Sunday Lunch Blog : Blue Marlin

Sunday Lunch Blog : Blue Marlin

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

Blue Marlin – 1200 Lincoln St. Columbia

Over here in the Music and Media Department, we’re a bunch of busy little bees and sometimes our boss, the Honorable Reverend Steve Phillips takes us out on the town as a reward for good behavior. This week was one of those times. After much deliberation, we decided on Blue Marlin for lunch. I was happy because not only to do I like Blue Marlin, but they have been on my list for this blog. Blue Marlin has been a great supporter of our Celebration of Liberty and it is frequented by many First Baptist members, especially for Sunday lunch. It’s time that we gave them a little shout out as well.

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Sunday Nights

Sunday Nights

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Student Choirs

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Students in grades 6-8 should check out the Middle School Choir! This group sings in worship services and special events inside and outside the church, and this year will be featured in a major production. Rehearsals are Sunday afternoons at 4:45 PM in the Third Floor Sanctuary. The Middle School choir is led by Keith Watson, Associate Minister of Music, Christian Music Educator, and father of a middle-schooler!

HIGH SCHOOL
The High School choir meets for rehearsals in the Choir Room on Sundays at 4:45 PM during the school year.  They sing for worship services as well as other ministries in our area. The High School choir is led by Rev. Steve Phillips.

Student Small Groups

Small groups are a great way for students to come together and fellowship with each other and experience deeper discipleship and teaching from our amazing small group leaders. All groups are divided by grade and gender.

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Awana is a program for children ages 2 through 5th grade that incorporates Scripture memory and missions with games, awards, worship time and special theme nights. Don’t miss the fun this year at Awana as we learn about the Great Commission and how we share the Good News of Jesus!

Age Groups

Puggles: (age 2 by September 1st) meet in room 18
Cubbies: (ages 3 & 4 by September 1st) meet in room 21
Sparks: (K5-2nd grade) meet in the Estep Family Life Center gym
T&T: (3rd-5th grade) meet in the Children’s Center

Childcare is provided for children under age 2
Cubbies, Sparks and T&T members are encouraged to bring dues. Handbooks are required for all participants. T-shirts and vests are optional, but recommended for award display. 
Scholarships are available. Please contact the Children’s Ministry Office if you need financial assistance.

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Health Check

Health Check

I checked my mailbox the other day at the office and found a free book. Free books are a good thing. Evidently a rep from Lifeway stopped by when I was out of the office and dropped off a copy of “Student Ministry That Matters” by Ben Trueblood. I haven’t finished it yet, but as I was reading I couldn’t help but Continue reading →

Sunday Lunch Blog : Main St. Public House

Sunday Lunch Blog : Main St. Public House

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

 

As a single adult, finding good community can be a bit of a challenge. Many activities in our culture center around young families, and one can often feel like a fish out of water when one is not a part of such a family.  Continue reading →

Sunday Lunch Blog : Tazza Kitchen

Sunday Lunch Blog : Tazza Kitchen

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

 

I hadn’t seen my friend Amy in a while, so naturally, we made plans to catch up over dinner. I enjoy introducing people to new things, so I suggested Tazza Kitchen since she had never been there. Tazza is one of my favorites in Columbia, but it seems that not a lot of people that I know know about it. I’ve never had anything bad there and even their simple green salad, which is basically lettuce, a few herbs, and a vinaigrette dressing, is divine. I think it has to do with Tazza’s commitment to use locally sourced food. Good ingredients + good recipes = great food.

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He Leadeth Me

He Leadeth Me

One of my favorite hymns is, “He Leadeth Me.” This hymn text was written by Joseph H. Gilmore on March 26, 1862. He wrote the hymn following a midweek service at the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in which he Continue reading →

Sunday Lunch Blog : M Vista

Sunday Lunch Blog : M Vista

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

 

A few years ago when I worked in international ministry, I attended a Chinese event where Michelle Wang, owner of M Vista and six additional restaurants, gave her testimony … in Mandarin. Fortunately, I had a friend translate for me the entire time. I remember being very impressed by her story.

When I received the opportunity to put together this blog for First Baptist, visiting one of Michelle’s restaurants was a no brainer. I knew with her that I wanted to dive a little deeper, not only into her food philosophies, but into her journey to becoming a Believer in Jesus. When I messaged Michelle about getting together to talk food and Jesus, she was out of the country, but excited to get together. Just two days after her return, we were in M Vista (chosen because of its proximity to the church) making this segment of Sunday Lunch Blog. More than sharing about her restaurant though, Michelle was excited to share about her faith. When the cameras were off, Michelle told me that she really wants to encourage people and share Jesus with them.

This Sunday Lunch Blog will not only have some food pictures with it, but some videos as well. We hope you enjoy!
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Scripture Memory

Scripture Memory

What is one thing that you wish you would have done better earlier in life? Think about it. The answers will vary, but for me, one thing I wish I had taken more seriously is Scripture memory. I am sure that it was encouraged as I grew up in church, but for some reason, I never quite got it. I remember my grandmother challenging me to memorize Psalm 23 as a kid, but that’s about all. It’s a discipline that I am still trying to master as a 35 year old. Continue reading →

Sunday Lunch Blog : The First One!

Sunday Lunch Blog : The First One!

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

 

Food unites us. No matter your skin color, ethnicity, gender, or religion, you need food to survive. That need gives us common ground. Growing up in a small Southern Baptist Church in rural South Carolina, I learned that lesson well at an early age. After church – we ate. Homecoming – we ate. Fifth Sunday Night Singing – we ate. Someone got married – we ate. Someone died – we ate. Graduation – we ate. VBS – we ate. That time I was commissioned as a missionary and the church canceled the Sunday evening service to load up in the van and attend my commissioning ceremony – food was involved. I would joke that we are the “Church of the Covered Dish.” To give someone food is to say, “I care about your survival.” Food is used to bring people into something deeper. When I worked in Collegiate Ministry, most of our events centered around food, and when we were out on campus promoting those events, we often started the conversation with, “You should come; there’s going to be free food.” And typically we’d hand them some cotton candy, a sno cone, or some candy while we said that. Now that I work in the media department here at First Baptist Church, one of the most common questions/complaints that I get is, “Where’s the Wednesday night dinner menu?”
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