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First Baptist has much to celebrate
In the pulpit
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“First Baptist Church is a loving, caring family of faith. Changing lives is what Jesus is all about and changing lives is what First Baptist is all about,” said Dr. Charles Owens, pastor of First Baptist Church in Hinesville.
“First Baptist is a congregation of compassionate people serving in various ways for the purpose of glorifying God and changing lives. A family of faith is most happy and fulfilled when serving and growing together,” he said.
The church has a mixture of members from various backgrounds and cultures. Many are active duty and retired members of the military.
In order to meet the needs of its membership and serve the community, First Baptist has many ministries in place such as the Golden Heirs, Awana (held during the school year), a ladies ministry, Brotherhood, CONNECT (for deployed members), His Children and Sizzling Summer for Kids.
The church offers two Sunday morning worship services. “At 9:30 a.m., there is a contemporary worship service. The contemporary service is a little more upbeat with more of a younger crowd attending. During the contemporary service, we have a praise band and a praise team. The contemporary worship services started about six years ago,” Executive Administrative Assistant Dora Sprinkel said.
“At the 11 a.m. service, we have a traditional/blended worship service. This service is a mixture of praise and the traditional, with the old fashioned hymns. The choir sings at the 11 a.m. service. We started having the blended services about two years ago,” Sprinkel said.  Additionally, the church has children’s church, called His Kids, for children 4 years old through third grade at 11 a.m.
First Baptist also has two Sunday school services. One is at 9:30 a.m. and the other is at 11 a.m.
Members of First Baptist enjoy their church’s many worship services and activities. They are gearing up now for their annual vacation Bible school, which will be June 14-18 from 9 a.m.-noon. This year’s theme is “Saddle Ridge Ranch.”
First Baptist also has supper every Wednesday night during the school year at 5 p.m. when the Awana program is conducted.
Today, the church is hosting a chili cook-off to celebrate the grand reopening of its youth facility. Judging starts at 4 p.m. and after the competition, everyone is invited to test the chili.  
Cook-off attendees also will be able to check out the newly renovated youth center.
Owens and the First Baptist family invite you to join them for worship services and their special events today. The church is at 220 E. Washington Avenue in Hinesville. Call 876-2687 or go to for information.

Anderson is the author of “Lack of Knowledge” and “Dare to Soar.”
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