Mission Needs

As we leave worship on Sunday, we enter the mission field.  People in our church family are engaged in mission in everyday life.  We set up a mission donation center next to the coffee table in the entryway to collect items that our members and friends have requested.

St. Agnes Pediatric Unit ‑ Kirstie Leestma is an RN in the Pediatric Unit of St. Agnes Hospital, which is in need of toys for all ages (infant to teen) for their patients.  Receiving a toy makes kids feel more comfortable and at ease when they’re in the hospital, which helps them heal.  All items must be new.

North Fondy Orioles ‑ Jordan deMay is part of Bessie Allen Middle School’s student leadership.  Students are assembling baby boxes, which will be given to expectant moms in need.  Jordan is inviting her church family to join her in collecting items to give new babies a good start in life.  Items needed include blankets, toys, clothing, nuks, books and diapers for ages 0-12 months.  All items must be new.

Stone Soup Community ‑ Stone Soup offers a meal and an opportunity to connect every Saturday afternoon in a downtown parking lot.  Since the ministry started, food needs have been consistently met (and exceeded!), but the group has an ongoing need for single serving containers (such as whipped topping containers and 16-ounce sour cream containers), sandwich bags, and plastic grocery bags.  You can follow Stone Soup on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stonesoupfdl/.

Food Pantry ‑ Nonperishable food items will be delivered to local food pantries and distributed to families in need.

One Great Hour of Sharing

DID YOU KNOW?

This offering began sixty-eight years ago in response to the devastation of World War II.  In March 1949, a national broadcast on a Saturday evening asked Americans to give generously the next morning in their churches. A remarkable assembly of national leaders and celebrities gave their efforts to the broadcast, and more than 75,000 churches responded the next day.

Today, One Great Hour of Sharing serves people in over 80 countries around the world.  Sponsored by nine Christian U.S. denominations and Church World Service, One Great Hour of Sharing makes sure that we can respond to needs as soon as they happen and that tens of thousands of people receive support for ongoing relief, rehabilitation, and development.

The World Relief Committee of the American Baptist Board of General Ministries reviews each development request for funding from the One Great Hour of Sharing offering received from American Baptists.  Gifts reach the ministries and people in need through a network of regional and international partnerships with the following:

American Baptist Foreign Mission Society

American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Baptist World Aid — the compassionate arm of the Baptist World Alliance, supporting three areas of ministry: relief, development, and support of national partners.

Church World Service — Founded in 1946, Church World Service is a relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry supported by 36 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations in the United States. Working in partnership with indigenous organizations in more than 80 countries, CWS works to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world.

Please prayerfully consider your gift to the 2017 OGHS offering! Thank you.

America for Christ Offering

The America for Christ (AFC) Offering 2017 theme, “Cultivating Leaders, Equipping Disciples, Healing Communities,” reminds us that, as American Baptists, we exemplify a vital legacy of mission and ministry dating to 1824. The 21st-century challenges of leadership are numerous, but we are invigorated by the passage of Luke 4:18-19: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (NRSV).

Through your generous donations and partnership, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is committed to cultivating dynamic Christian leaders who are culturally and spiritually competent, in touch with their churches and communities, and passionate about ministry and helping people. Highly developed Christ-honoring leaders are called to advance the mission of peace, hope and love in their churches and communities with resilience, faithfulness and proficiency.

Your AFC gifts will come alongside ABHMS as we continually address the question: What do leaders need to continue growing and developing? The AFC Offering 2017 reminds us that service is a way of life for Christ’s church. Cultivating leaders is a call to all of our American Baptist family.

Please prayerfully consider your gift to this year’s AFC Offering 2017, helping to support  home mission across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Together we can make a difference.  Thank you!

Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering

Faith through Gratitude — According to the dictionary, faith is a noun. But in practice, faith is closer to a verb—an action word. Through our faith in God, and our gratitude for salvation through Jesus Christ, we are called to be faithful servants of the gospel and to live out the ministry of Jesus in word and deed. The gratitude that we have for Jesus’ gift to us is the seed from which springs the gratitude that manifests toward the people of God. Therefore, we understand that actualizing our faith matters. And faith expressed through gratitude for others matters — to those who are hurting, and to those who are in need.  In the scripture from 1 Thessalonians, the apostle Paul commends this community for their service that is grounded in their faith, love, and hope in Jesus Christ. As Christians we recognize that thousands of years later we too, must serve just as the Thessalonians before us.  The Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) replicates the important message of the Thessalonians passage. Through RMMO, American Baptist congregations are given the opportunity to express their gratitude to the many servants who stepped forward and said, “Here am I, send me.”

American Baptists continue this tradition each year and provide assistance to those who have devoted their lives to God’s service by providing a “Thank You” check. The goal for RMMO in 2016 is to raise $1.2 million.  Please pray about your gift to honor God’s committed servants.   Thank you!

World Mission Offering

Celebrate New Life in Christ:  “On Earth as in Heaven”

A great and surprising spiritual awakening is happening in Baptist churches in Cuba!  Since 1990, the number of churches in Cuba has grown by 450%. The number of baptisms has risen by over 500%.  After decades of harsh restrictions, “the church of God has risen from the ashes,” says a retired Cuban church leader who witnessed the remarkable change firsthand. “In God’s time, the hearts of so many people have been opened up to the goodness of the gospel.”

Our support of the World Mission Offering is helping to fuel the growth of the Eastern Cuba Baptist Convention.  Cuba’s spiritual awakening is but one of many thriving ministries run by IM partners and more than 1,800 long- and short-term global workers in more than 70 countries around the world.  IM’s vision, “on earth as in heaven,” reminds us of God’s invitation to participate in his work in the world.

Your gifts to the WMO help to raise up, place and send new global servants and volunteers to touch lives for Jesus around the world. They also help to fill gaps for those workers who haven’t yet reached their support goals.  Your gifts help support IM’s more than 240 global partners who are actively sharing God’s message of hope, love and healing with a lost and hurting world, help recruit and train new global workers, open up new global mission fields, respond to global disasters with relief and development funds through One Great Hour of Sharing and much more.

Please give generously to the WMO as, together, we help people everywhere come to Christ, grow in their relationships with God and change their worlds through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Thank you!

Life Transformation Groups

If you participated in a Life Transformation Group over the past year and a half, we are asking for your help as we seek to offer new Life Transformation Groups this fall.   We would like groups to start during the week of September 18th or no later than the week of the 25th (so that we are done by Christmas).

We are looking for people wiling to facilitate or co-facilitate a Life Transformation Group.  These could meet at the church or at homes at a time of your choosing; we would need to coordinate church meeting times with other building use.

Please prayerfully consider if this is a step you are being nudged to take.  If you are willing to facilitate a group, please talk to Pastor Brian as soon as possible to allow us time to get facilitators together to plan, help make sure you have the supplies and support you need, and for a refresher in the Life Transformation model/facilitator’s role.

Possible topics:

  • The ABC’s of Life Change ‑ This is a core class; ideally we would offer both a men’s and a women’s group, but could offer a mixed group.
  • A continuation of the (open?) weekly recovery and spirituality meetings that were held this spring.

Some other groups could form around books or resources like:

  • How People Grow, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend (author of Boundaries)
  • Boundaries, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
  • Conquering Codependency: A Christ-Centered 12 Step Process, by Pat Springle
  • Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Arent, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
  • Shelter from the Storm: Hope for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, by Cynthia Littlefield and James Mallory
  • The Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth through God’s Eyes, by Robert S. McGee
  • Making Peace with Your Past: Help for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families, by Tim Sledge
  • The Anger Workbook, by Dr. Les Carter and Dr. Frank Minirth
  • The Quest for Authentic Manhood, by Robert Lewis
  • Every Man’s Battle, by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker
  • Every Young Man’s Battle, by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker
  • Every Young Woman’s Battle, by Shannon Etheridge and Stephen Arterburn
  • Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs, by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
  • Overcoming Hurts and Anger: Finding Freedom from Negative Emotions, by Dwight Carlson
  • The Lies We Believe, by Dr. Chris Thurman
  • Strength for the Journey: A Biblical Perspective on Discouragement and Depression, by Dr. Paul Carlisle and Dr. James Porowski
  • Grief Share (grief recovery support group)
  • Compelled to Control: Recovering Intimacy in Broken Relationships, by J. Keith Miller
  • Purity Project, by James Reeves, City on a Hill  Church

If you have a topic or resource you feel strongly about wanting to use, please let us know.

Pastor Brian

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Special Music ‑ Talk to Rose Helmer if you would like to provide special music for worship this summer.

Knitting for Back to School ‑ We have a bin in the Fellowship Hall of hats for Back to School that need coordinating scarves and mittens.  We invite you to take a hat and knit or crochet a scarf or pair of mittens to match.  Completed items may be dropped off at the church by mid-August.  Donated yarn may be found in the Fellowship Hall closet.  Invite a friend to help!

Brown Bag Lunch ‑ Tuesday and Thursday mornings June 14th ‑ August 25th at Salvation Army.  Contact Barb Thill at 904-5388 to volunteer.

Ruby’s Pantry ‑ Thursday, July 14th, at Grace Christian Church.  Call 923-5292 to volunteer.

“Pets Unleashed” Vacation Bible School ‑ August 19th and 20th.  As we prepare, we need some supplies, including two carpet tubes, several large cardboard boxes, and leftover paint.  Talk to Jen Koenigs if you have supplies you would be willing to donate, or if you would like to help.

One Great Hour of Sharing: “Where you go I will go…”

By the grace of God, we are given the opportunity to share our gifts and resources with our brothers and sisters in need around the world. All of us have the power to give back to God from that which God has given us, creating a more just world for all of God’s children.  Through our gifts, we participate in many ministries that serve the hungry, the poor, the distressed, the refugee.

When faced with forced relocation due to famine and political strife, Ruth said to Naomi, “Where you go I will go…” (Ruth 1:16).  The solidarity at the heart of their story also stands at the heart of the ministries of One Great Hour of Sharing.

Like Ruth and Naomi, refugees today are confronted with dire situations in their homes, and are forced by the necessity of survival to leave their communities in order to seek safety and security.  The United Nations estimates over 60 million people across the world are refugees or displaced persons: higher than it has been since World War II and is expected to increase as violence continues in the Middle East and parts of Africa.

The One Great Hour of Sharing offering reaches across the globe: sometimes providing solidarity to those who have experienced loss due to disasters in our communities and congregations, and at other times it says tangibly “you are not forgotten” to our sisters and brothers on the other side of the world. Through our gifts, we can help ensure that all of God’s children have what they need. Together, we accompany the refugee and stand in solidarity with the distressed, bringing about the world as God intended.

Thank you for prayerfully considering your gift to OGHS.

Feed My Starving Children

Are You Ready for the 2016 Fond du Lac MobilePack?

This year’s Fond du Lac MobilePack goal is to pack 150,000 meals with 750 volunteers.  Over a dozen churches will again join together to help raise the $33,000 needed to have this event in our community.  Your prayers, helping hands and financial gifts are all necessary to help those in dire need around the world to receive the food and hope that is life-saving.  Join us in “being the Church” as we love others in Jesus’ name and partner with Feed My Starving Children to turn “Hunger into Hope”.

Important dates: 

February 14th ‑ City-wide “Have a Heart Campaign.  Please select a paper heart ornament and giving envelope from the display in the entryway on Valentine’s Day.  Send in the dollar amount on the heart in the envelope addressed to FMSC.  If all the hearts at all the churches are taken and mailed in, Fond du Lac will meet it’s financial goal before the event!  Everyone can help; Heart gifts begin at just $5.

February 29th ‑ Sign-up online opens to volunteer at the event.

April 9thOne-day-only MobilePack at the Fond du Lac Fairgrounds Rec Building.

Contact me with any questions.

Thank you for your generous prayers, gifts, and service!

Jen Koenigs

Loaves & Fishes

Our next turn serving the Loaves & Fishes meal at Church of Peace to families in need in our community is Monday, November 30th.  Sign up on the bulletin board in the entryway if you would like to provide a pan of lasagna or lasagna casserole, or if you would like to help set up, butter bread, register guests, serve the meal or clean up.

Mozzarella donated by Grandé Cheese and pans will be available in the upstairs kitchen.  Pans of lasagna may be dropped off at Church of Peace at 4:00 PM.  We begin serving take-out at 5:00 and sit-down guests at 5:30.  For more details, talk to Louann Fauska.