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FBC Missions OutreachTeam

The Missions Outreach Team inspires and stimulates participation in a comprehensive Acts 1:8 evangelism model that reflects our commitment, both individually and corporately, to go and make fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ. The team seeks to empower and equip our congregation to go, give, send and pray for outreach missions and ministries so that we can take the gospel to all people, locally, nationally, and internationally.

· The team develops, promotes, and/or coordinates missions trips and projects through various FBC ministries and outreach partnerships.

· The team encourages and fosters the organization and leadership of outreach programs to reach persons in The Villages and surrounding communities.

August 8, 2017
Mission Team Members
Alongside Pastors
Prayer Walked the
Stanton-Weirsdale Campus

Elementary School
Prayer Walk

Early Tuesday morning, August 8, Mission Team members alongside 3 FBC pastors, visited Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary School Campus. They were there to offer prayer for the students, their parents, their teachers, and the staff and administration as they prepare for the new school year. The prayer walkers walked the halls and stood in classrooms as they prayed for the spiritual, physical, cultural and academic life of the school. The staff and faculty of the school welcomed the prayer and care offered by the team.

Those pictured here are: Front row, left to right: LuAnn Schiff, Sam Stella, Church Administrator Michael McDaniel, Principal Brodie, and Assistant Principal Hunt. Back Row, left to right: Ministerial Intern Juddy Perry, Glenwood Browley, Dwayne Norris, Ryan Smith, Pastor Ron Smith, and Pastor Ronnie Walker.  

August 4, 2017
Welcome Back Luncheon

August 4, 2017
Welcome Back Luncheon
Served for Stanton-Weirsdale
Teachers and Staff

Continuing our partnership with Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary School, the FBC Missions Team, together with the FBC Food Service Team, planned, prepared and served a "Welcome Back Luncheon" for the teachers and staff as they gathered for the new school year. 

Teachers were also given gift bags full of supplies for their classroom. The supplies were collected at the church in recent weeks. They were items the teachers often have to purchase themselves so the gifts were much appreciated. 

Those assisting with the luncheon were: Sam Stella, Gerri Lee, Meg Clark, Glenwood Browley, Dave and Patti Jarvis, LuAnn Schiff, Danielle Tice, Sandy and Dennis Burt, Jackie Mento, Ryan Smith, Associate Pastors Ron Smith and Ronnie Walker and FBC Ministerial Intern, Juddy Perry.

Here are some snapshots of everyone enjoying the get-together:













FBC Mission to Costa Rica
April 2017


In April, 2017, FBC members led by  Bruce Kniegge and church members Katie Kniegge, Vella Joyner Marshall, Billy Berg, Robin Ann Carnecchia, Glenwood Browley and Tom and Carol Branham flew to Costa Rica to minister in the community of La Carpio. This large neighborhood of about 40,000 residents is extremely poor by all standards and consists mostly of Nicaraguan refuges. The team worked in Christ for the City Ministry's Community Training Center and also at the Clinic, giving devotions, preaching the Gospel and comforting the severely ill, and in some instances the dying, giving them all the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Those that worked in the Clinics provided Chiropractic care for those who came for the three clinics FBC had for that week.

Pictures of the Mission Team at work

Operation Christmas Child
Shoe Box Packing Party
September 9, 2017 at 10:00am
In Fellowship Hall

Operation Christmas Child
Shoe Box Packing Party
September 9, 2017 at 10:00am
In Fellowship Hall

What is a Packing Party? It's a group of people who come together and have a great time going from table to table to collect items that have been donated or made specifically for the purpose of building boxes for children globally. (The Prayer Shawl Ministry has been making items for shoe boxes since January of this year and have made over a thousand.) It's going to be fun with snacks, videos about Operation Christmas Child, miraculous shoe box stories, and more!
Joining in the fun at the Shoebox Packing Party will also give you a sampling of things to pack in your own shoeboxes that you will fill beginning the end of October. Your boxes, and the ones filled at the Party, will be combined in a grand effort to reach our Christmas 2017 goal of 1000!
Why are we doing this? Shopping for this Mission can be on our hearts all year. So, when you see a "good bargain" or different idea, you will think of the children who don't know Jesus. Packing shoeboxes gives every participant a hand-on mission project without the cost of leaving the country.
Our hope is that you will learn more about Operation Christmas Child and the real gift of HOPE that it represents to the children as they learn about the love of Jesus. 

Shoebox Packing at Atlanta OCC Warehouse
Millions of shoeboxes are collected across the country during National Collection Week in November. Before these gifts can be shipped to children around the world, volunteers will carefully inspect and make sure the boxes are ready for overseas passage. FBC will send a team of volunteers. If you would like to be a part of that team, please contact LuAnn Schiff at 217.898.4031. The exact date the FBC Team will serve has not been determined but it will be in late November or early December. 

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child demonstrates God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world through the distribution of shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts. Annually, empty shoeboxes are distributed to the local church family to be filled with gifts and are then collected and delivered to the local collection site for distribution by Samaritan’s Purse.


Love INC 

Love, INC

Love INC (Love In The Name of Christ) is a Christian-based outreach to needy adults, families and children in Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties. It does this in a variety of ways through financial help, family counseling and material/spiritual support. Love INC is a network of 39 local churches (of which FBC is a part), as well as volunteers and community organizations that help churches help people. Their offices and warehouse are located on Hwy 441/27, just north of CR 42, where they operate a retail store called "Centsible Furnishing" selling donated items not needed by Love INC clients.  

Love INC is always in need of volunteers to help with its many support programs. Below is a list of the types of help that are needed:

In The Warehouse:

· Client Delivery Driver/Helper—Loads delivery truck, drives to client location and unloads appliance and furniture (critical need)

· Donations Clerk—Receives donations, completes tax forms if necessary, and sorts and stores items in correct warehouse locations

· Warehouse Support—Organizes incoming donations, separates items for resale and client use.

Clerical support:

· Secretarial Support/Primary Phone—Assists with non-computer activities such as copying and filing

· Clearinghouse Receptionist—Answers phones and schedules interviews

· Clearinghouse Intake—Performs phone interviews with potential clients

In the Centsible Furnishings Store:

· Store Cashier—Bags sold items and operates cash register

· Store Clothing Display—Manages clothing section as needed

· Store Receptionist—Answers phone and directs calls

· Centsible Grocery—Assists clients in selecting needed food


For more information about Love INC or to volunteer in any of the areas listed above, please contact Dwayne Norris at 719.322.3786 or by email at






Haven of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc.

Haven of Lake & Sumter

Counties, Inc.

Haven of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc. was established in 1977 to meet the needs of domestic violence victims.

Their primary objectives are to provide these victims with alternatives to abuse or life-threatening situations, and with empowerment to establish a violence-free life.

First Baptist Church At The Villages participates in Haven's ministry by collecting items needed by the women and children who have been victims of abuse. They need like-new clothing for women and children, household items, cleaning and paper supplies and child-appropriate games, videos and books. Items collected are delivered to the Haven Thrift Store in Leesburg. 

Haven Collection at the church is the third Sunday of each month. A truck will be waiting near the Tower entrance where volunteers will receive your donations as you arrive for worship services.


Interfaith Emergency Services
of Ocala

Interfaith Emergency Services

Interfaith Emergency Services is a Christian-based, non-profit, community called by God in 1983 to offer emergency assistance and provide basic needs (shelter, food, medical assistance, etc.) to enhance the quality of life for many families and individuals, especially those who are homeless or veterans, or who have recently fallen on hard times and need just a bit of help to get them through the storm. They have a short-stay homeless shelter, women’s shelter, weekend manna bag program for children in need, and a thrift store which helps fund a variety of bills and medications.


IES has recently opened Center for Life which provides a center where local medical professionals can offer their services at a free clinic and provide quality medical attention to those low-income and uninsured individuals in our community. The Center for Life provides:


Hope...IES knows that for many of their clients, they are their last, and sometimes only, hope in a crisis. Acknowledging that responsibility maintains a focus on doing what is best to fulfill their needs. 
Prayer...IES uses prayer daily, both individually and corporately, as a means through which they can communicate.

​Community...Knowing they serve the community we live in strengthens their resolve to help their neighbors by extending God's love to others.

Volunteerism...Without dedicated volunteers, IES could not do what they do. They believe in supporting their volunteers so that their time is spent in a worthwhile endeavor helping those in their community. 


Becoming Part of the Volunteer Team

Monday - Friday (morning or afternoon). The following are some of the work areas that are available:

Food Pantry/Warehouse

Clothing Closet

Front Desk Receptionist

Interviewer/Intake (with clients)

Thrift Store


Long-Term Prescription Program

Clinic Helpers

Dinner Providers (shelter residents)

Mentor a pregnant or homeless mother


We also have a need for pastors to teach our daily devotions for staff and residents which are held Monday through Friday, 8 – 8:30am. Pastors and worship leaders from all denominations are assigned one day a month to share God's word and pray with us. 

For more information or to volunteer in any of these areas please contact Sam Stella 352-266-6090




FBC Leesburg Christian Care Center

Christian Care Center

The Christian Care Center of FBC Leesburg is a multi-pronged ministry of FBC Leesburg serving the area with eight different ministries. These are Pregnancy Care, Children’s Shelter, Samaritan Inn, Men’s Residence, Women’s Care Center, Benevolence Ministry, Fresh Start Job Program, and Medical Care Center.


Sozo Kids

Sozo Kids

The Sozo Kids Program provides hope and opportunity to the children of the Ocala National Forest. A food bank and multiple feeding sites serve 5000-7000 people every month with emergency groceries and hot meals. Turning Point Mentor Centers provide safety, homework help, tutoring, food, school supplies and more to 40 children at a time. The Filling Station is a restaurant that was opened with the sole purpose of giving Forest youth the opportunity for a better life, by teaching a work ethic and providing much needed experience and skills leading to a gainful employment.





Jail Ministry

Jail Ministry

The Jail Ministry, in partnership with the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, ministers to women inmates at Lake County Correctional Institution in Tavares, FL.  They conduct weekly  church services, Bible studies and classes for women inmates. Books and materials are provided to disciple inmates who have established a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Volunteers also serve to pray for specific needs/requests of the inmates.