BBQ & Bluegrass Night to Feature America’s #1 Bluegrass Group

Multiple-award-winning bluegrass band, The Farm Hands from Nashville, TN, will perform at JCity Church, Feb. 16, 7:00 pm.

Heard any great bluegrass music lately? Have you ever heard the #1 Bluegrass band in America? When’s the last time you ate your fill of delicious, lovingly prepared, barbecued pork or smoked turkey? Have you taken the one you love out for a nice evening that included a great meal and an award-winning show and the price was whatever you could actually afford to give?

This is what JCity Church is offering you. We’re the ones who had a booth at the Halloween Trail of Treats or Hometown Christmas in Johnston City and you probably met some of our great people and entered a drawing for one of our giveaways. In case you don’t remember, JCity Church is a Free Will Baptist congregation in Johnston City that works to put Christ and community first.

This is your invitation to attend “A Night of BBQ and Bluegrass,” Saturday, February 16, with The Farm Hands, Bluegrass music’s 2018 Band of the Year. The concert will begin at 7:00 pm in the church auditorium, at the corner of Broadway and Monroe (609 Monroe) in Johnston City. Before the concert, we’ll serve an “all-you-can-eat” BBQ dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall. Admission is free, with meal donations accepted and a freewill offering for the Farm Hands received near the end of the concert. Free tickets are available at, by calling 618-983-5254, and at the door while seats are available.

The Farm Hands are one of the most exciting and talked about bands in Bluegrass Music. At the 2017 Bluegrass Music Awards, the Farm Hands were named ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR and for a third consecutive year bluegrass music’s GOSPEL BAND OF THE YEAR! Since their inception in 2010, they have received over 70 national awards and nominations. Their YouTube videos, Facebook, and Twitter pages have thousands of followers. They are one of the busiest touring bands in bluegrass, performing over 150 dates per year.

“BBQ and Bluegrass” is one of several community events we have planned leading up to our official, public “ReLaunch,” Sunday, March 24. We’ll also be the site of a Community Vacation Bible School involving multiple churches in the Johnston City area during spring break, March 10-14. If you’d like to know more, call 618-983-5254 or find details online at or Facebook @jcitychurch.

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Announcements for Week of Sept. 23

Advisory Board To Meet Tuesday Night

The Advisory Board (deacons, trustees, church officers, and program directors) will meet Tuesday night at 7:00. They will be working on a revision of the church budget for the coming year.

See You At the Pole

All middle school and high school students are encouraged to gather around the flag pole at their school this Wednesday morning at 7:00 pm as part of the national movement of student believers called “See You at the Pole.” Adults and younger children are encouraged to meet at the high school for a prayer gathering Tuesday evening at 6:30 to pray for our community, its schools, and our students.

REACH Meets Again This Wednesday

We have restarted our Wednesday night student ministry. Supper is served from 6:30-6:55 and worship and teaching begin at 7:00. We have groups for all ages including adults so we hope to see you there. Continue reading “Announcements for Week of Sept. 23”

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Easter Will Be a ‘Glorious Day’

In 1909, a Presbyterian pastor and evangelist penned these words:

One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin—
Dwelt among men, my example is He!

Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever:
One day He’s coming—O glorious day!

This is the first verse and refrain of the classic hymn “One Day” by J. Wilbur Chapman.  In our hymnals today, the song usually has five verses that cumulatively proclaim  the gospel. Each verse is an exposition of one line of the chorus. The song poetically tells the entire story of Christ’s glorious pre-existence, humble birth, perfect life, sacrificial death, powerful resurrection, and promised Second Coming.

In 2009, the contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns released a new version of this song. It became a hit single on Christian radio and even made it to the top of the charts on some secular stations.  Here’s Mark Hall explaining what’s so special about this song and why the band felt it needed to be reintroduced to the church.

We have chosen “Glorious Day” as the theme song for church’s celebration of Christ’s Resurrection (Easter). On March 11, our pastor began a series of sermons based on this song and the Scriptures it is based on. You can listen to these sermons as audio podcasts on this website (Sermons page).

We hope you will join us in the next few weeks leading up to Easter and beyond. Our choir will be singing on Palm Sunday (March 25) and on Easter Sunday morning (April 1). Our morning worship begins at 10:30 but you are welcome to come early to enjoy an adult Sunday school class (9:30) or just to hang out the foyer or fellowship hall and enjoy coffee and refreshments. We will serve a full breakfast Easter Sunday at 9:30 am. Handicap-accessible buss transportation is available every Sunday morning. Please call 618-983-5254 if you need assistance.

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