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September Bridge
http://wallstreetbean.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/QuillPen.jpgFrom the desk of the Pastor…  
What an amazing place. What an amazing time. What an amazing grace.
    Summer has fled by and autumn beckons. The cycle and circle of life and seasons continue unabated.
    Yet at First Baptist Church of Fall River something new catches our attention. We had some different experiences during the summer, as we have begun discovering what God has in mind for us.
    Some surprises greeted us in worship. One Sunday red draped all about in recognition of the Holy Spirit. Another week a ladder with "angels" ascended to "heaven". This past week, everyone sat on the right side of the sanctuary and felt the Holy Spirit vibrating between and among us. One Sunday we gathered around one of our members to pray for healing.
    We had refreshments a few times in the entry way to the sanctuary and greeted people out on the street with treats of grace. The Clothing Ministry has moved to the room that the Food Pantry inhabited for so many years. Some people who have used the clothing ministry now help to run it.
    In the meantime Channa Guinard now manages the Monday lunch (a free meal for anyone who wants to come). The Greater Fall River Food Pantry supports us in this ministry. Did you know that we have hosted this lunch for the past year in addition to the Branch Dinner? 
    The Old Colony Y has rented the old adult daycare space to offer an after school program 10 or 11 afternoons a month.
    We have started to learn how to live without Elizabeth Watson’s quiet presence and labors of love. Sherry Marchand has taken up one of those as her own act of devotion and God-love. She now oversees decorating the sanctuary and welcomes contributions and help.
    Some old things continue. Some go on in new ways. Some new ones take the place of others.
    By faith we have both continuity and new life. I pray this pattern will enfold us and keep us alive, alert and fresh to the Gospel.
    And you thought summer was a time for dozing. Not this year at FBC.
Faithfully, Bruce
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Clothing Ministry
     In August we had another successful clothing drive working with Savers. We had over 1000 lbs. of clothes and goods collected, we raised close to $250. Thank you to all who donated their gently used clothing.
     I want to thank Tomeka and her daughters Malachia and Brittany for helping out these past few week with the Monday Luncheon Supper and Tuesday Branch. To have people from our congregation getting involved is like a breath of fresh air. I open the invitation to all of you who read our Bridge to come and join us whenever you can. God has given us an opportunity to extend his love for others through our outreach ministries. The reward is greater than words can describe. You wouldn't understand until you have begun to truly be a part of the community in which you live.
    The Clothing Ministry is doing well. Everything is running more efficiently and we have more new people coming now that we are open four days a week. It has been less hectic, and better organized. I do want to thank everyone for their generosity and support. Fall is coming, and with that comes the cold weather. Preparing for the Fall season is our next mission. Any costumes or fall fashions that you might have tucked away from last year, remember our clothing ministry.  Thank you and God Bless
Thank you again and God Bless You All
Channa Guinard, Community Health Worker

News Note
October 1st is World Communion Sunday. Let’s celebrate God’s love in the whole world. If you have an object or clothing from your own heritage, or from another that you would be willing to share in our worship space on that Sunday, please speak to Bruce MacLeod or to Sherry Marchand.

News Note
October 1st is World Communion Sunday. Let’s celebrate God’s love in the whole world. If you have an object or clothing from your own heritage, or from another that you would be willing to share in our worship space on that Sunday, please speak to Bruce MacLeod or to Sherry Marchand.

First Baptist Church Warming Center
Summer Communion Offering
Continues through September
Our warming center provides a warm Christian atmosphere for the homeless. Providing a warm place to relax for a while, hot coffee, something to eat, and warm clothing from the clothing ministry. Thank you for all your support.

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We are keeping those who
have been affected by
Hurricane Harvey and their families in our prayers.
“American Baptists across the country are a generous people, and our hearts are grieved by the human suffering we have seen since the storm made landfall,” ABC-USA General Secretary the Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer says. “I ask that every church dedicate time this week to pray for the safety and well-being of all affected by the storm, and to express our love for them by giving sacrificially to One Great Hour of Sharing.”

Donations can be made via your church; online through ABHMS’ website at:
or designated to “OGHS-Hurricane Harvey” and mailed to the attention of Kim Wilkins at American Baptist Home Mission Societies, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA, 19482-0851. One hundred percent of donations go to relief efforts; no dollars are retained for administrative costs.



Web Page and Bridge Submissions
If anyone has any information, questions, suggestions, or concerns about the First Baptist Church Bridge publication or webpage, please feel free to email the church office at
We are always looking for news and updates to keep everyone in the loop!

Branch Community Supper
We have been so fortunate in the past to have very generous groups to sponsor our Branch Community Supper. However, due to unforeseen circumstances we have lost a few of our long serving groups. We have some openings coming up in the next few months. If you know of an organization, family, or group that would be interested in sponsoring a dinner, please have them call the church office for more information.

Deacon’s Corner…
Greetings from your Board of Deacons. Now that summer is over we’re planning for our Harvest Supper Gathering and Silent Auction and would welcome volunteers, donations, ticket sellers and dessert makers. We have set up committees and want this to be the best year ever. We’re raising funds for our community services, clothing ministry, and Christmas donations. Put November 4 on your calendar and join us for a fun time with church family and friends.

Community Conversation
We invite you to our second Community Conversation. Join us for good food and engaging conversations as we work to unify our community. As we break bread together, we can share our hopes, thoughts and experiences, diving deep into the pressing issues that we face today as we build a community of caring.
Sunday, September 24, 1:00 -3:00 pm
Church of the Holy Spirit, 160 Rock Street, FR. (park in Family Services lot)
Free Lunch!
RSVP Wendy@unfr.org or 508-324-7900 x103


Way to go Mia!

                                 (Mia is #29)   á
Mia Hanson’s team won first place and won the championship soccer game against Barrington. It all came down to penalty kicks. Mia was the first one up and scored a goal. The team got a chance to go to watch the Revolutions game and walk along the field and have their picture taken.

The Warming Center

Our Summer Communion Project

Now that the First Step Inn has been built we will still provide a warm place for our city’s homeless for a

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Summer Bridge
(July, August, September 3)

“What Are These Things?"
     During the summer you may see two things at FBC that you may wonder about. The Visioning Team will place a prayer box or two in the church. People may place private prayer requests into them. You may include your name or leave it off as you wish. The team will offer prayers in response to the requests.
     You may also see Dream Boards where anyone who comes into the church may write what they dream the church might be. Please share your requests and dreams in these ways. Take an active part in helping us determine what God has in mind for First Baptist Church of Fall River.

http://wallstreetbean.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/QuillPen.jpgFrom the desk of the Pastor…  
     "Summer time, and the living is ..."
     This has been a busy spring and people have taken part in the life of the church. Now it’s summer and I hope you won't decide to take a vacation from God and church. If you go away, by all means, we don't expect to see you, but if you’re near, BE HERE! If you're away, go to worship wherever you find yourself. Bring back bulletins or things you find there.
     Summer may be quieter at FBC, but we will still gather to worship God. You won't want to miss it, I'm sure.
     This summer we really begin the work of the interim period, this time of discernment.  A Visioning or Futures Team has started meeting under the leadership of Moderator Dave Weed to guide the process and work with me on planning our approach to inviting the whole congregation (including people who don't necessarily attend worship) to share their ideas. We hope that God will speak through those ideas and this process to show FBC a faithful way to go.
     The team includes Betty Marsden, Tomeka Nobre, Lou Cabral, Gary Ivanson, Channa Guinard, Sally North and Wayne Swift.
Grace and peace, Bruce

First Baptist Church Warming Center
Summer Communion Offering
July, August, September
Our warming center provides a warm Christian atmosphere for the homeless. Providing a warm place to relax for a while, hot coffee, something to eat, and warm clothing from the clothing ministry. Thank you for all your support.

The First Baptist Futures Task Force continues to meet on a monthly basis. They are currently working on a survey of members and other attenders to get a better picture of how people see the Church.

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Clothing Ministry
First and foremost I want to thank everyone for their continued help in bringing us their donations. Your donations have been so helpful. Unfortunately there will always a need for further assistance.
Right now the Clothing Ministry is in need of hygiene products for the newcomers in the residential programs and the homeless individuals that visit us every couple of weeks. Any travel size deodorants, shampoos, razors, etc. would be a huge help.
PLEASE* PLEASE*PLEASE we are in need of men’s clothing!!!!  

Thank you again and God Bless You All
Channa Guinard, Community Health Worker

Extra, Extra….
Amber Hanson,  will be going to the nationals in her dance competition this year,
After winning 1st Place at her Dance Competition in June.
Way to Go Amber!!!

Deacon’s Corner…
Greetings from your Board of Deacons. We’ve been busy getting plans set through the summer. Also listening to the needs of our church and group. We’ve begun an extra meeting monthly to know our spiritual needs and form better relationships with each other, by scheduling a bible study. The time spent studying God’s word will expand our relationship with the Lord.  If there are needs you have or would like to discuss, about what your cares or concerns are about our church, maybe you’d like to meet with us to share? Please contact Linda Just our Head Deacon to set up a time and date.

Branch Community Supper
We have been so fortunate in the past to have very generous groups to sponsor our Branch Community Supper. However, due to unforeseen circumstances we have lost a few of our long serving groups. We have some openings coming up in the summer months. If you know of an organization, family, or group that would be interested in sponsoring a dinner, please have them call the church office for more information.

Remembering Those Who Have Passed…
Yuet Reed
June 14, 2017
Jeanne Miller
June 28, 2017
Evelyn Neville
June 29, 2017

(Jeanne Miller was the beloved mother of Tonia Cruz.)
We are keeping those who have passed
and their families in our prayers.

If you have any information or something you would like to add to our Bridge, please let us know! We love suggestions, comments, information, or updates! If you know of a church or family event that needs to be published, give us a call or email, we would be happy to add it to our publication!

FROM THE ARCHIVES
by Betty Marsden
    At a recent meeting of the Future’s Committee, it was decided that we should review our history. I have started to organize the Archives Room with the help of my assistant Janice Vasconcellas.  When the church’s history goes back to 1781, it is exciting to look things over and I have been impressed with the neatness of records that go back that far.
    Please check out the cabinet in the rear of the sanctuary.  Elizabeth Watson had many of her personal treasures there and upon her retirement has removed them.
    On the top shelf is a framed picture of the sanctuary with a date of 1880’s. Note:  there is no choir loft or platform.  Everything is on the level of the pews.  Our beautiful Rose Window is up where it is now. On the next shelf are two brass candlestick holders on either side of an ivory tile with an outline of our church with a spire.  Hurricane Carol blew it down in 1954 and it was decided not to replace it.
    Our church has received many awards over the years from a variety of organizations.  The three awards shown on this shelf are from: the City of Fall River, the Salvation Army and Washington, D. C. from Ronald Reagan recognizing our 200th anniversary.
    These will remain in place through July.

Don’t Forget

Our Nursery is open from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Sundays for your convenience!

Contact us!

Ryan Kennedy

Nursery Staff/Sunday School

Ryan.Pl.Kennedy@Gmail.com

508-558-6956

The Warming Center

Our Summer Communion Project

Now that the First Step Inn has been built we will still provide a warm place for our city’s homeless for a couple of hours in the mornings in the coldest winter months. We are looking for non-monetary donations for our Warming Center ministry. Things that are needed are coffee, creamer (powdered non-dairy), sugar, equal packets, travel sized men and women hygiene products, men and women’s razors, etc. Anyone who might have questions or looking to get involved please call the front office. To all those who have donated in the past thank you very much, every bit of it counts.

Deacon’s Corner:
It’s that time again to prepare the teams for the Harvest Supper.
  • Kitchen Team Leader-Deacon Virdel Lucas
  • Decorating Team
  • Silent Auction Team
  • Donation Collection Team
  • Desserts Team
Anyone who is interested in participating please contact Linda Just, Chair of Deacons at (508) 496-2405

Thank You Notes:
    The month of June we were given a beautiful set of handmade doilies for the Sanctuary Communion Table and Podiums.  Donated to us by Mr. David Rabelo who worked for our Community Service Program for a short time his job was cleaning the Sanctuary among other things. His Aunt made the set and he thought in honor of his late Aunt he would put them on display in our Sanctuary.
    Thank you to Louise DeFarias for the lovely display of flowers as well. How wonderful of them and how beautiful the sanctuary looked.
    Anyone who would like something of theirs to be displayed in the Sanctuary in honor of a special date or in memory of a person should see Deacon Channa Guinard.

Rev. Dr. Richard Malmquist, Guest Pastor, July 30, 2017

An American Baptist minister for 31+ years, the pastor is a native of New Rochelle, N.Y. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Denver, which has a unique pre-seminary major, and received his master of divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. He received his doctor of ministry degree from the Andover Newton Theological School.

Ordained at the Salem Baptist Church in New Rochelle in 1969, the Rev. Malmquist served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Akron, N.Y., for four years. He was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Brockton for eight years and pastor of the First Baptist Church of Wollaston for 15 years. Prior to coming to New Bedford, he took a couple of years’ absence to work with developmentally disable adults.

The Rev. Malmquist and his wife, the former Christine Watson, have two children. Mrs. Malmquist is a psychiatric nurse-clinician who works for an agency in Taunton and also has a small practice in Plymouth.

Web Page and Bridge Submissions
If anyone has any information, questions, suggestions, or concerns about the First Baptist Church Bridge publication or webpage, please feel free to email the church office at
We are always looking for news and updates to keep everyone in the loop!
June Bridge
http://wallstreetbean.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/QuillPen.jpgFrom the desk of the Pastor…
     June 4 marks the Church’s birthday. What? you say? I thought we just heard that FBC FR began in February.
     You are right, and so am I. The Church’s birthday sometimes falls in May and sometimes in June. It all depends on the date for Easter, whether it falls in March or April. The church began on the festival of Pentecost, 50 days after Easter. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit breathed on the followers of Jesus as Peter preached, and they received gifts of the Spirit and the people around them all heard the followers speaking in the native language of the people listening. How cool is that?
     We need the Holy Spirit right now. At FBC we find ourselves in a time of transition, a new beginning. With Elizabeth’s retirement things will be different. She strove, over the last few months, to help church members have the skills they needed to keep things they value going. Now, I trust, the Holy Spirit will help out.
     As we come into summer, a number of people will be away and may not make it to North Main St. in Fall River for worship (if this church is like others I have served). I hope that whether you make it here for worship or not, you will commit yourself to pray for FBC FR every day. Will you do that? If you do, will you send me an email or a text, or call the church or my phone at some time during each week to let us know? The Spirit likes to hear from us and know we are ready to hear her sighs and breathing and quiet, urgent (or loud and boisterous) prodding to new, faithful and abundant life. Let’s see what happens when we talk with the Holy Spirit.
Grace and peace, Bruce


Grotonwood Camp
If any are interested in sending their children to camp this summer, please contact the church office, 508-672-5381, or go to www.grotonwood.org for more information.

The First Baptist Futures Task Force continues to meet on a monthly basis. They are currently working on a survey of members and other attenders to get a better picture of how people see the Church.


Extra, Extra….
Trustee’s Meeting, Sunday, June 11, 11:15 am

To the People of First Baptist Church:
          Thank you to all who have made my retirement an event and a time to celebrate, remember, and re-live who and how and where we have been. Not only was the dinner well-planned and well-executed, with care and attention, but every aspect of my leave-taking has been dwelt with and savored, giving it many layers.
          I shall always remember not only what you did but how you did it, just as I shall always be grateful for the years I have had the privilege of being your director of spiritual development.
          Grace and peace to you always.

You are cordially invited to attend the Pentecost Sunday Taize’ Prayer Service
with patio reception afterwards.
Sunday evening, June 4, 2017, 7:00 pm
St. John Neumann Parish
157 Middleboro Road
East Freetown, MA

The Roman Catholic diocese of Fall River and the New England synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church are planning a service at the Cathedral of St. Mary to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Sunday, November 5, 2017, 3:00 pm. Members of area choirs are invited to participate in an ecumenical choir for the event. See Craig for details.

Branch Community Supper
We have been so fortunate in the past to have very generous groups to sponsor our Branch Community Supper. However, due to unforeseen circumstances we have lost a few of our long serving groups. We have some openings coming up in the summer months. If you know of an organization, family, or group that would be interested in sponsoring a dinner, please have them call the church office for more information.

Community Service Program
     The First Baptist Church Community Service Program has been a huge success.
     I have a 95% SUCCESS RATE FOR INDIVIDUALS FINISHING THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO THE COURTS. The other five percent are individuals who simply never showed up. Once they get here they tend to not want to leave,  which is what I had always intended anyways...lol
     It has not been easy.  On top of meticulous record keeping for each individual, it is very difficult to schedule 17 workers who all have a different obligation to fill. The best part is that I have found a way to help keep this church clean by showing people the way to Christ. The remarkable feeling they have at the end of the day, knowing that they are working in the House of the Lord is a satisfaction so new to them. It keeps them coming back.
     I am so grateful God has given me this opportunity to do His work helping others in such a profound way. I have been truly blessed.
Channa Guinard
Community Service Director


(From left to right, Bob Mantes and Sheila Moraites, Channa Guinard, Rev. J. R. Stirnemann)

On Sunday, May 10, 2017 I was invited to Christ Temple for a presentation which I thought was going to be me thanking the volunteers who come on Mondays and serve the lunch faithfully week after week. But little did I know that when the introduction started, I was going to end up in tears for their lovely memory of how it all began and thanking me for making it possible for them to serve the hungry. These generous volunteers only do this for the opportunity to serve the hungry. Christ Temple has been serving a community luncheon every Monday now for over a year. They bring their own food, paper products, and volunteers. I simply just open the doors for them.  But I do insist to have volunteers of my own there for them in case they are short-handed. I know that the word has been getting out and all those who come on Tuesday nights now come on Monday afternoons as well. The numbers can range anywhere from 50 to 150 people. I have watched the crowd grow every week, and we now get a full house no matter what time of the month.
Proverbs 22:9 (is in bold print at the bottom of my certificate)- "The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor."
Isn't that beautiful?                                                                
Channa Guinard, Deacon, Community Service Director



May Bridge


http://wallstreetbean.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/QuillPen.jpgFrom the desk of the Pastor…
Have you noticed what God is doing?
     Yes, it is spring (at last) and trees blossom. Flowers bloom. Birds sing. Grass grows. Woolens stay at home. People climb out from under and glory in the warm sunshine, breathing in the fresh air.
     That’s glorious and wonderful but I’m talking about something more than that.
     In my first year in seminary, I did an Easter children’s message in which I talked about seeds that “died” and come to life in the spring. My supervising minister challenged me on that. He said, “That’s the natural order of things. We expect that to happen.” He said, “The Resurrection surprises us. We don’t expect it. That’s not just nature doing its thing.”
     I responded (a bit defensively, I’m sure) that Paul said, “Unless a seed dies and falls into the soil, …”
     But Rev. Snyder’s comment stuck with me. He was right, too. The Resurrection surprises us. It’s not the natural order of things.
     Have you noticed what God is doing here at FBC FR these days? I sense new life and energy. I sense growth in spirit and people longing for deeper relationship with God. I wasn’t expecting it. I hoped for it, but did not expect it. It’s not the natural order of things for churches to find new life in the midst of decline. I don’t know if it will continue. That may well depend on if or how we respond to the presence of the Holy Spirit in our midst.
     Right now I notice it. I relish it. I hope and pray it continues. Let’s do what we can to sustain it and see what new life God has in mind for us.
Grace and peace,
Bruce



Save the Date!

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May 13, 2017, 5:30 pm
Retirement
Dinner
 for
Rev. Elizabeth G. Watson
  

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Grotonwood Camp
If any are interested in sending their children to camp this summer, please contact the church office, 508-672-5381, or go to www.grotonwood.org for more information.

May Communion Offering
Grotonwood Camp
Communion Sunday, May 7
Our communion offering will be designated for our Youth Camperships to Grotonwood. Please help send our kids to camp this season. You may use the enclosed envelope.











Extra, Extra….
Bob Moore will be attending his 65th class reunion from MIT in Cambridge MA on June 9 and 10, 2017.

As We Continue to Say Good-bye
As Jesus was preparing to say goodbye to his disciples, he tried to recall for them many of his lessons that they would need in the future to carry on his mission. He was also trying to help them to grow from being his followers into being leaders in their own right. In many ways this is similar to what is happening here as those who have found value in spiritual development events begin to step up to providing these events for yourselves. Since it is the Spirit who has been leading us all along, it will be the Spirit who will continue to lead you into the future. So don’t worry about how you will do it; simply be committed to acting on what you perceive you are being called to do, using the criteria for discernment that we have discussed here in previous months.


                Remembering Those Who Have Passed…
Wesley Sanborn
June 9, 2016
Sophia McCrossan
September 5, 2016
Ed Aguiar
September 10, 2016
Julie Cleare
September 16, 2016
Byron Arnold
October 2, 2016
David C. Destin
January 13, 2017
Marion Cooper
January 2017


The First Baptist Futures Task Force met in March and April to begin to chart our course over the next few years. The group includes Lou Cabral, Channa Guinard, Gary Ivanson, Virdel Lucas, Betty Marsden, Tomeka Nobre, Sally North, Wayne Swift, Dave Weed and Pastor Bruce MacLeod. You'll be hearing from them as they solicit input from the congregation over the coming months.

Branch Community Supper
We have been so fortunate in the past to have very generous groups to sponsor our Branch Community Supper. However, due to unforeseen circumstances we have lost a few of our long serving groups. We have some openings coming up in the summer months. If you know of an organization, family, or group that would be interested in sponsoring a dinner, please have them call the church office for more information.

FYI: Due to recent changes that have occurred here at First Baptist Church, there will be no yard sale this Spring.
Please feel free to continue to bring your clean, gently used clothing, shoes, purses, and jackets to the Clothing Ministry. This Ministry has done fantastic work in helping to clothe the less fortunate in our community.

Local News…
Just a little update on the progress of the Greater Fall River Community Food Pantry.
Their official opening date at the new location at 235 Nashua Street is Tuesday, May 16. We would like to wish them luck in this new location and many more years of serving the greater Fall River area.

Be a Super Hero to A Homeless Child
Do you have 2 hours each week to play with young homeless children in one of Horizons for Homeless Children’s shelter-based Playspaces in Fall River & New Bedford?  Help a homeless child learn, play, and thrive.  Upcoming volunteer training 6/3/17 in Middleboro.  For more info or other training dates, visit www.horizonschildren.org or call 508-510-3250.  Show off your super power giving back to children in your community. 

♪♫  Music notes  ♫♪

Would you like to learn how to read music and sing?  Awesome! Do you already know how to read music? Great! Do you have a musical gift you would like to offer on occasion? Perfect! 

If you would like to know how you can be more involved in your church's music program and learn more about music please speak with Craig after the service or leave your contact information with the church office. 

Thank you,
Craig R. Oliveira,
Director of Music Ministries

Celebrating First Baptist Church of Fall River
You are invited
Sunday, May 21, 11:15 - 1:00
Herrick Hall
Lunch served.
RSVP to Church Office by Monday, May 15

We will gather in Herrick Hall for lunch and conversation after worship. We will explore the history of FBC FR. Artifacts and stories are welcome.

This will be the first of several conversations designed to help the church discern what God has in mind for this congregation in this next phase of its ministry in and with Fall River and beyond.

Please join the conversation and let your voice be heard.

Clothing Ministry, Channa Guinard
I am so grateful to say I have found a person who is as committed to the Clothing Ministry and the people who come to the ministry as I am.
Susanne O'Connor has proven to be an asset to have joined me in this never ending battle of trying to help and assist the range of clients that come through our doors on a regular basis. Our ministry supports the First Step Inn, the Men and Women from the Steppingstone Program, and an enormous amount of people from the community.
We have a system of numbered cards from 1-150 in Yellow, Blue, Green, and Red. Right now we are working on numbers 100-150. We mark down the names of all those who come through here to keep records on how many benefit from the Clothing Ministry.
Our Clothing Ministry is very successful, and run solely on donations. It is unfortunate that we lack clothing for men. Any donations for men, in all sizes, would be greatly appreciated. The Dress for Success Campaign is also supported by our ministry so even suits and dress shoes for men of which we have very little, would be greatly appreciated.
Please think of us during your spring cleaning. Susanne and I are at the church during the week from 9-1:00, and my workers are here from 9:30-12:30 if you need any help unloading things.

Deacon’s Corner…
Greetings from your Board of Deacons. We’ve been busy getting plans set through the summer. Also listening to be aware of needs of our church and group. We’ve begun an extra meeting monthly to know our spiritual needs and form better relationship with each other. The Bible study will expand our relationships and allow us to share deeper needs. If there are needs you have or would like to discuss, maybe you’d like to meet with us to share.



April Bridge
http://wallstreetbean.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/QuillPen.jpgFrom the desk of the Pastor…
     This year, here upon the cusp of Holy Week, the passion of Jesus the Christ, I feel a different kind of discomfort than usually accompanies this observance for me. Generally I feel a safe, intellectual discomfort of remembering what befell Jesus. It can seem rather like an intellectual exercise. With 2000 years separating us I tend to believe that humanity has progressed and advanced. I have thought we wouldn't act that way now.
     This year, however, we have seen a spike in anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, and anti-foreigner attacks. Jewish cemeteries and synagogues have been vandalized. Muslim community centers have been ransacked or burned. A Sikh man was killed by someone telling him to go home to his own country, and a white man who says he hates black people stabbed a black man in New York City. The kind of fear that led to the crucifixion of Jesus seems to have taken hold in the United States.
     Reading John's Gospel we see what looks like harsh words against "The Jews". Some have used those words as an excuse for anti-Semitism. We do well to remember that 80 years after the Resurrection the early church was a minority sect within the Jewish tradition trying to establish itself as a legitimate expression of faith. That led to conflict between “brothers and sisters in faith”.
     I believe the gospel of Jesus Christ does not ever condone or justify hateful, violent or racist treatment of people of different faith, culture, skin color, or even behavior. Jesus associated with just such people and treated them as human beings worthy of respect and God's grace.
     Perhaps the best way for us to enter the passion of Jesus is to see where and when we act in ways that “scourge”, “mock" or “crucify” people we may see as a threat; and to speak up when we see it in others. Make the week holy by a willingness to stand with targeted people.
Faithfully, Bruce

As We Continue to Say Good-bye
As our time together draws closer to an end, my thoughts turn to what I hope for you as a congregation in the years ahead. First, I hope you will relish the challenges you will face in finding creative ways to minister and to be church. If something isn’t difficult, it isn’t worth attempting.
Secondly, I hope you will persevere and let yourself be changed by the struggle.
I also hope that you will be open to opportunities and possibilities as they arise. Take a chance with anything that rings true.
And always continue to nourish your spiritual base, remembering that it is the Spirit (and spirit) which gives life to the body. How one is with God needs constant attention through awareness stimulated by prayer, meditation, reflection on scripture, and community.
—Rev. Elizabeth G. Watson

Hippity Hop! Sunday School Easter Happenings!!!
¬On Palm Sunday, our children will be performing a ceremonial Palm walk. Ryan and Amber have been preparing for this with the children.
¬On Easter Sunday, the children ages 1-12 will be participating in an Easter egg hunt. The hunt is organized by age groups. There will be other activities, Easter egg decorating, sticker displays, and coloring books.
   We now have Sunday School for school age children as well as nursery care for the preschoolers. Come check it out. New and exciting transitions are occurring, giving us all a chance to be part of this new beginning.
We hope to see you all there. Blessings to all!
From the Deacons and the Sunday School/Nursery Care Staff

Easter Plants In Memory of Loved Ones
Those wishing to give a plant in memory of a loved one for Easter are reminded to see Luce Cabral or call Tonia in the office. The price of the plants is $12.00.

Deacons Meetings
The Deacons are trying to schedule meetings twice each month. This will enable them to start an Adult Bible Study for anyone who would like to participate. These Bible studies will be held on Sundays after services.

FYI: Due to recent changes that have occurred here at First Baptist, there will be no yard sale this Spring. Please feel free to continue to bring your clean, gently used clothing, shoes, purses, and jackets to the Clothing Ministry. This Ministry has done fantastic work in helping to clothe the less fortunate in our community.

Save the Dates!
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Wednesday, April 12, 7:30 pm
Tenebrae, Service of Shadows
Will be held at the
Cathedral of St. Mary
327 2nd St, Fall River
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May 13, 2017, 5:30 pm
Retirement Dinner for
Rev. Elizabeth G. Watson
   If you would like to attend, please R.S.V.P. to the church office at 508-672-5381.
   We will be collecting a good will offering for a “Build a Purse” retirement gift to Elizabeth.

“Will Your Church Be Here In 10 Years?”
Have you thought about that question? Have you asked it? If not, please begin to do so.

As a way of kicking off our Intentional Interim time discernment, please plan to join Bruce MacLeod at the Old Colony Association (American Baptist Churches) at the Spring Ministry Conference. The conference will take place Saturday, March 4 at First Baptist Church of Randolph beginning at 9:00 am.

George Bullard will offer the keynote address on this topic. His resumé includes: Strategic Leadership Coach with Congregations and Denominations; President of the Columbia Partnership; Former General Secretary of the North America Baptist Fellowship.

Registration is $10 and includes lunch. If we get 7 people to go, it’s only $9! Let’s get a group to go. It will show there is still life at FBC Fall River and proclaim that we are open to learn and discern.

Please speak to Bruce MacLeod by February 12 if you would like to attend.
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CDC Rec Breakfast 1-20-17
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We would like to introduce our new Interim Pastor, Bruce MacLeod!

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Rev. Michael Harvey
Guest Pastor
August 21, 2016
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Service of Dedication
Coralie Flor Attys
August 21, 2016
(l to r) Maxis, Coralie, Astride & Rev. Greer