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 January 25th is posted. This sermon, as well as previous sermons can be played back from the Website.
This Week in Our Church:
- This Sunday – We welcomed our regional minister, Dr. Jim Leverette, along with architect Al Fritz, mechanical engineer Bill Mains and electrical engineer Brad De Boer.
- A potluck dinner was served after the service and we saw an in-depth presentation of our new church building by Al Fritz.
- Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. – Midweek Service: Praise and Worship, Bible Study (topics from "The Jesus Lifestyle" Series 2) and Prayer. Please come and join us.
- Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – Alpha Invitation Supper at the church. Please come and bring a friend.
- Friday, 7:00 p.m. – Youth Night at the churchfor ages 10-18. Info: Terry & Chantal @ 656-4013; Noreen @ 656-2114.
- Val Whitelaw has made three beautiful quilts which are on display downstairs. Anyone wishing to purchase a quilt is invited to submit a sealed bid by February 15. Bid sheets and a container are on the south wall table. Proceeds will go towards our Alpha Mission.
- The ladies of the Women’s Ministry Fellowship have adopted a new policy for blessing the newborns in our church family. Instead of a WMF-hosted baby shower, a gift basket will be presented. A container will be set up downstairs, and anyone – men also – may donate items for babies (and moms). A selection of these items will be given to each of our newborns. Thank you, Lauretta, for volunteering to look after this. Please note that this does not prohibit individuals from hosting a shower if they so wish.
- Tax receipts will be ready at the end of January.
- 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
- Wednesday – Pastor Keith will conduct Pastoral Care Services at Bar-V-Nook Lodge (9:00 a.m.), the Auxiliary (10:00 a.m.) and the Nursing Home (10:45 a.m.). Come and participate!
- February 20-22 – Missions Fest Alberta 2015.
- "Won by ONE"
Shaw Conference Centre - Edmonton
9797 - Jasper Ave., Edmonton, AB
- Keynote Speakers
Donna Boone - Canadian Children's Chaplaincy Association
Brenda Giangregorio - Crossing Borders/MEA Worldwide
Terry Law - World Compassion
Barry Slauenwhite - Compassion Canada
- "Won by ONE"
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 begins on Friday, January 23rd at 7:00 PM
- The introductory Alpha Supper Party is on Thursday, January 29th at 6:30 PM.
Go to: our own Alpha Web page for more information - watch two powerful testimonies from ladies in our own congrefation.
Quote of the week
C. S. Lewis was right: You have never met a mortal. When the sun and moon and stars are gone and the mountains and seas have disappeared, you and every person you know will still be alive somewhere—either with God in paradise, or separated from him forever.
Recent Discussion Points
- Islamists won’t kill free speech—we will
- Barbara Amiel - Maclean's Magazine - January 9, 2015
Read the full article in the magazine or click here.
‘In my view there is no media outlet in Canada brave enough to allow a full and proper discussion of Islam’
"It is difficult not to be intemperate in the face of nine murdered journalists, two murdered policemen and a janitor, lying in pools of blood in Paris, the City of Lights: the cold, calculated killing spree a response to journalism that was displeasing. The magazine Charlie Hebdo was firebombed in 2011. Though it regularly heaved dung across and beyond the political spectrum and satirized many religious figures and religions including the Pope, Jews, Christians et al, it was Charlie’s caricatures of Islam that brought on the bombs and murders. Not surprising, in our time when virtually all terrorism of the last few decades—whether in Russia, China, Germany, the killing fields of Syria and the Middle East, New York or Boston—has been carried out in the name of Islam..."
"... The West has been ready to give up on itself for some time now. We have no idea of what we stand for and seem to have no faith other than lip-service in the superiority of our institutions. If 9/11 can somehow be made to feel like partly the fault of America, then change foreign policy or administrations and the problem will go away. If young Islamic terrorists are created by feelings of “alienation” then the problem will be solved by getting them to like us. It’s so comforting. Fundamentalist Islam is on the march and all we can do is worry about giving offence. When the blood of journalists can only be expunged by denying other journalists the right to say or show what they died for, we are hemorrhaging freedom. I have no children but some coming generation will pay the price for their parents’ cowardice."
Read discussion points, recent and previous, on our Blog page and feel free to comment
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