First Baptist Church

of Birmingham, Michigan

(248) 644-0550

300 Willits Street
Birmingham, Michigan

Saturday, January 19:
AA Meeting 9:00 – 10:30AM Fellowship Hall
AA Meeting 7:30-9:30PM Fellowship Hall

Sunday, January 20:  
Youth Lesson 9:30AM
Choir Rehearsal 9:30AM
Martin Luther King Service 10:30AM

SoS Planning Meeting 12:00PM

Monday, January 21:

SLAA Group Parlor 7:30 – 9:30PM

Wednesday, January 23:

10:30AM Pastor Scripture Discussion Group
Bell Choir 6:30PM

Chancel Choir 7:30PM
AA Meeting 7:30-9:30PM Fellowship Hall

Thursday, January 24 2019:

8AM Men’s Breakfast        
Writer’s Group 6- 7:30PM Parlor

Saturday, January 26:

AA Meeting 9 – 10:30AM Fellowship Hall
AA Meeting 7:30-9:30PM Fellowship Hall

Sunday, January 27: Annual Meeting Sunday
Youth Lesson 9:30AM
Choir Rehearsal 9:50AM
Worship 10:30AM
Annual Meeting begins at noon with lunch followed by the 2018 Annual Meeting 

Monday, January 28:
SLAA Group Parlor 7:30 – 9:30

Wednesday, January 30: 
10:30AM Pastor Study Group
6:30PM Bell Choir practice 
7:30PM Chancel Choir practice 
AA Meeting 7:30-9:30PM Fellowship Hall

Thursday, January 31:
8AM Men's Breakfast
Writer’s Group 6- 7:30PM Parlor


January 2019 Communion Offering for ABC Retired Ministers and Missionaries: Also known as RMMO, this offering is a tangible expression of love and concern for the missionaries and pastors who have served Christ’s church. First Baptist has chosen January to collect the offering. Please review the insert to be inspired by the stories of the retired church staff who receive these sustaining gifts, honoring their service.  The Outreach Team sincerely requests your faithful and financial support for RMMO. 

Youth Outing: January is a good month for another youth mission activity. On Saturday, January 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. we will head down to Cass Community Social Services in Detroit to do some volunteer work there. We can either do some food prep in the kitchen or make Detroit doormats out of discarded rubber tires.  Cast your vote for which activity you would choose. And they have promised that we can take a tour of the tiny houses. Once we have an idea of who is going we can figure out the logistics of transportation. So let me or Leslie in the office hear from you! Thanks, Harriet Stewart.

Birmingham Community MLK Service for Peace: We are hosting this service for peace on Sunday, January 20 at 10:30AM.  Let us consider our part in creating something we desperately need – a community and a world of peace. Please plan to attend and invite friends and family to join you as we begin the new year in hope.

FYI: From January 23 to 26 eight church members will attend a worship symposium at Calvin College to get new information, ideas and resources that will help to contribute to our worship services.

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 27 after worship. Dinner tickets will be on sale in the very near future. Please plan to join us as we consider reports from our new teams and our financial and endowment reports.

TNT Big Band featured at B’Jazz Stage on February 24, 2019 - 6pm to 8pm: TNT Big Band is a 17-piece high-energy band that performs all styles of Big Band music. We are fortunate to include as guest vocalist Renee King Jackson, Best Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2011 by Detroit Black Music Awards. The TNT Big Band is a popular band appearing in the metro Detroit area. They have been featured on radio and TV and appeal to audiences of all ages.  TNT was the first full size big band to play at Bakers’ Keyboard Lounge the world’s oldest continuing jazz club. Several of our members have performed and have been recognized both nationally and internationally. We are eager to share our music with you. TNT is a must-see band to hear and

SOS: We are scheduled to host guests from SOS the week of March 3-9 this year. Set-up for the event will be on Saturday, March 2 in the morning. It takes all of us to make this meaningful ministry of our church happen each year. Please mark your calendars and be prepared to help as you have faithfully done in the past. I look forward to a rewarding time with you, our St. James partners and our guests.  Mike McCandlish, Coordinator SOS.

Wanted: Artistic Assistant for Worship Design Team:

Are you artistic?  Have a good eye for arrangements?  With the retirement of Jack and Jo Ellis, we lost our talented designer of seasonal and special occasion altar and Sanctuary decorations.  We are looking for someone who would be interested in supporting the Worship Design team with selection and hanging of appropriate banners, arrangements of Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies, and occasional altar and other arrangements (think of the fall harvest decorations for Will Olsen Sunday).  If you are interested, please talk to Judy Phillips or Joan Trusty.

​​​FBCB Music Department News:

  • The Chancel Choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday's at 7:30pm and again on Sunday morning's at 9:30am. 
  • The Bell Choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday's at 6:30pm.  
  • On Communion Sunday's (first Sunday's of the month) everyone is invited to be part of a Communion Choir with rehearsals at 9:50am in the Choir Room.  This is a great way to explore being part of our music program!


Mission Partners: Remain in prayer for Dan and Sharon Buttry, Jon Goode and family, Sameh and Semah, and Jeni Pedzinski, as well as retired missionary Judith Sutterlin.

Please keep in your prayers our Associate Pastor Search Committee members: Glenn Craig (Chair), Joan Trusty, Tim Olsen, Harriett Stewart, Pastor Scott Runyon 


​​Let's Get Reading!  Introducing Book Buddies and Books for Thought

In support of this quarter's emphasis on international, cross-cultural and inter-faith understanding, the FBC Discipleship Team wants to get some conversations started! Here's the idea: we propose a list of books related to our quarterly theme and you and a partner decide which book to read and discuss together. 

We have a sign-up sheet in the Welcome Center if you want to see who you might be Book Buddies with, or just ask someone!  We hope our shut-ins will be able to participate as well.

The eight books on the list below are all easily available from Amazon (often in several formats, if you prefer to use your e-reader).  We selected a range of genres and topics, so we hope there is something of interest for everyone, including children and youth. Have another book in mind that fits this focus?  Share your suggestions! 

· Grounded: Finding God in the World (Diana Butler Bass 2017)
· We Are The Socks (Daniel L. Buttry 2015)
· The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (Lesslie Newbigin 1989)
· Half the Sky (Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn 2010)
· Paul: A Biography (N.T. Wright 2018)
· No Greater Love (Mother Theresa 2002)
· You Are Here Discovering the magic of the Present moment (Thich Nhat Hanh 2010)
· A Wreath for Emmett Till (Marilyn Nelson 2009)
· Each Kindness (Jacqueline Woodson 2012)   



There are many available dates open on our Sunday Flower Calendar. Please consider buying chancel flowers in honor or in memory of a loved one.


“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman (Author)