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Introducing the Breakout Space

Do you need a break from your day? To reset or recharge?

You’re invited to the Breakout Space – a space for 10 minute self-guided meditation during the middle of the day, in the middle of the week. Starting October 17, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, you are free to come and go as you need to reset your day.

At the Breakout Space, you choose what you want or don’t want to do. Sit. Kneel. Listen. Pray. Light a candle. It’s your time!

Audio devices are provided to listen to a 10 minute meditation. There are two new tracks each week. One track is motivational for folks needing to recharge. One track is contemplative for those who need rest and peace.

The Breakout Space is available in our historic sanctuary, built in 1870 before the invention of the light bulb. Enter into this historic space to dream and imagine something bigger for your life and your day.

The Breakout Space is a great way to reset your day on your lunch break. We’re a safe, open space for people to come and reset their days in the way they need to.

Worship is on the move

After the pandemic, our worship services moved into our renovated chapel to create a vibrant, intimate worship experience. We always knew that we would outgrow the space at some point. Well, now is the time.

Listen to Pastor Dallas’ announcement video about our upcoming worship location starting September 10!

“Worshipping from Home” by Dawn White

My name is Dawn White. I grew up at First Baptist Church and have so many fond memories of the church. My father, John Resor, was a fifty plus year member of the church. In fact the last time I was at the church was for his memorial service in 2006.

My father and mother, Annette, ran The Back Door when I was a teenager. The Back Door was a social space created for teenagers to gather in the basement of First Baptist in the early 1960s with live music and concessions. I worked at the concession stand on those nights. My father auditioned the bands and set their schedules to play and my mother greeted each teen at the back door of the church when they entered the building.

       

I was baptized in the church, married in the church, and our daughter was dedicated in the church. I taught a young girls Sunday School class for a couple of years, served as a Deaconess and after I married Dennis I taught a young adult Sunday School class that was called The Be Seeing You Class. I also taught Vacation Bible School for a few years. We had so many friends in the church and admired our Pastors who became a huge part of our lives. All those memories are so very precious to me.

My husband, Dennis, and I were members there until we moved to Battle Creek in 1979 due to a job change for Dennis. Our daughter Darycka was 1 year old at that time.
God has had us on a journey both spiritually and actually moving us around the Midwest since we left Jackson. Dennis was called to go to seminary, which he did. We moved to Dubuque, Iowa where he attended the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and received his Masters of Divinity in 1990.

Since that time we always did joint ministry together. We served as Youth Pastors for 5 years in Port Huron, Michigan, and after a year of time to reflect and pray we started a non-denominational church called Our Father’s House in Marysville, MI, which we served for 23 years.

God blessed us with so many other ways to do ministry also. We did marriage workshops in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Canada. Dennis had a lovely gift for music and played the piano and the keyboard. Dennis played and we sang together. We were chaplains for the Billy Graham Ministries and was sent to New Orleans to work for a period of time following Hurricane Katrina.

In 2014, I started noticing that Dennis was having some memory issues. After testing, he was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia. That caused us to close our business and move two years later to Holly to be closer to our daughter and her family. Dennis’ health has continued to deteriorate. He is still at home where I take care of him and he has a caregiver three times a week.

About three years ago I was struggling very hard with the feeling like I was not doing any ministry work and crying out to God about why and what he wanted me to do. One day as I cried out I heard God whisper to me, “You are doing my work taking care of my man Dennis and people are watching you.” I am doing my best to care for Dennis since then with a renewed love for the special man he is. May 17 was our 47th wedding anniversary. He still knows me and tells me daily that he loves me, which blesses my heart.

A few months ago I discovered that you have your worship services live on YouTube. I have so enjoyed watching, listening, and singing with you all. My heart just rejoices to be able to worship from home and I feel at home with you all while I do that. God just blesses my heart each Sunday morning at 10:00am. Thank you so much. I was looking for something, and it filled that connection. What a blessing!

“A few months ago I discovered that you have your worship services live on YouTube. I have so enjoyed watching, listening, and singing with you all. My heart just rejoices to be able to worship from home and I feel at home with you all while I do that. God just blesses my heart each Sunday morning at 10:00am.”

I have had a longing for over a month now to come back to visit First Baptist and go to the room where I gave my life to Christ as my Savior so many years ago. It is in the old part of the church upstairs. I was about 11 years old. It was about 1961, while the church was raising money to build the education building addition to the church. This longing to return to the church and that room has become so strong. I find myself weeping when I think about it and as I type now I can hardly see what I am saying as my eyes have filled with tears. I look forward to visiting Jackson and coming to church in person for a Sunday in July, to worship with you personally and to sit in the room where I gave my life to Christ.

May God’s blessings be on this church and its ministries.

 

 

 


This article appears in the June-July 2022 issue of the FBCJXN Magazine. If you’d like to sign up to receive a copy of our magazine in print or digitally, you can subscribe online.

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Events

Maundy Thursday

Worship with us at 6 pm on March 28 for our special Maundy Thursday worship. We will worship with music, reflection, and Scripture readings telling of Jesus’ commitment to us even when we struggle to be faithful ourselves. Through the music and reading of Scripture, you’re invited to reflect on your own faithfulness in following Jesus in the world today.

Easter Sunrise

Join us at 8am in downtown Jackson for our Easter Sunrise service on March 31. We will be gathered on the grass and sidewalk along Cortland St. adjacent to our church building. This is a 30 minute outdoor worship time with music, Scripture, and a brief reflection on Easter.

After the service, you are invited to join us in our church’s fellowship hall for an Easter Open House with opportunities for photos, breakfast treats, and conversation followed by Easter Worship at 10am.

In the event of bad weather or some other obstacle preventing us to meet outside, we will meet inside the church instead.

 

The site for the Easter Sunrise service, the grass along Cortland St. near the intersection with S. Jackson St.

 

Easter Worship

Celebrate Easter hope with us at 10am. In a world living in fear, celebrate a God of abundant love. Join us as we celebrate God’s lifegiving hope.

The service will also be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube live.

We have other morning opportunities for Easter. Join us for a sunrise worship service outside our church building along Cortland St. at 8am, followed by an Easter Open House from 8:45-10am.

Easter Sunrise 2023

Join us at 8am in downtown Jackson for our Easter Sunrise service on April 9. We will be gathered on the grass and sidewalk along Cortland St. adjacent to our church building. This is a 30 minute outdoor worship time with music, Scripture, and a brief reflection on Easter.

After the service, you are invited to join us in our church’s fellowship hall for an Easter breakfast.

In the event of bad weather or some other obstacle preventing us to meet outside, we will meet inside the church instead.

 

The site for the Easter Sunrise service, the grass along Cortland St. near the intersection with S. Jackson St.

 

Easter Worship 2023

Celebrate Easter hope with us at 10am. In a world filled with grudges and escalating violence, Jesus breaks the cycle with love and forgiveness. Join us as we celebrate God’s lifegiving hope.

The service will also be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube live.

We have other morning opportunities for Easter. Join us for a sunrise worship outside our church building along Cortland St. at 8am, followed by an Easter breakfast at 9am.

Maundy Thursday 2023

Worship with us at FBC JXN at 7pm on April 6 for our special Maundy Thursday worship. We will worship with music, reflection, and Scripture readings telling of Jesus’ faithfulness in the face of temptation. Through the music and reading of Scripture, you’re invited to reflect on your own faithfulness in following Jesus in the world today.
Join us for worship in person or online.

Christmas Day Worship (Online Only)

For Christmas Day, which falls on a Sunday this year, we’re bringing our Sunday worship directly into our homes. We have a special online only Sunday worship with music, prayer, and scripture brought to you pre-recorded from the homes of our pastor, worship leader, and more. The service will be online on our YouTube and Facebook page. As always, you can see it right here at our Worship Online page. If you’d like a DVD copy of this service made available the night before at our Christmas Eve service, please reach out to the church office.

Maundy Thursday

Worship with us at FBC JXN at 7pm on April 14 for our special Maundy Thursday worship. We will worship with music, reflection, and Scripture readings telling of Jesus’ faithfulness in the face of temptation. Through the music and reading of Scripture, you’re invited to reflect on your own faithfulness in following Jesus in the world today.
Join us for worship in person or online.

Easter Worship

Celebrate Easter hope with us at 10am. In a world filled with divided perspectives and headlines, we assemble around a common story of hope for today. Join us as we celebrate God, life, and hope.

The service will also be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube live.

We have other morning opportunities for Easter. Join us for a sunrise worship outside our church building along Cortland St. at 8am, followed by an Easter breakfast at 9am.

Easter Sunrise

Join us at 8am in downtown Jackson for our Easter Sunrise service. We will be gathered on the grass and sidewalk along Cortland St. adjacent to our church building. This is a 30 minute outdoor worship time with music, Scripture, and a brief reflection on Easter.

After the service, you are invited to join us in our church’s fellowship hall for an Easter breakfast.

In the event of bad weather or some other obstacle preventing us to meet outside, we will meet inside the church instead.

 

The site for the Easter Sunrise service, the grass along Cortland St. near the intersection with S. Jackson St.