Cross and Spire
Newsletter of the First Baptist Church
P.O. Box 331, 11 School St., Lebanon, NH 03766
Pastor: Rev. Dale Edwards
Phone: 603-448-5618 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2011 Volume 28, No. 9
“Not a perfect church, not a perfect people, just a simple desire to follow Jesus.”
In Great Appreciation . . . preparing and serving food, the amazing video
presentation, music, the
The sabbatical was an incredible blessing to us and our commissioning service, the
family, and we are humbled at the thought of all the lovely journals (and
sacrifices and hard work that made it possible. We everyone’s beautiful notes),
would like to take the opportunity to thank the members decorating our car – “Just
of the Sabbatical Committee -- Jim & Ruth Newcomb, Sabbaticaled”, the beautiful
Steve Girdwood, Keith cakes, cleaning up after we
Davio, Carol Rataj, Tom were whisked away; for the
Clifford, Tom McCleary, great Rally and Return
Dan Nash; the various Sunday – the delicious breakfast buffet, the wonderful
church boards, and the worship service, the warm welcome we received from
entire church body for the everyone upon our return.
wonderful gift of a
The Monastery sabbatical this past We’d like to say thanks to
summer. those who prayed for us
while we were away. To
We are thankful for those who preached, visited and those who supported the
cared for members of the congregation, led worship, sabbatical financially.
dealt with For all the immeasurable
emergencies, Our Hermitage and untold things behind
opened the food the scenes that needed to
pantry, checked be done. To everyone who kept things going while we
the building, did were away and everyone
bulletins and else who was patient and
newsletters, were understanding in our
on call for absence.
Favorite sabbatical coffee spot repairs, kept the We cannot thank you
calendar, dealt enough. We rested, we
with phone messages and emails, kept office hours, paid read, we walked, we
the bills (and us!), did the bookkeeping, ordered studied, we played, and
supplies, handled the mail, helped out Roger, and so we prayed. And for this wonderful gift from all of you
many other duties we’ve probably overlooked. we will forever be
grateful. We could not
To all who imagine a more
planned and wonderful church
pulled off family. We are thankful
the both to and for each and
wonderful every one of you.
Sunday – Love & Prayers,
providing, Dale & Laurie
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE BAPTIZED? FAMILY FUN NIGHT!!!
A service of baptism is planned for November 6th. If Come on out for Burgers, Fries & Games! At
you would like to be baptized by Pastor Dale, or have our next Family Fun Night on Friday, October
questions concerning baptism, please speak with Dale or 21 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Fun for all ages!
call the church office (448-5618). Sponsored by the Christian Ed. Board.
BAZAAR COMING NOVEMBER 5TH!
Our annual Christmas Bazaar is Saturday, November 5, USED INK CARTRIDGES BUY FOOD!
and we need your time and/or donations to make it a Bring in your used, empty ink cartridges, toners, old cell
success! All proceeds from the Bazaar are used to buy phones, laptops & ipods and help raise money for the
food for the church’s Raven Box food pantry program. Food Pantry! Here are some helpful guidelines: Ink
Here are some ideas for items you might like to donate: cartridges can be put together (same types) in zip lock
Craft items, jewelry, baked goods (pies, cookies, breads, bags to prevent leakage; it’s preferred that toners be
etc.), and white elephant (yard sale type) items. If you donated without boxes. So far your great response has
can give of your time, we are in need of volunteers for raised about $75.00!
set up on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 5:00-8:00, Friday
between 8:00AM and 7:00 PM, Saturday for part or all
of the bazaar or afterwards for clean-up. To sign up, see
the insert in your Sunday church bulletin. Please note
that White Elephant items need to be left at the church AT EBA’S!
by Thursday, Nov. 3 and clearly marked “for Bazaar”. Saturday, Oct. 8
Other items may be left through Friday, Nov. 4. Baked 7:30 AM
goods may be left at the church or the parsonage Friday ALL MEN WELCOME!!
evening. If you have any questions, please contact Terry
Bolduc (603-632-5168). (Please, NO old
electronics/computers/tvs, exercise equipment, or YOUTH GROUP HAS BEGUN!!!
books as these do not sell and are hard to dispose of.) Youth Group is off to a great start this year and we are
already planning a schedule of special events. All young
COMMUNITY DINNER NEWS people in grades 6-12 are invited to join us on Sunday
Help is needed with the Wednesday Community evenings from 6:30-8:00PM. Our first special event will
Dinners. Held every Wednesday at 5:30 PM, we are be a trip to a Corn Maze on Sunday, October 16 after
currently serving up to 40 people each time. Sign- church. Youth should bring a bag lunch and dress
up sheets are located on a bulletin board downstairs appropriately for the weather. Other events we are
looking forward to include Deep Freeze (Jan. 13-15), the
near Kilburn Hall. Please sign up to provide food
Valentine’s Dinner fundraiser, the 30-Hour Famine, just
or to help with set up, serving, and clean-up. to name a few. If you have questions, please speak to
Questions? Please contact Chris Clark (603-667- one of our youth leaders: Steve & Deb Girdwood,
1892). Bernice Clark, Laurie Edwards, or Eric Yuan.
CLOTHING GIVEAWAY OCTOBER 15! PHILIP ROBINSON VISITS OCTOBER 9TH!
Our annual Fall Clothing Giveaway will be held We’re happy to announce that Philip Robinson will be
Saturday, Oct. 15 from 8:30AM-12PM. Bring in your visiting from London on Sunday, Oct. 9 and bringing the
donations of clean, gently used, seasonal clothing! morning message. Philip pastors the Streatham Baptist
Clothes needed for all ages & sizes. This has become a Church in London, and has had a long-standing
much-appreciated ministry to the community. Clothes friendship with us here at FBC Lebanon.
may be left at the back of Kilburn Hall (downstairs
fellowship hall) any time between now and the 15th. TIME FOR WORLD MISSION OFFERING
Helpers also needed to sort clothes on Friday, Oct. 14 American Baptists support nearly 100 long-term
from 3:30-5:30PM and to help serve customers on missionaries and more than 1500 short-term missionaries
Saturday. Please contact Cheril Maynard (603-632- and volunteers that work in more than 70 countries along
5820) if you are able to help out! with 220 partner organizations that include evangelistic
associations, hospitals, schools, and much more. Each
MORE BABY BOTTLES??? October we participate in the World Mission Offering
If you have not yet returned a baby bottle for the that supports the global work of American Baptist
Pregnancy Center’s Baby Bottle Benefit, please return it International Ministries. Our missionaries share the
to the church office ASAP. good news of Jesus Christ and bring help to those in
need. Please prayerfully consider making a special gift FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED
to missions through this important offering. A special Raven Box Food Pantry continually
offering envelope is included in this newsletter for your
needs donations - canned foods,
convenience. Thank you!
pasta, spaghetti sauce, rice, side
THANK YOU FROM HABITAT dishes, peanut butter & jelly,
Dear Friends, cereals, hygiene items, & toilet
Thanks to you, and many other good people of the paper! Cash donations are also
Upper Valley, one more family is now living in a safe, very much appreciated! Place
decent, affordable, energy efficient home! . . . The food in the blue buckets near the church door, and
building volunteers sincerely appreciate the chance to money in the offering plate with a notation “for
share a meal together at the jobsite each Saturday. We food pantry.”
went to thank you for the wonderful lunches you
provided throughout the build. This is a very significant FLOOD RELIEF SIGN-UP
contribution towards the success of our builds. The Mission Board is working to put together a team to
Sincerely, Don Derrick, Exec. Dir. help with the ongoing flood relief efforts in the Upper
Valley. If you would like to volunteer for such a
project, please sign up on the yellow sheet on the
Women’s bulletin board at the back of the church sanctuary. For
Fellowship more information, contact Steve Girdwood 448-3318.
Potluck Dinner CLEMMER MISSIONARY UPDATE
Tuesday, October 18 Bill & Ann Clemmer have moved from the Congo to
6:00 PM Southern Sudan. Please keep the Clemmers in your
prayers as they continue to serve God in Africa. Our
At Marge Olson’s Sunday School offerings support their efforts there.
30 Dorset Lane,
Lebanon ABW FALL RALLY
All Women Welcome The American Baptist Women’s Ministries of
Vermont & New Hampshire Fall Rally for women
and girls will be Saturday, October 29 at the First
Baptist Church of Hanover, 195 Etna Rd., Etna, NH
from 9:30AM-3:00PM. Speakers will be Laura &
Allyson Austin, a mother/daughter team on an
PRAYER, PRAISE& African mission tour called “Breaking the
FELLOWSHIP! Chains:Stop the Pain” (Human Trafficking). Cost is
$3.00. Bring a sandwich – soup, beverage, &
Thursday, October 20 dessert will be provided.
6:30 –8:30 PM
WHITE CROSS NEWS
Come join us for a time of Please keep working on our projects. We still need
fellowship, refreshment and more roller bandages, baby blankets (36”x36”),
prayer! cloth diapers, school kits and health kits. I am
hoping to be back soon and will have a work night
FBC POST-GRAD GROUP CONTINUES! near the end of October. Watch your Sunday
The FBC Post-Grad Group (formerly called the bulletin for the announcement. Also, thank you for
“20 Somethings”) meets every Sunday evening, the beautiful cards, phone calls, visits and prayers.
6:30-9 PM at the Collins’ house, for a time of study, Without them this would have been hard for me to
fellowship and food. Please see Pastor Dale get through. I’m still having issues with nerve pain
Edwards, Randy or Lehann Collins, or any member in my left leg which makes it hard for me to sit still.
of the group for directions. Come join us, all you I miss my church family.
post-grad (from high school) people! God Bless All of You!