Updates about all that is happening
Sunday, October 29, 2017, will be the First Baptist Church Pledge Sunday Kickoff of the Legacy Campaign, a capital campaign focused on renovating, restoring, and remodeling our church building. In May, church members voted to support the campaign to raise $300,000, a 30-month endeavor culminating in December 2019 after the church turns 160 years old and our current building turns 90.
Leading up to the October 29 kickoff, people will begin hearing more details about the Legacy Campaign. All will be asked to pledge to the campaign. There will be opportunities to give above and beyond our tithes in amounts and increments that best fit each household’s priorities. On that Sunday, pledge cards will be due designating commitments to the campaign. Some may choose a smaller gift for 2017, with larger pledges in 2018 and 2019. For others, an amount to be given periodically—quarterly, monthly, weekly—might be a preference. Several gifts have already been pledged, including one-time pledges adding up to more than $125,000.
Joe Songer, building coordinator of the Church Coordinating Team (CCT) and Dan Lemen, treasurer, have led CCT in putting the plan together and identifying the capital needs to care for the church building for the next couple decades. Adding a handicapped restroom downstairs, maintaining the parking lot, beginning repair of the stained-glass windows, concrete repair of the circle drive, and roof repairs have been tackled or are underway. Additional funds are needed to tuckpoint the outside walls, restore limestone and brick masonry, make repairs to the AC/heating plant, carpet the sanctuary, provide tile and carpet throughout the educational wing, and replace signage inside and outside the church.
An action team chaired by Mary Anne Bayer will lead the process of soliciting and accepting pledges and moving us toward our goal. Other members of that committee are Ray Conley, Bill Eidson, Larry Fouch, Sally Jones, James Martin, and Gene Warner. Because of their positions on the CCT, Molly Flodder, Dan Lemen, and Joe Songer are serving in ex-officio capacities on that committee.
“We have a beautiful building that has been given to us by God,” said Joe Songer. “It is our responsibility to take care of it for our own use and for blessing our community. Not everyone can give large gifts, but the Bible tells us that even the ‘widow’s mite’ gives pleasure to God.”
The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Because of this designation, the church is eligible for grants, which the Legacy team will be pursuing along with the fundraising piece of the project.
The FBC website says, “We understand our building as belonging to God and to the community of Muncie. Theologically, we believe that God is on mission in our community. He is moving, acting, and working to restore all that is broken in our world. This being said, we believe that our building can be used for God’s purposes in our community.”
Joe Songer added, “Please prayerfully consider your gift/pledge to this campaign. We believe that you will be blessed exceedingly.”
During Wade’s sermon series on the book of 1 Peter, let’s memorize the pivotal idea from chapter 2, verse 9:
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Copy this onto a 3 x 5 card and put it somewhere you can review it every day this week!
Let us know if we can help you with this challenge! Pastor Wade and Pastor Clif
The youth will be traveling to Green Lake, Wisconsin on January 12-15, 2018. If you are interesting in attending, please sign up on the ski pageby Sunday, December 10.
The Harvest Meal will be held on November 19, 2017. Please reserve this date on your calendar.
The Legacy Capital Campaign team will be working over the next few weeks to get pledge cards out to the congregation in preparation of the Pledge Sunday. Sunday, October 29, 2017 will be the First Baptist Church Pledge Sunday Kickoff of the campaign, a 30-month capital campaign focused on renovating, restoring, and remodeling the church building. We will gather in one service at 10:45 AM on this Sunday. All Sunday School classes will meet at 9:15 AM.
On Sunday, October 22, after a light lunch at the church around noon, people are being asked to join James Martin and members of the Church Coordination Team in a neighborhood prayer walk. This prayer time will help in the post-summer process to discern what God is leading First Baptist Church to do as we join Him in the neighborhood.
Anyone who is not able to walk through the neighborhood may stay with a prayer group that will pray at the shelter.
There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway. Please sign up so we will know how much food to have for our lunch.
The Friendship Class is for special-needs adults. Volunteers are needed to help with the classes. If you have questions about the class or would like to volunteer, call Jane Patton.
Early Sunday School: Sundays, 9:15 AM (Intergenerational Class, Children’s Classes for Various Ages, Middle School Sunday School Class)
Late Sunday School: Sundays, 10:15 AM (Bykota) & 10:30 AM (Friendship and an Inter generational Class)
Mondays: Women’s Bible Study 4:15 PM
Financial Reports and CCT Meeting Summaries are available in the church office on the receptionist’s desk.
7:00 PM Praise Team