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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 for the week of 08/1714

Church Health Assessment Workshop
Earlier this year, First Baptist voted to enter into the “Turning Around Journey” (T.A.J.) process.  In March Pastor Ron traveled to Skycroft to participate in a 2-day retreat to launch the Turning Around Journey for our church.  In April, he attended a 2-day workshop at the State Convention offices in Columbia in preparation for the “T.A.J.”  Since then he has met with other pastors on the same journey, dreaming, discerning, and designing various projects for this journey.

In July, 15 church members took a “church health assessment” for our church.  As soon as the report for that assessment gets to First Baptist, we want to make arrangements for 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 data/results from 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.  Afterwards, 6 groups will be formed using those attending, to address the 6 categories the assessment surveyed – disciple-making, servant-leadership, small groups, community (fellowship), decision-making and worship, specifically addressing the 3 most common positive comments from the survey (about 35 minutes) and the 3 most common challenging comments from the survey (about 35 minutes).

In fact, that last part of the workshop, 30-90 minutes, will involve everyone present in crafting important questions, putting together a statement in the form of a question that will move us to plan for 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. The date and time of the workshop is Sunday, October 5 starting at 2:00 p.m.

Outer Limits Youth Ministry Kick-Off
All students who will be entering grades 6 through 12 this year are invited to attend a kick-off event at the church on Wednesday, September 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  There will be pizza and games.  Bring clothes to change into afterwards because there will be water games.  Contact Danielle Bauer at 443-356-3438 with any questions.

Youth Street Witnessing
The youth will be in downtown Havre de Grace on Friday, September 5 witnessing at the city’s First Fridays event.  We will be leaving the church at 6:00 p.m. and walking downtown.  We will return at 7:00 p.m. for a time of fellowship at the church with hamburgers and hot dogs off the grill.  All students in grades 6 through 12 are invited.  This is a follow up to the theme of the previous two year’s reCharge themes of “Taking It to the Streets” and “Go, Teach, Baptize.”  Contact Chip DeBaugh at 410-937-0659 with any questions.

Anchor 6:19 and Project Sentinel Retreats for Youth
Skycroft Conference Center will be hosting two overnight retreats for students who will be entering 6th through 12th grades this fall.  The young ladies are invited to attend Anchor 6:19 on October 3-4.  The gentlemen’s getaway, Project Sentinel, will be October 10-11.  The cost to students is $30.  Sign-up sheets will be posted in the Junior High and High School rooms and students may also sign up during Wednesday night youth activities.  Space is limited so sign up quickly.  Contact Chip DeBaugh at 410-937-0659 for more information.

Christmas in July...Continued
First Baptist’s Sunday Bible Study classes can participate again this year in the children’s Christmas Shoe Boxes, a project of Samaritan’s Purse (Franklin Graham, President).  The shoe boxes can be packed with hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb, washcloth), school supplies (pens, pencils, sharpener, crayons, markers, writing pad or paper, coloring and picture books, solar calculators, etc.), toys (small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, yo-yos, jump ropes, kazoos, harmonicas, slinky, etc.) and other things (hard candy, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball cap, sunglasses, hair clips, flashlights with extra batteries, toy jewelry, etc.).  The actual collecting of the boxes will be in November, but we are asking you to keep an eye out for sales for school supplies as we get closer to the first day of school.  Also, money is needed to ship the packages ($7.00 per box).   Samaritan’s Purse asks us to be praying for these children.  Let’s make a difference in a child’s life.  We will let you know when to bring the boxes in when it gets close to the date.

Ebola Incident with Samaritan’s Purse in Africa
If you are interested in making a contribution to “Samaritan’s Purse,” it can be sent by mail (P.O. Box 3000; Boone, NC 28607) or done by phone (800-665-2843) or electronically at their web site (samaritanspurse.org).

The Constitution and By-Laws Team recommends the following addition to the First Baptist Church of Havre de Grace By-Laws:

By-Laws, I, j: Associate Membership.  Visitors who have established a relationship with First Baptist Church may be invited to associate membership in First Baptist Church.  To qualify for an associate membership the visitor must maintain membership in good standing with their home church.  A member of the pastoral staff or deacon body must examine the proposed associate to ensure that the associate understands the doctrine by which First Baptist Church operates.  Associate membership will qualify the person to serve in ministries as members of the church body.  They may also participate in deliberations at church business meetings.  However, they will not be extended a voting membership.



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