September Newsletter

Greetings! I have been a Baptist officially now for a month, and I am enjoying it! I have deeply appreciated getting to know you, hearing your stories, and worshiping with you. Here are some of my initial goals as your pastor:

  • Get to know you through visiting and listening.
  • Focus on preaching God’s Word clearly and winsomely.
  • Offer excellent Bible study during Sunday School.
  • Create a vibrant Christian atmosphere for our youth through youth group.
  • Make FBC more visible online through our Web site and Facebook page
  • Make FBC more visible in the community through community involvement.

I deeply respect your faithfulness. You are a very loyal congregation! As I observe this congregation—as an outsider who is becoming an insider—I see something special. What we have here fills a unique niche in our community: a Baptist church that follows a traditional Baptist way. That may seem redundant and even silly, but it’s true. Other baptistic congregations in our community have adopted a postmodern, church-growth, seeker-sensitive church model built around a contemporary worship style. And when you change the style, you always change the substance; the message and the medium are always tied up together.

In this space, in the coming months, I plan to explore our unique Baptist way. And hopefully, those reflections will help us embrace our heritage and be even more comfortable with who we are.

In the meantime, be joyful in the Lord. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV) And invite an un-churched or de-churched friend to worship! You could make an eternal difference!

Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Ray


Diaconate Meeting Minutes

The Diaconate meeting of First Baptist Church was held on Sunday, August 12, 2018. The meeting was called to order with an opening prayer by the Rev. Ray McCalla.

Minutes of last quarterly meeting were read and approved.

Reports are on file from Vicki Brown, Financial Secretary, Luella Bartelson pro tem for Sandi Rhoads, Treasurer, and Luella Bartelson, Benevolence Secretary.

Ray will give his email address to the Chamber of Commerce as another contact for the church.

The repair person was at the church for the printer/copier. There was a button that was stuck, and he fixed that. We were given three options for the printer: we can buy out the contract at $180.00 and we’ll need to let them know by September 20th; we can do a maintenance agreement and Luella thought that would be $50.00 quarterly (monthly?); or we can return it, but it would be our cost for the return postage. We will make a final decision at the Diaconate meeting in September.

Kautzke Tree Service from Adair will take down the tree at the parsonage for $350.00; this doesn’t include any trees at the church. Vicki Brown made a motion to have Kautzke cut the tree down at the parsonage, seconded by Luella Bartelson. Motion carried. Jim Bartelson will contact them.

We will discuss options on the parsonage at the Diaconate meeting in September.

Sunday school will start the Sunday after Labor Day (September 9th) at 10:15 a.m.

Meeting adjourned at 12:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Vicki Brown

Church Clerk

August Offering Totals:

$4,153.00 for local church

$90.00 for basic missions

$40.00 for Myers support

$10.00 for Tim Rice

$10.00 for Ruth Mooney

World Mission Offering

International Ministries, also known as the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, works cross-culturally to invite people to become disciples of Jesus Christ and to proclaim, through both word and deed, God’s reign of justice, peace and abundant life for all creation. We will be receiving an offering during September to support the work of International Ministries. Watch for weekly inserts in our bulletins. Please give generously!

Visit these Web sites to learn more about International Ministries and the World Mission Offering.

Youth Group

Our ecumenical youth group has started with a bang! Leaders and kids representing the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist Churches will gather every Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Methodist fellowship hall (lower level). This is for all kids, grades 6-12. Supper is served!

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