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From the desk of the Pastor…
What an amazing place. What an amazing time. What an amazing grace.
Summer has fled by and autumn beckons. The cycle and circle of life and seasons continue unabated.
Yet at First Baptist Church of Fall River something new catches our attention. We had some different experiences during the summer, as we have begun discovering what God has in mind for us.
Some surprises greeted us in worship. One Sunday red draped all about in recognition of the Holy Spirit. Another week a ladder with "angels" ascended to "heaven". This past week, everyone sat on the right side of the sanctuary and felt the Holy Spirit vibrating between and among us. One Sunday we gathered around one of our members to pray for healing.
We had refreshments a few times in the entry way to the sanctuary and greeted people out on the street with treats of grace. The Clothing Ministry has moved to the room that the Food Pantry inhabited for so many years. Some people who have used the clothing ministry now help to run it.
In the meantime Channa Guinard now manages the Monday lunch (a free meal for anyone who wants to come). The Greater Fall River Food Pantry supports us in this ministry. Did you know that we have hosted this lunch for the past year in addition to the Branch Dinner?
The Old Colony Y has rented the old adult daycare space to offer an after school program 10 or 11 afternoons a month.
We have started to learn how to live without Elizabeth Watson’s quiet presence and labors of love. Sherry Marchand has taken up one of those as her own act of devotion and God-love. She now oversees decorating the sanctuary and welcomes contributions and help.
Some old things continue. Some go on in new ways. Some new ones take the place of others.
By faith we have both continuity and new life. I pray this pattern will enfold us and keep us alive, alert and fresh to the Gospel.
And you thought summer was a time for dozing. Not this year at FBC.
In August we had another successful clothing drive working with Savers. We had over 1000 lbs. of clothes and goods collected, we raised close to $250. Thank you to all who donated their gently used clothing.
I want to thank Tomeka and her daughters Malachia and Brittany for helping out these past few week with the Monday Luncheon Supper and Tuesday Branch. To have people from our congregation getting involved is like a breath of fresh air. I open the invitation to all of you who read our Bridge to come and join us whenever you can. God has given us an opportunity to extend his love for others through our outreach ministries. The reward is greater than words can describe. You wouldn't understand until you have begun to truly be a part of the community in which you live.
The Clothing Ministry is doing well. Everything is running more efficiently and we have more new people coming now that we are open four days a week. It has been less hectic, and better organized. I do want to thank everyone for their generosity and support. Fall is coming, and with that comes the cold weather. Preparing for the Fall season is our next mission. Any costumes or fall fashions that you might have tucked away from last year, remember our clothing ministry. Thank you and God Bless
Thank you again and God Bless You All
Channa Guinard, Community Health Worker
October 1st is World Communion Sunday. Let’s celebrate God’s love in the whole world. If you have an object or clothing from your own heritage, or from another that you would be willing to share in our worship space on that Sunday, please speak to Bruce MacLeod or to Sherry Marchand.
Branch Community Supper
We have been so fortunate in the past to have very generous groups to sponsor our Branch Community Supper. However, due to unforeseen circumstances we have lost a few of our long serving groups. We have some openings coming up in the next few months. If you know of an organization, family, or group that would be interested in sponsoring a dinner, please have them call the church office for more information.
Greetings from your Board of Deacons. Now that summer is over we’re planning for our Harvest Supper Gathering and Silent Auction and would welcome volunteers, donations, ticket sellers and dessert makers. We have set up committees and want this to be the best year ever. We’re raising funds for our community services, clothing ministry, and Christmas donations. Put November 4 on your calendar and join us for a fun time with church family and friends.
We invite you to our second Community Conversation. Join us for good food and engaging conversations as we work to unify our community. As we break bread together, we can share our hopes, thoughts and experiences, diving deep into the pressing issues that we face today as we build a community of caring.
Sunday, September 24, 1:00 -3:00 pm
Church of the Holy Spirit, 160 Rock Street, FR. (park in Family Services lot)
RSVP Wendy@unfr.org or 508-324-7900 x103