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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 "Doctrine and the Difference it Makes".
Please join us on Sunday mornings.   Details   (We're closed now until January 18th.)

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
(But we'll be closed from now until January 11th.)

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




 
Patti and I would like to wish everyone
a Christ-filled Christmas time and a
truly blessed New Year. May the joy we
find in Christ be yours for the whole year.


— Pastor Jack & Patti



 

Sunday, December 21, 2014:

CHRISTMAS SERVICE — A Festival of Carols
Join us for a special Celebration of Christmas
including Special Music and Special Readings.
Our Sunday Morning Worship Service.
All are welcome — and invite some friends!
11:00 am here at FBC

465 Albert Street East (at March), SSM Ontario.
[ Preview it HERE ]
 


 

Friday, January 9, 2015:

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP GOES SLEDDING

All High School students are invited to go sledding on Friday January 9th.
Drop-off is 7:00 pm at Neil & Anne Trudel's (61 Pleasant Drive).
Youth should be picked up at Trudel's at 9:30 pm (or at 10:00 pm
if they are staying for the Digging Deeper Bible Study).
Please dress to be outside — and bring a sled if possible.
 


  

January / February, 2015:

GALILEAN BIBLE CAMP — WINTER CAMPS

Have a blast this winter at Galilean's Avalanche Camps!
Two consecutive weekends – Friday to Sunday:
  • Avalanche 1 (for ages 14-18) – January 30 to February 1
  • Avalanche 2 (for ages 10-13) – February 6 - 8

    Registrations are available on the back table, or on their website at  www.GalileanBibleCamp.ca
     




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    Christmas Program Notes

    Please make note of the following program closures over Christmas.  More information will be posted if it becomes available.
    • Adult Christian Education:  All December, plus January 4 & 11
    • Coffee With Our Neighbours:  Closed December 23 & 30
    • High School Youth Group:  (Events run as planned)
    • Junior Church:  Closed December 14 only
    • Men's Breakfast & Bible Study:  All December, plus January 3
    • Men's Early Bird Bible Study:  Closed December 24 & 31
    • Wednesday Afternoon Prayer Meeting:  December 24 & 31
    • Tweens Today Sunday School:  December 14, 21, 28, and January 4
    • Tweens Today - Events:  (Events run as planned)
    • 12-Step Life Recovery Program:  Closed December 25 only
    • W.O.W. Bible Study:  December 18, 25, and January 1
    Our 12-step Life Recovery Program plans to meet on New Year's Day.
    The Tweens Today group will stay upstairs for Services on the cancelled dates.
     

    Winter Hills




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    — FBC Church Notes —

     

    Christmas Poinsettias...

    If you would like to place a Poinsettia in the church in memory of (or in honour of) a loved one, please call the FBC Office to arrange a time to bring your poinsettia to the church.  Attach a card showing the honoured name(s) - cards are on the organ for this purpose.  The flowers will be placed in the Sanctuary for Christmas.

    We will publish the names of those being remembered in The Bulletin again on December 21, and we've posted them here on our website as a perpetual memorial.
     
    Click HERE to see this year's Christmas Memorial so far...

     

    We express our condolences to the family and friends of Jim Harvey on his passing last week.
     

     

    We would like to thank everyone who prayed for our grandson, Carter Culina.  God has answered His peoples' prayers!  Carter had his surgery and is making a wonderful recovery.  We saw God's hand in the entire process and will be forever grateful.  God is good – all the time!
    — Peter & Donna Gray

    A special "Thank You" to everyone who participated in any way
    in the FBC Christmas Program and lunch on December 14th.
    It was so nice to have the participation of 23 children and youth
    from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 this year!
     
    Thank you so much for your love and support in 2014!  Merry Christmas and a very Blessed New Year!  We are looking forward to 2015 and what the Lord will do through each of us.  God Bless!
    — Mary Anne & Skip




       
    • This year's special Christmas Offering will go to the General Fund.  Let's end this year with the General Fund in the black!  This offering will be officially collected on Sunday December 21st, but if you prefer, you can just mark your envelope for the Christmas Offering and put it in the Offering Plate anytime in December.

    • The FBC Office will be closed until Tuesday January 6, 2015.



    • March Street from Wellington to Queen is finally open, but it still needs a second paving in the spring.

    • Housecoats appropriate for shepherd costumes are needed for our costume closet.  Housecoats to fit anyone from age 4 to adult are welcome.  Maybe you're getting a new one for Christmas and are looking for a home for your old one.  Just drop it off at the FBC Church Office.

    • Offering Envelopes for 2015 are available on the table at the back.  (If you are not presently contributing by means of an assigned envelope and you would like to, please contact Joan Mitchell or the FBC Church Office.)

    • 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!

    • Our kitchen is in need of forks — we often run out when we have an event.  If you have extras, please fork them over! :)

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

    • The WAGON Ministry for Women holds regular monthly meetings at Bethel (686 Black Road, SSM)  for women alone.  Their next get-together is on Saturday December 13th.  Details

    • The Men's Breakfast & Bible Study is now closed for Christmas.  We'll next meet on Saturday January 10th.  Details

    • Our W.O.W. (Women of the Word) Ladies Bible Study is also closed for the holidays.  We'll be back on January 8th.  Details

    • 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 Adult Christian Education class — Sunday mornings at 10:00 am — is now on hiatus until January 18th.

    • 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 December to February) are now available on the back table.  Copies of the large-print edition (for October to December) 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  Nov & Dec Flier Jan & Feb 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.



     
    www.SONbeamZ.com
      Sun Rise
    SONbeamZ.com
     
    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:
      • THE TREE OF LIFE
      • GOD IS BIGGER THAN THAT!
      • WHO WILL YOU TELL ABOUT JESUS?
      • PEACOCK TALES
      • A GUIDING HAND
      • A QUILTING LESSON
      • CAN YOU HELP SOMEONE? – Be a Friend Who Cares About Other People
      • MIGHTY SAM
      • EATING THE SUN! – Learn All About Eclipses
      • GIVE THANKS
      • RACCOON RASCALS
      • WHERE TO FIND HELP IN THE BIBLE
      • BITS AND PIECES – How God Uses Things of Little Value
      • ROBOT RUCKUS
      • WHAT WE DON'T SEE – Icebergs Can Be Quite Chilling
      • A QUIET TIME WITH GOD
      • THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD – An Illustrated Psalm 23
      • CASTLES FOR KEEPS
      • TAKE OUR FRIENDSHIP QUIZ
      • CROCS THAT ROCK!
      • STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW! – The Story of Daniel in the Lion's Den
      • HEARING GOD's VOICE
      • 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.



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    — ELEVATOR PROJECT UPDATE —



    November 30, 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.   If you wish to donate toward this project now, simply indicate on your envelope that your gift or offering is for the "Elevator Project".  (Perhaps with just a few more donations over Christmas, we can pay everything off in the New Year!)


    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.


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    — General Announcements —


     
    USING OUR DRIVEWAY & PARKING LOT SPACES

    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.


     
    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 NEEDS YOUR HELP...

    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 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


     
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED...

    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:
    • 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.

    www.AlgomaPregnancy.com


     
    STUDENT UPDATE...

    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:
    FAIR
    PO Box 457
    Guelph  ON  N1H 6K9


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    — BULLETIN, CALENDAR and LIBRARY CORNER —

     
    CHURCH BULLETIN CAN BE DOWNLOADED

    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 Page.)

    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.


    Viewing or printing these items requires the ADOBE ACROBAT READER.  If you do not have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, click the icon below for free download.
     

     




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