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Save These Dates!
Next Book Group - February 19th
The group will be headed north and inland in its selection of At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen for its next meeting on Friday, February 19th. This fictional account takes place in Scotland in a tiny village on the shores of Loch Ness during the waning months of World War II. A young married couple and their friend leave their privileged and somewhat spoiled life in Mainline Philadelphia society and depart for rural Scotland in hopes of finding and photographing the Loch Ness monster. The novel is an easy and entertaining read, a pleasant way to pass winter days spent indoors. Local best-selling author Jodi Picoult says about this page-turner that “the only fault I can find with this book is that I’ve already finished it!” All are welcome to join the group in the Lounge for a bag lunch at 11:45 AM followed by the discussion.

Women’s Fellowship - Saturday, February 27th
All the women of the church are invited to join in the fun and festivities during the next meeting of FBC’s Women’s Fellowship Group. The gathering will take place offsite at the home of Julie Karaganis from 11:00 AM—1:00 PM on Saturday, February 27th. Each participant is invited to bring one of their favorite or most recently read books to share, and swap them with another fellowship member. The women will also enjoy another delicious potluck brunch, first! All are welcome and all are invited to bring a female friend to join in the fun! Save the date and we’ll see you there!

Paint Night Returns!
That’s right! Another FBC Paint Night at Wicked Art Bar in Beverly is being planned so mark your calendars for the evening of Monday, February 29th! We’ll paint and sip with our FBC friends and family from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Porter Mill Studio (95 Rantoul Street) and take home another masterpiece! Look for more details coming soon—including online reser-vations to purchase your seat and supplies ($25)!

March 4th - 6th: Mindfulness Retreat
Your Spiritual Life Team at First Baptist is hosting a weekend retreat from Friday, March 4th - Sunday, March 6th at Hallelujah Farm in New Hampshire. Our theme for this weekend retreat will be Mindfulness and Christian Contemplative Practice. Our guide is Ethel Fraga, who has studied with John Kabat Zinn, Thich Nhat Hahn, Bede Griffiths and Thomas Keating. This is a wonderful complement to Lent as we slow down and reflect upon our relationship to our inner self, our Creator and to our neighbor. Hallelujah Farm is a beautifully restored farm house a little over two hours away in Chesterfield, New Hampshire. The retreat is limited to the first 20 people from FBC who sign up (it is also open to wider community). The cost is $200 (includes two nights lodging and six meals), and a sliding scale is available for affordability. Financial incentive to those in their 20’s and 30’s. Interested or know of someone we should invite? To download the brochure, click here. Contact Kent Harrop at kharrop@fbcbeverly.org or Bryan Vosseler at ecvbry@aol.com.

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Are you new to FBC? Considering membership?

A baptism class for those in 8th Grade and above will begin in Lent. The class will meet on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM. The first meet-ing will be on February 14th in the Youth Lounge. Please contact Julie Flowers if your child is interested in joining this class.

If you are interested in learning more about FBC Beverly, a new Inquirer's Class is forming for those new to FBC, interested in baptism, or considering becoming a member. FBC’s Inquiry Classes are a wonderful way to learn about the values that guide our life as a congregation, how to nurture a life of faith and what it means to be an American Baptist. We meet for approximately five sessions (1-1/2 hours each) at a mutually convenient time for participants in a relaxed setting. Not only are these sessions the best way to learn all about FBC Beverly but they’re a great way to meet others new to the church, ask questions, and share insights. Please email (kharrop@fbcbeverly.org) or speak with Kent if you are interested.