Sunday Morning Worship
November 12, 2017
Sermon by Rev. Pepe: Hope and Harvest
Liturgist: Maya Thompson
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18
From the Stewardship Committee:
Question: What do I do with my completed pledge card?
Answer: There is a box in the church office where you can drop them off – envelopes are next to the box.
Question: When are the pledge cards due?
Answer: Please return pledge cards by Sunday, November 26 – Consecration Sunday
Question: What should I do if I won’t be in church?
Answer: Send the pledge card to the church – 19 West Main Street – Moorestown, NJ 08057 – attn: Financial Secretary
Don't miss out on a great day at Six Flags Great Adventure this Saturday, November 11th from 11:00am - 11:00pm... Pride in the Park! " First Annual Equality Day at Six Flags benefitting Garden State Equality. Kids will enjoy family activities during the day, adults can join us for a mixer at night and everyone will enjoy EXCLUSIVE RIDE TIME after the park closes to the general public. "
Check out the Six Flags Great Adventure page for more details... Pride in the Park https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/special-events/equality-day.
Fall Tea – Tuesday, November 14 at 12 noon: All are welcome to a fall tea at the Bradley Lehr home on Tuesday, November 14th at noon. Gloves and hats are optional. There is a sign-up sheet in the lounge or please call or email Jennifer or Sandy. We hope you can join us!
Movie Night on Nov. 15: I Am Not Your Negro – Please join us from 7 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday, November 15, in Room 3 for a movie followed by discussion.
“Using the unfinished final manuscript of African-American writer and intellectual James Baldwin, this documentary from director Raoul Peck delves into the legacy of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evars, and explores their impact on what it means to be black in America.” - Daniel Gelb
Nov. 16, 10 am to 12 noon: Give Thanks, Give Turkey…donate a frozen turkey and/or trimmings to the FBC Food Pantry.
Gratitude Fest on Friday, November 17, from 7 to 10 pm in the Community Garden. Calling All Thankful Ones! Come express your gratitude. Sing a song, tell a Thanksgiving story, play an instrument, read a poem, or just come and take part and enjoy the bounty. Light refreshments are on the house! It’s an opportunity to see and bid on original Christmas art pieces. Starting bids are $250.00 to benefit the FBC Community Garden Project.
From Joan Scharff: Advent Book Submissions due on November 22
Hello First Baptist Community! Each year our congregation puts together a traditional little advent book, a collection of our stories, thoughts, lyrics, poems, quotes, original or borrowed writing, artwork, etc. to share and read throughout the Advent Season. Advent starts on Sunday, Dec. 3. All submissions are welcome and wanted - please I need your SUBMISSIONS BY 11/19/2017 via email to email@example.com with subject line: ADVENT 2017.
There are two focuses or themes this year, though you need not stick to the theme. They are 'Hope" and "I AM the Light of the World". I will also place a box in the lobby for children's artwork or anyone who prefers to submit this way. It really does take a village to complete this little book, and traditionally it has been a daily treat during advent to read each person's thoughts, etc. - Thank you, and God Bless
Q-munity! Our upcoming meeting will be on November 26thfollowing church. Please note these changes... We will meet at the church and prepare soups in the kitchen for the food pantry. While the soups are cooking we'll gather upstairs in the lounge for some pizza, from Adam's brother's pizza place in Cherry Hill, and salad and other goodies. So we'll have some veggies to chop, pots to stir, taste-testing to be done. It'll be a great afternoon to hang out and contribute to the FBC Food Pantry that distributes food to 150-200 people a week! If you'd like to bring something sweet to share, please do! Any questions please contact Pastor Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. If you have a leftover carcass from Thanksgiving, please bring it and we'll use it for the stock. Or, if you want to cook it down and bring stock, go for it!
NOVEMBER FBCM Women’s Clothing Drive: Have you started your Fall Closet Clean Up? Here is a convenient way to get rid of any unwanted clothing and other fashion items! A local resale company "Mind4Style" has agreed to donate FBCM 30% of the profits of all sold items in the month of November. Drop clothing bags to the Church office. This is a great opportunity to help give our church an end of year financial boost and give your closets a facelift!
- Drop off clothing bags to the church office in November (the earlier, the better)
- Donate Your Old Clothes, Shoes, Handbags and Accessories to Earn $$$ for Our Church!
- All items must be in plastic trash bags, clean, wearable and useable
- Suggested Items: Clothing, Shoes, Costume Jewelry, Handbags, Scarves, Winter Gloves and Hats, and especially Vintage Items
Calling all Carolers! Join us for caroling in the community on Sunday, Dec 10th, meeting at church at 4:30pm. All ages and voices are welcome. Jingle bells and lyrics provided, so bring a friend! If you know of anyone in the greater Moorestown area who could use a visit from carolers, please contact Alison Simpson (email email@example.com or mobile 609-721-2437). Let’s spread joy together!
FOOD PANTRY: Many thanks for all contributions to the Food Pantry; for both monetary & food items. The total number of people served on Tuesday, November 7, & Thursday, November 9, were 232.
A weekly column from our Pastor
For the past several months I have been attending an interfaith clergy meeting with a few other Pastors, Rabbis and Imam. The conversation is, as you might imagine, rich and thoughtful. We share scripture, talk about aspects of our traditions, the lives of our congregations, and most of all, how we can become a more cohesive community of faith. We live in such a pluralistic society; the South Jersey religious landscape is diverse but also, fragile. There are clear messages coming at us from a wide variety of sources that tell us that we don't have to be tolerant- that we can be free to think and say what we want- that we no longer have to be politically correct when it comes to those 'not like us.' But as Christians, we have a responsibility and a command to promote healing, reconciliation, love, and to show compassion toward everyone! This means putting ourselves in the shoes of another. It means reaching out for understanding and appreciation of another's beliefs, traditions, and culture. It means being intentional about building relationships and committing to support one another in times of need. It is out of this ideology and a commitment to peace that the interfaith clergy group was formed.
The group is going to be sponsoring an event for all people of faith on December 3, at 2 PM at the South Jersey Islamic Center in Palmyra. The purpose of the gathering is primarily to build relationships and understanding. Our hope is that we can get to know one another in a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere. We will share scripture from 3 traditions- Islam, Judaism, and Christian, and have some small group discussions to help spark conversation and build friendships.
I would like for you to consider attending this event with me. Over the next several weeks you will see flyers and other materials promoting this event. Please prayerfully consider broadening your concept of God, faith, and community in this unique opportunity to gather as one people. I know that you will leave there changed in some small (or large) way.
If you would like more information, please give me a call, or shoot me an email. Don't let this one pass you by.