“Our Time to be Doers and not Hearers Only” – sermon

James 1:17-27  A couple weeks ago a late night talk show host dedicated a portion of his show to an issue that he had actually been working on for a few months. He had been investigating TV preachers to see what kind of ministry they engaged in with the people who watched them at home. […]

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A Note from Pastor Jim

Dear Friends,  September is a very busy and exciting month for us at church for a number of reasons. One reason is that we will be  having our annual celebration of ministry on September 13th. This is a day to kick off our Sunday School year and  celebrate all the various ministries and small groups our […]

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“Called to Community” by Mark Grizzard

Thanks to everyone involved for another successful First Baptist Summer Music Festival! It was a beautiful night full of delicious food, relaxing fellowship, and terrific music. Many thanks to Sally Tiessen for her talent and passion in planning this event, and to Bobby Courtney, Carolyn Ihnken, Earl Pilgrim, Jim Russell, Judy Tellier, and the countless […]

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“What Baptists Believe about Spiritual Gifts”

Back in 2011 an author named Veronica Roth, a Northwest University student, published a novel aimed at young adults entitled Divergent. This novel is set here in Illinois, specifically in Chicago after some kind of apocalyptic event has taken place. All of the ways society used to order itself have been set aside in this […]

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A Note from Pastor Jim

Dear Friends, This past week our church was fortunate to be able to send seven high school girls to Quest camp in Green Lake, WI. Quest is a one week American Baptist camp experience offered to high school students. We sent more campers this year than last year thanks to some great fundraising events and […]

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A Note from Pastor Jim

Dear Friends, I am very excited to announce that First Baptist has partnered with another local congregation called Loving and Encouraging Ministries. Loving and Encouraging Ministries is a church that started in a home here in Peoria in 2012. Pastors Rodney and Kim Miller have been leading this ministry since its start. They have seen […]

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“How to Be True to Who You Are”

  Back in Feb. 1988 I was in college, majoring in music. I was planning on attending seminary in the fall. It was my dream to become an ABC Pastor. I soaked up whatever I could from people who were in ministry. I wanted to know what it was like to serve in ministry. I […]

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A Note from Pastor Jim

Dear Friends, This week the last of the nine people killed in the Charleston AME church shooting are being laid to rest. The background of the   situation is not much disputed. A young man who regularly spewed hatred towards African Americans online attended a Bible study at the AME church. He was welcomed in as […]

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A Note from Pastor Jim

Dear Friends, The Executive Committee and I have agreed to a change in the format of the church bulletin. Currently we pass out a three panel, double sided color bulletin with cover art, announcements, and very complete information on everything taking place during worship. We  intend to continue sharing that amount of information each week, […]

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Member of the Month: Martha Nibbelin

We have chosen Martha Nibbelin as our Member of the Month, because she turned 105 on Monday, June 22nd. Martha Elizabeth Crawford Nibbelin was born in Milford, IL, a small farming community near the Indiana border, on June 22, 1910. She began life on a farm that today is owned by fifth-generation Crawfords. William Taft […]

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