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Office Manager: Pat Haight
Communication Associate: Mary Powers
HNS Director: Jennifer Baez
HCP Director: Andrew DeFranza
Business Manager: John Thomson
Facilities Manager:  Jeremy Weir
Join Us On Sunday at First Baptist Church in Beverly
October 7, 2018: Communion Sunday
10:00 a.m.: Worship

(Childcare is provided throughout the service for our youngest children, through Kindergarten. Older children are invited to enjoy worship this Sunday in the pew or in our flexible Prayground space at the front of the sanctuary.)

Bread for the Journey
 Kent Harrop
Scripture: Kings 19: 1 – 9
Save The Date
A Celebration of Community Partnerships:
Home is Where Our Story Begins
Thursday, November 8, 2018
5:30 Cocktail Reception
7:00 Dinner
Kernwood Country Club, Salem

Don't miss this evening to gather with friends, community and business leaders as we reflect on the work of Harborlight Community Partners over the past year and look forward to what lies ahead.
Thursday, November 8th. Join us for HCP's Celebration of Community Partnerships as we gather to honor those who make this work possible.

October Opportunities to Give
Throughout the month of October, there are several opportunities being offered for members of the church family to give to support the outreach work of the church. 

1.    On Sunday, October 7, we will be collecting the fellowship offering . This offering is taken on the first Sunday of every month. The funds are used to help those in our midst who are experiencing a crisis and need assistance. 

2.    In celebration of Dr. Esther Chang’s 20 years of music leadership, the Esther Extravaganza is being held the weekend of October 13 and 14. If you would like to donate to a gift for Esther, you may drop of your donation to the church office.

3.    Throughout the month, we will also be collecting the One Great Hour of Sharing offering which is an ecumenical offering. The funds collected will be used to help those who have experienced damage and loss as a result of Hurricane Florence.

4.     And finally, on the last Sunday, October 28, all are invited to bring in their Change for Good . Our Rally Day Gift this year is a coin bank (if you have not picked one up yet feel free to stop by church and grab one!). At the end of every month, we will be collecting the coins and designating the funds for outreach. This month the funds will go to relief and support work in the Merrimac Valley.
In the Family
Our sympathy is offered to two in our church family whose mothers passed away last week, Judy Colby and Jodi Garrigan. Prayers of healing would be appreciated for Anna Mei Gubbins who had her tonsils out on Tuesday, a tough surgery as an adult.
Your Help is Needed!
Hello First Baptist Family!

As many of you know, we strive to run strong and invitational children and youth programs here at FBC - programs that are open to our wider community and that offer support for children, young people, and families alike.

One of the core commitments we have long maintained is to never let financial barriers keep children or youth from full participation in our programming, and we have continued to honor that commitment over the years.

We are, however, coming up against gaps in our ability to fully meet these needs, and so we are striving to build up some additional funding to be used to assist and support our young people in attending and taking part in retreats, trips, the Allagash, and weekly church and youth fellowship events.

We have created an online giving campaign for this purpose; please consider a donation to support our youth programs, if you are able...and consider sharing with your own networks, if you are so inclined!

Thank you for all your support of our young people, in so many ways, over so many years!
Middle School Fellowship Movie this Sunday!
Middle School Fellowship will be watching a movie in the youth lounge on Sunday, October 7 from 4:00-6:00pm. Please bring a snack to share.
Congratulations to John DeNardo!
Congratulations to John DeNardo who, after an exhaustive ordination council, received the good news that the council voted to recommend to our church that we proceed with an ordination service for John (pending a call).
Join Us for Esther Extravaganza!

A Two-Day Celebration of Esther Chang and her 20 Years as Music Director at First Baptist Church in Beverly.
A BBQ Buffet and Roast (of Esther)
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA
Tickets $35
Catering by Big Pig Barbecue

To contribute to a gift for Esther, please send a check to the church. Be sure to note “Gift for Esther” in the memo line.

A Special Service of Worship and Music 10:00 a.m.
Refreshments to follow at 11:00 a.m.
Coming Up at FBC!

Friday, October 5
6:00 p.m. Fellowship Retreat departs for Tuftonboro

Saturday, October 6
12:30 p.m. Lunch Program

Sunday, October 7
9:00 a.m. Spiritual Seekers Class
10:00 a.m. - Worship ( Rev. Kent Harrop , preaching )
11:20 Adult Classes and Children's Choir
3:00 p.m. - JoyRingers Youth Bell Choir
4:00 p.m. - Middle School Fellowship

Monday, October 8
Church Closed for Columbus Day
Senior High Fellowship Retreat returns
6:00 p.m. - Monday Night Supper

Tuesday, October 9
9:30 a.m - Staff Meeting
12:30 p.m. - Lunch Program

Wednesday, October 10
4:30 p.m.. - Lectio Divina
7:15 p.m. - Harborlight Ringers

Thursday, October 11
6:00 p.m. - Celebration Ringers
7:30 p.m - Sanctuary Choir

Friday, October 12
6:00 p.m. - Parents Night Out

Saturday, October 13
12:30 p.m. - Lunch Program

Tour the Garden School
 FBC member Ben Zoba and his brother Jon, in 2016 launched their dream of "The Garden School," a spirit-filled place where graduates of high school or college can take a "gap year," learn to live in community, learn about agriculture through hands on work, and enter into deep conversation about meaning and purpose in life. Two years later, with support from First Baptist and other partners, "The Garden School" has harvested its first crop and begun to live into the dream. On October 7 th from 12: 30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m . Ben will be providing tours of the Garden School (on the site of Camp Mitchman) 36 Foster Street, Beverly. 

Stop by as your schedule allows and enjoy seeing a dream become a reality! 
New Sunday Schedule

In response to the needs of the congregation, we are modifying the Sunday schedule. Child care is provided throughout the entire morning. The new schedule is below:
9:00 a.m . - Seekers Class: "Unpacking Jesus'," hosted by Kent Harrop. A great class for adults newer to FBC or new to faith.

9:45 a.m. - Morning Café (great coffee and delicious breakfast pastry).

10:00 a.m. - Worship and Multi-age Children's Class (The Multi-Age class meets every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month so our children can enjoy an entire worship service!)

11:00 a.m - 11:45 a.m . Morning Cafe'

11:20 a.m. 12:10 p.m. - Adult Education (Bible Study with Beth Loughhead; Faith Journey Class with Kent Harrop and Gloria Stoneham; Mae Patten Class)

11:20 a.m. - Children’s Choir (2nd, 3rd, & 4th Sunday of the month)

3:00 p.m. - JoyRingers Youth Handbell Choir

4:00 p.m. - Middle School Fellowship meets

6:00 p.m. - Senior High Fellowship meets

October Calendar
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