Summer News

Dear Church,

            If you were able to attend our June 30th Community Concert ~ POPS I am sure you are as excited as I am about the response from the community (over 85 souls on a very, very hot day!) and also from our folks as they invited friends and neighbors who came!  It was an afternoon of show tunes, jazz, movie themes & more, a wonderful chance to reach out and to bring people in to our church building.

      Our hope is to encourage attendees to come back again and again, and eventually we may find them in our pews on a Sunday morning! Please read through this newsletter to discover information about the July concert and also about our VBS that will be offered in August!

      This summer during our Sunday teaching time we will be walking through some Bible passages that you may know well, but, like many passages in The Living Word, may want to understand more deeply.  The parables are comparisons of earthly and heavenly things, an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.  In other words, in His parables Jesus gives examples of natural things that teach spiritual truths.

      Some people believe that Jesus used these every-day examples to help the common people understand what He was teaching.

      However, according to Matthew 13:10-16, when the disciples came to Him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

      Jesus replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”

      He went on to say,

      “This is why I speak to them in parables: Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”

      What did He mean? I encourage you to join us on Sunday mornings at 10 am and discover answers based on Mark 4:33-34; “With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.”

Blessed by Serving with You,

Pastor Dee

PANTRY OF HOPE:  Open Tuesdays 3 – 5 p.m.

ALL ARE WELCOME AT FIRST BAPTIST!!!  We are delighted that you have chosen to worship at First Baptist Church Melrose! We recognize that you have many choices, and we are grateful that you have chosen to be with us. Our Redevelopment Minister or a member of our Worship Team would be happy to speak with you at your convenience and to answer any questions concerning our church.

THE PANTRY OF HOPE always accepts monetary donations, but, please note that we will be collecting reusable bags during the months of July and August.  There will be an area in the Coffee Hour room to bring your donations.  Thank you for supporting our clients!
A FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH MEMORIAL FUND in memory of Jessie Freda has been established by her family.  This will be an ongoing fund that people can donate to at any time.  The money that is donated will be invested into the church's endowment fund and will be designated for use in Jessie's favorite areas of the church; the music program, the Pantry of Hope, and the Restoration Fund.  Checks should be made out to The First Baptist Church with the Jessie Freda Memorial Fund noted on the bottom of the check. 

FAIR DONATIONS  Yes, it's time to begin preparing for our annual November fair!  Summer is a great time to pack up items that we can donate to the fair and to remind friends and family to do the same.  We do ask that you wait until after Labor Day to bring your White Elephant donations to church as we have very little storage space.  If you cannot store your donations at your house, please let us know, and we will try to find space outside the church.  If you can store donations that people are bringing at your house, please get in touch with someone on the fair committee.  It is important that the following items are not left in Social Hall as they will be sold upstairs.  Please contact the individuals listed for the specific areas or someone on the fair committee if you have questions about your donations.  If you have suggestions or would like to help in any way, please let us know.  

COMPENSATION PACKAGE FOR PASTORAL CANDIDATES  The proposal developed by the Trustees and approved by the One Board to put to the congregation regarding the compensation package for a potential settled pastor passed with a 75% majority, 17 yeas and 7 nays.  A show of hands was requested.  The next step is to finalize the profile which the Pastoral Search Committee is working hard on. If you have any questions about the process please either connect Karen Rivera or Pastor Dee, and they will answer as best they can.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held from August 20th – 24th from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM each day.  All children in grades K – 8 are invited to attend.  The cost will be $15 per child ($45 per family is the maximum).  See the attached flyers for more information regarding volunteering or registering a child to attend.  The VBS Celebration will be on Sunday, August 26th @ 10:00 AM.

THE YOUTH GROUP will have their Car Wash and Bake Sale on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 9:00 AM –1:00 PM in the church circular driveway.  If you are able, please bake some desserts to sell at the event.  Come get your car washed, enjoy a treat to eat, buy a treat to take home and help the Youth pay their own way to camp.

CAMPERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED BY WOMEN’S MINISTRIES  Women's Ministries is offering $100 scholarships to any of our young people that are planning to go to Oceanwood or Grotonwood this summer.  These camps offer wonderful programs and the group hopes that several young people will be attending camp.  The applications for this scholarship are on the table in the Coffee Hour Room. The deadline has been extended to July 15th.  Please give the applications to June Cuttino.  At this time, one scholarship has been awarded.  

A 2ND COMMUNITY CONCERT will be held on Saturday, July 28th at 7:00 PM, led by our new Director of Music, Kelvyn Koning. This second concert will feature classical music.  All performers are from the Boston Conservatory and Boston University.  Advance ticket cost for children 12 & under, seniors and students will be $10 and adults tickets will be $15. Tickets will be available at the door, but the cost will be $12 for seniors, students and children 12 & under and $18 for adults.  If you wish to buy tickets in advance, they will be available each Sunday after church services, or please call the church office at 781-665-4470 ext. 402.  Tickets may also be purchased at Buckalew's, Miter Biter Frame Co., and Macaulay's House of Vacuums.  Thank you.

BIBLE STUDIES are held on Tuesday nights at 6:30 PM at 212 Grove Street, Melrose.  The Wednesday morning group will continue to meet throughout the summer in the church parlor at 10:00 AM. 

THE MEN’S GROUP will be meeting on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 8:00 AM in the church library.  Please bring refreshments to share.  Thank you!

THE CHIMES  Due to Pam Ross’ medical leave, there will be one summer issue of the “Chimes”.  If you wish to publish an article in the September issue, please submit it by Wednesday, August 29, 2018, to Pam Ross at or call the office at 781-665-4470 ext. 402.  Thank you.

COFFEE HOUR  Members of the congregation are responsible for Coffee Hour during the month of July and August.