First Baptist Church, is in full swing with all of our regularly scheduled classes and meetings beginning their fall regime. Inside the Bulletin and on the website, you will find our Calendar chock full of our Christian Education, worship, meeting, and fellowship schedules as well as many fun and informative events going on throughout the month. Our church office will be open Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM and 8:30-3:30 PM on Friday.
Fall is just around the corner, which means so is the Topsfield Fair! This year’s fair dates are October 3rd through Columbus Day, Monday, October 13th, which includes the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur falling on Saturday, October 4th. On this day we will be helping our neighbors in faith from B’Nai B’rith operate their food booth at the fair. Since the holiday falls on a Saturday this year the sales at the food booth can get a little demanding so we are looking for nine people to fill each of the three available shifts. The first begins at 9:30 AM and ends at 2:00 PM, followed by a 2:00-6:00 PM shift, and the closing shift lasts from 6:00-10:30 PM or as soon as the booth is cleaned up and closed down for the night. In exchange for your volunteer hours, all helping hands will receive free parking, free admission to the fair, and a free meal while you are working your shift in the food booth. Please sign up with Beth Loughhead if you would like to join in this fun fundraiser for the church! Please stay tuned to the Bulletin for future details on both of these upcoming events!
Saturday, October 11th - Last Contemplative Paddle
of the Season!
Enjoy the Fall colors of Chebacco Lake in Essex, on Saturday, October 11th from 8:30-11:00 AM. We will approach canoeing and kayaking as a contemplative practice with our inspiration being the Prophet Isaiah who, 3000 years ago, said: ‘Listen, and your soul will live’. This is our third and final paddle for the seaon. We look forward to resuming this practice in the Spring! Please R.S.V.P. to Pastor Kent Harrop at firstname.lastname@example.org Our final trip is limited to the first ten boats who sign up. Some canoes and kayaks are available on loan to novice and experienced paddlers if you would like to join us for this quiet, reflective morning.
Sunday, October 19th - 80+ Celebration
Our spiritual elders have so much to offer! The festivities begin at 11:00 AM for worship - be prepared for the music that make you want to sing your heart out or hum along. Following this special celebration of life service there will be an amazing church-made luncheon to honor all of our members who have reached the milestone age of eighty years and older. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend for a great day of multi-generational fun! Stay tuned for more details.
Saturday, October 25th - Game Night & PotLuck Supper
Bring a dish to share, a game to play, and all your friends and family to First Baptist Church on Saturday, October 25th at 6:00 PM. Come enjoy a night full of our three favorite words at FBC: Fun! Food! and Fellowship! with games and activities for all ages— maybe there will even be an epic rematch of the crazy Quiddler game played on the 2014 Mission Trip to Neon, Kentucky! We can’t wait to see you there! For questions, contact Beth Loughhead (email@example.com) or sign up in the church office!
Book Group: Save the Dates
Grab your calendars and mark these dates for your latest book discussions! Join the group in the Lounge at 11:45 AM for a quick bagged lunch followed by discussion of their most recently chosen novels.
Friday, October 24th: My Gentle Barn by Ellie Laks
Friday, December 5th: Resistant by Dr. Michael Palmer
Ongoing: Meal Deliveries
When individuals and families are facing difficulties, sometimes the delivery of a delicious dinner makes all the difference. The Communal Life Committee will be coordinating meals. If you are willing to be on the list of folks who will from time to time make and deliver a meal, please let Beth Loughhead know.