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A church on the grow

Posted July 31, 2013 in Community Featured, Johnston

Growth is precipitating some changes on the campus of First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines in Johnston.

A large new parking lot is being constructed west of the church, which is located at 8250 N.W. 62nd Ave., just west of Pioneer.

“On many Sundays for the past several months our original parking lot has been full, and some of our members and visitors have had to park on the street,” explained Dr. Tim Deatrick, First Baptist’s pastor. The parking lot constructed with the sanctuary in 2002 holds 126 vehicles.

“Parking is just a growing pain,” Dr. Deatrick added. “It’s a good pain to have.”

The new concrete parking lot will hold 97 vehicles and will be located west of the church building, just south of N.W. 62nd Avenue. It is expected to be completed by autumn.

Inside the sanctuary, changes are being made to accommodate a growing congregation. Most recently, an office was converted into an infant nursery to separate infants from toddlers.

A new young marrieds Sunday school class was begun earlier this year.

First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines is a 162-year-old congregation which worshipped in downtown Des Moines for decades. In 2000 the congregation voted to erect a new sanctuary in Johnston. The new building was dedicated in 2002.

A well-loved tradition at First Baptist Church is its Fine Arts Series which offers three special concerts to the community each year.

The next Fine Arts Series concert is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 6, when the First Baptist choir and orchestra present “First Baptist on Broadway.” The 6 p.m. concert will be preceded by a lasagna dinner at 5 p.m. and a pre-concert program at 5:30. The musicians will present a program of music from popular Broadway shows.

On Saturday, Nov. 30, the First Baptist musicians will present “Thanksgiving for Christmas” at 7 p.m. This program will be a musical celebration of the holiday season featuring favorite carols, Christmas classics and popular holiday music.

First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines worships in a classical style that involves the use of hymnals and a majestic pipe organ. Well-performed choral music is a part of each worship service. The Bible-based sermon is central to the worship service.

While the majority of our members and regular attenders are comfortable in business casual or “dressier” attire, some prefer to worship in more casual clothing.  It doesn’t matter to us. We’re more concerned with your heart and soul than with what you wear to worship.

Our members and regular attenders represent a wide range of ages, family units (singles, couples and families) and denominational backgrounds.

Sunday worship begins at 9:30 a.m. and is followed by a coffee time and Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:45 a.m.

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