Church bulletin announcements for the week of 02/22/15
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, March 1. Begin making plans now to contribute to this ministry. Here are some things we are in need of: cooking oil, cereal (hot or cold), Spam, Vienna Sausage, potted meat, beef stew, chicken & dumplings, pork & beans.
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. 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 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.).
Fifth Annual Women's Conference
Oak Grove Baptist Church on Route 22 in Bel Air is hosting the annual Women's Conference again this year on 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.
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.
Tea at Two
You are invited to Tea at Two on Tuesday, February 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.
The Church Council will meet on Saturday, March 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. There should be a representative of each ministry present. Your efforts in making arrangements to be represented are greatly appreciated and allow us to deal more effectively with church business. The meeting will go no longer than about an hour, finishing up by 10:45 a.m. at the latest.
The church's annual Men's Retreat is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 13-14 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, February 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.
The Trustees will meet on Saturday, February 28 at 8:00 a.m. in the Conference Room. All trustees should plan to attend.
Answered Prayers Food Drop
Answered Prayers and the Food Bank of Maryland will be holding their monthly food giveaway on Monday, March 2 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. here at the church. Please contact Rick Haynes (443-752-2450) with any questions.
The deacons will meet on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. All active deacons should plan to attend.