Weekly News at First Baptist

This page includes current announcements at First Baptist. This is the same information that is found in the weekly bulletin.

Sunday Bible Study

  • Early Sunday School: Sundays, 9:15 AM (Intergenerational Class)
  • Late Sunday School: Sundays, 10:15 AM (Bykota) & 10:45 AM (Two by Two, Friendship, and an Intergenerational Class)

Children’s Church

Children’s Church is during the Late Worship Gathering. Children’s Church is for children in kindergarten through 2nd grade. The children are dismissed before the sermon to the basement classroom for their worship time.

Discover First Baptist

"Discover First Baptist" is the title of a one-day class for:

  • individuals who have joined since Wade Allen became our pastor (2008),
  • those considering joining First Baptist, and
  • persons who just want to learn more about our church.

Bill Eidson will talk briefly about the history of First Baptist, Pastor Wade will lead a discussion on Baptist beliefs, and Adam Fink will explain the church's organizational structure and opportunities for service. This class will be Sunday, September 14 from noon to 2:30 PM. Lunch will be served, and childcare will be provided. You may register for the class by calling the church office at 284-7749 or by going to to register online by September 8.

Missional Community Update

Life groups meet this week in homes as it is the fourth week of the month.

Friendship Class

The Friendship Class for special needs adults will begin its fall programing Tuesday, Sept. 16. Volunteers will be needed to help with.the classes. If you have questions about the class,call Jane Patton , You will be blessed if you decide to volunteer!

DMA (Don’t Mention Age) Event

New DMA will be taking a trip to Shipshewanna on Wed. Aug 27. The van will leave Riverside at 8:00 AM. Possible activities include: flea market, Hudson museum (7), lunchintown(?), shops in town, dinner at Blue Gate (15.99-18.99) or buffet at Das Essenhaus (12.99 + drink). Contact Jane Patton () or Terry Harke () by Sunday , Aug. 24 if planning to go. Sign-up sheets are also in classrooms.

Helping Those in Need

If you are approached by someone asking for money on Sunday mornings, please direct them to Duane Davis (pictured at right) or a member of the diaconate. Please do not give them cash. The diaconate will assess the need and find a way to best serve them.

Financial Reports

Financial Reports and CCT Meeting Summaries are available in the church office on the receptionist's desk.

Visitor Gifts

If you are a first time visitor today, we have a small gift for you. Please see an usher to receive your gift.

Visitor and Bulletin Information

If you would like to place an announcement in the church bulletin please email it to . If you have an article for the September newsletter, please email it to by Sunday, August 24.

Personal Care Items Drive

August is a hard month for many families in poverty. In spite of back-to-school supply drives, there are many extra expenses in getting children ready to be in school. An issue that arises when money is especially tight occurs with "personal care items." Food stamps do not cover toiletries, soap, cleaning supplies, feminine products or diapers as well as all other non-food items. In recognition of this need, we will be providing items to families involved in Circles, the TEAMwork for Quality Living initiative that meets in our church every Thursday night.

There will be a container for those items outside the west sanctuary doors on August 24. When you are at the grocery store, pick up an extra bottle of shampoo, a box of kleenex, can of deodorant, or package of diapers to help a struggling family.

Looking for First Baptist Church? We hope you will visit soon.