First Baptist Newsletter | February 8, 2024

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

Sunday Worship

February 11, 2024 | 10:30 a.m.

Songs of Worship

Forever Reign

Every Praise

Down to the River to Pray

What A Beautiful Name

Holy, Holy, Holy


Down the Mountain, Into the Future

Mark 9:2-9

Ben Winder

Deacon Ordination & Installation

As part of our worship together this Sunday, we will ordain two new deacons who are beginning their term of service this year:

Charlotte Bashay & Gray Sample

We will also install two deacons returning to active duty on the deacon team:

Jenny Hochsprung & Bill Johnson

Preschool Worship

In Preschool Worship this week they will be learning Jesus is a friend to everyone, focusing on the story of the unloved woman in John 8:2-11.

Kids Worship

In Kids Worship this week they will be learning it is important to be kind to the people closest to you, focusing on the story of Ruth & Naomi in Ruth 1-2.


Discover First Baptist Lunch | THIS Sunday

If you're a new member or considering membership, we invite you to join us for lunch and orientation following worship this Sunday, February 11. We'll discuss First Baptist history, identity, mission, ministries, partnerships, and structure. And you can ask any questions you have about First Baptist or church membership.

You can register to attend at the link below.


Sunday - 9 a.m. | Room 205

Final Week

We will wrap up our six-week experience discovering how we can be faithful in the 936 week journey - the approximate time we have from the moment our child is born until he or she graduates from high school.

In this week's session Create a Rhythm In Your Home, we'll discuss how we implement much of what we've been talking about for the previous five weeks.

There's still time to join us - sign up at the link below, or just show up Sunday morning.


Ash Wednesday Service

February 14, 6 p.m. | Narthex

Ash Wednesday is an ancient tradition of the church which begins the Lenten journey of preparation for Easter. We invite you to join us in the Narthex Wednesday evening for an all-ages, experiential worship service of repentance & confession with flame & ash.

St Pete Arts Academy Enrolling Now

The St. Pete Arts Academy is a new ministry of First Baptist! We are offering small group and individual music lessons for kids in our community and a Middle School and High School Show Choir directed by our own Michael McCarthy.

You can learn more and sign up for group/personal lessons in piano, violin, trumpet, flute, & drums as well as the Show Choirs at the link below.

Please help us spread the word about this exciting new ministry to folks in your circles!


Promiseland Preschool Openings

Promiseland Preschool, our weekday early childhood education ministry, has current openings in our 4 year old class. They're likely to fill quickly, so if you or someone you know is interested in claiming these spots in this excellent program, please contact Promiseland Director Jenn Jerevic (727.576.1772 |

New Church Business Administrator

Rhonda McVey

Our new Church Business Administrator is Rhonda McVey. She's your new go-to person for questions about 2023 Giving Statements, 2024 Offering Envelops, Realm, Event Scheduling, etc. You may connect with her via email, by phone (727.576.5508), or in the office Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Welcome Rhonda!

Called Church Business Meeting

Sunday, February 18

Charles Hatley has resigned from the Executive Leadership Team.

In keeping with the bylaws, the Nominating Team has selected Amber Ruiz to serve the remaining portion of the final year of his unexpired term. This announcement serves as notice that we will have a Called Church Meeting at the conclusion of worship on Sunday, February 18 for the sole purpose of affirming Amber Ruiz nomination to the ELT.

Family Ministry Rededication - Thank You!

Thank you so much for participating in our Family Ministry Rededication as part of worship last week. We're so grateful for the families who entrust us to come alongside them as they raise their kids to be all God is calling them to become and for a church family wiling to invest themselves in this important call. Well done. Forward!

Upcoming Schedule


11 - Discover First Baptist Lunch

14 - Ash Wednesday Service (6 p.m.)

18 - Called Church Business Meeting


3 - Fellowship Lunch

4 - FAST Research Committees & Board Meetings (5:15 p.m | First Baptist)

19 - FAST Network Meeting

24 - Palm Sunday | FirstKIDS Egg Hunt

28 - Maundy Thursday | Dinner & Communion

29 - Good Friday | Stations of the Cross

31 - Easter Sunday


7 - Fellowship Lunch

30 - FAST Nehemiah Action (7 p.m. | First Baptist)


4 - CBF of Florida & the Caribbean Spring Gathering (9 a.m. | First Baptist)

5 - Fellowship Lunch | Aimee Hobbs Installation Service (6 p.m. | FBC Rutherfordton, NC)

Contact Us

First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg

1900 Gandy Blvd N

St. Petersburg, FL 33702