“Stop Hunger Now” returns under its new name, “Rise Against Hunger” on Saturday, January 27. We hope to enlist a hundred people from First Baptist, other churches, and several college student groups to assemble 20,000 meals to be shipped to a country on the verge of starvation. Just 29 cents will buy a meal for a hungry family. The Endowment Fund has provided funding for the first 10,000 meals, and with your help, we are close to raising the remaining $2,900 in order to double that output. Now, we need willing hands to help assemble 20,000 meals. Please plan to join us by arriving just before 10:00 am on January 27. OR, if you feel strong and healthy, you can come at 8:30 and help unload the truck and set up the assembly lines. Either way, we need your help!
We have been invited to join the congregation of First Baptist Church on Rock Road for a Soup Bowl lunch after worship on Sunday morning, February 4. Members may bring a crockpot of their favorite soup and plug in around our Fellowship Hall during Sunday School and Worship and then take it on to Rock Rd for lunch. OR: you can just take it straight to FBC Rock Rd and join them for worship that day. This is a terrific opportunity for meaningful fellowship. Let's plan on a road trip across town!
The congregation is asked to reserve two hours after worship on Sunday, January 14 to meet with consultant Bill Wilson and begin the future-oriented exercise of envisioning God-sized dreams for our church. Please save the date and plan to be present.
We are now collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations for our annual White Christmas project this month. The goal is to replenish the pantries of 30 local families just before Christmas. Please add a few extra items to your cart each time you shop for groceries this month. Cash donations may be given through our website or by designating as such on any envelope.
The Amazing Grays Christmas Banquet is open to all senior adults in the church – in fact adults of all ages – and will be held in our Fellowship Hall on Friday, December 8 at 6:00 pm. Cindy will cater the multi-course meal. Rev. Todd Millsaps and Carter Edmondson will present special music and an inspirational Christmas message. Cost is $15 per person. Please sign up by Sunday, December 3.
A family-oriented service of worship is planned for Sunday, December 3 at 6:30 pm. The various decorations for the sanctuary will be named and their symbolic meaning described. Members will hang each of these while the Adult Choir, Children’s Choirs, Hand Bell Choir and the congregation sing and ring music of the season. Please join us, and bring some friends too!
The Radford/Fairlawn Ministerial Association is planning a Community Thanksgiving Service for Sunday evening, November 19 at 6:00 pm. The event will be held at Unity Christian Church on Tyler Avenue. Worshipers are invited to bring canned goods to help replenish the churches-sponsored Radford Food Pantry.
Our Amazing Grays group will gather in the Fellowship Hall to share a covered dish meal a week before Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 16. Please bring a dish or two to share with others. Jim Baucom will present the program. Come and give thanks together for all God’s rich blessings upon us and our church! Please sign up on the Sunday bulletin tear-off form.
Over one hundred adults and teens participated in the sharing of our personal and collective stories about how First Baptist Church became Church for us. Now, we're ready to look at the present time. On Sunday, November 12, we will once again gather for a boxed lunch at Noon, and then share around the tables, guided by consultant Bill Wilson. We'll have a chance to share what "works" for us that keeps us coming back. Please plan to join us. Separate activities and meal are planned for children. All Sunday evening activities will be held as normal, this time.
Our fall date to provide dinner for Community Meal at Unity Christian Church is Saturday, October 28. Volunteers will be needed to prepare desserts (some sugar-free) and side dishes for 50 or more of the hungry in our area who will attend. We also need volunteers to work in all facets of set up, serving, clean-up, and visiting with diners. Please sign up on the tear-off form to donate goodies and/or to come and help serve.
The church's Vision Team is developing some dates for community forums. Civic leaders will come to share about the state of our community from their expertise area, and will take questions from the congregation about how First Baptist Church can be of assistance. The first Community Forum will feature Rob Graham, Superintendent of Radford City Schools, and Vicky Collins, Director of Radford Social Services. Please join us on Wednesday, October 25 at the earlier start time of 6:30 pm.
A fun event for children is being planned by Kaitlyn Thompson for Friday, October 20. Children are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costume and come to church for fun, games and snacks. It’s a terrific opportunity to bring friends too! Join Kaitlyn and helper Emily Warren in the Fellowship Hall from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. A pizza supper will be provided. Please sign up on the bulletin tear-off, or HERE.
The Amazing Grays will travel to Chateau Morrisette along the Blue Ridge Parkway on Thursday, October 19. The fall colors should be near peak at higher elevations, and the lunch at the winery is always delicious. The group will meet at church at 10:15 that day. Please reserve your spot by Monday, October 16 by clicking HERE.
The fall quarter church Business Meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:45 pm. Previously announced agenda items include proposed revisions and updates to the church constitution, as well as a change to the policy of our original Endowment Fund. The proposed constitutional revisions are available for review on our website, and also on paper upon request. www.fbcradford.org/documents
Every adult and teen that walks through our doors knows something the congregation needs to hear.
The insights discovered, the relationships built, and the affirmations experienced by each person represent the best of what it means to be a part of First Baptist Church. Sharing these insights helps us appreciate one another more – and can lead to vision about God’s plans and future for us.
Our Journey Forward By God’s Call began with the 40 Days of Prayer. On the 40th day, October 8, we ask that every adult and teen who attends worship or programming events at First Baptist join together in the Fellowship Hall at the conclusion of Sunday worship. We will enjoy free boxed lunches from Subway, and then we’ll share our fond experiences around the tables. The results will guide the Vision Team going forward.
This is so important that it will replace most Sunday evening activities for this one Sunday, so that families won’t have to come back to church a few hours later. While adults and teens meet, our kids will enjoy a pizza lunch, movie, and activities led by Kaitlyn Thompson.
A new short term study for adults will be offered on Sunday evenings at 6:00, beginning October 1. The book “Renegade Gospel” invites us to remember that Jesus came to start a revolution, not a religion. The author challenges readers to live a counter-cultural life driven by faith in the resurrected Jesus. It will be taught by Charles Millsaps. Books are $10. Please sign up on the bulletin tear-off form.
A key essential to our upcoming Visioning process is to involve the congregation in prayer for discernment of God’s will for First Baptist. In late August all congregants who have e-mail will begin receiving a daily e-mail providing guidance about what to pray for specifically. Those who do not use computers will receive the material in print. Please join with all of us in praying that God’s vision for this church become clear. If your e-mail address has changed recently, or if you have not been receiving occasional updates from the church (6-8 per year normally) please provide your contact info on the bulletin tear-off form.
A second Family Movie Night of the summer planned for Friday, August 4. If the weather is nice, bring chairs and we will set up in the small parking lot next to the offices for an outdoor showing of the inspiring movie, “Simon Birch.” Even though Simon is the smallest kid in town, deep down he knows that he was born to do something big. He’s on a constant search to discover his destiny, but somehow manages to find nothing but trouble. Ashley Judd stars in this film rated, “two thumbs up, way up” by Siskel and Ebert. Admission is free to all and everyone is strongly encouraged to invite friends to attend. Popcorn and other refreshments will be sold to raise money for Watering Malawi. The film begins at 8:00 pm. If the weather is less desirable, the showing will move to the Fellowship Hall.
Kids Club with Katie has events planned for both Tuesday and Friday evenings the week of July 23. On Tuesday, July 25, meet with Katie at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall for “Fun with Food.” And on Friday, July 28, the group will meet at Radford University at 7:00 pm for a show in the planetarium. Please help us with planning for these events by completing the tear-off form on the Sunday bulletin or by email to the church office if your child plans to attend.
Workers Needed for Our Turn at Community Meal
Our turn to provide the Saturday Community Meal to Radford’s Hungry is Saturday, July 22. We will meet at Unity Christian Church to begin prep and set-up, and then serve at 4:00. We’re usually finished and can leave by 5:00 pm. To volunteer to help, please complete the tear-off form on the Sunday bulletin.
Kids Club with Katie is planning events for both Tuesday and Thursday evenings this coming week. On Tuesday, please meet her at Bisset Park at 6:00 pm for a Field Day evening. On Thursday, meet her in the Fellowship Hall for Games Night, also at 6:00 pm. Please reserve your child’s spot on the Sunday bulletin tear-off form or e-mail the church office. Friends are welcome for both events!
Our VBS begins at 6:30 each night, but there's a free, kid-friendly supper beforehand at 6:00 pm. Children from ages 3-12 will learn about heroes of the Bible and who the real super heroes are - folks who follow God and change the world for the better. Register here.
Bring your own chair and join us in the small parking lot on Friday, June 16. The feature length movie is “Second Hand Lions,” a coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas, and starring Michael Caine, Robert DuVall, and Haley Joel Osment. We’ll show the movie on a screen that will stretch to more than 12 feet in width. Concessions will be available for purchase as a fund-raiser for Watering Malawi – the mission project our kids and teens will learn about at summer camp. The event begins at 8:00 pm and will move inside if the weather is questionable. Please invite your friends to come too! This movie is rated PG.
Katie Tomlin will be leading a Women’s Bible Study on Girls With Swords by Lisa Bevere on Mondays at 7:00 pm starting June 12th. From the book: “The Word of God is a sword we are often more comfortable studying than wielding. It’s time for women to take up their swords and use them to connect heaven to earth; to become the heroes God created them to be and stand- courageous, discerning, forgiving, and wise.” Please use the tear-off form or contact Katie at email@example.com to reserve a book.
Katie returns in June with events for children every Monday and Wednesday morning. Here are the first ones. Please SIGN UP by contacting the church office.
Monday, June 12: Field Day 9:00-10:00
Drop off and pick up at Bisset Park Gazebo area. Wear sturdy shoes.
Wednesday, June 14: Father’s Day Craft & Reading Time 9:00-10:00 Children can bring a book or borrow one from the church library
Monday, June 19: Christiansburg Aquatic Center 5:00 - 7:00 pm ($2 kids, $8 adult) Bring or wear swimwear.
Our CBF missionaries to Macau, China are on furlough and are joining us this Sunday, June 4. Larry and Sarah Ballew will will lead Morning Worship, sharing about their work and their perspective in following and serving Christ in today’s diverse world. We support them directly through our church budget as they minister to service industry employees and support the work of local churches.
We’re honored to announce that on Sunday, May 21 Wil Kellerman will perform a voice recital for our congregation in the Sanctuary at 2:00 pm. Accompanied by pianist Leesa Dahl, he will perform art songs, opera arias and traditional hymns. A reception will follow the 45 minute concert.
Our Amazing Grays will travel to Patrick County in May to tour the historic Reynolds Homestead. Near the town of Critz, the 1843 plantation was the home of Hardin Reynolds, whose son founded the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. The homestead is a listed National Historic Landmark. The Amazing Grays will meet at church at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 18 for the outing. Cost is $15, including the onsite lunch buffet ($10). Please sign up on the Sunday bulletin tear off form or by calling the church office by May 14 to participate.