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 February 7th. 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 and up during sermon time. The Nursery is available for children under two.
- Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. – Midweek Service: Praise and Worship, Bible Study and Prayer. Please come and join us.
- Friday. 7:00 p.m. – Movie Night at the church, featuring the widely-acclaimed movie War Room. Children are welcome; parents please bring videos for them to watch downstairs.
Please also Note:
- Nursery: We need more volunteers for the Nursery. If you can help, please see Donna.
- Our updated Church Family Directory will be going to press soon! Last call for requests to change information in the present directory.
- Donations are needed for our baby gift hampers: diapers, wipes, books, cash. Please give your contributions to Lauretta.
- Income Tax receipts may be picked up in the entry.
- There are still some 2016 magnetic fridge calendars on the entry table.
- No more donations of bed linens are required for the White Cross hospital bandage project. Thanks to all who have given.
- You are probably aware that the Alberta government has issued a document entitled Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientation, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions. These guidelines will significantly affect all students and educators in Alberta schools. Please take time to read this document and consider how you wish to respond to it (e.g., by writing to your MLA). You may easily access it online by clicking on this link: “Guidelines for Best Practices.”
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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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Fund Raising Dinner for our New Church Building
October 24, 2015
Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event a success. Thanks to people within the community and outside the community who attended. Many thanks to the "Lost and Found" quartet.
There were two video presentations shown at the event. Click here to go to a page allowing you to view them.
- Our Old Church - a view of our current building with a few video clips of a Sunday morning and pictures of the clutter and lack of space
- Our New Church - Our vision for the future
- A third video about Our Sunday School was presented and is available by special order to congregation functions.
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
Changing one person at a time!
Many of “Our Girls” on the inside are murderers, kidnappers, prostitutes, drug-addicts and much more. They have lived on the edge of humanity, always one step away from rejection. Jesus gladly associated with sinners because He loved them and He knew they needed to hear what He had to say. By bringing the Good News, through the Celebrate Recovery program, to “Our Girls” on the inside, we see God changing lives one person at a time, healing them emotionally, physically and mentally.
Many have turned to Jesus and asked Him to forgive their sins so they can become Christ-like filled with love, humility, truth and service. Not only does the CR program lead people to a relationship with Jesus Christ, it also instructs them how to clean up their behaviors.
On July 27
th seven of “Our Girls” on the inside found the strength to take the next step in their walk with Jesus by being baptized. The baptism event was spectacular. Check on the link below to observe for yourself. For security reasons please do not post on social media sites.
2015 Recovery Ministry Promo Video
During our first couple weeks back in Mexico, International gospel singer Nancy Unsworth, her family, my cousin Rae-Ann and her son Aiden joined us for ten exciting days of ministry. Our time together was jam packed with ministry opportunities. God uses people with simple faith to accomplish his great purposes, no matter what kind of past they have had. Rae-Ann and Nancy did not allow their pasts to keep them from the new roles God had assigned them. Both shared their powerful stories of God’s redemptive love in their lives at various ministry sites.
We need your prayers. Churches and Correctional Institutes are seeking the Celebrate Recovery program. Pray God send us more facilitators and leaders to carry the program across Mexico. We have VISION beyond our resources. Would you pray about becoming a financial partner with the Recovery Ministry? Pray for more monthly supporters for the Recovery Ministry (we have raised 40% of our monthly budget).
Rod and I are so grateful for each of you, our ministry partners. None of the ministry we take part in could happen without your help. Your prayers, words of encouragement and financial gifts have kept us on the field doing what God has called us to do. Your job is as important as ours. He may have called us to go, but He has called you to be our senders.
In His Service,
Rod & Cheryl
Click here to see more about YUGO.
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
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- Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – St Paul Full Gospel Business Men’s Banquet, featuring speaker Tim Ridsale, “a husband, a father of two, a grandfather, a poet and a cowboy.” See poster in entry.
- March 31 – Annual General Meeting
- April 21 – Spring Celebration
- May 12 – Watoto Children's Choir. We are asked to provide accommodation over night for the group. If you are willing to host two or more, please see Alicia Fox.
Regularly Scheduled Worship Times:
- Wednesday Evenings - 7:00PM
- Sunday Morning at 11:00 AM, including Sunday School for the children
Church Family Notices
- Items stored in the new church bldg. been donated for giving to anyone who needs them. They are available to the church family and to the community at large. To view and/or obtain an item(s), contact one of the Leadership Team members.
Quote of the week
not alive. . . . There is no such thing as a potentially living organism. Every living thing is thoroughly actual, with more or
less potential. . . . That single-celled individual is just as actually a person as you or I."
Recent Discussion Points
Dear Christians: It’s no longer enough to work hard, raise a family, and hope to be left alone
Jan. 4, 2015 ( LifeSiteNews) - It’s a common complaint in pro-life circles: Why is it often so hard to get the churches involved in social causes? We know that Christians have abortions, too—so it is impacting us personally. We know that Christians are, for the most part, very anti-abortion—so it’s not as if they disagree with the pro-life movement. So what is holding so many people back from getting involved?
Apathy is part of it. Lack of awareness is part of it. But by and large, the real reason is an attitude that runs much deeper. The answer is simple: Church-going people are often traditional, conservative people. And here I don’t mean those terms in the way that political analysts might use them, to describe specific policy positions. I mean simply that they are people who want to work hard, raise their children, and be left alone.
“Have you ever met a parent of nine kids who was a Democratic activist?” Dennis Praeger once asked wryly. Everyone laughed. Perhaps not everyone even knew why it was so funny—it was just an absurd thought. Such a parent, everyone presumes, would have better things to do. People like my grandparents, who immigrated virtually penniless to Canada from the Netherlands in 1953, began working the land, and raised eleven children on a farm they built through blood, sweat, toil, and tears. They were too busy raising children and putting food on the table to trouble themselves with the screechings of Canadian feminists and other such activists.
Herein lies the problem the pro-life and pro-family movement has in recruiting conservative people to engage the culture to combat the social ills infecting our society: There is something fundamentally foreign about “activism.” Indeed, the term “conservative activist” itself seems to be something of a contradiction in terms. Small-c conservatives and traditionalists do not want to change the world. They want to live in it and not be bothered.
It’s in the very root of the word—“conserve.” It is markedly different in temperament from “liberal,” which denotes “liberalizing”—action. Thus, many suspicious church people even find that the word “activism” carries with it a whiff of liberalism. Ambrose Bierce brilliantly encapsulated the contrast between these two temperaments when he defined a conservative as, “A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the liberal who wishes to replace them with others.”
Which brings us to our present unpleasant realization that from a cultural perspective, the traditionalists and conservatives have been thoroughly beaten in the war for the culture. For the most part, we never even showed up. We raised families, built farms and businesses, and attended church functions while secular revolutionaries took over the entertainment industry, the media, academia—and finally, the public education system that now dutifully serves as a conduit for secular “values.” Prayer is out, queer theory is in, and many a middle-aged conservative has found occasion recently to splutter his coffee and gape at his newspaper: “How did things change so fast?”
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