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Worship services at 9 a.m. this Sunday followed by Adult Study and Kid's Hour! Services will be presented online that day as usual! Remember - study groups starting tomorrow night. "Seamless" led by Debbie Diel in the Fellowship Hall and "Horizontal Jesus" led by Pastor Steve in church. Teens - watch for further news about CIA meetings!
As announced last Sunday, we are starting a fund to replace the marquis at church. This will cost approximately $25,000.00 for an electronic led marquis. If you wish to give towards this, mark your gifts to sign fund.
See you soon!
Stephen G. Wllis has been the pastor of the First Baptist Church since August of 1983. He and his wife, the former Scherry Roth, are natives of Ironton, OH and were married in 1977. Steve has an A.B. in education from Marshall University in Huntington, WV and a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary. In October 2004 he received his Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary. He has been active in ministry since 1971, serving as an evangelist and as a pastor before moving to Dallas in 1979 and then to the pastorate in Newton after obtaining his master's degree. In addition to his ministerial duties, Steve is a member of several committees and boards in Jasper County. He has served as president of the Jasper County Ministerial Association and Newton Rotary, and is currently the secretary-treasurer of the ministerial association.
Scherry is a graduate of ITT with certification in interior design. In Ohio she worked as a secretary and then with the Ohio Department of Health and Human Services. She was a secretary in Dallas at Dallas Theological Seminary. After moving with Steve to Newton, she took some time away from the workplace to have two daughters, Stephanie, born in 1983 and Megan, born in 1985. When both the girls were in school, Scherry returned to the workplace, first at Arndt's Stores, then as a painter with Hidden Blessings, and since 1994, as a secretary for the Jasper County Unit #1 School District. She retired in June of 2016. She is active in the church as leader of the Children's Choirs and directing the adult choir.
Megan graduated from Judson University, Elgin, IL in December of 2007, and received her ThM from Edinburgh University (Scotland) in August of 2008. She married Casey Robbins in February of 2014, and they have one child, Sullivan. She also teaches English at Williamsfield High School.
Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Illinois (2005) and received a master's degree from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, in May of 2007. She is now a speech pathologist with Southern Ohio Educational Services in Portsmouth, Ohio. She married Jimmy Bailey in July of 2009. Jimmy is a teacher and coach with the New Boston, Ohio, School District. They live in Wheelersburg, OH. They have two children, Madelyn and Cullen.
For those of you not currently attending church on a regular basis we would like to extend an invitation to you. Regular church attendance can make a big difference in your life. Worshiping God, learning more about Him and enjoying fellowship with other Christians is a very rewarding way to spend Sunday morning. Our service at the First Baptist Church starts at 9:00 AM and we hope you will join us soon. You will be greeted by some of the friendliest people in downstate Illinois. If you sometimes feel that there is something missing in your life this could be a great opportunity to fill that void. Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth and the life." Through faith in Him, the void you have can be filled. He said in Matthew 11:32 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
A good way to find out what you need to do to place your faith in Him is to find a church where you can learn what it means to have a relationship with Christ and what that can mean to you. If you are too far away from our location, please try to find a church near by. It can change your life. If you would like to invite Christ to come into your heart as your Savior and Lord, you may do so by simply asking him to do so. Here is what you can do to receive the free gift of eternal life he offers:1. Acknowledge that you have sinned and need to be forgiven. Romans 3:23 - "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 6:23 - "The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." 2. Believe that Jesus died for you and wants to forgive you and give you the free gift of eternal life. John 6:47 - "I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life." 3. Confess your sins to him and ask him to come into your heart as your Savior. Romans 10:9-10 - "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."
If you are now enjoying all the benefits of being part of a church family, wherever it might be, we offer you a challenge. In your community there are people waiting for you to extend an invitation to them. We urge you to find them, invite them to your church and show them how a relationship with Jesus can enrich their lives. The Word of God ends with an invitation. Revelation 22:17 says, "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let him who hears say, 'Come!' Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." Be an inviting person!
Welcome to the internet home of the First Baptist Church, located at 400 W. Washington Street in Newton IL. This church was established in January of 1886 as the Newton Baptist Church. The first pastor was J.W Reed who served until 1891 and again from 1896 to 1898. The first meetings were held at the Presbyterian Church until 1892 when it was decided to build a new church. The actual construction was started in 1893 and completed in 1895. The first services in the new building were on April 27th. In 1957 a new educational wing and fellowship hall were added.
The name of the church was changed from "Newton Baptist Church" to "First Baptist Church" on July 25th, 1926. The church has had 31 pastors since its inception including our current pastor, Dr. Steve Willis who has served since 1983.
Our mission is to delight God by developing a church full of people whose integrity is beyond question, whose faith is beyond reason, and whose compassion is beyond compare.
Services at First Baptist start at 9:00 am every Sunday morning followed by Sunday school at 10:30. Our Sunday evening service starts at 6:00 and CrossTraining Bible study is held each Wednesday at 6:30. From September to May, we have CrossTraining classes on Wednesdays for ages 3 through the 8th grade. Our High School group is entitled CIA (Christians in Action) and meets on the first and third Sundays at 6 p.m.
We would like to invite you to join us next Sunday. You will find us to be a very friendly family of believers that loves our Lord and truly enjoys our Sunday morning fellowship.
What a great time we had together this past week in worship! We want to inform you of some changes that will take place for our worship this coming Sunday, June 7. In light of information from the Illinois Department of Public Health, we are planning on moving worship inside this week. While we are eager to do so, there are some guidelines we need to follow in order to provide a safe environment for us as we make this transition. Below you will find an outline of what our worship experience will be. Continue to pray in the midst of all that is taking place, and continue to pray for our church and our ministries. Here are some guidelines for our time together as we take this step forward:
We will have two worship times to ensure that we can remain under the suggested number of folks for a gathering. There is not a perfect way to make this division, but here is what we are going to do. Folks with last names from A - L will attend the 9 a.m. service. Folks with last names from M - Z will attend the 10:30 service. We do NOT want to split families, of course, so if this is the case because of our method, please decide as a family which service to attend. We have a little room to be flexible in this area, but we still need to be careful with numbers for reasons outlined below.
Please be patient with us in this arrangement; we know it is not ideal, but we are in an experience that has rendered many of our activities less than ideal. The services will be identical in format.
Please enter through the west doors. Your family will be seated by ushers as we will be working to maintain spacing.
We will use "wedding dismissal" procedure, and ask you to exit using the north doors - we also ask that there be no congregating as you exit, especially for the 9 a.m. service, as we will be needing as much time as possible to prepare the church for the 10:30 service. Pews will be wiped down between services. Those arriving for the second service, please wait until doors are opened.
We are forming teams to prepare the church before the second service - if you would be willing to help, please contact the church office.
We will observe communion on Sunday, June 7th. The deacons, wearing gloves, will pass out the elements individually. If you want, you can bring your own bread and juice for this.
We will continue to have services on the website, YouTube, and Facebook. Blessings to all of you as we continue to move forward as God's people!Update effective Sunday 9/13.
Our worship this Sunday will be as follows: A - I will meet at 9 a.m., and J - Z will meet at 10:30 a.m. Join us as we meet to celebrate the Savior! The services will be on YouTube, Facebook, and our Webpage. God is good, and we want to celebrate the goodness of our Father!Update effective Sunday 9/20.
Folks - Worship this Sunday! J - Z will have service at 9 a.m., and A - I will have worship at 10:30 a.m.! By the way - I am home now and thank you for your prayers - hope to see you soon! Operation Christmas Child has begun - you can pick up your box at church - packed boxes will be due on Sunday, November 15!Update effective Sunday 9/27.
Worship this Sunday! A - I will meet at 9 a.m. and J - Z will meet at 10:30 a.m. Join us in person, or worship with us as our worship time will be on Facebook, YouTube, and our web page!
ALSO - The churches of Jasper County are planning a prayer event for our nation this coming Saturday in the parking lot at Scott Avenue Christian Church, at 8:30 AM. This is in conjunction with a national prayer event to be held in Washington that day.
Join us for worship this Sunday - J - Z will meet at 9 a.m.; A - I will meet at 10:30! We will celebrate communion this Sunday - so those of you who plan to worship at home, you can share with us - just have your own elements ready! We will be looking at Matthew 5:13 - "You Are the Salt of the Earth" - what does this mean? Come or watch along to find out!
Operation Christmas Child has begun - you can pick up your box at church - packed boxes will be due on Sunday, November 15!
Hey Folks - Worship This Sunday! Still following COVID protocol of spacing and cleaning - so hope you will join us! A - I meet at 9 a.m; J - Z meets at 10:30. We will talk about "Learning from a Disaster" - Luke 13:1 - 8. Services will be on YouTube, Facebook, and our website that day.
ALSO - remember that we are hoping to hold a Trunk or Treat event on October 30 - are you interested? We have had some folks respond and we hope to have some more! Call the church office or respond to this email!Update effective Sunday 10/18
PARENTS - Please watch for your weekly mailing from the church - there is a letter inside that details plans for a weekly Kid's Activity to be held between our services - details in the letter! This will start Sunday, October 25! Call the church or Pastor Steve @ 618/553-4264 if you miss the letter!
Worship This Sunday! Still following COVID protocol of spacing and cleaning - so hope you will join us! J - Z meet at 9 a.m; A -I meets at 10:30. We will talk about "An Encounter with God" - Matthew 6:5 - 8. Services will be on YouTube, Facebook, and our website that day.
ALSO - remember that we are hoping to hold a Trunk or Treat event on October 30 - are you interested? We have had some folks respond and we hope to have some more! Call the church office or respond to this email!Update effective Sunday 10/25
See you in worship this Sunday! ! ! A - I at 9 a.m.; J - Z at 10:30! "What? Me Worry?" will be our focus from Matthew 6:25 - 34.
Parents - we start our Kid's Worship Time this Sunday! This will be from 10 - 10:30! If you come to early service, just plan on staying a bit longer. If you are in the later worship time, come early!! We have things set up for a safe worship experience for kids through 6th grade! Call the church if you have questions!
Trunk or Treat! ! ! Friday, October 30, 5 - 7 p.m. We can still use more cars!BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YOU! Pastor Steve