The Radford Clothing Bank’s Coats for Kids project is seeking donations of in-good-condition coats, light jackets, winter vests, and sweatshirts for distribution to area children during the annual Coats Drive in October. Cook’s Clean Center will clean the coats free of charge. Your children’s out-grown winter wear will find a good home; we appreciate your dropping the coats off at Cook’s Clean Center (West end location) in Radford or the Radford Clothing Bank, 2000 West Ave., Radford, near Bisset Park. There is a drop box for after hour deliveries. For more information call the RCB at 633-5050.
Children who will promote to a new class for the fall are encouraged to be in Sunday School on August 25 to get ready for the new year. During the last ten minutes of Sunday School, children will move to their new classroom and meet their new teachers. On Sunday, September 2, children should report directly to their new classes.
We are deeply grateful to all of our preschool, grade school and teen teachers and workers who are so committed to helping our younger generations develop a solid foundation in Christian faith and Bible comprehension!
The Shelter will be hosting the American Red Cross in our large parking lot for a Blood Drive on Monday, August 27 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The cookout and music that will follow later in the afternoon across the street at The Shelter is meant for attracting neighborhood college students. But the blood drive itself is open to all and welcomes everyone who wishes to donate blood. The location is directly across the street from The Shelter.
Get ready for one of our biggest social and outreach events of the year, as we move the Church Picnic this year to Bisset Park. Just as in the past, the church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages, and paper products. You are asked to bring sides and desserts to share. We will be inviting First Baptist Church on Rock Road to join us, along with three college student organizations. We hope you will invite some friends and neighbors too. The picnic begins at 5:00 pm at Shelter #2 – just after you drive under the bridges.
Our children and their parents and siblings, as well as all our folks who work with children are invited to Kent and Nancy Taylor’s farm on Sunday, August 12 for an informal time of fellowship, games, and ice cream sundaes. The location is near the New River Valley Airport at 4945 Carper Branch Rd, Dublin. The event will begin at 5:30 pm. Please let Kent or the office know you’re coming.
This August Dr. Matt Cataldi will join the faculty at Radford University as Assistant Professor of Piano, and he will join our church staff as Accompanist. Matt comes to us from New York City where he was a conductor, musical director, vocal coach, arranger, and collaborative pianist. Having a church staff member with both Matt’s Christian commitment and his incredible musical abilities is truly a gift from God! Matt’s first Sunday will be July 29.
The Women’s Ministry will host a salad lunch on Saturday, July 28 at 11:30 in the Fellowship Hall for the purpose of collecting donations of goods to stock up The Shelter when it opens in August. All women who attend are asked to bring a salad or crackers to share. Beverages and salad dressings will be provided. Those who attend are asked to contribute some of the following items: toiletries, cleaning products, food and snack items, pots and pans, an iron, salt, pepper, sugar, flour, peanut butter, jelly, pitchers, trash bags, small trash cans, and laundry baskets. After lunch, the group will make note cards of encouragement for the students who will become residents of The Shelter. This will include decorating the cards as well as offering words of encouragement and support. Please sign up to attend. You can register on the Sunday bulletin tear-off form or by calling the church office at 639-4419.
First Baptist will take a turn serving the Community Meal at Unity Christian Church on Saturday, July 14. Our menu includes barbecue sandwiches and Cole slaw. We are looking for volunteers to help in the following ways:
- two to provide the Cole slaw
- willing workers to help serve the food
- clean up crew at the end of dinner
To volunteer, please sign up on the tear-off form on the Sunday bulletin.
Nine teens, with Lisa Ridpath and Kent Taylor, will be on a weeklong mission project in Washington DC July 1-6. Please keep them in prayer as they serve in multiple hunger relief projects in neighborhoods that have been designated as “urban food deserts.” They will eat and sleep at First Baptist Church of Washington.
One division of the Women's Ministry delivers meals to people who are ill, or for whatever reason could benefit from a meal prepared for them. If you know of someone for whom this ministry would be a blessing, please call the church office or Shirley Levy, and let us know their name and phone number. Another division of the Women’s Ministry is now offering rides to doctor’s appointments, the grocery and other destinations for those who can’t drive themselves. Please call Patsy Thomas to make arrangements.
August Kids gives children attending Radford City Schools a start to the school year with brand new clothing. On August 2nd, they will provide a voucher to each student of qualifying families to purchase back-to-school clothes at Radford Walmart. Last year August Kids served 296 students in Radford, and larger number of applicants are expected this year. Donations may be mailed to Radford Clothing Bank, P.O. Box 994, Radford VA 24143. If you have questions about this program, please contact Marcy Harless through the Radford Clothing Bank.
For six and a half years our church organist, Carter Edmondson, has enriched and elevated our worship experience with his ability and dedication. Carter will be leaving us in June. Although we are sad to see him go, we understand his need to move closer to family, and we wish him all the best. Sunday, June 17 will be Carter’s final Sunday with us. There will be a reception in the fellowship hall immediately after worship on June 17 in honor of Carter.
There will be a special called business meeting of the church on Wednesday evening, June 13 at 6:45. The sole purpose of the meeting is to consider a recommendation from the Finance Committee regarding the redirection of designated funds to help pay for the cost of new air-conditioning units. The meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall.
We know that being “church” together means God has gifted each one of us to serve in at least one way that furthers God’s Kingdom. We also know not everyone could be present on Signing Day. For those have not signed for a place of service yet, all sign up forms are posted on the walls of the Fellowship Hall until Wednesday, June 27. Please stop by after worship and add your name to the area or areas where you would enjoy serving! There are several areas where we still need workers.
If the congregation approves the recommendations of the Vision Team on Sunday afternoon, May 20, a timeline for implementation activates and will continue over the summer. The first event will be SIGNING DAY on Sunday, June 10. Every adult and teen will have opportunity to join the work of God through our church, and within each person’s sense of leading by God. More info will be coming next Sunday.
Everyone is invited to remain after Morning Worship this coming Sunday, May 20, and share in the opportunity to decide together how we will serve God for years to come.
A Subway boxed lunch will be provided to the entire congregation in the Fellowship Hall. It’s free, but donations to cover the cost will be accepted. After lunch, children are invited to retreat to the Library with new preschool workers Tori and Montana, where they will watch a movie and enjoy activities.
For adults and teens a Called Business Meetingwill begin after lunch to discuss and then vote on the full proposal from the Vision Team that was distributed in early May. Even though our constitution requires that only members can cast a vote, everyone who participates at some level in the life of First Baptist Church is encouraged to attend and share in the discussion, member or not. God-sized Dreams are a call for allof us to serve God together with the gifts and passion he has given to each person.
On Saturday, May 12, a workday is set for the grounds of our Ministry House, beginning at 9:00 am. Cleaning out brush, preparing for a flower garden and installing picnic tables are planned. FBC folks are invited to be on hand to assist college students who are a part of The Shelter ministry with this project. Please sign up to help on the bulletin tear-off form, so we can contact you if plans change.
The full written report and proposal from the Vision Team was distributed to the congregation in early May, and is also now available on this website: see the drop down menu under RESOURCES. A Called Business Meetingwill be held on Sunday, May 20 to discuss and vote on the full proposal. Lunch sandwiches from Subway will be provided in the Fellowship Hall immediately before this meeting.
“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” Those words were written over 1,500 years ago by St. Augustine of Hippo. Continuing this Wednesday evening at 6:45, our Bible Study time will focus on the natural desire of humans to experience God. We will examine how our understanding and experience of God has developed and changed over time, and look at implications this has for the church of tomorrow. Join us for supper at 6:00 followed by this time of study and discussion.
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.
Our monthly newsletter has moved to digital delivery, effective May 1. If you did not receive your May newsletter by e-mail last week, please use the tear-off form on the Sunday bulletin to leave your e-mail address for us. Those who prefer a hard copy will have the newsletter mailed to them by regular mail. Digital delivery allows us to use more color and to easily expand content in months when many events are taking place. Color-coding will also be used at times to highlight the work of the four ministry teams, provided that the Vision Team proposal is adopted by the church. We will also save on postage by utilizing e-mail. It’s also available on our website under the Resources drop-down menu.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.