First Baptist Church W. Jones Education Scholarship

Many years ago a scholarship fund was established in memory of Miss Winifred Jones, a faithful member and supporter of First Baptist Church. The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide financial assistance to members of First Baptist Church who attend, or wish to attend, the University of Sioux Falls. Through the years it has been the privilege of our church to assist many persons this way. To qualify for this scholarship, you must:

  1. Be a Christian
  2. Be an active, registered member of First Baptist Church of Sioux Falls – Have joined First Baptist in membership and regularly attend worship and participate in service/ministry opportunities.
  3. Be enrolled, or accepted, as a full-time student at the University of Sioux Falls.

Application deadline April 1, 2017

Click here for more info and the application

American Baptist Women's Education Scholarship

PURPOSE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP

To assist worthy American Baptist women to further their education and prepare for service to Christ.

QUALIFICATIONS OF APPLICANTS

  1. The applicant must be an active member of an American Baptist Church in South Dakota
  2. The applicant must be or plan to be a full time student at the University of Sioux Falls or South Dakota post-secondary institution
  3. The applicant must submit the following items to the scholarship committee of the American Baptist Women’s Ministries of South Dakota:
    1. An application form completed and returned by March 1
    2. A letter of recommendation from the pastor of her congregation
  4. A renewal form must be completed and submitted each year for the continuation of this scholarship

Click Here for more info and application

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.

When:

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.

Cost:

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.

Advent Schedule

Christmas Conspiracy - Turn Your Christmas Upside Down

Nov 29 - Advent Worship Services8:45 AM & 11 AM

Dec 2 – Advent Workshop 6-8 PM
Gift & Craft Creating Extravaganza for kids & families

Dec 6 – Advent Worship Services 8:45 AM & 11 AM
University of Sioux Falls Christmas chapel 6 PM at USF

Dec 12 – SOUL MUSIC with Kyle Matthews 9 AM-12 PM
A creative spiritual formation retreat at USF Z-Hall

Dec 13 – Advent Worship Services 8:45 AM & 11 AM
with Kyle Matthews

Dec 13 - Kyle Matthews Concert 3:30 PM
Christmas Goodies afterward

Dec 20 – Advent Worship Services 8:45 AM & 11 AM  
Christmas Sweater Sunday

Dec 24 – Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship Services

5 PM Special participation activity for children & childcare available for 0-3 years old9 PM Christmas Eve Acoustic Worship

Prayer Conference Registration

Can You Hear Me Now?

An interactive teaching conference

Learning to Hear God as He Speaks Into Your Prayer Life
November 20-21
First Baptist Church Family Life Center

Friday, November 20
6:30-9:30 PM

Saturday, November 21
8:30 AM-5:30 PM

Registration*: $20 Singles $30 Couples.  To register, click here.
*Preregistration is not required but, if possible, preregister to help us provide adequate conference packets and lunch. Pay at the door.


Speaker: JAY KNOBLOCK EARNED HIS B.S. AND M.S. DEGREES FROM SDSU WITH ADDITIONAL MASTER’S COURSES IN TEACHING AT USF.  HE TAUGHT AS A GRADUATE STUDENT AT SDSU AND ADJUNCT PROFESSOR AT USF.  JAY SERVED AS AN APPRENTICE/CONFERENCE TEACHER WITH DUNAMIS INSTITUTE UNTIL HE  ESTABLISHED HIS OWN MINISTRY, SPIRITUAL STRENGTH TRAINING IN 2013.  WITH TRAINING AND  EXPERIENCE IN MINISTRY DEALING WITH HEALING, RESTORATION, RECOVERY AND DISCIPLESHIP, HE HAS A DIVERSE MINISTRY WITH INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DUNAMIS INSTITUTE. HE TRAINS THROUGH PRESENTATION AND PRACTICE THROUGH SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES AND DISCUSSION.  JAY MINISTERS TO YOUTH, YOUNG ADULTS, CHURCHES, PASTORS, LEADERS AND ORGANIZATIONS REGIONALLY, NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY.  HE HAS MINISTERED EXTENSIVELY IN ASIA, MOST RECENTLY IN EAST ASIA AND SOUTH KOREA.  JAY’S MINISTRY IS BASED IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN.

 

Congregational Vote Results

The members of First Baptist Church voted on the What’s Next Recommendation brought forward by the Church Council and here are the results:

·         96% voted in favor of revising the mission and vision statement to:

o   Mission – Loving God, Loving Others
  Vision - First Baptist Church seeks to be a church family that inspires life transformation through the love of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

·         88% voted in favor of limiting any major capital investments in the current facility (or affirmed “major renovation of the current facility should no longer be considered an option”).

·         83% voted in favor of beginning the process of relocating the ministries of First Baptist Church.

We are grateful for the congregation’s participation in this process and now with God’s help and by his grace we move forward.