BALL Club Kick-Off Luncheon


Inviting all men and women 50 and over to the
B.A.L.L. Club Kick-Off Luncheon
on Thursday, April 25
from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
at the 
Mission Fellowship Center 
First Baptist Church of Sylva

The meal will be catered.
A donation basket will be available to help cover expenses.

The menu will be baked chicken, roasted potatoes, green beans, carrots and a variety of desserts.

We still need some volunteers to help serve, clean up and make a dessert. 

Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 23, 
by calling Tia at the church office at 828.586.2095
or Linda Phelps at 270.784.2547

Did You Know?

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In 2018 United Christian Ministries had 10,423 client contacts; THAT IS 40 LESS CLIENTS THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.  We are pleased that 40 clients from the previous year did not need our services again in 2018.    One of our goals is to help our clients have sufficient resources and the ability to care for themselves.

Seventy-one percent were over the age of 18.  Twenty nine percent were children in the household.

United Christian Ministries gave out more than 271,670 pounds of food.  Four hundred fifty school break bags were delivered to our elementary schools in December.  Our ministry also furnished 130 households with a turkey for their thanksgiving meal. 

 Food donations were abundant during the year.

Our ministry helped with electric bills for 243 families in the amount of $33,448.78.
Thirty- four families received $4966.29 in heating assistance.
Fifty- three families received help in the amount of $9918.50 to pay rent and prevent eviction.
Forty- eight families received $1266.78 for medical assistance.
Diapers/depends were given 186 times.
Household items and personal items were given 2799 times; our ministry spent $2522.38 purchasing these items during the year.  Many donations were also received during the year.
One thousand five hundred forty-eight dollars and forty cents helped 28 families with their water bills.
In addition to all the food donations, $19,046.86 was spent for food.
Transportation assistance was given to 6 families in the amount of $230.00
Donated linens, bed covers, furniture, and kitchen items were also given to our clients.
Six hundred twenty- six families were assisted with clothing.
Two hundred eight individuals were first time clients to our ministry in 2018.


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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“It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,  
A beautiful day for a neighbor,  
Would you be mine?  
Could you be mine? 
Won’t you be my neighbor?” 
-Fred Rogers- 

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 


The invitation that Fred Rogers offered to us was simple. It was sweet. It was clothed in humility and a bright red sweater. Disarming in his delivery and benevolent in spirit, Fred Rogers came in to our homes and taught us what it looked like to “let the little children come unto me (Matthew 19:14).”  

Beginning this evening, April 17th, in the Mission and Fellowship Center during our Adult Bible Study Hour, we will be watching the documentary about the life and work of Fred Rogers and the neighborhood that he built and pastored. The movie, ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ tells the story of a Presbyterian Minister who sought to create space for children to be loved, and for their curiosity to be sparked. In addition to achieving global notoriety for his award-winning children’s program, ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,’ Fred Rogers would teach us what Jesus insisted his followers become; namely “meek, merciful and pure in heart (Jesus, in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount).” 

I have very strong memories of Fred Rogers’ show. Each weekday afternoon, as a 4-year old, I would watch Sesame Street followed by ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood’ while sprawled out on the shag carpet in our living room. My mother would be preparing supper as I tuned in, and my father—as though on cue—would walk in from work and pick up where Mr. Rogers’ had left off. In similar fashion, my father would take off his sportscoat and change his shoes as he transitioned from his workday to being at home. Mr. Rogers sang as he swept across his living room on our television sets. My father, in contrast, seemed weary from the world and rarely in the mood for a song.  

Mr. Rogers’ became for my generation a co-parent and a guide, as it were. Like a good teacher or an effective pastor, Fred Rogers modeled for us civility and friendliness as we came of age.  

Fred Rogers was faithful to Christ’s commandment to love his neighbor as himself. He did so by choosing to be a good neighbor to everyone he could encounter. Mr. Rogers showed us a lifestyle of grace and quiet humility. He invited us in to his home and provided us hospitality each afternoon. His home was a place of welcome for everyone, and he allowed it be a place to ask questions and to consider weighty subjects. When needed, he would tell stories in parables and would speak truth with authenticity and gentleness.  

Fred Rogers didn’t simply “love kindness or have mercy.”  

He embodied it.  

As such, he can walk through our doors anytime. Perhaps by hearing his story in full, we’ll have energy to be the kind of neighbor that he invited us to become.  


Easter Sunday 2019

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Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!

Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ at the First Baptist Church in Sylva on Easter Sunday morning, April 21st at 10:30 AM. An Easter Egg Hunt for children will take place on our playground immediately following our service. Join us for worship on Easter Sunday morning at 10:30 AM as we rejoice in the Good News of the resurrection.

As a tradition, on Easter Sunday, we decorate the cross on our front porch steps with beautiful flowers brought in by our congregation. If you would like to bring flowers to decorate with, please bring them to the foyer of the church before Sunday School, or bring them on Good Friday and leave them in water.