Koinonia is a Greek word for “to have in common” or “to share.” It is also often translated as fellowship. In Acts 2:42, it says that the early Christians “devoted themselves to the Apostles teaching, fellowship (koinonia), to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
That’s what we intend to do as families and individuals who are looking for a more inter-generational gathering where we build upon the foundation that Christ has given us so we can find ways to grow in Christ, love like Christ, serve others like Christ, and figure out how to discover and/or emphasize our gifts and interests while God works on our weaknesses.
What does that look like? Chaos? No, I’d say, community, beloved community.
We’ll break bread (pizza?) of some kind, have a game or two, a time of worship thru song, and then we’ll break into family groups, those with younger kids (pre-K through Grade 4) and those with older kids (Grades 5—12). Individual adults, can choose which family group they want to hang with and learn with. In our family groups we’ll have a gospel story, with an activity, for folks to do together, and then we’ll come back together as a whole and share a couple of things we might have discovered and/or learned.
We also hope to discover what we are passionate about and figure out ways to serve, minister, support, help, etc., as part of being God’s beloved community, within our family systems.
Meeting at houses, Oly First, and surprise locations (TBD)
Facilitated by Pastor Mark and others
First Gathering is Sunday, September 24th, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Pat DeNeui’s House of Fun
1425 Arab Dr. SE, Olympia, WA 98501
If you've been wanting to make beautiful music and are looking for a group of folks who will treat you like family... join the choir!
Weekly choir practice takes place on Thursday nights at 7:00 pm.
Emmaus House is holistic mission House-Church that meets every Saturday at 6pm.
For more info, visit the Emmaus House page.
American Baptist Women's Ministries (ABWM) meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from Sept through June.
For more info, visit the ABWM page.
Each year 4 major Mission Outreach offerings are taken:
Retired Ministers and Missionaries • One Great Hour of Sharing
America for Christ • The World Fellowship Offering
Mylinda Baits is a community trainer, pastoral artist, activist and Christ-follower. She currently travels throughout the globe with International Ministries ABC-USA as a Global Consultant for Training using the Restorative Arts.
Mylinda is passionate about capacity building and training through arts-based experiential education for the healing and wholeness of trauma survivors; the creative transformation of conflict and the resilient witness of the people of God.
She uses her gifts of hospitality and pastoral care to create sustainable and safe spaces where servant leaders and those who do the hard work of rescue, relief and restoration can be nurtured and renewed. As sinner and saint, she sees beauty in broken places, wonder in wounded people, and life in loving God and others.
Sarah Matos serves through the new extension of House of Hope Bolivia (Fundación Proyecto de Esperanza) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. As an educator and dental assistant, Sarah works with churches to help develop tutoring and discipleship ministries for at-risk girls in Santa Cruz.
Fundación Proyecto de Esperanza of Cochabamba empowers the local churches through health and development ministries focusing on urban ministries to families. House of Hope (FPE) provides mobile medical and dental clinics to at-risk women and children. The hope is to expand these ministries as well to Santa Cruz.
Kyle and Katrina along with their 4 children have been living and serving in SE Asia for International Ministries as Global Servants since 2019. As part of a team of Christ-followers representing 7 countries Kyle and Katrina are creating strategies for peace making that are cutting edge and culturally relevant.
They are using and teaching others to use technology to research, report, and fight against the destructive practices of human trafficking and violence against minority tribal people. They love the work they do and the many amazing people they get to work with as Global Servants with Baptist International Ministries and as part of the larger American Baptist family.
Table Grace, formerly known the Feeding Ministry, meets every Sunday at 4pm. Faith Communities and Local Groups provide a free dinner for the needy in our area.
This is a community enhanced ministry, supported by a wide range of churches, service clubs and individuals. Table Grace has served the "least-of-these" in our community for over 20 years.
If you are interested in helping as a volunteer, please contact Pastor Mark or Freda Spaulding, Table Grace's Volunteer Coordinator.
This knitting group creates caps for premature babies born at Tacoma General Hospital and at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.
Over the last 4 years, they have made 6000 caps for new born babies.
For more information, contact Sarah Waterhouse or Patti Lehman.
First Baptist is one of 10 Faith Communities that take part in this ministry.
Each team visits the jail once a quarter, meeting 4 times within a 2 week period. Meetings include Bible Study, prayer, music, devotions and testimonies.
A volunteer jail chaplain supports the team when they visit. Volunteers receive training and orientation prior to participation.
For more information, contact John Nunneh.