Announcements

Easter Celebration, and Come Get a Plant!

We gather on Sunday morning, April 4, at 10:30am for an Easter Celebration across the street from our church house on the plaza of 500 West Fifth! Bring a chair or blanket, and wear your mask! Then shortly thereafter, join us on the front steps to affix flowers to our...

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Holy Week & Easter at First on Fifth

Holy Week & Easter at First on Fifth

Holy Week Stations of the CrossMarch 29 - April 2, Monday through Friday, 11:00am-1:00pm, Sanctuary We welcome members and guests from the community for a time of Holy Week reflection and prayer to walk the Stations of the Cross around the perimeter of the Sanctuary....

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Word-a-Day Daily Practice

Word-a-Day Daily Practice

As we did during the Advent season, this year during Lent, all are invited to post an image, a quote, a Bible verse, or a story that our ‘word of the day’ prompts in your imagination. Each day, we will share an invitation on Facebook and Instagram to do just that,...

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Ash Wednesday Worship via Zoom

Ash Wednesday Worship via Zoom

On Wednesday, February 17, at 6:30pm, all are invited to join in our time of Ash Wednesday worship as we orient ourselves to the Lenten season with the ancient rituals of remembering ‘from dust we are, and to dust we shall return.’ All the materials you will need for...

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Observing Lent at First on Fifth

Observing Lent at First on Fifth

This year during the Lenten season, we wonder together: as we emerge of such a long season of death, endings, trauma, and disintegration -- much of which has seemed senseless and deeply tragic -- what might it mean for us to remember anew the meaningful death of...

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Creating Space for Soul Care

Creating Space for Soul Care

Throughout this season where our collective hearts and souls are in need of lifting, all are invited to gather once a month on a Thursday night via Zoom for what we’re calling “Word Made Flesh.” These member-led monthly gatherings will center the creative arts as a...

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Winter Sermon Series

Winter Sermon Series

Each year as the calendar turns, our world saturates the airwaves, the feeds, the ads, the expectations with ideas about our new year’s resolutions. And the turn from a dark 2020 into a hopeful 2021 is no different! Lose that quarantine weight! Finally take up that...

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New Study Begins January 26

New Study Begins January 26

Our Tuesday morning co-ed small group with Pastor David resumes on January 26, 6:45-7:45am, with a study of “The Words of Jesus”.  This study will begin with a contemplative reading of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) as we focus our devotional lives on these...

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Join Us January 27!

Join Us January 27!

As is our custom, we will gather to do the regular business of the church in the month of January for our Quarterly Church Conference (QCC) and a time of congregational conversation. We will gather Wednesday night, January 27, at 5:30pm via Zoom to conduct the...

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“Zoom Church” on December 27 and January 3

“Zoom Church” on December 27 and January 3

We will enjoy two upcoming Sundays with a shift in rhythms, gathering for worship together on Zoom at 10:30am on Sundays, December 27 and January 3! This will allow us to see one another and sing Christmas carols together for 'live' worship during Christmastide, give...

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

December 24 | 4:30pm via ZoomWhile our Christmas Eve service will unfold in online spaces (part-prerecorded video, part-interactive time on Zoom), all are invited to gather together on this holy night for a shorter service of worship, carol-singing, and candle...

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Shadow & Light on the Longest Night

Shadow & Light on the Longest Night

Monday, December 21 | 5:00pm via Facebook Live On the Longest Night (in what has felt like the longest year!), Pastor Emily will be on our church Facebook page for a Facebook Live at our Shadow and Light Memorial, giving voice to our shared griefs and losses this...

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Shadow & Light: A Community Memorial

Shadow & Light: A Community Memorial

As we collectively navigate the holiday season, First Baptist Church on Fifth invites the community to engage with a public memorial called Shadow and Light: A Community Memorial, a communal, sacred space to bear witness to one another’s grief and name the countless...

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Personnel Update

Personnel Update

The Personnel Committee unanimously and enthusiastically recommends the calling of a new minister to our church from within our church! It is our joy to introduce Rev. Mary Kaylor as our candidate for the position of Minister for Youth. After a pandemic-related pause...

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We Want to Hear from You!

We Want to Hear from You!

After seven months of shifts around the pandemic, the Coronavirus Task Force and pastoral staff would love your feedback about how you are experiencing life and our church’s ministries during this season. Your answers to this survey will help us as we anticipate what...

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Quarterly Church Conference is October 13

Quarterly Church Conference is October 13

As is our custom, we will gather to do the regular business of the church in the month of October for our Quarterly Church Conference (QCC). We will gather Tuesday night, October 13, at 7:00pm via Zoom for our QCC. Please read on for the details of how the October 13...

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Fall 2020 Children’s Ministry Schedule

Fall 2020 Children’s Ministry Schedule

Our children's ministry will be continuing virtually throughout the fall, with some opportunities to gather in-person at a safe distance. I am excited for our children and families to have the chance to connect on the computer and in-person as we continue to learn...

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Fall Preaching Series

Fall Preaching Series

Once Defined, Always Defining: Fall at First Baptist on Fifth The Book of Exodus has been called the defining story of the people of Israel, their narrative of life told through the leadership of Moses and his people’s movements of enslavement and liberation, of law...

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“Raising White Kids” Study

“Raising White Kids” Study

Do you find yourself wondering how you can more thoughtfully equip the young people in your life to engage matters of race with honesty and awareness? Come and join members of our ministry staff and other parents, grandparents, teachers, and loving folks in the...

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Spiritual Direction Opportunities

Spiritual Direction Opportunities

Are you seeking to grow in your relationship with Christ and looking for someone to help you on your spiritual journey? Joani Hughes, educator, deacon, and certified spiritual director and David Hughes, former pastor, conference leader, and Ambassador and Resident...

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Mark Your Calendars!

Mark Your Calendars!

As is our custom, we will gather to do the regular business of the church in the month of July for our Quarterly Church Conference. But unlike our usual customs, we’ll be doing so virtually as we practice healthy distance during this time of pandemic!  Our Coronavirus...

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Connect with Each Other

If you’re one who is settling into a new rhythm for your days and wanting to find ways to connect with your church family, here are a smattering of regular options for you to do so!   Sign up for First Words, a weekly devotional email from a member of your...

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Have a Prayer Request?

We know in this season that there is much to pray for. Without the weekly times to talk together in person to share these requests, we wanted to make widely available the opportunity to let us know of your request. You can now simply fill out this form, and the...

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Easter Worship – Connecting Beyond the Walls

Easter Worship – Connecting Beyond the Walls

  A blessed Good Friday to each of you! As we travel together through this most unusual Holy Week, we pray that the familiar rhythms of reflection on Jesus’ last days are guiding your experience this week. We hope you have found our Daily Dose reflections and the...

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First on Fifth Announces COVID-19 Precautions

Dear First Baptist on Fifth family, In these days where news of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is dominating our shared spaces for information, I wanted you to know the precautionary measures your church is taking so that our common gathering and worshiping life together can...

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This Is My Body: Lent at First on Fifth

This Is My Body: Lent at First on Fifth

When we gather at Christ’s table each month, we hear again the words he used to connect experience and memory: this is my body, given for you. For in one body, God became flesh, love found the highest expression, and eternal reconciliation to God was made possible for...

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Carols & Candlelight for All Ages

Carols & Candlelight for All Ages

We invite all children and their families to join us for a special Christmas Eve service at 5:00pm.  This is always a beautiful time to gather with our faith community as we receive the Christ child among us.  This year, our children's ministry team...

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Helping “Neighbors Beyond Our Walls”

In October, we have several unique opportunities in which our members can engage. From serving the homeless to reaching out to our friends at Forest Park Elementary to providing support to those in eastern NC who have been impacted by Hurricane Florence, we are able...

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Church Votes to Approve Phase One

Church Votes to Approve Phase One

In Sunday's Called Church Conference to hear the recommendation from the Special Committee regarding  Phase One of our building project, the congregation voted to proceed with the substantial first phase of our work. The motion passed overwhelmingly with 90% of voting...

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