ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION Sunday Mornings at 10:00 am
Sunday School & Bible Study for adults of any age.
Details We're presently looking at the DVD series "Not a Fan A Follower's Story"
PRAYER MEETING Wednesday Afternoons at 1:30 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!
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! Plus... We already have plenty of exciting Special Events planned for this Winter!
SONbeamZ BIBLE CLUB For all boys & girls in Grades 1 to 8
All are welcome to come join us Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
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!
Sunday, March 9, 2014:
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME Starts Sunday March 9th at 2:00 am
Turn your clocks AHEAD one hour at bedtime on Saturday Night...
YOUNG ADULTS LUNCH Sunday March 9th
All those 18-30ish are invited to stay for lunch here at FBC following
our Morning Service on Sunday March 9th at 11:00 am EDT.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
SPECIAL PRAYER MEETING Stephanie Johnson's Testimony
Stephanie Johnson will give her testimony at our next Prayer Meeting on
Wednesday March 12th at 1:30 pm. She's very excited to share her
plans for a missions trip to Guatemala with Hands & Feet Ministry in May. A Love offering will be taken for her on Sunday March 16th & 23rd.
Friday, March 21, 2014:
YOUTH GROUP INDOOR & OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AT TRUDEL's 7 to 10 pm
All those in Grades 9-12 are welcome for an Activity Night at the Trudel's.
Dress to be outdoors, but please bring indoor shoes too! Drop off and pick up at Trudel's (61 Pleasant Avenue, SSM)
Friday, March 21, 2014:
PREGNANCY CENTRE BANQUET FUNDRAISER March 21st at 6:30 pm
The Pregnancy Centre will be holding a Banquet Fundraiser at
Peoples Pentecostal Church (424 Second Line East, SSM Ontario). Special features include... Drama Music Speakers Dinner.
Call 705-759-9100 to reserve your complimentary confirmation card. See the poster on the bulletin board for more information.
Sunday, March 23, 2014:
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP LUNCH OUT Sunday March 23rd
All those in High School are invited out for lunch at a local restaurant
following our Morning Service on Sunday March 23rd at 11:00 am. Cost is $5.00. Pick-up time afterward is 2:00 pm.
Friday, March 28, 2014:
YOUTH/TWEENS SARDINES and ICE CREAM SUNDAES 7 to 9 pm
All those in Grades 6-12 are invited to SARDINES (the game) & ICE CREAM SUNDAES (the snack).
This is a joint event with our High School Youth Group.
Please bring indoor shoes! Drop off at FBC by 7:00 pm, and pick them up at 9:00 pm.
Friday to Sunday, April 25-27, 2014:
SPRING FOLLY YOUTH CONFERENCE Youth Group Event
Our High School Youth Group will be attending the Spring Folly Youth Conference at
Central Algoma Secondary School (CASS) in Desbarats over the weekend of April 25-27.
Registration forms are available from Patti DeVries and they must be returned to her (with payment) by Sunday, March 23rd. More info at: www.SpringFolly.com
Mark your calendar! Galilean Bible Camp 50+ Retreat
May 12 - 15
Speaker: Dr. John Howarth Registration forms are available on the table at the back of the church
Pray for Bonnie's granddaughter, Kayla Mavretic, who has cystic fibrosis and just had a double-lung transplant !!
Prase the Lord! Read about it
And of course pray for the other family in their grief over the loss of a loved one.
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 revised FBC Prayer Chain is completed and we will begin using it immediately.
If you have a mailbox, please pick up your copy there. For those without mailboxes, the ushers
will be handing out your copies on Sunday morning.
Please pray for missionaries Ken & Mary Ann as their country undergoes political chaos.
All those in Grades 6 to 12 are invited to participate in an Easter Play here at FBC on Easter Sunday April 20th. We will be
practicing on Sunday mornings at 11:00 am from March 2nd to April 13th. Regular attendance is important!
Please contact Patti DeVries if you are interested in being in the play.
The Coffee With Our Neighbours program on Tuesday mornings is not getting the amount of bread and baked goods that they
received previously. If anyone would like to donate bread or baked goods to CWON, please speak to Bonnie Mavretic, CWON Chair.
The latest 2014 Rock Lake Camp Brochure (and other info) can be downloaded here and printed copies are available on the back table.
We have some vacancies in the cabins during July & August. Call Rhonda at 705-945-0127 for availability.
2014 BrochureRatesEvents & SpeakersRecent Photos
This is the final week to have your name added to our Prayer Chain. If you are interested in becoming a part of this vital ministry,
please sign the sheet on the table at the back of the church by Sunday March 2nd.
If you are currently on the Prayer Chain, your name will remain on it unless you ask the FBC Office to remove it.
Deacons Meeting Tuesday March 11th at 3:30 pm.
SONbeamZ Bible Club will be closed for Spring Break on Wednesday March 12th.
Board of Management Meeting Tuesday March 18th at 7:00 pm. NOTE - All elected officers and committee chairpersons are members of the Board of Management
and are encouraged to attend and participate in these meetings.
Copies of the 2014 FBC Church Directory are available on the back table.
Our Tuesday Evening Prayer Meeting has moved to Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:30 pm on a trial basis at least for the winter.
(But we're cancelled on March 5th.)
Our Adult Christian Education class Sunday mornings at 10:00 am is presently looking at the DVD series
"Not a Fan A Follower's Story".
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.
The W.O.W. (Woman of the Word) Ladies Bible Study has wrapped up for the season. We hope to be back in the Fall we'll see you then!
Our Cecil Thompson is the subject of a fascinating article on Soo Today. Read it HERE.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) here at FBC this summer will be held over the week of July 21-25 for all kids
in Senior Kindergarten through Grade 6. We'll be following a Prayer Safari theme called "Kingdom of the Son".
Mark the dates on your calendar, and watch for more exciting details in the months to come!
We are seeking volunteers to help out with VBS, so if you are available, please sign
the VBS Sheet at the back of the church, or see this year's coordinator, Tianna Stephney.
Meanwhile, VBS at Rock Lake Camp will be happening August 11-15 daily from 10:00 am to Noon.
All kids of ages 5 to 12 are welcome! Our theme is "Trading Places Where Jesus Makes a World of Difference",
featuring Bible Stories with Jack & Mae Emma Correll. Come and join the fun!
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.
Bakers for Coffee With Our Neighbours are reminded to check their ingredients: no nuts, no peanut butter, and no poppy seeds. Thanks!
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.
SONbeamZ Bible Club has resumed meeting on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm. All boys & girls in Grades 1-8 are welcome!
There are plenty of upcoming events planned for our High School Youth Group!
Copies of the new Our Daily Bread (for March to May) are now available on the back table.
Copies of the large-print edition (for January to March) are there too, along with various back-issues of both editions.
Coffee With Our Neighbours serves coffee & baked goods weekly to everyone who attends. If you would like to be added
to the baking list for September through December (or have your name taken off the list), please speak to Mickey Leung.
Convenient printable PDF versions of the FBC Church Bylaws, Articles of Faith, and Statement of Mission are available
on our website. Click here:
FBC BylawsArticles of FaithStatement 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.
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 (Frank, Roger, Norm, Dan, or Mike).
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, Hazel Prendergast, or Norma Cameron.
Helpers are always needed for our Nursery & Toddlers.
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.
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.
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:
DOES GOD REALLY HAVE TIME FOR ME ??
STEADY AS A ROCK!
MONEY IN THE BANK!
GOD GIVES YOU A RAINBOW OF PROMISES
KNOWING GOD IS THERE Lessons From the Trampoline
WHAT IS THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH?
FLYING HIGH Soaring on the Wings of the Wind!
GOD's LETTER TO YOU
WHERE DO WE GO WHEN WE DIE?
HEARING GOD's VOICE
WHO PAINTED THE PENGUIN? All About Thriving in a Hard Life
HOW TO BE CREATIVE Is Anyone More Creative Than God?
WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM GOD'S CREATURES?
LIGHT SHOW You Might Be the Light of the World
GOD's INSTRUMENT The Life of Johann Sebastian Bach
SWEETER THAN HONEY
SO WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? Is Jesus the Only Way to God?
And read about these and other Christian Heroes:
THE FLYING SCOTSMAN The Story of Olympian Eric Lidell
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.
Put SONbeamZ on your Desktop! Click
HERE for details.
Permission is hereby granted to youth leaders and workers in children's ministries to print our various SONbeamZ
pages and distribute them to youth groups and Bible clubs. In fact, we encourage you to do so!
Thank you to all who have been so generous in support of the Elevator Project.
We paid off the morgage thanks to your kind-hearted contributions.
Now we're paying off the Promissory Notes as quickly as possible
less than 10% of the original debt remains!
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.
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!
Our General Budget allows for orderly regular payments to the Elevator Fund over the next few years.
Thanks to occasional special bequests & donations, we're paying back the outstanding loans quicker and sooner
and saving thousands of dollars in interest costs!
With the mortgage now history and loans being repaid, the debt will be completely gone
maybe in just another year or two 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!
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.
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!
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE IN THE NURSERY...
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.
TEEN CHALLENGE NEEDS YOUR HELP...
Teen Challenge North has need of the following items:
Pens, paper, folders
Drum machine & amplifier
Work gloves & work boots
Boots & long johns
Men's dress pants
Men's dress shirts
Men's dress shoes
Men's running shoes
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 SPONSORSHIP...
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!
MEALS-ON-WHEELS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED...
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.
ALGOMA PREGNANCY CENTRE HOW YOU CAN HELP...
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:
Peer Support Worker
Fundraising Event Assistant
Housekeeping & Lawn Care
General Office Duties
Building Maintenance & Repairs
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.
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.
HELP FOR ALBERTA
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:
Copies of The Bulletin can be downloaded from the web site in Adobe Acrobat
(PDF) format. (Click HERE, or use the button or link on the Home
Page.) This is a special version for viewing page-by-page in logical order.
The current week's Bulletin is usually available by late Thursday or early Friday and will remain
posted for most of the following week. On-line copies of the Bulletin usually do not contain
many of the inserts handed out at the services and, once in a while, last-minute items may be missed. Also,
personal items and information not intended for public consumption may be abbreviated or removed.
CHURCH CALENDAR CAN BE VIEWED ON-LINE
Copies of The Calendar can be downloaded from the web site in Adobe Acrobat
(PDF) format. (Click HERE, or use the button or link on the Home
The new month's Calendar is usually available around the last day or so of the current month.
Note that circumstances probably have changed since the Calendar was initially published, so the Calendar
may no longer be totally up-to-date and accurate.
CHURCH LIBRARY BOOK REVIEWS CAN BE READ ON-LINE
Copies of Library Corner (the FBC library's book review) can be downloaded from the web site
in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. (Click HERE, or use the button
or link on the Home Page.)
The latest Library Corner will usually be put on line as soon as it becomes available, and it will remain posted
until the next issue is released.
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