Church bulletin announcements for the week of 11/23/14
First Baptist Mission Statement
This past Sunday (November 16) afternoon, a number of church members met for the open forum organized by the Pastors and Deacons. The plan was to prompt some conversation about First Baptist's mission with a goal of developing a church mission statement. The group decided that such a statement needs to be sufficiently brief so members can remember it. We agreed it needs to be something all our church's ministries can be guided by and support. And it needs to speak to each member's life and living. The statement we arrived at is as follows:
"The mission of First Baptist Church of Havre de Grace is to be the instrument of Christ's Church in Havre de Grace, by loving our neighbors, making disciples, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey Christ's commands."
International Missions Effort
This year's week of emphasis on international missions is Sunday to Sunday, November 30 to December 7. The theme this year is "One Sacred Effort" and the scripture is Matthew 28:19-20. After Jesus' death and resurrection, God sent disciples to continue His faithful mission to make Himself know. Now, we see it as our call and privilege to join the Author of all history in His magnificent story of redemption as we advance His Gospel among all nations – together in one sacred effort! The offering for international missions is named after a Southern Baptist missionary to China in the late 1800's, early 1900's – Lottie Moon. Gifts to the 2013 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering were the largest in history. The 2014 Lottie Moon Christmas offering national goal is $175 million. Out of the world's 11,000-plus people groups, nearly 7,000 are considered yet unreached; they include more than half of the world's population. What shall we contribute in monies and prayers to reaching the lost in our world? Will we perhaps go with the message of Jesus?
Thanksgiving Dinner and Concert
Our Thanksgiving Dinner is today, November 23 at 5:00 p.m. There are several things that we need. a.) Four (4) turkeys (at least 15 pounds) cooked, carved, with gravy and three (3) hams ready to serve b.) Sunday Bible Study classes to bring side dishes and desserts (please sign up on the sheets available in Sunday Bible Study folders). The Social Team will provide mashed potatoes and dressing. c.) Cleanup crew. If you are not involved in a Sunday Bible Study class, there will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board at the entrance to the Education Building.
This year our concert will consist of special music by church members as well as an old fashioned "hymn sing" calling for your favorite hymns. Come join us for delicious food, great fellowship and a time of giving thanks to our awesome God. See you there!
Community Thanksgiving Service
The city-wide joint Thanksgiving Service will be Wednesday evening, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, located at 615 Congress Avenue in Havre de Grace. Contributions will be received of canned and boxed goods as well as money to help meet the needs of families in our town. Come worship and give thanks with God's people from across Havre de Grace.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
You are cordially invited to attend the second annual Havre de Grace Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church Hall on Pennington Avenue (next to the high school). The meal will include turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, dessert and beverages. The dinner is free for everyone. Arrangements can be made to transport you to and from the dinner if necessary or to deliver a meal directly to your home if you cannot attend. Reservations will be accepted until November 26. Please call Don Osman at 410-939-5412 or 443-243-7493.
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 from October 26-December 7 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.
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.
Upcoming Youth Events
reBoot: reBoot 2015 is fast approaching. We are scheduled to attend this annual event at Skycroft January 9-11. Students in grades 6 thru 12 are welcome to attend. The cost for students is $40. Registration forms are available in the high school Sunday School room. Deadline for registration and money to be turned in is today, November 23. Call Chip at 410-937-0659 or Danielle at 443-356-3438 with any questions or for more information.
Raymond Von Wahlde reminds everyone who generously became a sponsor to purchase, wrap, place the Star Kids name tag on and return their presents to the church by Sunday, November 30.
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.
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.
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 on Sunday, December 21. There will also be Christmas caroling.
The children and youth of First Baptist would like to invite you to our second annual Christmas show on December 14 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. A make-up date of December 21 has been set in case of inclement weather.
Men of all ages are invited to breakfast and a devotional study on Saturday, December 13 at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For details or to sign up to help please call Don Ratzlaff (410-939-4929).
The deacons will meet on Tuesday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. All active deacons should plan to attend.
Flower and Decorating Team Meeting
The Flower and Decorating Team will meet on Saturday, December 6 at 9:00 a.m. All members should plan to attend.
The deaconesses will meet on Wednesday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. All deaconesses should plan to attend.
Business Meeting Reports
All reports (Ministry Team Reports) and agenda items (ministry proposals, calendaring events) for the December 11 business meeting must be in the church office by Thursday, December 4.