Church bulletin announcements for the week of 03/15/15
Support Group and Study
The study "Making Peace With Your Past" with a work book written by Tim Sledge will be conducted in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist, Havre de Grace. The group will be led by Sharon Wiggins and will meet every Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for 12 weeks. The focus is to assist adults who were raised in difficult family settings or dysfunctional homes to learn new coping skills, work through emotional and physical dependencies, and to find healthier alternatives through encouragement, accountability, and face-to-face, step-by-step support and guidance. There is no cost for the class; however, if you choose to purchase the book, we can provide it at $20.00/book. Or you can choose to order your own from amazon.com or Lifeway. A start date will be determined as soon as the participants are identified and agreement can be reached. For more information, please contact Sharon Wiggins at 443-307-1793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. We will begin letter writing this afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
- 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. This work will begin after we have gotten a good number of letters out to people.
- 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 folks know we are here and to be their partner in the struggles of life. This is a one hour a month ministry. If you are interested, please call Jerry Wiggins at 443-307-1827 or write your name on the bulletin tear off strip. Our plans include training for some aspects of the ministry (visitation, sharing the gospel, sharing your personal testimony, etc.).
Easter Holiday Activities
- Good Friday Cross Procession – The annual cross procession will begin at 12 noon at David Craig park.
- Easter Sunrise Service – This deacon-led service will be conducted on the Promenade in front of the Decoy Museum at 6:30 a.m. The service will be a communion celebration. A continental-type breakfast will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall.
- Sunday morning services – We will celebrate communion during our morning worship services.
Fifth Annual Women's Conference
Oak Grove Baptist Church on Route 22 in Bel Air is hosting the annual Women's Conference again this coming Saturday, March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Guest speaker is Marie Monville, whose husband made a decision to hold an Amish school house hostage on October 2, 2006 in Lancaster, PA. She will inspire you to dive deep into a passionate, transformative love relationship with God. Also, Sandy McRaney, wife of Executive Missional Strategist for the Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network/BCMD, Will McRaney, will speak about her personal ministry experiences while working with a variety of groups. Cost of the conference is $25.00 per person which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. For registration information you may call the church office at 410-838-9898 or go to their website: www.oakgrovebaptist.com and click on 2015 Women's Conference.
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.
The church's annual Men's Retreat has been rescheduled for Friday-Saturday, April 17-18 at Skycroft. We try to leave about 2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, to get to Skycroft in time for dinner. Some men have joined us later due to work schedules, driving down on their own, but our goal is to begin the fellowship among the guys as we travel together. We leave Skycroft in the late afternoon and stop for dinner on the way home Saturday evening. So make plans now to join us. The cost is $70.00, but if finances are a problem, be sure to speak with Don Ratzlaff so we can arrange a scholarship for you.
Women of all ages are invited to breakfast and a time of fellowship on Saturday, March 28 at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a light dish to share if possible. See Carol Allen or Blanca Ratzlaff with any questions you might have.
Tea at Two
You are invited to Tea at Two on Tuesday, March 24 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.
Our church is responsible for providing and serving the meal at Grace Place on Tuesday, March 31. For details and to volunteer to help contact Carol Allen at 410-939-4367 or Jean Brammer at 410-939-5623.
Members of First Baptist Church will be performing a program on Palm Sunday evening highlighting Passion Week in celebration of Easter. Plan to join us on March 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Flower and Decorating Team
The Flower and Decorating Team will meet on Saturday, March 28 at 9:00 a.m. All members should plan to attend.
The Trustees will meet on Saturday, March 28 at 8:00 a.m. All Trustees should plan to attend.
Note of Sympathy
Our deepest love and sympathy are extended to Sue Hoch and family in the death of her husband Errol. Errol will be sorely missed by his family and his church family. Please keep this family in your prayers.