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Upcoming Events

Details and information about upcoming events can be found below. For online ticketing or reservations, the event description will contain a link that will allow purchase of tickets or registration. If you have questions, you may email us at or call the church office at 352.205.7114. Church office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. 

View the church calendar of regular weekly and monthly events here and scroll down for more details of upcoming events.

For Team Leaders who are planning an event, click here to complete and submit the necessary "Event Planning Form." 

October 2017 Calendar

September 2017




This Hope 
October 8, 2017
Tickets available here. 

This Hope 
October 8, 2017

“This Hope” is a five-member group whose goal is to glorify God through music. They have been singing professionally since 1996, and have traveled throughout the United States, and overseas. “This Hope” sings a unique blend of a cappella and accompanied music. People of all ages will enjoy the intricate harmony and fun style of their music.

Here's a sample of their music. Click here.

Tickets for reserved seating are available here. 
Cost: $10

When you purchase tickets online, you will receive an email with your tickets attached. It will allow you to print them at home. If you have difficulty printing, please call the church office and we will be happy to assist by printing your tickets and holding them at "will call" for pickup the evening of the concert. If you don't receive an email with the tickets attached, please call  the church office and permit us to check the status of your order. 

Please note: When the charge appears on your credit card, it will say "Vendini" which is the online service used by the church. 


New Food Collection Ministry
First Collection on Sunday, Sept 24

Food Collection Ministry

A newly-formed (September 2017) Food Collection Team will be working in partnership with the Helping Hands Ministry at First Baptist Church Of Belleview to collect and distribute non-perishable food items to those in need in our community. 

To do this, the Team will be collecting needed items on the second Sunday of each month​​. The Team will be positioned in our parking lot before and between Sunday worship services. The food items collected will then be transported to FBC Belleview for distribution to individuals and families in need. A list of needed items is printed below. 

Cash and checks (made payable to "Helping Hands") are also accepted. Money is used to purchase necessary items in short supply. Gifts may be placed in the offering basket during Sunday worship or taken to the Collection Team in the parking lot on Collection Sundays. 

For questions about the work of the Food Ministry Team, you may call the church office at 352.205.7114 

Canned and Ready-To-Eat Foods:
Greens (collard, mustard, spinach)
Mixed vegetables
Carrots, corn, beets, green beans, peas
Sweet potatoes, white potatoes
Beef and chicken broth
Small cans of soup
Apple sauce, cranberry sauce
Variety of fruit and fruit juices
Gravy (beef, chicken, turkey)
Tomato sauce, tomato paste
Tomatoes (sliced, diced, stewed)
Pudding and Jello (instant)
Coffee and teas (variety)
Evaporated milk
Tuna, meats, chili, pork & beans, ravioli
Spaghetti sauce
Dry beans: Pinto, Great Northern, black-eyed peas
Pie filling and Keebler pie crust
Mayonnaise and Mustard
Peanut butter and Jelly (variety)
Cake mixes
Jiffy Corn Meal
Cereals (variety)
Mashed potatoes and stuffing
Macaroni and cheese
Dry milk
Instant and regular rice
Package rice
Tuna and Pasta Helpers
Spaghetti and meatballs



Sermon Series
October 8 - 29, 2017
Sundays at 9:00am and 10:45am

October 8 - 29
Sundays 9:00am and 10:45am


Our church's mission statement is "making fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ." At the heart of this stated mission is the descriptive term - "fully devoted." Devotion is evidenced when a person is zealous, ardent, and loyal; dedicated and committed; enthusiastic, passionate, and steadfast. But the content of that devotion must be identified and understood in order to be pursued and realized. 

The "Fully Devoted" sermon series will present four sermons that will identify and encourage personal pursuit of what it means to be "fully devoted."

Join us on this four-week journey. October 8 through 29, 2017



In The Eye of The Storm
Sermon Series September 3 - 24
9:00am and 10:45am

In The Eye of The Storm
September 3 - 24, 2017

Storms...In life, they are inevitable!

It has been said, "In life, you're either entering, in the middle of, or exiting a storm."

  • They are forceful...furious...violent.
  • They prompt fear and dread...panic and frenzy...worry anxiety. 
  • Some are temporary. Some are terminal. They can be experienced for a moment or endured for a lifetime. 

How do you prepare? How do you endure? How do you overcome?

"In The Eye of The Storm" is a 4-week sermon series intended to answer those questions in relation to the very real and ever threatening storms of life. Find Biblical answers. Discover hope. Discover that God dwells in the midst of the storms. Join us...


Wednesday Night Fellowship Dinner
Make your reservation online now!
Dinner is served at 5:30pm.

Wednesday Night Fellowship
It's All Happening in Fellowship Hall

September 27 Menu - Chicken Pot Pie, mashed potatoes, rolls, dessert, tea and decaf coffee. 

October 4 Menu - Chicken Parmesan, spaghetti, salad, rolls, dessert, tea and decaf coffee. 

You may make your reservation for dinner using the Connection Card included in your Sunday worship bulletin or by clicking here. Make Reservations (Reservations must be made by 3:00pm on Monday preceding the dinner.) Cost for dinner is $6.50 and is paid when you arrive for dinner. Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card.     

Please note: If you have made a reservation, kindly let us know, by Wednesday morning, if you are unable to come to dinner. You may cancel your reservation online by clicking here, or by calling the church office at 352.205.7114.
















13-week GriefShare Session
September 20 - December 20, 2017
2:00pm to 4:00pm
In Fellowship Hall
Register Here

A 13-week GriefShare Session is scheduled for:
September 20 through December 20, 2017
2:00 to 4:00pm in Fellowship Hall


Surviving The Holidays
A GriefShare Event
November 9, 2017
2:00pm to 4:00pm
In Fellowship Hall
Register Here.

Surviving The Holidays
A GriefShare Event

Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can't be recreated?

GriefShare's "Surviving The Holidays" gives help and hope as you navigate the holiday season having just lost a loved one. It is especially for people who are grieving a loved one's death. You'll learn:

  • How to deal with the many emotions you'll face during the holidays.
  • What to do about traditions and other coming changes. 
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events.
  • How to discover hope for your future

A "Surviving The Holidays" event lasts for about two hours. You'll be welcomed by warm, caring people who understand what you are going through and who want to help. During the seminar, you will:

  • Watch a 40-minutes video, filled with practical holiday survival tips and the real-life stories of people who have navigated the season after their loved's one's death.
  • Hear other seminar attendees explain how they are dealing with the holidays
  • Have the opportunity to share how grief is affecting you. (No pressure - this is optional. We want you to feel comfortable.)
  • Receive a personal copy of the GriefShare Holiday Survival Guide.  

Click here for short video with more information about "Surviving The Holidays."

The FBC GriefShare Team is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

If you wish to attend the seminar, you may register online by clicking here.

If you are attending worship services, you may also make a note on your Connection Card included with the Sunday bulletin. If you have other questions, you may call church office at 352.205.7114. 


Lake Yale Baptist Women's Conference
Longing For God Alone
October 6 - 7, 2017
Registration extended to September 24

Lake Yale Baptist Women's Conference

2017 Lake Yale Baptist Women’s Conference Friday and Saturday, October 6 - 7.

The 2017 Lake Yale Women's Conference is scheduled for October 6-7 and the Women's Ministry will be attending as a group. The event offers not only the opportunity for spiritual enrichment, but the chance to experience a great weekend of fellowship with other Christian women. The Women's Retreat Team has made plans to attend dinner and the seminar on Friday night and activities, including lunch, dinner and seminars on Saturday.

This year's conference features Sheila Walsh. Sheila is a powerful Bible teacher and best-selling author from Scotland with over 5 million books sold. Her international ministry has reach more than 5.5 million women by combining honesty, vulnerability, and humor with transforming power of God's Word. 

Cost and Transportation:
The Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center is in Leesburg, just a short drive from The Villages. Transportation will be by carpool. A carpool will leave the church Friday at ~4:15 and return after the evening session. Saturday morning a carpool will leave the church at 7:30am and return after the evening session. Anyone living in the southernmost neighborhoods of The Villages may want to organize a carpool leaving from a location near their home rather than driving north to the church. 

The cost to attend is $125 for both Friday and Saturday. 

Beginning August 20, you may register by visiting The Welcome Center on Sunday morning.  Registration closes on Sunday, September 24. 

If you have questions, please contact Linda Ratliff at 352.753.8773









Membership Class

Membership Class

The next Membership Class is scheduled for Sunday, November 19, 2017. 

Getting to know all about First Baptist At The Villages is easy. Membership Classes are held periodically throughout the year and give the opportunity to discover the value of being part of a local body of believers, and specifically what it means to be part of God's loving family here at First Baptist. There is no obligation to join when you attend the class however the class is a prerequisite to membership. 

Refreshments are served and you will have the opportunity for fellowship with the pastors as well a others considering membership. Class is held in Fellowship Hall from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. As a reminder, the class will be announced in the Sunday Worship Bulletin and on the website. You may register online (see link below), or by making a note on the Connection Card in the Sunday bulletin. Please feel free to come to the class even if you have note registered.  

The class is designed to answer questions such as:

  • Why does the church exist?
  • Who are we, the church, and specifically First Baptist Church At The Villages?
  • What is the purpose of the church?
  • What do we believe?
  • What are the requirements for membership?
  • How is the church governed?
  • With whom are we, as First Baptist Church At The Villages, affiliated?
  • Who owns the church property?
  • How can the church property be used?
  • Do we have a constitution and how can it be changed or amended?

Also, to assist you in finding a place to serve, information is made available about all the ministries here at the church. That same information is available on this website by going to the home page and clicking on "Ministries" on the navigation bar. 

When you make the important decision to join the Family here at First Baptist, you will meet briefly with a Commitment Counselor who will gather the necessary information for adding your name to the membership rolls. Your picture will also be taken to include in the church's pictorial directory. 

If you have other questions about the class, you may call the church office and speak with Rita Carter or Shirley Lusher. 352.205.7114

Register online by clicking here, completing and submitting the registration form.