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Happy 4th Pastoral Anniversary, Rev. Jackson!
On Sunday, June 28, we marked the 4th Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr. Along with his lovely wife, Sis. Delinda, they have faithfully served God and the First Baptist Church Family. Although due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we could not all be together for a celebration, FBC was here is spirit! As has been our “norm” over the past few months, FBC live streams our Sunday Services on our FaceBook Page.
The order of services included time for letting Pastor Jackson know just how much we appreciate him and all that he’s done during his 4 years at the helm. Deacon Louise Shivers read a long list of accomplishments … these are just a few: an enhanced Mission and Vision; selecting a chair of the Diaconate Ministry; bringing on two new ministers; licensing the first female minister in FBC history; enlargement of the membership and creation of the Youth Squad.
Making note that his 4th year was full of challenges will the onset of the coronavirus… still, training for new members of the Diaconate took place and a new Constitution and By-Laws was formulated during the first ½ of that year alone. Out of the box thinking and much prayer took over during the second ½ because of the shelter in place order beginning in March 2020 and quick decisions were made, including the creation of the Communication and Social Media Ministry; our private FaceBook Page, a YouTube channel and virtual tithing. FBC even began virtual communion with communion pieces being hand delivered before each First Sunday.
After the accolades for a job well done; it was time for the preaching. Rev. Edmond Lee, Sr. from Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Neptune was our guest preacher and he brought forth the word entitled, “Spiritual Leadership”! Coming out of 2Kings 2:1-9, he emphasized how Godly teachers and mentors bring about Godly leaders. He talked about secular leaders of today steering people in a downward spiral many times with no thought, no plan. Some leaders even encouraging people to “do their own thing” … while Spiritual Leaders, like Rev. Jackson have a mind for God’s people and asks them to follow him as he follows Christ.
Pastor Jackson has had a very eventful 4 years here at FBC and we pray that those 4 years are followed by many many MANY more! God Bless You, Pastor!
Regarding recent events...
Even while being in the midst of all that is still taking place regarding the terrible COVID-19 pandemic; we must be careful lest we forget we have matters just as important to contend with such as the ongoing mistreatment of our Black brothers and sisters. We the leadership of First Baptist Church, Belmar, wholeheartedly echo the sentiments of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey. The following are excerpts from a letter sent to ABCNJ member churches regarding the recent events that should concern us all.
Dear ABCNJ Family,
“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to you, when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I; for you are my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. Let me abide in your tent forever, find refuge under the shelter of your wings.” Psalm 61:1-4
As I write this letter, my heart is full of sorrow. This pandemic has thrown us into waves of sadness, grief, despair, and disillusionment. There is still no vaccine for this virus. We continue to pray for all those who have lost loved ones during this pandemic.
Yet, my heart is also distressed and deeply disturbed for the inexcusable continued violence and hatred against our Black brothers and sisters. For the past few weeks, we have witnessed the horrific acts of violence and hatred simply for being Black:
Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man shot down by two White men as another filmed the killing. It was after the release of the video that the authorities in Georgia were compelled to press charges.
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year old Black woman, killed in her bed after police entered the wrong house with a no-knock warrant in Kentucky.
Christian Cooper, a Black man and avid birdwatcher in New York City’s Central Park, asked a White woman who was breaking the law for not having her dog on a lease in public place [to please leash her dog]. In response, the White woman dialed 911, “I’m going to tell them there’s an African-American man threatening my life,” she says.
George Floyd, a Black man killed by a White police officer in Minneapolis. An officer’s knee pressed into his neck while Floyd could repeatedly be heard saying, “I can’t breathe. Please I can’t breathe,” Witnesses begging for the four officers to let Floyd up from the ground, who was handcuffed, all captured in video.
These and other acts of violence, hatred and anti-Black racism have been captured in the last few weeks, but this “virus” has been taking its toll for far too long. We continue to look and work hard for the vaccine against anti-Black racism. This violence and hatred and anti-Black racism is contrary to God’s will and America’s promise of liberty and justice. ENOUGH!! I urge everyone not to let the realities of COVID-19 distract us from speaking out against anti-Black racism and working to dismantle the systemic forces of racism and White supremacy that continue to infect our lives and our nation. We must not be silent! We must believe and act in a way that recognizes that every person is created in God’s image. We must speak out when we see the humanity and dignity of another person being disrespected and disregarded. And we must do our own personal work to address our own places of both privilege and prejudice.
As we lament and mourn for the over 100,000 Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19, let us also remember to lament and mourn for those who continue to lose their lives simply for being Black in America.
Walking in Love Together,
Rev. Miriam Mendez
Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor
May 29, 2020
The Church Building Will Remain Closed...
On Friday, May 22, President Donald Trump declared all churches, synagogues and mosques essential, which would now allow people to meet for worship services no matter what the congregation size. He did this against the advice of the Centers for Disease Control, most of the US Governors and many members of the clergy around the country.
Now is not the time to open First Baptist Church, Belmar. 2Corinthians 5:7 tells us that we walk by faith and not by sight; and the Bible also tells us that we are not to be ignorant to the devices of Satan. So while the President all of a sudden thinks it is time to assemble, that doesn’t mean that it is. So as God leads me as the Under Shepard of this Church; when it is safe for the flock to gather, we will be together.
We don’t need the building to practice our faith.
...Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor
The FBC Youth Squad continues to do Ministry! Even during the pandemic, the First Baptist Church Youth Squad is busy doing ministry! Sis. Felicia Cheavers, coordinator of the Youth Squad explained the children's participation in the "We Care" Card Challenge to see how many greeting cards they could make over Spring Break. "Over a span of about two weeks [the children] created 139 cards for the elders at Neptune Garden Senior Center." Sis. Felicia commented on the Youth Squad's good works, "I am so proud of our little soldiers in the Army of the Lord!" The suggestion came from FBC member Sis. Kaelynn Purifoy who works at the center and since the children had worked on senior projects before, they were happy to do it! The cards were safely brought to FBC, prayer over, loaded up and delivered to the center in Neptune, all while observing proper Covid-19 protocol. Co-Coordinator, Sis. Viveca Graham also thanked all of the adults involved who "helped make this mission a great success!" The Youth Squad even got a very nice thank you letter from the center's Marketing Director, Michelle McElduff saying "we read the cards to the residents in our courtyard on a beautiful day, they really enjoyed the sweet messages and prayers! Please let the children know that they lifted their spirits and we all are so grateful!" For more pics, click Photo Gallery
Spreading God's Word in Tough Times!
Our Social Media outreach during this COVID-19 pandemic has been very exciting. What started out as a way for our First Baptist Family to “stay together” during this time; has expanded into much more.
Since the beginning of April 2020 and the statewide government Shelter-in-Place order, we have been broadcasting our Sunday Services live on our Facebook page, First Baptist Church Belmar NJ. The FBC members are enjoying the weekly services lead by our Pastor, Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr. and Associate Minister Edward Robinson and are sharing the videos with family, friends and coworkers. And because of that, we were blessed with a huge increase in our live viewership -- at times, more than doubling the total amount of FBC members! People are actually “attending” our live church services from New York, South Carolina, Mississippi, and even Holland, the United Kingdom and Greater Asia! There was even a WATCH PARTY in Ocean County one Sunday! The Sunday Service videos are also uploaded to our YouTube page so even more people are able to hear a word from God on their own schedule.
But the ultimate joy came when God touched a young man during one of the broadcasts and he gave his life to Christ right then and there! Praise God! What a blessing for all!!
First Baptist Church may be affectionately known as “The Little Church by the Side of the Road”, but we are doing big things for the Kingdom of God. We are being the church that God wants us to be and spreading the Gospel far and wide. So, we continue to encourage everyone to follow us on Facebook, YouTube and here on our website where we evangelize to the sinners and equip the saints. Amen!
Let's Check in with the FBC Youth Squad!
During this time of Shelter-in-Place and Social Distancing due to the Covid-19 virus; we thought it would be fun to revisit some of the activities of our Youth Squad. Here are some new pics that just became available. Enjoy!
Above: The Youth Squad, lead by Sis. Felicia Cheavers and Sis. Viveca Graham (not pictured here), taking advantage of a beautiful summer morning with bible readings and prayers on the front steps of the church! Below are pics from various events and activities including the preparation for the Operation Senior Center Reach Out, Teen Motivators and Bible puzzle challenge.
LIGHTS... CAMERA... ACTION!
Setting up for the Tuesday Inspiration taping is left to right: Musical Director and member of the Communication and Social Media Ministry, Arthur Graham; Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor; and Chairman of the Diaconate, Deacon Bellamy Shivers.
With the Shelter-in-Place order due to the Covid-19 pandemic, together with the limit on the number of people who can gather in one place; First Baptist Church like most, if not all NJ churches, are closed until further notice.
Pastor Jackson wanted to make sure that the FBC Family stayed encouraged and hopeful during this stressful time, so, he decided to keep in touch with the members through technology. In making that decision, Pastor Jackson said that "the building may be closed, but WE are the Church and we are still believing and trusting God. Even in our present state, we will continue to do what God would have us to do -- reach out to the people and take care of our members!"
So, First Baptist is spreading the Gospel over social media. Every Sunday morning at 10am, everyone -- members and visitors alike -- can view church services that are live streamed on our Facebook page; and every Tuesday evening at 6pm, a new pre-recorded segment called Tuesday Inspirations can be found on our YouTube page. Both pages can be found by searching First Baptist Church of Belmar.
We all look forward to the time that we can walk into our church and be together face-to-face again. But for now, we can still hear a word from God from our Pastor and ministers, from the safety of our homes as we all weather this crisis. Be well, continue to pray for each other and God Bless Us All.
FBC Belmar is going Facebook Live!
On Sunday, March 29 at 9:45 am, please log in to Facebook and search for First Baptist Church Belmar. A Facebook account is necessary to access the service. For those of you who do not want to join Facebook, we are also working on a dial-in feature, which will be available in the near future. God Bless You All!
Black History Month 2020
First Baptist Church ended Black History Month this year appropriately, participating in two services and dressed for the occasion!
First, Minister Edward Robinson preached a call to service... "Are You Ready"! It was insightful and thought-provoking! Then as it is our custom to celebrate the upcoming birthdays on the Fourth Sunday of the month before; cakes and other sweets were served downstairs in the Dining Hall. All organized by Sis. Adell Daugherty.
The afternoon service was the annual Black History Program held at St. Paul Baptist Church in Red Bank. Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., our pastor, was asked to deliver the Word again this year and of course, the First Baptist Combined Choir sang! Rev. Jackson preached a powerful message to the congregation which included many members from both churches. It was a blessing to worship with St. Paul; this is the third year in a row we have participated in their BHM program. Black History Month is officially celebrated in the month of February, but it should be celebrated 365! With all the accomplishments African Americans have had throughout our history... it's hard to be confined to 29 days! Happy BHM 2020! God Bless!
Honoring our own!
The Fabulous Five! Standing: Sis. Barbara Putney. Seated l to r: Sis. Kathy Brown, Sis. Joy Goddard, Sis. Deloris Daniel and Sis. Emily Boone.
Whether you call them, “Seasoned Members, Senior Members, Mothers of the Church or what we here at First Baptist Church like to call them… “The Fabulous Five”, we are thrilled to call them family!
FBC hosted a special dinner on Feb 7, 2020 to honor these great women of the church to show them how much we truly love them. Sis. Emily Boone, Sis. Kathy Brown, Sis. Deloris Daniel, Sis. Joy Goddard and Sis. Barbara Putney have been members of FBC for many many years and they have seen steady progress and great changes during their time here. They have been a part of the ebb and flow the church from the earlier days of its existence. They have witnessed leadership changes, membership changes, the near destruction by Super Storm Sandy and the regrouping and continuing growth we are experiencing now. And through it all, they have watched the hand of God in every aspect.
The event was held at the Bistro Café in Avon and the food was delicious. The menu boasted a choice of Flat Iron Steak, Grilled Salmon, Chicken Francaise or Penne Vodka with shrimp and lobster! There was something for every palate. The tables were nicely decorated with each attendee receiving a box of candy. The ladies were seated at the place of honor for all to see and were flanked by heart shaped balloons. During dinner, there were lots of appreciation speeches and a little teasing. Each honoree received flowers and tokens of our affection as well.
We all could feel God in the room. The atmosphere was filled with love as stories were shared of the Fabulous Five and what makes FBC so great!
FBC celebrates a 2019 "Last Sunday" Service!
On December 29, 2019, we finished off the year with a special "Last Sunday" Service. This service was a Praise and Healing Service. Our pastor, Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., blessed us with powerful healing prayers both individually and collectively. Prayers for peace, prayers for healing of our mind, body and soul; as well as prayers for financial stability for the new year. This was a time for reflections, but mostly a time to heal and move on from some of what last year brought to our lives. Emotions were high that morning and tears flowed freely as we held and encouraged each other.
The "Last Sunday Service" was a wonderful chance to begin to look forward to the coming year with hope and clarity. The Chairman of our Diaconate Ministry, Deacon Bellamy Shivers said it best in a heartfelt prayer calling 2020 a time for clear vision of God's plan for our lives. Happy New Year!
TESTIMONY. WORSHIP. HEALING
A Service for your Mind, Body & Soul
A Look Back with Praise
A Look Forward with Hope and Promise
…in Jesus’ name!
November 1st Sunday Happenings!
We have lots of things going on at First Baptist Church, Belmar! While praise and worship was going on upstairs on November 3 and our pastor Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr. was delivering the word... some of the older children were downstairs making cards to take on their first outreach ministry trip later in the month. The Youth Squad, as they are called, lead by Sis. Felicia and Sis. Viveca, will be visiting seniors at a local nursing home!
Men's Day 2019!
First Baptist Church, Belmar, hosted its Second Annual Men's Day Service on Sunday, October 20, 2019... and it was truly a blessing for all. Our guest preacher was Min. Tracy Kimbrough from United Fellowship Baptist Church in Asbury Park. He preached a thought provoking sermon with the question and statement being the same... "Will the REAL Men of God please stand up?!" (for summary of sermon click Inspirations.) At the end of services, a powerful prayer was delivered over all of the men in attendance by Evangelist Tommie Dellmonica. For more pics click Photo Gallery
Calling All Men!
The First Baptist Church of Belmar Men's Ministry will host their annual Men's Day Service at the church on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 10am. The theme for this year's program is Mighty Men of God, coming out of scripture 1Timothy 6: 11-12. The guest preacher for the morning will be Min. Tracy Kimbrough from United Fellowship Baptist Church in Asbury Park and the FBC men will be participating in every aspect of the service. While this day may be set aside especially for our men... all God's people are welcome to attend and experience what promises to be a very powerful day of worship. Come and receive your blessing!
First Baptist Church Family and Friends Day!
This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! And we did! On the last Sunday in September, an absolutely beautiful day, FBC hosted its annual Family and Friends Day. The church was filled with loved ones eager to hear a word from the Lord. Our pastor, Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., didn't disappoint, delivering an uplifting message on Unity. His sermon was humerous at times asking parishioners to remember back in the day to crazy family road trips. And that no matter how much your cousin got on your nerves in the car, at the end of the day, it was all love!
After church, over 75 friends and family members were treated to food of all kinds; everything from hamburgers and hot dogs from the grill to lasagna and jambalaya to desserts of all kinds... and much much more. We ate outside at tables and chairs with colorful coverings topped with containers of assorted candies. Guests could guess how many pieces were inside... closest person won the candy! While the adults, young and old, were still enjoying fellowship, Sis. Kathy Henriques and Sis. Felicia Cheavers got all the kids together for some old fashioned fun. Musical Chairs; Duck, Duck, Goose; Relay Races and tossing the football around, kept them quite busy and of course everyone got a prize! Sis. Felicia even found a unexpected guest... a box turtle had found its way to the garden near the festivities. It was a great time to remind the children how God created everything great and small. The turtle was a little shy, though, staying in its shell the whole time.
It is always wonderful for God's people to get together and as we closed out the Summer season and ushered in Fall on this day of Unity, we thank God for all the blessings and all the laughter and all the love on our Family and Friends Day 2019. For more pics click Photo Gallery
Helping the Community!
First Baptist Church will again partner with energy suppliers to help their customers with their energy bills. The New Jersey Natural Gas and Jersey Central Power and Light companies will be available on Thursday, September 26 from 10a - 5p to answer questions and assist with applications, etc. The energy program has used our facilities as its Belmar area location for several years now and we are happy to be a part of helping the community.
Pictured in front of FBC is our First Lady, Sis. Delinda Jackson, on the right; with NJNG rep Leah Kavookjian.
NFL Sunday at FBC!
Football season is upon us and lots of us showed off our football spirit at Sunday Morning Service, September 8, 2019 by sporting our favorite teams jersey. Surprisingly enough, being that we live in New Jersey, the Pittsburg Steelers were well represented and tied the Giants for the most fans at FBC. Other teams in the mix included the Dallas Cowboys, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins. Actually, although we cheer for different football teams, we can absolutely agree that we are all on Team Jesus!! Go Team!!! For more pics click Photo Gallery
Moonlight Interlude 2019!
The First Baptist Church married couples hosted their first Moonlight Interlude -- an evening picnic on the beach under the full moon and starry sky -- on August 17th. It was a great time for married couples to take a break and reconnect with each other and other like-minded couples.
Eight FBC couples and their guests met at the Ocean Grove beach adjacent to the big cross and gazebo with blankets, beach chairs, candles and picnic baskets filled with food. We set ourselves up on the sand and the fellowshipping began!
There was a soft breeze and a gentle sound of waves on the shore, that evening, as the sun set behind us in the west. It was the perfect setting for getting close and having great conversations. As we waited for the moonrise, some of us took pictures, shared food, walked to the water to dip our toes in the ocean or simply held hands. We talked about how some couples met and married; and one of our guests couples, Deacon Hugh and Sis. Sandra Rudolph, won the unofficial longevity poll – they have been married for 46 years! There was talk of end of summer vacations, group dinner plans – maybe on a riverboat cruise; and even promises to “let’s do it again next year”!
The moon didn’t make an appearance until late and some couples had already left – gotta get ready for Church the next morning you know – but some of us were lucky enough to catch a glimpse and a selfie before heading home.
All in all, it was a lovely evening! We thank God for blessing this gathering; and we look forward to doing it again next year. For more pics click Photo Gallery
Guest Preachers in August --
4 - Rev. Dr. Nicole Drakeford, First Baptist Church, Vaux Hall, NJ
11 - Rev. Justin Hayward, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Asbury Park, NJ
18 - Rev. Benjamin Evans, Mt. Zion AME Church, Eatontown, NJ
25 - Evangelist Karen Boateng, Cliffwood, NJ
Come and join us and hear a word from these dynamic preachers!
Spring was a busy time at First Baptist Church in Belmar; and along with our regular Sunday Services here were some of the additions to our calendar.
April began with, of course, our Resurrection Day Service followed by the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt.
May is always reserved for our annual Mother’s Day Brunch hosted by the FBC Men. Also in May, the FBC women held our second annual women’s retreat.
June was the busiest month of all with a special praise and celebration each week it seemed. On the First Sunday, three were baptized and became new members of the FBC family and God’s Kingdom: Jayla Freeman, Tiffany Wendelstedt and Jonathan Longstreet.
Mid June is for Dads and Grads… The FBC Women hosted the annual Father’s Day Brunch; and the church celebrated and recognized all of our students. From the smallest students in Pre K to our college graduates, Simone Thomas and Asya Robinson, we praise God for all of their accomplishments. Our Children’s Ministry even put together a Juneteenth presentation.
We ended the month with the recognition of our pastor, Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr. on his 3rd Pastoral Anniversary; under his leadership and with God’s help, FBC has grown in size and spirit.
So, as you can see, there are lots of things going on at First Baptist Church, Belmar. We thank God for all the many many blessings this Spring and we look forward to what He has in store for us as we continue to move forward through 2019.
After Baptism Service, pictured with Pastor, Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr. are new members Jonathan Longstreet, Jaylaa Freeman and Tiffany Wendelstedt. For more pics Photo Gallery
Accolades for Deacon Shivers!
On Saturday, June 8, 2019, our own Deacon Bellamy Shivers, Chair of our Diaconate Ministry, received a community service award from the Men Make A Difference organization at their 11th annual event. Deacon Shivers, along with 11 other men were recognized in various catagories as men who are community minded in word and in deed. He received the "Unsung Patriot" award for being on the battlefield over the years and doing what God would have him do. We are very proud of Deacon Shivers and his accomplishments.
2019 FBC Women's Retreat a Big Success!
God truly met the women of the 2019 First Baptist Church Retreat at the Sandy Cove Retreat Center in Maryland! He blessed us with everything we needed for a spirit filled weekend of prayer, meditation, rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.
Twenty eight women were blessed to attend the May retreat – 20 were from FBC! Friends and family traveled from Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania to join us. Sisters-in-Christ from United Fellowship Baptist Church in Asbury Park and Emmanuel Baptist Church in Shrewsbury also attended, making our group the second largest at Sandy Cove that weekend.
The retreat center sat on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and the view was breathtaking. The conference itself – lead by Veirdre Jackson, EdD. – was awe inspiring, and her praise dance had everyone on their feet; God was truly in the midst of it all. With ample down time the ladies were also able to partake in arts and craft classes, pool activities, Zumba, Tai Chi Chih; and several of our group actually did the Zip-line! That weekend was all about praise and worship of the Most High; sisterly hugs; joyous tears; music and song; meeting new people; honest conversations; and memories which will last for weeks, months and maybe years to come. For more pics click Photo Gallery
ABCNJ Visits FBC
Rev. Eric Hoheisel, Associate Regional Pastor of the American Baptist Churches of NJ (ABCNJ) traveled to Belmar on February 3, 2019 to worship with us at our Sunday Service. First Baptist Church joined the ABC last year and Rev. Eric, as he likes to be called, came to give us our official welcome into the New Jersey regional fold. During his remarks Rev. Eric spoke a little bit about ABCNJ membership and cited upcoming educational opportunities such as the COAL Training workshop on March 16. Rev. Eric also assisted Pastor Jackson in Holy Communion Service. Before leaving, Rev. Eric prayed for the congregation and encouraged us to continue with God's work.
First Baptist Church of Belmar Friends and Family Day!
All are invited to our annual Friends and Family Day on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 10am. After Sunday Morning Service, there will be lots of good food, fun games and great fellowship! Wear something casual because, weather permitting, we will be enjoying this day outdoors on church grounds! Join us as we praise God together and thank him for our Friends and Family!
Evangelism Series at FBC!
Come and learn more about Evangelism and how to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ at our next class on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 7p at First Baptist Church, 410 9th Ave., Belmar, NJ. The Evangelism Series will run every Wednesday in the month of September and is being taught by Evangelist Tommie Dellamonica under the direction of FBC pastor, Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr.
Street preaching and spreading the Gospel
*Evangelism is not…
An opportunity to judge, chastise, vent or tell people your point of view.
A conversation is an informal exchange of ideas by spoken word. Effective
evangelism starts with a conversation and must be done face to face.
Be like Jesus. He was unwilling to cast anyone aside.
Be ready to talk to anyone, not just one type of person ie: man or woman, black or white, dirty or clean, tall or short!
Be careful not to use “Christianese" -- everyday religious sayings that may not mean a thing to the person you are evangelizing to; ie: “Blessed and highly favored”, “When we all get to heaven, what a time, what a time!” Talk about life to people who don’t go to church; and just be yourself!
Be a good listener! Don’t forget that listening is extremely important!
Think of the 90 – 10 rule. Listen 90% of the time and talk 10%. Don’t be so quick to interrupt and interject your thoughts. If you listen intently, then you will know what to pray with them about.
And always emphasize to everyone that God loves them no matter what you have done in the past, what you are doing now and what you will do in the future! “God loves you no matter what”!
August 2018 Happenings!
First Baptist Church had a different flavor in August as we heard God’s word from three different guest preachers! Our pastor, Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr. took a much needed rest last month as he actually took a seat in the congregation with us on Sunday mornings to be ministered to as well. Let us not forget what Psalm 23 says in part; ”…He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul…” Everyone needs a rest from time to time.
On August 5, Rev. Everett Mitchell preached a powerful word letting us all know that ”Even Now”, God is working on our behalf. The Second Sunday, we welcomed back Evangelist Tommie Dellamonica who always brings a relevant word. This time out of the book of Luke. Evangelist Tommie will also be leading our Wednesday Evening Bible Study for the entire month of September with a series of classes on Evangelism. On the Third Sunday our very own Minister Adrianne Robinson taught us about “Efthyni” the Greek word for responsibility expounding on Ezekiel 33; and on Sunday, August 26, Evangelist Karen Boateng finished out the month in song and delivering a word on what we should do while waiting in “God’s Waiting Room”.
You can find a summary of most of these sermons and more on the Inspirations page of the website.
It is always exciting to have guest preachers, but it was wonderful having our own Pastor Jackson back in the pulpit for First Sunday Services in September!
Glory to God! Using our time, talent and treasures for God and FBC!
Sis. Joy Goddard is hard at work measuring, cutting and pinning fabric before sitting down at the sewing machine to make chair covers for the pulpit for Holy Communion services. She is an extremely talented seamstress and has also sewn curtains, chair cushions, costumes and other items for the church. Sis. Joy even plans to teach a basic sewing skills class to interested FBC members in the fall.
Bro. Michael Goddard loves gardening and it shows. Recently, after weeding the flower bed along the west wall of the church, he added hostas and other assorted plants. Helping him that day was Deac. Bellamy Shivers and Bro. Michael Henriques. Bro. Michael also plants tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in the FBC Family Garden at the rear of the church each year so that church members can have fresh vegetables all summer.
Jaylaa, granddaughter of Sis. Melinda Wendelstedt, holds up one of the many fans she and her cousins made to comfort church members on these very hot Sunday mornings. Sis. Melinda said that the children decided all by themselves to take on this project. After a quick trip to the arts and crafts store, they were hard at work creating these one of a kind originals. Each of the more than 25 fans has a different scripture, thought of the week or picture on it. The children are here visiting their Grandmother for part of the Summer and we love seeing them each Sunday at church service. Not pictured are Laeyla and Kha.
Blessed First Sunday Activities
July 1, 2018 was filled with blessed events! First Baptist Church serves Communion during First Sunday services each month; but this month, Pastor Jackson baptized 5 of God's sons and daughters. Newly baptized members boldly and publically confessed that they have given their lives to Christ; they are, Craig Kelly, Cliffwood; Melissa Stafford, Eatontown; Kaelynn Purifoy, Eatontown; Siani Henriques, Belmar; and Amari Thomas of Lake Como. Hallelujah the spirit was high at FBC that morning!
A Sunday to Remember!
Sunday, June 24, 2018 was overflowing with joy and thanksgiving for what God has done! The church was even decorated with ribbons and bows to let everyone know how excited we all are at First Baptist with how God is blessing our little church. The morning started off with the Pastor's Anniversary Service, which included lots of love and laughter and of course the Word of God. Following the service, we dedicated our eagerly awaited new church steeple and cross; and the afternoon ended with a luncheon downstairs in Fellowship Hall. It was truly a Sunday to Remember!
Pastor's Anniversary Service
First Baptist Church of Belmar celebrated our Pastor's 2nd Anniversary on Sunday, June 24, 2018. The church was filled with family and friends, all to congratulate Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr. and wish him well! The sermon was preached by one of our favorite preachers -- Rev. Dr. Nicole Drakeford from First Baptist Church in Vaux Hall, NJ. She is truly annointed and always brings a relevant word.
We like to have fun at FBC!
Pictured above are Sis. Deloris Daniel and Sis. Barbara Putney as church ushers slightly confused as to whether it is Senior Ushers' Day or not; in a skit entitled: "IS it Pastor's Anniversary?!" The performance, directed by Sis. Yvonne Baisden, was hysterical as we listened to the women go back and forth about their pet peeves and trying to keep straight which celebration is taking place that Sunday morning! We all had a great time in Jesus' name!
Steeple and Cross Dedication
Along with our Pastor, Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., who is truly a blessing in the life of First Baptist Church; we give thanks, honor and glory to God for also blessing us with our new church steeple and cross.
In 2012, Super Storm Sandy hit the Jersey Shore. FBC is only 3 blocks from the ocean and was nearly destroyed by the storm surge that pushed its way to Main Street. Our little church was completely flooded and actually took on five feet of mud. The winds blew the cross off the roof. The church was left with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damages. Some people thought the 100 plus year old church might not survive...but we know a faithful God!
The work of rebuilding FBC began in the aftermath of the storm and continued under our late pastor, Rev. Arthur Goddard who died in 2016 at the age of 94. Pastor Jackson oversaw the finishing touches and with the beautiful steeple and cross being placed atop of our church, we are witnesses to the final piece of the 6-year restoration.
God has truly blessed First Baptist Church with lots of love and support; and we would like to thank everyone who donated their time, talent and funds to the Building and Steeple Projects. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
The steeple and cross rising upwards into the sky points the way to God and makes First Baptist Church of Belmar instantly recognizable as a House of God. First Baptist is a place for people to come and work out their soul’s salvation; and First Baptist is a place to worship and to fellowship in the name of Jesus.
First Baptist Church Father's Day Weekend 2018!
Sunday morning service was preached by our own Min. Ed Robinson. He was powerful and to the point focusing on the prodical son from Luke 15 20-24. To read a summary of his sermon click here.
Photo left: Min. Ed Robinson preaches the Fathers' Day message entitled "The Loving Father".
Photo below: Bro. Michael Henriques and daughter Sis. Siani just one of the Father/Child duos in attendance.
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Evangelist Tommie Dellamonica gave a powerful lesson on Sunday, June 10, 2018 coming out of John 5:2-8. He described the scene at pool at Bethesda as people "not dipping a toe into the pool, but cannon balling" into the troubled waters to get their blessings! But the lame man of 38 years lay waiting for someone to put him into the pool. Jesus saw him and asked why he had been there so long . "Wilt thou be made whole?" The man said that he had no one to help him and that everyone kept getting in front of him. After hearing that... Jesus said, "Rise, take up thy bed and walk!" And immediately the man was made whole! Hallelujah!
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The First Baptist Church 2018 Women's Day Sisterhood Dinner!
Fellowshipping at the Sisterhood Dinner are from left to right... First Baptist Church members, Minister Adrianne Robinson, Deaconess Louise Shivers and First Lady Delinda Jackson.
True Sisterhood was on display at the annual Women's Day Dinner as the ladies from First Baptist Church, Belmar and their guests broke bread and enjoyed an evening together at the Bedrock Bistro in Avon on Friday, May 18, 2018. The evening began with a warm welcome and scripture -- Ecc 4:9-10 -- by Sis. Kathy Henriques, followed by prayer by Min. Adrianne Robinson. A short presention about what it means to be a sister in the sisterhood was given by Deaconess Louise Shivers. A delicious 4-course meal followed including Coconut Shrimp and Calamari for appetizers! During dessert the women were treated to a slide presentation by Sis. Adell Daugherty on plans for the 2019 FBC Women's Retreat. The retreat will be held at the Sandy Cove Retreat Center in Maryland. The ladies were very excited about next year's trip and were instructed to tell their female friends and family members. The more the merrier! If anyone would like information about this wonderful spiritual event, please contact the church at 732-681-2315 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you so much!!! For the second year in a row, the men did us proud as they hosted the Pre-Mothers' Day Brunch at First Baptist Church on Saturday, May 12,2018. As always the men brought their "A" game and prepared a feast! Pictured from left to right. Everett Cheaver, Michael Goddard, Deacon Bellamy Shivers, Minister Ed Robinson, Earl Baisden and Pastor James A. Jackson, Jr. Missing from this photo is Michael Henriques. more pictures to come...
Study to shew thyself approved by God... 2Tim 2:15
There was lots of studying going on at First Baptist Church on April 29, 2018. Pastor James A. Jackson, Jr. taught our regularly scheduled 5th Sunday Corporate Sunday School upstairs in the sanctuary to established FBC members and visitors; while Deacon Bellamy Shivers taught our new Fellowcitizens' Course downstairs in the dining hall to those who have recently joined First Baptist! After classes were over, everyone came back together in the sanctuary for the Right Hand of Fellowship as we joyously welcomed 13 new members to FBC! God is Good and adding to the flock!
Licensing Ceremony for Min. Adrianne J. Robinson!
On Sunday, April 8, 2018, First Baptist Church, Belmar made history as it licensed its first female minister in the church's 118 year existence. The friends and family in the nearly capacity filled sanctuary witnessed and celebrated the elevation of one of God’s daughters, Adrianne J. Robinson.
Sis. Adrianne and her husband, Edward G. Robinson, III, also a minister, joined First Baptist Church a little more than a year ago and the FBC family immediately embraced them as their own. A deaconess at the time, Sis. Adrianne continued to work for the Lord by being the facilitator of our first Women’s Retreat. But God had other plans for her and shortly after the retreat; FBC Pastor, Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr. began her ministerial training.
After the completion of her training and many weeks of planning, the licensing day finally arrived. The day’s activity began with our Sunday Morning Service preached by her husband, Min. Ed.
Pastor Jackson described Min. Ed as the John the Baptist to Sis. Adrianne and her forthcoming message later that afternoon. After Sunday Service, First Baptist hosted a luncheon for Sis. Adrianne and her family; many of whom came in from out of town for the occasion. Immediately following the luncheon, the licensing program began.
The Lord was truly blessed that afternoon as we praised and worshiped Him through dance and song led by the FBC Praise Dancers and Praise Team. Then Prospective Minister Adrianne delivered her sermon on the biblical word, Selah! She preached a powerful message and throughout the sermon, the congregation was up on their feet many times honoring God for all He had done.
During The Act of Licensing part of the program, Pastor Jackson presented the official certificate to the newest member of our clergy, Minister Adrianne J. Robinson. He also gave her a few “Ministerial tools” including a Star Book for Ministers, anointing oil and the keys to the church. All of the clergy members present at the ceremony were asked to join Pastor Jackson in the “laying on of hands” on Min. Adrianne as Rev. Sandra McLeod, Second Baptist Church, Long Branch, was asked to pray over her and her new journey. It was a very emotional moment.
God is always happy for the increase and First Baptist is very excited to add Min. Adrianne to the leadership of the church. Now her real work begins as she helps FBC win even more souls for Christ.
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2018 Resurrection Sunday Activities!
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FBC participating in two local 7 Final Words Services on Good Friday!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr. will be giving the 7th Word of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, March 30, 2018. The presentations are being held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, 1301 Springwood Ave., Asbury Park, NJ and will begin at 12 noon.
ALSO... Sis. Joy Goddard will be representing First Baptist and giving the 3rd Word of Jesus Christ during Good Friday Services at 12 noon on March 30, 2018 at the West Belmar United Methodist Church at 1000 17th Ave. on the corner of I St. in Wall.
We ask that you show your support for our FBC Family and make every effort to attend one of these important services as a part of your Good Friday observances. You will be BLESSED!
Busy Sunday at FBC!
All smiles after a dynamic Sunday Morning Service. Pictured from l. to r. are FBC Chairman of Deacons' Ministry, Deac. Bellamy Shivers; Rev. Dr. Nicole Drakeford, guest preacher from First Baptist Church,Vaux Hall, NJ; Rev. James, A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor FBC; FBC Min. Edward Robinson and his wife Minister in Training, Adrianne Robinson. Click here for more pictures.
National Black Marriage Day Celebration!
FBC recognized National Black Marriage Day on Sunday, March 18, 2018. A special presentation by Deacon Bellamy and Deaconess Louise Shivers during Sunday Morning Services, briefly described how you can make your marriage even better with the 5 Love Languages concept. After services everyone was invited downstairs to the dining hall for refreshments. A special goody bag was given to all the married couples in attendance.
Pictured at left, are Bro. Michael and Sis. Kathy Henriques cutting the cake.
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Guest Preacher at FBC this Sunday!
The Rev. Dr. Nicole Drakeford will be delivering the word at our Sunday Morning Services on March 18, 2018. She is a dynamic preacher from First Baptist Church in Vaux Hall, NJ. Please join us at FBC Belmar at 10am for a spiritual filled high time in the Lord.
First Baptist Church Joins St Paul Baptist Church for BHM Program
Where Is the Leader in You! Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr. preached to the masses at St. Paul Baptist Church in Red Bank for their Black History Program on Sunday, February 25. Pastor's sermon was out of Joshua 1:6 -- Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord they God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Lift every voice and sing! The FBC Praise Team and musicians lead the congregation in songs at the St Paul Baptist Church Black History Month program. Along with our FBC family who came out to support Pastor Jackson and the Praise Team, the sanctuary was filled with members from the host church, St. Paul, Red Bank and Emmanuel Baptist Church, Tinton Falls. More pictures Photo Gallery
Black History Month at FBC!
On the last Sunday of Black History Month, Minister Edward G. Robinson preached out of Nehemiah and brought home the theme "Reclaiming My Time", a quote made famous by the U.S. Congresswoman from California.
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Elder Jamon T. Bailey of Grace City Church, Baltimore, MD, blessed us with a powerful and thought provoking word during Sunday Morning Service on February 11, 2018. His sermon titled,"He Did It On Purpose", touched our hearts as well as our minds. "Jesus died for us on purpose!" That was no accident! Elder Bailey is a long time friend of our Pastor, Rev. Jackson and traveled all the way from Maryland with his son Ethan to be with us.
Elder Bailey's visit also happened to coincide with the church's celebration of Pastor and First Lady Delinda Jackson's 8th wedding anniversary! (The actual anniversary date is February 14th) And of course, what would a celebration be without flowers, cake and sparkling cider? Happy Anniversary from your FBC family! Photo Gallery for more pictures
Installation of 2018 Officers and Leadership...
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr. led the official installation of nine First Baptist Church members into leadership positions during the Sunday Services on February 4, 2018. The Leadership Council members are Chairman of the Deacons' Ministry, Deacon Bellamy Shivers; Deacon Mark Turner; Deaconess Louise Shivers; Chairman of the Trustee Ministry, Sis. Deloris Daniel; Trustee Sis. Barbara Putney; Trustee Sis. Jackie Thomas; Treasurer Sis. Joy Goddard; Minister Edward Robinson and Minister-in-Training, Sis. Adrianne Robinson. All nine were annointed by Deacon Shivers before Pastor Jackson charged them with their duties and responsibilities. We thank the Lord for these individuals who will assist our Pastor in leading FBC forward, as we all continue to do God's work.
Worship Sunday with the Deltas...
The Ladies of Monmouth County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (MCAC) visited First Baptist of Belmar for Sunday Morning Service on January 28, 2018. Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., pastor of FBC is pictured surrounded by sorority members including to his right, Debra Taliaferro-Holmes, president of the chapter. Also to the far left are FBC members Sis. Joy Goddard and Sis. Deloris Daniel. Sis. Goddard, in red, is one of the founding members of MCAC.
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Jesus is the Reason for the Season...
First Baptist Church, Belmar is getting ready for Christmas like never before! The church has been decorated with wreaths on the front doors; wreaths, garland and poinsettias in the sanctuary; and in the foyer, a Christmas tree simply decorated with white lights and a special length of garland adorned with all the names of Jesus hand-printed on it. Jesus, Lord, Son of God, Bright and Morning Star, Prince of Peace... Red poinsetters anchor the presentation and add a splash of color.
The decorations are just one part of the celebration of the Birth of Jesus. On Sunday, December 24, during the regular 10am service, FBC will perform a play entitled "Just A Little Christmas". The play, acted out by several members of FBC tells the story of Jesus' birth and is being directed by our own Sis. Yvonne Baisden. Lunch will be served immediately after service in the church's fellowship hall. All are invited to share in the festivities!
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Come and get renewed, refreshed and revived in God's Word at First Baptist Church, Belmar! The REVIVAL will be held at on November 14 & 15 at 7pm at FBC 410 Ninth Ave., Belmar. Our Guest Revivalist will be Rev. Robert Williams of Second Baptist Church in Keyport. Everyone is invited... Come and be blessed!
Summertime at FBC!
In July, FBC again welcomed volunteers from American Baptist Church USA to assist with our summer project. This is the second summer that ABCUSA members -- mostly young people -- from Ohio, Connecticut, the Carolinas and other parts of the country have come to our church. This year they helped us with debris clean up, weeding and other landscaping tasks.
August began the harvest of vegetables from our own FBC garden! Tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers and more were planted in spring by Bro. Michael Goddard and other FBC Family members; and a few months later, God blessed us with a bounty. FBC Family and friends are welcome to pick vegetables after Sunday services.
Also in August God gave us an opportunity to worship outside of FBC. Our pastor, Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., was invited to preach at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Neptune and the entire FBC family joined him! It was truly a blessing to visit our brothers and sisters from Mt. Carmel and the Lord met us there!
Happy 1st Anniversary Pastor Jackson!
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10:14
On June 25, 2016, God’s preacher, Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., was installed as the new pastor of First Baptist Church, Belmar. During Rev. Jackson’s first year as pastor, God blessed FBC mightily; including a significant increase in church membership and the establishment of our first Women’s Retreat. In addition, FBC will greatly benefit from the new national affiliation with the American Baptist Churches, USA (ABCUSA) and subsequently a regional affiliation with the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey (ABCNJ); which also occured during Rev. Jackson's first year.
We pray for continued growth in all aspects of our church as we look forward to what the Lord has planned for Rev. Jackson and for First Baptist Church in the next 12 months and many years to come.
2017 Father's Day Weekend at FBC
The Ladies of FBC showed thier appreciation for the Men of the church by hosting a Fathers' Day Brunch on Saturday, June 17. We all had a "good time in the Lord" as we fellowshipped and ate all morning long. On that Sunday morning, boutonnieres were presented to each father in attendance and the Pastor gave a powerfulmessage in honor of the special day, entitled "A Few Good Men". After services, the Ladies finished off the Fathers' Day Weekend celebration with cake and beverages that were shared by all downstairs int he church dining area. More pics Photo Gallery
First Baptist Church’ s First Annual Women’s Retreat Weekend
On the weekend of May 19 – 21, 2017, the women of First Baptist Church, Belmar, held our first Women’s Retreat, with plans to make it an annual event. The theme of our retreat was Women of the Bible…Unique. Faithful. Strong. Empowered.; and the scripture was… But the Lord stood by my side and gave me strength. 2Timothy 4:17. The entire weekend was blessed and consisted of a Sisterhood Dinner at the Bedrock Bistro in Avon on Friday night; an Early Morning Praise and Worship event at Belmar Beach on Saturday; workshops and other activities during the rest of the day Saturday and finished with a special Women’s Day Church Service on Sunday morning. The women of FBC were extremely excited to be able to put together this wonderful spiritual opportunity. View more pictures in the Photo Gallery.
Retreat attendees participated in a symbolic Stone Throw. The women were instructed to write on one side of a smooth stone something that we wanted God to help them get rid of and on the other side, something they wanted God to bless us with; i.e. chaos/calm; resentment/compassion, etc. They then prayed over those situations and tossed the stones into the ocean.
Adrianne Robinson, retreat facilitator, presenting the workshop entitled Who Are They? and Who Are We? Sis. Robinson helped us study various godly qualities of some of the women of the bible during two workshops and guided us into discussions about our own lives and how we can become more like those women.
Mothers’ Day 2017 at FBC
The men of First Baptist Church lead by our pastor, Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., showed their appreciation for the mothers of the church with a Mothers’ Day Breakfast on the Saturday morning before the big day. Pastor Jackson said of the event, “We just wanted to let the FBC women know how much we appreciated all they do!” Some 20 women attended the breakfast held in the church’s dining hall and were served a wide variety of food all skillfully prepared and served by the men. The menu included scrambled eggs, banana pancakes, waffles, two kinds of sausage, bacon, fish cakes, biscuits and of course coffee, tea and juice. The general consensus was summed up by one of the women in attendance, “The whole morning was a blessing! The food was so delicious and it was so nice for the men of the church to take the time to serve us!”
Twice the Blessings!
First Baptist Church Sunday Worship Services were extra special on April 30, 2017 as we heard from two guest speakers that morning.
Rev. Justin Hayward truly blessed us all as he preached our Fifth Sunday service on the topic of “Stick with Jesus”! One of Rev. Hayward’s declarations included, “Jesus wants FULL CUSTODY – he doesn’t just want to see or hear from you on the weekends! He wants you on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays…” Amen!
First Baptist Church leadership with Fifth Sunday guests.
L. to r. Chairman of FBC Deacon’s Ministry, Deac. Bellamy Shivers; FBC Pastor, Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr.; guest preacher, Rev. Justin Hayward; FBC Ministers, Hansen Robinson and Edward G. Robinson (no relation) and visiting missionary from Jamaica, Bro. Bob Weston.