First Baptist Church of Altavista

A Christ Centered Community Making Disciples to Transform the World

May 20, 2020





F irst Baptist Church  

1001 Bedford Avenue

Altavista, Va  24517


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Church Staff




Dr. Michael S. Lee 


Director of Music

Donna Rosser


Parish Nurse

Alice Bond 


Administrative Assistant

Donna Ruff 



2020 Diaconate


Terry Finch, Chair

Larry Carroll

Bob Childress

Jim Funderburk

Melody Jennings

Anne Jones

Jorhn Jordan

Anita Phillips

Ozelle  Shelton

David Shreve

Debbie Thurman

Nancy Wilkerson


Online Giving




And rising very early in the morning., while it was still dark, he 
departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed

Mark 1:35

Silence and Solitude

Reflection Questions
  • Are you fearful of being silent or alone?  What might be behind this fear?
  • How much time do you carve out each day for silence?
  • What do you sense God is saying to you in the midst of your silence and solitude?
  • What things are distracting you from hearing the voice of God?
Spiritual Practices
  • Set aside some time each day for silence and becoming aware of God's presence.
  • Designate a place in your home where you can retreat for silence and solitude.
  • Try to spend a day or part of a day without the use of technology


We are so afraid of silence that we chase ourselves from one event to the next in order not to have to spend a moment alone, in order not to have to look at ourselves in the mirror.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Practicing the art of attending to the Spirit involves us in  contemplative listening.  Such listening is quite distinct from the various ways in which we generally listen to another . . . it is holy listening, rooted in silence . . . It is primarily receptive, patient, watchful, and waiting.

Wendy Wright

The Prayer of Thomas Merton

Kate Campbell - Prayer of Thomas Merton


May my soul be stilled in Your presence.  Free me from my propensity to fill my life with distractions and noise.  Enable me to fully embrace the joy of simply being in Your presence.  Amen.  

Our Core Practices


Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours.  Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.