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From Our Pastor

How would you answer the following question from God, "What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!"

God asked one of His own just like you and me this question. What do you want from God? The question strangely kindles in me thoughts of Aladdin and a genie and three wishes, but this is true. It really happened. It is true for us in our days too.

God asked this question of the one who became wise, rich and highly honored. That which was requested of God, is later promised to be given to any of us, generously, just for the asking.

Would you answer the same way? Do you?

Churches on Main Progressive Dinner

All our welcome and encouraged to join us for the Churches on Main Progressive Dinner, Saturday, October 25th from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

First Course:   First Congregational Church
23 South Main Street
Use side entrance on Center Street

Main Course:   St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
65 North Main Street
Use rear entrance

Dessert:   First Baptist Church
114 North Main Street
Use side entrance by Wells Fargo parking lot    

Followed by a unified worship time at First Baptist

Suggested Donation:  $5.00 (money collected in excess of our expenses will be donated to the Wallingford Emergency Shelter)

 

Operation Christmas Child

We are so excited to start our Operation Christmas Child ministry this year! We hope that you're excited too! This year, we thought we'd do something a little different for collecting items for the boxes for our packing party (the date for that will be announced in church on Sunday). The items will be collected during the offering time upstairs in the sanctuary!


I know many of you pack your boxes at home and that is absolutely wonderful! Please continue to do so, this collection time is for the packing party items only.

Women of Faith

From Survival to Revival 2014

Ladies - save the dates! We will be attending the Women of Faith conference again this year at the XL Center in Hartford on November 7-8. Boxed lunches are available for Saturday, November 8 but must be ordered two weeks prior to the event. (You can either order online on the event page for Harford at womenoffaith.com under “event details” or you can order by phone at 888-493-2484.) Tickets are $81 and limited, so please contact Crystal Benitez in the church office (269-4796) to reserve your tickets.

Church World Service School Supply Bags

We want to thank everyone who contributed bags, school supplies and the children who helped put them together.  Outreach shipped 50 bags to Church World Services to be distributed to children in refugee camps to help them go to school and continue learning even though their families are displaced from their countries. 

Our goal had been 50 bags and thanks to all of you we reached that goal.  We were amazed at the cute patterns on the material that people used to make the bags.  Some even put pockets inside for putting small items.

Promise Keepers New England

Saturday, November 8 - New Life Church, Wallingford

"When a child is the first to attend church, 31⁄2% of the families follow. When a wife/mom is the first to attend church, 17% of the families follow. When a dad/husband is the first to attend church, 93% of the families follow. In the words of Dr. Tony Evans, “As the man goes, so goes the world.” America – and the World – needs men with a renewed passion for obedience to God, and His Word." Join us to  hear from Mets legend, Darryl Strawberry and so much more...

"All across America, men have awakened to a new reality.

ReVamp of the Dominican Republic Packing Plan - Collection Items for October

Thank you so much to everyone that has previously donated clothing for the DR Mission Trip.  Going forward we will not be collecting clothing.  Please feel free to bring your clothing to the Good Will, and please do not drop off clothing at the Memorial Parish House.  In an effort to stream line our packing process we will be collecting for specific teams for each month.  There will be a black collection bucket in the narthex where you can drop your donations off.  Need help remembering what is needed?  Feel free to pick an item out of the pumpkin in the Narthex/Fellowship Hall.

Save the Date - Christmas in Wallingford

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Yes, it is almost that time again for Christmas in Wallingford - an evening of light and hope for women.  As you have been aware of in the past, our space is limited and there are only 135 tickets available.  In the past, we have always sold out early. 

You may order your tickets now.  Tickets are $15 each, which includes a delicious dinner and dessert along with special music and a special speaker.  It is not too early to think about Christmas; it will be upon us before we know it.

Tickets will be sold on a first-come basis (think of this like buying tickets to

Providing Food to the Hungry in DR Through American Baptist Grant

Batey 50 garden

The following is a report submitted to American Baptist Churches USA by First Baptist Wallingford's Matt Powers regarding the Matthew 25 Grant and work in the Dominican Republic:

My name is Matt Powers and I am the primary person overseeing the container garden project in the Dominican Republic that Aimee Powers (my mother) obtained funding for through the Matthew 25 Grant. 

I spent 21 days in the D.R. implementing this project, and much time planning and researching in the U.S. The mission team that I was with in the D.R.