Welcome to First Baptist Church

A Progressive, Welcoming and Affirming Baptist Church

An LGBTQ+ Friendly Church

Christian Family Education for all Ages

Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 AM - 1 PM

This Sunday (August 18) at First Baptist in Ithaca

Please join us for worship at First Baptist this Sunday!

  • Pastor Debbie will present the message: Going the Distance; and
  • Special Music will be provided by Anne Farrell.

The Worship Service begins at 10:00 am, and is followed by opportunities for Fellowship at the Reception in the Community Room following the service, honoring the 60th Aniversary of Jan and Frank Butler.

Visioning Process -- Small Group Meetings

The First Baptist Visioning process is continuing. In the first two sessions with Arlen Vernava, we have identified the many characteristics that describe us. Our next task is to distill from these the most important values that are common and important to all of us. We will accomplish this in a series of steps - first in small groups (8-10 people), to be followed by a congregational event. The results of the small group meetings will be used in the next congregational event. We are planning to complete these small group meetings by mid-September.  

Each of us is invited to participate in a small group meeting - to be held in the homes of members. By the end of this week, we will have completed two of these meetings. The schedule for others is shown below. Please note that the maximum number for each is 8-10 people. You can sign up for any of these meetings by using signup sheets in the sanctuary or by contacting the host directly.

Wednesday, August 21 at 7 pm;   Hosts:  Judy Kennison/Marlene Sack
 222 Tareyton Drive, Ithaca;   Judy: 607-279-9323
Thursday, August 29 at 7 pm; Host: Lou Carlucci
  123 W. King Rd., Ithaca; 607-273-0724 or 607-591-159 (cell)
Saturday, August 31  at 7 pm;  Hosts: Bill and Maimouma Phelan
  74 Besemer Rd, Ithaca;  607-539-7258 (home) 607-279-7218 (Bill cell)
  Note: Only 1 or 2 slots left for this meeting.
Tuesday, September 3 at 7 pm;  Hosts:  Tony Lister and Susan Eymann
  1606 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca;  607-277-1158

Please plan to attend one of these meetings; the Visioning Team needs your input.

~ Who We Are ~ `

First Baptist Church of Ithaca is located in the center of the vibrant city of Ithaca, NY (a city of more than 30,000 people). Although in a city location off of Dewitt Park, our members come from both downtown and rural locations more than 25 miles from the church. Those members are willing to travel the distance because of the uniqueness and values found at First Baptist of Ithaca. We are a church with a long and rich history. Our identity is marked by our shared values for social justice and diversity. Our church is a member of the American Baptist Churches USA, in the Rochester-Genesee Region. We belong to the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB).

We strongly believe that everyone is invited to the table and made to feel welcome there. We don’t just talk the talk. Our church reaches out to the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, ...) community and is respectful and considerate in language and actions towards one another. This is important to us. We value diversity and warmly welcome people of any culture, race, or economic background into our church. Our present population includes retirees, single parent families, blended families, foster/adoptive families, and college students. We are seeking to increase our membership with young and old alike.

Sunday Worship       10:00 AM
Coffee/Fellowship  11:15 AM
Children's Classes   11:15 AM
Adult Classes           11:30 AM

No Adult Education on the second Sunday of each month due to our community brunch.
Worship services are family-friendly and nursery care is also available.


What does the Lord require of you?
To do Justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.
~Micah 6:8~