Monthly Newsletter



I am excited about a couple of events that we are hosting here at First Baptist during the month of October. First of all the “Come Together” services will begin on Sunday October 1 through Wednesday, October 4. This is a God inspired event as we seek to bridge the divides in our community. It is born out of the state of our times, but is also timeless in the imperative of our Lord for us to live in unity. This has not been easy and often we retreat from facing our differences instead of dealing with them upfront. As Christians, this should be one of our priorities in following Jesus.

The meetings are designed to bring an awareness of the need to bond with our brothers and sisters in Christ in the community and seek to connect with those who are outside of faith traditions. God made us all and His desire is that we live in peace and harmony with one another, so let’s get started despite all the rhetoric that is contrary to this basic precept of our faith.

The services start with Rev. Dr. General James speaking on Sunday evening, October 1. Tuesday, October 2, Mr. Julian Crespo from St. Joan of Arc Catholic church will speak. Tuesday, October 3, Dr. Zebedee Taylor from the Roanoke Development Center will be the featured speaker. The services close out on Wednesday, October 4, with Rev. Jeff Person from the Plymouth Church of God preaching. Each service begins at 7PM. There will be special music at each service. These are services for the community, but as hosts we want to have a strong presence as we gather as followers of Christ.

First Baptist of Plymouth celebrates Homecoming on Sunday, October 8. Dell and I will be the speakers at this gathering on that Sunday morning. After the service we will gather in the fellowship hall for a great feast of BBQ and Chicken as well as the delicious dishes made by our FBC folks, especially the desserts. This is always a great time in the church year. So invite someone to come with you as we gather to enjoy worship, fellowship and of course food.

The Community Garden project is an effort to reach across those lines that we often don’t dare to cross. We have had one organizational meeting already as we plan for a spring 2018 garden in our neighborhood. Stay tuned for ways you can get involved in this.




The Finance Committee will meet Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 pm.

 Budget requests for 2018 should in by Monday, October 23.


Mission Action – Monday, October 2 at 1:00 pm at Golden Skillet.


Laura McNair – Tuesday, October 3 at 2:00 pm at the home of Wilma Hardison.

Unity Circle – Tuesday, October 10 at 12:30 pm at Golden Skillet.


The Youth Council will meet Sunday, October 15 at 5:00 pm.

We will have a lunch casserole fundraiser on Sunday, October 22 after church.

There will be a Hayride/Bonfire for youth and children Sunday, October 29 at 5:00 pm at the home of Scott and Caroline Chandler.


 October 25 will be our annual Fall Festival. Supper will be at 6:00, the games will start around 6:20 pm. Trunk or Treat will begin at 6:45. Please decorate your trunk or the back of your vehicle, fill it with candy, and come spend some time with our children, as you give out treats.  Children should come in costume and everyone is asked to please provide a cake for the cake walk.


    • Baptist Men’s Breakfast Sunday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 am.
    • Food Pantry Truck Monday, Oct. 2at 9:30 am.
    • Homecoming is Sunday, October 8.
    • Buildings & Grounds Committee Mtg. Wednesday, Oct. 11 after the program.
    • FBC Subway Fundraiser Night Thursday, Oct. 12 from 5:00 to 10:00 pm.
    • Communion by Intinction Sunday, Oct. 15.
    • Deacon’s Meeting Monday, Oct. 16 at 7:00 pm in the craft room with Scott Chandler.
    • Quarterly Conference Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 6:45 pm.
    • Youth Casserole Lunch Fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 22.
    • Fall Festival Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6:00 pm.
    • Hayride and Bonfire for Youth and Children Sunday, Oct. 29 at 5:00 pm. at the Chandlers.
    • Fifth Sunday Benevolence Offering Oct. 29.



October 4 – The Traveling Light and Men’s Classes have kitchen duty. The menu is soup and sandwiches.

 October 11 – The Adult III Ladies Class has kitchen duty. The menu is chicken and pastry.

 October 18 – The Laura McNair and Mission Action Circles have kitchen duty. The menu is meatloaf.

 October 25 – The Unity, Helen Peele and Gail Hardison Circles have kitchen duty. This will be our Fall Festival. The menu will be hamburgers and hotdogs.


CHURCH FAMILY: John Smith, Louie Askew, Hope Stanton, Willie Beacham, Oliver Lucas, Pat Kost, Clifford Frymier, Austin Rogers, John Lewis, Barbara Peyton, Larry Nicholson.

OTHER CONCERNS: Our military and our nation, Elwood Spruouse, Alice Wilson (Mother of Karen Pruette), Judy Bradshaw (Sister of Scott Bradshaw), Osborne Watson (Father of Janet Ruth Griffin), Judy Wood, Essie Rath, Jenny Guy (Niece of Brenda Bullock), Billy Maitland, Stan Dymek (Brother- in- law of Beth Thomspon), Christine Pierce (Mother of Christy Tucker), Lauren Baker, Kendell Moore, Yovanny Perez (Husband of Shelley Varner), Kimberly Edwards Jones, Billy Waters, Jackie Gibbs, Valoire Hassell, Johnny Swain, Hazel Jarrell, Alice Edwards, Ellen Respass, Betsy Beach, Celia Darden, Audrey Outten, Olive Hassell, Albert Phelps, Mary Crews (Niece of Robyn Lloyd), Billy Daniels, Ben Proctor (Friend of Phyllis Faulk), Wayne Browning (Uncle of Beth Thompson), Joan Autrey (Sister of Lorita Simonds), Ronnie Pinner (Grandson of Shirley Pinner), Jonathan Windley, Tim Keck, Rodney Rogerson, Frank Winslow, Carey Faulk, Roy Chappell, Tommy Woolard, Linda Anderson, Billy Phelps, Walt Hamilton, Louise Tooley, Brenda Skiles, Crystal Cowan, Sue Knowles, Phil Smith, Joyce Vaughn, Jessie Cowan, Jared Phelps, David Denton, Rod Mumma, Holly Pierce, Linda Adams, Joan Harrell, Lynn Craddock.

NURSING HOME RESIDENTS: Washington Nursing Home – Pauline Humphreys, Roanoke Landing- Alice Dotson #209, Tim Elks #315; Tyrell House -Doris Wells #105.



Galatians 6:9:  And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.   


It’s nearly time to start packing the weekend lunch boxes again.

Thank you to all who contribute to this mission work and to those who continued to donate all summer!

If you would like to donate money please designate local missions/lunchbox ministry on your check or envelope. If you would like to donate food items – we are looking for foods that are Pop Top, can be eaten cold if necessary and are fairly healthy.  All need to be purchased individually wrapped.  A drop off container is right inside the glass door leading to the Fellowship Hall / Office.


Collecting food for our local Food Pantry is a mission opportunity. We have lots of volunteers from First Baptist who give of their time each week working at the local food pantry located on highway 32 beside the old DMV office.  We have a food pantry box in the hallway beside the church office where you can place food items.


This fund is used to help in the local community and in our own church family with whatever needs may arise. There is always a big need to help with utility bills, gas and food. Giving to the benevolence fund helps us to continue to meet these needs.


Loose change is collected each Sunday until we reach a mile and then it is sent in to the Baptist Children’s Homes.

It takes $844.22 to reach a mile. Thank you so much for your continued support of this ministry.


We are quickly approaching another Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox season. The Ladies III Class has been shopping and collecting items all year.  Each box requires $9.00 for shipping.  This is a $2.00 increase.  The church family has been very supportive in helping with the shipping costs through the past years.  Any help with this project will be greatly appreciated.  Please designate “Shoebox Shipping Cost” on your envelope.  Please note, we encourage others in the church to prepare boxes in addition to what the Ladies Class does.

Appalachian Coalfields Ministry

  The Baptist Men are collecting items for backpacks for the Appalachian Coalfields Ministry. The backpacks will be given to children ages 3-14.  Age groups include ages 3-5, 6-9, and 10-14.

Items needed are:

  • School supplies such as crayons, notebook paper, pencils, pens, composition books, folders, rulers and erasers.
  • Small items of NEW clothing such as winter hats, gloves, socks, and underwear.
  • Small POP-TOP canned food such as ravioli, tuna, beef stew, vegetables, and fruit.
  • At least one NEW age appropriate non-breakable toy (no toy guns please).
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, washcloth, brush or comb, shampoo, and deodorant.
  • Individually wrapped candy (no chocolate, as it may melt).The backpack may be the only Christmas present this child receives, and it will be a witness of Christ’s love. Please consider helping us with this ministry. This year our goal is 100 backpacks. Donated items can be placed in the box that will be in the hallway outside the church office. Thank you for helping us with this project. All donations should be in by October 18. 




October 1                          Thomas & Rhonda Cobb

James & Mary Ann Cooper

October 8                          Lora Craddock

Wilma Hardison

October 15                        Celia Davenport

Janet Bundy

October 22                        Shane & Crystal Lawton

John & Donna Gray

October 29                        Charles/Rita Spruill

Natalie Marks


October 1                          Beth Thompson

October 8                          Jimmy Brown

October 15                        Dell Hagwood

October 22                        Youth

October 29                        Mary Kay Bradshaw


October 1                          Shelley Brown

October 8                          Ronnie Thompson

October 15                        Shirley Pinner

October 22                        Jimmy Brown

October 29                        Judi Lyle


October 1                          No COPE (Revival)

October 8                          No COPE (Homecoming)

October 15                        Kevin & Robyn Lloyd

October 22                        Shane & Crystal Lawton

October 29                        COPE @ Chandler House


October 1                          Robyn Lloyd

October 8                          Charlene Evans

October 15                        Donna Gray

October 22                        Becky Brown

October 29                        Dee Gee Griffith


Sharon Smith 10/1

Thomas Cobb 10/3

Marie Bullock 10/5

Susan Thompson 10/6

Rebecca Harrison 10/10

Wayne Marks 10/13

Charlene Evans 10/14

Carson Brown 10/14

Tony Brabble 10/14

Ann Cody 10/17

Phyllis Faulk 10/20

Megan Stotesberry 10/21

Morgan Stotesberry 10/21

Tim Stotesbury 10/21

Emily Chandler 10/22

Scott Thompson 10/23

Amanda Frymier 10/26

Bob Cody 10/29

Jamie Leary 10/29

Kraig Lawton 10/31

Kierstyn Smith 10/31


Johnny & Jolie Barnes  10/3

Rex & Sandy Stotesberry  10/16

Tim & Janet Ruth Griffin  10/21

Donald & Celia Davenport  10/30