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Getting Connected

God's plan for the church isn't that it just be an event to attend. The Bible tells us that the church is a family to belong to and a body to be a part of. While we're glad if you simply choose to attend worship services here at First Baptist Church we also invite you to connect with the believers in Jesus who make up this church by establishing relationships that will support and encourage you in your journey with Jesus.

We all need support and encouragement. Here are some ways you can establish those support relationships…

One important step you can take to get connected is to fill in the Welcome Card that you find in the pew and put it in the offering plate during the service. Or you can click on the link above and email the office a virtual Welcome Card. One of the pastors will call you and give you some ideas about where to connect with people. Please be assured that the pastors are happy to help and won't make you feel awkward!

  • In addition to attending regular Sunday morning worship, consider attending one of the Sunday morning classes or groups. There are several Adult study and discussion groups that will give you an opportunity to explore faith in Jesus and also establish connections with people.
  • If you're looking for support during the week consider involvement in one of the mid-week small groups. There are a wide variety of groups. If you're a stay-at-home mom, the Moms & Tots group might be for you. If you're inquiring about the Christian faith, the Christianity Explored group might meet your need. If you like to knit, check out the Romanian Knitters mission group.
  • One of the best ways to connect with people is through involvement in ministry and service. If you want to help with youth or teach children, if you want to assist with JOY Fellowship, be involved in visitation or care or share your musical gifts in worship, your best connecting point for involvement in ministry is with one of the pastors. Call us or email us and we'll be happy to help you connect.
  • We also invite you to consider church membership . If you are a believer in Jesus Christ and have been baptized on profession of your faith, we invite you consider becoming a part of the governing body of our church. As a member, you will play an important part in helping us make key decisions about where Jesus Christ is leading us.

This is the process by which you can become a member. It begins with filling in the Membership Application form and giving it to one of the pastors. You will also need to read the First Baptist Church Constitution & Bylaws. Once you've submitted your application, two representatives sent by the Deacon's Board will interview you and ask you about your faith journey. Those representatives will make a report to the Deacon's Board who will then recommend your name to the Church membership at the next congregational meeting. The congregation will then vote on your membership application and if approved, you will be welcomed into the membership at the next communion service. The process can take a couple of months, so be patient.

The Bible uses many different pictures to describe the church but one of the most common is the comparison with the human body. The Apostle Paul wrote…

"From [Jesus] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." Ephesians 4:16

We want you to find your place in the body so that you can fulfill the purpose God has for you and so that the church, the body of Jesus, can be all that God intends it to be. God bless you as you seek to get connected.