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ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION — Sunday Mornings at 10:00 am
Sunday School & Bible Study for adults of any age.   We're discussing "Corinthians in our Context",
a study of 1 Corinthians.  Please join us on Sunday mornings.

CHRISTIANITY 201 — Starting soon on Saturday Evenings
Delving just a little beyond the basics of Chrisitianity.  All are welcome!   Details
(Please speak to Dan Burns if you are interested in attending this study.)

PRAYER MEETING — Wednesday Afternoons at 1:30 pm
Come and pray about important matters in our lives, our church, and our community.   Details
(Occasionally we run a Focus on Missions — a presentation by one of our missionaries — on Tuesday evenings.
When this happens, Prayer Meeting is cancelled for the Wednesday.)

JUNIOR CHURCH — Sunday Mornings at 11:00 am
Special programs during our Morning Worship Service for toddlers ages 2-4 and youngsters age 4 to Grade 5.
All children are welcome to spend their time with us on Sunday morning!   Details

TWEENS TODAY — Sunday Mornings at 11:00 am
A special program during our Morning Worship Service for those in Grades 6 - 8.  All are welcome!   Details
Plus... We have exciting Special Events on a regular basis!

SONbeamZ Icon  SONbeamZ BIBLE CLUB — For all boys & girls in Grades 1 to 8
Sorry...  We won't be resuming for awhile.  (But we'll try again in Fall 2015.)   Club Details

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP — Friday Evenings at 7:00 pm
This group does several events per month (but not always on a Friday).  Come and bring some friends!   Details

>> The FBC Office will be CLOSED all this week (until April 7th) <<


Friday, March 27, 2015:


All students in Grades 6-8 are invited to join us for our PIZZA SUPPER — with more fun later —
here at FBC from 6:00 to 800 pm on Friday March 27th.  (Pickup time afterward is 9:00 pm.)
Please note the early time — and remeber to do not eat before coming.


Friday, April 3, 2015:


A Good Friday Service will be held at Bethany Baptist Church (1074 Second Line West)
at 11:00 am on Friday April 3rd.


Sunday, April 5, 2015:

    Sunrise Cross
Join us and invite your friends & family for a special Easter Celebration
at 11:00 am on Easter Sunday April 5th – here at FBC.
There will be presentations from the children & tweens, special music, and more!
Everyone is welcome to come celebrate our Risen Saviour!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015:


The luncheon will take place here at FBC on Wednesday April 15th.
The Service will begin at 11:00 am, followed by a local missionary speaker.
Lunch will be served following the Service.

Our usual Prayer Meeting & Bible Study will be cancelled for this day.

Please help by signing up on the back table to bring a salad or cake (or both).  Thank you!


Sunday, April 19, 2015:


All those interested in learning about FBC Church Membership are invited to lunch on
Sunday April 19th following our morning Church Service.  Childcare will be provided.
Please plan to join us if you are not currently a member.

Attendance does not commit you to church membership!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015:

Focus on Missions - KEN & DEBBIE MATTHEWS - Tuesday April 21st at 7 pm
Everyone is invited to come and hear Ken & Debbie share their ministry
work with Healing Hearts.  A light snack will follow the presentation.


Friday to Sunday, April 24 - 26, 2015:

!!!  SPRING FOLLY  !!!

Countdown to Spring Folly has begun!  Our High School Youth Group will be attending.
We'll be holding a Prelude to Spring Folly for the group on April 10th.

Check out all the Spring Folly info at www.SpringFolly.com, join the Spring Folly Facebook
Group (www.facebook.com/springfolly), or follow Spring Folly on twitter (@springfolly).



Galilean Bible Camp is offering the following camps this summer:
Great Big C 1 [ages 7-11] July 5 to July 10
Wilderness 1 – Boys Only[ages 11-14] July 5 to July 10
Great Big C 2 [ages 7-11] July 12 to July 17
Wilderness 2 – Boys Only [ages 11-14] July 12 to July 17
Skills Camp [ages 10-12] July 19 to July 24
Wilderness 3 – Girls Only [ages 11-14] July 19 to July 24
Back Country [ages 15-18] August 2 to August 7
Break Away [ages 12-14] August 9 to August 14
Ultimate [ages 14-18] August 16 to August 21

All camps run from Sunday 2:00 pm to Friday 2:00 pm for the dates shown.
For further details & on-line registration, visit the camp website:  GalileanBibleCamp.ca



— FBC Church Notes —

Welcome to My Garden of Healing

Susan Tier has written a book of Poetry entitled "Welcome to My Garden of Healing".  Copies of the book are on a table located in the wing.  It is Susan's intention to raise funds for the Elevator.  Please help yourself to a copy and consider making a donation to our Elevator Fund.

As we approach Good Friday and Easter Sunday, pray that
the proclamation of the Gospel during this significant time
of celebration will result in an outpouring of grace for many.

  • The FBC Church Secretary will be off from March 26th until April 7th.
    Only very limited office services will be available during that time.

  • This year's special Easter Offering will go to our ailing General Fund.  Please help us boost this critically important Fund!

  • A Good Friday Service will be held at Bethany Baptist Church (1074 Second Line West) at 11:00 am on Friday April 3rd.

  • A Love Offering was received on March 8th for Stephanie Johnson's Missions Trip to Guatemala in May.  If you still would like to support this trip, you can leave your donation with the FBC Office.

  • Children & tweens from JK to Grade 8 will be participating in our Easter Service at 11:00 am on Sunday April 5th.  (Last practice will be held during Sunday School on March 29th.)  On Easter Sunday, those playing the bells must meet upstairs by 10:20 am.  All other young people who are participating must meet in the Junior Church room at 10:45 am.

  • All FBC Chairpersons and Ministry Leaders are requested to turn in their annual Committee Reports to the FBC Church Office by Wednesday April 22nd for inclusion in the May Business Meeting Agenda.

  • Elsie W. is moving to Pathways by April 1st.  Contact the FBC Office for her address.

  • Registration forms for the upcoming 2015 Galilean Bible Camp Summer Camps are now available on the back table.

  • Copies of the 2015 Church Directory are still available on the back table.  Please help yourself.

  • Our Adult Christian Education class — Sunday mornings at 10:00 am — is back in session.  We're now discussing "Corinthians in our Context", a study of 1 Corinthians.

  • In our W.O.W. (Women of the Word) Ladies Bible Study, Hazel Prendergast is currently leading a series called Getting to Know God.  All ladies are welcome!  Details

  • The Association Seniors & Retirees Spring Luncheon will take place here at FBC on Wednesday April 15th.  Our regular afternoon Prayer Meeting & Bible Study will be cancelled for this day.  Details

  • The WAGON Ministry for Women holds regular monthly meetings at Bethel (686 Black Road, SSM)  for women alone.  Further Info

  • The Men's Breakfast & Bible Study next meets on Saturday March 28th and April 11th.  Details

  • Tweens Today — our Sunday morning program for those in Grades 6 - 8 — includes monthly special events too!    Details   Flier   Download Permission Slip

  • There are plenty of upcoming events planned for our High School Youth GroupDetails  Flier

  • The new 2015 Rock Lake Camp Brochure (and other Camp info) can be downloaded here.  (Printed copies will be available on the back table some time soon.) 
    2015 Brochure  Rates  Events & Speakers  Bill McLean Flier  Recent Photos 

  • If you are not presently giving your offerings by means of an assigned envelope and you would like to, please contact Joan Mitchell or the FBC Church Office.  (Envelopes for a few people are at the back waiting for pickup.)

  • Coffee With Our Neighbours we would love to see more helpers — male in particular — come to the program.  It is good to have the presence of men!

  • We need you to please take your kitchen containers home!  They are in the downstairs hallway — clogging up the shelf — on your way out.

  • If you are not on the baking list for Coffee With Our Neighbours and would like to be, or if you are on the list but would like to have your name removed, or if you would like more information about CWON, please speak to Mickey Leung.  (Bakers are reminded to check their ingredients:  no nuts, no peanut butter, and no poppy seeds.  Thanks!)

  • Pray for Wawa Baptist Church as they search for a new pastor.  (Ron Henson is planning to retire.)

  • When you use the FBC Church Kitchen, please clean up before you leave!  Wash & put away dishes, wipe off counters, clean up spills, and leave the kitchen clean.  Thanks for your cooperation!

  • If you are interested in helping with Sound or PowerPoint on Sunday mornings, please see Pastor Jack.  No experience necessary — just a willing heart!

  • SONshine Bible Clubs is looking for a leader and a few volunteer workers for 2014/15.  Contact Kathy Bronson at 705-945-0736 (x24) or kathyb at cssm.ca.

  • Pray for our missionaries, that God would give each of them safety, strength, and compassion.  And pray also for their financial support, that it will continue generously.

  • Copies of Our Daily Bread (for March to May) are available on the back table.  Copies of the large-print edition (for for April to June) are there now too, along with various back-issues of both editions.  Today's Devotional

  • If you're elderly or live alone or have some kind of disability, consider signing up with the Vulnerable Persons Registry.  This is a free voluntary confidential service aimed at improving the safety of individuals who may be at greater risk during an emergency.  More Info

  • Are you considering being Baptized?  If so, speak to the Pastor or one of the Deacons about taking this important step in your Christian Life.

  • Convenient printable PDF versions of the FBC Church Bylaws, Articles of Faith, and Statement of Mission are available on our website.
    Click here:  FBC Bylaws  Articles of Faith  Statement of Mission
    (Or go to the Constitution pages – under Our Bylaws at the top of every web page – for full context and perspective.)

  • If you are on Facebook, then like us at "First Baptist Church of Sault Ste. Marie".  Current information about our church events can be found there also.  And if you are interested in our High School Youth Group, join "FBC High School Youth Group" to be kept informed of our upcoming Youth Group events.

  • Pray for those planning and running our Church programs.  Pray that many will participate and be blessed by these programs.

  • Child & Youth Registration Forms for 2014-15 are available on-line.  To enroll your children in any of our fall & winter programs, download a copy HERE, or pick one up from the back table.

  • The SSM Pregnancy Centre needs painters, carpenters, plumbers, and handymen & women on an on-going basis to help with their repairs.  Some skill and a willing heart are required.  If you can help, please call 705-759-9100.

  • We're looking for an individual to coordinate decorating of the Church for holidays and special occasions (like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter).  If you are interested, please contact Norm Triplett.

  • If you are interested in becoming a member of FBC, please speak to Pastor Jack or one of the deacons (Norm, Roger, or Dan).

  • Various cards and letters are regularly received from our Missionaries.  Check the back table and bulletin boards for their latest communications.

  • If you have a matter of prayer or praise that you would like to have passed along our Prayer Chain, call Margaret Acheson, Adeline Triplett, Hazel Prendergast, or Norma Cameron.

  • Helpers are always needed for our Nursery & Toddlers.   Details

  • College & University Students...
    We'd like your contact information if you're going out of town — and even if you're not moving away...  Details

  • We would appreciate your cooperation in not bringing food or drink into the Sanctuary.  (And do we really need to tell you to switch off your cell phones and electronic toys??)

  • Church Office Hours are usually from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with a one-hour closing for lunch (12-1).

  • Announcements for The Bulletin should be submitted to the FBC Office by 9:30 am on Thursday mornings.

  • Bookmarks showing the web site address of our SONbeamZ children's outreach ministry are available on the back table for handout to any youngsters you may know.  (You can also print bookmarks yourself — click HERE to find out how.)
    SONbeamZ messages can also be accessed by theme.   Click HERE.
Contact Us

Little Things Cover Page Gina Mohammed's "Little Things" book was published a while ago.  "MIRACLES & MUSTARD SEEDS – Little Things You Can Do to Serve the Lord" is available in SSM at Scripture Gift & Book Shop (downtown SSM), or on-line at www.CandlenutBooks.com.

Author's proceeds from all retail sales go to support missions.

Copies are available for loan in the FBC Library.

  Sun Rise
SONbeamZ  are inspirational messages that share the love of God and the glory of His Son, Jesus Christ.  These devotionals — for young teens and pre-teens — teach who God is, how to become His child, and how to live for Him.  They tell of the wonder of the Lord, as revealed in His Word and the beauty of His Creation.  Youth leaders and workers in children's ministries are encouraged to print the messages and distribute them to their youngsters.
    Be sure to see these exciting items (and more) on the SONbeamZ web site:
    • PROMISES KEPT – An Easter Promise You Can Count On!
    • WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR GOD? – God Can Use People Just Like You
    • WISE UP !! – A Little Wisdom From an Old Owl
    • ANT-ICS – Mighty Little, But Mighty Smart Too!
    • WOW!  GOD LOVES ME!!
    • DAVID LIVINGSTONE – Missionary, Explorer, Doctor
    • THE NARROW GATE – Only a Few Can Find It
    • PANDAS
    • CAN YOU HELP SOMEONE? – Be a Friend Who Cares About Other People
    • EATING THE SUN! – Learn All About Eclipses
    • BITS AND PIECES – How God Uses Things of Little Value
    • THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD – An Illustrated Psalm 23
    • STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW! – The Story of Daniel in the Lion's Den
    • LIGHT SHOW – You Just Might Be the Light of the World
    • SO WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? – Is Jesus the Only Way to God?
    And read about these and other Christian Heroes:
    • BUZZING AROUND THE MOON – Moonwalker Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin
    • WRITING FOR JESUS – Narnia's C. S. Lewis
  Our SONbeamZ "By Theme" page categorizes all of the SONbeamZ messages by various Christian topics and themes.  We encourage youth leaders everywhere to print the messages and distribute them to youngsters in their care.  There are also some simple learning projects for young hands to do, including making sand art brownies for friends.  

The Tree of Life – A Christmas Presentation YOU Can Do
Visit us at www.SONbeamZ.com

Put SONbeamZ on your Desktop!  Click HERE for details.




January 22, 2015:

Thank you to all who have been so generous in support of the Elevator Project.  We paid off the morgage some time ago thanks to your kind-hearted contributions. 

Now we're paying off the remaining Promissory Notes as quickly as we can.  If you wish to donate toward this project now, simply indicate on your envelope that your gift or offering is for the "Elevator Project".  (There's just a "few" more dollars to go!)

We have much to be thankful for!  We received a grant from the Enabling Accessibility Fund (administered by Human Resources & Skills Development Canada) which was applied to the final stages of the project – mainly the parking lot regrading and paving.

We held our grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony — Elevator Dedication Sunday — for the Elevator on March 25th, 2012.  Details

FBC Elevator Ribbon-Cutting
Elevator Dedication Sunday

We wish to thank Skip Rowlinson and Earl Thompson for their diligence in
overseeing the Elevator Project. We would also like to thank Pastor Jack
for his help, support, and patience throughout the entire project.

But while we greatly appreciate your faithful giving to this cause, let's not forget the General Fund!  We need to keep the rest of our operations running too.  With the mortgage now history and loans now being repaid, the elevator debt will be completely gone in just a short time — with God's help and your generosity.

All visitors & friends of our Church, and all past and distant FBC members — and even complete strangers who are so moved — are invited to make a tax-deductable on-line donation to our Elevator Fund by clicking the button below.  You will be connected to PayPal where you can pay with your Credit Card (or your PayPal account) and enter the amount you wish to give.  Thank you!

Donate using PayPal

Thank you for your patience and your continuing generosity for this important project.  And an especially big "Thank You" to Human Resources & Skills Development Canada.



— General Announcements —


Our parking lot has one permanent handicapped parking spot plus two additional spots for handicapped use during Church Services and special events only.  At all other times, these two spots can be used by anyone attending the church.

Also, the March Street driveway has been marked formally as an Entrance Only.  In other words, the driveway is now one-way from March Street!


We provide Nursery (for newborn to age 2) and Toddlers Church (for ages 2 - 4) during our Morning Worship Service.  We are looking for people who are willing to serve in the FBC Nursery for approximately 1 1/2 hours every 4 to 6 weeks. 

Please prayerfully consider this need and contact Adeline Triplett if you are able to help out.  (Also let her know if you can assist occasionally.)  Thank you.

WAGON (When Alone Go-On!) MINISTRY...

The WAGON Ministry for Women meets at Bethel Bible Chapel (686 Black Road, SSM) on the second Saturday of every month at 7:00 pm.  The purpose of this group is to encourage women spiritually.

For more info, contact Pauline at 705-759-7929 or Shelly at 705-949-1322.


Teen Challenge North has need of the following items:
  • Pens, paper, folders
  • Large envelopes
  • Postage meter
  • Microphones
  • Drum machine & amplifier
  • Winter jackets
  • Work gloves & work boots
  • Boots & long johns
  • Men's dress pants
  • Men's dress shirts
  • Men's dress shoes
  • Men's running shoes
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Razors
  • Shampoo
  • Journals & Bibles!
  • Bread & milk
  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Turkey, chicken, etc

  • The following major projects could use your contributions:
  • Finish the new garage and put up shelving for better storage ($3,000)
  • New gas-powered lawnmower ($400) and weed trimmer ($500)
  • Yard tools, such as shovels, rakes, and snow shovels ($500)
  • Walk-in freezer, including base and structure to house it ($35,000)
  • Removal of two dangerous trees in the front yard ($800)
  • A safe reliable work truck for daily use and for our winter firewood operation ($20,000)
  • If you can help in any way, please drop off items at 1446 Great Northern Road in SSM.


    Teen Challenge is a one-year faith-based residential drug & alcohol rehabilitation program for young men and women ages 18 and over.  The program has been proven to have a 70% cure rate among its graduates, according to independent research.

    You can sponsor a student at Teen Challenge and make an investment to rescue and restore a life!  For further details, visit their web site at  www.TeenChallenge.ca


    Can we interest you in the new Dining Room Volunteer Program at the F.J. Davey Home?  The commitment is minimal – usually 30 minutes to an hour, and you choose the day and mealtime (lunch or dinner) to help out.  This allows you to interact with those in need.

    If you are interested and would like more information, call Theresa Artusa-Guild at 705-942-2204, Ext 239.  We hope to hear from you!

    Can you help to bring nutritionally balanced meals to house bound clients?  This is a commitment of approximately 90 minutes per day.  All types of drivers are needed – perhaps you can help out on a seasonal, full-time, or part-time basis?

    You are needed more than you think!  This is more than delivering meals.  It is also a way of checking the safety of clients, and your quick visit may be the only interaction these people receive in a day!

    For more information, please call 705-256-4239 or email dboston (at) fjdaveyhome.org.


    The Algoma Pregnancy Centre is a non-profit, registered charity.  Their mission is to provide men & women facing pregnancy, parenting and post-abortion concerns with emotional, physical and spiritual support in the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.  Their vision is to reach people with love and hope, to make a difference in our community.  They use a client-centred approach to provide supportive peer counseling in a safe and confidential setting.

    There are several ways you can help:
    • Volunteer Support
    • Peer Support Worker
    • Prayer Partner
    • Board Member
    • Fundraising Event Assistant
    • Housekeeping & Lawn Care
    • Material Assistance
    • General Office Duties
    • Building Maintenance & Repairs

    • Financial Support
      The Pregnancy Centre is a non-profit registered charitable organization issuing yearly tax receipts.  You may donate with a one-time gift, a monthly donation, or through United Way designations.

    • Prayer Partners
      They rely on faithful prayer partners for spiritual support.  Call to receive their monthly e-mailed prayer calendar with specific prayer requests.

    • Donations of New or Gently Used Baby Items
      The Centre's Care Closet provides free material support to everyone in our community.  Donations of gently-used baby clothes up to 24 months and maternity clothes are gratefully accepted.
    Call Louisa or Anita at 705-759-9100 or visit The Pregnancy Centre at 177 McDougald Street if you are interested in becoming a part of this vital ministry.



    Students who are going to be away attending college or university are asked to contact the FBC Church Office with your contact information and the name & city of your college or university.  You can email the information directly to us.  (Even if you are not moving away from home, we'd still like to hear from you.)

    Meanwhile, students from out of town are welcome to attend services here at FBC (downtown – 465 Albert Street East, at March Street).  Likewise, please email us your contact information, and perhaps tell us a little bit about yourself.


    The National Fellowship has set up a fund for those wishing to assist our churches as they give a helping hand in the name of Christ to those in greatest need in the Alberta floods.  Donations can be made via credit card on the Fellowship's secure web site (www.Fellowship.ca) or by mailing a donation to:
    Alberta Flood Relief, PO Box 457, Guelph ON  N1H 6K9

    DISASTER RELIEF for Various Areas

    Donations to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines — and recent major disasters in Japan, Haiti & Chile, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Turkey — can be made to FAIR (the Fellowship Agency for International Relief) through your regular Sunday Offering.  Please mark your envelope clearly and indicate a donation to FAIR.  (Make cheques payable to FBC as usual.)

    You can also donate directly to FAIR on-line at www.fellowship.ca, or by cheque or money order (payable to FAIR) mailed to:
    PO Box 457
    Guelph  ON  N1H 6K9





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