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 November 23 is posted. Sermons from January 13, 2013 to November 23, 2014 can all be played back from our Website.
We still would like another person who is willing to help out with running Easy Worship and the overheads during services on Wednesday night and/or Sunday services.
This Week in Our Church:
- We welcome Rod and Cheryl Hoople from Yugo Ministries. A special offering for the Yugo Prison Ministry will be taken at the end of the service today.
- Please stay for a potluck lunch after the Worship Service.
- 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, “The Jesus Lifestyle” Study, and Prayer. Everyone welcome.
- Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – Alpha and A Life Worth Living at the home of Ross and Val Whitelaw. There are two more sessions.
- Friday, 9:30 a.m. – Women’s Muffin Ministry will not be meeting until the new year. (Barb will still change the signs each week.)
- Friday, 7:00 p.m. – Youth Night at the church for ages 10-18. Info: Terry & Chantal @ 656-4013; Noreen @ 656-2114.
- Sunday, December 7, 2:00 p.m. – WMF Christmas Gathering at the Smoky Lake Curling Club (note change.)All ladies welcome.
- Sunday, December 14, 11:00 a.m. – Sunday School Christmas Program, followed by our annual family dinner. (See back page.)
- Monday, December 15, 4:30 p.m. – Leadership Team meeting.
- Thank you to the ladies who turned out to clean the church last Tuesday: Barb, Lauretta, Val, Laura, Roberta, Christina and Sharon.
- Thank you to Ross for delivering the shoeboxes to a collection centre in Edmonton.
- The widely-acclaimed Focus on the Family documentary movie Irreplaceable will be shown on TV tonight on Vision TV (5:00 p.m.), Hope TV (6:00 p.m.) and YES TV (6:00 p.m.). Tim Sisarich takes us on a journey around the world to answer such questions as*Does family still matter in today’s society? *What’s wrong with families?Don’t miss it!
- The December/January/February issue of Our Daily Breadis available in the entry. Please help yourself to a copy.
- The latest newsletters from the Hohns and Yuri Nakano are on the notice board.
- Missing: a large yellow-handled carving knife that was used for carving pumpkins on Hallelujah Night. It is smaller than the one now in the church kitchen, and was perhaps taken home by mistake. See Sandy or Sharon.
- 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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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
Next Few Weeks
- Sunday, December 7, 2:00 p.m. – WMF Christmas Gathering at the home of Elena Jarema.
- Sunday, December 14, 11:00 a.m. – Sunday School Christmas Program, followed by our annual family dinner.
- Monday, December 15, 4:30 p.m. – Leadership Team meeting.
Regularly Scheduled Worship Times:
- Wednesday Evenings - 7:00PM
- Sunday Morning at 11:00 AM, including Sunday School for the children
Current Alpha Courses:
- Our current Alpha Course and A life Worth Living Course will be rapping up very soon. Watch for information on our first 2015 courses which should start in January 2015.
Go to: our own Alpha Web page for more information - watch two powerful testimonies from ladies in our own congrefation.
Quote of the week
As Corrie ten Boom put it: ‘Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrow; but it empties today of strength.’
Recent Discussion Points
- The music of man and of woman
Read article in Mercatornet.com about the interreligious colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage held at the Vatican
"A new affirmation of marriage by world religious leaders:"
Why do weddings still move us? We do not become emotional when business partners strike a deal. We shed no tears at a friendly handshake. We feel no such joy to hear of “casual” mating. A wedding is different. Here stand a man and woman, entering together into a new life.
And yet it is more than this. They are about to enter the generations. Their union proclaims life: their parents and grandparents still live within them. Humankind lives within them. The cultures and creeds of the world live within them. They are there—in the blood. Those bearing witness know this truth. They too have been born from a union of man and woman.
See the grandmother who looks on, now frail. She was once that bride, and the memory of her own mother and father dwells within her still.
See the brother who welcomes guests—he will one day be that bridegroom, and he too will enter in a new way the long history into which he was born.
See their friends and neighbors. They are more essential than any might guess. For it is they who will help make this marriage flourish. Their investment will return to them, for marriage is a cup that runs over.
See the mother of the bridegroom, hugging her son amid smiles and tears. He was once a helpless baby whom she nursed at the breast. Now he stands tall above her, and his voice is deep, and his shoulders broad. She remembers his birth. He who was once her child will one day be a father.
See the father of the bride, holding her by the hand. He recalls when her mother bore her, and he envisions in her what is so hard to believe, the mother-to-be. She is the bearer of a future. She is irreplaceable.
See man and woman together. They are not just two people. He is for her, and she for him; it is inscribed in their bodies. Their union will bring life that binds and mingles families, encourages faith to flourish, and brings humankind and the world’s diverse cultures to flower again.
Both are eager to undertake their new responsibilities—their gift of self to the other—and think little about what is owed them. They know nothing yet of the difficulty of the years ahead, only of their desire to travel it together.
It is hard now to speak of such obvious and beautiful things, but they are there. All the witnesses know it. It is the music of man and of woman. Man with woman brings out the finest in him, directing his blood and his mind toward what makes life possible; and woman with man brings out the finest in her, directing her love and her care toward what makes life sweet.
Today, however, the homes that marriage makes are exposed to an army of distractions, and to the thief and the enemy who comes to steal and destroy. Weddings are rarer and children fewer. Where poverty erodes, marriage feels out of reach. Where war afflicts, families are crushed. Anywhere marriage recedes, we lose the transcendent and material goods that all human beings should enjoy.
And we too are at fault, for when marriages are exposed to the wind and the rain, we have paid little attention. When the needs of children succumb to the wishes of adults, we have often remained silent. Love is reduced to a consumer item, an airbrushed image, or a slogan to export. It will not work. We will not flourish.
For marriage is no mere symbol of achievement, but the very foundation—a base from which to build a family and from there a community. For on earth marriage binds us across the ages in the flesh, across families in the flesh, and across the fearful and wonderful divide of man and woman, in the flesh. This is not ours to alter. It is ours, however, to encourage and celebrate.
And so it is that we rejoice at weddings.
This we affirm.
Read discussion points, recent and previous, on our Blog page and feel free to comment
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