Religious Liberty 2016

Twenty-eight youth and adults left early Thursday morning for Washington, DC via
Amtrak to visit our nation’s capital with a focus on religious liberty.

The group returned early Monday morning. Below are the pictorial highlights of this fantastic tour and group of Christians!

 

FBC in action

For the recent Crisis Ministry food drive, FBC graciously permitted the temporary storage of food bags in the Fellowship Hall for pick-up by USPS.


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That’s a lot of food!

Opportunities for Service.

From Ray’s sermon of April 10th, 2016, Opportunities for Service is here on the opportunitiesforservice-apr2016website.  Ray’s invitation to join the ministry of FBC included three basic points of consideration for action.

He called them the ABCs:

A: Ask God,

B: Be yourself and

C: Commitment.

The online signup form is here.

Some of these opportunities can be filled by one person.  Some will require numerous volunteers.  Where is God leading you to serve?

Visit Nursing Homes, Rehab Centers, and Homebound (Coordinate with CARE Committee to visit our church family members who are confined to home or a healthcare facility)

Coordinate Lay Readers (Schedule Lay Readers for Sunday Mornings, Coordinate with Ray to provide Scriptures in advance)

Coordinate Bible Openers (Maintain a list of children to open the Bible, contact families in advance to schedule Sundays and coordinate with Ray or the church office)

Church Paraments (Coordinate with Ray to have the correct Paraments on the pulpit and communion table, and make sure the paraments are maintained, protected, and properly stored)

Coordinate Youth Snack Suppers (Beginning this fall, schedule snack suppers for Sunday nights, coordinating with youth leaders)

Vacation Bible School (We need workers for VBS July 25-29)

Family Life Committee (We hope to plan more family, social, and fun activities and would like to increase the number of people on the Family Life Committee)

Church Vehicles (Make sure our bus and mini-bus are up to date on service and inspections. Know where to send vehicles if repairs are needed)
Wednesday Night Meals (Volunteers needed beginning in the fall)

Visitors Follow-Up
(Contact those who visit our church and share information on the church if interested)

FaithHealth (Join our FaithHealth ministry to provide transportation, meals, or support services as needed)

FaithHealth Monthly Emphasis
(Coordinate with Dr. Victor Farrah to provide the monthly bulletin insert on a timely health issue)

Hospital Visitors (When Ray is not available, visit our church members who are hospitalized)

Agency Representative (Keep our church family informed of needs and volunteer opportunities in the agency that you represent)

Sunday Morning Coffee Room (Thank you Alyson Honeycutt for coordinating!—we will need volunteers to help)

Sunday Morning Greeters (Join our friendly group of greeters to provide a cheerful welcome and assistance when needed)

Shoebox Ministry (Coordinate our annual Shoebox Ministry)

Salvation Army Christmas Angels (Coordinate our annual Christmas Angel campaign through the Salvation Army)

Church Bulletin Boards
(Coordinate and decorate our church bulletin boards to promote important events)

Sanctuary Flowers (Coordinate flowers for the sanctuary including the annual Christmas Poinsettias, palms for Palm Sunday & Easter Lilies)

Fountain (Maintain our church fountain in the Columbarium Garden)

Columbarium Sales and Oversight (Oversee our Church Columbarium with responsibility for sales)

TV Informational Monitor (Update the TV monitor in the Fellowship Hall lobby on a weekly basis)

Sunday Morning Prayer Ministry (Join our Sunday morning prayer team to pray for our church during this important time)

Candles and Candle Lighters (Look after the candles in the sanctuary and the lighters that we use for the Christ Candle.  Coordinate with Ray for candles needed for All Saint’s Sunday)

Extended Session/Nursery (Volunteers are needed to help with the nursery and extended session during the worship service)

Children’s Ministry (Coordinate a Children’s Ministry during worship, plan a week at Passport Kids, plan outings and events for children)

Chrismon Ministry
(Join this dedicated group of talented members to create new Chrismons for our beautiful tree this Advent season)

Small Jobs Ministry
(Help is needed with this important ministry)

Single Adult Ministry
(Start a Single Adult Ministry in our church)

Host a Small Group (Small groups can meet for Bible Study, book reviews, prayer, or for any special ministry)

Create a New Ministry (Perhaps God is calling you to create a brand new ministry)

Music Ministry (Sanctuary Choir, Senior Adult Choir, Handbells, Youth Choir, Soloists, Ensembles, Children’s Choirs-Joyful Singers and Chancel Choristers)

Sunday School Literature (Work with SS Director John Thacker to organize and distribute Sunday School Literature)

Creative Writing (Use your creative writing skills to write original “Gatherings” and/or litanies for the worship service)

Church Ambassador (We have many outside groups and agencies who use our church building as part of our mission to the community. We need someone to represent the church at these occasions)

Prayer Shawl Ministry (Join this group of gifted women who knit or crochet prayer shawls for the sick, baby blankets, and afghans for our high school graduates)

Nominating Committee
(Our Nominating Committee will be meeting soon to fill our committee and leadership positions.  Find a place of service and let us know this is where you would like to serve)

Touching Davidson County With Love
(Become a part of our leadership team to begin planning the 11th Annual TDCWL!)

FaceBook and Twitter
  (Manage our church’s FaceBook page, updating frequently.  Start a church Twitter account to promote church activities and share information.)

We have many church members who are involved in a multitude of ministries.  If you are already doing something that is on this list we are grateful.  This list is by no means exhaustive and does not include many of the important tasks that are appointed by the Nominating Committee.  These are areas that we need your help to build the church of Christ.

To volunteer for a service opportunity on this list or to learn more you can
a) email ray at ray(at)fbclex.org;
b) call the church office at (336) 245-1261;
c) circle the opportunity (or opportunities) and hand the list to Ray, Jim Tate, or the church office or;  Print out the list here.
d) complete this online form.

To volunteer for a position of leadership or service that is covered by the Nominating Committee, please email Debbie Tate at dtate(at)triad.rr.com

 

March 2016 CBFNC – Belize Missions

March 2016 Newsletter on CBFNC-Belize Missions

The partnership between the Baptist Association of Belize and CBFNC has continued with cooperation among teams and agencies and among churches in construction, education, spiritual development and economic development projects.  One cooperative activity came to an end during this year; the Baptist Bible School of Belize (BBSB) held its final set of classes in May and last graduation in October.

The BBSB held its first session in January of 2006 with Dennis Hipp, Bob Lamb and Antolino Flores as its leaders and with six students in attendance.  Many of your churches have given scholarships to one or more of the fifty plus students who attended at least one of the sessions offered for a week – three each year.  Over thirty students have received their diplomas—three of the last four doing a marathon of six courses in six days at the final session in May.  Thanks to Rev. Susan Pasour, state side leader of the BBSB, and to all who sent money and all who taught.  The impact of this school will continue to be felt as pastors use training they received, as laymen have become pastors and as laypersons are more educated teachers and participants in their churches.

A cooperative project that several of our churches have worked on is expanding.  The main building of the Santa Elena Baptist Primary School was dedicated this past August.  This year Rev. Hal Melton and  Trinity Baptist Church of Raleigh have been back there with a construction team working on two additional classrooms for preschool children who currently meet at the Santa Elena Baptist Church.  Money has been sent by Trinity and CBFNC to provide materials used by the Santa Elena Church and by Trinity.  Hal says that more money for pouring the roof and a team to “run electric wiring, and hang lights and fans” will be needed.  This may be a place where your church would like to make a donation for building materials or take a team to work.  If so, contact Hal at:  hmelton@tbcraleigh.com

Other projects, in addition to construction at the Santa Elena Baptist Primary School, included work by a group of students and faculty from Meredith College who helped by providing books and setting up  a library for the school.  They also provided librarian training “as well as tutoring and teacher training in a reading program called Motheread”.  (participant Amy Wilson)

The Meredith College team worked with a number of other agencies to provide “training for caregivers of children’s homes, videography with the purpose of providing promotional materials for Belize’s child welfare department, and training of local businessmen in principles to enhance their existing programs.”  (participant Amy Wilson)  Most of these agencies were in Belmopan.

Trinity Baptist, Raleigh and six members from Emerywood Baptist, and teams from FBC Clinton and Bladenboro Baptist worked on another construction project in 2015—building a new sanctuary for Sand Hill Baptist Church.  In August, Trinity “put on the metal roofing/flashing to connect the new Sand Hill sanctuary to the original building.”  The original sanctuary will become classroom and weekday preschool space.

A different type of construction project was completed by the twelfth annual mission team from FBC Marion.  They partnered with Belmopan Baptist High School and the Rotary Club of Marion to work on a sheep training program for the school.  This involved building a sheep barn and fencing approximately four acres.  Rev. Scott Hagaman, pastor of FBC Marion writes that “Arrangements are now being made to acquire sheep for the program.”

Julie and Eric Maas have been a great part of God’s work in Belize as they have worked as directors of the Baptist Training Center.  As they leave the camp to work with Young Life in Belize, we will miss all the wonderful modelling and help they have provided teams and the Baptist Bible School of Belize.  They will still be in Belize and will continue their work with many groups there.  They have been instrumental in working with the anti-trafficking organization, Child Development Foundation, to raise funds and get teams to work on Belize’s first Rescue Home, the Gomer House. If you are interested in working on this project, contact the Maases: jamseekservesave(at)gmail.com.

Since last May, the Maases have worked with Erica, a CBF Student Go intern. Erica’s internship will end this May.   Julie writes that “She’s been working with the Child Development Foundation in parent education and has been doing bibliotherapy with another ministry called Pathlight.”

I have some feeling of sadness with the resignation of the Maases as the directors of the Baptist Training Center and with the closing of the Baptist Bible School of Belize (BBSB).  Both have been a vital part of ministry in Belize.  If you are interested in serving as interim directors or as full-time directors of the Baptist Training Center, please contact Rev. Ray Howell, at First Baptist Lexington.  The email address is  ray@fbclex.org.

The needs of the Baptist Association of Belize for schools and churches, for training, for medical and  dental assistance and for economic and spiritual growth of its members are among those we partner to meet.  From the work reported, you can see the diversity of projects for meeting these needs.  You can also see the many types of partnerships with a variety of organizations and among various churches.  These  experiences are enriching for North Carolina teams as well as Belizeans.  Some of the work done in the past year is noted below—a mere statement of work that does little to encapsulate the growth and benefits of God’s kingdom among participants.

Work From March 2015 through February 2016
May—Meredith College students and faculty did Crisis Care training with caregivers of children’s homes, provided books & training for a library at Santa Elena Baptist Primary School and much more.

June—Ardmore BC.

July—FBC Clinton did construction at Sand Hill Baptist Church.

July—Oakmont BC team led a summer camp and Bible study at Marla’s House of Hope.

Aug—FBC and FUMC Lexington youth worked with youth of Belmopan Baptist Church to provide VBS.  The youth developed the curriculum from the topic given by Belmopan Baptist Church.

August—Trinity BC Raleigh and Emerywood did construction at Sand Hill Baptist Church.

November—Oakmont BC did construction at the Gomer House—putting the walls and roof on the administration building and chapel.

January—Trinity BC Raleigh built the concrete block walls/lentils for one of two additional rooms at Santa Elena Baptist Primary School.

February—FBC Marion held medical clinics at Camalote Baptist Church, King’s Children’s  Home,  New Jerusalem Baptist Church and in Armenia and La Gracia; and they constructed a sheep barn and fencing for a sheep training program at Belmopan Baptist High School.

Plans through 2016
August 12-20
Trinity BC, Raleigh
Construction at Santa Elena Baptist School

Nov 12-19
Oakmont BC
Construction at the Gomer House

Reported by Brenda Hipp.

Global Missions Offering

It is the time of year that we give a special offering to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for missions.  You have a Missions envelope in your packet or just make your check for CBF Global Missions offering.  May we give so others can serve.

 

Palm Sunday GLAMA celebration 2016

GLAMA celebrates Lexington’s Peacemakers…..Lexington Police Department.

Read The Dispatch coverage for the full details of this celebration!

TDCWL 2016

Save the Date  Saturday, April 16

Touching Davidson County With Love

Once again, this spring, our church will be participating in Touching Davidson County with Love.

The  date  is  Saturday, April  16!

Please plan now to participate. There will be construction projects, yard cleanups, nursing homes to visit, an d blankets to be made for children who are abused. Those are just a small portion of the projects that will be needing YOUR help.

Signups will begin around the middle of March.

This is the 10th year for TDCWL; please circle the date on your calendar and come out to help!

Soup & Sandwich Lunch & Bake Sale

Update, January 23rd, 2016:  Due to the snow and ice, this fundraiser has been cancelled.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Our annul Soup and Sandwich lunch is scheduled for Sunday, January 24 following the worship service. Joyce will be making her delicious homemade vegetable soup and you will have a choice of a Conrad and Hinkle Pimento Cheese or Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich.

Jane Blackerby will also be coordinating a delicious bake sale. Tickets are $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 12 and under with a $25.00 family limit. All proceeds will offset the cost of Passport for our youth this summer.

 

2015 A Year end Review

2015!  What a year of Ministry…to the community, to the nation and to the world!  See some of the the best of “FBC in action”!

Love, peace and grace,   –FBC

Christmas Joy

Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” Our church has been able to do great things this Advent, because of all the small things we have been faithful to do together.

We sent 66 shoeboxes through Operation Christmas Child, we adopted 125 Salvation Army Angels, and we gave 60 food boxes through our Sunday School. Our youth and parents sponsored a Christmas party for patients of Cancer Services, and many of our members helped with the Prison Ministry Christmas party.

There is Christmas joy in knowing we have blessed others with God’s love. Thank you for your faithfulness.