those who repent of sin and place their faith in Him. We invite everyone to receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
What a joy it is to introduce you to our church! At the First Baptist Church, our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey.
One of life’s most beautiful words is ‘family’. At the First Baptist Church, we take seriously the Bible’s teaching that Christians are the family of God and therefore brothers and sisters in Christ. As a “family of faith” we seek to worship and serve God, share the good news of the gospel message, and provide the spiritual environment necessary for the believer’s spiritual growth.
In short, you will find us to be a God centered, caring community of individuals who are excited about having the opportunity to extend to you the same love, hope and joy we have received from the Lord. We extend to you a cordial invitation to join us this coming Lord’s Day as the family meets to draw near to God through prayer, thoughtful contemporary songs, traditional hymns and inspiring relevant messages from God’s Word. After the worship service we linger over refreshments, so please take a moment to get to know us better. God bless you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Pastor Keith Axford
The Sermon from March 22nd is posted. This sermon, as well as previous sermons can be played back from the Website.
This Week in Our Church:
- Today - Children’s Church for ages 2-11 during sermon time.All children welcome to attend. The Nursery is available for children under two.
- Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. – Midweek Service: Praise and Worship, Bible Study (topics from "The Jesus Lifestyle”) and Prayer. Please come and join us.
- Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – Alpha and A Life Worth Living classes at the home of Ross and Val Whitelaw. Info: 656-3532.
- Friday, 11:00 a.m. – Good Friday Service. Please invite family and friends.
- Nursery: This Sunday– Bev and Rhonda
Next Sunday – Flora May and Roberta
- Anyone who wishes to participate in the NAB Spring Missions Offering is invited to take a brochure and envelope from the table in the entry. Please make your cheque to Smoky Lake First Baptist Church, and write “NAB Missions” on the memo line.
- The latest Pioneer Bible Camp newsletter is posted on the notice board.
- We have extra CD’s of previous sermons, free for the taking. You will find the 2010 and 2011 copies on a table downstairs. In the following weeks, further copies will be added.
- Wednesday Evenings - 7:00PM - Praise and Worship
- Sunday Mornings - 11:00AM
Children's Ministry - for ages 2-11 during service time. All children welcome to attend. The Nursery is available for children under two.
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A plea from Hope International for farming families in Ubangi!
Farming families in the Ubangi region of Africa’s Democratic Republic of Congo have been through a lot lately.
A difficult growing season, and fear caused by Ebola as it spread across West Africa, made life very difficult this past year. Yet despite the difficulties, the families thrived - growing nearly five times more corn than usual because of the training, tools, seeds, and other support they’ve received.
A recent event, however, has shaken their confidence. A catastrophic barge accident, caused by a massive windstorm, sent one-third of their hard-earned corn harvest to the bottom of the Congo River. Had the corn reached its destination it would have earned the families four times more than if sold locally.
You can help these families recover from their loss, increase the amount of corn they plant and harvest, and significantly increase their income this year.
A portion of your gift helps provide low interest loans, immediately after harvest, to cover the cost of transporting some of the corn to the big markets where it fetches four times as much money as it does at local markets. The corn that isn’t transported to the big markets is sold in local markets or kept for personal consumption, ensuring that the community and families benefit locally as well.
Growing and selling more corn, at a fair but higher price, is crucial to the success of families in Ubangi as they work their way out of poverty.
You can help enable a family become self-reliant for just $60. Click here to go to their Website and donate
FCSS Smoky Lake
We partner with FCSS Smoky Lake in welcoming newcomers to the community. Anyone wishing to contribute promotional literature and/or gifts from his/her business, please see Michelle.
News from Cheryl and Rod Hoople
Two weeks ago a man entered Celebrate Recovery. JJ (not his real name) had been the leader of his own gang of guys. One of his best friends became a Christian. JJ saw real changes in this guy. A short time later one of our CR leaders invited JJ to church. JJ thought he would check it out. That first Wednesday night JJ accepted Jesus Christ into his heart as his Lord and Savior. The next night he joined us at Celebrate Recovery openly sharing his story of how God miraculously saved him. The joy in this man's heart in finding Jesus was intoxicating. This is only one small story of what God is doing. Marriages are being restored, lives are being transformed. Pray for JJ And others like him that join us week after week that they will be set free from the hurts, habits and hang ups that have kept them in bondage for years.
God has been faithful to send us workers with godly characteristics. As servants of our King we need to lead in power, love and self discipline. Pray for us that God will continue to send more workers to fill the positions that still need filling in the Celebrate Recovery Program.
Celebrate Recovery has programs for adults, children and youth. We plan to introduce a program for children called Celebration Station when we have the materials translated into Spanish. Please join us in prayer for someone to lead the childcare program and for more workers.
We are in a battle and need prayer warriors to lift up the CR program in prayer daily for our leaders, workers and participants. Pray that God will have prayer warriors identify themselves so we can set up a prayer chain to have prayer support in all areas of need for the CR program.
As with every ministry there is a cost involved. With Celebrate Recovery there are many necessities such as books, photocopying, snacks, training materials and the list goes on. Pray that God will raise up monthly supporters for the Recovery Program
Thank you for being our partners in the Recovery Ministry. Your prayers are making a difference for eternity.
Cheryl Hoople - Recovery Ministries Coordinator
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Consolacion Baptist Church in the Philippines
The second floor on the church is nearly finished. What a difference we can make when we reach out to others with our offerings! Click here to see more
- April 17-18 – ABA Annual General Meeting at Terwillegar Community Church, Edmonton. All interested persons are invited to attend. If you’re interested, please see Pastor Keith TODAY.
- April 23 – Spring Celebration. Ladies, please sign up for a committee.
- April 25, 5:00 p.m. – Pioneer Bible Camp Spring Banquet at Pembina Place, Redwater. Admission is $30.00 for adults and $20.00 for children 12 and under. Contact Lauretta Jarema for tickets NOW. Please don’t wait!
- Clothing Swap – Don’t discard the clothing you no longer need! Bring it to church for our annual clothing swap in June. For more information see Michelle.
Regularly Scheduled Worship Times:
- Wednesday Evenings - 7:00PM
- Sunday Morning at 11:00 AM, including Sunday School for the children
Current Alpha Courses:
- Youth Alpha on Fridays,
- Classic Alpha and A Life Worth Living on Thursdays at the Whitelaw's (780-656-3532)
Quote of the week
"What you do for yourself dies with you.
What you do for others is immortal." ...Unknown
Recent Discussion Points
Enshrining ‘absurdity’: Alberta poised to impose acceptance of ‘gender fluidity’
- by Steve Weatherbe
- March 25, 2015
- Life Site - News
- Read the entire article - click here.
Alberta was once considered Canada’s most socially conservative province, but these days, critics say, it seems more transfixed by trendiness as it pursues gay straight alliances and “gender fluidity.”
The first came earlier this month when the Progressive Conservative government passed an education reform bill forcing all schools to provide clubs to promote homosexuality, even Christian or Muslim private schools with definitive teachings condemning homosexuality.
The flavour of the second half of the month is “gender identity” and “gender expression,” which the Alberta government is seriously considering protecting from discrimination through the Alberta Human Rights Act.
“We are considering introducing an amendment to the Alberta Human Rights Act, but at this point we are not in a position to comment on when that might happen,” Jessica Jacobs-Mino, the press secretary for Justice Minister Jonathan Denis, told the Calgary Herald by email.
While the Herald clearly approved, as did all those it found for comment, conservative Christians say this official recognition of a social trend can only add to cultural confusion about human nature and sexuality with dangerous consequences.
“This is totally an expression of post-modern relativism,” Dr. Peter Ambery, a Victoria, B.C., psychotherapist told LifeSiteNews. “According to Facebook we now have 50 genders. It is what happens when intelligent people stop believing in God. They believe in absolute absurdities.”
And Fr. Stefano Pella of Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, warned that the government appeared to be enforcing a “passing fad” whose purpose was to turn people totally into consumers not only of sexual experiences but even of genders. “You have to ask, ‘Who is making a profit from this?’, especially when such ideas are being forced on children. We call that abuse.”
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