May News


Dear Members and Friends of The First Baptist Church of Melrose,


When I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!


The paragraph above clearly describes how I feel about each of you personally and collectively as a community of faith. I am very glad to say that it is not an original work! The phrases may be slightly different than you have read before, but, the meaning and depth of feeling is the same. It is the work of Saint Paul, in the first chapter of his letter to the church in Ephesus and surrounding communities. It has been translated to be clearly understood by the reader of our day in a version called “The Message.” If you have not had the opportunity to investigate how a more modern version can help us to gain new understanding of an ancient work, I encourage you to search it out and then let me know what you think!


My feelings of thankfulness are not new, in truth, they began early in our relationship and, as in any good relationship, it has deepened over time. The Welcome Tea given this past Sunday was a wonderful example of how loving, energetic and hardworking you all are! I have never seen, and I have gone to many teas, and given a few of my own, a better representation of hospitality and grace! I am so very thankful for each one who had a part and it warms my heart when I think of it, and I am sure will continue to do so for some time to come.


The Tea began what was for us, a week of one gift after another. The grace and blessings continued into Tuesday when our daughter Emily announced her engagement to Joel Gritters. We have come to know and love Joel over the past two years. He is a man of strong faith, and the man we believe is an answer to our prayers prayed even before her brown eyes saw our world. Our 46 year marriage has taught us how important in marriage is to not only share a sincere faith with a great friend to do life with, but also an equal relationship where each one loves the other more than him or herself and to a depth that is immeasurable.  We are grateful that all of our children have found life mates that are answers to our prayers. God is Good; He overlooked our blips and blunders and blessed us anyway!


Friday we moved the remainder of the items from our Newburyport home to our new home in Woburn. We expect to place our Newburyport home of 38 years on the market within a week’s time.  God is Good!  Thankful to be on this journey @ FBCM with you!!


Yours in Christ ~ Pastor Dee



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

 

PLEDGE UPDATE  With two additional pledges, we are at $43,140 for 2017 vs. $58,536 for 2016.


CHURCH WORLD SERVICE donations may be given “in memory of” or “in honor of” a loved one on Mother’s Day which will be celebrated on Sunday, May 14th.  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 the special female in your life.  Names of those remembered will be printed in the Mother’s Day bulletin.  Sign-up sheets of “In Memory Of” and “In Honor Of” will be available in the Coffee Hour room on April 30th and May 7th.


SPRING HAS FINALLY SPRUNG!  The April showers are bringing the May flowers!  That means we will be having our May Friendship Day celebration for CWU: Kindling New Fires of Love.  The theme is scripturally based on parts of Matthew, Chapters 18 & 19.  There’s a responsive reading, as well as a skit, on becoming like children.  We even have a hymn written, “Do Not Turn Away the Children”, sung to a familiar tune.  Come be fed, both physically and spiritually, nourished by the Bread of Life and warmed by the Fires of Love & Friendship!  Please help spread the word.  All are welcome – both young and a little less young; women, children and men!  The event is being held at the First Baptist Church 29 Oakland Street, Medford, MA, on Saturday, May 13th at 9:00 AM for breakfast.  The program starts at 10:00 AM, concluding by 11:30 AM.  Suggested donation is $5.  RSVP to Luci Rexroad at 781-856-3218 or e-mail LMREX@yahoo.com.

 

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


THE PANTRY OF HOPE will be focusing on specific needs for our clients in the coming months.  While we accept all donations, please note that the month of May will be Peanut Butter and Jelly month.  There will be an area in the Coffer Hour room to bring your donations.  Thank you for supporting our clients!  


FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE will meet at the home of Pat Fish at 6:30 PM on Monday, May 8th for a “Cooking Up New Ideas” evening.  In addition to cooking and eating together and sharing recipes and cooking tips, the group will be reviewing this year’s activities and coming up with some new ideas for outreach and projects for next year.  Please let Pat know if you can attend at either 617-827-9222 or pesce2@comcast.net.

 

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!

 

FREE PROGRAM ON MANAGING CHRONIC PAIN  Is living with chronic pain affecting your life?  Chronic pain may cause sleep loss, increased stress and loss of motivation around everyday activities.  Learn to manage pain and continue living a fulfilling life through this FREE six-session program.  On Wednesdays May 10 – June 14, 2017, from 9:30 AM to 12 noon at Hallmark Health Medical Center (right off route 128), 30 New Crossing Road, Reading MA; Sponsored by Hallmark Health.  Registration is required as SPACE IS LIMITED.  Please call 781-338-7823 to register.


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  The Christian Growth and Education Team is responsible for Coffee Hour for the month of May. 

 

ATTENDANCE IS RISING @ FIRST BAPTIST  The following lists our latest attendance for the last few weeks:

4/23/17 -  39 Adults, 10 Children = Total 49

3/26/17 -  47 Adults, 8 Children = Total 55

3/19/17 -  38 Adults, 10 Children = Total 48