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Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving Leftovers

I know that Thanksgiving is over, but is it really? Do you have any Thanksgiving leftovers? Are you tired of eating turkey sandwiches with lots of mayonnaise? Yes, we have all of those leftovers to consume. Sometimes you just crave a bologna and cheese sandwich. What else do you have left over from Thanksgiving?
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The Christmas Store

The Christmas Store

This Christmas season we are partnering with Refuge Detroit Church to help host a Christmas Store for the children of Maybury Elementary School located in Detroit, Michigan. The concept is simple enough. People shop online to buy gifts for the store and the store sells those gifts at a discounted affordable price to the parents.

But some of you may be wondering, why not just give the gifts to these parents for free? After all, these are parents of low-income households living at or below the poverty line. Well, Refuge Detroit Church believes that selling the gifts allows these parents some basic dignity and pride. By providing the gifts for their own children they experience feelings of joy and freedom. They don’t have to feel guilty for not having the money to buy Christmas presents for their kids because now they can afford them. We understand this, which is why we are excited to help give gifts that impact an entire family. We hope you’ll join with us and help buy gifts for the Christmas Store.

First Family Lunch

First Family Lunch

First Family Lunch is just another excuse to extend our time together in fellowship. With quality cuisine and affordable family pricing you’ll get the experience of fine dining surrounded by people you know and love. It’s also very convenient since you won’t have to worry about fighting the lunch crowd for a parking spot. First Family Lunch is an easy win for the whole family and we hope you’ll join us around the table on Sunday.

Share Your Holiday – Food Drive

Share Your Holiday – Food Drive

A WACH FOX EVENT

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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Encourage One Another

Encourage One Another

One of the greatest things we can do is to encourage one another. As First Senior’s at First Baptist Church we need to give acts of encouragement to one another. I had a Music Minister at one of my churches who used to say, “I just can’t do that.” My response was always the same, “I think you can.” There are two primary Greek words for encouragement in the New Testament. The verb form of encourage means, “To urge forward or persuade.”

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How Can I Possibly Count a Trial As Joy?

How Can I Possibly Count a Trial As Joy?

We all face them. Annoying little problems. Medium sized obstacles that make us have to stop in our tracks. And those major issues that knock us flat on our faces. No one enjoys trials. In fact, most of us do just about anything we can to avoid them. Or to get out of them as soon as possible!

  • So how can we find joy in trials?
  • And why on earth would we even want to try?

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Who Is Like Our God?

Who Is Like Our God?

I had a wonderful experience when someone gave me a verse that she was claiming for her life. It was my friend and co-worker, Melinda Timmerman. She had shared with me Micah 7:7 which says, “But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.” I began to read and study Micah 7 and God gave me a wonderful verse to claim in that same chapter. It is Micah 7:18, “Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?” The first part of that verse caught my attention, “Who is a God like You?” We have an amazing God. He is the creator and sustainer of this universe. He is the loving Father and Great Shepherd for His people. The name Micah means, “Who is like God?” The book of Micah is a book of judgment, but in this last chapter we find grace all through it. We sing about His amazing grace, because it is amazing. We have a supreme God that we can come to daily.
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Good News Club

Good News Club

The Good News Clubs is an after school program focused on reaching kids with the gospel. It’s designed for kids and makes learning about the bible fun!

Children who have received parental permission come to the club after school is dismissed and separate into different rooms based on grade level. They are split again into smaller groups whereby they grab a snack and begin going over bible verses with their small group leaders. Sometimes they may sing a song or listen to a story but the goal is to learn about the bible. When small group time is up all groups converge in the gym for some worship, stories, and bible lesson.

Good News Club helps provide a safe and loving environment for kids while sharing the love of Jesus. It is a program that reaches children of all backgrounds and gives an opportunity for children that don’t go to church to learn about Jesus.

Are you interested in Volunteering? Good News Club is happening now and we need your help! Fill out the form below and we’ll get in touch with you. Thank you!

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A God Who Sings!

A God Who Sings!


As First Seniors of First Baptist Church we have seen and heard a lot through the years.  I have heard a lot of teaching, preaching and singing through the years.  On the subject of singing, I have heard good singing and bad singing.  Has anyone ever complained about your singing?  On the Andy Griffith show Barney could not sing and Gomer could sing.  Gomer did not look like he could sing, but he did.  Have you ever thought about our God singing?
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Episode 19 : Being A Good Neighbor With Rachel Church

Episode 19 : Being A Good Neighbor With Rachel Church

Welcome to the First Community Podcast where we talk about life and faith with our First Baptist Family.

She’s not in the spotlight often, but everyone knows her for how well she loves the people around her. We had the privilege of chatting with Rachel Church about how to care for your community and make time for the needs around you. This podcast will convict you about how you’re spending your time and resources, but it will also encourage you to look around and see the mission field in your own back yard. Oh, and yes, Rachel also happens to be married to Pastor Wes, so we discuss that too!

Listen online below or go here to listen/download/subscribe on iTunes for free (so you can listen in your car)!


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