All of us at Pantano Baptist Church would like to extend our best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2023. The new year presents a great opportunity to make a fresh start, go forth, and do good. If you are looking for a new church home, we hope that you will consider our church. We will welcome you with open arms!
Our Women’s Ministry Has Done It… Again!
Piles of socks
Sister Jose Women's Center
Each year at this time the Women’s Ministry of our church conducts a collection effort to gather socks and other items for those in homeless shelters. Socks are, by far, the most requested and needed clothing item at homeless shelters, and the need for fresh, clean, socks is constant.
This year’s effort, which began in mid-November and recently concluded, yielded extraordinary results, thanks in large part to Copperstate OB/GYN, a local medical group located at 5550 E. Hampton Street, who enthusiastically got behind this effort and made a significant donation. As a result, more than 1,000 pairs of socks were collected and delivered to the Sister Jose Women’s Center shelter in time for Christmas. In addition to the socks, our church also provided personal grooming items, candy canes, a book of John, and funding for a traditional Christmas dinner. Our church is a regular monthly supporter of the Sister Jose Women's Center.
While this year’s effort has been completed, donations for this cause can still be accepted. Because socks are a year-round need, if you should receive socks for Christmas that you don’t want or can’t use, please consider donating them to this cause. You can also donate cash… a $10 donation can buy 12 pair of socks or other items to support the needs of a homeless shelter.
Many thanks to all who contributed in any way to this year’s effort… you have had a positive impact on the lives of those less fortunate, which is especially important during this holiday season!
Trunk or Treat… a Huge Success!
This was a first-time event for our church… an effort to reach out to our neighbors, add a little fun (and candy) into the lives of the children in our area, and provide a venue for neighbors to gather and get to know each other. We had no idea how many children and parents might show up, but we planned for hundreds, crossed our fingers, and prayed for a successful event.
It is obvious from the above photos that the turnout was overwhelming! The reality is that we were stretched to the limit, with attendance surpassing the 800 mark. Of course, there was no way to know exactly how many attended because the crowd was so large; however, the 800 popcorn bags that we had prepared were handed out before the event was over, and we had to improvise… so the attendance was likely closer to 1,000. In baseball terms, this was a grand slam! It was a wonderful fellowship opportunity to meet hundreds of our neighborhood children and their parents, and everyone who attended went away happy. We would like to thank all of those who attended, as well as those in our church who worked so hard to make this event a success. We apologize for the parking issues and long lines that may have been experienced, and we promise to be better prepared next time.
You Are Always Welcome Here...
Attending a church for the first time can be filled with anxiety. Whether you are new to the community, a winter resident, or just visiting, we would like to welcome you to our church and invite you to attend our Sunday worship service or other weekly activities. We will welcome you graciously as our guest, and we promise not to make you feel conspicuous or uncomfortable. You don't even have to be a Baptist... many of our members attended churches of other denominations before discovering our church. We would love to meet you!
Join Us Thursdays for Coffee & Chat...
No need to panic if you no longer see “The Den” on the weekly calendar… it's now called “Coffee & Chat”. It still happens every Thursday at 9:00 am, and nothing has changed except the name.
“The Den” was the interim name for what used to be called “Glen’s Den”. When Pastor Glen Foster retired, the name had to change. “Glen’s Den” was a catchy, descriptive name that worked well, but with a new Pastor named Adam Nash, a catchy name that rhymes just couldn’t be found. So, it will just be called what it is… Coffee & Chat”. Just fill your cup to the brim, grab a cake or cookie, find an empty chair, and prepare for an “anything goes” discussion of just about anything (except politics). You will learn, you will be entertained, you will be challenged, and you will experience fellowship in its best form. You can participate as much or as little as you wish, so come and join the discussion. No reservations are required! Guests are always welcome!
Updated Covid Guidance...
With Covid cases on the rise again, here is updated guidance from our Pastor…
Please do not attend the Sunday worship service (or other in-person church gatherings) in person if you have any symptoms that could be Covid-related. If in doubt, please get tested. Masks will be available at the Sunday service. They are not mandatory at this time; however, wearing a mask is an easy and proven way to protect yourself and your fellow churchgoers and reduce the risk of unintentionally spreading Covid. Our Sunday services are available via Zoom via computer or smartphone, and they are also live-streamed on YouTube, so please take advantage of these options if you can’t attend in person. You can also access past services on the SERMONS page of this website, or on YouTube by searching for “Pantano Baptist Church”. For Zoom access, please contact the church office. Access to services on YouTube does not require a password and is available to anyone.
Meet Our Pastor...
We are very pleased to introduce Adam Nash as the new Pastor of Pantano Baptist Church. Adam and his wife Amber have now relocated to Tucson, and Adam conducted his first Sunday worship service and preached his first sermon on Sunday, May. 8. If you missed the occasion, the entire service is available for viewing on the "Sermons" page of this website or on You Tube.
Adam received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 2008, and a Masters of Divinity degree from Baptist Seminary of Kentucky in 2016. Adam has served in three different churches since 2010, most recently as Associate Pastor of Youth and Technology at Del Norte Baptist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
As we welcome Adam and Amber to Tucson and to our church, we acknowledge the efforts of the Pastor Search Committee… finding the right person that exactly fits the needs of our church has required some time, effort, and patience, but they are confident that Adam is the right person to inspire our congregation and lead our church forward in these challenging times.
We have been very blessed to have Gary Smyth as our interim Pastor. It is not easy to come out of retirement and assume all of the duties of a full-time pastor; however, Gary has kept the congregation inspired and motivated during this period, and he has endeared himself to our church members. As Adam takes the reins and begins the process of moving our church forward, there is much that needs done. Now is an opportune time to re-engage, recharge, and offer your unique skills and talents to help Adam and Amber get off to the best possible start. And, if you are looking for a new church home, there couldn't be a better time to give our church a try... all are welcome - especially you!
Sunday School (Bible Study) Classes...
Please join us Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 6:00 pm for a pot lunch dinner to kick off a new series of Bible Study classes. Sunday School Classes will continue to be held every Sunday morning, and you are cordially invited to attend. Beginning at 8:45 am, 4 different classes are offered.
A Men's Sunday School Class will be led by Dick Hunter in the Fellowship Hall.
Jerry Day teaches (with help from Dick Hunter) a Mixed Class for any age in the classroom building, next to the Mayberry Room.
A Ladies Sunday School Class is taught by Marilyn Hoover and Kathy Fisher, and the class is held in the Fellowship Hall.
In the Mayberry Room, a mixed class of men and women is led by Ken Bone. This class has been very popular in the past, as it deals with lessons that can be learned from TV programs.
Note: Sunday worship services are held in the church sanctuary, but also available on ZOOM and live-streamed on YouTube. Call the church office for details..