We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Program!
Labor Day has come and gone and we, at First Baptist Church, are getting back into full swing with all of our regularly scheduled classes and meetings beginning their fall regime shortly. Inside the Bulletin and on the website, you will find our September 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. With the summer winding down, our office staff is also back to business full time and our church office will be open Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM and 8:30-3:30 PM on Friday.
Join Us at the Table!
In September our gardens explode with an amazing variety of vegetables leaving us wondering what to do with 10,000 zucchini? This summer FBC Beverly will be setting up our “Harvest Table” outside of our worship space each Sunday morning. You are welcome to bring your extra produce to church and share what you can and take home what you need from others’ gardens.
September 20th: Contemplative Paddle
Kent Harrop invites anyone who enjoys kayaking or canoeing to join him for a contemplative paddle on beautiful Chebacco Lake in Essex, from 8:30-11:00 AM on Saturday, September 20th. The idea is to approach our time on the water as a ‘contemplative practice’. We will be guided by Isaiah 55:3: “Listen and your soul will live.” This is a wonderful activity for novice and experienced paddlers. R.S.V.P. to the church office or to Kent to reserve your place and if you’d like to reserve a church canoe (six available). For more information please email Kent at email@example.com. The trip is limited to the first twelve water crafts that sign up.
Monday, September 22nd - Church Council Meeting
Sunday, September 28th - Wrapped In Love Prayer Shawl Ministry
The ministry will resume their gatherings this month and continue to provide items that literally wrap our congregation members and friends in love during a time of need and/or celebration. The ministry will hold their meetings the last Sunday of each month, following worship. As always, this group is open to anyone who enjoys knitting, crocheting, or crafting at any skill level, or to anyone wishing to learn one or more of these skills.
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!
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.