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C. S. Lewis wrote: “The moment you wake up each morning your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job of each morning consists in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, letting that other, stronger, larger, quieter life come flowing in.”

​As the psalmist encourages: “Every morning, I tell you what I need, and I wait for your answer” (Psalm 5:3).

Spend time waiting on God.
​Allow God to spend your day with you.  Take your stream of consciousness and turn it all into prayer, as in conversation with your Father in heaven.

​And, at the end

March 15: 4pm, Next Meeting for the 2015 DR Mission Team

All interested in being part of the 2015 Dominican Republic Mission Team trips are strongly encouraged and invited to the next planning meeting - Sunday, March 15, 4pm, at First Baptist Church in Wallingford, CT. 
 
The mission trips this summer will be:
Week 1:  Friday, June 26 - Sunday, July 5 (total costs $1,380)
Week 2:  Friday, July 3 - Saturday, July 11 (total costs $1,380)
Both Weeks:  Friday, June 26 - Saturday, July 11 (total costs $2,100)
DRMT Lite: Thursday, July 2 - Tuesday, July 7 (total costs $1,300)
 
Complete the online application for any of these trips.
 
These trips are for all ages,

Winter Rally Day & Annual Chili Cook-Off

After all of us missing worship, discipleship and fellowship due to last Sunday's storm, it will be extra special to celebrate this coming Sunday being Winter Rally Day! Please join us for an invigorating time of study and worship, followed by our Annual Chili Cook-Off. All are invited to participate! Please bring a chili to enter and share with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Entry slips will be provided. No pre-made mixes please. Part of the fun in all of this is the presentation of your chili.

Exploring Baptism and Church Membership Class

The Exploring Baptism and Church Membership class is meeting this Sunday, March 1 at 9 a.m. in our Library Conference Room (on left off hallway from Fellowship Hall) with Pastor Doug and Jackie.  We will look at what it means to be Baptist, what it means to be baptized by immersion, how being Baptist compares to other Christian traditions, how First Baptist Wallingford is organized for impact, and our impact as we approach our 200th anniversary of love and outreach!

Lenten Bible Study and Prayer

Susanne Jordan is once again leading a short study and time of prayer on Thursday evenings during Lent. Meetings will be held at the Jordan's home at 7 p.m. If you are interested in participating please email Susanne so she can order study guides.  

Women's Book Discussion: Book List for February - 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, March 21, 2015
Book:  "The Orphan Train"  by Christina Baker Kline
Hostess:  Billie Smith
Leader:  Pat Stearns

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

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Book:

DR Collection Items for February

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 February.  
 
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.

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