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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 10/19/14

Susquehanna Baptist Association Annual Meeting
The Annual Associational Meeting has been calendared for Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m.  We will be meeting at Conowingo Baptist Church (151 Rock Springs Road, Conowingo) for special music, association business meeting and messages from God's word. Our church's representatives have made arrangements to be there.  Join us as we meet God together with members of other Southern Baptist Churches.

Budget Requests and Team Worksheets
The Finance Team and Church Office are asking that all budget requests and team worksheets be returned to the church office by Sunday, November 9.  This will facilitate the Finance Team's effort in developing a 2015 budget in time for the December business meeting and the office's effort in getting an up-to-date listing of team chairpersonsand calendaring of events for the church year.  If you did not get your budget request forms and worksheets at the orientation and planning meeting, you may get them from the church office.

Sunday Bible Study Leaders Meeting
Please plan to attend a meeting of Sunday Bible Study class leaders on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  This meeting will last about one hour.  We will discuss our vision for transformational teaching in our classes this year, exploring ways to deepen our personal relationships, and finding ways to engage guests to help them feel welcome and encouraged to become involved regularly in a Bible study class.

The Outer Limits Youth Ministry would like to announce that youth will be 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.

Operation Christmas Child
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, 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.). Also, money is needed to ship the packages ($7.00 per box).  If you are not able to assemble an entire box but would like to donate items, this year there will be a decorated box for you to put donations in (in the room adjacent to the sanctuary behind the piano).  Complete boxes will be assembled from the donations.  You may donate money as well for the purchase of supplies or to help defray the cost of shipping the boxes.  Please see Dawn Dawson or Kathy Blythe.  Samaritan's Purse asks us to be praying for these children.  Let's make a difference in a child's life.  Please bring your boxes in by Sunday, November 9 so they can be delivered on time.

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.

Word of Life:   We are taking the youth on an overnight worship experience in Philadelphia, PA on November 21 and 22.  Word of Life is hosting youth groups at a Philadelphia 76'ers game, AMP youth rally and worship service, and recreation all night long.  We will be leaving the church on Friday evening at 4:00 p.m.  Activities will end at 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning when we will return to FBC for a pancake breakfast.  The cost is $25 per student. 

Ministry Opportunity
Answered Prayers and the Rugged Cross Motorcycle Club will be collecting socks and underwear (men's size medium, 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). 

Family Harvest Festival
Each year our church presents an alternative to the usual trick or treating that happens on October 31. This year that date falls on Friday. 

  • Begin bringing in your donations of individually wrapped candy and treats
  • Need cakes, pies and other baked goods; there is a baked goods contest (sign-up will be soon)
  • Always looking for games (notify the office ASAP)
  • Need people to man the games and hand out prizes (games will be listed soon for sign-up)
  • Need greeters and gospel tract distributers (sign-up will be soon)
  • Need meal preparers (sign-up will be soon)
  • Want folks to decorate their car trunks and give out goodies from the trunk (sign-up will be soon)
  • Cook up your favorite chili for our 'chili bowl cook-off' (sign-up will be soon)
  • Make a centerpiece for our decorations contest (to be used for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner)

What will be your part in bringing people (the lost, the unchurched, and the churched) to the festivities? Into the fellowship? Onto the Father?

Tea at Two
You are invited to Tea at Two on Tuesday, October 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.

Church Council
The Church Council will meet on Saturday, November 1 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.

Men's Breakfast
Men of all ages are invited to breakfast and a devotional study on Saturday, November 8 at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  For details or to sign up to help please call Don Ratzlaff (410-939-4929).



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