First Baptist Church to celebrate 178 years in Chicago

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First Baptist Church, 935 E. 50th St., known as the oldest Baptist Church in the city of Chicago, celebrates its 178th Anniversary on Oct.16. The theme: “For the Glory of God, by God’s Power and Do it God’s Way.” Rev. David Watkins

First Baptist Church, 935 E. 50th St., known as the oldest Baptist Church in the city of Chicago, celebrates its 178th Anniversary on Oct.16. The theme: “For the Glory of God, by God’s Power and Do it God’s Way.” Rev. David Watkins and members of Greater Bethesda Church choir will lead the service, which begins at 4 p.m.

First Baptist was organized on Oct. 19, 1833 by 15 believers who met in a two-story frame building owned by the Methodist Church at Wacker Drive and Franklin Street. The first University of Chicago was organized by the pastor and members of First Baptist Church in 1857 and FB has continued its relationship with the university through the Baptist Theological Union and the Divinity School’s internship program. First Baptist is a member of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, the American Baptist Churches USA and the Hyde Park-Kenwood Council of Churches and Synagogues.

First Baptist is recognized in the Hyde Park community as a church dedicated to children, community involvement and youth ministry. It also supports an Assisted Living ministry for senior citizens and a Prison Ministry Team for the incarcerated and their families.

Rev. Jesse M. Brown has been pastor of First Baptist for 31 years. A diverse pastoral staff of 11 ministers includes his wife, Rev. Carol Jamieson Brown, who also pastors First Baptist Church of Park Forest. For more, call Hope Johnson, (630) 926-8508.

Parishioners of Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church are in final preparation stages for their annual “Black & White Gala,” a dinner and concert, scheduled for Oct. 15, beginning at 5 p.m. at the church, which is located in the heart of the Bronzeville community at 4100 S. King Dr. The 6:30 p.m. concert will star Chicago’s own “soulful vocalist,” Terisa Griffin. For tickets to attend the benefit event, call Cecilia Peeler, (773) 313-9145 or (7t3) 520-6598. Rev. Dr. Leon D. Finney Jr., is pastor.

Local and national Christian leaders will be featured when Apostolic Faith Church, led by Bishop & Mrs. Horace E. Smith, M.D., and Mrs. Susan D. Smith, host FaithWorks 2011: Connecting the Body: Living God’s Purpose, a dynamic ministry whose goal is to train and empower Christians everywhere to build God’s Kingdom. Programming for the FaithWorks conference, Oct. 12-15 at Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S.Indiana Ave., will reflect the need in the Body of Christ for connectedness with each other and will equip participants from all walks of life – pastors, Christian workers, lay leaders and the unchurched — for ministry beyond the walls of the local church.

Among the many conference speakers: Pastor Marvin Sapp, Bishop Noel Jones, Pastor Sheryl Branch, Pastor Bill Winston, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Fr. Michael Pfleger, Pastor John Hannah, Dr. Rosa Sailes, Pastor Yolanda Hunt, Evg. Sandra Riley, Pastor Noah Nicholson, Bishop Clifford Frazier and Pastor James Ford.

On Saturday, youth ages 7-25, will participate in “#FaithWorks: The Social Gospel.” During age-appropriate sessions young people will be challenged to not only grown in their faith, but to share it with the world. General registration:$50; youth, $15. Evening worship services are free and open to the public.

To register or for more information, visit http://www.faithworks2011.org or call (866) 26-FAITH. The fax number is (773) 373-6902; the mailing address: FaithWorks Ministries, c/o Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago, IL 60653.

Living Sanctuary World Outreach Ministries, 5820 W. Chicago Ave., is sponsoring a coat drive on Nov. 13 during the regular Sunday morning service, giving away new and gently used coats as well as clothes to the less fortunate and the homeless. Also members will be passing out hot chocolate and sharing inspirational words. Currently, the church is accepting donations on Sundays, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Pastors are Elder W. Terrell and Michelle Burgess. Contact Deacon Christopher Hill, (312) 203-9524.

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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