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Special Thanks

The Junior High Sunday School class held a bake sale on Sunday 6/21 as a service project, to benefit the Joe Hartman School.  Our goal was to raise enough money to offer a one-year scholarship to one student.  
 
We're excited to report that God blessed far more than we expected, through the generosity of so many.  The $551.42 raised is enough to provide one-year scholarships to THREE students!
 
Praise God!  Thank you to the FBC community for your support!  Excellent job by the kids in the Junior High Sunday School class with planning, coordinating, preparing, and hosting the bake sale!
 
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June 21: DR Mission Team Sendoff

Come and be part of the prayerful sendoff for First Baptist's Dominican Republic Mission Team on Sunday, June 21, during the 10am worship service. FBC will be leading its largest group ever to the Dominican Republic from June 26-July 11 – 132 people making up several different groups. During the trip to La Romana, DR, please follow the team on their adventures by visiting drmissionteam.org, searching #DRMT15 on social media, or following on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @drmissionteam.

The FBC DR Mission Team is also celebrating 25 years of ministry to La Romana, Dominican Republic, which

From Our Pastor

Friend

There is a part of us we cannot see.  Even when we are, or have become, quite self aware {our gifts & weaknesses, our ambitions? aspirations, our motives & drives} large parts of ourselves remain in the shadow of our own consciousness.

This is God's design.  So this is a good thing - that we remain partially hidden to ourselves on this earth.  Other people, especially those who love us, will often see a fuller self than 'ourselves'.  The way we are seen and understood by others, is different from the way we see and understand ourselves.  

We will never fully know the significance of

Music & Memory iPod Drive for CT Baptist Homes

How many memories can an iPod hold? Our older friends, even those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, can reconnect with memories through music that was meaningful to them in younger days. Their favorite music, found in a personalized playlist of favorite music developed for each resident, is a lifeline to their best memories. Music has been proven to help recover memories, stimulate recognition, reduce pain and enhance quality of life.

Wednesday Night Re-Charge Returns

Starting Wednesday evening, July 8, at 7:00 p.m. on the front lawn of FBC. Join us for a mid-week lift, a time of fellowship, and a time of prayer and reflection on this wonderful world that God created for us. If you are interested in leading a devotion or helping with music, please speak with Susanne.

“One of the greatest gifts God has given you is the ability to enjoy pleasure.” -Rick Warren

 

Vacation Bible School

VBS might seem far away but it is truly just around the corner: August 10-14, 2015. If you are interested in playing a role in this year's VBS, please speak with Susanne Jordan, Bill and Carol Conant or Stephanie Sanders. There is a job for everyone - regardless of whether you can work all week, one day or two hours. Plug into this exciting program this summer! For immediate VBS needs, check out the easel in Fellowship Hall. 

 

From Our Coach of Outreach - Cindy Rusate

We are still in need of someone to coordinate meals for those in need. It would be primarily for those within our congregation, but occasionally as the opportunity arises, as an outreach to those in the community. A website has been brought to our attention that makes it quite easy to pull it all together. For anyone who may be interested in leading this ministry, please check out the website at mealtrain.com to see just how it works. We currently have a need (Crystal C.) that was brought to us by Sandra Moya and several people have expressed an interest in providing meals for her.

Save the Date - Introducing Our Christmas in Wallingford Speaker

Christmas in Wallingford
Thursday, December 3, 2015

To know Sherrie Anderson is to know the power of a life lived at the foot of the Cross. Although she attended church as a child, she had not been exposed to the awesome grace that flows from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and so Sherrie looked for love and approval in many earthly places. When she encountered her Savior at age 22, passion to pursue the Word of God replaced the emptiness she had known.

During this season of her life, a longing grew to help other women delve into the riches of the Living Word so they could apply

CT Baptist Home Recognizes Our Ladies' Guild Visitation Team

On Tuesday, April 21, the Baptist Home in Meriden held their annual volunteer appreciation luncheon. Our Ladies' Guild volunteer visitation program that was begun two years ago was highlighted. Reverend Katherine spoke at length about what a blessing this ministry was for the residents there. She even went into detail how it actually began. There was a lovely slide presentation showing various facets to their volunteer program...our Christmas pageant was part of that as well as Susanne, Billie, and Lois taking part in their Vacation bible school.

CT Food Bank Update

I wanted to give everyone an update about First Baptist outreach in conjunction with the Wallingford Housing Authority and the CT Food Bank Mobile Pantry. We began this effort in November of 2013 in support of the Housing Authority sites for elderly and disabled. From November through May of this year it involved volunteering to assist the CT Food Bank with set-up, distribution and clean up at a single site on a monthly basis. In June of this year, this was expanded to include an additional 4 smaller sites. Since then we have been supporting all 5 sites.

In the last 12 months, I am pleased