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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." 

August 2017

Fall 2017 Studies
Registration Continues
Sundays At The Welcome Center

Fall 2017 Studies 

Fall is always an exciting time here at First Baptist as we seek to offer a broad array of opportunities for Bible study and spiritual growth as well as opportunities to become more connected with others in our body of believers.

Read more (click below) details of several on-campus, as well as in-home, opportunities for study and fellowship with a small group. There are 4 Bible Studies just for women and there are 4 short-term topical studies, for both men and women - some of which are meeting in host homes and others in Fellowship Hall.

For the first time, the new Families With Children Ministry, is offering "Parenting the Love and Logic Way" a 6-week study for parents of school-aged children.

Now is also the opportunity to become part of a Care Group. New ones will be forming in the next few weeks.  

We’re certain there’s a group just right for you! Take a look and visit The Welcome Center to register for the class of your choice.  

Read All The Details... 




Day of Joy & Night of Laughter
August 27, 2017
9:00am and 10:45am Worship Services
6:00pm Evening Service

Day of Joy & Night of Laughter
August 27, 2017

"God will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy." Job 8:2

Join us for "A Day of Joy and A Night of Laughter" with special guest, Dr. Charles Lowry, a Christian psychologist, comedian and former pastor. 

A Day of Joy begins with Worship Services at 9:00am and 10:45am: 
We will worship with joyful music and Dr. Lowery will bring a message of joy from Psalm 100.

A Night of Laughter begins at 4:00pm as we enjoy food, fellowship and fun. A variety of vendors will be on the church lawn with all sorts of food and beverage available for purchase. Tables and chairs will be available, outside on the porch and in The Gathering Hall, for you to join friends for a meal. 

At 6:00pm, we'll return to The Worship Center and enjoy a good laugh together as Dr. Lowery shares his wit and humor. Afterwards, the food vendors will still be available.


About Dr. Lowery:
Charles Lowery, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Lowery Institute for Excellence, Inc., a non-profit educational organization. Dr. Lowery's diverse background includes private practice, college professor, management consultant and corporate motivator. Charles' unique style of humor, encouragement, and motivation has made him one of the most sought after speakers in the country. For ten years, he was pastor of Hoffmantown Church, which was one of the fastest growing churches in America. Dr. Lowery and his wife, Penny, currently live in Texas. They are parents of 3 daughters and 10 grandchildren.

Enjoy a preview of Dr. Lowery's humor. Click here.










In The Eye of The Storm
Sermon Series Begins September 3
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...


Operation Christmas Child
Shoe Box Packing Party
September 9, 2017 at 10:00am
In Fellowship Hall

Operation Christmas Child
Shoe Box Packing Party
September 9, 2017 at 10:00am
In Fellowship Hall

What is a Packing Party? It's a group of people who come together and have a great time going from table to table to collect items that have been donated or made specifically for the purpose of building boxes for children globally. (The Prayer Shawl Ministry has been making items for shoe boxes since January of this year and have made over a thousand.) It's going to be fun with snacks, videos about Operation Christmas Child, miraculous shoe box stories, and more!
Joining in the fun at the Shoebox Packing Party will also give you a sampling of things to pack in your own shoeboxes that you will fill beginning the end of October. Your boxes, and the ones filled at the Party, will be combined in a grand effort to reach our Christmas 2017 goal of 1000!
Why are we doing this? Shopping for this Mission can be on our hearts all year. So, when you see a "good bargain" or different idea, you will think of the children who don't know Jesus. Packing shoeboxes gives every participant a hand-on mission project without the cost of leaving the country.
Our hope is that you will learn more about Operation Christmas Child and the real gift of HOPE that it represents to the children as they learn about the love of Jesus. 

Shoebox Packing at Atlanta OCC Warehouse
Millions of shoeboxes are collected across the country during National Collection Week in November. Before these gifts can be shipped to children around the world, volunteers will carefully inspect and make sure the boxes are ready for overseas passage. FBC will send a team of volunteers. If you would like to be a part of that team, please contact LuAnn Schiff at 217.898.4031. The exact date the FBC Team will serve has not been determined but it will be in late November or early December. 

Love INC Trivia Night
September 25, 2017
Get Your team together!

Love INC Trivia Night
September 25, 2017

Get your team together and come out to Trivia Night!  All proceeds go to benefit Love INC.

September 25th, 6PM

North Lake Presbyterian Church
Fellowship Hall
975 Rolling Acres Road
Lady Lake, FL 32159

How much are tickets?
$10 per person (8 people per table)

How do I get tickets?
Call 352.245.8774
You may also purchase them online. Click here.



This Hope 
October 8, 2017
Tickets available here beginning August 27, 2017

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.

Tickets for reserved seating will be available here beginning Sunday, August 27, 2017.
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. 


Parenting the Love and Logic Way
September 21 through October 26, 2017
6:30pm to 8:30pm
In Fellowship Hall
Register here beginning July 3.

Parenting the
Love and Logic Way

From the FBC Families with Children Ministry - a 6-week program beginning Thursday, September 21 and continuing through October 26, 2017. Weekly sessions will be held at: First Baptist Church At The Villages, in Fellowship Hall, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
The program is designed for parents with school-aged children - kindergarten through high school. 
It is a balance of love, mutual respect, limits and accountability designed to help kids become happy, self-controlled adults. 
The "Love" in Love and Logic means that we love our kids so much that we are willing to set and enforce limits. This love also means that we do so with sincere compassion and empathy. 
The "Logic" in Love and Logic happens when we allow children to make decisions, make affordable mistakes, and experience the natural and logical consequences. When we balance this with sincere empathy, they develop the following logic:
"The quality of my life depends on the quality of my choices."
Registration Details: (The last day to register is September 10.)
Cost: $15 for a single, $20 for a couple. 
Beginning July 3, you may register:
  • Online, by clicking here.
  • By calling the church office at 352.205.7114. (Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30am until 4:30pm.)

Note: Registering for the class online is similar to purchasing a ticket for a concert. Your order will generate an email that will have your ticket attached. The ticket will serve as your confirmation that you have registered. When the charge appears on your credit card, it will say "Vendini" which is the online service the church uses. 


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

August 23 Menu—Homemade lasagna, garlic bread, tossed salad, dessert, iced tea and decaf coffee. 

August 30 Menu - Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes,corn, dessert iced 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

Register online here.


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 begins August 20. 


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 17. 

If you have questions, please contact Linda Ratliff at 352.753.8773









Membership Class

Membership Class

The next Membership Class is scheduled for Sunday, September 17, 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. 

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.