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First Baptist Church of Kittanning

Volume 60, Number 3

April and May 2017

Easter: In a Biblical Church Family Traditional Way

by Pastor Mark Brady

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” Romans 10:17

     Recently someone mentioned to me that they had heard that in the previous church where Jan and I served that we usually held an Easter Sunrise Service. We most certainly did. The annual service was actually an ecumenical event hosted by our four church Ministerial Association. ​It was held at 6:00 a.m. regardless of what time the sun rose on Easter morning. A time or two we would be back home from the service a good thirty minutes before Old Sol broke the horizon. I often wondered why the six o’clock hour became the traditional time for this service? There would be no changing it though, as I once suggested might happen. Even before being part of our previous church’s tradition of observing Easter at sunrise, the church where Jan grew up and where I became a member after our marriage traditionally held an Easter Sunrise Service at 7:30 a.m..  Having attended a Sunrise Service every Easter for the past thirty-four years (and a few before that) and being together with Jan and our daughters for most of them, I guess it is safe to say that attending Easter Sunrise Service is a Brady Family Tradition. “Tradition”, if hearing the word puts a sour taste in your mouth, as it often does mine when it comes to the Church Calendar, you may be encouraged to know this; a certain dictionary I use says that it could be proper to use the word “belief” in place of the word “tradition” at times. When I hear “Easter Sunrise Service is a Brady Family Belief” instead of “Tradition”, this not only sounds better to me but actually expresses better the faith involved in doing something time and time again, rather than that something is being done again much because it always has been done in the past.

     Coming to worship here at First Baptist Kittanning after sunrise on Easter Day will break “tradition” for the Brady Family come April 16, 2017 but it will have absolutely no effect on the “belief” that had put us in a pew very early once a year for over thirty of them. Easter Service 2017 will be a “Brady Family Belief” and I hope it will be the same for anyone reading this..

     Easter is probably my favorite day of the year, if I have one. I actually wake up with a great sense of anticipation and expectation as it begins to dawn on me that we followers of Jesus Christ are going to spend an entire day celebrating, and, in a sense, “reenacting” by way of the Scriptures, the events of the first day of our Lord’s resurrected life among us!

     As I ponder “Easter belief”, a Children’s Message of a few years ago comes to mind, one where I had the kids gather around three large crosses that had been set up in the church sanctuary for the Lenten season and I talked with them about the crucifixion. During the message I said these words (with really no emphasis), “Next Sunday we will celebrate Jesus rising from the dead.”, without a prompt of any sort, a 3 year old girl by the name of Ella jumped up into the air with her arms raised and shouted “WHA HOO!”. The entire congregation chuckled and at the same time, like myself, were overwhelmed by the awesome exuberance of this child’s faith. We Christians often use the term “childlike faith”, but, thinking about Ella; I don’t want faith “like” Ella’s.  I want Ella’s faith. Where has it come from?  How has she gotten the message?  

     This coming Easter Day, as we, God’s children “Wha Hoo!” the fact of the Resurrection, let us do so (if it is true of us) with an understanding that our celebration stems from a Family Belief ​and not just a tradition, as we normally connote what that word means.  In fact, knowing many of us do not come to Easter with a deep seated “family belief”, let's say we celebrate Easter as a “Biblical Church Family Belief”?  I add the word “Biblical” with the other words as a reminder not to be separating Easter from the Bible, or the Bible from the Church, or the Church from the Family, or the Family from the tradition (I mean “Belief”).  

     When I consider the simple faith of a child, that causes one to leap into the air for joy and shout out with expressive voice of praise, I must pause to consider what the message is that she has received and how she has received it. I know it came from hearing, for this is how faith comes (Romans 10:17).  The message she heard is the Gospel of Jesus Christ (See 1 Corinthians 15).   How did she hear it?  In a Biblical Church Family Traditional (Believable) Way!  

May the Lord bless us all with an Easter like this!

HAPPY EASTER!

WHA HOO!

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                               EASTER

Sunday, April 9, 2017     Sunday, April 16 2017      

First Baptist April Meetings

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American Baptist Women

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

“Combined Meeting”

6:30 here at the church!

Election of Officers

Guest Speaker:  Rev. Christy Meneely – With a program on the subject:  “Amazing Love”

Hostess:  Linda Schrecengost

Bible Book of Month – Nehemiah

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Bible Study

Meets every Wednesday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Philo classroom.

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JOY Kids

We will post dates in the bulletin when we will meet again.  Thanks!

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Board Meetings

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trustees – 6:30 pm   Board of Christian Ed -7:00 p.m.

Deacons – 7:00 pm Followed by Church Council at 8:00 p.m.

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Choir Practice

Meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

If you have a desire to sing to the Lord with your whole heart, please come out and join us each week!

 

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Caring Friends

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

7:00 p.m.

  Please remember to pray for all of our shut-ins during the month of April.

Maybe encourage them with a card.

They are:  Evalyn Atwood, Alfred Beers, Jessie Beers, Denise Craig, Betty Milliron, Dorothy Reedy, Duane Snyder, Melda McCombs, Miriam Walter, Jean Orr, Mary Lou Zellefrow, and Glenda Barton.  Call the office if you would like their addresses.  Thank you.

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Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

Saturday, April 8, 2017  8:00 a.m. – 11:00 am here at the church.  Please come out and fellowship with us!

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 Outreach Committee

Monday, April 3, 2017   7:00 pm

In the Builders Classroom.

 

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Youth

Sundays

12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m.

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April Special Offering will be the . . . . . “Each Kid to Camp” Offering”

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”EKCO”……..The “Old Milk Jug Offering”….

Special offering jugs will be passed each Sunday for your giving needs.  Please give generously to this offering to make it easier for more children from all over PA to experience summer camp this year.

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During the month of March we collected $ 748.91 to be sent to ABCOPAD for Partners in Ministry month.  That is $ 83.91 increase over 2016.  Thank you for your donations.

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We are working to revise the Church Prayer Chain list and would like individuals who are interested in praying for special needs and those ill or hospitalized within our congregation.  

We would like to have some men sign up to be on our prayer team so…If you are interested in volunteering or have the gift of intercession, please call and give your information to Linda Schrecengost at 724-763-9518 or

Sharon Claypoole at 724-763-3643 and they will include you on the prayer chain list.  Thank you.

Your prayers are a sweet fragrance to the Lord!

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Our condolences go out to Cliff and Roxie Chestnut on the death of her mother, Helen L. Hershberger.  Helen died on Thursday, March 23 with the funeral on Monday, March 27, 2017.

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Co: Lab….Church Unique

Thursday, April 6, and Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Crusaders Classroom.  Those interested in becoming a member of our Vision Team will meet to organize future gatherings and to begin the work.  If you are willing to commit to regularly attending monthly meetings over the coming year to eighteen months, and will gladly gather information and statistics (at times) between meetings for discernment purposes, please come.

The recommended number of Team members is 9 to 15 individuals of varying ages.  If you are young or new to the church, or both, we could use your help.

The entire church is on the journey, our Team will lead the way.

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Deacon Assignments for Communion - April 2017

                      Side A                                          Side B

Ralph Trithart and  Fran Prazenica        Ray Hileman and Chris Moss

Deacon Assignments for Communion - May 2017

                      Side A                                          Side B

Gary Stover and Gary Spencer      James Switzer and Ron Confer

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April Anniversaries

Jeff and Tina Miller     4/3    24 years

Stan and Donna McCanna   4/7     38 years

Tom and Jackie Anthony     4/12     37 years

Rev. Ken and Linda Thompson      4/14     44 years

                     Jim and Carole Miller        4/19        

Ron and Donna Confer     4/22     22 years

Floyd and Pam Croyle, Jr.   4/25    9 years

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April Birthday

Bonnie McAfoose        4/2

Jim Guthrie                  4/3

Bill Bellas                  4/5

Addison Boarts    4          4/7

Todd Lemmon                  4/8

Kirk Lorigan                  4/8

Fred Zambotti                  4/8

Evalyn Atwood          4/9

Mary Edwards            4/9

Julia Hilliard                      4/9

Kathy Peterson          4/10

Greg Milsom                  4/11

Charles Hooks                  4/12

Maci Lorigan     4          4/12

Amanda Hileman          4/13

Jessica Querry   17          4/13

Brian Szep                  4/14

Abby Burk        14          4/15

Jared Clinton               4/15

Rev. David Meneely     4/15

Deb Morris                 4/15

Grace Kohl     18          4/16

Shirley Swast                  4/17

Judy Umbaugh          4/17

Jennifer Hileman          4/18

Scott Steim                  4/18

Shirley Steim                   4/19

Liam Spang     18        4/19

Rev. Ken Thompson     4/19

Todd Crissman           4/21

Sally Walbert                   4/22

Linda Schrecengost           4/23

Kristen Shepard           4/23

Melissa DuVall   12           4/24

Jennifer Halutick           4/24

Audrina Pickett   5           4/24

Chase Galo        5             4/25

Izyck Stivason   7       4/29

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Joe and Judy Umbaugh wishes to thank everyone for all the prayers, cards, calls during his recent illness and especially to Rev. Mark Brady for all of the special visits which he made to Joe at the hospital.  We appreciate our home church and pastor

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A child dedication took place here at FBC on Sunday, March 12th for Maddox Dayne Anthony,  the son of Matthew and Dayna Anthony, brother of Mason, and grandson of Thomas and Jackie Anthony.

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Our Chili Cook-Off and Apple Pie Contest on Sunday, February 26th was a great success.  Thank you to everyone who participated and came to enjoy some great food and fellowship.

The winners of the Apple Pie Contest were:

Tina Miller (1st place), Cliff & Roxie Chestnut

(2nd place) and Julie Duvall (3rd place).

The winners of the Chili Cook-Off were:

Scott Steim (1st place), Jim Switzer (2nd place) and Jeff Miller (3rd place.  Congratulations to everyone!

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First Baptist 2017 Vacation Bible School

June 12 – 16

5:30 – 8:30 pm

It’s not too early to volunteer!   See Michele Guthrie with your interest!

Dear Parents: Send your kids on an imaginative, impacting adventure!

At Maker Fun Factory VBS, kids discover not only that God made them the way they are, but for a purpose too. Maker Fun Factory is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmos™, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life. (Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes.) Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life—something we call God Sightings. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot!

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Dear Parents: Send your kids on an imaginative, impacting adventure!

At Maker Fun Factory VBS, kids discover not only that God made them the way they are, but for a purpose too. Maker Fun Factory is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmos™, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life. (Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes.) Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life—something we call God Sightings. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot!

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First Baptist 2017 Vacation Bible School

June 12 – 16

5:30 – 8:30 pm    note time!

See Michele Guthrie with your interest!

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Volunteer Opportunity

Junior Church

Third Sunday of the Month

Or

If you would like to try full time this can be arranged !

Job Description:

  1.  Must pass ABCOPAD background check.  This is kept confidential!
  2. When the children are released from Kids Time during worship you will walk them back to the Junior Church room.
  3. Have a prepared Biblical Lesson and if desired a craft.  Give the children a snack.
  4. Do not release children until parents come for them ir if parents have instructed you differently.
  5. Straighten up the room and turn off the lights.

Easy fun teaching.

Material has been purchased for use in Junior Church.

Where are your talents??  Where does your passion lay.  Can you spare a couple of hours once a week or every week?  Do you enjoy children?  Would you like to build a community and share relationships accompanying something wonderful in the process as we work together?

Please contact our church office or feel free to call me.  We can set up an appointment to discuss concerns, get helpful advice and most importantly pray together.  We can change lives, prevent children from making wrong decisions and most of all let them know we care and love them.  We are NOT just filling a hole ! ! !

In everything always to the Glory of God

                Michele Guthrie

                                  724-763-7923  (please leave a message)

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If you are interested in Baptism, Membership or Child Dedication, please call Rev. Brady with your desire to participate in any of these steps in your walk with the Lord.  724-548-5236.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017:  Second Annual Light Up the Night for Local Youth and Chinese Lantern Release and Luminaries sponsored by the Salvation Army at 7:30 pm in the Kittanning Riverfront Park.  There will be prayer and Child abuse awareness discussed.

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If you, one of your children or grandchildren are graduating from High School, Technical School, College or Post Grad School this year, please give their name, telephone number, school name, date of graduation and type of degree they are receiving to Michele Guthrie (Chairperson of the Bd. of Christian Ed).  We will be recognizing them on Sunday, June 4, 2017 as Graduate Sunday.

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May Birthdays

Sylvia Shuster          5/2                Lorie Pinge                5/19

Zoe Geyer    18          5/4                Arnie Moss                5/20

Robin Shaffer                  5/4                Jennifer Miller   19    5/21

Cliff Chestnut          5/5                Wendy Buzard         5/24        

Rev. Christy Meneely          5/5                   Lisa Geyer                 5/25

Jasa Galo          5/12                Betty Milliron                 5/25

Beth Ann Galbraith             5/13                Jamie Osborne         5/26

Janice Stitt                     5/13                Melda McCombs         5/27

Marsha Boarts          5/16                Merna Harmon         5/31

Danielle Nagurney          5/17                Jean Stover                 5/31

Daria Jack                    5/17                Jeff Shea                 5/31        

Nancy Kozlosky          5/17

Kate Remaley            12          5/17

Judy Kennedy            5/18

Amy McMullin            5/19

                

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May Anniversaries

Jim and Sherry Libengood     5/3    9 years

Cliff and Roxie Chestnut     5/4     38 years

Paul and Shirley Swast      5/7     62 years

Arnie and Chris Moss       5/17    46 years

Dale and Kathy Smith         5/23    30 years

Rev. David and Christy Meneely  5/25    43 years

Andrew and Amy McMullin     5/27    11 years

Nathan and Amy Serene   5/30     8 years

David and Melissa Elliott     5/31   37 years

                                   

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Remaining Lent Worship Opportunities

The Kittanning Ministerial Association is presenting a series of services during the Lenten season.  The evening services will be on Tuesdays at 7:00pm at a different church each week.

The Wednesday service known as the Lenten Luncheons will be held at noon at

Grace Presbyterian Church, Corner of Arch and North Jefferson Streets in Kittanning. Lunch will be served at noon followed by the speaker’s message at 12:30 pm. The service will conclude at 12:50 pm. The service is open to the public.

Tuesdays at 7:00 pm

April 4, 2017        Rev. Wade Berkey of the First United Methodist Church speaking at the Cornerstone Assembly of God, 117 Woodland Drive, Kittanning.

        

Lenten Luncheons   Wednesdays at Noon

April 5, 2017        Pastor Walt Marr with First Baptist Church Kittanning providing the luncheon

                                      The First Baptist Church will observe Maundy Thursday Communion on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

                                      The Good Friday Community Service will be on Friday, April 14th at 12:00 pm at Saint John’s Lutheran Church, 218 N. Jefferson St, Kittanning.   The speaker is Rev. David Croyle of Family Life Church Kittanning

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Kittanning Ministerium Tuesday Lenten Services

Tuesday, March 20th Lenten Worship was well-attended and Pastor Mark Brady (1st Baptist) brought a challenging and educational message on "The Voice of the Water Ceremony"!

Our Youth at Camp Judson “Winter Blast” in February 2017

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All Church Family Easter Luncheon

And Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Directly after worship service

Lunch and a program will be provided.

Please plan to join us with your family.

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The ABW is selling Miller’s hoagie coupons for $5.00 to benefit their missionaries.  Please see Robin Lemmn or Sonie Mervis for those coupons. $5.00

First Baptist May Meetings

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American Baptist Women

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

“Love Gift Month”

“Wanda Circle”

1:00 pm

Hostess:

Devotions:  Nelda Jamieson

Program:

“Dana Circle”

6:30 pm

Hostess:  Dana Shaffer

Devotions:  Susan Steim

Program:  Lynn Stennett

Bible Book of Month – Judges

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American Baptist Women Executive Board

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

6:30 p.m. at the home of Susan Steim

Devotions: Sonie Mervis

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Bible Study

Meets every Wednesday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Philo classroom.

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JOY Kids

We will post dates in the bulletin when we will meet again.  Thanks!

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Board Meetings

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trustees – 6:30 pm   Board of Christian Ed -7:00 p.m.

Deacons – 7:00 pm Followed by Church Council at 8:00 p.m.

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Choir Practice

Meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

If you have a desire to sing to the Lord with your whole heart, please come out and join us each week!

 

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Caring Friends

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

7:00 p.m.

  Please remember to pray for all of our shut-ins during the month of May.

Maybe encourage them with a card. Thank you.

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Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

Saturday, May 13, 2017  8:00 a.m. – 11:00 am here at the church.  Please come out and fellowship with us!

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 Outreach Committee

Monday, May 1, 2017   7:00 pm

In the Builders Classroom.

 

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Youth

Sundays

12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m.

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Armed Forces Day

Saturday, May 20, 2017