First Baptist Church of Siler City, NC
Thursday, November 15, 2018
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HOMECOMING CANCELED: Due to the undetermined finish date of the kitchen, Homecoming has been canceled for October. Additional information will follow when it has been rescheduled. 
 

You Have a Talent - Use it For the Lord! From Randy Johnson - Music Director

 
Many, many years ago I was taught a song in Children’s Choir - “You Have a Talent…Use It for the Lord.”
 
Learning this song at such a young age, it did not mean a great deal to me, but as the years have passed, I learned more and more about the meaning of the song.
 
You Have a Talent…Use It for the Lord
You have a talent…use it for the Lord,
You have a talent…use it for the Lord,
If you do not use it, you will surely lose it,
You have a talent, use it for the Lord.
 
I am the first to admit that everyone does not have musical talent, but I am certain that everyone has talent. It might be visiting the sick, calling church members that have been absent, cooking meals and sharing it, singing, decorating the church, hospitality, teaching a Sunday School Class, Nursery worker, playing an instrument, praying for the church and unsaved and etc. and etc.
 
Please search your heart and decide if you are Using Your Talent(s) for the Lord!! If you happen to be a singer, the First Baptist Church Adult Choir would love for you to join us. We are looking for men and women that love to sing!!
We are starting our new Christmas music and would love for you to join us and give it a try.
We meet Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm in the Choir Room.
Whatever your talent – Use It for the Lord! rljā™«
 

 

In Christian Sympathy

FROM THE 'HISTORY (First Baptist Church) :

 
Richard J. Thornton was born November 4, 1930, in West Palm Beach, Florida, the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Thornton. The family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where Richard Thornton was educated and graduated from Charlotte Central High School in 1948. Mr. Thornton served four years in the United States Air Force. After his tour of duty, he entered Wake Forest College, graduating in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Mr. Thornton served as an interim pastor of the First Baptist Church of Siler City from February until May 1956, while a senior at Wake Forest College. To show the church's appreciation for his service, a group of church members, led by James Spence, Jr., presented Mr. Thornton with an automobile on the last Sunday he pastored. Represented in the presentation were James Spence, Jr., fund raiser, C. N. Bray, treasurer of the church; and Frank N. Justice, trustee fund raiser and local dealer of Chevrolet Motor Company. After graduating from Wake Forest College, Mr. Thornton entered Southwestern Theological Seminary at Fort Worth, Texas and remained there until he was called to the First Baptist Church of Siler City in 1960. He served the church for approximately two years. In 1962, Richard Thornton became a counselor with the American Red Cross, then a national representative and served as an Executive Director until 1969. From 1969 to 1973, he served as an Executive Director of the American Heart Association in Charlotte, North Carolina. From 1973 until 1985, Richard Thornton worked as a Revenue Officer with the Internal Revenue Service in Charlotte, North Carolina and Gainesville, Georgia. From 1985 until 1987, he worked in real estate sales and property management. In 1988, he began working with the Dispute Settlement Program in Charlotte and worked as a counselor with the Hickory Grove Baptist Church of Charlotte, North Carolina.
 

FROM THE OBITUARY:

Richard Joshua Thornton CHARLOTTE - Richard Joshua Thornton, formerly of Charlotte, more recently of Ormand Beach, FL, died April 29, 2018. He was a graduate of Charlotte Central High School, class of '48, served four years in the USAF, and graduated from Wake Forest College, now University. He is survived by sons Mark (Paula), Concord, NC; Jon (Julie), Charleston, SC; Lee, Bolivia, NC and granddaughters, Jenny and Megan. Also, surviving are his brother, Dr. Spencer Thornton, Nashville, TN and a special cousin, Dr. Melody Hanger, Ormand Beach, FL. There will be no service.