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"And Jesus said unto them ... , "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you."

--Romans 1:17


Church bulletin announcements

Youth Mission Trip
The Youth Mission Team has enlisted to return to Pittsburgh next year to continue our partnership with Praying Pelican Missions.  We will be building a storage shed for a local church, adding railings to a stage/deck, and feeding lunch to children in need.  Our projected budget for this year's efforts will be $8000. We have been blessed the past two years by the generosity of this body in supporting our efforts to be the hands and feet of Christ.  These trips have been highly beneficial in getting our youth out of their comfort zone and to grow more dependent and closer to God.  We are looking forward to once again serving our Lord in this way and invite everyone to partner with us in any way they are able, financially, prayerfully, and/or physically.  Any adults who are interested in joining the team please contact Chip on (410) 937-0659 or the church office.

Youth Ministry Activities
Rent-A Kid: The Outer Limits Youth Ministry would like to announce that youth will be available to help perform basic lawn maintenance and household chores for church members.  Any donations received will be used by the youth doing the work to defray the cost of attending events/retreats. Contact Chip (410-937-0659) or Danielle (443-356-3438) to arrange for a member of the youth to come and serve.
No Sale Yard Sale: The Youth Mission Team is once again collecting donations for this year's No Sale Yard Sale to be held April 22, 2017, to coincide with the City's Annual Community Wide Yard Sale.  If you have items you would care to donate to help the Youth go on their Pittsburgh Mission Trip, please let Chip DeBaugh, Danielle Bauer, or Sandi Link know.  We will arrange to collect the items or to have the church open so they can be dropped off.  We continue to be amazed at the tremendous support we have received from this body and are excited for what The Lord has in store for us in 2017 as we strive to be the hands and feet of Christ.

Mission Team Adults
Any adults who are considering joining the Youth Mission Team in Pittsburgh and who have not had a background check performed within the previous three years need to provide their information to the church office ASAP so that we can begin the process.  We need the background check completed by March 1, 2017 so we can attest to Praying Pelican that our adult volunteers are cleared to work with youth.  Anyone who does not have a valid check completed by March 1 will not be eligible to join the team this year.

 Vacation Bible School
It's that time of year again to start preparing for Vacation Bible School. Our theme this year is Galactic Starveyors. Our moto is Searching the Visible Discovering the Invisible. Our key scripture is Colossians 1:15-16. VBS will be July 10th-14th.Sign-up for volunteers is in the foyer next to the church office. We will also have a meeting to kick off VBS on March 19th at SBS. If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Bauer on her cell at 443-356-3438 or in the church office at 410-939-5233.

Time for Fellowship
One of the issues that surfaced as we were looking in to whether to go after a single Sunday morning worship service, was folks not knowing people in the other worship service, when we had 2 services. Some motivation for one service was being able to get to know everyone in the church. To help promote getting to know each other, we are emphasizing the fellowship time between Worship and Sunday Bible Study. Each Sunday between 10:15 and 10:30 a.m. you are invited to the Fellowship Hall for coffee or tea and snacks AND FELLOWSHIP TIME. Please don't miss this special time for the life of our church. Looking forward to seeing you!

Weekly Fellowship Meals
As you surely have noticed, we are enjoying a larger group of worshipers together on Sunday mornings with our single Sunday worship service. What a blessing and encouragement! If you want to see how large a group of children and youth we are ministering to, join us in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday evenings between 5:00-6:00 p.m. We have lots of kids under our spiritual cane each week. The meals are great and only cost $4.00 per person. If you have 4 or more in your family, all you pay is, $14.00 total. Come and see what God is doing at First Baptist on Wednesday evenings. See you there?

Church Council
The Church Council will meet on Saturday, March 4 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.

Homeless Shelter
First Baptist Church is providing the lunch meal for the residents of the Homeless Shelter in Riverside on Monday, March 6th.  If you are interested in providing one of the food items or contributing money to buy some food items (bread, lunch meat, drink, fruit, vegetable snack, and other goodies) or bags and baggies, contact Dick Holcomb (410-939-9277). If you would like to help put the meal together (must be done on site), contact Dick for that too. Be praying for this and all the outreach ministries of the church.

Men's Breakfast
Men of all ages are invited to breakfast and a devotional study on Saturday, March 11th at 8:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall. For details please call Don Ratzlaff, at 410-939-4929.

Deacon's Ministry Ingathering and Lord's Supper
In an effort to highlight the Deacons ministry on Sundays we observe the Lord's Supper, we have an ingathering of goods and money for their emergency assistance ministry. We will next observe the Lord's Supper on Sunday, March 5th. Here are some things we need: canned fruit (other than applesauce) and veggies, dry milk, salt, cooking oil, jelly, peanut butter, canned chicken or ham, spam, corn bread mix, pancake mix, soups, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti, fruit juice, pork & beans, pasta meals, rice meals, stuffing mix…

Deacons Meeting
The Deacons will meet on Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m.  All active deacons should plan to attend.

AARP Tax Preparation
AARP is providing free tax preparation on Thursday's here at First Baptist Church. If you are interested in this service, you can schedule an appointment with them by calling 410-638-3425 Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Child Safety Team
There are to be no unattended children in classrooms, nursery, hallways, or Fellowship Hall at anytime. Things in these rooms are going missing or left out and not put away. Most of the Bible study teachers spend their own money for their classrooms supplies. Also it is a safety issue to leave children alone. Please be aware and do not leave your children unattended.             

Special Called Business Meeting
In the February 16th business meeting, the Constitution and Bylaws team presented a proposal amendment to the church's Bylaws. The church voted to schedule this special-called business meeting for the end of the worship service on Sunday, March 5th. The proposed amendment is as follows:

ADD to Article II, Part 2, Section 1, at the end of the 2d paragraph:

The pastor is further an ex officio member of all church ministry teams, excepting only the "Pastoral Search Ministry Team" (Article III) and the "Nominating Ministry Team" (Article IV, Part 13). As an ex officio member the pastor shall have full rights but not the duty to participate in ministry teams but shall not be counted in determining criteria for a quorum or be eligible for office in the ministry team.

This proposed by-law change follows the instructions provided in Robert's Rules of Order.




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