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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). On September 28th and October 5th, please bring in school supplies for the boxes. Ideas include pencils, pencil sharpeners, colored pencils and crayons, spiral notebooks, small coloring books, markers. The items will be collected during the offering time upstairs in the sanctuary!


I know many of you pack your

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)

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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.

Acquire the Fire RESCHEDULED

Leaders from Acquire the Fire called us this past weekend to say that due to several factors beyond their control, they are postponing this weekend's ATF event in Bloomfield, CT until February 27-28, 2015. Due to the rescheduling of ATF we have made new plans for Radical Youth and we are looking forward to an incredible weekend. This weekend's festivities include:

 
• Friday, Sept. 26, 5:30pm - "Acquire the Bonfire", pizza, music, worship, bonfire, games, s'mores, and more! We will meet at our house (13 Fawn Drive, Wallingford) at 5:30 pm to head up to New Life at Mountain Ridge together.

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

Can and Bottle Drive for the Wallingford Emergency Shelter

We have an exciting opportunity to raise funds for family housing at the Wallingford Emergency Shelter.  They have a goal of over $140,000 for construction of transitional housing specifically for families who find themselves homeless.   We are looking for "Captains" to organize teams and we will have a friendly competition that will take place from 8/24 to 9/6.  The team that raises the most funds will be awarded a gift certificate to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

As some of you may know, there is a matching funds grant of $50,000 being offered by the Ulbrich family.

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.