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ReVamp of the DR Packing Plan - Collection Items for December

Thank you so much for the donations that have been placed in the black bucket in the Narthex.  God has truly blessed us and it is so nice to be able to give back to others what he has given to us.  For the month of December we will be collecting baby/hygiene items:  Diapers (Infant to Size 2), knit baby caps, desitin/diaper rash cream, baby shampoo, baby lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap (Dove, Caress, or Ivory).

We have organized the collection into months to keep it simple, but for those of you that like to watch the sales we will continue to collect teaching team items,  adult

ESPN - Employment Seekers Prayer Network

Join with me in praising God for His new coordinator of our ESPN ministry.  Rita Cristini has volunteered to 'give it a try'.  Rita will be leading us in praying for those who are seeking employment.  She will also help search for job openings, connect folks to help with their job searching, resume', cover letter, interviewing and follow-up.  Rita also has experience helping folks connect to available community services and this will surely by used by God also. Rita can be contacted by email if you would like to offer your services on the team, or if you are in need of prayer and finding your

CT Baptist Home - Christmas Wish List

“It is better to give than to receive” an old adage never more appropriate to live by than at Christmas. We are asking you to help us make the holiday celebrations special for our residents.  At Connecticut Baptist Homes, we recognize the importance of tradition and celebration, and realize that not all of our residents have families who are able to provide the little extras that add to the festivities at this time of the year. At our annual Christmas party, Santa and his helpers give each resident a gift bag, full to the brim with items they will enjoy.

From Our Pastor - Thanks and Giving

Oh, it is most definitely Thanks and Giving Season!  We have a family among us responding to God's call and readying 10 complete Thanksgiving baskets for delivery to folks in our church who can surely use the help.  Through God's grace and their hearts, this family is also now buying, preparing and delivering 8 more baskets being funded by other folks among us also recognizing both God's abundant blessings on them and His call for us to always be giving (as He does).

Contact with the 18 families has been made so each knows how God and God's servant family are gladly providing for them this

Scholarships Available for 2015 FBC Dominican Republic Mission Trip

DR/Rotary Scholarship

The Wallingford Foundations is again offering the "Ken Sause DR Scholarships" – two $600 scholarships for Wallingford teenagers to be part of the 2015 Wallingford Dominican Republic Mission Team. To be eligible, students must between 15 - 19 years old by July 1, 2015, and their primary residence must be Wallingford, Conn., or a full-time student in Wallingford. The deadline for submitting the application is December 3, 2014, and this summer's mission trip to the Dominican Republic is set for Friday, June 26 to Sunday, July 5, 2015.

For more information on the DR Mission Team and to see

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

Operation Christmas Child

Join us for our Operation Christmas Child Packing Party this Sunday, November 9, following Worship (sign up sheet in Fellowship Hall - pizza will be provided). I know many of you pack your boxes at home and that is absolutely wonderful! Please continue to do so, the items collected over the past few weeks are for the packing party only. Last year, the party was a wonderful time of fellowship between all the different ages, and EVERYONE is welcomed!

The items we've been collecting are school supplies, hygiene items, toys and other fun items.