wv flood relief- 2016

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WV Flood Relief Work Day, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - CANCELLED

Work day scheduled for Tuesday, August 2, has been cancelled due to low number of available workers and lack of leads for projects needing assistance. Stay tuned for possible work weekend this fall ...


Helpington Event:  Saturday, July 16, 2016

Help your Huntington neighbors with some flash flood cleanup from the high waters from yesterday's heavy rain!

Helpington Event: Huntington Volunteer Flood Clean up
Time: Saturday 7.16.16 @ 8AM
Location: Corner of Washington Blvd. & 15th St.
Wear: Helpington t-shirt & work clothes, gloves, etc



"Today I worked in Rainelle,WV helping clean from the flooding. Parents of youth at Fifth Ave. Baptist Church, be very proud of the servants you are raising. They worked hard. Too tired to describe it all. West Virginia, you will be beautiful again, " Marla.

Rainelle Mission Team, 7.6.2016

On Wednesday July 6th, a mission team formed once again headed toward the hills of southern West Virginia with a goal of helping in any way we could with the flood relief efforts in our state. The team was eager to get dirty and help move the mountains of debris that have been left in the wake of the devastation.

If you have ever been a part of a short term mission team you may understand the tension of being eager to do more, to be more active, or more productive, but also answering the call to be present in the lives and stories of the individuals affected by natural disasters. Each week our teams have wrestled through those thoughts and feelings. Moving mountains of debris and ruined possessions kept our hands and feet busy, but the real work was done when we paused to listen to the hearts of others.

Yesterday we experienced the story of a blind woman named Kila who cares for her two special needs children primarily on her own. Their home was situated by a small creek, not prone to flooding, which was completely underwater leaving a distinct mark on the walls of the home at about the height of the kitchen table. Kila’s story was heartbreaking to hear and experience as our team moved nearly all of her family’s possessions to a large pile in her yard to be disposed of later.

Kila has been surrounded by some close friends who help her consistently with her and her children’s needs, but as the circumstances have changed it is easy to see that everyone is beyond overwhelmed. Our effort to gather and sort her belongings was greatly appreciated, but the whole experience seems incomplete. As we prayed with her before our departure, our hearts were seeking God to make a place for her, a safe place where she can care for her children and receive care for her needs as well.

Today we continue to pray for the thousands of families who’s stories we have not heard or experienced. We pray for strength, peace, grace and hope that God would be present with them in the aftermath of this most recent natural disaster.


Wednesday, July 6 - FAB Rainelle Mission Team (men, women, teens):

Leaving from FAB - 7 a.m.

Home by - 7 p.m.


Work GLOVES, boots, pants, BRING water bottle!  (Buying hazmat style suits tonight.)

Tools (bring if available):  Square shovel, crow bars, pry bars, pliers, metal snips, box cutters, DEMOLITION tools (Label your tools).

Jobs:  Residential drywall & insulation demo, crawling under houses, ripping out insulation, etc, sorting donated items at the church distribution center.

Food:  Sack lunch, water cooler, and dinner meal will all be provided.

Final thoughts:  Med. forms available in morning.  Tetanus shots are advised.  Change of clothing strongly recommended.

Collection reminder:  FAB will continue collecting cleaning supplies, bleach, etc.on the fellowship hall stage for several weeks.

FAB will continue collecting cleaning supplies, bleach, etc. on the Fellowship Hall stage for several weeks.

Call/txt questions:  Ryan Stoner, 304.617.4433


Tuesday, June 28:

In conjunction in American Baptist Men Disaster Relief, we will have a team leaving on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, to assist with efforts in the Lewisburg area. Additional teams may be serving in weeks to follow - stay tuned for more opportunities and information. 

Below is information for FAB Mission Team (men and women)



Leaving from FAB - 7AM

Home by 7PM

Wear - Orange Helpington shirt, work GLOVES, boots, pants, BRING water bottle!

Tools (bring if available): Shovel, trash bags, bleach.

Food: Sack lunch, water cooler, meal on return trip will all be provided.

FINAL thoughts: Med forms available in AM. Tetanus shots are advised.

Collection reminder: FAB will continue collecting cleaning supplies, bleach, etc. on the Fellowship Hall Stage for several weeks.

Call/TXT questions:

Ryan Stoner 304.617.4433

Jana Stoner 304.544.8312


"Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples."

-1 Chronicles 16:24 (NIV)

Fifth Avenue Baptist Church takes seriously the responsibility to be salt and light in our community and in the "uttermost parts of the earth." Whether we're at the Huntington City Mission or an orphanage in Nicaragua, whether we're serving flood-ravaged communities in West Virginia or impoverished countries thousands of miles away, we are constantly seeking to be the hands and feet of Christ.

mission trips

FAB has led many mission trips, both nationally and internationally, to serve those in need. Our members have traveled to Mexico, Haiti, India, and Bolivia, providing construction assistance, medical care, and disaster relief. Our national disaster relief trips have included Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina and Missouri following the Joplin tornado. We also work in impoverished areas of West Virginia, helping with disaster relief in our own backyard.

In 2002, 112 members of our church traveled to Nicaragua to offer assistance in construction, teaching, and medical care–and what began as a short-term mission trip has blossomed into a lasting bond with our brothers and sisters in Christ there. Since then, more than 20 groups have traveled from FAB to Nicaragua, serving in an orphanage, a nursing home, rural medical clinics, and surrounding neighborhoods. We have established a monthly sponsorship program at the orphanage that first touched our hearts more than a decade ago.

To build a “mission mindset” in the hearts of our children, we regularly organize family mission trips made up of children, youth, and parents. Our families have served in Washington, D.C.; Weirton, West Virginia; our state Baptist camp in Cowen, West Virginia; and Nicaragua.

local miNISTRIES

We consider it a privilege to partner with local nonprofit groups to serve our community. We support the Cridlin Food & Clothing Pantry, a ministry of the Downtown Churches Association, by collecting a food item and clothing item each month. Several of our members volunteer at the pantry every week.

Our monthly ALMS (“Aid to Local Ministries”) program is another effort to help meet our community's needs. From our local Baptist camp to the city's domestic violence shelter, from addiction recovery centers to ministries for college students, the organizations we support through our ALMS program are vast and varied. We work together within our Sunday School classes and as a church to collect items that the organizations have requested, and financial support for these organizations is included in our annual church budget. Click here to view our current list of ALMS organizations.

special offerings

Historically, Fifth Avenue Baptist Church has been one of the most generous churches in the American Baptist Churches USA with regard to mission giving.

America for Christ Offering

Received during the month of March, this offering supports American Baptist home mission work beyond the local congregation. In 2015, Fifth Avenue Baptist Church gave a total of $3,661.00 to this offering.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Received during the month of June, this offering supports International Ministries' disaster relief around the world at any given time. In 2015, Fifth Avenue Baptist Church gave a total of $4,693.00 to this offering.

World Mission Offering

Received during the month of October, this offering supports American Baptist international mission work in partnership with International Ministries. In 2015, Fifth Avenue Baptist Church gave a total of $2,398.00 to this offering.

Retired Ministers & Missionaries Offering

Received during the month of December, this offering is a "thank you" offering and an emergency response to needs of retired American Baptist pastors and missionaries. In 2015, Fifth Avenue Baptist Church gave a total of $2,805.00 to this offering.

american baptist women

Our American Baptist Women's Ministry is committed to serve Jesus Christ and His church. Through the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, our ABW Ministry provides opportunities for all women to develop their relationship with God and to build and serve God's community. All of our ABW Circles are very involved in the local ministries in Huntington.

Circle #1

Circle #1 is a book study group of middle-aged women. This group meets at FAB at 1 p.m. on Tuesday after the first Thursday each month.

Circle # 7

Circle #7 meets on Monday evening after the first Thursday of the month in members' homes.

Circle #11
Service and fellowship builds this circle of women, which meets at FAB on the second Thursday of the month.