September News

Happy Fall! That emotion, for me…at times may be a discipline!


Fall is a beautiful season in the best part of the world to live in… the Eastern Coast of Massachusetts! I may be a bit prejudice, but after many years of living, I truly do think that! 😊


In addition to the beautiful rocky coast interspersed with beaches, mountains high enough to satisfy most day trippers, a rich history, Boston also has a plethora of high level cultural activities and academic institutions, we are blessed! If that does not interest us, an aromatic walk through the North End of Boston with its authentic Italian restaurants is a definite reminder of not only some who came to our shores but those who stayed to create a multi-cultural city bubbling with interest, and… some of the best sports teams “evah”!


But, and here is where the discipline comes in…as beautiful as Fall is, it also means that the “lazy crazy days of summer” are over… and winter is peaking out around the next mountain bend. Winter is not without its joys, the fluffy snows that make for great skiing (we go very, very slow down the mountains) but, there are other days…when bracing winds whip and snow crunches underfoot.


I do believe that the storms of life, either hurricanes or personal struggles, can lead us to greater appreciation of the blessings we receive. They lead us to both prayer for endurance and praise when we have been given the power too not only endure but overcome!


This Fall on Sunday mornings we will be studying how to do both! First we will culminate our Sunday morning worship time study of the parables, then we will dig into a book that was given to us to lead us in both prayer and praise…the book of Psalms.


The book of Psalms is a collection of independent pieces of many kinds, written by King David and many other authors over the course of centuries.

The Psalms are impassioned and vivid poetry; among them are prayers of both individuals and the community, praise for God’s saving help, hymns in praise of God’s majesty, and confessions of confidence in God’s care. We learn much about God and our relationship to Him, and we find prophetic references to our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, written many years before He came to earth.


Please join us as we return to an 11:00 am service time this Sunday as we discover new and deeper meanings to what a relationship with Christ means, for all of the seasons of our lives!


Hope to see you then, or at one of the many activities that you will find throughout this newsletter. And… do have a Happy Fall! 😊


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 month of September.  There will be an area in the Coffee Hour room to bring your donations.  Thank you for supporting our clients!

THE VETERAN’S FOOD PANTRY DRIVE will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Shaw’s.  If anyone would like to volunteer their time to bring food to the Pantry of Hope that day (trucks are needed, if possible), please contact Beverly Schluntz at 781-665-4067.  Pick-up times are set for 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM.

PAINT NIGHT coming up on Sept. 27thWe Can All Be Artists for a Good Cause!  We are very excited that First Baptist Church will be hosting, with Green Street Baptist Church, our first Paint Party!  We have an exciting event planned with J.J. Long, the owner of jjartworks, and the person in charge of the evening.  J.J. is the son of one of the Green Street Baptist members and Linda Buttimer was his 3rd grade teacher!  The event will be held at First Baptist Church, 561 Main St., in Fellowship Hall on Thursday, Sept. 27th,  beginning at 7 p.m.  The cost per person will be $35 with $10 of the fee going to support the Bread of Life, a faith-based feeding ministry serving the communities north of Boston. The price of the ticket includes all of the art supplies and the canvas for your painting.  Snacks and dessert will be served during the event which will last about 2 hours.  This event is for men and women,  and we hope that you will invite friends and family to join the fun! Please share the attached flyer. To purchase a ticket, please go to this link: 

Ticket Link: 

If you prefer to write a check, it should be written to JJArtworks, LLC. Please give it to Linda, Pat, Pam, or Beverly. You may also mail it to:  Paint Night, First Baptist Church, 561 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176.  We hope everyone will purchase their tickets by Sunday, Sept. 23 so that J.J. will have a count for his supplies. This will be a lot of fun, you will go home with your own work of art, and it's also a great way to contribute to one of the premier organizations in our area that strive to feed the homeless and other needy people on the North Shore.  If you have any problems getting your ticket online or have any questions, please contact Pat Fish, 617-827-9222,,  Linda Buttimer,, or Pam Ross in the church office, 781-665-4470.  

BREAD OF LIFE  Would you like to become involved in a worthwhile program that helps others in our community?  We need a few more volunteers to help out on Wednesday, October 10th to prepare and serve a meal to those in need at The Salvation Army on 213 Main Street in Malden.  Our church was instrumental in starting this program, formerly known as Feed My Sheep, many years ago. If you are able to commit to being there from 3:30 – 7:30 on one, or all, of the 2nd Wednesdays in the odd months of Oct., Dec., Feb., April, June, and Aug. please speak to Linda Buttimer.


THANK YOU TO THE RIVERA FAMILY!  The congregation would like to extend a big thank you to Karen, Martin, Gabriel, and Elisha for the many hours of preparation that they gave to transforming our church building into a “shipwrecked island” for Vacation Bible School in August. All of the rooms as well as the hallway looked amazing! The children who came were treated to a fun-filled program where they discovered that “Jesus will rescue them” when they are lonely, afraid, worried, do wrong, or feel stressed.  Karen and her family gave up numerous hours throughout the summer to make this year’s VBS a truly wonderful experience for all who attended.  Kudos to the Rivera Family!

MISSION WORKS WEEKEND  All women of the church are invited to participate in the annual Mission Works weekend, Oct. 11-13, at the Double Tree Inn in Leominster.   The theme for the conference this year is "Embracing Hospitality".  Please contact Rose DiGiacomo for details about registration.   

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.                          

BIBLE STUDIES are held on Tuesday nights at 6:30 PM at 212 Grove Street, Melrose.  The Wednesday morning group will meet in the church parlor with a new curriculum at 10:00 AM.    

THE MEN’S GROUP will be meeting on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 8:00 AM in the church library.  Please bring refreshments to share.  Thank you!

THE CHIMES  If you wish to publish an article in the October issue of the “Chimes”, please submit it by Wednesday, September 26, 2018, to Pam Ross at or call the office at 781-665-4470 ext. 402.  Thank you.

COFFEE HOUR The members of the Community Service/Missions Team are responsible for Coffee Hours during the month of September.