Church bulletin announcements for the week of 09/14/14
Church Health Assessment Workshop
WHEN: Sunday, October 5
TIME: 1:00 p.m. Dinner
2:00-5:00 p.m. Workshop
Reserve your place now!
Earlier this year, First Baptist voted to enter into the “Turning Around Journey” (T.A.J.) process. In July, 15 church members took a “church health assessment” for our church. We will hold a church-wide, 3-4 hour workshop to go the next steps as a church in the T.A.J. This workshop begins with a 75 minute presentation of the church health assessment. In the next phase, everyone will be involved, using a mix of presentation, group interactions, interpreting healthy trends, reacting to possible challenges, and time together discerning the questions we need to ask to take our next steps toward always-increasing health as a Church. We will form into groups to address the 6 categories the assessment surveyed – disciple-making, servant-leadership, small groups, community (fellowship), decision-making and worship.
In the last part of the workshop, everyone will participate in crafting questions and adopting a statement in the form of a question that will guide our steps to address the results of the assessment at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months down the line. Please be praying now about your participation in this next step on the journey. We want to become a church that follows after God, so don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the solution. All adult members (16 and up) are urged to attend this vital workshop! Please place a reservation slip in the collection plate or telephone the church office (410-939-5233) by September 15.
Our church is responsible for providing and serving the meal at Grace Place on Tuesday, September 30. For details and to volunteer to help contact Carol Allen at 410-939-4367 or Jean Brammer at 410-939-5623.
Week of Emphasis on State (Mid-Atlantic) Missions
September 14 closes out our week of emphasis on missions efforts here in our two-state convention. “Go fwd (for “Go Forward”)” is this year’s theme. Philippians 3:13-14 reads, “Straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward calling of God in Christ Jesus.” “Straining forward,” “press on toward” and “upward” are all reminiscent of Annie Armstrong’s motto, “Go Forward.” Annie’s motto came out of God’s words to Moses in Exodus 14:15, when the Israelites found themselves between Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea. God said, “go forward”! Because of the pivotal nature of the work in MD/DE you are being asked to give sacrificially this year to help reach this region by starting new churches, spreading the gospel on our college and university campuses, and touching lives through expanded ministries and evangelism efforts. Will you join us? Pray, give, teach, go?
Prayer Day Eight (Go Forward): “The future lies all before us . . . shall it only be a slight advance upon what we usually do? Out it not to be a bound, a leap forward, to altitudes of endeavor and success undreamed of before?” Annie Armstrong. So often we are content with slight advances in our ministry here and there – but what if, at the end of the year, every person in your congregation had a story to tell of how, in ways great or small, he or she changed the world by loving, serving and sharing Christ with those around them?
- Pray for your church’s ministry to those who live, work, play and go to school in your community. Ask God to give you vision and courage as you go forward into new avenues of mission.
- Pray for Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network/BCMD missionaries Ellen Udovich and Melody Knox and their teams as they assist churches in leaping forward to bless their communities by loving, serving, and sharing Christ.
Family Harvest Festival
There is a planning meeting for the “Day 2” of the Family Harvest Festival today, September 14 immediately following the 11:00 a.m. service in the Fellowship Hall. The Family Harvest Festival is one of the special events headed by the Social Team but we also need the help of all other volunteers who feel God is calling them to help with this outreach. In years past we have been able to reach out to hundreds of people in our community through this event. This year we are looking at growing into a two day event so please consider coming out to support this! Please contact Debbie Garcia at 443-356-1625 with any questions. There was a planning meeting last Sunday that focused on day 1 of the Family Harvest Festival. Help us reach families for Jesus and His church.
Ministry Team Members
All 2014-2015 Ministry Team Members are encouraged to attend an “Orientation and Planning” meeting on Saturday, October 11 starting at 10:00 a.m. and finishing no later than noon. Even if you have served on a ministry for a long time, the Nominating Ministry Team encourages you to attend. We will review all the regular processes for ministries to follow, talk about the vital role of ministries within the church and in the development of each of us as Christians, learn from each other, and answer your questions. The meeting will start in the sanctuary. Please contact Kim Von Wahlde at the church office by phone (410-939-5233) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to attend.
The annual church-wide picnic is scheduled for next Sunday, September 21 at 1:30 p.m. It will be held at the church property located at 16 North Earlton Road Extended. The deacons will be providing the meat and grilling it between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. so that it is ready when we show up two and a half hours earlier than we usually do. They will also have buns. So put a dish together (vegetable, salad, casserole, dessert), bring a lawn chair and a game if you have one and join us for some food, fellowship and fun. The Social Team will provide the condiments, drinks and eating-ware. The goal is to connect folks from both of our worship services and get to know and love each other better. We have a soft ball field, a sand pit volleyball court and horseshoe pits, so please bring your gear and be ready for a game after the meal of whatever form. Don’t miss it! See you there!
Also, if you would be available to help set up poles and tarp, tables, chairs and the volleyball net on Saturday, please let Pastor Ron know ASAP so plans can be made for when this could happen Saturday.
Tea at Two
You are invited to Tea at Two on Tuesday, September 16 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.
Wednesday Night Fellowship Meals
It’s that time again! Our Wednesday night fellowship meals will begin this Wednesday, September 17 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This will be a wonderful time to wind down after a long day as well as enjoy good food and fellowship. We look forward to seeing you there!
Singles’ Bowling Outing
You are invited – whether you are single or not – to the Singles’ bowling party on Sunday, September 28 at 3:00 p.m. at Harford Lanes in Aberdeen. Games are $4.25 each and shoe rental is $2.50. The bowling alley sells sandwiches and snacks and drinks, so bring some spending money. Also bring a friend. Join us for a few hours of guaranteed laughter. Call Bill Cook at 443-502-5372 if you have any questions. See you there!
The Trustees will meet on Saturday, September 27 at 8:00 a.m. in the Conference Room. All Trustees should plan to attend.