First Baptist Church

of Birmingham, Michigan

(248) 644-0550

300 Willits Street
Birmingham, Michigan

This Weeks Schedule​​ (Sunday, June 17, 2018)

Sunday, June 17: Fathers Day
Bible Study 9:30AM
Worship 10:30AM

Monday, June 18:

SLAA Group Parlor 7:30 – 9:30PM

Tuesday, June 19:

Church Council 7:00PM

Wednesday, June 20:

Bell Choir 6:30PM
AA Meeting 7:30-9:30PM Fellowship Hall

Thursday, June 14;

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

Saturday, June 23:

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

Sunday, June 24:

Bible Study 9:30AM
Worship 10:30AM
Newsletter Published

Monday, June 25:

SLAA Group Parlor 7:30 – 9:30PM

Wednesday, June 27:

10:30AM Pastor Scripture Discussion Group
AA Meeting 7:30-9:30PM Fellowship Hall

Thursday, June 28;

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

Saturday, June 30:

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


We are happy to have Angie Tsou as our guest organist today.

Pastor’s Bible Study will take a break. We will not meet on June 20, 27 or July 4.

Pastor Runyon will be out of the office June 18 thru June 23. Pastor Marcia Bonds will be our guest preacher on June 24.

We will have a Congregational Meeting on July 15 after church.

Father’s Day is fast approaching! On Sunday June 17 we will celebrate our fathers in the worship service. As we did so for Mother’s Day we are asking the congregation to bring a photo of your father, grandfather or father figure who is important to you.

Summer office hours have begun.  The office will be opened Monday through Thursdays 9AM to 2PM.  These hours will run until mid-August.


The Church Gym Has A New Purpose - Karate!

After being underutilized for a number of years, the church gym has found new purpose as a space for karate classes.  Many from the congregation have expressed excitement about seeing new life coming to this space that has gradually gone dusty in recent times.

The church recently signed a contract with Daniel Prihoanca to hold classes primarily in Shotokan Karate as well as other movement forms like Tai Chi and meditation.  Daniel, a native of Romania who exudes a warm and generous personality, has been trained by world renowned karate masters and has successfully taught classes in a number of other locations, but had been looking for a new place for his instruction.  

How Daniel connected with First Baptist Birmingham was serendipitous.  He has been good friends with Pastor Scott’s brother Todd for a number of years through church.  Daniel shared about his interest in finding a new space for classes and Todd connected him with our church.  After one walk through, Daniel couldn’t have been more excited about the gym space and the Birmingham location.  Now here we are in a win-win for both parties.

Daniel is also a world-renown iconographer, specializing in Byzantine and Renaissance frescoes. His artwork is found in many churches throughout the globe, as well as in hundreds of private collections.  With his experience in art restoration and painting, Daniel has negotiated several months rent in exchange for repairing and painting the ceiling and walls of the gym, as well as cleaning the floor.  He won’t be creating frescoes, but when his work is done, the gym will have restored walls, a fresh coat of paint and the gym will be in better shape than it has been in decades.

For his classes, Daniel follows in the spirit and teaching of Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate, which is very synergistic with his strong Christian faith.  Shotokan is about "developing a new way of life and thinking, with strong character, integrity and a positive attitude and a peaceful vision for the world … Thus a true Shotokan martial artist strives to be a good human being in the society of everyday life” (from one of Daniel’s brochures).

Anyone who is interested in taking classes with Daniel (he teaches children and adults) can contact him about classes at 248-860-1505 or email him at


Bible Study / Discussion Class: All are invited to join Pastor Scott’s Wednesday morning class held at the home of Jackie Earhardt at 10:30AM. They are just starting a new study on the book of Acts this week so it’s the perfect time to join!

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 

Music Search Committee members: Bill Olsen, Suzy Gibson, Judy Phillips

We are happy to have Angie Tsou as our guest organist today.


Exciting News!  This year, First Baptist Birmingham will be one of several sponsors to the City of Birmingham Summer Concert Series.  See Joan Trusty about how to participate and engage with our community at these concerts.  The concerts take place in Shain Park on Wednesday nights beginning at 7PM, June 21 through August 16 (YAB Teen Summer Concert is Friday, June 16). PLUS, brand new afternoon concerts from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. on July 12 and August 2. Also enjoy a special Fourth of July concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4 by the Jazz ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band! There is no charge for the concerts. Seating is on the lawn - bring a blanket or lawn chair, a picnic spread and enjoy the music! The 2018 Concert Lineup is as follows:

Friday, June 15, 2018 - Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition Youth Action Board's Teen Summer Concert
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - Birmingham Concert Band (Orchestra)                                                     

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - Steve Acho (Pop/Rock)                                                                                  

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – No Concert                                                                                                                                                                           

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - Jill Jack (Folk) Special afternoon performance, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - Mainstreet Soul (Blues)                                                                                                                                                                               

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - Magic Bus (Psychedelic Music, 60’s & 70’s)                                                                                                      

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - The Beatles Invasion                                                                                                                                                                                  

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - The Blue Cat (Blues, Rock and Contemporary) - Special afternoon performance, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018  - Gia Warner and Bobby Lewis (Rock Classics)                                       

Wednesday, August 8, 2018  - Surreal Humdinger (Classic Rock)                                                                 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - Joey Vee (Country)


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)   



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