RBC Weekly Newsletter (11/30/18)

RAYMOND BAPTIST CHURCH NOTES

CARE PACKAGE MINISTRY: Fall care packages are being sent out before Christmas to college age young adults and military. There is a signup sheet at the welcome center for cookie baking and writing letters. There are also supply cards on the bulletin board in the lobby. If you have further question please see Michael or Tami Cole.  Supplies, cookies, and letters are due back Sunday.

SCT BREAKFAST: Mark your calendars for the next SCT Breakfast on Saturday, December 1st  at 8:30am.

There will be a Business Meeting held on December 6th at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.  We will be voting on new elder(s) and Parsonage. Everyone is welcome but members are urged to attend.

ADVENT SERMON SERIES  New teaching series for the Advent Season- “This Christmas. Life’s Big Questions Answered.

There are four big questions everyone has to face sooner or later. “Where did I come from?” “Why Am I Here? “How Should I Live?” “Where Am I Going?” This Advent season we will be looking at scriptures from the prophet Isaiah, and the Gospels to see how Christmas holds the answers to life’s biggest questions for all of us.

First Sunday of Advent – Sunday December 2nd “Where Did I Come From?”

“Mud Pies in the Slum”- Isaiah 49:15, Matthew 10:29-31

Author CS Lewis writes too often we act as ignorant children, settling for making mud pies in the slum when God offers us so much more. In the incarnation of Jesus, God shows us our true worth and why what we settle for each day is so far beneath what He wants to give us.

Second Sunday of Advent – Sunday December 9th

Scripture Readings- Isaiah 40:3-5, Luke 1:46-53

“This is the Second Sunday of Advent. We are reminded again of God’s interest, care and concern for us this season by this simple symbol of the Advent wreath.

The first candle was lit to remind us of the value of our lives to God who created each of us in His image. Every life has value and meaning. We light the second candle to show us that our lives not only have value, but have a purpose.

So many struggle with the question, “Why Am I Here?” We spend our brief time on earth trying to find significance for our lives by what we do. Scripture reminds each of us that our greatest purpose in life is to bring honor to God and worship Him. In Luke reading, when the angel appears to her to tell her she will be the mother of Jesus, her immediate response is, “My soul magnifies (worships) the Lord.”

Our worship, honoring of God can influence all that we do- how we work, love and serve one another and bring deep meaning to our time on earth.

As we light the second candle, may we each be reminded that God has created us to honor Him, and in doing so find true joy in our everyday lives.

BUSINESS MEETING: Please mark your calendars for Thursday, December 6th  – 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Members are urged to attend. All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: There is a mailbox in the lobby for your convenience for Christmas cards to be distributed to our church family. Please sort your cards by box ***It has been a long standing tradition to take the money saved on postage and donate it to Missions.***

OFFICE EMAILS: please use only the following email addresses to contact the office.

Pastor Kevin: kevin@raymondbaptistchurch.com

Marion Guay: marion@raymondbaptistchurch.com

Matt Chouinard:  matt@raymondbaptistchurch.com

Please update your contact list to reflect these changes.

Please join us in celebrating the Christmas season with an evening of Christmas specials and carol singing on December 9th at 4:00 pm. All are welcome to participate.  If you are interested in sharing your talent…solo, duet, trio, instrumental….please see Kim Whitten.  All special numbers need to be pre-approved to avoid duplicates.

CHRISTMAS DRAMA,  “An Unlikely Christmas Shepherd” by Elizabeth A. Marlowe, published by Eldridge Publishing Co. will be presented Dec 14th and15th at 7 PM and Dec 16th at 2PM. What does a robbery gone wrong, a case of mistaken identity and a small church’s Christmas program have in common? For thief Collin Evans the opportunity to change his life.  See how the message of Christmas is made real as he comes face to face with the love of Christ at Christmas

LADIES’ CHRISTMAS TEA: Join the Women’s Ministry for our annual Christmas Tea! This is a festive event that includes a delicious brunch, beautifully decorated tables, an insightful message and warm fellowship—a wonderful way to ring in the Christmas season! Saturday, December 16th, 9:00am-11:00 am in RBC’s Great Room, Guest Speaker will be Tami Cole.

NEW PARKING LOT: God has blessed enormously with the purchase of the land and God has been faithful through you, His People! But coming up with a plan was just the first step.  Now comes the task of planning and paying for the new parking lot needed, once started it must be completed. Giving is an act of worship so please prayerfully consider how and if you are able to help fund the new parking lot as we move forward.

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CHILDREN’S GIFT WISH TAGS: Every year Raymond Community Action offers holiday assistance to local families in need through gift donations. Gift Wish Tags will be available starting this Sunday if you would like to help with a gift for a less fortunate child in our community. Gifts due December 16th. (Each tag includes gift suggestions by the parents.). Please see Wendy Roberts or Lynn Breeze with any questions or to pick up a wish tag.

The Drama Ministry is still looking for the following items for props for the upcoming Christmas Drama.  Items will be returned to you after the Drama has been presented.  They are in need of the following:

  • Ugly Christmas Sweaters
  • Santa Hats

If you can help with these items please bring them to the Welcome Center and label with Lisa Macri or Joan Threlfall’s name.  GAMES: The Rockingham County Department of Corrections is conducting its annual appeal for wholesome games to be delivered to the inmate housing blocks in time for Christmas. The needed games are new Puzzles and Playing Cards. If you would like to help, please bring in new, unwrapped gifts (e.g., Scrabble, Risk, Monopoly, Uno, Checkers, Chess, & Puzzles) by Sunday, Dec 16th and leave at the Welcome Center. NOTE: Due to increased security, games cannot have any wooden boards or metal containers – inexpensive versions are best. Also needed are new boxed Christmas Cards, juvenile and adult. Financial donations need to be addressed to the RCDC Chapel Fund SUNDAY TECH TEAM needs your help! It takes 3 volunteers each Sunday to keep everything running smoothly and we need more volunteers. Can you help us by clicking through the slides one Sunday a month? Can you help us with the video recording of the morning service so that folks unable to attend can still take part? We offer easy training, fellowship with a great team, and comfy chairs! Get plugged in! See Jon Thurber for more info. WILD GAME DINNER: Many volunteers are needed to help with our Wild Game Dinner on January 17th at 6pm. A signup sheet is at the Welcome Center. Door Prizes are also needed. It’s a great time to pick up a bargain before or after Christmas for an outdoor minded person divider COMMUNITY EVENTS Candia Congregational Church will be holding their Annual Lights on the Hill celebration on December 8, 2018 from 1:00pm-8:00pm.  Festivities will begin at the corner of Route 27 (High Street) and South Road, Candia NH.  For more information call Candia Congregational Church at 603-483-0506 or www.CandiaCongregational.org. PRAYER WALKING every Saturday at 6:30am at Veterans Park, Manchester NH KEEP HOPE ALIVE:  The 1st & 3rd Wednesday at 7:00pm of every month thereafter there will be a Family Support Group in the Office Upstairs Classroom which will provide support to adult family members with a loved one affected by Substance Use order. If you have any questions about this program please email Ann & Tom O’Keefe at keephopealive603@gmail.com. THE DERRY LIGHTHOUSE ~ OFFERING CONFIDENTIAL SUPPORT…IN THE STORM OF ADDICTION (DRUGS & ALCOHOL).  Monday’s 6:30pm-8:00pm held at First Baptist Church, 44 East Broadway, Derry NH (corner of Crystal and Broadway).  They can be contacted at 603-432-3482. RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: The Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive here in the Great Room Thursday, December 14th  from 11:00-4:00 p.m.  You can register online at http://www.redcrossblood.org. The American Red Cross has a critical need for blood. Right now, blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in. Donations are urgently needed now to help ensure blood types don’t go missing. Donors who register with an email address will receive a $5.00  Amazon Ecard as a thank you! Please consider giving the gift of life during a critical time of need. divider YOUTH GROUP Raymond Baptist church would love to invite your students to join us for some fun events (Events are for students 6th – 12th Grade) Youth Group (SUNDAY 12/2): Junior High 4-6pm – Lesson: Being the Change! Senior High 6-8pm – Laurie Jongsma will be teaching. Here is a synopsis of the talk, “Take another with you and make a friend for life. When making life choices it’s the friends you keep that direct your paths. Parents often warn, “choose your friends wisely.” Research confirms they’re right to offer this advice. Learn how you can help fight the war on drugs by investing in the lives of your peers.” White Elephant Christmas Party – December 16th 6-8pm Ugly Sweater Contest, Games, Food, White Elephant (fun or weird gift recycled but not bought) DEEP FREEZE When: March 1st 3rd     Where: Camp Berea Cost: $100.00 a person $50 deposit is due January 27th to reserve spots. We have scholarships available for students or their friends who want to go but cannot afford it. Deep Freeze  is one of our most exciting events. Students will spend a weekend of excitement at Camp Berea located on Newfound Lake. There will be exciting team games, sports, tubing and so much more. Deep Freeze also have great speakers and bands for students to learn and grow. We ask that students invite friends to join them for this event. YOUTH GROUP SCHEDULE: Sunday’s: Raymond Baptist Church Ministry Center: Junior High: 4:00pm-6:00pm, Senior High: 6:00pm-8:00pm Please contact: Matt Chouinard (603)895-2859 Matt@raymondbaptistchurch.com divider RBC TECHNOLOGY UPDATE(S)/NEWS/NOTICES AWAY FOR THE HOLIDAY’S?  USE THE RBC APP: Now Available~ Online Giving; Sermon Messages (Audio & Video); Important Alert Notifications; Weekly Bulletin & Prayer Requests; Upcoming Events; Pastor’s Blog; and more! Download from Play Store or iTunes for Tablets & Smart Phones. Check it out and keep in touch!  Check Out: Facebook Live Anyone with an Android phone and have noticed that you cannot get into the current sermons please try the following. Try a hard refresh. While in the app, go to the menu (horizontal bars upper left), and press and hold the refresh icon (circle with arrows bottom left) for 10-12 seconds until a message says it needs a few moments to sync. Give it about 10 minutes to sync, then get out and go back in to the app and this should allow you to get into the current information. We are now on Facebook Live. Check it out! Check out the CLUB252 APP for Children:  dividerCURRENT BIBLE DISCOVERY SESSIONS As winter approaches and you are praying on or planning to do a Small Group Study please let the Office know of the details such as day, time, place, etc. so that it can be added to the Small Group Listing. For any Small Groups who would like to have Study Questions to go along with the Fall Series Sermons please let the Office know. SMALL GROUPS: Have you thought about joining or starting a small group? Lives are transformed when people meet together to pray, to study, and engage in fellowship. Join one this week.

When Town Where Topic
Monday 3:30pm Raymond Tami Cole’s Home Women’s Bible Study
Tuesday 6:00 AM Raymond Pastor Kevin’s Office Bible Study – Men
Tuesday 9:30am Raymond Tami Cole’s Home Women’s Bible Study
Tuesday 9:30am Raymond Carlene Reed’s Home Women’s Bible Study
Tuesday 3:30pm Raymond Carlene Reed’s Home Women’s Bible Study
Tuesday 7:00pm Raymond RBC Conference Room (Edwards) Bible Study
Tuesday 7:00pm Nottingham McBride Home Bible Study
Thursday 7:00 PM Deerfield Thurber Home Bible Study
Friday 7:00 PM Deerfield Barry & Sue Brown’s Home Bible Study

divider MISCELLANEOUS: Nursery: Please note: For several reasons, we are unable to have any teenager(s) in the Nursery unless they have been scheduled to help in the Nursery ~ Thank you. DAVE RAMSEY FINANCIAL PEACE CLASS: Kicks off at the end of January. Pre-registration is required, cost $95/person or couple and includes all course materials. Sign up at the Welcome Ctr. INCLEMENT WEATHER From time to time, services or events may be cancelled on account of weather. If you are unsure if a service or event will be happening or to check schedule updates, you may check any of the following for a message:

  • RaymondBaptistChurch.com
  • WMUR, Channel 9 (scrolling cancellation notices)           
  • 895-2859 (church phone/answering machine)
  • Facebook (Raymond Baptist Church)

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Prepared By: Marion Guay | Church Office | Raymond Baptist Church
145 Route 27 :: PO Box 106 :: Raymond, NH 03077 :: 603-895-2859

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