A progressive and welcoming Christian community!
Office Manager: Pat Haight
Communication Associate: Alena Dillon
HNS Director: Jennifer Baez
HCP Director: Andrew DeFranza
Business Manager: John Thomson
Join Us On Sunday at First Baptist Church in Beverly!
Sunday September 2, 2018
Communion Sunday
10:00 a.m.: Worship
(Childcare provided for children through Grade 1;
children's books, art supplies, and flexible seating and play area available in worship for ALL children)

Outstanding Bugs
Inspired by A Bug's Life
I Corinthians 12:2-16

Rev. Beth Loughhead, preaching
John Denardo, assisting
Ellen Powers, guest organist
Labor Day Weekend Family Camp
August 31-September 3
There is still time to register for Labor Day Weekend Family Camp (LDWFC)! Join us at beautiful Lake Winnepesaukee, NH (fun for individuals and families). Enjoy relaxed and inspiring programming, swim, canoe, hike, and nap! 43 FBC folk have already signed up! See or contact Cindy Shupp for more info and to sign up: [email protected]. Or check out our camp website to learn more and register: www.ldwfc.org.
This Week at FBC!
Friday, August 31
Labor Day Weekend Family Camp Begins
7:45 p.m. - A Bug's Life Showing at Beverly Common

Saturday, September 1
12:30 - Lunch Program

Sunday, September 2
10:00 a.m. – Worship ( Rev. Beth Loughhead , preaching)

Monday, September 3
6:00 p.m. - Monday Night Supper

Tuesday, September 4
9:30 a.m. - Staff Meeting
12:30 p.m. - Lunch Program
7:00 p.m. - Lay Visitation
8:00 p.m. - Theology on Tap

Friday, September 7
1:00 p.m. - Book Group

Saturday, September 8
12:30 p.m. - Lunch Program
Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 8:00- 10:00 p.m.
Join us at Chianti on Cabot Street for food, refreshment, and conversation about life, faith, and the places they intersect. The group is open to the community and new members are always welcome!
Fri, Sept. 14 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Parents' Night Out returns! Drop the kids with us! Julie Flowers and an amazing team of volunteers lead a fun and interactive evening of songs, art projects, and faith stories, all from a progressive Christian perspective—plus we provide dinner! Everybody has a blast. You deserve time to yourself!
Directory Photos
Excitement for the new Church Directory is running high as people are anticipating our photo shoot with Lifetouch September 13-16. Sign ups for appointments are going well. We have especially good news this week! We will be able to accept independent photographs of family groups/individuals! More information later about how to direct those photographs. Many thanks to Marty Lincoln, who has agreed to photograph our shut-ins. Our Rally Day program at 10:00 will begin with a large group photograph of the congregation gathered in front of the sanctuary, taken from the choir balcony. You won’t want to miss being a part of this. If you do not yet have a scheduled appointment for photography, please use the sign-up website  https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/ye4htk8m/ , see us before or after church in the narthex, or call Karen Popadic at 978-468-4126. Our Directory will be the most useful and the most historically significant if EVERYONE takes part.
Mission Trip Sunday
Sept. 9 at 10:00 a.m.
During this worship service, we'll hear about the experiences of and lessons learned by the 29 members of the 2018 Mission Trip. They traveled to Plymouth, NC and worked with Coastal Carolina Rebuilding Ministry (CCRM) on six different projects to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners.
Sun, Sept. 16
Breakfast followed by Worship
We’ll begin the festivities in Wilbur Hall with a delicious family-style breakfast, served by our youth groups (suggested donation of $10 goes toward various church youth fellowship programs). After, we’ll enjoy games, art activities, glitter tattoos, and fun for all ages. Finally, we’ll join together in worship.

Just before worship, we'll gather for an entire congregation photo to contribute to our new directory. We want all members to be present. This is a great opportunity to reconnect and gather together. Come on FBC, let's rally!
Fellowship Beach Party
Sunday, Sept. 9
11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Join the fun as we regroup at the Blanchards after our summer vacations and gear up for another year of fellowship together. Middle School and Senior High members welcome. Games and fun provided—remember to bring your swimsuits! We’ll meet at FBC at 11:30 a.m. and return there for pickup at 4:30 p.m. Contact Julie Flowers at [email protected] with questions.
Staff Administration Dinner
Tuesday, Sept. 18
at 6:00 p.m.
To kick off the fall season, we will gather at Pam Constantine's house for dinner, and then stay for our September meeting.
Setup: Mon. Sept 17 to Thurs. Sept. 20
Sale: Fri, Sept 21 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. &
Sat, Sept. 22 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Begin sorting through your attic and basements for items you don’t need and donate them to the FBC Rummage sale! All funds raised will go toward the 2019 mission trip.

The group is taking all items EXCEPT: electronics, large furniture, exercise equipment, and tires. We will even accept gently used clothing—seasonally appropriate, so just fall and winter clothes please. Items can be dropped off in the church gym Monday through Thursday. Then, on Friday and Saturday, come shop!
Book Group
Friday, Sept. 7 at 1:00 p.m. in the lounge
The group will discuss the books read over the summer, Pachinko by Min Gin Lee about a Korean immigrant living in Japan, and Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan, the saga of an Italian teenager living in northern Italy during the tumultuous years of World War II. Even if new people haven’t read these books, they shouldn’t be deterred from attending the meeting. New members are always welcome and can be part of the process of selecting books to be read at future meetings.
New Sunday Schedule, Starting Sept. 23rd
In response to the needs of the congregation, we are modifying the Sunday schedule, which will be launched this month. Child care provided for the entire morning schedule. The new schedule is below:
9:00am: "Get Acquainted with Your Bible," hosted by Kent Harrop (8 sessions to make you comfortable with navigating this timeless book). A great class for adults newer to FBC or new to faith.

10am: Worship

11:00-11:20am: Morning Café (great coffee and yummy breakfast pastry)

11:20am: Adult Education (Bible Study with Beth Loughhead; Faith Journey Class with Kent Harrop and Gloria Stoneham; Mae Patten Class)

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

3pm: Joyringers

Youth Fellowships will meet - stay tuned for the times for this week!
Choir Rehearsal Resume Dates

Sanctuary Choir: 9/13
at 7:30pm

Harborlight Ringers: 9/19
at 7:15pm

Celebration Ringers: 9/20
at 6:00pm

Joyringers: 9/23
Now on Sundays at 3pm!
A Message From AMOS Health & Hope
Thank you for the love and support you share with the most vulnerable in Nicaragua. Through your annual gift of $9,000 per year (via donations from key individuals and from the FBC Mission budget) you provide health care for 1,300 people in the community of Apantillo.

Ada Luz Montenegro is from a rural community in the north of Nicaragua called Apantillo. In 2013, she participated in the training of AMOS to become a health promoter. In 2014, she was officially elected by her community to be the health promoter of Apantillo. 

AMOS is proud of all the women and men who are health promoters. They are responsible for bringing health, hope, and love to the communities, especially those who are most vulnerable.

Your amazing support lets us make all of this possible. 
Second Installment of Boston Crossing
Welcome Basket
Boston Crossing in Salem is a new project of HCP that will provide beautiful new apartments for 26 neighbors who are currently homeless. New residents will be from Salem, Beverly and Peabody, and the apartment will feature a social worker to help residents transition from the streets to a safe and comfortable place to call home. The second phase of 14 new apartments will be ready at the beginning of October. The Prayer Shawl Ministry of FBC is providing a welcome prayer shawl for each apartment.

Each resident will receive a welcome basket provided by a church or business. First Baptist has again accepted an invitation to provide one basket. Below are the items needed (new or like new). So that donated items are not duplicated, please email Kent Harrop at [email protected] to reserve your item for the basket or sign up after worship. Please bring your donated items to FBC office for the basket by September 24.

* $100 Gift Certificate to Walgreens (next door to 43 Boston Street)
* $100 Gift Certificate to Stop & Shop (most easily accessible by bus transportation) *Or make a donation toward total cost of a card.
* Bath towels - 3
* Hand Towels - 2
* Washcloths – 2
* Bath mat (machine washable)
* Set of plates, bowls, mugs, glasses (4 each)
* Fork/knife/spoon (4 each)
* A few pots and pans (not too many – space is small)
* Cooking utensil set (spatulas, spoons, tongs)
* Paring knife and Chef knife
* Dish soap/scrubber and sponges
* Dish Towels – 2 or 3
* Dry goods: sugar, salt and pepper
* Laundry detergent pods (easier to carry to laundry room for older adults)
* Small hand-held vacuum
* Full-size blanket for the bed
* All-surfaces spray cleaner/wipes
* Toilet and bathroom cleaner
* Toilet Brush

Thank you for your consideration of this special project, organized by Social Concerns Committee of FBC.
Paul Madore Choral
The Paul Madore Chorale presents quality choral music to its audiences on Boston's North Shore. The Chorale has performed internationally, with a challenging and engaging repertoire that has included over 75 major classical works by more than 40 composers. Join us for Christmas and Spring concerts. Rehearsals are Mondays 7:45-9:45 in the basement of First Church in Salem, beginning September 10. Email paulmadoresalem@gmail with questions.
Click below for full September calendar!
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