October News

Matthew 28:16-20 reads: 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

That Great Commission is as true for developing The Church of Jesus Christ now as it was way back in its earliest stages of development. Our culture has changed dramatically, but the focus of our ministry, spreading The Word, making disciples, baptizing and teaching everything that we have been commanded is what we have been commissioned to do and for which we will be held accountable. We need to fully understand and grasp the urgency of the time-honored hymn, “People Need The Lord.” They did and they always will!

The Good and the Not So Good news, is that each of us need to be involved in working together, learning, growing, trying, failing, and yes forgiving, it is often in forgiving that we see God most clearly, so that we can fully Glorify Christ in all that we do! We need The Lord, but we also need each other.  He can do all without us, He chooses to use us, that was and is a miracle of Love and Grace!

It takes a church to build a church and we have a church to build!

Over the next few months, we will be doing all we can to do together! The disciples were a team, we also are a team. Over the next few weeks we will be discovering how each of us, with unique gifts, is needed to do all that Christ has commanded.

I have some exciting results to report from our gathering together last Sunday where we discussed how our Redevelopment Team will function. I received a response that there was a desire to add a Wednesday night Bible Study, located at the church. We have a neighborhood study on Tuesday night, a Wednesday morning study at the church which are both working well. It seems Good to add yet one more! On Wednesday October 11, we will begin @ 7 pm for a 6 week study. Please connect with me for more information. We will be studying “Making The Most of Your Christian Life” by “Back to The Bible publishers.” 

Please connect to either myself or Lisa Tringali with other good ideas, thoughts, or ideas in process. She will help in obtaining permission for whatever you would like to do. I will help as needed to coach the process and together we may even connect you to others who would like to help! There is much that can be done from freshening our entrance way and many other practical building environment cosmetic enhancements, to adding your name to our smiling face Greeter Team!

We are on a journey and I am very glad to be making that journey with each of you!

Blessed by serving with you! ~ Pastor Dee

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


In an effort to allow for as much input from the congregation, the Pastoral Search Committee would like to publish the following dates.  We had an informative first Redevelopment Team meeting on Sunday, September 24th during the Worship Service and attendees were asked to submit questions that they would like considered for the Pastoral Search Survey by October 5th.  Questions submitted by October 5th, will be given full consideration for inclusion in the survey, however, questions may be submitted up through Sunday, October 8th for possible consideration in the survey.  We are establishing these dates in order to disseminate the survey as soon as possible.  


Additionally, the Pastoral Search Survey will be available in two formats: a hard/paper copy or an electronic copy via Survey Monkey or Google Forms.  If when available, you would like a hard copy mailed to you, please contact Pam Ross at melrose1bc@gmail.com or call 781-665-4470 ext. 402.  If when available, you would like a link emailed to you for the electronic copy, please contact Karen Rivera at fbcythldr@gmail.com.  


If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact any one of the members of the Pastoral Search Committee: Karen Rivera, Pam Ross, Fred Humphreys, Sandy Hamilton, and Linda Buttimer. 

THE PANTRY OF HOPE will be focusing on specific needs for our clients in the coming months.  While we will always accept monetary donations, please note that we will be collecting Cereal for the month of October.  There will be an area in the Coffee Hour room to bring your donations.  Thank you for supporting our clients!  

PRAYER REQUEST  The Pastoral Search Committee is requesting that the congregation pray for our wisdom in creating a survey that will help us to better understand our own congregation and our vision for the future of First Baptist Church.

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE  The first meeting of the new academic year will be held on Monday night, October 2, at 7 pm in the church library. We’ll be putting together Operation Christmas Child boxes and discussing the upcoming church fair in November. Please try to bring $15 for yearly dues which helps to purchase materials and postage for various projects that we do throughout the year. Refreshments will be served. All women of the church are invited to join us - hope to see you there!

PIES AND LOBSTER ROLLS  Lots of homemade pies are needed for Friday Night's Pie Social on November 3rd at the church fair! Favorites include apple, blueberry, mincemeat, pecan, cherry, lemon meringue, pumpkin, chocolate cream, bumbleberry, strawberry rhubarb, and squash. If you are able to donate a pie or two, please contact Linda Buttimer. There is also a sign-up list located in the Coffee Hour Room.


Lobster rolls will again be available at the Fair on Saturday, November 4th. Please reserve yours ahead of time by calling the church office 781-665-4470. Tickets will also be on sale after church on Sundays beginning Oct. 15th . The price is $12 which includes chips, water or soda, and home-made chocolate chip cookies. Order early so you don't miss out!

  "Holidays in the Village" Annual Church Fair, Friday, November 3rd  6-9 p.m. and Saturday, November 4th 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

OCTOBER IS WORLD MISSION OFFERING MONTH  This year’s theme is “Discipleship: Come, Follow Me (Mark 1:17), illustrating the many ways that International Ministries provides holistic discipleship through the work of our global servants and partners worldwide.  Our goal for this year is $1,000.

SILENT AUCTION ITEM  Would you help prepare a basket for the fair?  So far we have 2 Christmas themed dish towels, a Christmas themed notepad, and a small book of sudoku puzzles.   Additional items could include a book of stamps, fancy tea cookies, tea bags, a bag of coffee, notecards, Barnes and Noble gift card, and chocolates.  Please give me your donation at church any Sunday up until the middle of October.  Thank you.   June

A KIDS AND GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP is being presented by Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice.  Join licensed social worker, Judy Seifert, LICSW for a support group for children ages 5-12 who have lost a loved one.  The group offers support, education and creative ways to cope with grief.  The group will be meeting on Wednesday afternoons on October 11th  & 25th , November 8th and 29th, and December 13th, 2017, from 4:30 – 6:00 PM at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, 170 Governors Avenue, Medford, MA School of Nursing building.  Call 781-338-7861 to register or for more information.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES  This fall the younger children will be learning the “Bible As God’s Word and It’s Place In Our Lives”, and the older children will be studying the Bible from Exodus to Ruth.

BUDGETS FOR 2018 are requested to be presented by each team representative at the next One Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the church library.  For more information regarding your team’s 2017 budget, please contact our Church Administrator, Pam Ross, at 781-665-4470 ext. 402.

THE CHIMES  Please note that all future issues of the “Chimes” will be published on a monthly basis.  If you have an article you wish to have published, please submit it by Thursday, October 26th, 2017, to Pam Ross at Melrose1BC@gmail.com or call the office at 781-665-4470 ext. 402.  Thank you.

CONGRATULATIONS to Sandy Hamilton upon the birth of her great grandson Chase Bowie Hamilton born on September 16th to parents Andrew and Sigourney Hamilton.

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 members of the congregation are responsible for Coffee Hour during the month of October.