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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 08/3114

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!  Place a reservation slip in the collection plate or telephone the church office (410-939-5233) by September 15.

Prayer Requests
There are several ways to share any prayer requests you might have: write them out on the bulletin tear-off strip; call Sue Harmon at 410-939-5233; or email Jan Shive at jshive2@verizon.net.

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.

Sunday Bible Study New Year Kick-Off
We will be starting the new church year next Sunday, September 7 by recognizing our Bible Study Teachers and Officers at the 8:30 a.m. service.  Students entering the 1st and 4th grades this year will also be presented with new Bibles.  We ask that all class leaders and students be in the sanctuary before 9:30 a.m. to be recognized.

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 (info@fbchdg.org) if you plan to attend. 

Women’s Events
There are two special opportunities for all ladies of the church coming up in September.  On Saturday, September 13 we will participate in a live simulcast with Beth Moore and on Saturday, September 27 there is a women’s seminar at Faith Baptist Church in Glen Burnie.  More information on both events and sign up flyers are located on the bulletin board beside the deacons pantry.  There is a small cost associated with each event.  If you would like to attend please let us know if you need any help.  This is going to be a great event where we can all come together and learn more about women’s fellowship and the word of God.  Please contact Carol Allen or Blanca Ratzlaff with any questions.

Outer Limits Youth Ministry and G-Force 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.  G-Force will also start on Wednesday, September 3 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  They will be playing water games as well so a change of clothes is recommended.

Family Harvest Festival
There will be a planning meeting for the Family Harvest Festival next Sunday, September 7 immediately following the 11:00 a.m. service in the Fellowship Hall.  Lunch will be provided.  The Family Harvest Festival is one of the special events headed by the Social Team but we also need the help of any other volunteers who might feel God is calling them to help with this outreach which in years past has reached out to hundreds of people in our community!  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.

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.

Life Line Screening Event
First Baptist Church of Havre de Grace is pleased to offer a preventive health event.  Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screening on September 9 in the fellowship hall.  Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to:  blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.  Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.

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.

Homeless Shelter
Each month, on the 6th of the month, First Baptist Church provides a lunch meal for each resident of the homeless shelter in Riverside.  Currently, there are sufficient funds and supplies collected to provide those lunches for several months.  So we are asking that you direct your monies to another ministry instead for a while.  May we suggest some other possibilities: Deacons’ Fund, Answered Prayers Ministry, Shelter of Mercy Transitional Housing Ministry, Alpha’s Glory, Deaconesses or Scube Do.  Thank you for making ministry happen.



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