Board of Missions Update

We are growing closer to reaching our goal for the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. The total as of June 23rd was $1,038 which means we are $462 from our goal of $1,500.

During the summer, please add these missionaries to your prayer list:

The Reed Family – They are natives of West Virginia and are currently serving in Bolivia. They live in Santa Cruz and minister to the Latin American pastors and teachers as they lead their people to grow in God’s word. Last year they trained 70 men and women – all local pastors and leaders.

Rick & Anita Gutierrez – They have been in South Africa for over 18 years. Both of them are physicians with a family practice. They also train and equip local pastors and churches in weekly neighborhood health classes, conduct Bible studies and encourage local churches. Their latest program is the chicken project which at present serves over 150 people. Apparently this is similar to the program in which our own Jim Adkins is involved.

PLEASE KEEP THEM ALL IN YOUR PRAYERS.

An Update from the Board of Missions

As you are aware, we have begun collecting funds for our One Great Hour of Sharing offering with a good start of $650 as of 5/19/20. Please pray about and give your best to this important fund. It provides emergency help nationally and also locally – right here in Southern West Virginia.

Please keep our missionaries in your prayers. Take notice of the world map located in the Welcome Center in the Board of Missions shadow box. It shows the location of several of the missionaries that we support.

Remember – missions matter. With our financially support, we are fulfilling God’s command to go into all the world with His word. We can’t go personally – nor have we been called to go. But by supporting our missionaries with our prayers and money, we are obeying God’s call for us.

Great News!

We have great news! We have reached and went over our goal for America for Christ offering of $1,500!!! Thanks to all of you, our FBC family, for your support.

As you know, this year these funds will be used right here in West Virginia for the Weirton Christian Center.

The Board of Mission hopes, in the coming months, to create ways to inform and update you on all our ministries- local and international- and help you to become acquainted with some of our missionaries.

Thank you again for your generous support for the America for Christ offering.

America for Christ Offering 2019

Our goal is $1,500

The America for Christ Offering is the American Baptist response to the needs of home missions within and beyond the local congregation in witness and service for Christ as mandated by the Great Commission.

The Lord Jesus Christ intends for every member of the church to do the work of the ministry. The intention of ministry is to build up each other’s faith and love. God’s design is to use human support and encouragement to sustain the faith of God’s children and to lighten the burdens they bear in the service of love for their community.

American Baptists minister as God’s heart and hands, healing the broken and the downtrodden. Congregations and individuals serve on the front lines of local communities, opening wide our doors, intervening amid the messiness, healing the broken-hearted, and caring for others amid disaster and devastation.

There are contribution envelopes located in the pew racks in the sanctuary for your donation.

RMMO Offering

During the month of December, we will be collecting our final mission offering, the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering.

Since 1935, American Baptists have contributed to special offerings received in their churches for retired ABC ministers and missionaries or their widowed spouses. In 1977, American Baptist Churches USA launched the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) to continue this tradition of thanks.   Offering envelopes are available in the pew racks in the sanctuary.

A great way to show you care

The Adopt-A-Grandparent Program for the holiday has become so successful in the past because of your generosity.  A gift basket of lotions will be provided to each resident of Harper Mills in Beckley.  The cost is $20 and that includes packaging and delivery.  See Ann Coleman for further details.

Adopt-A-Grandparent 2018

The Adopt-A-Grandparent Program has become so successful because of your generosity.  This program provides a Christmas/holiday gift set to elderly people in the Harper Mills Nursing Home   (formerly Heartland Nursing Home).  This gift set would include two great lotions, one for the hand and one for the feet and would be  perfect for both men and women.    There are currently 155 people in Harper Mills and the cost of each gift set is $20 (which includes tax, gift wrap and delivery).  Please make checks payable to First Baptist Church with a note on the memo line “Adopt A Grandparent”.  There will be a tag on the gift saying that it came from you.

The deadline will be announced sometime in November.  If you are interested in helping with this project, contact Ann Coleman at 304-253-1425.  Let’s not forget those in the nursing homes who may not have someone to show them God’s love.

World Mission Offering 2018

You are the salt of the earth.  Matthew 5:13

Every September and October, congregations come together for a time of awareness, advocacy and action for global mission. Churches across the country celebrate and support the ministries that God is using to transform the world. This is the World Mission Offering.

For the 2018 World Mission Offering, we are highlighting the Ministry Priorities of Health and Wellness, Abolishing Global Slavery and Economic and Community Development. While these represent only a fraction of IM’s ministries, they provide a window into what God is doing worldwide through our 120 global servants, 900+ volunteers, 43 home staff and 240+ global partners.

Our goal this year is $1,500.00   There are envelopes in the pews by the hymnals for your contributions.  Please continue to pray for our missionaries both here in the U.S. and overseas.

Hospice needs our help

Hospice of Southern West Virginia is in need of volunteers to work at the Bower’s Hospice House.  Training will be offered on June 11th and June 13th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm each day.  For further information contact Becky at 304-255-6404.   You will be blessed.

Adopt-a-Grandparent 2017

The Adopt-A-Grandparent Program has become so successful because of your generosity. This program provides a Christmas/holiday gift set to elderly people in the Harper Mills Nursing Home (formerly Heartland Nursing Home)

This gift set would include two great lotions, one for the hand and one for the feet and would be perfect for both men and women.

There are currently 155 people in Harper Mills and the cost of each gift set is $20(which includes tax, gift wrap, and delivery. Please make checks payable to First Baptist Church with a note on the memo line “Adopt A Grandparent”. There will be a tag on the gift saying that it came from you.

The deadline for this project is Sunday, December 10th. If you are interested in helping with this project, contact Ann Coleman at 304-253-1425.

Let’s not forget those in the nursing homes who may not have someone to show them God’s love.