The Communication Team has set up podcasting for the weekly sermon. Podcasting will be available each week once the sermon is uploaded. Normally, the sermon is posted to the website on Sunday afternoon. There are numerous apps for receiving the weekly sermon. The weekly sermon can be found on Apple iTunes which the vast majority of people use. However, the sermon can also be played on your iPhone or iPad. If you own an Android phone, the Google Podcasts app works well. For Android users just download the app from the play store and use the search box to find “First Baptist Church of Tolono”. Once the podcast is found, simply hit the “Subscribe” button. Then, every week you will automatically receive the sermon! If you own an iPhone/iPad, the best app is called “Podcast.” Repeat the same procedure as used for the Android. Again, our goal is to reach as many people as possible. So, feel free to share the podcast with friends, family, and your neighbors.
God Bless!


Amazon Smile

For everyone who shops with Amazon, we now have an easy way for you to donate back to our church with eligible purchases!  There is no added cost or price differences to use Amazon Smile over the normal Amazon site, just a different URL.  Amazon will donate a percentage of each eligible item you purchase back to our Church when you shop through their site (Smile.amazon.com).  Eligible items will show that they are Smile eligible when viewing on Amazon, look for something like this to indicate the item is eligible!

If you are purchasing from your phone, be sure to use your web browser and go to the Amazon Smile site as using the Amazon app will not qualify for a donation.  You can use this link to take you to the Smile site to set us as your desired charity, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/37-1143272.  If you already have a different charity, be sure to change it to “First Baptist Church of Tolono”.  We hope you remember to use Amazon Smile for all of your Holiday shopping this year!

If you have any issues or questions, please let us know and we’ll do what we can to help!




“Courageous” is now playing in select theaters. 

“Filled with action-packed police drama, COURAGEOUS is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the movie-making ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Riveted moviegoers will once again find themselves laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children.



Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God … and to their children?”




Truth Project

Summer Bible Study

Starting June 12, join us on Sunday evenings at 6:00pm for a 13-week bible study presented by Focus on the Family.

For more information, visit: www.truthproject.org


As stated above, this is a 12-week Bible Study. The session topics are listed below to give you a better understanding of what we’ll be studying during the Truth Project.

Lesson 1 – Veritology: What is Truth?

The Truth Project begins by defining truth as “that which corresponds to reality.” This absolute and eternal truth, at the heart of Jesus’ mission on earth, continues to be the focal point of the Cosmic Battle in our own time.

Lesson 2 – Philosophy and Ethics: Says Who?

Truth is not simply an academic concept. The way we think about truth has a direct bearing upon the way we live our lives. What’s more, our understanding of right and wrong is directly dependent on our worldview: is the universe God’s creation or a closed cosmic cube?

Lesson 3 – Anthropology: Who is Man?

The Bible tells us that man was created in God’s image but fell from innocence through sin. Modern psychology, on the other hand, asserts that man is inherently good and behaves badly only under the influence of social or institutional pressure. This lesson explores the implications of both views.

Lesson 4 – Theology: Who is God?

Eternal life, according to Jesus, is knowing God in an intimate, personal, and relational way. Such knowledge, which is possible only because of divine revelation, transforms us from the inside out as we begin to see ourselves in the light of His majesty and holiness.

Lesson 5 – Science: What is True?

Science, the “systematic study of the natural world,” brings to light innumerable evidences of Intelligent Design. But Darwinian theory transforms science from the honest investigation of nature into a vehicle for propagating a godless philosophy. (Part One)

A careful examination of molecular biology and the fossil record demonstrates that evolution is not a “proven fact.” Meanwhile, history shows that ideas, including Darwinism as a social philosophy, have definite consequences – consequences that can turn ugly when God is left out of the picture. (Part Two)

Lesson 6 – History: Whose Story?

Does the past have an objective actuality and significance? Or does it, as postmodernist philosophy asserts, exist primarily inside our heads? This tour considers the meaning of history as God’s story and shows us why remembering is so important.

Lesson 7 – Sociology: The Divine Imprint

The order we observe in the natural realm is even more apparent in the social systems God has established: family, church, community, state, labor, and the union between God and man. Life is a series of relationships that flow out of and reflect the Trinitarian nature of the Creator.

Lesson 8 – Unio Mystica: Am I Alone?

Is it possible for the infinite, eternal Creator to dwell within the heart of an individual? The implications of this great mystery, which represents the very core of the Christian faith, are explored at length in this examination of the most intimate of the social spheres.

Lesson 9 – The State: Whose Law?

Of all the social spheres, the state, to which God grants the power of the sword for the punishment of evil and the preservation of the good, has the greatest potential to go awry if it oversteps its authority. The civil magistrate must always remember his place under the sovereignty of God – otherwise, havoc will ensue.

Lesson 10 – The American Experiment: Stepping Stones

America is unique in the history of the world. On these shores a people holding to a biblical worldview have had an opportunity to set up a system of government designed to keep the state within its divinely ordained boundaries. Tour #10 follows the history of this experiment and explores what happens to freedom when God is forgotten.

Lesson 11 – Labor: Created to Create

Contrary to a great deal of contemporary popular opinion, work is not a “curse.” God Himself is active and creative, and He calls man to share in the joy of His activity and creativity. Labor, economics, media, and the creative arts all have a role to play in magnifying the glory of the Creator.

Lesson 12 – Community and Involvement: God Cares, do I?

The ethical law and the meaning of the Christian life are summed up in the commandment to love God and one’s neighbor. This command is the source of the believer’s motivation for self-sacrificial service to the needy and their personal involvement in our culture.


May 2011 Epistle

Here ye, here ye. After many moons, the Media Team is proud to present the newest edition of the Epistle. It contains information on the Truth Project, a recap of Secret Church, a GLOW update, Historically Speaking, an article from Pastor Mike entitled “Leaving a Legacy”, a plug for movie night, an ad for VBS, a plug for our new website, and some before & after pictures of the remodel. Thanks to all the contributors who wrote articles or took pictures. You make the Epistle possible!

May 2011 Epistle