february 2015 - First Baptist Church

FELLOWSHIP BUILDER ~ FEBRUARY 2015
“Growing Spiritually as Individuals and as a Church”
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
"To really fuel a culture of listening to God and dreaming, it is important to establish a culture of 'yes'
in [our churches]....That is not to say that every dream that is brought forward will be developed into
a plan and then implemented, but [we] need...to think big and to dream." (Joy F. Skjegstad)
- What BIG DREAMS do you have for First Baptist and our ministries?
- How will we make those dreams a REALITY?
As I discussed at our Annual Meeting last month, if you happen to have a new idea for ministry, IT
CAN BE DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHO TO TALK TO OR HOW TO GET YOUR IDEA OFF THE
GROUND. Under our current church constitution's board-and-committee-centered governance
structure, we are often left to wonder:
- "Do I talk to the pastor about my new idea? The church council? A board or committee
chair?"
- "What if one has told me 'yes' while another has told me 'no'?"
- "And what if I can't afford to implement my idea and there is no category in the budget to
cover it...because, after all, it is a new idea?"
All of these are legitimate questions that can leave our heads' spinning...and our hearts' heavy, as we
realize it's often easier just to forget our ideas than to negotiate this maze of approval seeking? Or
maybe we try to forgo the process entirely, only to discover we are working in different directions
from others in our fellowship.
- How do we nurture a "culture of 'yes'" that grows together in one direction?
To address these questions more fully, the Church Council has organized a Constitutional Review
Committee, charged with the task of: (1) evaluating our current governance structure, and (2)
determining if restructuring is necessary. My prayer is that their work, which they begin this
month, will help to clarify the decision-making processes of our leadership, as we seek to create a
structure of flexibility and an environment of enthusiasm that enlivens the ministries of our church.
Are you ready to dream big together?
Pastor Stephen
Richard Beszhak, Jason Burnett, Arlene Masear, Michael Mills, Ethan Summers,
& Eileen Walsh
Names will remain on the prayer list for four weeks unless the office is notified.
This will help the pastor and diaconate receive updates to provide closer care.)
Here to Serve in Ministry
Rev. Stephen L. Hawkins, Pastor
Alyssa Higginbotham, Office Administrator
Kathy Mentele, Choir Director
Peggy Pleasant, Organist
Worship Service
9:30 am
Coffee Hour
10:45 – 11:30am
Contact Information
Telephone:
608.365.8455
E-mail:
firstbaptistchurch@firstbaptistbeloit.org
pastor.stephen@firstbaptistbeloit.org
Website: www.firstbaptistbeloit.org
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Trustee Meeting: February 1st at 8:15 a.m.
Wednesday Night B.L.T.: We're continuing our
mini-series on the Pauline Epistles on Wednesday
nights at 6:45 p.m. and will meet each week until
the Ecumenical Lenten Worship Services begin
on February 18th.
Monthly Financial Update: The amount of
money needed to run the church each month is
$12,472. The amount received for January was
$11,414.60.
ABW Ministries & Circles:
Rachel Circle February 3rd at 7:15 p.m.
At Joann Saunders home.
Ruth Circle February 4th at 1:00 p.m.
At 1st Congregational Church.
ABW Ministries: will meet on Wednesday,
February 18th at noon. Bring your lunch and
Rachel is the serving circle & will provide
dessert. Our program is “Practicing Christian
Love” by Shirley Swanson.
The women of ABW want to continue to serve
funeral luncheons, but we need your help. We are
creating two teams to serve alternating funerals.
If you are willing to make a cake or salad, or are
available to help serve please call Jody Reetz
(676-4206). The luncheons are very much
appreciated by the families. Please consider
helping. Thank You.
Community Days Coupon Books: Why not donate
$5. to ABW and receive a Coupon Book worth
$500 in savings to shop at your local ElderBeerman or Boston Store. The dates for the sale
are February 27th & 28th. This fundraiser allows
ABW to give to local charities throughout the
year as we keep all profits from book sales. See
any ABW member during the month of February
for your coupon book.
The Constitutional Review Committee will be
meeting on Tues., Feb. 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. to begin
their review of the current governance and
ministry structures of our church.
Beloit Domestic Violence Center: Help the
Mission Board in supporting the Domestic
Violence Center. On February 8th there will be
yummy cookies and treats for sale during coffee
hour in the gathering room. All proceeds will go
to the Beloit Domestic Violence Center. Please
help make a difference for survivors of domestic
violence in our community. Thank you for your
support
B.Y.K.O.T.A.: Our meeting will be on Saturday,
February 7th at the Beloit Civic Theater. The
performance begins at 7:30 pm, and there will be
a sign-up sheet in the narthex. After the show we
will gather at Judy Huffman’s home for dessert.
Ecumenical Lenten Services at 7:00 p.m.
(followed by snack fellowship time)
February 18th, Ash Wednesday Service at
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Beloit.
February 25th at First Baptist Church of Beloit.
Board of Christian Education will meet on
February 2nd at 6:00 pm.
Family Fun Day: Come enjoy sledding, games,
and a taco bar lunch on Sunday, February 15th
from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm.! A sign-up sheet will
be in the Gathering Room so we know how much
meat to make.
Spaghetti Splash: will be held on Sunday, March
8th from 4-7pm. A sign-up sheet for volunteers
needed will be in the Gathering Room. Conatct
Janice Egleston with any questions at 608-9215095. Leave a message & she will return your call.
Mushing for Meals will be held on March
28th. We will work together with Meals on
Wheels, to help make this a successful event.
More Details to follow in the March
Fellowship Builder. Registration is available at
www.endurancecui.active.com
Books: Please donate reading books
to the church for our Free Library.
Drop them off in the Narthex on the table.
Birthdays & Anniversaries: I’m trying to
update the Birthday/Anniversary lists for our
monthly Fellowship Builder. Anyone from the
congregation that would like to update
information please contact me at 608-3629263. Judy Huffman, Church Clerk.
Favorite Hymns: We’re asking the
congregation for the name & page number of
their favorite hymns. The form for you to fill
out will be on the table in the narthex. Please
place them in the offering plate during any
Sunday service.
Sunday Morning Greeter: We need your help
welcoming people coming to worship with us
on Sunday mornings. Contact Janice Egleston
at 608-362-8144 to schedule your Sunday!
2015 Worship Bulletin Recognition: Please
sponsor a Sunday bulletin in memory or honor
of a loved one or a special occasion by filling
out the white form that is on the narthex table
& deliver it to the office with your check for
$15 in the “Secretary” tray on the counter.
You’ll be notified if the date is not available.
Recycle your Inkjet Cartridges Please save
your empty inkjet cartridges. We will turn
them in for credit towards office supplies for
our church. Put your empty inkjet cartridges in
the “Deposit” box under the hall table
Coffee Time Volunteers: Do you enjoy the
wonderful fellowship in the Gathering Room
following our worship service? Would you be
willing to provide refreshments for this joyful
time? If your family has a special occasion
you would like to honor. Please call the
church office if you are willing to help.
First Baptist Church Sunday Sermon
Can be heard on http://www.firstbaptistbeloit.org
Click on “Weekly Sermons”.
Midweek Message: If you would like to receive
the Midweek Message, please contact the church
office or visit our website www.firstbaptistbeloit.org
FEBRUARY BOARD MEETINGS
Trustee Board
Christian Ed. Board
Church Council
Diaconate
Mission Board
February 1st 8:15 am
February 2nd at 6:00 pm
February 9th at 7:00 pm
February 10th 5:30 pm
February 15th at 8:15 am
Building & Grounds Concerns? Each Trustee
has been assigned an area of the church to be
responsible for, please contact the appropriate
Trustee with your concerns. A list of the Trustee
Area Assignments is posted in the office.
Serving in February
FEBRUARY WORSHIP LEADER
Marshall Bown
GREETERS
February 1
February 8
February 15
February 22
Volunteer Needed
Volunteer Needed
Volunteer Needed
Volunteer Needed
COFFEE HOUR SERVERS
February 1
February 8
February 15
February 22
Janice Egleston
Ruth Circle
Family Fun Day/Coffee only
Volunteer Needed
TRUSTEE OF THE DAY
February 1
February 8
February 15
February 22
Norvian Pleasant
Steve Woodard
Tammy Mixon
Ron Mixon
Church Office
March Fellowship Builder information needs to be in
the church office no later than Sunday, February 25th.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Church Communications: anyone wishing to leave a
note for Alyssa or Pastor Stephen. Please include your
name, date, & phone number. Thank you.
Special Note: We would like to thank our First
Baptist family for their love, care, & concern during
our mother’s illness & death. Thank you to Pastor
Stephen & Peggy Pleasant for your participation in the
service. Thank you for the wonderful luncheon
provided by the women of A.B.W. it was much
appreciated. The love expressed by our church family
gave us comfort during this difficult time.
In Christian Love, The Mary Clowes Family
News from Bert: It seems with this winter I must be
getting slower as I haven't visited with you for a
couple of months. I've been thinking about the groups
of the church that have worked so hard over all these
years. Years ago there was the Roger Williams group
that had a Sunday School class in the lower level of
the church taught by Ken Osgood. They were so
active and worked tirelessly for the church. During
the same time a younger group started as a SS group
and it was call Uniservity. Mary and Ken Clowes
were very active in this group. Gradually during the
same time younger groups were started as Sunday
School classes and they were called 3 M then Young
Adults. Georgia Rosenow, the mother of all the
Rosenow boys, was there teacher for years. A
powerful bond was established with Mrs. Rosenow &
the Young Adults. BYKOTA started 65 years ago by
Nancy and Bob Tuck, Helen and Ken (son of Georgia)
Rosenow, and is going strong today. Virginia Jones
(city grade school art teacher) & later Robert Florey
were the teachers of this class. In the early years there
was no place for this group, so they met in the upstairs
kitchen. That must be how the Coffee Hour started as
there was always something delicious to go along with
the lessons. As the groups got smaller the existing
members would join the next group that was forming.
One year Uniservity and BYKOTA decided to
entertain each other’s group. We had Baptist House &
many dinners were served there. BYKOTA served
Uniservity a full course dinner and Uniservity did the
same for BYKOTA. Baptist House became the
meeting place for many Sunday school classes, Junior
Church led by Shirley Swanson's mom Evelyn, (how
the children loved her), receptions & of course the
Vietnamese families we sponsored.
Bert
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Happenings in the Community:
The Rotary Club of Beloit is now accepting grant
applications from anyone with an idea for service
projects to help the local community or help
internationally. Due date is: May 31, 2015 for the
2015-16 year.
Town of Turtle Fire Department Pancake Feed will
be held on Feb 14th from 6:00am – 4:00pm.
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From the Pastor’s Library
Without Buddha I Could Not Be A Christian
by Paul F. Knitter
"Being a Christian isn’t easy. Sustaining belief
without any doubts for one’s entire life is a very rare
accomplishment. Indeed, many would say that
examining one’s faith at least once is a central
part of the Christian condition. In this landmark
work, esteemed theologian Paul F. Knitter
explains the unique path that he took to overcome his doubts, becoming a stronger Christian
in the process."
February Birthdays & Anniversarys
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
9
11
13
13
15
17
20
25
28
Edward & Janet Gill Anniversary
Alice Gibson
Doug Eddy
Jamie Burkee
Jonnie Egleston
Bill Kerwin
Sue Strickler
Joyce Taber
Hannah Hansen
Stacy Summers
Nolan Duffy
Ocean Montoya
Bob Ames
Elsie St. John
Diane Brunner
Ethan Summers
Donna Hutchinson
2015
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
C.E.
Board Meeting
6:00 pm
3
Constitutional
Review
Committee
7:00pm
2
1
Trustee
Meeting
8:15am
Communion
Sunday
Rachel Circle
7:15pm
8
9
10
Mission Board
Bake Sale
Church Council
7:00pm
Diaconate
Meeting 5:15pm
15
16
17
Wednesday
4
Ruth Circle
1:00 pm
11
18
Family Fun Day
Ash Wednesday
Service St.
Paul's Episcopal
7:00pm
23
24
6
12
Saturday
7
B.Y.K.O.T.A.
7:30 pm at
Beloit Civic
Theater
Choir 7:30 pm
13
14
20
21
27
28
No Choir
Practice
B.L.T.
Ephesians
6:45 pm
A.B.W
Meeting Noon
22
5
Friday
B.L.T.
Galatians
6:45 pm
Mission Board
Meeting 8:15 am
11:30 am-3:00 pm
Thursday
19
No Choir
Practice
25
26
Lenten Services
at First Baptist
7:00pm
Choir 7:30 pm
BIFF at
The Castle
6:00 PM