Donations for Care Net Ministries are being accepted and can be left on the table in the foyer. Care Net is always in need of diapers and formula as well as clothes for newborns.
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
The very heartbeat of First Baptist Church is demonstrating our passion for people. From the early years of our ministry, First Baptist has intentionally identified this as an essential mission for our church, both corporately and individually. Our desire is to reach out and serve others at their point of need as Jesus demonstrated throughout His earthly ministry and continues to do so today through His Church. We are the means through which the words of Scripture are made a reality to others. In scripture- the Word of God- is the essence of Christ, and we are the Body of Christ- we are the physical representation of Christ on this earth!
1 John 3:18
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Serving others is awesome. Serving gives us the chance to be the very extension of the Gospel message. Through service we are living proof of a loving God to a watching world. It empowers us to use the gifts and resources given to us in a way that renews others and refreshes us.
Whoever refreshes others will themselves be refreshed.
First Baptist Church has many mission related ministries which enable us to address all three strands of the Great Commission... evangelism (having a passion for the lost), discipleship (spiritual multiplication), and reaching out to the poor. We recognize that the church, having come to Christ, is to now go do the work of Christ. God only asks that we make ourselves available to Him.
Care Net Ministries
Caring Families Pregnancy Services, Inc. is a Christ-centered ministry committed to upholding the sanctity of human life through the provision of spiritual, physical and emotional support for anyone seeking help with pregnancy related issues, and by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Annual Mission Events:
The following list of mission related activities are planned from June 2014 through April 2015:
January - February 2015: Coat, Blanket, and Pillow Drive for Tri-Town Shelter
Tri-Town Shelter Services, Inc. is an emergency shelter for displaced families and adult males and females experiencing temporary homelessness. They are the displaced searching for “belonging”. Our mission is to provide a safe, stable and supportive environment in which they can reclaim responsible control over their life’s challenges and realize their potential as productive community members.
March 28, 2015: Community Easter Egg Hunt
April 2015: Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (for North American Missionaries)
The reason we give to AAEO:
To help our missionary force reach for Christ an estimated 244 million lost people in the United States and Canada; that's three of four people. 100% of the donations go to support our missionaries.
Each year, we honor the life and work of Annie Walker Armstrong (1850-1938) when we give to the annual offering for home missions named after her. As a tireless servant of God and a contagious advocate and supporter of mission efforts throughout the world, Annie Armstrong led women to unite in mission endeavors that ultimately led to the formation of Woman’s Missionary Union, for which she served as the first corresponding secretary.
What do AAEO-supported missionaries do?
- Start new churches
- Engage in student evangelism on college campuses
- Serve the physical and spiritual needs of people through inner-city Baptist centers
- Serve in local Baptist associations as associational missionary or other mission staff
- Provide training and ministry in apologetics (interfaith witness) evangelism
- Minister in resort settings such as campgrounds and ski areas
Please pray for the missionaries!
May 2015: World Hunger Offering
Hunger is no respecter of geography or ethnic group. It can be felt in an apartment in Eastern Europe, a cardboard shack in Central America, a tent in the Sahara, or a farmhouse in rural America. Southern Baptist missionaries and volunteers are offering nourishment for the body and soul. And every Southern Baptist can have a part in those ministries through gifts to the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund.
More Information: http://worldhungerfund.com/
June 2015: FBCT Missionary Support (specific missionaries TBD)
July - August 2014: Breakfast for Kids
World Hunger Offering
School Clothes and Supplies (FBCT church families / Tolland)
October 2014: FBCT Missionary Support (Church Sponsored Missionaries)
Shoebox Drive for Samaritan’s Purse
Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children all over the world who are in desperate situations. For more information on this Ministry please go to Operation Christmas Child/Samaritans Purse website, or please contact Sally Gorden, our Missions Committee Chairperson, at (860) 875-4214 or by email.
Thanksgiving Baskets (FBCT Church Families / Tolland)
Christmas Baskets and gifts (FBCT Church Families / Tolland)
Hat and Mitten gifts for Tri-Town Shelter
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (for International Missionaries)
Born into privilege on a Virginia plantation, Charlotte Digges Moon was a smart, forceful woman who could have achieved most any goal. But God’s call focused Lottie’s life on sharing Christ’s love with China’s lost masses. For 37 years she endured hardship and danger in a land oppressed by famine, disease and war. In the end, she loved the Chinese people more than life itself, giving her own food to starving neighbors – eventually dying of starvation herself.
Why are Southern Baptists’ international missions offering named for this early missionary? Throughout her career, Lottie wrote numerous letters home urging Southern Baptists to greater missions involvement and support. One of those letters, excerpted below, triggered Southern Baptists’ first offering for international missions in 1888 – enough to send three more missionaries to China.
“How many there are … who imagine that because Jesus paid it all, they need pay nothing, forgetting that the prime object of their salvation was that they should follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in bringing back a lost world to God.”
--Lottie Moon, Tengchow, China, Sept. 15, 1887.
To learn more about the life of Lottie Moon, please go to the IMB website.
Please pray for the missionaries!