May News

Dear Church,

Spring has finally come! I do hope… that when you receive this… it would have at least stayed for 72 hours! It has been a playful weather pattern, cold, warm, sun, rain… promises of spring and the dreaded return of … yes, snowflakes!

In spite of the winter like weather it has been a busy season at FBCM! In addition to our normal activities a number of our women attended a weekend retreat at Ocean Wood on the invitation of Green Street Baptist Church. If facebook posts are any gauge, a great time was had by all! Our thanks to the women of Green Street in their gracious invitation!

Our Redevelopment Team is planning a number of exciting events for this summer and 2019. Kelvyn Koning will be offering a Family Concert in June and another for a general audience is planned for July. Our hope is to develop a musical following that will enable us to host a kids’ music and drama camp in the summer of 2019.

In our Sunday worship experience we have been working our way through a deeper understanding of what has become known as “The Lord’s Prayer.”

We have discussed the importance of a full understanding of the time, place, and purpose when Jesus gave the prayer to the early disciples - the then and there of the teaching to bring it into our world, the here and now. To bring it home to where we live!

One of the great travesties of our faith is how individual verses have been misunderstood, mis-applied and inappropriately exegeted throughout the history of the church.

Timothy in his second epistle (3:17) wrote (MSG translation), “There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.”

Our challenge is that the original teachings were given to people at a far different time, different culture, and who were going through experiences few of us have known.  In order for us to have an accurate understanding, to get the most Good, the most Peace, the most comfort and the most direction from God’s Word, we need to do a bit of work. We need to understand the context, the why, who, and why it was written so that we can fully understand how it impacts our lives.

Next month I will share a bit more of what we have learned as we dig deeper into the magnificence of all of God’s Word in this most famous of prayers!

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 was inspected by the Greater Boston Food Bank on Monday, April 23, 2018, and we passed with “flying colors”.  We will always accept monetary donations, but, please note that we will be collecting reusable bags and cereal during the month of May.  There will be an area in the Coffee Hour room to bring your donations.  Thank you for supporting our clients!

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE BLANKET SUNDAY will be on Sunday, May 13, 2018.  Donations may be given “in memory of” or “in honor of” a loved one on Mother’s Day.  Each $5 donation will be used to purchase a blanket to be sent to those in need around the world.  Please consider making a donation in remembrance of a special female in your life.  Names of those remembered will be printed in the Mother’s Day bulletin.  Sign-up sheets, as well as envelopes for donations, will be available in the Coffee Hour room this coming Sunday, May 6, 2018.

A PASTORAL SEARCH COMMITTEE meeting was held on Thursday, April 26, 2018.  We have been meeting twice a month and have  completed the tabulation of the surveys.  We are now in the process of putting together our church profile and job description for pastoral candidates.  If you have any questions, please see any member of the Search Committee.  The Committee members are Karen Rivera, Pam Ross, Linda Buttimer, Sandy Hamilton, and Fred Humphreys.   

offering will be collected during May 2018.  This year’s theme is “God Is Doing More Than We Can Imagine.  The Apostle Paul said that God is able to “accomplish abundantly more than we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).  Let’s all seek to do good for one another and give generously to this offering helping people recover from disasters of all kinds across the world.

THE FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE will meet on Monday, May 14, 2018.  We would like to have a special evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Coffee Hour Room with pizza, salad, and dessert and then go into the parlor to hear from the people who attended the retreat at Oceanwood and for a "brain-storming" session of ideas for Friendship Circle for next year.  We will talk about some new projects that people have suggested and new program ideas.  We can also talk about the fair and changes that should be made for that event.  We ask that you bring any books and magazines that you would like to swap or donate.  That's always fun and anything that's left is donated to the Recycle That bin.  Please let Linda or Pat know if you can attend.

CAMPERSHIPS AVAILABLE  Summer is coming! Women’s Ministries would like to offer $300 to be used by our church youth towards the expenses of summer camp at either Grotonwood or Oceanwood.  There is a simple application process and the forms are in the Coffee Hour Room. The applications are due by June 1st. There will be $100 limit per family and all money that is not used by our youth will be donated to the general campership fund at one of the camps.  Oceanwood brochures are displayed in the Coffee Hour Room.  Information about both camps is online. 

The next "Little Dresses for Africa" workshop will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Food Pantry/Youth Room.  We have completed 110 dresses so far with another 20 in process.  We continue to take donations of pillowcases, double fold bias tape, 1/4 inch elastic, and various types of sturdy trim materials.  This is a wonderful project that will benefit many little girls and we have jobs for everyone! For more information, please call Linda Buttimer at 781-665-0575 or Sandy Hamilton at 781-665-6933.

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

THE MEN’S GROUP will be meeting on Saturday, May 25, 2018, at 8:00 AM in the church library.  Please bring refreshments to share.  Thank you!

THE CHIMES  If you have an article you wish to have published in the June issue, please submit it by Thursday, May 24, 2018, to Pam Ross at or call the office at 781-665-4470 ext. 402.  Thank you.

COFFEE HOUR  The Christian Growth (Christian Ed) Team will be responsible for Coffee Hour during the month of May.