Church bulletin announcements for the week of 01/25/15
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 next observe the Lord's Supper on Sunday, February 1. Begin making plans now to contribute to this ministry. Here are some things we are in need of: pancake mix, cornbread mix, cooking oil, dry or evaporated milk, Spam, canned ham, canned chicken, chili mix, sloppy joe mix, vienna sausage, potted meat, chicken & dumplings, pasta meals, hamburger helper meals, crackers, ramen noodles, instant potatoes.
G.R.O.W. Outreach Ministry
If you are interested in helping First Baptist reach our community with the gospel message and more, please consider G.R.O.W. ("God Rewards Our Work"). We need letter writers, phone callers, and visitation teams.
- The letter writers will help us get letters to families in Havre de Grace, letting them know about First Baptist and our desire to be there for them.
- The phone callers will call those we've sent letters to, to see if they are interested in information about our church and would like a visit.
- The visitation teams will go meet families interested in our church, including those who visit our church on Sunday mornings.
This is a wonderful opportunity to reach out into our community so they know we are here more than just to be a church, but also to be a partner in the struggles of life. This is a one hour a month ministry, so if you are interested, please call Jerry Wiggins at 443-307-1827, so he can start preparations in developing a plan. That plan will include training for some aspects of the ministry (visitation, sharing the gospel, sharing your personal testimony, etc.).
New Member's Class
Pastor Ron will begin a new member's class the first Sunday of February, February 1, during Sunday School (Sunday Bible Study) time. The focus of our time will be to orient folks to how things function at First Baptist – decisions, budgets, ministries, leadership, etc. – but also to introduce the members to basic Baptist doctrine (priesthood of the believer, security of the believer, lordship of Christ, work of the Holy Spirit, etc.). The class is for those folks new to the church over the past couple of years, but is open to anyone wanting a better handle on any of these things. The study will run for about 6 weeks, unless the class members have lots of questions to be answered. Let Pastor Ron know of your interest as soon as possible.
Faith and Family Night
The Aberdeen Iron Birds will be holding a "Faith and Family Night" on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $13.50. This is open to anyone in the church to attend. If you would like to go or have any questions, please call Danielle Bauer at 443-356-3438. She needs to know as soon as possible how many tickets we will need. If August is too far out for you to know for sure you would be able to go, we can work with you to find someone to take your place and purchase your ticket from you. So if you even think you would like to go, let us know, so we can get the tickets now.
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.
Answered Prayers Food Drop
Answered Prayers and the Food Bank of Maryland will be holding their monthly food giveaway on Monday, February 2 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. here at the church. Please contact Rick Haynes (443-752-2450) with any questions.
Tea at Two
You are invited to Tea at Two on Wednesday, January 28 at First Baptist Church in the first floor conference room. This tea is open to any women of our church, especially if you live alone. Come enjoy the company of other women in a time of fellowship, tea, prayer and a small devotion. Please call Fern Smith with any questions at 410-942-0832.
New Answered Prayers Food Pantry
Answered Prayers Ministry is setting up another food pantry. This one will be operated on Friday afternoons, every Friday, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at Lighthouse Mission (i.e., the Associational Building or old youth building). The opening date for this pantry is Friday, January 30.
The deacons will meet on Tuesday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. All active deacons should plan to attend.
Business Meeting Reports
All reports (Ministry Team Reports) and agenda items (ministry proposals, calendaring events) for the February 12 business meeting must be in the church office by Thursday, February 5.
Men of all ages are invited to breakfast and a devotional study on Saturday, February 14 at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For details or to sign up to help please call Don Ratzlaff (410-939-4929).