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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 12/14/14

Read Through The Bible in 2015
A "systematic Bible-reading calendar" is available to you if you are interested in trying to read through the Bible this coming year.  This Bible reading calendar is available in English (green print) and Spanish (red print).  Pick up one today.

Love Offering
Our church is so very blessed by God through the ministry staff He has called and provided.  During this Christmas season, we want to show our appreciation to members of our staff including the pastors.  You are invited to give a love offering for Lenore Haynes (Director of Music), Dick Holcomb (Custodian) and Kim Von Wahlde (Office Manager).  To designate your gifts, use a love offering envelope and mark it for the church staff.  May the blessings of God's grace pour into your lives in abundance this season.

Offering Envelopes
Be sure to pick up a box of offering envelopes today for the new year.  The use of envelopes assists you in giving your tithes and offerings on a regular and consistent basis.  They also provide the necessary information to give you an approved statement for tax purposes.  These records are compiled from envelopes with a name and amount on them.  If you want to receive proper credit, fill out the front of your envelope each time you give.  You can give your tithes and offerings in Sunday Bible Study or the worship service.

Ministry Opportunity
Answered Prayers and the Rugged Cross Motorcycle Club will be collecting socks and underwear (men's size large, extra-large and 2X) to distribute to patients at Perry Point VA hospital for Christmas.  Cash donations are welcome as well.  For more information please call Sharon Wiggins (443-307-1793) or Rick Haynes (443-752-2450).  These items will be given out next Sunday, December 21.  There will also be Christmas caroling.

Christmas Holiday Schedule

  • December 21 – Continuing our Advent Celebration with the fourth candle, the Angel's candle.
  • The Greater Havre de Grace Outdoor Nativity Display Challenge:  The Susquehanna Ministerium invites the Havre de Grace Community to remember the reason for the season – Jesus!  Residences and businesses are asked to display an outdoor nativity scene between the dates of December 14 and 25, 2014.  Send pictures of your displays to enable us to recognize your participation.  Send them to First Baptist Church, 108 South Stokes Street, or email to rsmith5858@hotmail.com.
  • Christmas Pageant with children and youth on Sunday December 14 and 21 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Deacons Christmas Baskets – packed and delivered on Saturday, December 20 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday School Christmas party – December 21 at 9:45 a.m.
  • Christmas Eve Service – Wednesday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m. with communion
  • Church Office Closed – Thursday, December 25 – Thursday, January 1
  • Annual Christmas Open House of Historic Havre de Grace Churches – Sunday, December 28 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. (snow date is Sunday, January 4, 2015).  The churches participating include the United Methodist Church, Grace Reformed Episcopal Church, St. John's Episcopal Church, St. James A.M.E. Church, St. Patrick's Catholic Church and First Baptist. It is sponsored by the Susquehanna Ministerium.  Check out the rich history.

Youth Ministry Activities
Rent –A-Kid:  The Outer Limits Youth Ministry is making our youth 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.

Money Wars:  The youth are accepting donations of your spare change/paper money over the next year to help support their mission trip.  Each month leading up to July, there will be a challenge to see who brings in the most (boys vs. girls).  Containers will be in the hallway outside the church office.  We thank you in advance.  May the best team win.

Winter Retreat: The youth are attending a Winter Retreat at Camp Joy El, on February 20-22, 2015.  We will be having focused study on survival techniques for the Christian teen in today's culture, intermingled with winter recreation activities, including an afternoon of snow tubing at Round Top.  The cost for church members for this retreat is $62.50, non-members $125.  The cost includes meals at the camp on Friday evening, all day Saturday and breakfast Sunday morning.  Participants should bring money for lunch at Round Top Sunday and dinner on the way home.  We can take a maximum of 30 people on this trip.  Register early to secure your spot.  Forms are available in the Youth Room.  Call Danielle or Chip with any questions or for more information.

Christmas Holiday Activities
Christmas Mail Box:  Once again, some folks have volunteered to provide a "mail box" to receive your Christmas cards for distribution to church members.  The box will be placed on a table in the Fellowship Hall.  You may begin placing your cards in the box. The cards will then be taken out and placed in the Sunday Bible Study folders for distribution.  For those not attending a Sunday Bible Study class, the cards will be laid out on the table in the Fellowship Hall.  Join us in this effort to wish others well for the holiday.

Deacons Christmas Baskets: The deacons are collecting food for Christmas baskets.  The baskets will consist of meats, potatoes, stuffing, and all the trimmings.  A church brochure, gospel tract, and Bible will also be included.  There is a lot of need in Havre de Grace and your contributions will help many families experience the love of Christ.  Food donations can be left on the table in the Fellowship Hall.  Cash donations for the purchase of food can be made through the church by designating "Christmas baskets" on your envelope.  Volunteers to aid in packing and delivering the baskets on Saturday, December 20 will be appreciated.

Christmas Pageant: The children and youth of First Baptist would like to invite you to our second annual Christmas show.  It will be held on Sunday, December 14 and Sunday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m.  A love offering will be collected during the show to raise funds for the Youth Mission Team's trip to Nashville next July.  After the show, please join us for a time of fellowship in the Fellowship Hall where we can enjoy one another's company during this special time of year. 

Food Drive Contest
The women's ministry of First Baptist Church is holding a food drive contest:  Women against men!  Please put your food donations in the boxes located in the entryway.  One LARGE box for the women and one tiny box for the men!  This contest will go has been extended and the winners will get a prize!  You can give monetary donations as well.  Please indicate on your offering envelope that your donation is for the food pantry and state if it is for the men or the women.  We will post updates throughout the competition!  Please remember that high protein items like beans, canned meats, tuna and peanut butter are always great options!  We are hoping to fully stock the pantry to help those in need during the projected harsh winter!!!  For more information or with any questions you might have please contact Sirena Ellis, Carol Allen or Blanca Ratzlaff.




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