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Category: Life at First

Selah

Selah

A First Women’s Ministry Event

Event is FREE – Chili Dinner @ 5 pm

Worship with Natalie Knotts & Challenge from Sandy Breazeale

Extended Time of Personal Reflection and Prayer (guide provided)

 

Begin your new year with purpose and prayer! Selah is an opportunity for women of all ages (college and older) to pause before the busyness of life resumes after the holidays and spend purposeful time in prayer and reflection. The evening begins with fellowship around a chili dinner* along with worship led by Natalie Knotts and a challenge for the new year from Sandy Breazeale.

Following dinner, ladies are invited to find a quiet space in 1420 to journal (guide will be provided), pray, reflect on 2018 and make spiritual goals for the coming year. The evening will conclude with brief corporate prayer and fellowship. Be sure to bring your Bible, journal, pen and anything you may need to be comfortable (consider a blanket or wrap). A guide will be provided for you to use if you wish. There is no charge for this event, and you’re encouraged to invite friends.

Please register in advance online by clicking here

or contact Natalie Knotts in the church office (natalienotts@fbccola.com or 803.343.8585.

 

*Please feel the freedom to come when you can and leave when you need to. Dinner begins at 5pm. Program begins at 5:45pm. You’re also welcome to bring your own dinner (if you don’t prefer chili).

31st Columbia Christmas Pageant Review

31st Columbia Christmas Pageant Review

Another Christmas Pageant is in the books, and what a celebration of Christmas it was! Many hours and many volunteers made this Christmas Pageant possible, so big thanks to everyone who played a role. We’re also grateful to the thousands of people who came out to watch. It was a joyous time of church family and community getting together to share and celebrate our Savior. Another thing that we’re celebrating is the 45 decisions for Jesus that were made during the Pageant!


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Join a Bible Study

Join a Bible Study

Bible Studies seek to build authentic community by bringing us together to encounter Jesus in a personal way through Scripture. Through prayerful reading of the Word and group reflection, we walk together as we learn to love Jesus more fully and live the faith more deeply.

The hope is for individuals to first discover the joy of friendship with Jesus and ultimately live into the fullness of discipleship. Groups usually meet for an hour each week and focus on a set of Scriptures while also using an additional book to supplement the study. These tools are designed to point people to the Word of God as a basis for conversation about faith, God’s love and mercy, and the joys and struggles of following Jesus.

Ready to get involved in a bible study? Click Here to browse our available groups.

He Moved into the Neighborhood

He Moved into the Neighborhood

 

What do you think of your neighbors? We all have neighbors and we live in neighborhood communities. Sometimes we have good neighbors and sometimes we have neighbors that get on our nerves. There have been neighbors featured on television and in the theater. There was Mr. Wilson who lived next door to Tim the tool man Taylor. He would peek over the fence and say, “hi-di-ho, neighbor.” What about Mr. Rogers’s neighborhood? He was always introducing us to his neighborhood characters and scenery.
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The Angel Tree

The Angel Tree

This Christmas you can participate in our Angel Tree project. The Angels, decorating the tree, represent foster children in our community. Please pick an angel from the tree, go buy a gift on their list, (up to four gifts) and then wrap it and put it back under the tree. The Angel will have the identification number on it, so please attach your angel to the gift so that it goes to the right foster child when you turn in the gift. The Angel Tree brings so much joy to children in the foster care system!

There are two angel trees from which to pick. One is located on the 3rd floor of Lindsay, and the other is at the welcome desk in the Children’s Center lobby. Stop by anytime to take an angel and be sure to write your name and contact information, next to the child you have chosen, on the paper next to the tree. This allows us to keep track of each child selected. The gifts must be turned in by Sunday, December 2nd or Wednesday the 5th at the latest.

Take a few moments to pray for the children represented on the Angel Tree. Ask God to reveal to them the true meaning of Christmas. Pray for God’s provision and presence in their lives. Thank you for taking the time and money to help bring wonder and joy to a child on Christmas.

Share Your Holiday – Food Drive

Share Your Holiday – Food Drive

A WACH FOX EVENT

November 29
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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Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving

Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving

For 29 years St. Peter’s Catholic Church and First Baptist Church of Columbia have been partnering to bring the holidays to the homeless and working poor of the Midlands. It takes dedicated volunteers, months of planning, and lots of well timed logistics to pull this day off. About 450 meals are served at the Coliseum, and there are even more To Go meals prepared and delivered to Nursing Homes and Homebound Communities across the city. That’s a lot of turkey, so preparation starts early; sometimes weeks in advance. Most of the cooking happens early the morning of with commercial kitchens preparing green beans, sweet potatoes, dressing, and gravy. Homemade desserts are donated ahead of time and refrigerated until serving time. The meal is entirely run by local volunteers that help on the serving line, meal prep, delivery, and setting up. There’s even a group that comes to sing and play music for the guests as they eat. Rest assured, no one goes hungry on Thanksgiving and everyone can relax at the table with a smile. It’s the biggest Thanksgiving celebration in Columbia so we hope that you’ll join us for the fun. See how you can help support this event below.

Great Gratitude

Great Gratitude

We need to learn the secret of having an attitude filled with gratitude.  We live in a day when people are not content with what they are and what they have.  The most common words used by some people are, “If only.”  They sit around and say, “if only I was thinner, if only I was richer, if only the kids would come, if only the kids would go.”  They live in the world of, “if only.”  In Philippians 4:6 the Apostle Paul says that we need to pray with thanksgiving.  Many times our prayers go like this, “Lord please give me, Lord please help me and Lord please show me.”  There are two words that should be added to those prayers.  They are the words, “with Thanksgiving.”  The issue with so many American Christians is that they are not content.  The Apostle Paul speaks of contentment in Philippians 4:11-13, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”  Paul states that he has learned the secret.  He doesn’t say he learned the principle or truth.  Living in gratitude is a secret to most Christians.  Let me make a list of what you should be grateful for.   

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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Are you ready for an exciting season of Operation Christmas Child? We certainly hope so! This is a church wide missions project and we need all hands on “decking the halls.”

This year our goal is to collect over 1000 shoeboxes! To accomplish this we need a full scale effort with everybody participating. We need buyers, we need packers, we need prayers, we need givers, but most importantly we need YOU! So come and join the fun. Be a part of the greatest operation leading up to Christmas.