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in the world; not of it

The 'Beatitudes' of Matthew 5.3-11 give us a self-portrait of Jesus.  It can seem a very unappealing portrait - for those of us called to model ourselves after Him.  I mean, who wants to be poor, mourning and persecuted?  Who can all the time be gentle, merciful, pure in heart, peacemaker, and fully concerned about justice?  Where's the realism?  Aren't we to survive in this world and don't we have to use the ways of the world to do so?

Jesus shows us the way to be in the world without being of it.

Come to a Conversation about Global Health, Healing and Hope

Kristy Engel is the guest speaker on Wednesday evening, April 27 at 6:15 PM in the Community Room of CT Baptist Homes, 292 Thorpe Avenue in Meriden. Kristy has served as a missionary for the American Baptist Churches, USA, and is now a global consultant with an emphasis on health care issues for ABC’s International Ministries. Kristy is a nurse practitioner with training in international nutrition. She has served in crisis situations such as the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and the earthquake in Haiti.

Director of Discipleship

We here at First Baptist are currently seeking to fill the position for Director of Discipleship. If you or anyone you know may be interested in the position we are asking that a resume be submitted to the church office via email ( Please see the job description attached below. 

Director of Music Ministries

We here at First Baptist are currently seeking to fill the position for Director of Music Ministries. If you or anyone you know may be interested in the position we are asking that a resume be submitted to the church office via email ( Please see the job description attached below. 

DR Mission Team Experience 2016

The DR Mission Team Experience: Celebrating Batey 50 . . . will celebrate the efforts of hundreds of local volunteers and supporters who are bringing help and hope the poor in La Romana, Dominican Republic. This year’s event features a spectacular silent auction, fabulous hors d’oeuvres and treats, inspiring live music, and an interactive experience not to be missed!

Friday, April 1
6:30pm - 9pm
New Life Mountain Ridge
350 High Hill Road, Wallingford

Tickets:  $15 adults, $10 students, Free for 5 and under

All proceeds benefit the 2016 Dominican Republic Mission Team, which will send 180-200

Who is the Holy Spirit?

When: 9-9:50 AM Sunday mornings
             12 week Study
             Begins April 3rd 
Where: Christian Ed. Wing first room on the right
Who: All who want to deepen their faith and understanding of how the Holy Spirit works in their lives

Is this study for you?

Bring your Bible on your phone app, Kindle, printed Bible...and questions. Bibles also provided in the classroom. Journey with us as we read together, explore together and answer questions.

Leaders: Thirl and Debbie Gravell

Outreach Updates

Thank you to everyone who has reached out from the last Outreach Update. Please see the updates that I have below for each of those projects. 

  • Potential US Mission Team: I am waiting to get some more information from the leader of this project; however, the information I have gathered is that this is a project working on a VBS week with Native American Children. This project is through a group from Kansas, but actually takes place in Oklahoma. As more information comes available, I will update those who are interested in this opportunity.

Mission Mania News

Inspired by the youth of other American Baptist Churches, our Mission Mania kids are launching The Penny Project here at FBC.  We have established that our goal will be 113,219 pennies.  One penny for each child living in poverty in the state of Connecticut.  Our Mission Mania kids will be choosing which local charity they would like to support from three options they were given.  They are also asked to bring ideas on how we might engage/involve the community.  It is our hope that together with your child, you can research the options as he/she makes a choice.

Through this we are hoping to:

10 Things You Should Know About American Baptists

1) American Baptists believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, and that the Bible is the divinely inspired word of God that serves as the final written authority for living out the Christian faith.

2) For American Baptists the local church is the fundamental unit of mission in denominational life.

3) American Baptists partake of two ordinances: believers’ baptism and The Lord’s Supper. 

4) American Baptists believe that the committed individual Christian can and should approach God directly, and that individual gifts of ministry should be shared. 

5) American Baptists take seriously