Church bulletin announcements for the week of 07/27/14
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 screenings 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.
Christmas in July
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.
Deacons Ministry Ingathering
In an effort to highlight the deacons ministry on the Sundays we observe the Lord’s Supper, we have an ingathering of goods and monies for their emergency assistance ministry. We will observe the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, August 3. Begin making plans now to contribute to this ministry. Here are some things we are in need of: salt, cooking oil, powered milk, fruit juice, pancake mix, jelly, Spam, Vienna sausages, instant potatoes.
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.
Seafood Festival Ministry Opportunity
Havre de Grace’s Seafood Festival is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, August 8-10. A group of Christians have worked with the city and the festival planners to bring in the biblical sand sculptor from Ocean City. The focus of the sand sculptings will be to encourage people back to church. The sponsors of this effort want to train people in talking with folks at the sculpture. First Baptist is hosting a training session for this on Thursday, July 31 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Call 410-838-1227 or email at 153bigfish.org@gmailcom to reserve your spot today for training and serving.
“Back to School” Project
Extreme Family Outreach is gearing up for their Back to School Events. . .where they conduct a show – “It’s Cool to Stay in School” – and give the children free school supplies to start the new school year equipped and ready to go! One parent, a single mom, shared how much she appreciated all Extreme Family does, because it helps take the stress off of making that decision whether to buy her child shoes or school supplies. It can be difficult.
First Baptist has been very kind and supportive of the Somerset Manor Community. They are asking for us to participate in their school supply drive. The drive begins Sunday, July 20. Please return your donations by Sunday, July 27 and place in the box in the foyer. Raymond Von Wahlde will deliver them to the Extreme Family office. Please see Raymond for a list of supplies needed.
Men of all ages are invited to breakfast and a devotional study on Saturday, August 9 at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For details or to sign up to help please call Don Ratzlaff (410-939-4929).
Business Meeting Reports
All reports (Ministry Team Reports) and agenda items (ministry proposals, calendaring events) for the August 14 business meeting must be in the church office by Thursday, August 7.
The deacons will meet on Tuesday, August 5 at 7:00 p.m. All active deacons should plan to attend.
The deaconesses will meet on Wednesday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. All deaconesses should plan to attend.