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Celebrating 125 Years of Serving God...

On July 22, 1889, the First Baptist Church was formed in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  The church began with 15 charter members and met in Dawson's Hall on Queen Street.  The next year (1890), those members plus others had erected the first building on the corner of March & Albert Streets.  On the first anniversary of the church, our first pastor was called, and our first outreach Mission was started.

On July 20th, 2014 — still at the same corner, and still preaching the same message — we began to celebrate our 125th Anniversary with the raising of our Anniversary Banner, and we'll be holding hold a special Anniversary Service on Sunday October 19th here at FBC.  (Get the anniversary flier HERE.)

We rejoice in God's faithfulness over these 125 years of proclaiming the gospel.

ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION — Sunday Mornings at 10:00 am
Sunday School & Bible Study for adults of any age.   Details
(We start up our new season on Sunday September 21st.)

CHRISTIANITY 201 — Saturday Evenings at 7:00 pm
Delving just a little beyond the basics of Chrisitianity.  All are welcome!   Details
(A *NEW* program that starts Saturday September 20th.)

PRAYER MEETING — Tuesday Evenings at 7:00 pm
Come and pray about important matters in our lives, our church, and our community.   Details

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

SONbeamZ Icon  SONbeamZ BIBLE CLUB — For all boys & girls in Grades 1 to 8
Sorry...  We won't be resuming this fall.  (But we'll try again in 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


MUSKOKA BIBLE CENTRE is presenting several retreats and Christian events this Fall:
  • Seniors' Autumn Getaway
          September 22-26, 2014 — Bible Teacher: Warwick Cooper
  • Women of Grace Fall Retreat — November 7-9, 2014
          Leader: Sheila Wray Gregoire
Muskoka MBC Cabin


Friday, September 19, 2014:

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP EVENT — Activity Night and Make-Your-Own-Pizza !!
All those in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome to join us from 7:00 to 9:30 pm here at FBC.
Please bring two or three pizza toppings.  (Pickup time afterward is 9:30 pm.)


Friday & Saturday, September 19 & 20, 2014:


The SSM Pregnancy Centre is holding their Annual Book Sale at Station Mall (Centre Court) on Friday September 19th (9 am to 9 pm) and Saturday September 20th (9 am to 4 pm).  If you have used books that you would like to donate, please contact the Pregnancy Centre (705-759-9100) or drop them off at their office (177 McDougald Street).


Saturday, September 20, 2014:

CHRISTIANITY 201 — Just a Little Beyond the Basics

Dan Burns starts a new Saturday evening program called Christianity 201 that looks just a little beyond the basics of Christianity.  Everyone is welcome to join us Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm.  (Please see Dan if you would like to attend.)

Click HERE for addition details.


Sunday, September 21, 2014:


Join us here at FBC for the Association Fall Rally, starting at 6:30 pm on Sunday September 21st.  The speaker is Rev. Terry Cuthbert (Urban Church Planting – Quebec Region), and soloist Lawrence Misener will provide the special music.  Plan to stay for fellowship and refreshments following the Rally.

This year's offering will be collected for French Church Planting.


Sunday, September 28, 2014:

YOUNG ADULTS LUNCH — Lunch After Church
All young adults (18 to 30-ish) are invited to stay for lunch following our
Morning Service here at FBC.  Contact Patti DeVries for complete details...


Wednesday to Saturday, October 15 to 18, 2014:

Theme:  God's Temple

The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan
Two days, one night:  October 15-16, 16-17, and 17-18.
Registration and information at:  www.Win-SomeWomen.org

Additional details are available on the back bulletin board.


Friday, October 17, 2014:

TWEENS TODAY SPECIAL EVENT — Progressive Supper !!

All those in Grades 6 to 8 are welcome to join us from 5:30 to 8:30 pm for the evening.
We'll tour around town sampling meals here and there.
(Dropoff by 5:30 pm here at FBC, and pickup afterward at 8:30 pm.)

FBC's 125th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION — Sunday October 19th
Everyone is welcome to come out and celebrate with us!
Guest Speaker:  Mark Francois
Music by Freedom's Voice
Fellowship & Lunch to follow
Worship & Celebration starts at 10:30 am
Get the anniversary flier HERE...

FELLOWSHIP DAY OF PRAYER — Sunday November 9th
We encourage you to join with other churches across Canada to pray for our Fellowship:
– for our 512 Fellowship churches and their Fellowship pastors and leaders;
– for Chaplains serving in various capacities within our communities;
– for various Fellowship missionaries serving worldwide.


Friday, November 14, 2014:

TWEENS TODAY SPECIAL EVENT — Sardines & Ice Cream !!
All those in Grades 6 to 8 are welcome to join us from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for
SARDINES (the Game) and then ICE CREAM (the Snack).
(Pickup afterward at 9:00 pm.)

Program Restart Dates

Please make note of the following restart dates for most of our programs:
  • Adult Christian Education:  Sunday September 21st
  • Christianity 201:  NEW!  Begins Saturday September 20th
  • High School Youth Special Events:  Friday September 19th
  • Men's Breakfast & Bible Study:  Saturday October 25th
  • SONbeamZ Bible Club:  Sorry, we won't be resuming this fall!
  • Young Adults Lunch:  Sunday September 28th
Other programs have already started (or never stopped...)

For those planning to attend any of our child/youth programs, please fill out a 2014/15 Registration Form.  Forms are available on the back table or from the FBC Church Office, or you can download a copy HERE.  Please return signed forms to the Office, to Patti DeVries, or to the Leader of any of our programs.



— FBC Church Notes —


We are in need of a few more helpers for Tweens Sunday School starting in September.  The commitment is for about 40 minutes during the Worship Service, about 8 times per year.  Please contact Patti DeVries if you can help.


If you can help out in the FBC Nursery (the commitment
is about once a month during the Morning Service),
please contact Adeline Triplett at 705-256-8630.


We're putting together a photo presentation (slide show) that will be shown at our Anniversary Celebration in October.  Do you have photos of our church activities or programs from past years?  (They can be from any period in FBC's history — right up to present day.)  If so, we would like to scan them to use in a FBC Photo History.  You can scan them yourself as a .JPG file (300 dpi) and email them to the FBC Church Office (info at fbc-ssm.org), or drop off your photos here at the church and we will scan them for you.

If possible, please identify the time period and people or occasion in your photos.  So start checking those photo albums and slides...
You never know who — or what surprises — you may find!

  • The Board of Management meeting for September 17th has been postponed until September 24th.  (Meanwhile, please submit items for the Agenda by Tuesday September 16th.)

  • March Street is closed for construction from Wellington to Queen for the next several weeks.  Our parking lot will not be accessible from March during this time — we'll need to use the driveway/alley off Albert Street.  (The alley will be much busier than usual for a while, so please exercise extreme caution.)  Since March is now difficult to cross on foot, we recommend that you park next door in the Courthouse Lot (accessible off Albert just before the FBC driveway).

  • Our Fall Business Meeting will be held on Tuesday September 30th at 7:00 pm.  If you have an item that you would like to be considered for inclusion in the Agenda, please submit it in writing to the FBC Office by September 16th.

  • The damaged corner brickwork in our driveway has been repaired.

  • On September 20th, we're starting a new Saturday evening program called Christianity 201 that looks just a little beyond the basics of Christianity.  Everyone is welcome!  See Dan Burns if you are interested in attending.  Details

  • For the month of November, Pastor Jack will be preaching on topics selected by you!  All topics must be in the form of a question and should be submitted to the FBC Church Office in writing – paper or email – by September 30th.  Then the congregation will be given an opportunity to vote to select the actual five sermon topics for November.

  • We often have several false alarms in September as our regular programs resume.  Please make sure you know your alarm code and the procedures for the alarm before you enter the building.  You should contact the FBC Office BEFORE your program starts if you have any questions.

  • 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!)

  • Our W.O.W. (Women of the Word) Ladies Bible Study has started up again.  Hazel Prendergast has begun a 5-week Bible Study series on Discouragement, to be followed by Audrey Nicholson and a series called "God Still Speaks! Are You Listening? Are You Responding?"  New members are always welcome!  (Please sign the sheet on the back table if you plan to attend.)  And please invite a friend!

  • The WAGON Ministry for Women has begun regular monthly meetings at Bethel (686 Black Road, SSM)Details

  • 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!

  • The 2014 Rock Lake Camp Brochure (and other info) can be downloaded here — and printed copies are available on the back table. 
    2014 Brochure  Rates  Events & Speakers  Recent Photos 

  • 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 September to November) are now available on the back table.  Copies of the large-print edition (for July to September) are there 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.

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

  • 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, Ontario".  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:
    • Mmmmm... BROWNIES! – Make a Yummy Gift for a Special Friend
    • HOW TO SAY "NO" TO SIN – Some Simple Ways to Avoid Temptation
    • BITS AND PIECES – How God Uses Things of Little Value
    • WHAT WE DON'T SEE – Icebergs Can Be So Cool
    • THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD – An Illustrated Psalm 23
    • STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW! – The Story of Daniel in the Lion's Den
    • GOD's LITTLE LANTERNS – Some Cool Stuff About Fireflies
    • MEET THE LION – No Other Animal is More Majestic
    • KNOWING GOD IS THERE – Lessons From the Trampoline
    • WHO PAINTED THE PENGUIN? – All About Thriving in a Hard Life
    • LIGHT SHOW – You 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:
    • GOD's INSTRUMENT – The Life of Johann Sebastian Bach
    • THE LITTLE PLANT DOCTOR – How God Turned an Ordinary Boy Into a Great Scientist
  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.




September 14, 2014:

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 Promissory Notes as quickly as possible over the next little while!  If you wish to donate toward this project now, simply indicate on your envelope that your gift or offering is for the "Elevator Project".

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!

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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 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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