Unleashed 2018

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Get ready to be UNLEASHED to LIVE, GIVE and SERVE! 

Being a follower and disciples of Jesus calls us to manage our lives--our talents, our time, our resources--in ways that allow us to live fully and freely for Christ.

First Baptist UNLEASHED will begin January 14, 2018.  The UNLEASHED adventure begins by participating in a nine-week Financial Peace University (FPU) experience.  FPU will be offered several times during the week to make it accessible for everyone.

Meeting day and time (classes will meet for 9 weeks):
Sundays 10:00 AM (begins Jan 14)
Mondays 6:30 PM (begins Jan 15)
Wednesdays 6:30 PM (begins Jan 17)
Thursdays 9:30 AM & 6:30 PM (begins Jan 18)
Saturdays 9:30 AM (begins Jan 20)

The participation fee is $100 per individual or couple.

To register for a Financial Peace University Class at First Baptist Church, Sioux Falls, SD CLICK HERE or contact the church office 605.336.0966


Kick Off Sunday!

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We are kicking off our fall schedule and activities with a special Sunday!  Join us on Sunday, September 10 for Sunday School, Worship, and a whole lot of fun.

9:00 AM: Sunday School for all Ages
10:00 AM: Worship Together, Sanctuary
11:15 AM:  Block Party:  Food, Inflatables, Ice Cream from East River Treats, Face Painting, Games, and Fellowship


Our fall schedule resumes on Wednesday, September 13 & Sunday, September 17:

Regular Wednesday Schedule

(Starts September 13)
5:30 PM: Handbell Rehearsal
6:30 PM: Children's Ministry
6:30 PM: Student Ministry
6:30 PM: Intercessors
6:45 PM: Choir Rehearsal
6:45 PM: Adult Studies (more information to come)

Regular Sunday Schedule

(Starts September 17)
8:45 AM: Traditional Worship Service
10:00 AM: Sunday School for all Ages
11:00 AM: Contemporary Worship Service

Summer Missions

Join us in celebrating and supporting the many mission opportunities that we here at First Baptist Church are a part of this summer!

Middle School & High School Mission Trips

15 Middle Schoolers and leaders participated in Urban Plunge on their mission trip to Kansas City, June 3-6. 26 High Schoolers and leaders joined Praying Pelican Missions inSan Francisco, June 8-18. Ask them about it!

Summer Food Intake

The Mission Team is announcing a Summer Food Intake to replace the event that historically has occurred at Thanksgiving.  Donations of non-perishable food items, paper goods and detergents, etc. can be brought to the church beginning June 18—July 9. Distribution will be on July 16. Please give generously, as there are those in our church family who have additional needs during the summer months when school lunches are not available.  (Note: cash gifts will also be accepted to purchase gift cards for fresh meat or produce.)

Prairie Light Youth Camp

The mission of Prairie Light Youth Camp is to bring hope & salvation to the unsaved on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. We’ve been supporting this work by collecting     t-shirts and other craft supplies for their camp on July 10-14.

Church of Hope Mission Trip

Join our mission trip to Church of Hope, an American Baptist Church in the SD Woman's Prison, July 23-24. Our purpose is connection; to encourage and build up the church and the pastor in the prison. Contact Dixie @ vlehman229@aol.com or call 605-275-4950. Background checks are required, so apply early.

Rainbow Acres

We will be sending a team on August 12-20 to Rainbow Acres, a residential community in Camp Verde, Arizona, that serves adults with developmental disabilities.

Contact the church office for more information on the summer missions!


Summer Sundays

July 2-September 3,2017




9:00-9:45 AM Coffee Connection:  Come a little early on Sundays for cup of coffee and some conversation. There will be other beverages available for the non-coffee drinkers and some refreshments will be served from time to time.



9:00-9:45 AM Two Sunday School classes will be available for adults:

The Book of Mark – led by Pastor Vic, will meet in the Chapel

The Twelve Apostles – led by Debra Sherley, will meet in the Parlor

There will be no Children’s or Youth Sunday School July 2-September 3.



10:00 AM Worship—This is My Story, This is My Song:  We’ll have the blessing of hearing different people’s stories and songs of faith.  The summer sermon focus will be about the lesser known people from the Bible that have a story to tell about God’s glory: Faces in the Crowd—This is Their Story.

There will be nursery care for infants up to preschool age and Children’s Church for the preschoolers during the 10:00 AM worship service.


Love Lowell Team Request Donations and Volunteers

Love Lowell is our Elementary School Ministry.  We support Lowell Elementary School teachers and students through different outreaches throughout the school year.  

On Sunday, October 23, we will be dedicating quilts for the Student of the Month at Lowell Elementary school.  We will also be collecting items that support the students at home so they can do well at school.  Click here to see the list of items we are collecting or to see other ways to be involved in the Love Lowell Team.

Contact Joann Friessen at 605-366-3855 for more information

Kick Off Sunday, September 11, 2016

We are excited to announce that we will be kicking off all our fall activities on September 11, 2016. We have a full morning planned:  Fellowship, Sunday School, Worship, and a Block Party! 

The schedule is as follows:

9:15 AM:  Fellowship Time

10:00 AM:  Sunday School

11:00 AM:  Worship

12:00 PM:  Block Party!

There will be something for the whole family!  Please join us as we start our Sunday School Classes & the sermon series on Joshua as we Go4th, and fun as we eat and play following worship!

First Baptist Church Ordains Pastor Kelly Lashly

On Saturday, July 2, 2016, the Members of FBC and a great cloud of witnesses gathered for a service of ordination for Kelly Lashly, our Associate Pastor for Ministry Development.  Participants included a wonderful worship team led by Seth Dekkenga, supported by Kathy, Mark, Mason and Madi Sundvold, Liam Reese and Larry Lang. 

Offering their words of affirmation as they led in worship were Carol Potratz, longtime friend of Pastor Kelly from Edmonton, AB, Canada, Lenora Bezpatletz, member of First Baptist Church, as well as one of Pastor Kelly’s students and mentees, Rev. Dave Campbell, pastor of the new ABCD church plant in NW Sioux Falls.

Offering charges to the candidate and the church were Drs. Denise Kjesbo, Susan Reese and Randy Reese.  Pastors Warren and Laura Hoffman led in the Laying on of Hands as each person in the congregation was invited to come and pray a blessing over Pastor Kelly.  Randy Rasmussen, Executive Minister for the American Baptist Churches of the Dakotas led Kelly and the congregation in their ordination vows.

Following the service of worship and dedication, the participants gathered in the FLC for a light lunch and yummy desserts prepared by Pastor Kelly’s Mom Carrie Lashly and her sister Kathy Sundvold.  In the service were representatives from several of the churches that Kelly has served in the last 35 years as well as her time on the faculty of the Sioux Falls Seminary. 

It was a time of tears and great encouragement for Kelly who has been quoted as saying “I have a blessing hang-over” from this meaningful and exhausting service of affirmation.  Thank you First Baptist for making this such a tremendous experience for Pastor Kelly and the church.

Inter-generational Mission Trip: Ukraine

Join Paul Logan and the Arise! Ukraine team in helping staff at Family/Children's Summer camp near Kiev, Ukraine.  The goal of this camp is for Arise! Ukraine and staff to help strengthen existing church families while also reaching those who have not met Christ. This trip will be from July 23 to July 30, 2016.

Persons age 12-senior adult who are members/friends of First Baptist Church are welcome to apply. We are asking for interested persons to go through an interview. All applicants must be physically fit due to the nature of work involved.

Cost: approx. $1,500/person (Some assistance will be available from FBC Missions to help defray some costs).

Contact Barb Schock for more details.

If you want to know more about Arise! Ukraine:  http://ariseukr.com/arise-ukraine-2016-summer-camp-information/ or Ariseoffice@gmail.com or call 605-595-8882.


Inter-generational Mission Trip: Rainbow Acres

First Baptist Church is engaging in an inter-generational Mission Experience to Rainbow Acres, a residential community in Camp Verde Arizona, administered by American Baptist Churches USA.  We will be serving as workers and friends to persons who have developmental disabilities that prevent them from living on their own, but who thrive in community.


August 6-13, 2016.  We will leave Sioux Falls on Saturday, August 6 and return on Saturday August 13.


Who can go:

Persons age 10-senior adult who are members/friends of First Baptist Church.  We are asking for interested persons to go through an interview and all applicants must be physically fit due to the nature of work involved.

What will we do?

We will be doing landscaping, painting, window washing, other labor projects as needed.  In the evenings, we will build relationships with the ranchers by helping the learning center staff – reading to campers and offering spiritual direction as well as assisting with physical labor.

 Am I fit enough?

The persons who will travel to Rainbow Acres must be physically fit.  The ministry that we will offer involves a considerable amount of sustained physical activity.


Accommodations/meals for week at Rainbow Acres:  $200.00

Group fee $20.00

Transportation (airfare $800.00 and van rental $100.00 – plus $30 to cover gas expenses)

One night in a motel in shared accommodations ($50.00)

Meals to and from Rainbow Acres ($60.00)

Total:  $1,230.00 (Some assistance will be available from FBC Missions to help defray some costs).

 If you want more information on Rainbow Acres:  www.rainbowacres.com

Serve Saturday

Join us April 9 for Serve Saturday!

8:30 - 10:00 AM:  Pancake breakfast fundraiser for Youth Group's mission trips.  Pancakes, fruit, sausage, eggs, juice & coffee will be served for your freewill donation.

9:45 AM:  Various Projects begin

  • Prairie Light Summer Camp:  Help prepare crafts for the Summer Camp on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.
  • Philips Home:  Paint the kitchen, porch and a bedroom.  Help clean up the yard.  Bring paint brushes and pans, as well as rakes, leaf bags and a hedge trimmer.
  • Spring clean up:  Help spring clean for some of the shut-ins or elderly at First Baptist.
  • First Baptist Church:  Deep clean the bathrooms and three kitchens.  Help shine the church pews.

Sign up in the Narthex or by email brendah@vastbb.net.

You can also donate the following items beforehand:

  • Women & Children’s clothing—especially new socks & underwear

  • Full Size Hygiene Products—feminine, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, Soap (bars & body wash), deodorant, lotion, hair spray, travel size tissues, comb and brush, nail clippers (high priority)
  • Diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream
  • Twin sheet sets and blankets, pillows
  • Towels (bath & hand towels) and washcloths
  • Toilet Paper
  • Gift cards for Walmart, women’s clothing stores, phone cards, or West Mall 7
  • Women’s Bibles, Recovery Bibles, devotional books/inspirational materials, diaries or journals
  • Adventures in Odyssey CD’s or DVD’s
  • New or used T-shirts, men's sizes for a tote bag craft project (80 needed by April 9)

These items can be brought to the church office or to the collection boxes in the Narthex.

Easter Week Events

Join us for these special events and services!

March 20:  Palm Sunday & Baptism Celebration, 8:45 AM & 11:00 AM, Sanctuary

March 23:  No Wednesday Activities

March 24:  Maundy Thursday Service of Shadows and Communion, 7:00 PM, Family Life Center.  Childcare will be available for infants and toddlers.  Kids' Service will be available for preschoolers through 3rd graders.

March 25:  Choral Requiem at First Congregational Church (300 S Minnesota Ave), 7:00 PM

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) composed his "Petit Requiem" during the late 19th Century (including several revisions), personally selecting texts and emphasizing themes of rest and peace.  

This collaborative endeavor includes the choirs, conductors, and pastors from First Baptist, First Congregational, First Presbyterian, and Spirit of Peace, as well as professional instrumentalists.

March 27:  Easter (Resurrection) Sunday, 8:45 AM & 11:00 AM, Sanctuary.  Bring your bells to worship.  No Sunday School.

Order Flowers for Easter Sunday

Now is the time to order flowers for Easter Sunday!  The flower options available are lilies, tulips, and daisy mums.  Each plant is $8.  Please fill out this form and return to the church office, along with payment for the flowers, by Sunday March 13. 

Please note:  The florist will do the best they can in filling the quantity of each flower type, but it is not guaranteed that you will receive the type of flower ordered. Because of this, flower pick-up will be on a first come, first served basis.