Lunch Bunch Grand Finale: A Free Drama & Music Mini-Camp

The New Life Drama Company will join us during the last week of Lunch Bunch (July 30-August 3) and will help with our first-ever Drama & Music Mini-Camp. Students in elementary, middle school, and high school may sign up for afternoon sessions with NLDC to prepare for a closing program on Friday evening, 7:00 in the auditorium. Application forms are available at Lunch Bunch or may be completed online here. This program is free to all participants.

If you know students who may be interested in this program, please pass along this information. We also need adult volunteers to help in the afternoons during the mini-camp.

2018 Theme: All Things New

Revelation 21:5 says, “And he [Christ] who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ ”

This verse is the basis for this year’s annual theme: “All Things New.” On December 31, 2017, our pastor began a series of sermons on this theme. Expect to see new things happening at our church in the near future. We already changed the name of our church. We no longer call ourselves “First Free Will Baptist Church of Johnston City.” Instead, we put Christ and our community first instead of ourselves, so just call us “Johnston City Free Will Baptist Church” or “JCity Church” for short.

In other changes, REACH (our Wednesday night discipleship ministry) has an updated format and we are working on a brand new church website. Expect to see more photos and videos on the web and Facebook. We are here to serve you and our community. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do for you.


Did We Change Our Name?

Have you noticed we’ve been dropping the word “First” from our church’s name? We’ve been Johnston City Free Will Baptist Church since 1950, but years ago a former pastor thought we should be “First” and the legal name was established as “First Free Will Baptist Church.” A few years ago, God gave us a deeper burden for our community (our little “City”). We designed a new logo that at first glance reads “J City Church – Free Will Baptist.” Of course, the “J” one can assume stands for “Johnston,” but you could also say J stands for Jesus.

We’ve begun the long, sometimes expensive and complicated process of rebranding (or re-establishing) ourselves as Johnston City Free Will Baptist Church, or “J.City Church” for short. The word first won’t be in our name and you can let our denominational name take its rightful place at the bottom of the logo if you wish. You’ve already seen that logo on our community mailings, our church bus, one of our signs, our church bulletins, and recently on our letterhead. You’ll be seeing more of it as we raise funds for new signage and continue to spread the word of our ministries for our “city.”

The bottom line is we’d rather put Christ and our community FIRST than ourselves. You’ll still hear us called “First Free Will Baptist Church” and that’s what’s presently on our legal documents, but I hope you understand that we really don’t want that position. We’re a church that primarily seeks to lift up Christ in our city.

—Pastor Keith Fletcher