Church bulletin announcements for the week of 08/23/15
First Baptist's Mission Statement
The Strategic Planning Team presents to you for consideration the following statement as the declaration of our church's mission: "Our mission at First Baptist Church is to be the hands of Christ in Havre de Grace, loving our neighbors, making disciples, baptizing and teaching obedience to Christ's commands." We also want to present shorter versions of this statement to be used on church letterhead, business cards, and other public displays for our church: "the hands of Christ serving and loving," "service in love," "serving and loving," the hands of Christ," "reaching," "embracing" and "Who is Christ reaching through you?" We are asking you to contact us with your comments regarding the mission statement. Feel free to direct your comments to any of the following team members: Pastor William, Deacon Chair Greg Sampson, Sunday Bible Study Director Chip DeBaugh, G-Force Director Raymond Von Wahlde, Youth Leader Paige Mergler or Pastor Ron.
The Deacons and Pastors recently spent some time interviewing Bill Cook for the deacon apprentice ministry. As a result of that interview, the Deacons would like to put Bill's name before you for consideration for the Deacon Apprentice position. Bill has helped head up the Singles Ministry for several years now. He led a Bible study in his home for a couple of years (until his mother's and aunt's failing health required much of his time and attention). He has been serving as a helper in the 4th-6th grade Sunday Bible study class under Raymond Von Wahlde. Bill has developed his personal testimony and has shared his faith with neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances. We will conduct a vote following the Sunday morning services on August 30. Be praying for God's direction in Bill's life.
Sunday Morning Van Drivers Wanted
At our annual VBS Family Celebration service, we had the same request made by several of the children: Can we get a ride to church next Sunday? These kids have no church . . . unless we follow up with them by arranging to get them to church. So we are looking for van drivers and riders to pick up kids and potentially their families for Sunday Bible Study and worship at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday. If we get enough drivers, we can rotate through those drivers so that maybe someone would only have to drive one (1) Sunday each month. Do we have a heart for the children? Do we want to see souls saved? Can you help us with this particular ministry toward that end? Let us know by calling the church office. Or maybe you just want to pick up kids on the way to church yourself. Let us know that too. Thank you for your consideration of the work of the church for Jesus' sake.
The Strategic Planning Team has begun working on a vision statement for the church and is looking for talented artist(s) to help visually convey the ideas of a proposed church vision. We need someone skilled at drawing and/or photo shopping to transform a rough concept into a draft. Please contact Raymond Von Wahlde.
Tea at Two
You are invited to Tea at Two on Tuesday, August 25 at First Baptist Church in the first floor conference room. This tea is open to any women of our church, especially if you live alone. Come enjoy the company of other women in a time of fellowship, tea, prayer and a small devotion. Please call Fern Smith with any questions at 410-942-0832.
The Church Council will meet on Saturday, September 5 at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. There should be a representative of each ministry present. Your efforts in making arrangements to be represented are greatly appreciated and allow us to deal more effectively with church business. The meeting will go no longer than about an hour, finishing up by 10:45 a.m. at the latest.
Flower and Decorating Team
The Flower and Decorating Team will meet on Saturday, September 5 at 9:00 a.m. All members should plan to attend.
The deacons will meet on Tuesday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. All active deacons should plan to attend.
Men of all ages are invited to breakfast and a devotional study on Saturday, September 8 at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For details or to sign up to help please call Don Ratzlaff (410-939-4929).