RBC Weekly Newsletter (3/1/19)


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS: Remember to set your clocks ahead an hour Saturday night, March 9th.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING: All are encouraged to attend an Informational Meeting on Thursday March 14th  at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary to present the proposal of the Land Development/Parking Lot  and address any questions you might have. Please be in prayer as we take this next step in our ministry development. All members are urged to attend, all are welcome

MINISTRY CLUSTER MEETING:  our next Cluster Meeting will be Wednesday, March 20th at 7pm in the Great Room. A representative from each ministry should be represented.  Volunteers and anyone wishing to attend are welcome.

BUSINESS MEETING: A Special Business Meeting for members is called for Thursday March 21st at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary to act upon a joint recommendation from the Elders, Finance and Trustee teams to move ahead with the completion of the Land Development/Parking Lot project this spring. All members are urged to attend, all are welcome.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: Mark your calendars for the next Men’s Breakfast on Saturday, March 23rd  at 7:30-9:00am.  Join us as it will be a great morning.

Prayer: This month the elders voted to move ahead with the next steps in determining God’s plans for our land. We have sent out requests for bids on the Parking Lot Expansion project we have been talking about for two years. We are facing a deadline of this June to either start the project, or face additional costs in re-permitting if we decide to wait. Pray for clarity, God’s timing on this project and direction on this project.

FLU SEASON: As everyone is well aware, we are in the middle of a severe flu season. There are many who are affected.  We have attendees who are especially susceptible- people with compromised immune system, some elderly and our children. While we appreciate everyone’s desire to be in worship and participating in the life of the church, we would ask during this time that we would all use great wisdom with our own health to determine whether we should be around others. If you are ill, or have been ill recently please use good judgment regarding your exposure to others. Hand sanitizer stations are available around the church for your convenience as well. Sunday services are available through our church app and are posted early in the week. Videos of service are available on Channel 22 in Raymond.  Be in prayer for many who are struggling through this winter season, and thank everyone for watching out for the health of all

April/May/Lent Sermon Series- “Jesus’ Inside Friends”

So often when we talk about “the friends of Jesus” we are most likely to focus on the apostles, Peter, Paul, those who as Jesus says, “you are my friends if you do what I command you.” What about the people that Jesus seemed to welcome in and with whom he invited in the broken, bruised, unwanted or unwelcomed.  Do these describe our friends?

3/3- New Series “Jesus’ Inside Friends” this week “Jesus’ Outcast Friends (Simon the Leper)” Luke 5:12-15

MEMBERSHIP CLASS: Are you new or just want to know more about RBC and membership, what we believe and how things work here or interested in becoming a member? We are still in the process of coordinating a membership class so if anyone is interested there is still some time to call, email the Office or Sign up at the Welcome Center

VBS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Ladies and Gentlemen start your engines! Come be a part of the stock car crew as we introduce children to the “Eternal Race” that will last a life time.  Mark your calendars with the following Drive! VBS Prep dates: 3/13, 4/10, 5/8; 7-8 pm, upstairs room in the office building.  Contact Tara Swist with questions 603.300.0797 or at tara@raymondbaptistchurch.com.



FOOD PANTRY:  We have some very exciting news! The Hannaford Supermarket located in Raymond NH has chosen the Raymond Baptist Church Food Pantry as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program! This means for the entire month of March 2019, every time the Fight Hunger bag is purchased at the Raymond Hannaford, we receive $1! This is truly a great opportunity for us and an easy way for you to show your support for our Food Pantry.  Please go to the store, find the reusable bag rack and buy a few bags! And remember to spread the word – the more bags purchased, the bigger donation to the RBC Food Pantry. For more information about the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, visit hannaford.bags4mycause.com

SONSHINE COMMUNITY TABLE FAMILY BREAKFAST: Mark your calendars for the next Family Breakfast on Saturday, March 2nd at 8:30am.


Maple Sugaring Class: The Outdoor Club is holding the annual Maple Sugaring Class on Saturday March 9th at 1:00pm.  This family friendly event is both fun and educational and is ideal for homeschoolers.  The entire process of identifying trees, tapping trees, collection methods, sap storage methods, the boiling process, and the finishing of the sap into syrup will be covered. This will be an outdoor event so please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for the snow level.  There will be maple sugar samples and snow cones for all!! Come join the fun and learn the simple but rewarding NH tradition of backyard maple sugaring.  This event will be held at the RBC in the Great Room.  Reservations are required either by email at marion@raymondbaptistchurch.com or by calling the church.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY: The Women’s Ministry has a special guest speaker for the March Connections! Bethany Needham, founder of the Simply Beautiful conference and host of the podcast Hey Girl, will be coming to speak. It a privilege to have her come to RBC, so don’t miss out! Saturday, March 16th, 9-11 am, RBC Great Room

MEN’S BREAKFAST: Mark your calendars for the next Men’s Breakfast on Saturday, March 23rd  at 7:30-9:00am.  Join us as it will be a great morning.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, May 2ndWe would like to ask you, to pray and seek God’s wisdom to help you remember a time in your life when you struggled with a question, a problem, or a situation. A time when God showed up, spoke to you, and things changed.  Then to write a short devotional about it.  A sort of a Raymond version of the Daily Bread. Raymond’s’ real people, with real stories and problems,  seeking guidance from a real God.   Your stories might even come from your own journals. 

In life we all hurt and often don’t understand our journey.   As we spend time with each other, and share our stories we create connections.  These connections allow us the opportunity to say that there is an awesome, powerful, loving, wise God just waiting to welcome us all home.

We ask you to keep your devotional to under 200 words, contain the scripture that spoke to you, and follow this simple outline:

  1. State your situation/problem/question
  2. State how God spoke to you, and the scripture He used             
  3. State how this encounter with a living God changed you, your outcome, your actions or your direction                     

We would like to share these devotion with our guests the morning of NDP breakfast on May 2nd. If we get enough, we would put them into a booklet for our guests to take with them.  Devotions will be printed using first names, or anonymous upon request.   Please submit these devotions by email to Marion by April 1st   Thank you so much for partnering with us in this ministry to love our community to Christ.   RBC TEAM IS HEADING TO UGANDA! April 20th – May 4th. Please stand with us through prayer and giving. Pray that this will result in long-term commitment to engage with the impoverished both at home and around the world. Giving may be done simply by dropping a check in the offering plate with Uganda Trip on the memo line or online at https://secure.qgiv.com/event/childvoicetrip/. Thank you for your support!  RBC Uganda Missions Team: Mike and Sandy Unger, Leah & Abby; Carolyn and Mark Baldwin, Paulette Duclair, Sarah Burgess, Paula Chouinard.     UGANDA MISSION TRIP INFORMATION AND UPDATES:   Praise:

  • We are so thankful for the encouragement and support from our church family!
  • We are more than half-way in our fundraising!
  • Our plane tickets have been purchased!

Please continue to pray:

  • Spiritual preparation as we study together
  • Continued fund raising
  • Safety, expedited travel
  • Fulfillment of the Lord’s purposes in the lives of all involved

Active Involvement:

  • We are making THRIVE kits to bring: every Tuesday at Paula’s from 9 am to 9 PM (Please contact me if you have a couple of hours and would like to help out. mpchouinard@comcast.net 603-289-7661)
For those interested in contributing, donations may be place in the church offering labeled “Uganda trip” or given on line at https://secure.qgiv.com/event/childvoicetrip/  Gifts placed in the offering will be shared among the team.  
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.   Join the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to kick-off the Franklin Graham Decision America Northeast Tour! Come enjoy fellowship and refreshments, hear the heart behind the tour and learn ways you and your church can get involved to reach lost people in your community. https://northeast.billygraham.org/kickoff-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, March 8th  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.
dividerYOUTH 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 3/3): There will be no Sunday School or Youth Group this Sunday March 3rd!!  
Deep Freeze: Deep freeze is this weekend, if you have a student attending we will be leaving at Friday at 6:00pm and returning around 2:00pm Sunday. (Students will call parent about an hour before being back at the church.)   *We are looking for 3 people to scholarship students. The students needing scholarships are for first time students to Deep Freeze. You can donate in the offering on Sunday.   Please pray that God will change the lives of our students over this exciting weekend away!!  
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
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!
Check out the CLUB252 APP for Children:
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 9:30am Raymond Carlene Reed’s Home Women’s Bible Study
Tuesday 2:30pm Raymond Carlene Reed’s Home Women’s Bible Study
Tuesday 7:00pm Nottingham McBride Home Bible Study
Tuesday 7:00pm Starting 3/12/19 Raymond RBC Conference Room Bible Study
Thursday 7:00 PM Deerfield Thurber Home Bible Study
Friday 7:00 PM Deerfield Barry & Sue Brown’s Home Bible Study

dividerMISCELLANEOUS: Help Request from Kathy Mayo: Emily just had a baby girl born prematurely and weighs 2.6lbs.  She was flown to Dartmouth in Lebanon and she is breathing on her own!  Ashley would like to help her with clothing since she has not even had her baby shower yet.  If anyone has any preemie girl clothes they would like to donate, we would be happy to accept them and give to Emily.  She does not need anything else right now – just some clothes.  Please see Kathy Mayo with any questions or donations.   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).   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)

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


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