Saturday, September 17, 2016

First Baptist Church Sunday School

First Baptist Church Duarte Ca Sunday School

Sometimes attending worship services just isn't enough.  Bible believers, readers and simply the curious want to study the Scriptures.  Having a personal relationship with Christ goes beyond prayer, the Bible tells us to "study."   According to 2 Timothy 2:15 King James Version (KJV), "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."  Join us at 9:30 am Sundays, 2200 Huntington Drive, Duarte CA 91010.  Donations welcome.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Church History 2003-2010

2003-2009 - Reverend Ricardo O. Crocker served as Pastor. Under Pastor Crocker's leadership, the congregation continued with its desire to beautify the sanctuary, which included painting, carpet installation and refurbishing of the pews. Brother Norman Ross was added to the Board of Trustees. Under Pastor Crocker's leadership, the church was blessed with new associate ministers: Rev. Alvin Mitchell, Rev. John Crocker Sr. and Rev. Blackwell. In 2004, Brother Jimmy Williams were added to the Trustee Board and Deacons William Brown, Lamar Thompson and Claude Johnson were added to the Deacon Board. Sadly on March 22, 2009, Pastor Ricardo Crocker was called home to glory.

March 22, 2009 - February 22, 2010, the church was without a pastor; however members remained encouraged and prayerful as the church went through the process of selecting a pastor. On February 26, 2010, Pastor Ronnie E. Herrell was elected as pastor and installation services were held on May 23, 2010.

March 7, 2010 to Present - Under Pastor Herrell's guidance and leadership, new ministries were started, such as Friday Night Live (a ministry for youth and adults), the Outreach Ministry (a feeding ministry), and the Men's Ministry. We also saw reformation of children's church and the Pastor Aide's Ministry. Deacon Ray Jenkins was added to the Deacon Board and Sisters Camilla Garner, Linda Spicer, Audrey Johnson, and Pamela Russell were added to the Board of Trustees. In 2013, additional ministries were added such as mid-day Bible Study class, Angel's ministry and the Amigo Ministry.

We give all Thanks and Glory to God, for His continuous blessings upon this congregation. May He continue to bless and keep us in His perfect will.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Church History 1997-2002

1997-2000 - Reverend Derrick Lewis served as Pastor of First Baptist Church. Under the leadership of Pastor Lewis, Reverend Jimmy Terry and Reverend Joe Pearson united with the church and Deacon Jessie Hawkins was added to the Deacon Board. Remodeling of the church was completed, which included the building of the financial office, remodeling of the kitchen, women's restroom and baptismal area.

2001-2002 - Reverend Virgil Jones served as Pastor. Under the leadership of Pastor Jones, the Youth Usher Board, Junior Deacons and Sunshine Review were started, as well as other programs to develop the youth. He also instituted Member of the Month, and the prestigious Scobey Award, which was given to the member of the year. Members also ratified the church's By-laws and Constitution. Sisters Adela Collins, Ruby Gold, and Angela Vernon were added to the Board of Trustees. In November 2002,ordination services were held for Reverend Richard Spicer and Reverend Sky Hall. Pastor Jones served as pastor for one year until he was called to minister at his home church in Los Angeles.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Whether in good times or bad...

All things work together
for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called
according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Church History 1973-1996

1973-1990 - Reverend Alfred Norris Jr. served as pastor 1973 until 1975. In 1975 Reverend Bennie Mosley Jr. was elected as pastor. Under Pastor Moseley's leadership, the church saw many changes including paying off the first and second mortgages on the church and numerous other bills. The Lord blessed Pastor Mosley to ordain Deacons Leslie Monroe, Charlie Jones, Hardie Lee, Homer Williams, Jackie Washington, Gusie Cross, W.A. Wilson, Ellis Logans, Theran Butler and Earl Smith. On August 16, 1990, after 14 1/2 years, Pastor Mosley gave his resignation as he and his family relocated to Indpendence, Kansas.

1991-1996 - Reverend Lewis Young Jr. served as pastor. In 1992, Richard Spicer and Leonard Kerr were ordained as Deacons. In 1994, Pastor Young added Alvin Johnson, Theodore West, Thomas Robinson, and Darnell Ross to the Deacon Board. Pastor Young remained with First Baptist until October 1994. Reverend Derrick Lewis was placed in charge of the pulpit while the church was without a pastor.

Church History 1940-1972

1940-1964 - Reverend H.G. Adams, Reverend Haggerty and Reverend Daniels served as pastors of First Baptist. These were very prosperous years financially for the church and the membership grew tremendously.

1964-1972 - Reverend Hezekiah Lewis served as pastor of First Baptist Church. Shortly after Pastor Lewis was called to First Baptist, the freeway system bought most of the property on Elder Street, and the church moved to its present location at 2200 Huntington Drive. The inside and outside of the building was designed by Pastor Lewis and under his leadership, the building was remodeled. Through Reverend Lewis' interest in the history of First Baptist and his wish to have the church incoporate, he checked the County Hall of Records and found out that First Baptist was started and incorporated on May 13, 1884, with the names of five deacons and five trustees. Reverend Lewis obtained a copy of the transcript for the church records. Pastor Lewis remained with the church for eight years until he moved to another ministry.

Are You Excited About Going to Church?

For some people, going to church feels like a chore.  They are worried, frustrated or angry on the way there, but once settled in your seat, do you feel glad? 

Monday, September 5, 2016

First Baptist Church Sunday School 9-4-2016

FBC Member Shares Praise Report and Her Trust in Jesus

Lynda McClellan has been attending First Baptist Church (FBC) for four years now. She works the multimedia ministry at the church and offers assistance in other areas as well. McClellan moved to the area in search of a church home, but unfortunately she started becoming turned off by her other selections.

At one church, the Christian single says, she started not being able to understand what the leader was saying during service. His speech became confusing to hear and she felt some racist undertones from people within the church—there wasn't many minorities attending. She was uncomfortable and felt the Spirit within her cautioning that the church she was attending at the time wasn't “the one.”

Her father advised she should attend FBC and so one day she decided to take his advice. So she did. Lynda enjoyed coming and found that the church was a good fit for her. However, Lynda warns, “There is no such thing as a perfect church!” All have their share of challenges. 

Lynda believes in the Bible and so do the members at FBC. There are Wednesday bible studies, prayer service, Sunday school, and special events to help draw people closer to Jesus. In addition, many ministries are available at FBC including: music, women, men, children's, evangelism, ushers, and more. One of the first groups Lynda joined at the church was the meal program. She served the homeless population with free meals. While doing that, Lynda was unemployed and that wasn't her only struggle, she also discovered she had tumors. 

The health woe was growing in size, the tumors were rapidly increasing and there was no stopping their growth. Lynda continued to pray and trust God during her trials. She visited doctors, but they would tell her nothing was wrong. The prayer warrior was eating healthy and her pap smear was normal, but still her health problems persisted.

One day Lynda, who is child-free, received a medical report after undergoing testing, her blood results had come back and she was asked by a nurse to return to the hospital. The report showed she was anemic.
Lynda questioned the seriousness of her condition, because the doctors hadn't told her until she asked. They explained she was walking around with half the blood in her body. Although not in pain, it was essential that she undergo immediate surgery. Lynda believes God moved on those doctors to call for surgery and as a result she no longer suffers with tumors to date. 

Lynda refers back to the biblical story about the woman who had an issue of blood and reached out to Jesus for healing. She too needed help. Lynda feels that Jesus was there with her too! After her long recovery from the surgery, Lynda was back to work. She credits God for favor to obtain employment after being unemployed for quite awhile.

Jesus is indeed a miracle worker, a healer and a personal friend!

Won't you come to FBC and be encouraged by listening to more stories like Lynda's? God bless.