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Join Us On Sunday at First Baptist Church in Beverly!
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Music Sunday
9:00-10:30 a.m. - Breakfast!
Join us for a fundraising breakfast served by our Middle School Fellowship. The money from this event will support the youth ministries of the church. The cost is $8/adults, $5/children and seniors, and there is a family maximum of $24. This is open to ALL - so please invite friends, family, and neighbors to come and dine with us (and support our youth groups!) before staying to enjoy amazing music!

9:30 a.m.: Adult Education (childcare provided)
-Adult Bible Study: We have just begun a new study of the Wisdom Literature in the Bible. All are welcome to come and learn about these intriguing books of the Bible. Led by Beth Loughhead, the class meets in the Mary Kuell Room (downstairs).

-Faith Journey: Led by Kent Harrop and Gloria Stoneham. We will explore what Jesus teaches about
developing a meaningful, balanced life of prayer and reflect on our own experience with prayer...what works, what doesn't. New participants welcome! We meet in the staff conference room (main floor).

-Mae Patten: Led by Andrea Stackpole, this class studies the Scripture and other books, and discusses how it applies to our lives. We meet in the lounge.
11:00 a.m.: Worship

*Music Sunday*
As the winds of the Spirit blow into our midst, may we be refreshed by the beautiful sounds of music. Bring friends and neighbors to this service comprised almost exclusively of music, as we share the overall talent of our music ministry. This program of spirituals will include "Now I Can See The Light," "Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho," and "Elijah Rock." We will proudly showcase Sanctuary Choir, Celebration Ringers, Harborlight Ringers, under the direction of Dr. Esther Chang. Don’t miss this joyous event!

Rev. Kent Harrop offering a brief meditation:
'How can I keep from singing?'

12:00 p.m. Prayer Shawl

4:00 p.m. - Middle School Fellowship

4:00 p.m. - Allagash Work Time

6:00 p.m. - Senior High Fellowship
This Week at FBC!
Friday, May 18
1:00 p.m. - Book Group

Saturday, May 19
12:30 - Lunch Program

Sunday, May 20
8:00 a.m. - Middle School Youth and Advisors Arrive
9:00 a.m. - Middle School Deluxe Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - Adult Education
11:00 a.m. – Worship ( Rev. Kent Harrop, meditation )
12:00 p.m. - Prayer Shawl
4:00 p.m. - Middle School Fellowship
4:00 p.m. - Allagash Work Time
6:00 p.m. - Senior High Fellowship

Monday, May 21
6:00 p.m. - Monday Night Supper
6:00 p.m. - Church Home
6:30 p.m. - Dinner & Discussion with Dr. Laura Parajon

Tuesday, May 22
9:30 a.m. - Staff Meeting
12:30 p.m. - Lunch Program
7:00 p.m. - Deacons

Wednesday, May 23
7:30 a.m. - Lectio Divina
7:00 p.m. - Ice Cream Social
7:30 p.m. - Annual Meeting with Childcare Provided

Thursday, May 24
7:30 p.m. - Sanctuary Choir

Saturday, May 26
12:30 p.m. - Lunch Program
Dinner and Discussion with Dr. Laura Parajon
Monday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us in the Chapel for dinner and latest news on Nicaragua and AMOS Health and Hope.  Dr. Laura Parajon is the medical director of this public health ministry. FBC partners with AMOS in the village of Apantillo. Please RSVP to Kent by emailing him at  kharrop@fbcbeverly.org.  Childcare available upon request.
Annual Meeting
with Ice Cream!

Wed. May 23
at 7:00 p.m.
Mark your calendars and join us for ice cream next month! Then stick around and participate in the conversation about the incredible future of our church at our Annual Meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Childcare WILL BE provided during the meeting!
Repurpose Those Wool Sweaters
Spring is here and summer is on its way. Now is the time to look through those closets and bureaus to weed out any old wool and cashmere sweaters you don’t wear anymore and donate them to the Prayer Shawl Ministry. We will repurpose the sweaters into mittens to be sold at the Holiday Fair and given to our local schools for children who need them. Don’t let holes or stains keep you from donating. Sweaters may be dropped off in the church office. Thanks for your support!

Family Camp Info Session
Wed. May 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Labor Day Weekend Family Camp (LDWFC) registration is now open! Join us Aug 31-Sept 3 on beautiful Lake Winnepesaukee, NH (fun for individuals and families). Learn information about this weekend on 5/30 in the chapel. Bring your questions and enjoy delicious desserts, as well. Childcare provided upon request. Hosted by registrar Cindy Shupp and FBC campers! 
Hallelujah Farm Retreat
June 8-10
Open to those inside FBC and the outside community! Hallelujah Farm is a restored 17th century farm and retreat center set in the hills and meadows of Chesterfield, NH. It is a quiet place to contemplate, strengthen friendships, feed your soul with the beauty of natural surroundings and enjoy the slower pace of country life. Special music will be provided during the retreat by John DeNardo on acoustic guitar. Your FBC Spiritual Life Team is hosting this event. Enrollment for this special event is limited to 20 people. Contact Kent Harrop or Bryan Vosseler to reserve your place. The cost of the retreat is $125 per person for two nights with comfortable lodging, six delicious meals, and a great program, with a sliding scale is available to ensure affordability. To learn more about Hallelujah Farm, visit their website .
All-Church Baseball Outing
Tues. June 19 at 6:35 p.m.
Come watch the Lowell Spinners vs. The Staten Island Yankees with the FBC Men’s Fellowship in an all church baseball outing at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, MA. Each ticket order earns you an entry toward a raffle for two tickets to the Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on Mon. Sept. 24th! Tickets will be sold in the narthex before/after services. See Brian Gregory, Kent Harrop, or John Thomson for further details.
New Welcome Class Begins
Sunday May 20 from 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Welcome class is for those new to First Baptist, and offers an opportunity to learn more about the values that guide this congregation and meet some wonderful people. This class is also for those who may be considering becoming a member. Hosted by Kent Harrop , we'll meet for four sessions of 75 minutes.. Child care provided. Our first session is on May 20 in the lounge (main floor). RSVP to Kent (if you haven’t already done so) at  kharrop@fbcbeverly.org . Subsequent meetings will be scheduled by the group at a mutually convenient time.  
Choir Member Celebration
Sunday, June 3
We will recognize and appreciate the long-term members of our voice and bell choirs during this Sunday service, and will continue the celebration with a reception following worship. Join us in thanking these special individuals for their contributions!
North American Baptist Peacemaker Summer Conference
July 2-7 2018 in Keuka Park, NY
This annual conference is for everyone who longs for the spirituality, inspiration, skills, knowledge, and community to support a life of peace rooted in justice. Peacemakers from throughout the world will come together for a week of inspiration and training that will empower our personal and corporate work for justice. Our time together will require that we be BRAVE! Financial incentive for first time attendees from FBC. If you are interested in creating a change, registration is now open .
Get Your First Baptist Church Gear!
The new swag is in, and it looks great! Stop by the office and show your FBC pride around town. $20 for adult sweatshirts, $15 for kids sweatshirts, $10 for adult t-shirts, $5 for kids t-shirts
Strides for Service
Thank you to all our hardworking volunteers and participants who came out for this great event, despite the unseasonable cold. We will see you all next year for the second annual S4S!
Senior High Fellowship's Trip to Appleton Farms
In honor of Mother's Day, our Senior High Fellowship spent the evening admiring and interacting with God's creatures, specifically momma cows and their calves at Appleton Farm in Ipswich. Youth and advisors alike even got to pet these sweet creatures, and had lots of fun connecting with them!
Children and Youth Sunday
This past Sunday, we had the great fortune of experiencing a worship led by our impressive young people. They did such a good job--it was a wonderful morning! A huge thank you to all the children and youth, to their families, and to the volunteer teachers and caregivers in the church family who help to support our young people and who contributed in making day such a success!

Although our regular Multiage Class is now ended for this program year, Sunday morning childcare will continue throughout the summer, with other fun and creative options being offered at different points throughout the summer for older children. ALSO - don't miss our last Parents' Night Out of THIS program year, scheduled for June 8th, from 6- 8:30 p.m.

Don't worry - our regular classes and Parents' Night Out will all be back in action in September! In the meantime, stay tuned for updates and fun things to do during the summer with your First Baptist family!
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