First Baptist Church

of Birmingham, Michigan

(248) 644-0550

300 Willits Street
Birmingham, Michigan

This Weeks Schedule​​ (Sunday, April 15, 2018)

Saturday, April 14:

AA Meeting 9 – 10:30AM Fellowship Hall
AA Meeting 7:30-9:30PM Fellowship Hall

Sunday, April 15:

Choir practice 9AM
Youth Lesson 9:30AM
Worship 10:30AM
Michigan Orchid Society 1- 5PM Fellowship Hall
B'Jazz Vespers 6PM

Monday, April 16:

SLAA Group Parlor 7:30 – 9:30PM
Search Committee 7PM
Pastor Scott away thru Sunday

Tuesday, April 17:

Church Council 7:00PM

Wednesday, April 18:

10:30AM Pastor Bible Study / Discussion Group
Bell Choir 6:30PM
AA Meeting 7:30-9:30PM Fellowship Hall

Thursday, April 19:

8AM Men’s Breakfast        
Beer & Bible Study 6:30PM
Writer’s Group 6- 7:30PM Parlor

Saturday, April 21:

Canvas Paint Party (Youth) (might be on 28th)
AA Meeting 9 – 10:30AM Fellowship Hall
AA Meeting 7:30-9:30PM Fellowship Hall

Bible Study / Discussion Class: All are invited to join Pastor Scott’s Wednesday morning class held at the home of Jackie Earhardt at 10:30AM. They are just starting a new study on the book of Acts this week so it’s the perfect time to join!

Mission Partners: Remain in prayer for Dan and Sharon Buttry, Jon Goode and family, Sameh and Semah, and Jeni Pedzinski, as well as retired missionary Judith Sutterlin.

Please keep in your prayers our Associate Pastor Search Committee members: Glenn Craig (Chair), Joan Trusty, Tim Olsen, Harriett Stewart, Pastor Scott Runyon 

Music Search Committee members: Bill Olsen, Suzy Gibson, Judy Phillips

We are happy to have Dr. Augustus Hill as our guest organist today.

Our April Communion Offering is going in support of a friend of Dan and Sharon Buttry, Boaz Keibarak, who is actively working for peace in the middle of conflict in Kenya. He has started many initiatives in Kenya that work to foster peace, rebuild communication, develop resources, and address the negative impact of illegal arms in their communities. He began a voluntary inter-tribe disarmament campaign that has restored the possibility of relationships between the tribes and with the government. Beyond the local communities, Boaz has been active nationally with the Education Peace Torch Campaign. And as a co-founder of the Pan-African Peace Network, he has now led conflict transformation trainings for chiefs and tribal leaders in Zimbabwe. In addition to this peace work, today, Boaz is also pastoring (without pay) one of two inter-tribal churches. While the system of injustice is still alive and well in Kenya, what Boaz is committed to is an amazing statement that unity and peace is possible in God’s kingdom! Dan and Sharon are now working to get Boaz established in the American Baptist International Ministries system to support his peace-making work. Please prayerfully consider your gift.

Fowling for Food - Friendship House Fundraiser!                                                                                                               
Friday, April 27 ~ 6:30 to 10PM ~ 3901 Christopher Street, Hamtramck, MI
Tickets $30 early purchase or $35 at the door
Includes: 3 hours of Fowling; Pizza & Salad; Tshirt; 50/50 Raffle and 10 Pin Challenge. Cash Bar Available. Must be 21+
Bring a non-perishable food item to be entered in a "mystery" raffle!

Sunday, April 29 will be a very big day at First Baptist!  We will be dedicating two children, saying “farewell” to our friend Shantel Gholston and we will Skype with Thailand Missionary Jeni Pedzinski.  We hope to see you!

Dan and Sharon Buttry will be conducting an intensive and extensive 10-day Training of Conflict Transformation Trainers (TCTT) at the Central Baptist Theological Seminary (CBTS) in Shawnee, Kansas August 7-16, 2018.  You are invited to consider attending this event that will have limited spaces. The TCTT will focus on the following topics:  conflict analysis, conflict resolution, personal conflict styles, dealing with diversity in conflict, power issues, nonviolent struggle, strategizing for campaigns, trauma and trauma healing, reconciliation, practical issues for peacemaking over the long-haul, and experiential education principles, methodologies and practices.  The training will have a specifically Christian focus, utilizing Bible studies for many of the topics.  The participants will also engage in community spiritual practices during the training period.  All the training will be done in an experiential education mode.  The TCTT is what we call the “grad school of the university of the streets.” The training venue will be Central Baptist Theological Seminary.  This will be the inaugural program of CBTS’s new Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence. 

Seeking to Fill Position:  If you or anyone you know are interested in becoming the church’s Wedding Coordinator or Wedding Custodian, please contact Leslie in the church office. These are paid positions for non-member weddings.

Stained Glass Update: During removal of the south stained-glass window, Thompson Art Glass found water and freeze damage to the three vertical lancets.  National (masonry) Restoration will repair the lancets once the weather is above freezing at night.  To perform these repairs, the exterior storm windows must be removed.  They are made of Plexiglas and were installed in the 1970's with the window.  Thompson Art Glass has now quoted total replacement of the storm system with tempered glass that will completely cover the exterior stonework and stained glass.  This will prevent future water and freeze damage to the masonry.  This has pushed the project cost to $40,000.  Church Council has approved this non-budgeted expense.  Council has also authorized the Administration team to seek a loan from the Detroit Baptist Union so that we don't have to use our investments, which are out-earning the interest rate which DBU will charge.

There are many available dates open on our Sunday Flower Calendar. Please consider buying chancel flowers in honor or in memory of a loved one.

Fowling for Food

Friendship House Fundraiser

Friday, April 27, 6:60pm - 10pm

The Fowling Warehouse, Hamtramck

(Click here to learn more / register)