Thank you to everyone who attended the church's Annual Meeting on February 7 and made it a wonderful gathering. In case you missed the meeting, did not obtain a physical copy of the report, or simply want the convenience of a digital version, here is a PDF you can download. The same copy has also been uploaded and is readable below if you would rather read right in your browser. Here's to a great 2016 at our corner of Beacon and Centre Street!
First Baptist Church in Newton Centre will have its annual business meeting Sunday, February 7, at 11:15 AM. The meeting will take place in the Chapel after our regular Sunday service.
During the meeting the proposed budget that was approved in November will be passed. There will also be voting on new Council and Ministry Team members.
Everyone is welcome and members are warmly encouraged to attend.
Lunch will be provided. And everything will wrap up well before the Super Bowl kicks off at 6:30 PM.
It is that time of year again!
This Sunday November 1 is our annual all church business meeting and luncheon. It is worth spending a moment to explain what that means, since a "business meeting" can carry assumptions about people in suits in board rooms.
While this is certainly an important meeting, all are welcome and members are urged to attend. Lunch will even be provided. So the real question is why you wouldn't come to the meeting. Now to get down to business.
After worship in the sanctuary on Sunday November 1 we will meet in the chapel. Once everyone is settled with lunch we will discuss hopes and dreams for the upcoming year. A crucial part of this is going over the proposed church operating budget for 2016. But there will be more than discussion. Voting to approve this proposed budget will also occur during this meeting. There will then be another meeting in February where we will vote to confirm this proposed budget.
The Annual Appeal will also be launched on Sunday.
So join us for lunch and discussion on steering the direction of the church during the upcoming year.
"Having put so many of their eggs into the program-driven church basket, you can understand their shock when the research revealed that "Increasing levels of participation in these sets of activities does NOT predict whether someone's becoming more of a disciple of Christ. It does NOT predict whether they love God more or they love people more."
This excerpt is from an article the Council has been discussing. Perhaps no other church has applied "best practices" more extensively than Willow. I contend that Hybels was deconstructing church before all the cool kids were doing it. Like them or not, Willow Creek offers much to learn from and Hybel's public confession that they have been "wrong" is pretty stunning.
Full article: http://www.outofur.com/archives/2007/10/willow_creek_re.html
We discussed this today at our Leadership ADVANCE. Great day!
To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference. – Thomas Merton