Weekly eBlast
June 13, 2013

Children's Awareness Month 

During the month of June, organizations are encouraged to 

"set aside their individual agendas to focus on the bigger picture of children in America today, and what is being done to address their growing challenges and needs". (www.nationalchildawarenessmonth.org)



In Celebration of Children's Awareness Month and Father's Day 


Harvest of Hope and Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Jr., host the 
2013 Father's Day Brunch and Silent Auction Fundraiser at
First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens. 

The 3rd Annual Father's Day Brunch and Silent Auction to Honor Men Who Have Championed the Cause for Children 

I'm pleased to announce that Mr. Stephen Jones, CEO and President of Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, will be honored at the Harvest of Hope 3rd Annual Father's Day Brunch and Silent Auction, Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.  In addition to the support given through partnership with the RWJ Pediatric Unit and Mobile Team, Mr. Jones has personally and consistently supportedHarvest of Hope over the years.  More recently he has provided gifts and sponsorship of holiday celebrations for our children and families.  


Other honorees include Mr. Robert Barnett (Great father and ongoing Harvest of Hope and FBCLG Supporter), Mr. Nathaniel Moore (Long term Harvest of Hope Resource Parent), and Mr. Shaun Adams (NAACP ACT-SO New Brunswick Chair).  Mr. Barnett has dedicated countless hours to Harvest of Hope and is of constant support and service both to the program and FBCLG.  Mr. Moore can be counted on to take challenging placements and he works very hard with our children to produce the best outcomes.  Mr. Adams has provided relentless support and mentoring to students in the New Brunswick area. 


This special event will honor all fathers with a chance to win giveaway items.


Featured auction items will include dinner for six with me and First Lady Donna Soaries, spa and fitness gift certificates, L'Oreal gift products, Delta's Restaurant gift cards, artwork, jewelry and more.


Please remember that families, singles, First Baptist Church and Harvest of Hope Friends of all ages are invited and encouraged to attend. I will be there.  I hope you will be too! 


Tickets may be purchased at www.harvestofhopefamily.com, or via this link: http://2013harvestofhopefathersdaybrunch.eventbrite.com.   


God bless,


DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. 

For further information, please contact  Stephanie Ahenkora 








Faith in Action Central (FIAC)

Are you ready to work?  Is the Lord of the Harvest bidding you to come? 
Come to the Faith in Action Central (FIAC) 
"Sign to Serve" 
Sunday, June 16, 2013 
immediately following each service
on the 
Upper Level
Church members will be able to Sign to Serve on ANY ministry in the church 
Bundle of Joy Ministry

Services provided by the FBCLG Deaconess Board

Let us celebrate the arrival of your new bundle(s) of joy! 

How can we serve you?


For Newborn Announcements and Information, register online at http://www.fbcsomerset.com

Community Empowerment Meeting

Saturday, June 22, 2013

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

If you are ready to navigate towards making changes or influencing decisions in your community, or to prepare for a political or an appointed position, then join us for Community Empowerment Part II

to plan your strategies with The Citizens Campaign!


Contact Letitia Cox for more information or

REGISTER to ATTEND at FBCempower@gmail.com



The FBCLG Haiti Mission and the church, school, and orphanage in Carriļæ½s, Haiti, are partnering to hold the 

2nd Annual Vacation Bible School 

this summer.


The ministry is accepting donations of non-perishable food, arts & crafts supplies, games, children's T-shirts, and cash.  

There is still room for more mission volunteers who would like to travel to Haiti. If you are interested in either volunteering or donating...


 Contact Judith Alexandre at 908-829-4717 or kiskeya@comcast.net for additional information.



Fit by Default

Brought to you by The Wellness Ministry

Facilitated by

Andre' Farnell, Fitness Success Coach & Owner of Better Body Expert.

 Saturday, June 29, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens


 Do you find yourself starting a healthy eating and exercise regimen over and over again?  Do you want to STICK to a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE PLAN? If you answered YES, then... The Fit by Default Workshop, is for you. 


  • Discover the roadblocks that derail many of us in our fitness efforts.
  • Create a new personal and powerful fitness mindset that fuels your efforts.
  • Learn the secrets to maintain your motivation to exercise and eat healthy.
  • Receive guidelines to help you select the best exercise and healthy eating plan that suits your body & lifestyle.
  • Learn how to make fitness a priority & a habit that gets done habitually.
  • Find out how to become a dynamic and more active parent.
  • Discover a plan of action to become fit and healthy for a lifetime.

To register for this dynamic FREE workshop contact Debe Davis at ddavis10@its.jnj.com. 

Registration ends June 26th, 2013.



is sponsoring Housewarming Project 

in collaboration with "Making it Possible to End Homelessness." 


This transitional housing program takes individuals and families from homelessness to permanent affordable housing. 

Sixteen of the units are dedicated to individuals who are HIV positive.  


Donations of new household items or gift cards will be accepted after each service beginning Sunday, June 16, 2013 through Sunday June 30, 2013


For more information contact Karen Randolph at ranoff4@msn.com. 732-241-5981.


Adult VBS Preacher
Pastor Kevin Swann, Senior Pastor 
Ivy Baptist Church 
Newport News, VA 23607

Staff and Teachers Needed!!!
Sign up June 16, 2013 during the Faith In Action Central Sign & Serve Event
Use the appropriate link below:
For additional information, contact
Deaconess Carolyn Earl at learl64875@aol.com or CAROLYN SMITH at rubyschild@aol.com



Special Announcement - New Technology
New Giving Numbers 
We have completed Phase I of the conversion to the new church management system, FAITH IN ACTION CENTRAL (CCB). As a result, giving numbers have changed. The change is effective with envelopes dated July and August 2013.  
This system will allow us to better serve our members and friends.  Donations will continue to be accurately recorded, and donors may log into FAITH IN ACTION CENTRAL (CCB) to view their personal and secure donation records.  
To do so, login and click Go to my profile (on the right side of the screen).  Press the Financial tab (halfway down in the middle of the screen.  Donors may view giving statements as frequently as desired.  
Any questions or concerns, contact Cynthia Holliday at (732) 839-2419.
Save the Date!
Guest Speaker
Rev. Dr. Cheryl Sanders, Senior Pastor
Third Street Church of God
Washington, DC
Make reservations at the

Harvest of Hope Offices - www.harvestofhopefamily.com

Due to the HOH 3rd Annual Father's Day Brunch, Continental Breakfast will only be served on Sunday, June 16, 2013.


The Faith in Action Bookstore has new arrivals weekly for your June shopping. We specialize in Bibles, gifts, books, music, sermon CDs, and all-occasion cards.

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DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., Senior Pastor
Donna Soaries, First Lady