AMERICAN BAPTIST WOMEN’S MINISTRIES
The June newsletter is available by clicking here.
ABC STURGIS MISSION TRIP
The annual ABC mission to the motorcycle rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota, commonly referred to as “Sturgis,” is rapidly approaching. This will be the 14th year for this ministry and it continues to be a valuable opportunity for American Baptists to serve as the hands and feet and voice of Jesus to people in need. Some think that this mission is for motorcyclists. In reality, most of our volunteers do not ride. They serve because they see the need and opportunity to minister to people suffering genuine need. Of course, the motorcyclists who do participate are valued for their knowledge of the culture and the machines. ABC of the Central Pacific Coast will be providing transportation from Portland for anyone who would like to participate. We will be leaving the morning of July 31 and returning the evening of August 11. Participants will be responsible for registering with ABC of Nebraska (see Steve Bils for info). The total cost beyond the registration will be about $400. This will include travel to and from Portland and most meals en route.
DOWNTOWN COMPASSION CLINIC
Downtown Compassion Clinic will take place Saturday, August 16, 8 AM – 3 PM, Portland Memorial Coliseum in the Rose Quarter. Free medical, dental, visual, chiropractic, foot care and social service fair – first come, first served. Looking for volunteers – especially medical, dental, etc. professionals – but also all sorts of volunteer opportunities for hospitality, prayer, volunteer care, etc.
We will be collecting new socks and toiletries (in packages) for Compassion Clinic guests here at FBC.
For volunteer opportunities and registration, go to www.downtowncompassion.org
VILLAGE SUPPORT NETWORK
Village Support Network is an ecumenical ministry project that gives personal, practical and logistical support to individuals or families moving from homelessness to housing. Participating congregations form a team of 4–6 individuals who receive training and come alongside the newly housed for at least six months. The teams are not providing direct financial support; individuals and families in the program have resources to sustain their housing. Rather Village Support teams are giving moral support in the spirit of Matthew 25 to persons making a big — sometimes frightening and bewildering — life transition. For more information, you can go to www.newcityinitiative.net. If you are interesting in being part of an FBC team, please contact Pastor David Wheeler.
DROP-IN CENTER REQUESTS
Personal hygiene items for men and women are needed, such as razors and other shaving accessories, bar soap, and shampoo (please, no trial or hotel sizes).
DOWNTOWN COMPASSION CLINIC
2014 Downtown Compassion Clinic will take place Saturday, August 16, 2014. There will be a Kickoff Meeting here at First Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 6, at 7:00 PM. WORSHIP, LEARN, PLAN, COMMIT!
ABW: A TIME TO SERVE
Please join the American Baptist Women on April 5, 2014, at Carlton First Baptist (500 W Main Street, Carlton, OR,
503-852-7273), as they host Sarah Chetti, missionary in Lebanon. The program runs from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The $20 registration fee imcludes lunch. Please see Trudi Bils with any questions.
FELLOWSHIP KITCHEN PLANS
Plans for FBC’s “dream” Fellowship Hall kitchen are available for viewing at www.fbc-portland.org/pdf/fellowshiphallkitchen.pdf. These remain in initial stages, and have not yet been reviewed, approved, and recommended to the Diaconate and congregation for your approval. However, much thought and work has gone into designing a space that is both functional and in keeping with our historic nature. If you’d like to see the many features (and improvements!), please check them out!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER & BIBLE STUDY
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 5:45 pm
Please join us for family-friendly activities all ages can enjoy. Children meet for activities or classes and youth choir begins at 6:15 pm in the Choir Room.
Adult: $6, Youth: $5, Children (under 12): $4
Dinner for the whole family is only $15.
If you would like to volunteer during Fellowship Time (following the 11:00 am service), please consider adding your name to the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall kitchen.
Contribution envelopes are now available at the Welcome Center. Envelopes are available in stacks of 12 (for monthly giving), 52 (for weekly giving) or loose, for maximum flexibility.
Please note that the new envelopes do not have your name or envelope number printed on them.
George Hartman Slideshow
Here is a link to a slideshow of George Hartman’s life, which was unavailable for his memorial service:
Password: GBH (note: letters must be entered in all caps, with no spaces)
Dr. Wheeler and faith leaders testify in Salem on behalf of the homeless:
Please remember that the ushers have headphones for use during the service for those who would like to use them.
FBC is now accepting contributions via PayPal on our website (www.fbc-portland.org). Our site also accepts most major credit cards, for your convenience. Please visit our site and click the DONATE button.
FBC Student Ministry is excited to report that we have outgrown our classroom. Youth Worship has moved to the Activity Center (downstairs). High Schoolers will meet at 10 am. Middle Schoolers will join us from their classroom around 10:45 for worship and teaching.
You can find audio files of past sermons on our website, under SERMONS > AUDIO.
FOCUS (www.focuspsu.com) is a Christian ministry of hospitality to international students that has met here at First Baptist Church on Friday evenings during the academic year for many years. They always welcome volunteers, but they currently have a particularly crucial need as described below:
We prayerfully request your assistance in helping us find a suitable Kitchen Director for the Friday night FOCUS International Coffee House (ICH). This is a critical position for us and a suitable volunteer by her or his service have a massive impact on our ability to reach out to the international student communities of Portland State University as well as many other local colleges. The ICH as you know is held most Friday nights throughout the academic year with certain exceptions. The Kitchen Director would maintain overall responsibility for the kitchen activities of the International Coffee House including:
- Provide oversight and guidance for church groups providing food each week at ICH.
- Manage and develop a team of volunteers from FOCUS that would set up and clean up the kitchen (pots, bowls, utensils, disinfecting, etc.) each Friday night (usually 4pm-10pm).
- Maintain inventory of FOCUS paper products and utensils
Last year’s ICH Kitchen Director would be glad to train the new Kitchen Director. We have one experienced woman who is capable of running the kitchen 1 night per month but is unable to become the full Kitchen Director. There is room to grow and take larger ownership of this position if the right person is interested (such as maintaining contact and developing relationships with various partner churches, helping develop new ICH events, etc).
The best way to contact FOCUS for this position is by using this link.
2013 MEN’S MINISTRIES FALL CONFERENCE AT CAMP ARRAH WANNA
Taking place on September 13-14, 2013, this year’s theme is “Intimidation, ” and registration forms can be found at the Welcome Center.
PICK UP A FREE COPY OF “ON LOCATION”
Free copies of the American Baptist International Ministries Spring 2013, special issue of their magazine “On Location” are available at the Welcome Center. Pick one up and get the latest news about our international mission work. There are also articles on “Missionary Partnership Teams” which help raise financial and prayer support for their particular missionary. Ann and Bruce Borquist’s East Coast MPT is featured in this magazine.
9:00 USHERS NEEDED
If you are interested in becoming an usher for the 9:00 am service, please speak with one of the ushers or pastors.
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PRIVATE PRAYER is available in the Parlor, just off Fellowship Hall when the 11:00 am church service is over. Someone will be there to pray with you.
FBC MEMBER PARKING STICKERS
Do you have a FBC parking sticker for your vehicle(s)? Do you need one? FBC parking stickers identify your vehicles as “belonging” in the lot – and keep you from being ticketed by the lot management’s monitors. Stickers do not allow for weekday parking – even in volunteer spaces. To make sure you are not ticketed while you are participating in FBC’s worship services or other activities, please get a sticker! Stickers are free and can be obtained by contacting Facilities and Events Manager Keith Ponce.
Email him (email@example.com) or call the church office, 503-228-7465.
PORTLAND CENTER PARKING
FBC leadership is discussing whether to terminate our parking contract with the Portland Center Medical building for use of its lot on Sunday mornings. Please be aware that FBC members may lose the right to park in the Portland Center lot as early as Sunday, June 2. If this action is taken, FBC will realize some financial savings. However, this change means that it will be necessary for our members to park in FBC’s owned lot (between 12th and 13th, and Salmon and Taylor Sts.). Please be sure to read the June Trumpeter and future Opportunities sheets for updates.
OK TORNADO SUPPORT
A massive tornado tore through Moore, Okla., and surrounding areas on Monday, May 20, causing significant damage. American Baptists are joining with others to respond to this disaster. Your gifts designated to “OGHS Oklahoma Tornadoes” will help affected areas at this time. To make a donation, visit www.abc-usa.org and click “Give Online” at the top right of the page. In the “Comments” section, type “OGHS Oklahoma Tornadoes.” Thank you.
MISSION: CHINATOWN STOCKS AVAILABLE
This year’s youth mission trip is July 6-13. We have several young people who need our prayer and financial support. So far this year we have raised over $2400 of our $8000 goal. Please pray for our young people and consider donating to the effort. We will be selling stocks in Fellowship Hall after both services every week through June 30th. Please stop by and meet some of our wonderful young people. All contributions will be greatly appreciated.
NEW MATCHING GIFT FOR MISSIONARY SUPPORT OPPORTUNITY
A fund created by the Luther Rice Society is available to match your donations to support missionaries from May 1 through June 30. You must give “over and above” any regular missionary support you send to IM as individuals (not a Sunday School class or missionary support circle) directly to American Baptist International Ministries, using the form available at the Welcome Center. Your gifts will be 100% matched, until funds run out or the cutoff date is reached. Contact Dr. Marian Boehr if you have questions.