News at First Baptist Church Muncie

You can read about all that is happening in the monthly newsletter called The Visitor. But here, you can see all that is currently happening around First Baptist Church Muncie.

April Visitor

The April Visitor is available online. You can download it here read more

The April Visitor is available online. You can download it here

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Bible Study

Early Sunday School: Sundays, 9:15 AM (Intergenerational Class, children’s classes for various ag... read more

Early Sunday School: Sundays, 9:15 AM (Intergenerational Class, children’s classes for various ages, middle school Sunday school class) Late Sunday School: Sundays, 10:15 AM (Bykota) & 10:30 AM (Friendship and an Intergenerational Class)

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Camp Tippy

Camp time! It is time to register for camp. All registrations need to be in by May 1. Please regi... read more

Camp time! It is time to register for camp. All registrations need to be in by May 1. Please register online at https://abcin.campmanagement.com/enroll. Contact Shirley Pittenger for more information or questions.

Forms are also available at the church. Please let Shirley know if you have a child going, as the church pays half of the camp fee. Camp Tippy is located in North Webster, Indiana.

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Children's Summer Schedule

We want to let you know of our new summer schedule for the children! With our mentees taking some... read more

We want to let you know of our new summer schedule for the children! With our mentees taking some (much deserved!) time off, we are shuffling things up a bit.

For the next few months (May-July), we will not have Sunday School classes for PreK-5th grade during first service. Child care will be provided for ages birth-3yrs with Joyce and Dave as usual. And we will also be providing child care for ages PreK-2nd grade, who are just a little too young to sit through the service every week. They can be dropped off downstairs in the Sunday School room. Please note: this is only child care; a place for them to play during the service; there will be no lesson during this time.

We will have ALL children’s classes, birth-5th grade, during the second service. Nothing changes for the babies and toddlers. Children PreK-5th grade will start in the sanctuary and will be dismissed by Wade as usual, and a helper will walk them downstairs. They will have a short worship time of their own, then break up into age appropriate groups. The worship time they have together will take the place of the children’s choir time. They will work on a song in class to perform at the end of summer!

With that being said, we need some volunteers! We need 2 volunteers each week during the first hour (remember, this is just child care, no teaching necessary!) and 3 volunteers (2 teachers and one helper) each week during the second hour. EVERYTHING you need for lessons will be provided! We have a great curriculum lined up. It is super easy to follow and will be really fun for the kids! Ideally, we would love to have people commit to a month (May, June, or July) at a time. Or something consistent like every 3rd Sunday or every other week would be good too! But we will take any help we can get!!! Please contact Britney Sue or Colleen Massoth if you want to help out! Thanks for all your help and support!

Blessings, The Children’s Ministry Team

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Church Friends Lunch

On Sunday, May 5, following second service, people will gather in the patio room at By Hand and F... read more

On Sunday, May 5, following second service, people will gather in the patio room at By Hand and Fork for special fellowship at the fourth “Church Friends Lunch.” The restaurant is at 1617 N. Wheeling and will accommodate up to 80 of our church family. You can register at http://bit.ly/friends-lunch. If you do not use a computer, you may call the church office to be added to the list for lunch. This time to eat and fellowship also comes with a couple of brief exercises to help people get to know each other better.

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Friendship Class

The Friendship Class is for special-needs adults. Volunteers are needed to help with the classes.... read more

The Friendship Class is for special-needs adults. Volunteers are needed to help with the classes. If you have questions about the class or would like to volunteer, call Jane Patton.

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Pastoral Evaluation Provides Positive Feedback

By James Heimlich, Moderator In an effort to affirm the work that our pastor Dr. Wade Allen does... read more

By James Heimlich, Moderator

In an effort to affirm the work that our pastor Dr. Wade Allen does in leadership of our congregation, the Church Coordination Team (CCT) determined late last year to conduct an evaluation.

After developing instruments for Wade to do self-evaluation and for a random sample of the congregation to evaluate similar characteristics, the exercise was rolled out in early March. A total of 34 people, 40% from the first service and 60% from the second completed questionnaires focusing on the following work areas:

  • Spiritual Formation and Self-Care*
  • Preaching and Worship Leadership*
  • Administration*
  • Discipleship
  • Mission and Evangelism Issues
  • Pastoral Care
  • Leadership*
  • Team Building and Equipping*

*Most outstanding work areas

All of the responses were strongly positive, and only a small portion (15% or less) on only a few questions marked anything besides Strongly Agree and Agree and Somewhat Agree to statements ranging from “Honors confidentiality” to “Models a spirit of love and a servant attitude.”

The open-ended questions provided the most positive and outstanding feedback of all. Typical comments were: “Wade and his family are wonderful assets to FBC and the community.” “We are blessed to have Pastor Wade and pray that God will see fit for him to be with us another 10 years.” “I’m very impressed with Pastor Wade’s leadership and pastoral capabilities in our church. I look forward to his continued guidance.”

The CCT also asked Wade to create a short list of goals on which he would focus during the next year. He was able to strengthen and polish those goals based on information from the survey. One goal on which Wade will focus along with the CCT’s leadership is “Create a strategy for involving and equipping new people in church leadership.”

While the CCT hopes to conduct a survey every 2-3 years, we will continue to provide support to our pastor as he undertakes his goals each year.

“I appreciate the chance to be part of this process,” said Pastor Wade. “It was encouraging to be affirmed and helpful to have some constructive criticism as well. I had not had such a thorough evaluation in my ministry and found it very helpful. Christy and I appreciate those who worked on this project and all those who participated in providing feedback.”

As moderator, my thanks go out to the team who helped create the survey and administer it. Molly Flodder helped to develop the survey instruments and to lead the process and Roger Morency and Dan Lemen worked on formatting the survey, creating the list from which to draw the random sample and distributing the survey instruments. The other members of the work team included Jared Bishop, Ray Conley, Bob Hartley, Penny Morris, Wilma Neal, and Gayle Songer.

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Sunday Morning Study

Are you looking for a good way to connect with other adults on Sunday mornings? James Heimlich le... read more

Are you looking for a good way to connect with other adults on Sunday mornings? James Heimlich leads a great Sunday School class during the first-service hour. This group, which meets in the Bride’s Room, includes adults of all ages and has a welcoming discussion format. If you attend second service, take a Sunday or two to come earlier and try it out.

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The Story Project

The Story Project is all about helping you discover and put into words a specific way that God ha... read more

The Story Project is all about helping you discover and put into words a specific way that God has been at work in your life—either in the past or the present. Once you see God’s fingerprints, your willingness to share that with other people in our church will be an encouragement to all of us. Can we help you get started? Or do you have more questions? Your Story Team stands by ready to help: Bill Eidson, Daniel Morency, Gayle Songer, Jessica Fink, Julie Davis, Kelli Petroviak, Kelly Rodriguez, Michelle Heimlich, Molly Flodder, Sandy Davis, and Wade Allen. You can read more about the project at The Story Project page.

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Visitor or Bulletin Information

If you would like an announcement in the June Visitor, please email it to Wade by Sunday, May 19... read more

If you would like an announcement in the June Visitor, please email it to Wade by Sunday, May 19. You can also email articles for the weekly bulletin by Tuesday of each week.

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Wednesday Music Rehearsals

6:00 PM Praise Team, 6:00 PM Handbells, 7:30 PM Choir Interested in singing in the FBC Choir thi... read more

6:00 PM Praise Team, 6:00 PM Handbells, 7:30 PM Choir

Interested in singing in the FBC Choir this season? Contact Bruce McFarland! Interested in playing drums, bass, or synth at second service? Please contact Clifton Davis! Thanks!

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Youth Summer Activities

Believing that unity is such an important aspect for our Youth we have planned some great summer ... read more

Believing that unity is such an important aspect for our Youth we have planned some great summer activities. If you have any questions please contact Christy Allen or Deena Green.

May 19 (Mounds State Park Anderson, IN 12-4 PM)

Youth will bring a sack lunch to Church (if refrigeration is needed please place lunches in the kitchen refrigerators downstairs, we will provide a cooler for transport to Mounds). Drinks will be provided. We leave the church at 12:00. Meet in the Church office. We will return to the church at 4:00. You can pick up your youth at First Baptist. Parents are welcome to attend. If you are attending and have an extra spot in your vehicle to help transport other youth, please let Christy know. We will picnic, hike, play kickball, frisbee, etc

June 9 (Lunch at Barking Cow & Scavenger Hunt Downtown 12-3 PM)

Meet in the Church office at 12:00. We will walk to the Barking Cow and have lunch. Youth will need to bring enough money to cover their lunch. We will then walk around downtown Muncie, staying within certain bounds and each group having an adult, to follow clues in a Scavenger Hunt. The last clue will lead us to a special place where we will remain for a while. We will then walk back to the Church. Pick up your youth at First Baptist at 3 PM. We will need several adults, so please let Christy know if you are able to join.

July 14 (Hold this date)

More information to come.

August 4 (Swimming at the Massoth Home 12-4 PM)

We will meet in the Church office at 12:00 PM. Any parents who are able to attend please let Christy know if you are able to help transport youth. We will proceed to the Massoth’s. Pizza will be provided for lunch. Root Beer Floats and/or Ice Cream Sundaes will be available for dessert. Drinks will be provided. Pick up your youth at the Massoths at 4 PM.

September (Cookout at Clif and Julie Davis’)

More information to come.

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Join us for our Worship Gatherings

9:15 AM (Traditional), 10:45 AM (Contemporary) each Sunday.

Wade Allen will be preaching this week (April 28) from Matthew 28:16-20

Worship Schedule