"I bring you good news of great joy That will be for all people.  Today, in the city of David a Savior has been born to you.”
Luke 2: 10-11


We hope you’ll invite
friends and family
and join us

Sunday, December 24, 2017
10:00 am ~ Cantata Service
6:45 pm ~ Pre-Service Concert
7:00 pm ~ Candlelight Service

Helping Hands NW Ohio
The Dwelling Place Church is asking for volunteers to assist in the preparation and distribution of the Christmas Baskets to families.  If you are able to help out, in any way, please contact The Dwelling Place at 419/867-7794. 
Set-up – December 14th, 2 – 7 pm
Unload Truck – December 15th, 10 am – 12 noon
Pack Baskets – December 15th, 6 – 7:30 pm
Distribution of Baskets – December 19th, 3 – 6 pm


Second Sunday of Each Month
is Food Sunday
“One in five families face food insecurity, and Toledo consistently ranks in the top five US cities for the percentage of children in poverty.”

The CWU Thrift Shop is in need of non-perishable food items, baby necessities and personal hygiene items.  Monetary donations are also a great way to help out. 
Please prayerfully consider your gift to the Church Women United Thrift Shop each second Sunday.

First Baptist Church of Greater Toledo

Thursday, July 20th
Friday, July 21st
9 am - 3 pm

Friday - $4.00 Bag Day

Toledo Area American Baptist Association
Annual Picnic at Side cut Metro Park
Sunday, June 11, 2017
2:00 - 6:00 pm

All Church Families are invited to attend.  Bring your favorite potluck dish, along with serving utensils, to serve 25.  Hot dogs, bottled water and soda will be provided.  If you own a 5 gallon drink container, would you please bring it filled with iced water, punch or lemonade to share?
Meal service will begin promptly at 2:30 pm.  We ask that food items be ready for set up 1:30 pm.
For your personal comfort, you may bring lawn chairs.
We also need some volunteers from First Baptist to assist with food service, set-up and clean-up following the picnic.  If you are willing and able to help, please arrive at the park by 11:00 am.

It's that time we've all been waiting for!  Beginning June 1st, items may be brought to church for the rummage sale and placed in the Children's Church classroom, in the educational wing.  Please have boxes and bags closed and secured to assure that items do not fall out.

This is a great incentive to clean closets and garages, get rid of Aunt Millie's collectibles and support the Church at the same time.

Larger items may need to be stored in the garage and you'll need to contact the office to make arrangements.  Please bring only those items which are clean and in working order.

All donations are tax deductible by contacting the church office.

Your support is vital to make the sale a success, both by donations and volunteering to work.  See Joyce Norman or contact the church office for details.


Here Ye!          Here Ye!       Here Ye!

You are cordially invited to the
First Baptist Church Homecoming Celebration
Sunday, May 21, 2017

9:00 am  Coffee & Doughnuts
9:45 am   Hymn-Sing
10:00 am  Worship Celebration - where 50 and 50+ members will be honored
12:00 pm  Luncheon and Fellowship
* Reservations requested for the luncheon *
The Season of Lent

The Church has traditionally recognized a solemn and confessional season of preparation and repentance as we prepare to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The season of Lent has for centuries helped those who would follow Jesus to consider the radical nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the deep cost of the Cross.
The season of Lent is a time in which the Church reflects upon the nature of God’s work amongst the Creation and the great lengths to which that God has gone in order to restore us to our proper place in God’s Kingdom.  We remember that because of our sin, God the Father sent His only begotten Son to, through the power of the Holy Spirit, bring the gospel of the Kingdom of God to us.  We remember that this task would be met with violent aggression and Jesus Christ, the Son of God would give His life for the sake of the Kingdom and in radical obedience to the Father. It is an uncomfortable truth that none of us are worthy of this great gift, yet God’s love and sacrifice has made us acceptable.  How appropriate that we would set aside some time to humbly examine our lives in recognition of God’s love and work.

Beginning on March 8th, we will gather together each Wednesday at 6:00 pm for a lite meal and a special time of fellowship and reflection. These fellowship meals will help us to join our hearts and minds in service to God’s will in the greater Toledo area.  This year we will focus on the book, “Breaking the Idols of Your Heart” by Dan B. Allender & Tremper Longman III.  This excellent study of the book of Ecclesiastes, utilizes narrative story-telling and biblical scholarship to address the primary cause of human sinfulness: idolatry.
I would recommend that you purchase the book through Amazon.com where you can find good used copies of the book for under $6.00.  If you would like for me to order the book for you, I can get new copies of the book for $12.00.  Please let me know how you would like to purchase your book. We are also looking for people or groups to provide for a meal during these Lenten suppers.  Please let us know when you would like to provide the Lenten Supper.


Church Directory Update. . .

If you have not had your portrait taken for our church directory, you're going to get one final opportunity.  Maybe you were out of town or busy when we had photos taken for the pictorial directory and you missed it, then this is YOUR chance!  We will have a one day only photo session on Thursday, April 20  from 2 - 8 pm here at the church for ANYONE who was not previously photographed, ANYONE who had a change in their family structure (death, birth), ANYONE who had a scheduling conflict with other family members, ANYONE who is a frequent visitor (you don't need to be a member) - this IS YOUR CHANCE!   Schedule a time NOW by clicking on the "portrait sign-up" button above and you'll be directed to the online registration page of LifeTouch Directories.  For questions or difficulty scheduling, please contact Krista in the church office.
This is also your opportunity to update any changes in your address or contact information.

First Baptist Bake Sale
Sunday, March 19

First Baptist is having a bake sale on Sunday, March 19th to help support our Local Disaster Relief fund which is set-up to assist others, in our local area, when disaster strikes.  We are hoping you will support this local mission by donating, individually wrapped, baked goods AND by purchasing some yummy treats the day of the sale.  Please contact Cindy Schafer, 567-316-7364, with your donations.
Daylight Savings Time Begins
“SPRING” Ahead
Sunday, March 12th
at 2:00 am

Don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors too.

Room for One More by Carmille Akande

Click on the link below to Carmille Akande's blog about her journey in Christianity as how she strives to follow the commands of Matthew 25.


Sunday, May 21, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE! 

We are planning a HOMECOMING EVENT where we will recognize our 50 year members, past and current.  We will also recognize all new First Baptist members for the past two years.  We want to get as many former members as possible to attend this event.  We will have a special Sunday service followed by a luncheon.  Your help is needed by spreading the word to all your friends and former members.  Mark your calendars for this special event.  Let’s make this the best Homecoming service that we at First Baptist have had in a while.  If anyone is interested in helping plan this upcoming event, please contact Bob Turner at 419/367-2105 or see him after a church service.  Stay tuned for more information in the near future.


Sunday is our annual SCOUT SUNDAY worship service.  This year we will recognize 12 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who have completed the God and Me or God and Family religious classes.  We invite all past and present Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Leaders to wear your uniforms, patches and pins and join us for our 10:00 am worship service as we honor ALL those in the Scouting ranks. 

Pre-School Teacher Needed

We are looking for a volunteer to teach a pre-school class on Sunday mornings.  This would be for the 3 – 5 age group.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact the church office asap.