A Message For This Week

February 9 – Church Check-Ins | Jim Everette –

Early in the pandemic, Jim Baldwin and I began placing phone calls to many of the older members of our church to inquire if they had need of things with which we may be able to assist. Members of our Diaconate did the same. Most of the conversations lasted about ten minutes and the large majority of our people assured us they were ok and they would let us know as needs arose. It has been nearly a year since we began these “church check-ins” by phone and the conversations have gotten a good bit longer, and the number of people with whom we are speaking has increased because there are a lot more people that are “shut in.” I recall one of our wise sages saying to me in one of our first conversations, “We’ve been through our share of challenging times. We are a resilient people. We are going to be ok. Our church is going to be ok. –READ MORE–

January 11 – New Year | Jim Everette –

Standing just inside the threshold of a new year, I am led to a passage of scripture that I pray will be our mantra for 2021.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Colossians 3:12-13). –READ MORE–

December 22 – Christmas | Jim Everette –

I have gathered with our First Baptist Family on the evening of Christmas Eve for the past 30 years. Some of you have done so for far more years than me, but we will not make our annual trek to the sanctuary at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Market Street on Christmas Eve in 2020. Not because we don’t want to but because it will be safest for our physical health and that of our family, friends and neighbors if we remain socially and physically distant this year. –READ MORE–

December 8 – Advent | Jayne Davis –

“If all your prayers were answered, would it change the world or just yours?”

I read that quote a long time ago. It stopped me in my tracks. My prayers often reflect my little piece of the world; the people I love, the situations that touch me personally. –READ MORE–

November 26 – Giving Thanks | Jim Everette –

One of the saddest ironies of human nature is a failure so often to give thanks until we have had a taste of life void of some of the blessings that we typically take for granted.

The tradition of Thanksgiving was begun, after all, by a group of devout Christians who had endured a horrific experience together. What began as a group of 102 people leaving Holland in the fall of 1620 in search of a new land where they could worship God and freely live out their faith was reduced to a mere 50 souls after the illnesses, disease, and starvation associated with the journey to America, and the frigid cold of their first winter in their new homeland. It was by their faith in God and the
leadership skills of Governor William Bradford who forged an alliance with some local “native Americans” that the remnant survived. In the fall of 1621, recognizing how blessed by God they were, the Pilgrims harvested the crops they were taught to grow by the “native Americans” and all the people had a feast together. –READ MORE–

October 5 – Lean on Me | Jim Everette –

I had just pronounced the benediction on a friend’s life and was exiting Oleander Memorial Gardens earlier today when I turned on my radio and heard a familiar voice. He spoke a word of good news and hope to my spirit that I really needed to hear, the family I had just left needs to hear, and you may need it as well. The voice was that of Bill Withers crooning the familiar tune from his 1974 hit single. Lean on Me. –READ MORE–

August 25 Congregational Conversation | Jayne Davis –

What a fantastic gathering we had this past Sunday for our second Congregational Conversation! Over 180 of you connected on Zoom to hear about where we are as a church and to voice your thoughts about what is needed as we look to the future as we prepare to call our next pastor.
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August 18 – A Great Night | Jim Everette —

After having to delay our Tailgate Worship Gathering for a week, God provided a beautiful evening for us to gather outdoors at the Activity Center for a wonderful time of connecting, celebrating and worshipping. One of our Sunday School classes arrived an hour early and had dinner together in a circle while seeing each other face-to-face. Great idea for other classes to consider for upcoming gatherings. Our Leadership Council came together in a circle on the grass for a meeting before the worship service. –READ MORE–

August 11 – Unsettling but Hopeful | Jim Everette —

August is the month that brings us hot days, humid nights, severe thunderstorms, and the potential for hurricanes. We experienced all of these and an extra little shake from a nearby earthquake last week. Our congregation has been shaken by the tragic death of two of our members that were from two vastly different worlds, but they stood side-by-side as friends and brothers in Christ. –READ MORE–

August 4 – Looking Forward to Sunday Night| Jim Everette —

The Apostle Paul wrote “Greet one another with a holy kiss,” on numerous occasions. It may have been a cultural practice of the first century, or maybe something that took place only among the Christian community, but it is not encouraged in a time of global pandemic,… –READ MORE–    

July 20 – Thank you! | Jim Everette —

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, for the many ways you have expressed your appreciation to me and my family for the ministry we have been blessed to share together over the past 30 years. Your kindness is overwhelming and humbling. I promise each of you, it has been our great privilege to be a part of this wonderful church. –READ MORE–

June 2 – We Stood, We Stand, I Hope We Always Will | Jim Everette —

I along with other members of our church stood in the rain with people of all ages, races, faiths and I’m assuming socio-economic status, at the 1898 Memorial Park last Saturday afternoon. We stood together in solidarity to affirm that all lives matter to the Creator of all life and we love our neighbors, no matter the similarities or the differences. –READ MORE–

May 26 – There Is Room For Celebration | Jim Everette —

Like many of you, I try to begin each morning reading God’s word and praying as I offer my day to what God may desire to do in me and through me. This being the week of we remember the ascension of Jesus into heaven, I am focusing on Acts 1:1-14. The first thought that came to mind was how frustrated we can become when we have unanswered questions.
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May 5 – It’s A Great Day! | Jim Everette —

I woke up to the happy sounds of birds chirping and wind chimes making melodious music as a cool morning breeze welcomed the rising sun, and I decided this is going to be a great day. I choose to celebrate the beauty of God’s creation which includes the plants, flowers, nature and all the people with whom God surrounds me. –READ MORE–

April 28 – Message from Jim Everette

Few people like to hear themselves talk and even fewer like the way they look. Watching and hearing myself preach for the last two Sundays has been an odd and uncomfortable experience. –READ MORE–