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Share Your Holiday – Food Drive

Share Your Holiday – Food Drive


December 5
First Baptist Church
6:00 am – 5:30 pm

Be a part of one of the biggest and most enjoyable food drives of the year! Come out and help us with our mission to feed struggling families during the holiday season by donating cash or canned goods. It’s just that simple.

The event will be held at First Baptist Church, in their parking lot, on the corner of Sumter and Washington Street. You’ll have the ability to donate from your car as you drive under the big blue awning on Washington. There will also be a food truck rodeo in the Sumter Street parking lot, so plan to come by and visit during lunch!

8 AM
The DRIP Coffee Truck
For coffee & espresso drinks

11AM – 2 PM
Plenty of tables & chairs will be set up for lunch.  Invite your friends and coworkers to join you.
A portion of all food truck sales will go directly to Harvest Hope Food Bank
Casey’s Big Dawg BBQ Food Truck
The Belgium Waffle Food Truck
Pawley’s Front Porch Food Truck
Exclusive Berries & Treats

Share Your Holiday Food Drive

Share Your Holiday is a public service campaign and outreach effort by WACH FOX, along with our other media partners, to benefit the Harvest Hope Food Bank in the Midlands and Florence to aid in their fight against hunger. The Share Your Holiday Food Drive for Harvest Hope Food Bank began in 1998 and is now the state’s largest annual food drive. The goal of the campaign is to fill the food bank warehouses for the holidays and for the cold months ahead to benefit underprivileged families and individuals.  First Baptist Columbia serves at one of the two main drop off locations for this drive!  We would love for you to volunteer and join us at the drive. For more information please see their website https://www.harvesthope.org/

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Celebrate Women’s Ministry

Celebrate Women’s Ministry

This past Saturday, over 200 women, college-age up to senior adults, gathered together to “Celebrate Women’s Ministry.” Not only was it an opportunity for our ladies to hear from our new pastor’s wife, Rachel Church, about her life and ministry, but also an opportunity to learn about what First Women’s Ministry “DOES” and respond to the call to get involved.

If you’re a woman at First Baptist, you’re a part of First Women’s Ministry,” said Rene White, who has recently taken the role of First Women’s Ministry Chair. “You have gifts to share and we need you,” added Rachel.

One of the priorities of First Women’s Ministry is facilitating women serving our church, community and even beyond. In that vein, the event also included a service project for Operation Christmas Child. Women chatted around their tables as they assembled sewing kits for teenage girls, an often overlooked demographic of shoe box recipients.

Alex Hipkins, a young professional who recently joined the church, said, “As a new member at First Baptist, I found the event to be a great way to meet women of all ages! It was an opportunity to put names to the faces I see every week and meet new people.”

Interested in learning about all that First Women’s Ministry does, getting involved, and/or serving on a FWM team? Click here to submit an interest form.

(Browse through the pictures from Saturday’s Event)

Celebrate Women's Ministry

First College Welcome Week 2018

First College Welcome Week 2018

Welcome Week, or some form of it, has been going on this week at the University of South Carolina and other midlands colleges. This mission field of over 40,000 students is just a few city blocks away from us. Be in prayer for our students as they get into their regular school routines and build relationships with other students in their classes, residence halls, and apartments. If you have a college student that you would like to send our way or if you would like to get involved as a volunteer with First College Ministry, please e-mail Rob Nicholes.

See what’s been going on in this video below.

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

On Sunday, August 20th, we’ll be handing out free solar eclipse sun glasses in Sunday School, and on Monday, August 21, you can come out to Washington Street parking lot and watch the main event. You can even enjoy some food from San Jose food truck. We hope you’ll join us in the celebration.

The Longest Total Eclipse on the East Coast

2 Minutes and 36 Seconds of 100% Total Eclipse

At 2:41 p.m. on Monday, August 21, 2017, viewers who have gathered in the Greater Columbia, S.C., area will experience the longest period of 100% total eclipse for a metro area on the entire East Coast of the United States — ranging from 2 minutes and 30 seconds to 2 minutes and 36 seconds of total darkness.

Experts estimate that this total solar eclipse will be the most watched eclipse in the history of the world as we know it. Only those in the “path of totality” will have the extremely rare, awe-inspiring experience of witnessing a 100% total eclipse.

The Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C., initiative was created to serve as a central hub for information about experiencing the eclipse in the Midlands region of South Carolina. As a result, more than 120 eclipse-related events are being hosted across the region across the long weekend.

Project: NEXT

Project: NEXT

We are so close to being able to open the renovated YMCA building as our NEW STUDENT CENTER! If you would like to be a part of what God is doing with our middle school, high school, and college students by giving to Project: NEXT financially, please fill out the form below or print out this pledge card, fill it out, and turn it into the church.