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By Betty Jane Hagan. Photos by Paul Bickford.

FBC’s main hall could literally be lined with the people who have served in its library for adults. They have maintained shelves of books, magazines, videos, audio tapes, CDs, DVDs, newspapers, art, and historical reminders of who we are. Their hospitality has kept the lights on and the doors wide open.

Who makes our library work?

David Jackson

For the most recent decade, David Jackson has led the Library Team. He has become a weekly staple for many of our church members, including children who have had to spell a new word each week in exchange for a piece of candy. Although we recognize David as the recent prime mover in getting library things done, his contributions have been backed by his equally committed co-workers: Rob Blackmore, Cheryl Cummins, Barbara and Gary Eck, Frances Francis, Norman Hedrick, Robin Hendricks, Pennie Hudson, Cathy Medina, Flo Satterwhite, Brenda Seago, Jerry Spivey, Rebecca Spivey, Lu Treadwell, Judy Watkins, Charlotte Whitlock, and Lila Williams, as well as his mentors Alma Snowa and Betty and Wilbur Todd. As David moves on to his next role at FBC, Barbara Watson is transitioning into the position of team leader. With gratitude we recognize the Library Team for their generous and professional service. We also honor those who initiated the library service, who oversaw its many renovations, and who have kept it a welcoming and educational environment for the FBC community.

If you are interested in serving on this team, contact Barbara Watson or Steve Booth, 804-358-5458, x167, staff liaison.

Editor’s note: See “A Moving Window,” posted on this site on 1-19-12, for historical notes on the current library location.


Betty Jane HaganBetty Jane Hagan grew up in the mountains of Virginia. She is the mother of three adult daughters. Betty Jane began attending FBC in 2006, joined in 2008, is a member of the Journey Sunday school class, and volunteers as a nursery worker.

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By Jeannie Dortch. Photos by Dean Hawthorne.

Certainly, you are familiar with the beautiful representations of Christ’s life featured in the windows that surround the sanctuary above and below. But you may not realize that unlike the stained glass windows in other areas of the church, these panels were commissioned, crafted and installed as a group.

When Dr. Theodore Adams (pastor from 1936 to 1968) initiated the project, the windows were coated in lampblack, a bluish-black, opaque pigment that blocks light. Buddy Hamilton theorized, “When WWII started in December 1941, there was a drive to restrict light because of the fear of air raids. All kinds of things were done for this purpose and lampblack would have been a cost-effective means of dealing with a large expanse of clear glass.”

The Carpenter's Son window

The Carpenter's Son

The Labor of our Hands window

The Labor of Our Hands

In keeping with the Doric Greek architectural design of the church, this new project was to install a frieze, or story, told in a stained glass series of 14 panels placed at the top of the existing mini-panes on the east and west sides of the sanctuary balcony. The new window borders would also incorporate Greek designs, with alternating windows using the same patterns. Complementing these upper windows would be another series of 12 stained glass panels on the bottom of the windows beneath the balcony that told stories of the life and work of the church as they related to the panels pictured above them. In this way, the viewer would be reminded that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, and that His message is timely and pertinent no matter the century.

An interesting example of the correlation between the upper and lower windows is found in “The Carpenter’s Son,” emphasizing Christ’s humanity, and the window below it entitled “The Labor of Our Hands.” In the lower window the viewer is reminded that using our hands and working together honors our Maker and brings glory to Him in any venue.

The artist who designed the sanctuary windows, Katharine Lamb Tait of the Lamb Studios in Tenafly, New Jersey, is seen working on the window in which she is pictured. There is a drawing of it to the left of her head. The men working with pieces of colored glass to her right are the men who actually made all the windows in the sanctuary. And finally, the viewer is looking at the finished product that has been produced for this particular window motif. This is also the only window that has been initialed by the artist. On the hem of her smock are painted her initials KLT. Mrs. Tait worked very closely with Dr. Adams to decide which modern scene to be represented below would best illustrate the period of Christ’s life pictured above. Dr. Adams thought this window particularly suitable.

Concerned about the rising cost of this project, Dr. Adams was gratified when one window after another was given as a gift or a memorial by church members. In 1965 he wrote a booklet about them published with black and white drawings. With the help of photographer Deane Hawthorne, Joyce Clemmons spearheaded an effort to update and republish the book in color in 1995.

To read more, visit the church library to purchase or check out a copy of Memorial Windows.


Jeannie DortchJeannie Dortch joined FBC in 1974 after being lovingly mentored by the members of Buddy Hamilton’s Sunday school class. A grandmother of four, Jeannie has served as a deacon, taught in our children’s, youth, international, and adult Sunday school departments, but is presently a member of the WebClass. Recently retired from 16 years of teaching at Rudlin Torah Academy, Jeannie enjoys exercising, cooking, reading, tutoring New American students at Maybeury Elementary, and writing articles for FTF.

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By Matthew Brown. Photos by Scott Medina.

First Friday PraiseA living room full of teenagers, laughing and singing, music blaring, and a host family out of the way. No, I’m not talking about a wild party or DiscipleNow weekend. I’m talking about my first praise experience.

I was in high school when a friend invited me to hang out at his house, listen to some music, and sing if I wanted to. Young Life, a non-denominational Christian group that works with high school students, led this praise time.

First Friday PraiseI learned through singing, and then praying, that God was real, that He loved me, and that He understood who I was, who I am, and who He wants me to be. I also learned that God made us to praise Him, that we need to praise Him. Praising God reminds us of who we are.

First Friday PraiseFirst Friday Praise, FBC’s praise service on the first Friday of the month, allows me to renew this kind of experience. In this setting I am able to connect with my family, with friends, and with God. I believe that God intended us all – young and old – to praise together; to connect with Him and to connect with each other. When we lay aside our fears, when we humble ourselves and praise Him, then we are open to see Him and ourselves more clearly.

First Friday Praise drawingWhen my wife and I began attending First Friday Praise, I texted a friend:
Me: “We are going to Church tonight”
Reply: “Y”
Me: “For First Friday Praise”
Reply: “Y”
That was a good question.

I asked my son to tell me what he thought about his experience with First Friday Praise. Jonathan, who is in second grade, drew a picture of his experience.

First Friday PraiseI asked my daughter Madison about First Friday Praise. She said, “I love it; it is great to sing songs and just be able to have fun at church.” This really means something to me. Madison is in 7th grade, almost a teenager. It can be difficult to connect with a teenager. I find myself looking for more and more opportunities that are more and more fleeting. But my daughter and I can go to First Friday Praise together and sing the same songs and praise God together.

Those are good answers.

The next First Friday Praise is Friday, March 2, in the Dining Hall. A potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. is followed by the praise service at 6:45 p.m. Activities for children and fellowship time for all conclude the evening.


Matthew BrownMatthew met his wife Candi at First Baptist Church, where she is the Children’s Minister. They have three children, Madison (12), in Youth One, Adam (10), in 4th grade, and Jonathan (7), in 2nd grade. Matthew has taught 1st and 2nd grade Missions Force for four years, served as a deacon, volunteered with the Television Ministry since 2002, and attends New Beginnings Sunday school class. He works as a paralegal. In his free time Matthew enjoys cooking for his friends and family, photography, and playing with his growing children.

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