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3rd Avenue and Downey St
Radford, VA 241414
USA

(540) 639-4419

First Baptist Church on 3rd Avenue is a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship church, affirming the call of God upon men and women alike to serve in leadership and as ministers to congregation and world.

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Events

Apr
8
to May 20

Vison Team Presentations Begin Sunday, April 8

The findings and proposals of the yearlong Vision Team process will be presented in stages to the congregation over the month of April.  Our Worship hour on April 8 will present four foundational core positives and God-sized dreams the Vision Team has discerned.  This Wednesday, April 11, a Town Hall Meetingwill be held at 6:45 to flesh out in more detail what these God-sized dreams are and how they will move the church forward.  

A Second Town Hall Meetingwill be held on Sunday evening, April 29, at 6:00 pm.  In this meeting, the Vision Team will explain the proposals for re-structuring how the church carries out its work so that everything we do will have focus and intentionality, as we relentlessly work to achieve the God-sized dreams.  

The full written proposal from the Vision Team will be distributed to the congregation on Sunday, May 6, and subsequently mailed to all who do not pick up their copy on that day.  A Called Business Meetingwill be held on Sunday, May 20 to discuss and vote on the full proposal.  Lunch will be provided in the Fellowship Hall immediately before this meeting.

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Apr
16
to May 6

Delivery System for Monthly Newsletter Changes May 1

Our monthly newsletter is moving to digital delivery, effective May 1. If you have an e-mail address, please make sure we have the correct one so that we can include you on the mailing list.  If you don’t use computers or tablets, we will still mail you a printed copy of the newsletter.  A tear-off form on the Sunday bulletin is provided for updating your e-mail address with the church office.

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Apr
21
11:30 AM11:30

Women's Ministry Luncheon

The Women’s Ministry is re-organizing, with a focus on building a community of women to minister to our church family, to grow our faith together, and to share God’s love in the surrounding community. On Saturday, April 21 at 11:30 am there will be a Kickoff Luncheonwith guest speaker, Deborah Taylor.  This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the women’s ministry and to have any questions answered. Please sign up on the bulletin tear-off form.

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Apr
15
12:00 PM12:00

Head Start Open House April 15

The Head Start 3 Year Old School is holding an Open House after worship next Sunday, April 15.  The faculty will be on hand to greet FBC folks and let them see some of the great work that is being accomplished, thanks to our hosting of the program in our facilities.  Please take a few minutes to stop by the Preschool Area immediately after worship next Sunday!

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Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Agape Feast on Maundy Thursday

We are offering a new opportunity to worship and commune together during Holy Week this year, and it is appropriate for all ages.  We will have an Agape Meal (Christian love feast) in the Fellowship Hall on Thursday, March 29 at 6:00 pm. Each course of the meal will be accompanied by scripture readings, special music and sharing around the tables. The Lord’s Supper will be observed near the end, as we reflect on the events of the night Jesus was arrested.  Please sign up on the bulletin tear-off form or HERE. The cost is $5 for adults, free for college students and younger.

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Mar
24
1:30 PM13:30

Our Turn at Community Meal

Our Next Turn at Community Meal is March 24, and we are seeking a number of volunteers to help in various ways, including: providing desserts (some sugar-free), side dishes for 50 or more persons, onsite meal preparation, serving, visiting with those who come to eat, and clean up afterwards. Please sign up on the Sunday bulletin tear-off form or here to help.

 

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Mar
17
5:00 PM17:00

Fish Fry Fellowship!

The Deacons are planning a church-wide Fish Fry Fellowship for Saturday, March 17.  You can eat anytime between 5:00 – 7:00 pm. We are inviting students from The Shelter and from BCM to join us, along with the folks of First Baptist Church on Rock Road. The fish are being provided through one of Roanoke’s highest rated restaurants, The River and Rail. Musical entertainment is also being developed. There is no cost to attend, as the Deacons are providing the meal at their own expense. However, you are encouraged to donate canned food items for the Radford Food Pantry.

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Mar
11
to Mar 25

FORGIVENESS: A 3 Week Small Group Study

Forgiveness is at the heart of Christian faith. But how well do we understand it – and practice it?  A 3 week small group study on Sunday evenings will begin March 11 at 6:00 pm, taught by Cathy Scharlau.  There is no charge to attend this discussion and Bible study learning event. Please do register to help us plan an appropriate classroom space. You can use the tear-off form on the bulletin or call the church office to sign up.

 

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Mar
11
to Mar 21

Women's Ministry Initiated

The Women’s Ministry is re-organizing, with a focus on building a community of women to minister to our church family, to grow our faith together, and to share God’s love in the surrounding community. Surveys will handed out to the women in our church on Sundays and Wednesdays from March 11 through March 21. Please contact the church office if you prefer a survey be mailed to you. On Saturday, April 21 at 11:30 am there will be a Kickoff Luncheon with a guest speaker.  This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the women’s ministry, to have any questions answered, and also to sign up to serve along with us. We hope to see you there!

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Feb
12
to Mar 28

Our Turn to Restock the Radford Food Pantry

The Radford Food Pantry is a cooperative venture between many churches in Radford, and it goes back more than 30 years.  Each March is designated for First Baptist Church to keep it restocked for a month.  Beginning now, you can bring all kinds of non-perishable food items that are still date-valid and drop them in the wooden box in the foyer of the Education Building. If you think to pick up a few extra items as you shop from now until the end of March, your gifts will help hungry residents of Radford at this still wintry time of year. Infant products are also accepted, including diapers.

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Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Vision Team Writing Retreat

The Vision Team seeks your prayers as they plan an extended, 6-hour meeting with Bill Wilson on Saturday, February 10.  The team has completed reviewing all the input from church members over the past three congregational conversations, and will now begin writing the first draft of the proposed vision for the future directions of First Baptist Church. Please pray specifically for the team to discern God's purposes and dream for our church.

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Feb
4
12:00 PM12:00

"Soup Bowl" Sunday: Two FBCs, Together

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!

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Jan
27
9:30 AM09:30

20,000 Meals for the Hungry Overseas

“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!

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Dec
17
6:00 PM18:00

White Christmas Food Collection Underway

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. 

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Dec
8
6:00 PM18:00

Amazing Grays Christmas Banquet

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.

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Dec
3
6:30 PM18:30

Hanging of the Green Service

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!

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Nov
19
6:00 PM18:00

Community Thanksgiving Service

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.

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Nov
16
11:30 AM11:30

Amazing Grays Thanksgiving Dinner

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.

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Our Next Congregational Conversation: The Present
Nov
12
12:00 PM12:00

Our Next Congregational Conversation: The Present

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.

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Oct
28
1:30 PM13:30

Our Turn at Community Meal

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.

 

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Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Community Forum for Congregation

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.

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Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Children's Halloween Party

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.

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Oct
18
6:45 PM18:45

Quarterly Business Meeting: Proposed Changes to Constitution and Endowment Policy

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

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Congregational Table Conversations
Oct
8
12:00 PM12:00

Congregational Table Conversations

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.

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Oct
1
6:00 PM18:00

Small Group Study on Sunday Evenings

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.

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Sep
10
5:00 PM17:00

The Church Picnic

Join us for our annual Church Picnic on the grounds, on Sunday, September 10 at 5:00 pm. The Social Committee will grill hamburgers and hot dogs.  Attendees are encouraged to bring side dishes and desserts to share.  Especially desserts! Beverages will be provided.

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