First Baptist Church
Missions is our response to the Great Commandment of Matthew 28. To be on mission means being an active participant in what God is doing in the world.
Local Mission Opportunities
American Baptist Womens Missions (M001): ABWM provides a rich opportunity for women to be partners with God in building a faith community with strong interpersonal relationships, a commitment to nurturing the discipleship of Gods people, and a dedication to reaching beyond the church doors in outreach and invitation. There are three circles that meet regularly.
If you would like to be part of this women's ministry contact the circle leader for the group that meets at a time most convenient for you.
ABWM President: Roxie Pickard
Nursing Home Visits (M002):
Pastor Brick leads worship services at local nursing homes periodically. All are invited to go along to interact with the residents in any way they can.
Bell Ringing (M003):
Salvation Army Bell Ringing (M003):
One Saturday during the Christmas season people from our congregation ring bells by a local store to help raise funds for the Salvation Army to assist people in need during the holidays. Each person takes a one hour shift.
Team Leaders-Bill and Sharron Henry
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Salvation Army Dinners (M004):
Once a quarter our church family provides a Friday dinner at the Salvation Army building for people in need of a good meal. We serve around 150 during these dinners. Cooks, servers, and people willing to provide food are needed.
Team Leader-Dennis Thompson
Trunk or Treat (M005):
On Halloween evening our church family provides a welcoming and safe place for children and their families to trick or treat and enjoy a hot dog. Decorating of cars and passing out candy from their trunks is one of the most fun times in October. Also, people who will serve as host or hostesses, hot dog cooks, and servers and game supervisors are needed.
Team Leader- Deanna Hoatson
The Living Christmas Tree (M006):
The church family presents a production each Christmas as a gift to the community. It takes around 100 people from start to finish to accomplish this ministry. Volunteers needed would include persons to set up and take down the tree on which the choir stands, as well as all tasks involved in the staging, sound, and lights. Choir members and a drama team are needed. Child care providers, cookie bakers, hostesses for the reception following the production, and persons willing to provide a musical prelude are needed.
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Prayer Partners (M007):
Persons sign up for a one-hour time slot per week to be in our prayer room and pray for the requests for prayer we receive and pray for members of our church family, our missionaries, and government leaders.
Team Leader - Margene Phares
Christmas Baskets (M008):
Each Christmas we provide food and/or toys and clothings, for persons in our congregation who need assistance for the holidays. We also adopt a number of families that have applied to the Salvation Army for help. Persons who will purchase and donate items are needed as well as people who will assemble the baskets after all the items have arrived.
Team Leader - Jim & Chris Conner
Local Hands On Projects (M009):
Some of us like to paint, help with construction, and others enjoy the general repairs to a home. This yearly project varies each year. Past examples include helping with Habitat for Humanity and helping individuals and families with their properties. A variety of skills may be needed or it may just need lots of elbow grease.
Team Leaders - Bob Lindemeier
Connection Homeless Shelter (M010):
Persons from our congregation reach out to the local homeless shelter in a variety of ways. The youth from a Sunday School class have been known to serve breakfast to the shelter. Adult groups have gone to the shelter to play board and card games with the residents. Other opportunities arise from time to time during the year.
Team Leaders - Larry and Erna Todd
Grace Ministries Food Pantry (M016)
The pantry is located at 114 East C Street (between Dewey and Jeffers Streets). Distribution hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Volunteers are always welcome to help distribute food as well as help pick up and unload commodity foods, donated food from local food suppliers, and canned goods collected by local groups.
Team Leaders - Bob and Margene Phares
We have a career closet in the church where persons can come to find clothing they need to interview for a job as to have suitable clothing to be dressed appropriately for their work situation. There is no cost for the clothing.
Team Leader-Pat Dannatt
Global Mission Opportunities
Mission Trips (M012):
Each year we try to do two mission trips. One of these is to the Child Evangelism Fellowship in Warrenton, MO. While there we work in the mailroom opening mail, correcting Bible study lessons that come from children and prisoners, prepare out-going mail or doing input into the computers. There are meaningful jobs for anyone who would like to go. Cost is minimal; it involves meals and two nights lodging as we travel there and back. Meals and lodging are provided while working. The second trip rotates between a youth trip, an adult trip, or a family trip. Costs vary depending on the trip.
Team Leader-Margene Phares
Special Offerings (M013):
Each year we take special mission offerings that support America for Christ, World Fellowship, and One Great Hour of Sharing. These offerings provide programs, items needed by missionaries, and direct help to the needy that are over and above what the mission budget can provide. We take this combined offering during the season of Lent. Needed: Cheerful givers with willing hearts!!
Team Leader-Denise Nutter
Disaster Relief (M014):
American Baptists of Nebraska have a team that is willing to go in after a natural disaster and offer their help. Those willing and able to do physical work and who can arrange to respond on short notice are needed.
Team Leaders - Bob and Lisa Lindemeier
World Craft Boutique (M015):
During the reception that follows each production of the Living Christmas Tree there is a craft boutique. The items that are offered for sale come from artisans that live in impoverished areas who are trying to support their families in difficult circumstances. All money from the sale goes directly back to the artisans. We need persons who will help select items from catalogs, price the items, set up the display, and then sell the items.
Team Leader- Sharron Henry