Block Party 2017

FBC Block Party —  An afternoon of music, food and friends with some great fellowship!

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You’re Invited! And bring a friend!

09.10.17
First Baptist Church Uptown
3-7 p.m.

You’re invited! Save this date!  Bring a friend!

FBC Block Party
An afternoon of music, food and friends with some great fellowship!

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon in the FBC parking lot on 3rd Avenue!

Free Entry & Free Food

Come and See

In the first chapter of John, Jesus found Andrew and then Andrew found Simon and invited him to “come and see”.  On Sunday, February 5th as our church celebrates communion, you are invited to find someone who would not be in our service and invite them to “come and see” and offer to experience the Christ with them as you share communion together.

Find someone who would not be coming to church on February 5th.  It could be one of our homebound members or someone in a nursing home.  You might know of someone who does not attend church or hasn’t been to church in a long time.  Offer to come and share the service with them or invite them to your home where you can listen to the service and share communion together.

Once you contact someone, you will need to have a good radio or access to a computer where you can listen to the service.  You will need to provide the elements for communion: grape juice and bread.  We can provide small communion cups if you would like.  Bulletins will be available on Wednesday night, February 1st.  You will listen to the live broadcast until time for communion; then the radio broadcast will have a special recording to guide in the service of communion.

This is a way we can reach out to others and experience the Christ through communion.  We are taking the church to others; not expecting them to come to us.  We are also highlighting our radio and web ministry that reaches hundreds of people each week.

Please let the office know where you will be on February 5th and the names of those with whom you will be sharing communion.

Save the Date: TDCWL 2017

Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors.  Touching Davidson County with Love, a community mission activity, was born to help us fulfill this command.  2015 was the tenth year of celebrating TDCWL, and fifteen Davidson County churches joined together last April to conduct a one-day demonstration of love for the needy.  The churches represented a variety of denominations.

The next Touching Davidson County with Love is April 22, 2017.

We would love to have you involved in 2017!

Here is our outline of activity:
–In January all interested churches will select one or more representatives to serve on the TDCWL Steering Committee.
–There will probably be a meeting of the Steering Committee each month until the day of Touching Davidson County with Love.
–For several months, we will be searching for projects that will demonstrate our love for the needy.  Possibly projects include but not limited to building wheelchair ramps, visiting nursing homes, singing at nursing homes, making blankets for abused children, cleaning yards, delivering food and other gifts, making repairs, cleaning up camps to get ready for the summer and many other ideas that you may suggest.

For more information or to sign up to participate, please use our contact us page to get involved in this priceless local ministry.

Christmas Shoeboxes

For many years, members of First Baptist Church have traveled to the Samaritan’s Purse distribution center to help organize the huge volume of filled shoe boxes that will be shipped all over the world to provide Christmas gifts for needy children.

This year, 2016, we had over 140 Shoeboxes donated by FBC.

Here’s the FBC group that traveled to Charlotte for this special occasion.  What a great group!  Thanks FBC!

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Christmas Food Boxes

It is the time again for Sunday School Mission Project Food Boxes at Christmasfbc-food-boxes
for the needy in our community.

Last year we prepared 60 boxes at a cost of $75.00 to $80.00 box.  Please give as you are able.  All checks should be made to First Baptist Church.  December 7 is the deadline for all contributions.  The boxes will be delivered on Wednesday December 14.

Contact Peggy Barnhardt or the church office if you wish to help box items or deliver boxes.

Operation Christmas Child 2016

Save this date: November 16, 2016.

Our church has participated in the Christmas Shoe Box collection since it began in operationchristmaschild-smallpng1993. When it first started we collected 200 plus boxes, but numbers have steadily declined in recent years, down to about 65 last year.

We can do better than that!

This year we want everyone to pack a shoe box (from the youngest to the oldest senior adult) boys, girls, men, and women. If you have physical limitations and are unable to shop, contact Barbara Epley at 336-2491331 and she will shop for you, bring the box to you, and help you pack it.

We need your help to collect the most shoe boxes ever!  We have ordered shoe boxes from Operation Christmas Child. They are now available for pickup.

Determine whether you wish to sponsor a boy or girl and choose the age group. Simply pack items that are age appropriate in a shoe box, include a $7.00 check payable to Samaritan’s Purse (covers shipping and handling). Attach a brochure, available in the church office or the Fellowship Hall. The final day for us to these in is Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Pick up your box today and start shopping.

DREAMS Report

A Report developed by the congregation of First Baptist Church with their vision of the Dreams and Challenges that will build our future.FBC-LThornhill-2016-111

Read the report FBC Tomorrow – Interim Dreams Report

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.

Belize Field Journal 2015

Day 9:  We had a great day yesterday.    Grilled 75 hamburgers and had delicious watermelon.   The Youth from Belmopan had a wonderful time.  Waiting for power to go off.  Our youth are ready for worship this morning.

Day 8:  We have had a fantastic week in Belize.  I can’t say enough good things about our youth.   They have been phenomenal!   Bible School was a big success.   The youth have some powerful experiences to share.   Grayson went to the children’s home yesterday to take the sports equipment. It was an experience he will never forget.image(1)

  Today we are hosting the Belize youth for a day long celebration.   We have been asked to lead the worship service tomorrow at Belmopan Baptist.  The youth will be singing and speaking and I will be preaching in the morning.
    We celebrated Emerson’s and Carol’s birthdays yesterday.   The is nothing like a Belizean birthday!
  Working with FUMC has been a great experience.     All of our kids have bonded and can’t wait to continue working together when we get home.  We have talked a great deal about plans for the school year and everyone is excited about senior high youth!
  This may be my last email.   The electricity will be off tomorrow.   Monday we go to the island where we have no connection by phone or email.   In the event of an emergency contact Pelican Beach Resort in Dangriga.
      This trip has exceeded all expectations.   God has richly blessed us all.

 

Day 7: Great day in Belize yesterday.  We visited the Mayan ruins which is a great image(2)highlight.   Today is the last day of VBS.   Our numbers have grown each day.  Working with FUMC has been a great, positive experience.   The kids have been great and have bonded very well.  They are already planning ways to work together when we get back home.

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Day 5: image

Day 4:   Another great day in Belize!   Our numbers in Bible School increased again this morning and we were officially informed that they want us to lead the worship service this Sunday.   We went to see the Howler Monkeys this afternoon.  We go into the very heart of the rain forest and our guide “calls” the monkeys down from the trees.  It is an incredible experience the kids will never forget.

These young people are phenomenal.  They are working so well together and demonstrating exceptional leadership.   They are all well and having a fantastic time.

We are grateful for the opportunity to share this experience with them.  Tomorrow we visit Mayan Ruins

Day 3:  The kids had an amazing experience this afternoon as we went cave tubing.  We explored one of the most incredible cave systems in Belize. The kids were able to jump off an underground cliff inside the cave into the cold water below. It was an experience they will never forget. Bible School went much better today.    Everyone is having a great time in Belize.

Day 2:   Belmopan is the capital city of Belize but there were no eggs to be found on Monday, August 3.  There was Bible School in Belmopan. Lee and I had to leave to go to Belize City to get his bag, but not to worry–our youth took over and by the end of the day the children were so excited they couldn’t wait to come back tomorrow. The kitchen crew is busy getting ready for dinner tonight.  The kids are resting.   We saw a rainbow this morning that was a simple confirmation God is blessing us.  Everyone is healthy.  All is good.

Day 1:   The group landed early in Belize and after a great lunch at Cheers we arrived at image_1the camp about 3:00 pm.  The only glitch is that LMabe’s suitcase is still at the airport–we hope!   We find out in the morning.  Everyone is tired but very happy to be here.  Bible School begins in the morning.

Our mission shirt is already hanging at Cheers!image