News and Events

Kids Club

Our fall Kids Club meets Wednesdays, Aug. 24 through Oct. 26, for children in preschool and elementary school. Our fall theme is God’s faithfulness as illustrated in the histories of Noah and Abraham.

A light meal is served 5:30-6 p.m. and Kids Club meets from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Register children online at Kids Club Registration.

Sunday Morning Bible Studies

Sunday morning Bible studies and classes begin again at 10:45 a.m. September 11 at 10:45 am.

Fellowship Guild

The ladies of the Fellowship Guild will be busy this month. We invite all ladies to our September meeting. It is being held on Wednesday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel

Then on Wednesday, September 28 from 4:00 p.m. to clos- ing is the Fellowship Guild’s Dairy Queen Sponsor Night. Come help support our missions.


The choir meets on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm in the choir room. If you are interested in participating in the choir, please contact Jane Ricketts at 260-602-5905 or

Community Free Meal

First Baptist Church is the host each 3rd Wednesday of the month and we encourage everyone to participate in any way that you can. There is a monthly sign-up sheet on the window for various hosts to pick the month that they would like to be hosts. There is also a sheet to sign up and bring items needed. This can be a Sunday School class, Bible Study group or individuals. Cindy Border and Denise Chandler are the leaders at our church for this community outreach. Please contact them with any questions you might have. Cindy Border @ 574-835-1364 or Denise Chandler @ 574-223-2367

Large Cardboard Boxes Needed

The youth group is in need of large and extra large cardboard boxes. We welcome your boxes from microwave-sized up to appliance and door boxes. Please bring your boxes to the upstairs coatroom or call Rhonda, 574-721-8544, for pickup. We will collect them through mid-October.

Preschool Teacher Needed

Our youngest children need a teacher for their Sunday class. The class is small and includes children in preschool and kindergarten. To learn more, contact Cindy McCray or Rhonda Johnson.

September Mission Focus-United Ministries

The First Baptist Church Mission focus for September 2022 is Fulton County United Ministries. This valuable organization, established and incorporated in 1998 in Indiana, in cooperation with the downtown Rochester Circle of Merchants and many other area churches is unified in serving people in need with a food pantry as well as helping those who need payment for bills and/or rent. The homeless are also served here (625 Pontiac Street, Rochester). This single address is important so that the needy can just go to one place for assistance. As we are reminded throughout the Bible the righteous give generously and the Lord blesses those who give generously (Psalm 37, Matthew 7, Acts 14:17, 1 Timothy, and Philippians 4:19) among many other verses.

If you are able to give this month, please make your check payable to First Baptist Church and mark “United Ministries” on the memo line. May God continue to bless and keep you.

First Baptist Church’s Mission Giving

First Baptist Church has a separate Missions Fund that is included in the yearly church budget. From that budget, a dollar amount is calculated and deposited into the fund every Sunday. Any special gifts designated for missions are also deposited. Then, at the end of every month, money is sent to our designated missions. These designated missions include three missionaries (Dwight and Barbara Bolick, Carlos and Mayra Giovenetti-Bonilla, and Taku and Catherine Longkumer), The Baptist Student Foundation at Purdue University, Tippecanoe Baptist Camp, Edna Martin Christian Center, new church planting in Logansport, Habitat for Humanity, the Free Meal, and the United Ministries Outreach. Each month we have a special missions offering that highlights a specific area of giving and that money is dispersed as well. We have been blessed with many gen- erous givers at First Baptist Church that have supported our missions giving.

Indiana ABWM Women’s Day 2022

On Saturday, October 1st, American Baptist Women from all over Indiana will be meeting at Rochester First Baptist Church to celebrate their annual “Women’s Day”. This is a day of fellowship, mission, and education for ABWM of Indiana Our theme this year is “Bee Kind, Bee Christ-like” with our scripture pulled from Proverbs 16:24: “Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul.” The day will start at 9 am with registration and refreshments, followed by an opening session. Dave and Laurie Hurst will talk about bee-keeping to go along with our theme. There will be workshops and meetings, lunch and a presentation from our missionary-the BGs. The afternoon will conclude with the installation of stat officers for the new year, followed by communion. All women of our church are invited and en- couraged to attend. Please see Cindy Border for a registration form or check with the church office