Pastor’s Paragraph: A Bi-Weekly Message from Pastor John

February 23, 2020

                                        This Sunday we begin our week of prayer (March 1st-8th) for North American Missions and our Annie Armstrong Easter Offering emphasis. Our Missions Committee has adopted a goal of $13,000 for our church as we join with other Southern Baptist Churches to raise 70 million dollars to help fund the ministry of our North American Mission Board. Through the NAMB, we send out and support 3,500 missionary families in North America and endorse 3,600 chaplains. Churches are planted and are growing in places like Toronto, Boston, Denver, Chicago, St. Louis and Puerto Rico. To learn more about the mission and ministry we support through the Annie Armstrong Easter offering, you can go to I hope you will join me in praying for the Great Commission work done through our NAMB and give to the AAEO this Easter season. Special offering envelopes and prayer guides will be made available for this purpose.

On Sunday March 15th, we will be honoring Betty Vaughan for 40 years of faithful service here at FBC. We will present her with a gift from the church and recognize her in the morning service. We will also have a reception honoring her from 4 to 6 PM in our People Street Welcome Center so we can personally express our love and appreciation to Betty. A table will be available for you to share a card or a personal gift with Betty. It has been my privilege to work with Betty these past 7 years. She has been a tremendous asset to me in my ministry and a wonderful blessing to my family. Betty, your “First Family” loves you and we look forward to honoring you as you mark this milestone in your service with us.

Many of you have asked about being part of a trip to Israel in 2021. I will be leading a 10 day trip next year, February 10th -19th. We will have an informational meeting on Wednesday night, March 11th, at 6 PM in the Faithseekers’ Sunday school room (the old Chapel, just inside the covered drive through entrance on the Fain street side of our complex) for those of you interested in being part of this trip. You can also find detailed information at this link,, using the password “2021.” I hope to lead a group of 20 plus folks on this life-changing journey to Israel.

We have been blessed with strong Sunday attendance and many new members in recent weeks. Praise the Lord for his many blessings! I hope you will join me in praying and preparing for another Sunday of blessing as we gather together this week.

Pastor John