RBC Weekly Newsletter (12/6/19)


Month of December ~ Advent Series: “Choose Joy”  

12/08/19:- Second Sunday of Advent – “When Joy Leaves the Room?” The holiday season is hard for many. Life can be overwhelming, especially for those who have suffered loss. God’s real and personal presence is an antidote to the suffering we face, and give a lifeline for our joy. (Isaiah 49:8-18).

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL:  Please join us. Phil & Jen Wilson  of AMG International, Guatemala will be visiting on December 8th.  Please join the Adult Sunday School at 9:00am in the Great Room for a Missions Update.

CARE PACKAGE MINISTRY: Fall care packages are being sent out before Christmas to college age young adults and military. Please let Marion know if any addresses have changed and if available the new addresses for the care packages to be shipped to.  Also if there are college students or Military you would like to add to our Prayer Request and send a care package to please provide the name, school/branch of Military and address information. Thanks.  Care Package goodies need to be back this Sunday. There are still several cards still left so please let Tami or Michael Cole know if anyone can help out with what items are still needed.

THE CHRISTMAS DRAMA IS COMING QUICKLY!  Donna Burgess is looking for people to help out with refreshments. If you can bake, we are looking for several people to bake cookies. There will be 3 performances-Friday, December 13 at 7 PM, Saturday December 14 at 7 PM, and Sunday, December 15 at 2 PM. It would be ideal to have 3 separate trays with a couple dozen on each tray-one for each performance.  If baking isn’t for you, then maybe you could bring crackers and cheese. Or you could purchase 2 liter bottles of Sprite or raspberry sherbet for punch.   She would ask that the refreshments be there prior to 5:30 on Friday so that the refreshments can be ready by 6:30 before guests arrive.  If you would like to help serve(coffee, punch) at any of the performances let Donna Burgess know.  Please email her back at (edndonnaburgess@comcast.net) if you can help and let her know what you are providing.  Thanks in advance!

CHRISTMAS DRAMA: It’s that time again for our annual Free Christmas Drama, our gift to the community. This year the RBC Players will perform “Rented Christmas, The Musical” by Norman and Yvonne Ahern, Produced by Special Arrangement with Pioneer Drama Services, Inc. The drama will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings, December 13th and 14th at 7:00pm and Sunday December 15th at 2:00pm.  The story begins as a lonely businessman walks along in town and feel the excitement and love of Christmas that is in the air. He remembers past Christmases with its happiness and love. He then spots a shop sign that reads “We Rent Anything”. He has an idea and he enters into the shop. Come and find out what John Dale decides to do…There are tickets available to hand out to friends, family and people you don’t know yet. Pick up your tickets today at the Welcome Center. If you have any questions or you need more information please see Lisa Macri or Joan Threlfall.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: Join us on 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.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Saturday, January 11th 6:00pm, there will Family Movie Night, popcorn and drinks will be provided. Come and have a blast with us.  Sign-up at the Welcome Center so we can plan!  If you have any questions please contact Becky DeConto or Tami Cole.

MINISTRY CLUSTER MEETING:  Please mark your calendars, our next Cluster Meeting will be Wednesday, January 15th at 7pm in the Great Room. A representative from each ministry should be represented.  Volunteers and anyone wishing to attend are welcome.

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 Dec 20th 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  They are also looking for help in funding special programs to better prepare inmates for return to society. Their goal is to keep the recidivism rate down by building godly lives. Financial donations need to be addressed to the RCDC Chapel Fund.


OPERATION CHRISTMAS BOXES: Raymond Baptist filled and shipped 172 boxes this year.  Thank you for all you did.  Praying for the boxes, filling your own boxes, helping fill boxes at the church, donating items for the boxes, and donating money for shipping.  Our boxes went to a relay station and this is how our area did.   With God’s help and yours our area received 10,176 boxes this year!  That is 10,176 children who will experience God’s blessing first hand and get to hear just how much he loves us. Thank you so much for all you do.

WILD GAME DINNER: Many volunteers are needed to help with our Wild Game Dinner on January 23rd  at 6pm. A signup sheet is at the Welcome Center. Door Prizes will also be needed. It’s a great time to pick up a bargain before or after Christmas for an outdoor minded person

SONSHINE COMMUNITY TABLE FAMILY BREAKFASTDecember 7th at 8:30am in the Great Room.  Please join us. All are welcome.

LADIES YANKEE SWAP AND POT LUCK – There will be a Ladies Christmas Yankee Swap and Potluck event on December 7th at 6:00pm at Lisa Macri’s Home. Ladies are asked to bring a $10.00 wrapped gift.  This will be a pot luck and a signup sheet will be at the Welcome Center.  We must have a minimum of 20 ladies sign up or there will be need to cancel this event so please join us. If you have any questions please see Becky DeConto or Tami Cole.

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 14th, 9:00am-11:00 am in RBC’s Great Room. Guest speaker is Jenn Wilson.

SONSHINE COMMUNITY TABLE: We have had consistent numbers at the Sonshine Community Table over the past year(s), which is a blessing, but with Fall here and Winter fast approaching we find that we need many more helpers. Do you have an hour and a half  of time to spare on every other Monday night?  Two teams that rotate every other week are compiled of 35+ volunteers to shop, prepare, cook, set up, serve and clean.  If you are interested in helping out on a regular basis or as needed, please let us know – we would be glad to have you!  To do this, contact Mark & Kathy Hassenpflug or Lynn Breeze to discuss details or signup.


HONOR FLIGHT NEW ENGLAND:  If anyone knows of any WWII or Korean War Veterans that have not made the Honor Flight trip yet, please encourage them to apply.  Their website is: honorflightnewengland.org   or email them at honorflightnewengland@gmail.com or you can call them at 603-518-5368 for more information. We are in a race against time ~ together we can give these Heroes the recognition they deserve.

Christian Aftercare Ministries is urgently looking for the following donations: Winter coast, large towels, small refrigerators, coffeemakers, shoes, socks, jeans, slacks, boots, pots & pans, bedding (sheets, blankets).  For more information about  donations and where to drop off please contact 603-669-5090.

PRAYER WALKING every Saturday at 6:30am at Veterans Park, Manchester NH

SEACOAST FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP: Providing peer support to adult family members with a loved one afflicted by Substance Use Disorder.  2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Sharing resources and hope in a safe and confidential environment. Support Group will be held at the:

First Baptist Church, 2 Spring St., Exeter, NH

Contacts:  Linda 978-578-5670 or Ann 603-731-4227

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 3rd 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. Please consider giving the gift of life during a critical time of need.


SUNDAY (12/08)Sunday School 9:00am-10:00am Students will join the Adult Sunday School Class to hear from the Wilson’s (Missionaries to Guatemala).

Youth Group 6:00pm-8:00pm:

Lessons Series- “Why Christmas?”

This week’s lesson- “Jesus came to get messy”

Bring your friends!!

CHRISTMAS PARTY – RBC Youth Group – Ministry Center – December 15th ~ 6:00pm-8:00pm

Pizza Party: We will have an ugly sweater contest, winner gets a huge prize. We will have some exciting Christmas games, prizes, and our annual White Elephant. (White Elephant: A gift that is not bought, can be fun, funny, reused, but not inappropriate please.) Bring a friend!!


5th thru 12th Grade 6:00pm-8:00pm Ministry Center

Please contact: Matt Chouinard (603)895-2859 Matt@raymondbaptistchurch.comdivider


AWAY or PLANNING A TRIP?  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!


 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.





Monday 3:30pm


Tami Cole’s Home

Bible Study-Woman

Tuesday 6:00am


Pastor Kevin’s Office

Bible Study – Men

Tuesday 7:00pm


McBride’s Home

Bible Study

Tuesday 6:30pm


RBC Conference Room

Bible Study

 (Fall is Here!.  Call if interested in leading or signing up for a Winter Small Group).


If anyone knows of any families with children who are in need for help for Christmas please give the office a call or email with what help is needed.

PLEASE NOTE: On Sunday’s at 10:25am the Great Room doors will be locked for safety purposes.  If you arrive late for service you will have to enter through the Sanctuary doors.  Thank you for all for your understanding.

Please Note: We will not be having the yearly Christmas Card box out in the Foyer this year.  This would be a great opportunity to meet new people and connect to others by handing them personally a Christmas card.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: From time to time, services or events may be cancelled on account of weather. Check any of the following for latest updates:


Epping TV is broadcasting our services on Sundays at 10am. Hope some people are watching!


Les Houston is looking for a reasonably priced used car, decent for winter travel, inspected and ready or at least inspectable and ready to drive. Please contact him directly if you have or know of someone who can help him.divider

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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