April News


Dear Church Family,

Easter Resurrection Sunday Celebration was a joy to experience at FBCM! Following a full week of preparation including a special Palm Sunday experience with community churches, including hosting a continental breakfast in our Fellowship Hall by our Ladies, Maundy Thursday Observance, and a Good Friday kids focused event by our Youth Team, it was great to celebrate together the reason why we do what we do!

We were very blessed to have Pastor Ewens Cassignol of Eglise Centre D’Adoration Elim and his congregation with us to worship and praise our living resurrected God! What an additional blessing it was to watch and pray as Vickyanna Sherley Alusma was baptized!  If you were unable to be with us, please link to our Facebook page and I know you will be blessed also.

I want to thank all who had a part in the many parts of the services and observances, Barbara Morash and her choir, Matthew Tringali for the special care he gave to prepare the space for all that happened throughout the week, our Youth Group leaders and their team who cleaned and polished our space in addition to hosting the Good Friday  Observance with 22 kids in attendance, Karen and Martin Rivera and their team of bunnies who made the Easter Egg hunt possible, all of the church Teams who hosted our Palm Sunday  breakfast and all who brought in donations of food or funds for that event, those who gave flowers in memory or honor of loved ones to beautify our sanctuary, Scott Macaulay for arranging the display of flowers, our Christian Ed Team and their constant care to teach the meaning of Easter all year, and all of the Teams who work throughout the year to support the ministries of FBCM that are the hands and feet of our hearts in doing the work that Jesus called his disciples to do!  I cannot end this paragraph of thanks without a special thank you to Pam Ross for helping to keep us all on track with her administration of our church office and all that needed to be done. Without her and the many ways she supported all of the above with publications, connections with the area churches, ordering of flowers, organizing… the list goes on and is almost never ending!  In all of my years of ministry, the one position that I have found to be most critical in a church seeking to grow in effectiveness is that of the Administrator. Without a highly skilled and wise person in that chair, the church will not be all that it can be.  I am very thankful that God saw that need and sent her to us at a time when we were in desperate need. God is above all, Good! 

I trust you were as blessed as I was by all that this season has brought us, and I look forward to going out into the community to which He has called us and… pass it on!

Blessed by serving with you, Pastor Dee

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

TOUR THE REFURBISHED PARSONAGE The Trustees would like to give you a chance to tour the parsonage before it is rented.  Come on Sunday, April 30th, from 1:00-3:00 PM to see how nice it looks with a fresh coat of paint, new stair carpeting, and refurbished wood floors.  Be prepared to take off your shoes at the door or bring your slippers.  We ask that the able-bodied park on Youle Street since there is no sidewalk along the street.  Others can use the driveway for easier access.  The parking is limited on the street and in the driveway, so please let us know if you would like to come and at what time, and we will try to schedule the visits so that everyone does not come at once.  If you can carpool with others, that would help also.  We will be taking photos and will have those available at the church if you are not able to attend.  Thanks and hope to see you on April 30th.  You may call Rob at 781-454-7870, Pat at 617-827-9222, or June at 781-665-4237, or e-mail Pat at pesce2@comcast.net to let us know you will be attending the Open House.

THE JUDSON ASSOCIATION SPRING ANNUAL MEETING will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the First Baptist Church of Medford, 29 Oakland Street, Malden, MA.  Registration starts at 5:00 PM followed by dinner.  Devotions will be led by Rev. Matthew Rasure, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Medford.  The meeting will include the election of officers and the Executive Committee.  The program will include “What Are Signs of a Healthy Church?”, “How Does Your Church Compare?”, and a presentation by Rev. Eric Nelson followed by small group discussion and sharing thoughts on “the healthy church.”

JUDSON WOMEN ANNUAL MEETING The First Baptist Church of Melrose is one of 37 churches that is part of the Judson Association, named after Adoniram Judson, an American Congregationalist and later Baptist missionary, who served in Burma for almost forty years.  The Judson Women Association is for all women in these churches, and we meet twice a year to bring people together from the area churches.  The Stoneham First Baptist Church, 457 Main Street, invites all the women of our church to the Annual Judson Women Meeting, on Wednesday, May 10th, at 6:30 PM.  The women of the Stoneham Church will host a light meal of appetizers, sandwiches, and desserts at no charge.  The evening’s program will focus on some of the opportunities for adults and children at the Oceanwood Camp and Conference Center in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.  These programs are open to everyone in our church.  The focus program for the evening will be the horseback riding camp at Oceanwood that has benefited many children through the years.  We will provide transportation for anyone that is interested in attending this meeting.  It will be a great time to connect with women from other churches and to learn about the wonderful opportunities at Oceanwood.

THE TABCOM 49th ANNUAL GATHERING is being held on May 5–6, 2017, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Leominster, MA.  The registration fee, if received by April 28, will be $25; after April 28 the fee will be $35.  There is a guarantees rate hotel rate of $90 per night for a sgl/dbl room plus tax.  Rooms will be held at this rate until April 20.  Call the DoubleTree at (978) 534-9000.  The DoubleTree by Hilton is at 99 Erdman Way in Leominster, MA.  Guaranteed meals need to be paid with registration by April 28.


Women in Ministry Luncheon:  $15

Friday Dinner:  $30

Saturday Breakfast Buffet:  $15

Saturday Banquet:  $25

“COOKING UP SOME NEW IDEAS” Friendship Circle will meet at the home of Pat Fish, 57 Hammersmith Drive, Saugus, MA, on Monday, May 8th at 6:00 PM.  We will have an evening of “cooking up new ideas”!  We will cook dinner together, share favorite recipes and cooking tips, and brainstorm about new possibilities of outreach projects for Friendship Circle.  Come and have fun, and enjoy a great meal that we cook together!  Please let Pat know if you can attend at 617-827-9222 or pesce2@comcast.net.  Not a member of this service group, please talk to Pat, Linda, or Arlene.

“A WELCOME TEA FOR PASTOR DEE”  We will officially welcome our Interim Minister, Rev. Dr. Dee Swilling, on Sunday, April 23, 2017, with a tea directly after our church service.  Please be here for this special (although belated) event!

THANKS TO THE KITCHEN CLEAN-UP CREW!  We have a newly cleaned kitchen, thanks to June Cuttino, Linda Buttimer, Pat Fish, Rob MacDonald and his friend, George.  Silverware and cooking tool drawers, cabinets, and all the pots and pans were cleaned and organized.  Thanks to Rob and George, the butcher block countertops were sanded.  Thanks to Dave Cuttino for his work in repairing drawers that were coming apart.  Thanks for everyone’s hard work!

CALLING ALL SINGERS!!!  The choir is looking for more members.  If you think you would like to try singing, the choir meets on a weekly basis after church for rehearsal from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.  We need sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses.  We would love to have you join us!


THE PANTRY OF HOPE would like to thank you all for the donations of Ham and Spam for this Easter.  Next month we will be collecting something else.  Stay tuned!

THANK YOU to Scott Macauly for all of his work arranging the flowers for our Easter service.  He also came back and cleaned the sanctuary.  Thank you for all you did to make this Easter so special!


THANK YOU to the members of the Youth Group for all they did to clean the Sanctuary before our Easter service.   

THE MEN’S GROUP will be meeting on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 8:00 AM in the church library.  Please bring some refreshments to share.

BIBLE STUDIES will be held on Tuesday nights at 6:30 PM located at 212 Grove Street, Melrose.  The Wednesday morning group will be meeting in the church parlor at 10:00 AM.

COFFEE HOUR Women’s Ministries is responsible for Coffee Hour for the month of April.