Lafayette First Baptist Church and Temple Israel have renewed their tradition of exchanging “baby sitting” services for events important to the respective congregations. Joan Hunt, Carol Starr, Mary Wilkinson, and Gordon Coppoc enjoyed being with Temple Israel children during the recent Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Temple Israel members will take care of the children of First Baptist for its Christmas Eve services. This exchange reflects the deep respect the congregations have for each other and their traditions.
News release from Marcia Sledd, 9/24/2015
The 2015 Sidewalk Chalk Festival, held September 13-19 at First Baptist Church was a success thanks to the 120 artists who participated and the continuing support of many people. Co-Organizers, Harry Mohler and Marcia Sledd wish to thank the Friends of the Education Building, Mohler Associates, Len Wilson, Rex and Reta Bowman, Clay and Marcia Sledd, Gordon and Harriet Coppoc, Carol Starr, Joan Hunt and Carol Dearing for all their support and help. A special thank you to Hometown Shirts of Delphi for helping highlight 8 Years of Sidewalk Chalk Festivals with their great shirts. A special thank you to the Lafayette Urban Ministry After School program for participating and bringing so much energy to the event.
This year’s winners are: Adult artists: First place- Carol Dearing; Second place- Carol Luzon. Teen artist: First Place-Maia Talbert, Second place- Marah Smelser. Family Prize: the Focosi and Sturgeon family group. Child artist: Allyson Wiger. Most enthusiastic : Tianna Wallace and Ahmani Robinson. Winners may pick up their prizes in the First Baptist Church office, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. And 5:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church members will join the University Church worship service this Sunday, September 13, 2015, to help celebrate the first anniversary of University Church’s worship services in the church at 411 North 7th Street in Lafayette. Worship will begin at 10:30 AM and will be followed by University Church’s “Last Sunday Supper” dinner (carry-in), to which worshipers of both congregations are invited. Members of both churches and visitors are welcome for coffee and conversation in Fellowship Hall beginning at 9:00 AM.
The Lafayette Flute Choir will play during the service. Dr. Will Miller and the University Praise group will lead the service.
Everyone is welcome. Please join us.
Pastor Ryan Donoho preached his final sermon as pastor to the congregation of First Baptist Church on Sunday, August 30, 2015. At the end of the worship service the Donoho family was invited to the front of the Sanctuary where the choir surrounded the family as the choir and soloist Jacob Garrett led the congregation in singing “On Eagle’s Wings”. Diaconate Chair, Gordon Coppoc, made brief comments about the bitter-sweet aspects of having young people enter our lives and then having them leave for opportunities that they believed would help them more fully realize their calling. Gordon then invited the members of the Diaconate to come forward and spoke of the encouragement Ryan had provided in helping us continue to be open to non-traditional options for expanding the mission and impact of First Baptist Church. In closing, the entire congregation was invited to come forward for a “laying on of hands” ceremony. Reverend Dwight Herin prayed for God’s blessing on the Donoho family as they prepare for the next phase of their ministry.
Following the worship service, members and friends of First Baptist Church gathered in Fellowship Hall to bid farewell and Godspeed to Pastor Donoho, Krista, and Breann. Pastor Donoho had previously announced his resignation in May of 2015. Pastor Ryan’s farewell comments about his tenure and future plans have been published in the September issue of the Focus Newsletter.
You’re invited to come and join us for our 8th annual Sidewalk Chalk Festival September 9-13, 2015! Come and pick out a square to draw on or just observe the art. The event is free! If you or someone you know would like to participate, we recommend that you send an e-mail to email@example.com to reserve a square of sidewalk.
Every participant will recieve a free t-shirt and can ring the First Baptist Church bell!
The Sidewalk Chalk Festival takes place on the sidewalks around First Baptist Church.
You’re invited to an Easter Egg Hunt at Centennial Park on Sunday March 29th! We will have three age groups to ensure that everyone has a fair chance at getting a lot of eggs: Pre-K; K-2nd grade; 3rd grade and up. There will also be 6 special eggs that can be redeemed for special prizes. Come and join the fun! If it rains, we will have the Easter Egg Hunt inside First Baptist Church.
First Baptist Church and University Church are canceling services today March 1st, 2015 due to snow. Have fun in the snow!
First Baptist Church, in partnership with the Centennial Neighborhood, is planning a community garden on their property located at 415 N. 7th St. Lafayette, IN. First Baptist won a grant from the American Baptist Churches of IN & KY to purchase top soil and construct raised garden beds for this project.
More information about how Lafayette residents can participate in the garden will be coming soon. A new community garden is coming to the Centennial Neighborhood!
To learn more and stay updated on the progress of the garden, check back on this website: firstbaptistlafayette.org.
Come join us on December 24th at 7:00 pm for an evening of lessons and carols as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!