The First Baptist Church of South Glens Falls sits upon a 5-acre parcel of land at the intersection of Route 9 and Fernwood Road. Their currently facility’s cornerstone indicates that it was built in 1967, however, the congregation has a rich history that dates back more than 150 years to the Civil War era. On August 9, 1862, the church used a marble top table for the registration of 22 men who signed up for service in the Union Army (companies F and G of the 115th NY Volunteer Infantry). This piece of history still stands proudly here.
The previous Pastor, Nevin Korb, served here for over 25 years. About 5 years ago, his successor, Frank Galerie, became Senior Pastor. He and his wife Patty greeted me as we walked in. It was a welcoming surprise to see they had included my picture in their pre-service slide show followed by a thorough introduction during the service. I had met Pastor Frank this past September at an evangelistic outreach in Fort Plain. He was one of the speakers, and I was greatly impressed by his Bible knowledge and humility.
As I looked through the bulletin, I read about their Christmas choir and live nativity planning. They also had a “Senior Saints Luncheon” planned with speaker Bill Dagle. Bill travels throughout the Northeast sharing hymn stories and presenting the lives of the great heroes of the Christian faith. The back of the bulletin listed over a dozen missionaries and ministries they currently support including the Capital City Rescue Mission, as well as missionary work in Nigeria, Russia and India. And it was an extra special touch that they included a “Praise & Prayer” insert that listed current prayer requests, praise reports, as well as upcoming birthdays.
My good friend Jim Bird recently migrated here to lead worship; clearly a perfect fit for this growing congregation. It was refreshing to hear Jim sing and play again. He’s been a music minister in our region for countless years, and even played at my wedding over a decade ago. As he sang “I bring an offering of worship to my King”, I thought about how God sees Jim’s persistent dedication. The piano was the sole instrument, enabling the voices of the entire congregation to be heard. It was such a heavenly, reverent sound.
Pastor Frank began by speaking about Jesus and who He is … the Son of the Living God! Let us come faithful, joyful and triumphant. This was followed by the hymn, “O Come all Ye Faithful”. His message was entitled “The Messiah-Jesus”. Modern Christianity treats Christ as though He were dead. But He is alive and has given us victory! The United States needs Jesus. All was taken from Israel because they had forgotten. Micah saw the destruction that was to come. Despite this, Micah said, “I offer you great hope”, and announced the birth of the Messiah, the Christ. Micah encouraged Israel, but their time of judgement was drawing near. Israel’s deaf ears should be a warning to the world today. Behold, He stands at the door and knocks. God is pounding on your heart to be ready for His coming.
In closing, Pastor Frank prayed and asked God to “turn us to where we need to be turned”. He stated, “It’s not about an altar call. It’s not about a sinner’s prayer.” He continued to pray as he made his way off the platform. Everyone was still facing forward as he continued to pray from the back of the room. Pastor Frank moved out of the way so that all eyes were fixed upon the cross and the cross alone. As he gave the benediction, it was just us and Jesus with nothing standing in between … a simple, yet powerful display of Pastor Frank’s humility.
As Pastor Frank and Patty took us on a tour, John 14:2 kept ringing through my head, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”. Such a large facility along with a spacious sanctuary, state of the art kitchen and large youth area, all perfectly positioned upon 5 acres of prime property, ready for growth. Worship services are held on Sundays at 11 am with Sunday School preceding at 9:45 am. Sunday evening services are held from 6-7 pm. Bible Study / Prayer meetings are held on Wednesdays from 7 pm until 8:30 pm. You are invited to come and adore Him … Christ the Lord! He has prepared a place for you here at the First Baptist Church of S. Glens Falls.
Church Website – https://firstbaptistchurchsgf.org
By Donna Hansen Munafo