the penny project

The Penny Project is a national initiative started by the American Baptist Home Missions Society in which local congregations raise funds to support missions in that local community.  100% of the loose change collected here at First Baptist goes to sustain and support ministries here in Terre Haute.  Through the Penny Project, we providing fresh, cold milk to the 14th and Chestnut Community Center food pantry.  It is passed out and distributed to those in need every Monday afternoon.


Total Pennies Collected So Far:  1,500,710


Check out the local press our involvement in the Penny Project has received >

kids hope usa

KIDS HOPE USA is the catalyst for an expanding network of church/school partnerships. These partnerships take on the enormous challenge of kids at risk—One Child, One Hour, One Church, One School at a time—through one-on-one mentoring relationships.


Our KIDS HOPE partnership pairs loving, mature, Christian adults with at risk children from Lost Creek Elementary School. By giving one hour of your time a week, you can mentor a child , showing them Christ through your attention and love.  


Mentors are screened, trained, and hand paired with a child by our KIDS HOPE directors. For more information, please contact one of them:


Judy Fears:

Steve Newman:


Learn more about Kids Hope USA >

community garden

Our community garden, located on the east side of the church building, is producing vegetables and fruit to help feed the hungry in a nutritious and healthy way.  Every harvest is donated to local community organizations such as the Grumbling Tummies Cafe at the 14th and Chestnut Community Center, which feeds 90-110 meals, twice a day, during the summer months as they feed children who may not get a meal otherwise.


If you enjoy the work and joys of gardening, we'd love your help.  We are always in need of planters, weeders, and harvesters.  You can also get involved at the 14th and Chestnut Community Center helping to prepare and serve meals.  For more information on how to help, contact Pastor John at the link below.


Find out how you can help >

meals for chemotherapy patients

Through www.takethemameal.com, you have the opportunity to help those in our church family who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment by providing meals for them and their families during the difficult, tiring days of treatment.  The process is easy.  Just head to the website listed above or click the logo to the left.  Use the last name of the person undergoing treatment to sign in with "thfbc" as the password.  


From there, you will be able to see how many family members you will be providing for, as well as any important information about food allergies, directions for drop off, etc. 


Next, just pick a date from the list provided and you are ready to go!


Thank you in advance for your generosity and loving care!