Ministries

This summary of ministries is brought to you by the Deacons of First Baptist Church to help each of us find places of ministry and service.  It describes activities in which our FBC family is involved as we Grow, Share, and Serve together.  It is roughly organized into these three categories (Grow, Share, and Serve).  Whether you are a member of the church or not, our hope and prayer is that you can find a place to engage the talents you have been given by God.  If you sense a call to a new ministry that is not listed here, please contact Pastor Larry at larry@firstfrederick.org.  What is God doing in our world?  Look in the mirror.

In His Service,
Your Deacons

Grow

Adult Bible Studies:  We have numerous classes meeting on Sunday morning (at 9:45 AM or 10:00 AM depending on the class) for approximately one hour.  Additionally, our Senior Adults meet at 9:40 AM for a short time of prayer, singing, and fellowship.  People can then proceed to the Bible class of their choice.  Please click the link to see the classes currently available:  Adult Bible Studies.  Liz Brady is our Sunday School Superintendent.

Additional Congregations:  Two independent churches of Christian believers worship at First Baptist Church of Frederick on Sunday afternoons. They are:

  • The Lord’s Church of Frederick (Korean) with Pastor Kyungsoon Park. For more information, please contact the church through email: pks20070031 @yahoo.com
  • Mizo United Apostolic Fellowship (Burmese) with Pastor Biakchhawna. For more information, please contact the church through email: mizoapostolic@gmail.com or find them on Facebook

Adult Discipleship Ministry:  Adult Discipleship is a mouthful but its meaning is simple: Learning to follow Jesus. We all look up to and emulate others to some degree. Our goal is to point people towards Jesus through practical guidance, lifelong friendships and joyful service. Ministry team members are given training and support to lead home-based, church-based groups and plan events for adults.  Contact George or Sue Littrell or Phil Pierce.

Senior Adult Ministry:  We exist to reach out to the Senior Adults in our church and in Frederick County through acts of ministry, the fun of fellowship, following Jesus in discipleship and assisting in worship. From Sunday School to the Fun Bunch (lunch gatherings) to the Sonshine Singers (senior choir) we invite you to come serve with us. Lucky Brittain is our Senior Adult Leader.

Children:  Our Children’s Ministry Leader is Rachel Pyles.

Children (Kindergarten through 5th grade):  Through a broad range of programs and activities we work to serve the children in our church, helping them to learn to live for Jesus.

  • Children’s Sunday School

Meeting on Sundays at 9:45 AM, these Kindergarten through 5th grade classes seek to teach children the great stories and people in the Bible in a fun way that helps grow into being followers of God.
Teachers – Prepare lessons each week based on provided materials to nurture children with a loving and joyful spirit.
Helpers – Assist the teachers in the activities in the classroom.
Greeters – Help welcome each child and parent to our classes with special care for newcomers.

  • Children’s Missions

Seeks to introduce grade school children to the joy of missions.  Through hands-on involvement, we seek to open children’s eyes to the needs of the world and invite them to follow Jesus in service to the world.
Teacher – Prepare and teach a lesson each week building relationships with the children.
Mission Planner – Help identify and plan hands-on mission experiences for the children once a month.
Helper – give an hour to help prepare and run the lesson.

  • Children’s Lighthouse

A grade-school worship service on Sunday mornings at 11AM, The Lighthouse helps kids learn about God, use the Bible, develop character and live for Jesus!
Teachers – using provided materials prepare a lesson on a rotating basis with other teachers.
Helpers – assist the teacher on Sunday mornings for an hour.

  • Vacation Bible School

Once a year, in the summer, VBS focuses on sharing the love of Jesus with children. If you love to work with children we need your help to reach more children!  We always need:  Group Leaders, Teachers, Activities Coordinators, Snacks Coordinators, Assistants.

Children (Preschool)

  • Preschool Ministry

Our goal is to enable every parent to be involved in Worship and Bible Study. Therefore we pursue our mission to provide a safe and loving environment for children from birth to 5, nurturing them in God’s love and teaching them about Jesus.

  • Preschool Sunday School

Every Sunday at 9:45 AM our preschoolers are introduced to the Bible in a way that they can understand and take away!
Teacher – Prepare and teach a lesson that shares God’s love with our preschoolers.
Greeter – Greet parents and help them check-in their children.
Floaters – Assist teachers in classes as we have need in the various classes.
Substitutes – Be on-call to take the place of a sick worker.
Nursery Relief Volunteer – Help our nursery staff to get to worship by once a month taking their place!

  • Preschool Lighthouse

During the 11 am hour on Sunday we engage our preschoolers in a worship time of their own through a fun large group activity combined with several activity centers.
The Lighthouse Teachers – help prepare and teach the lesson for 3-5 year old’s.
Nursery Care Nursery workers who play along with, read to, and laugh with children from birth to age 2 during the 11:15 service.

  • Little Lights Child Development Center

The mission of the Little Lights Child Development Center is to provide a faith based and academic program for your young child and to set the foundations of their spiritual growth as well as their academic success.

Youth (6th – 12th Grades):  Our Youth Minister is Pastor Richard Krauss.

  • Youth Council

The Youth council is a group of students and adults who provide support and guidance to the youth pastor. They also help with planning and scheduling events, activities and trips. If you would like to be a part of this vital ministry contact Richard at rpkrauss@yahoo.com

  • Catalyst

This is the chance for all of our youth to come together to hang out, shoot some hoops and discuss concerns about school. Oh yeah, we also study Gods word, lift each other up in prayer and encourage one another through the week. This ministry is on Wednesday night 6:30-8:00 if you wish to help contact Richard at rpkrauss@yahoo.com

  • Scholarship Committee

Our committee offers scholarships to students graduating from High School and going on for further education. Contact us for more info: rpkrauss@yahoo. com

  • Middle School Bible Study

A weekly Bible study on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. where middle school students learn that God’s love extends to everyone, even 6th, 7th and 8th graders. We are always on the lookout for Godly, flexible and patient adults to help us with this ministry. If you’re interested contact Richard at rpkrauss@yahoo.com

  • High School Bible Study

A weekly Bible study on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. where we dig into God’s word not just to learn “what he said”, but also to learn “what he is saying to us right now”. If you love Jesus and are not afraid to answer tough questions with “I don’t know, but let’s figure it out together”, this might be the ministry for you. If you think so contact Richard at rpkrauss@yahoo.com

Share

Homebound:  We seek to extend the community of the church to those who can no longer come to our physical building. You can help through practical acts like getting groceries, visiting, calling, praying and any other way you can think of to simply befriend those who are no longer able to get around. Liz Brady leads this ministry.
Visitor – once a month contact assigned home-bound individuals through cards, calls or visits.

Hospitality Team:  It is the intention of the committee to provide help and comfort to families in the times of bereavement especially by providing food for the reception following the funeral. Nancy Burdette leads this ministry.

Meal Ministry:  When someone in our church family needs to have meals delivered, we step up to the plate! Meals are usually provided by the Adult Bible study classes to which the person(s) in need belong. If you know of a need of someone that is not plugged into an Adult Bible study class, or if you would like to be “on call” to provide a meal for such a situation, please contact the Church office.

Men’s Breakfast:  Men of the church meet every Tuesday morning at 7:OO AM for breakfast at the Bob Evans restaurant on Rt. 40 just down from the church. This is a time of fellowship, devotions and sharing prayer requests for all in our FBC family, as well as their respective family members. Lucky Brittain leads this ministry.

Prayer Chain:  The Prayer Chain members engage in daily prayer for those individuals and situations within the church family that have been made known to us. We welcome those who wish to join us in this commitment. Information and guidelines are available. Sandy Schrock leads this ministry.

Chapel Prayer Fellowship:  Come “as you are” to fellowship, share praises and burdens with one another, pray together. This is a chance to include a time for corporate prayer during your time of running errands. Drop by the Chapel anytime on Thursdays between 11AM and 2PM, stay as your schedule permits. Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” We believe prayer changes things, but more importantly it changes us. Phyllis Thomas leads this ministry.

Prayer Shawl:  Prayer shawls can bring comfort and spiritual strength, and be a powerful reminder of God’s love and compassion, particularly to those in most need of it during a trying time in their life. Whether it be battling cancer, terminal illnesses, or any other hardship a person is facing, a prayer shawl can help lift the soul.

Anyone who can make a shawl (through crocheting, knitting, etc.) and are interested in being a part of this ministry will be added to a rotation list. Those who make the shawls will need to provide their own yarn; yarn donations are appreciated. Creating prayer shawls are a great way for a person to be Light Unleashed and show the love and support of God and His people through their time and talent in providing this service! Each shawl will be prayed over by individuals or groups before delivery. Anyone interested in making a prayer shawl or in requesting one should contact Stacey Steinhaus.

Stephen Ministry:  Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps our congregation provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it. Pam Eubanks leads this ministry.

Sunday “Linners”:  Chris and Jamie Eaton host an interdenominational Sunday lunch/dinner (Linner) at their home most Sunday afternoons at 1pm. We meet and eat in hopes of deepening friendships and serving the community together through various projects. All are welcome. If you would like to be added to the evite list, be sure to contact Jamie Eaton.

Serve (Outward)

2nd Street and Hope Meals:  2nd Street and Hope is an organization in downtown Frederick that helps to feed, clothe, and provide community and spiritual guidance for the homeless, addicted, and working poor of Frederick. We have a First Baptist group that assists this ministry by preparing and serving meals as well as preparing “goodie bags” for the patrons.  Serving is typically Saturday afternoons.  Jamie Eaton leads this ministry.

Al-Anon:  Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions. Mary Czartoryski, (301) 228-2501, muffm@sprintmail.com

CentrePointe Counseling:  CenterPointe Counseling is a non-profit counseling agency whose mission is to provide Christ-centered professional counseling and consultation services that work for transformation at the center of individuals, families, and organizations; creating a ripple effect of change in thinking, believing and acting.

Licensed counselors provide services to clients of all ages, backgrounds, regardless of their insurance or economic status. CentrePointe is grateful for the donation of office space from First Baptist Frederick and their other (25+) church sites.   CentrePointe relies on this in-kind support and financial donations from individuals, businesses and churches to offer sliding-scale rates and scholarships for services. All appointments are made directly with CenterPointe and NOT our church office. To reach their intake coordinator, call (800) 491-5369 x 120.

Disaster Relief:  A disaster hits suddenly and with it the opportunity for immediate ministry. No area of mission action requires more rapid response than disaster relief. Baptist Convention of Maryland – Delaware Disaster Relief is Christian love in action – meeting needs in crisis situations. Contact the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCMD) at (800) 466-5290 or click for their website.

Food Drop Distribution – Waverley Elementary:  On the third Thursday of each month (9:00 – 11:00 AM) at Waverley Elementary, volunteers from the community assist in unloading and the distribution of the bulk food provided from the Maryland Food Bank. First Baptist volunteers are part of this community, and encouraged to participate. Elisa McCoy and Lloyd Berry lead this ministry.

Frederick Food Bank:  Sponsored by the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, the Food Bank provides food supplies to those in need. Contact Mike Smith or Kitti King (our Office Manager) kittikingfbc@gmail.com.
Volunteers – to work in the Food Bank once per month and as substitutes.
Donations – contribute food by placing non-perishables by the back door on the third Sunday of each month!

Frederick Rescue Mission Breakfasts:  The Frederick Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered ministry providing residential recovery programs to the homeless or chemically addicted, food to the hungry, clothing and furniture to the needy, and connection within our community through relationships. First Baptist has four (4) teams to assist with this ministry by serving breakfast on a rotating schedule the second Sunday of each month.   Tina Canter leads this ministry.

Karaoke Buddies (Non-Profit Organization):  Karaoke Buddies supports over 400 individuals with disabilities each month by providing a FREE meal, singing, and dancing at the First Baptist Church of Frederick. Camille Kime leads this ministry.

Missions Committee:  We seek both to help each member discover their gifts and calling and to lead the church into mission locally and internationally. Elisa McCoy leads this ministry.

Literacy Council:  The Literacy Council of Frederick County is a non-profit, non-sectarian educational organization of volunteers dedicated to helping fellow adult residents improve their language skills. One-on-one tutoring using Laubach methodologies is employed. Basic literacy is tutored to the native-born and ESL to the foreign-born. The LCFC is a member of ProLiteracy America. Liz Brady leads this ministry.

Open Table:  This ministry allows volunteers to bring their years of life experience, education and relational networks to a young adult who is aging out of foster care. For approximately one year, each team of volunteers enters into relationship with one young adult, helping them create change in their life and empowering them to live into their human potential God gave to them. Daphne Matthews leads this ministry.

Operation Christmas Child:  Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.   Jim Devilbiss leads this ministry.

Religious Coalition for Human Needs:  Founded in 1981 by churches and civic groups, the Coalition exists to help with short term human needs. Whether through the Cold Weather Shelter, the Food Banks or the new year-round Shelter we can use your help to make a difference for those in need in Frederick County. Daphne Matthews leads this ministry.
Client Services Volunteer – assist clients through intake and referral.
Receptionist – Answer the phone, greet and help with filing.
Public Relations Volunteer – help with informing the community and contacting folks for involvement.

Waverley Clothes Drive:  In the spring and fall the church donates new and/or gently used closing to support the Waverley Elementary Clothes Drive. Pam Eubanks leads this ministry.

Serve (Inward)

Deacons:  The deacons work alongside the pastor and staff to provide spiritual leadership and direction to the congregation. Please feel free to contact any deacon with your questions or concerns. Below is a listing of our current Deacons:

Dawn Ashbacher, Lloyd Berry, Doug Dawson, Betsy Devilbiss (Chair), Reggie Gunter (Vice Chair), Carl Haas, Taruan Matthews, Alex Nunemaker, Phil Pierce, Patricia Ray, Gene Thomas, and Rissah Watkins.

Lord’s Supper Team:  In remembrance of Jesus and at His specific teaching, we monthly remember Jesus’ last dinner with His disciples. At First Frederick, our team takes care of the details of the meal by preparing the bread and the juice for each of the three Sunday Services. Andy Orcutt leads this ministry.

Baptism Team:  Our goal is to make the day of Baptism a wonderful experience for the candi­dates. We help with all the physical needs from clothes to towels and answering questions from those to be baptized. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have about the mechanics of getting baptized. If you would like to help people on this special day, please contact Jim Devilbiss or Jim Buppert.

Church Council:  The Church Council is the coordinating body for the committees and church organizations. Contact the church office for more information.

Computer Committee:  The purpose of the computer team is to maintain, secure, and upgrade the computers of FBC. The team also investigates new technologies to enhance the use of computers as a tool for ministry. Shannon McWilliams leads this ministry.

Nominating Committee:  Coordinates the staffing of all church leadership positions that are filled by volunteers. The committee recommends persons to the church to be elected. Erin Marr is the Chair.

Personnel Committee:  We monitor the need for new staffing, recommend remuneration, maintain policies, and process problems related to employees of the church. Jamie Halley and Pat Ray lead this committee.

Finance Committee:  Leads the church in budget planning, promotion and administration, encouraging and promoting stewardship education in all areas of church life. Dawn Ashbacher and Doug Dawson lead this committee.

Music Scholarship Committee:  The church, through generous donations, is able to make available scholarships for lessons leading to the performance of church music. Whether child or adult, the funds can be used to help build skill in an instrument for the Glory of God.  Jamie Halley leads this committee.

Trustees:  We maintain the physical resources of First Baptist. This includes overseeing the budget for the building, investigating insurance, hiring contractors and doing a lot of the work ourselves!  Jim Schrock leads.

Mowing Team:  A group dedicated to maintaining the church lawns. If you like spending a couple of hours once a week on zero-turn mowers, this is the ministry for you! Phil Pierce leads this ministry.

Worship Ministry

Greeter Team:  Our goal is to make everyone feel welcome each time they come to First Baptist. We welcome at the doors and help people at the Welcome Area. Doug Dawson leads this ministry.

Welcome Desk:  Help answer questions, hand out material, and direct people to the right location. Sandy Haller leads this ministry.

Worship Committee:  The mission of the Worship Committee is to assist the Worship Pastor in planning and evaluating the worship experiences of the church and in developing new methods of enhancing worship for present worshipers and other generations and people groups. Rich Cook leads this committee.

Ushers:  We help people feel welcome as they enter the Worship Services through a warm greeting, providing seating direction and handing out information.  Jim Devilbiss leads the ushers at the 8:30 AM service and Frank Reese leads the ushers at the 11:15 AM service.

Chancel Choir:  The Chancel Choir (Youth and adults, ages 16 and up) rehearses every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.  In addition to leading music for our Traditional Worship Service each Sunday at 8:30 a.m., our dedicated choir members present several special musical events throughout the church year including the annual Christmas concert accompanied by orchestra. The music is beautiful, and the atmosphere is friendly and fun. We are always looking for new voices to join our family. Prospective members are not required to read music but must have the ability to match pitch. Contact: KittiKingFBC@gmail.com or call 301.473.8283 x203.

Praise Team:  Our Praise Team leads us in music for our 11:15 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service. We are always seeking new folks as we enlarge this team of excellent Christian singers and instrumentalists. An audition is required. Rich Cook leads.

Church Orchestra:  Our church orchestra was established in 2016. The orchestra plays once a month in the 8:30 AM service. Rehearsals usually take place on Sundays after the 8:30 service. If you play a wind or string instrument, even if it has been since high school, you are welcome. Contact: KittiKingFBC@gmail.com or call 301.473.8283×203.

Worship Production Team:  We run the audio/video equipment for FBC worship services and other events. The team is responsible for equipment set-up, maintenance and managing the sound blend/mix. Rich Cook leads the team.