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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 11/16/14

Open Forum Meeting
As follow-up to our "church health assessment" workshop, the Deacons and Pastors have encouraged and challenged our church's ministry teams to identify their mission statement, along with chairpersons and the target audience of each ministry.  One of the next steps in our "Turn Around Journey" will be to discuss and decide on our church's mission statement.  We have scripture and the church's constitution that will help us in our effort.  So First Baptist will have an open forum setting for discussion of the church's mission statement this afternoon, November 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  You are invited to join us and be a part of that conversation.  It is exciting to see God moving us forward together in His purposes and will.  See you there!

Thanksgiving Dinner and Concert
Our Thanksgiving Dinner is Sunday, 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!

Note of Thanks
Pastor Ron and Pastor William express sincere appreciation for kind remembrances of Pastors' Appreciation Month.  May God bless you in the riches of His glory.

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.

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.

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.

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 November 23.  Call Chip at 410-937-0659 or Danielle at 443-356-3438 with any questions or for more information.

"Star Kids"
Raymond Von Wahlde is seeking sponsors to purchase Christmas gifts for "Star Kids," children in the Somerset Manor development who participate in the Extreme Family Outreach program our church helps sponsor.  For this year's Christmas party there are 20 kids in need of gifts.  Sponsors will receive a child's name, age and gender on a Star Kids tag, purchase a gift for about $20.00, wrap it and return the gift back to our church by Sunday, November 30. Please see Raymond for a star.  You may email him at rvonwahlde@gmail.com or call 443-655-1564.

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.

Christmas Pageant
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.

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.

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 on Sunday, December 21.  There will also be Christmas caroling.

Women's Breakfast
Women of all ages are invited to breakfast and a time of fellowship on Saturday, November 22 at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring a light dish to share if possible. See Carol Allen or Sirena Ellis with any questions you might have.

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.



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