First Baptist Newsletter | May 25, 2023

The First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg exists to help people experience God's gift of life in Jesus.

Sunday Worship

May 28, 2023 | 10:30 a.m.


Songs of Worship

Holy Spirit

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Breathe On Me Breath of God


Is He Worthy?

Have Thine Own Way


A Prophetic People

Numbers 11:24-30

Ben Winder

This Sunday we will join Christians around the world in celebrating Pentecost, the day the followers of Jesus were gifted the Holy Spirit and the Church was born! We will also take the opportunity to take account of where we are as a fellowship of believers and where God may be calling us next, a "State of the Church" so to speak.

We invite you to wear red this Sunday in celebration of Pentecost!


Get to Know Our New Members

As new members join our church family we want to help you get to know them a little better by sharing a brief Q&A intro. We hope you will have a chance to connect with them more personally soon!

Luke & Will Gordon

Luke & Will joined our church by baptism on Sunday, May 14.

Tell us about your family ...

Our family includes Danny (our dad), Jennifer (our mom), our little brother Jack, and our dog Mondo. Mommy's mum, our Nana, Susan Stanley, lives close & we love to have sleep overs. Daddy's parents, our Papa & Grandma, live in Ft. Lauderdale along with our Auntie Blair & Uncle Jason and our two cousins, Harlow & Winter.

What led you to First Baptist Church of St Petersburg?

We have grown up in this church. Mommy & Daddy moved here in 2011.

What is your favorite passage of scripture and/or your favorite hymn or praise song?

Will: My favorite passage is Psalm 23. I learned it at school & know it by heart. My favorite song is "Goodness of God".

Luke: The story of Moses is my favorite story in the Bible because it shows God's miracles and tells us about his whole life. I like how it helps us know how God saved His people and that God keeps His promises.

Where do you go to school?

We both attend St Petersburg Christian School. Will is headed into 2nd Grade & Luke is headed into 5th Grade.

What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Will: Soccer, drawing, bowling, ring toss, piano, American Ninja Warrior, bike rides, snow skiing

Luke: Fishing, Legos, reading, soccer, bowling, puzzles, snow skiing

What is a fun fact people may not know about you?

Will: I can play the piano by memory.

Luke: That I can do hula hooping tricks.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

We love our baby brother, Jack, and play with him everyday.

New Doors Installed

In recent years, you may have noticed the original exterior wooden doors on the south & east entries of the Multipurpose Room had greatly deteriorated to the point of being not only a cosmetic concern, but also a safety and security one as well.

We recently replaced those eight doors with new "store-front" glass doors matching what we have installed in the newest part of our building. These new doors were funded by a generous gift from the Margaret & David Perry Foundation and from contributions to our Memorial Fund - non-designated contributions made in memory of church members. We are so grateful for the generosity that made this needed capital improvement possible without impacting our operating funds!

The new doors look great, and we're especially glad for the improvement because these entrances are used daily by PromiseLand families and often by guests renting our space. Next time you're on the church campus, be sure to check out the new doors!

Short-term Bible Study

Sundays - 9 a.m. | Through June 4

Ben Winder | Room 204


"Seeing Through the Eyes of Jesus" calls us back to the central focus of our Christian faith, the Risen and Living Jesus! Through this study we hope to be invited into deeper faithfulness with each other, equipped to offer a bold and positive witness to the risen Jesus, and transformed individually and corporately while we co-labor with God to transform the world.

Graduate Recognition Request for Info

During this season of graduations, we would love the chance to celebrate anyone in our church family who is graduating from High School, College, or other institution.

Please email us the graduate's name & institution from which they qualify by the end of May.

Tim Hawkins Volunteers Needed | June 2

The sold out Tim Hawkins comedy concert has been rescheduled for Friday, June 2. Volunteers are needed to help us host this event!

To serve, please contact Todd Letzring ( | 727.510.6285).

Monday Fun Day Presents Dalí

June 5 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

At our June Monday Fun Day we’ll share lunch and be joined by a docent from The Dalí to learn more about the artist Salvador Dalí and the wonderful museum of his works which calls our city home. Please make plans to join us and RSVP at the link below.

RSVP for Monday Fun Day

First Baptist Happenings

  • Church Campus Closed Monday The church office and campus will be closed Monday, May 29 in recognition of Memorial Day.

  • Monday Morning PrayerAll are invited to a time of prayer and praise led by our deacons each Monday morning at 9 a.m. in the Narthex. You may submit prayer requests online.

  • Church History Team | Are you interested in history? Would you like to help dive into the church archives to tell the First Baptist story? We would love to have you on our Church History Team! Contact Paula James for more information.

  • Coffee & Pastries | All are invited to a time of fellowship in the Narthex each Sunday before worship. May's refreshments are sponsored by Craig & Libby Dorman. Interested in sponsoring a month of coffee & pastries this year? Contact Aimee or Ben for more details.

Coming Up


28 - Pentecost Sunday

29 - Church Campus Closed for Memorial Day


2 - Tim Hawkins Concert

4 - Fellowship Lunch

5 - Monday Fun Day Presents Dalí

28-30 - CBF Global General Assembly - Atlanta, GA

Contact Us

First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg

1900 Gandy Blvd N

St. Petersburg, FL 33702