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 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.
- Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. – Women’s Ministry Fellowship at the church. All ladies welcome.
- 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 and A Life Worth Living classes at the home of Ross and Val Whitelaw. Info: 656-3532.
- Friday, 7:00 p.m. – Youth Night at the church for 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 TODAY. Bid sheets and a container are on the table by the kitchen. The bids will be opened during coffee time; be sure yours are in! Proceeds will go towards our Alpha Mission.
- Also to support our Alpha Mission are some lovely inspirational plaques donated by George and Maria Nylan. View the samples and make your selection at the table downstairs. The plaques are valued at $10.00, and payment is by donation of any amount.
- Anyone who desires to receive membership in Smoky Lake First Baptist Church is asked to contact Pastor Keith as soon as possible.
- The March/April/May issue of Our Daily Bread is available in the entry. Please help yourself to a copy.
- There are tax receipts and offering envelopes on the entry table. If you haven’t taken yours, please do so today.
- The latest newsletters from the Hohns and Yuri Nakano have been posted on the notice board.
- 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
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
Next Few Weeks
- March 24, 7:00 p.m. – Our Annual General Meeting.
April 23 – Our annual Spring Celebration. Ladies, please be prepared to sign up for a committee.
Clothing Swap – Only 3 months away! Don’t discard the clothing you no longer need. Instead, bring it to church for our annual clothing swap in June. Questions? 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
If our global Titanic is nearintg a cosmic iceberg, persoanlly I want to know. If the world system is rushing toward collapse, truth matters. If the time for sipping tea on veranda is over, then let's move on to the things that matter most. - Richard A. Sweeson, Hurtling Toward Oblivion!
Recent Discussion Points
- 94% have nomophobia—do you?
- Denison Forum on Truth and Culture
- Dr. Jim Denison, President
Feb 18, 2015
Read the full article - click here.
"Nomophobia" is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. The psychological term abbreviates "no-mobile-phone phobia." "Cell Phone Loss Anxiety" is a related term for those who lose their mobile devices. Such diagnoses are more needed today than ever. According to a Psychology Today report, when asked how they felt after misplacing their cell phone, 73 percent said they panicked, 14 percent became desperate, and seven percent became physically sick.
The founder of an online dating site observed, "People in the 21st century are alone. We have so many new ways of communicating, yet we are so alone." One expert notes: "It's a great psychological truth that if we don't teach our children how to be alone, they will always be lonely."
How would Jesus have handled a cell phone?
We find a clue in Mark 1:35. After large crowds gathered to meet our Lord, did he begin the day turning listeners into followers? Networking with his leadership team? Forging strategies for continued growth? None of the above: "Rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed." He knew that we must be much with God before we can be much for him.
In Genesis 46 we read, "Israel took his journey with all he had and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night" (vs. 1-2). Israel (Jacob) learned that sacrifice precedes revelation. I must get alone with God in worship and submission before I can hear his Spirit's voice clearly. Solitude does not earn revelation—it positions us to receive what our Father wants to tell us.
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