RBC Weekly Newsletter (12/14/18)

RAYMOND BAPTIST CHURCH NOTES

There will be no Children’s Church Sunday, December 16th. (Children’s Church and Club252 will be combined).

CHRISTMAS DRAMA,  “An Unlikely Christmas Shepherd” by Elizabeth A. Marlowe, published by Eldridge Publishing Co. will be presented Dec 14th and 15th 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 15th, 9:00am-11:00 am in RBC’s Great Room, Guest Speaker will be Tami Cole.

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 this Sunday 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. Gifts should be brought in unwrapped.

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.

Third Sunday of Advent – December 16th

Scripture Readings – Isaiah 42:1-4, and Luke 10:26-28

This is the Third Sunday of Advent. Everyone has their own philosophy as to how they should live their lives. For some it is simply a matter of simply surviving the day.

Jesus’ birth heralds for us that there is a way to live that not only satisfies ourselves, but helps others as well. Jesus lives the life of a servant as a model for each of us. He lived to serve each of us by his life, death and resurrection. In doing so he modeled a love for God and others that he calls us to duplicate, and in doing do bring hope to others.

As we light the third candle of Advent today to remember that Jesus came to be a servant, so we could be servants to God and others, and in doing so find fulfillment in our lives.

Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 23rd  

Scripture:  Isaiah 11:1-9; Matthew 1:18-25

Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas Sunday.

Advent means “coming or appearing.” Each year at this time we remember , reflect and celebrate the coming of Jesus into this world. We also need to remember that even though Jesus has come once, scripture reminds us he is coming again. The first time as savior and Lord, the next time as risen conquering king.

At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. The traditional Christmas scene is filled with images that contain shepherds, sheep, quiet nights and visitors. At Jesus’ second coming, the scene will be different. No shepherds or sheep, but Jesus Christ the King reigning in his kingdom with his people forever. May we make sure that we take time this advent, to prepare us to be welcomed into the kingdom when Jesus returns.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: Join us Christmas Eve for our family friendly candlelight service at 6:00 p.m. It will be a special time for family and friends to come together and celebrate the birth of Jesus.

CELEBRATING GOD’S FAITHFULNESS: The Leadership Team has set aside the month of December as a time to allow those who are interested in making an extra contribution over and above their weekly tithes and offerings. Each year the Elders ask us to focus on an end of the year gift that we could give to help others around us. Everyone has seen the devastation caused by the fires in California, the thousands displaced and homeless. This year for the month of December we would like to ask you to consider giving an extra gift that will go to Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is a relief agency led by Franklin Graham and provides disaster assistance to those in need around the world. Samaritan’s Purse currently has 96 volunteers on the ground in the affected areas of California. Please note on your contribution End of Year Giving “Samaritan’s Purse.” Thank you.

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.***

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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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.

SONSHINE COMMUNITY TABLE FAMILY BREAKFAST: Mark your calendars for the next Family Breakfast on Saturday, January 5th  at 8:30am.

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

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

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 Friday, January 4th  from 12:00-5:00 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.

Rockingham VNA & Hospice will be offering 6 week long Bereavement Support Groups, starting on January 21st, 2019, in Exeter & Epping.  A Monday daytime group, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at Epping Regional Health Center, a Tuesday evening group, from 5:30-7:00 at RVNA & Hospice, Exeter, and a Wednesday evening group from 5:30-7:00 at RVNA & Hospice, Exeter, are planned.  We also offer a monthly drop-in Grief Support Group on the 3rd Monday of each month from 3:00-4:30pm at Epping Regional Health Center.   These groups are free to the public, but registration is required.  For more information and to register, please call Jane Oldfield-Spearman, Bereavement Services  Coordinator, at 603-772-2981.

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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)

Join us this weekend for our Christmas play (12/14 & 12/15 @ 7:00pm or 12/16 @ 2:00pm). Some of our youth will be a part of it!!

Youth Group (SUNDAY 12/16):

Please Note: There will be No Youth Group December 23rd and December 30th!

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

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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

TROUBLESHOOTING THE APP: 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: 

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As 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 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

MISCELLANEOUS NOTE: We have a new online directory coming soon and wanted you to be aware that you should receive two emails generated by the site with the following subjects.

  • “Login for New RBC Directory”
  • “Please confirm you are happy to receive communications”

If you have questions or need help after receiving them, please send email todirectory@raymondbaptistchurch.com. 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. 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. 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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