All Wednesday night classes participated in packing our boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We packed over 160 shoeboxes. The kids packed nearly all the boxes and the group prayed for the gifts, the recipients, and the givers. Thanks to everyone who brought items throughout the year, donated money for postage, or packed shoeboxes. We are still collecting boxes, so if you or your family would like to pack one, it is not too late.
On Saturday, November 9, Benson Baptist sponsored a Rise Against Hunger event. Rise Against Hunger supplies the food and packaging to put together 10,000 meals to send to disaster relief efforts and parts of the world suffering from hunger. A group of youth and church volunteers helped other volunteers from Benson Baptist and several local organizations fill, weigh, and package the meals for shipping. We packages 10,000 meals in under two hours. Thanks so much to Joshua Champagne's mom for the invite!
Deirdre Parker became our church secretary on August 22, 2013. In her five years as the face and voice of our church, she treated everyone, members and visitors with kindness, patience, and perfect respect. The church staff, the congregation, and the public, no matter the circumstances, always found, in her, help and understanding. We cannot express our gratitude for her tireless hard work and faithfulness. We wish her and her family all the love and happiness.
With the same love, we welcome Cheryl Chicki as our new church secretary. Steve and Cheryl have served our church for many years, in the Baptist Men and Women's groups, local missions, and children's ministry. We're excited to welcome Cheryl into this new chapter with us.
Operation In-As-Much was held Saturday October 5. Projects this year included:
* Visiting local nursing homes (Benson, Smithfield, Four Oaks, and Dunn)
* Cutting trees and clearing bushes at the church
* Backpack buddies
* Coffee at the I-40 rest area
* Making plastic mats for the homeless
* Building a ramp
* Gleaning sweet potatoes (youth)
On Friday, September 20 Rev. Calvin Hill and his wife Sheri of the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish in Browning Montana came to visit. On Friday, the church gathered for a tailgate party before going to the football game at South Johnston High. On Saturday at 4:00, the church members gathered for a lesson on how to grow as a disciple "as you go" not just on big mission trips but in everyday life. After dinner, Sheri and Rev. Calvin shared their mission in Browning with us. Rev Hill preached the sermon the following Sunday morning. After church, there was a covered dish lunch. Later that night, Rev Hill, Sheri, and members of the FBC mission team gathered to give a presentation about last summer's mission trip to the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish.
Go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matt 28:19