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The Path of Waiting

The Passion of Christ Jesus was a kind of waiting - waiting for what other people are going to do. 

Jesus went to Jerusalem to announce the good news to the people of that city. And Jesus knew He was going to put a choice before them: Will you be My disciple, or will you be My executioner? There's no middle ground. Jesus went to Jerusalem to put people in a situation where they had to say "Yes" or "No". The great drama of Jesus' passion? He had to wait for their response. What would they do? Betray Him or follow Him?

New Adult Discipleship Class

This is a 9 week class beginning this Sunday, March 29 at 9:00 am. We will meet in Fellowship Hall (large room below the church where we have Coffee Hour). Bring a Bible if you have one but we have plenty in the class. We will be reading in the book of Mark together in class. This class is for those who haven't read anything in the Bible as well as those who have read the book of Mark before. Please contact Thirl Gravell with any questions. 

Good Friday Prayer Vigil

Good Friday, April 3, will be upon us before we know it. Here is an invitation to spend as long or short of a time as you want, in prayer, in song, in dance, whatever you feel inspired to do for God! Our Lord desires attention and conversation with you.

Doors open to the Sanctuary at 6 a.m. Friday morning and will stay open until 6 p.m. The time slots are set up in half hour increments. Spend a half hour, spend an hour, your choice. A sign up sheet will be available in the Narthex. Prayer guides will also be available for those interested in using one during their time.

Women's Bible Study

All Women of the church and their friends are invited to our next Bible study: "The Lord is My Shepherd: Resting in the Peace and Power of Psalm 23". We will be meeting on Wednesday mornings 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. from April 8 - June 3, in the Gold Room (1st door on the right as you go down educational wing). Please use the Church St. entrance. Bring a blank journal or notebook, and a Bible if you have one but we have plenty in the room.

Optional:  Buy the Book:  "The Lord is my Shepherd: Resting in the Peace and Power of Psalm 23" by Robert J. Morgan.

April 10: DR Mission Team Experience Fundraiser

The DR Mission Team Experience . . . 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 10

7pm - 9pm

New Life Mountain Ridge

350 High Hill Road, Wallingford

All proceeds benefit the 2015 Dominican Republic Mission Team, which will send 120-140 local people to La Romana, DR, this summer and fall to help the very poor.

From Our Coach of Outreach - Haiti

Cory Kroon, Cindy Holland-Toftness and I are preparing for our trip to Haiti on April 11th. As teams have visited these villages 2-3 times per year, we have witnessed an overall improvement in the health of the village through clean water and continuing medical care to those with chronic illnesses.  However, this April, we will be traveling to four villages that we have never visited before.  This has presented us with some new challenges and opportunities so we want to be especially prepared for this week.

DR Collection Items for March

Thank you so much for your donations so far!  Everyone has been so generous. We are going to continue to collect medication for the month of March.  

We will be collecting the following Over the Counter Medications: Children or Women's Vitamins with Iron, Children or Adult Acetaminophen (Tylenol), and Children or Adult Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil). Please tablets only, no liquid or gummies. Generic is usually cheaper and please be sure to check the Expiration Dates. All items can be left in the black bucket in the back of the Narthex.

Women's Book Discussion: Book List for April - June 2015

Women's Book Discussion is open to all the women of the church and their friends. We rotate host houses and leadership. No one is required to host or lead you can just come and enjoy the discussion and fellowship. Light refreshments are served by the hostess. Meetings are on Saturday mornings listed below from 10-11:30 am.  

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Book:  "Poor Mrs. Rigby" by Kathy Herman
Hostess:  Pat Stearns    
Leader:  Cindy Holland-Toftness

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Book:  "Kitchen Daughter"  by Jael McHenry
Hostess:  Debbie Gravell   
Leader:  To Be Announced

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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