The second quarterly business meeting for this yer is slated to take place after the modern worship service this Sunday, July 21. There will be an election of nominating committee members, who will decide on officers to serve on boards that lead our church. Please pray for those who will be selected for the nominating committee. The Sunday meeting will also include various reports from current boards and church staff members.
What. A. Summer. First Baptist Church Hamilton's Vacation Bible School that happened in mid-July saw 200-215 children each day. Dozens of adult volunteers led those children in Bible studies, games, snacks, music, skits and more.
The children brought more than $700 for offering money, which led to our children and family ministries leader Katie as well as pastors Dan and Chris to have to eat .... BUGS! It kept in the safari theme, "In The Wild."
This past Sunday we baptized multiple people who have joined our church or wished to proclaim their love for Christ at FBC Hamilton. Welcome to the family!
There's a big problem within America's churches: The attendees are Bible believers, but many aren't actually Bible readers. To combat this and get more FBC Hamilton members focused on reading the Bible, we will participate in a three-year plan called the Gospel Project.
The Gospel Project is published by LifeWay and provides chronological, Christ-centered Bible studies for the entire church family. All ages. It's already been used in FBC Hamilton's children's ministry for a couple of years. Now, it will be a church-wide effort.
Pastor Dan Clemens wrote in his most recent Courier article that the studies are age-appropriate and easy to teach. They align by Scripture to help the entire congregation grow in the gospel together. He suggests small groups and families look at the weekly scriptures together and discuss them. The same schedule will be followed across the whole church. This includes Sunday School and the Sunday worship services, Wednesday night activities — everything.
The Gospel Project at FBC Hamilton starts Aug. 18. But before that, Pastor Clemens and Pastor Chris Osterbrock will preach "How the Story Ends: Revelation" from July 7 to Aug. 4. It's reading the end of a story first!
On Aug. 11, Pastor Clemens will preach an intro message to The Gospel Project. The Aug. 18 launch is titled, "God Created Everything, God's Good World."
There will be lots of meetings with leaders and teachers this summer. One of the meetings is after the 11 a.m. service on June 23 in Room 200. They are encouraged to go online to www.gospelproject.com ahead of the meeting to get a preview.
Have questions? See Pastors Dan Clemens and Chris Osterbrock or Katie Simpson and Claire Metzger.
After our neighbors to the north in the Dayton, Ohio area were devastated by several tornadoes on Memorial Day night, several groups deployed to help people there, including Matthew 25: Ministries.
Almost all of the M25M trucks were deployed to the region on Wednesday after just returning from helping the recently tornado-ravaged areas in Missouri. The U.S. has endured devastating tornadoes for 13 days straight as of today.
Matthew 25: Ministries is accepting clothing, diapers, non-perishable canned food, and anything that can be used in the cleanup. This includes personal care items, cleaning supplies, first aid items, cleanup up supplies, tools, and more.
Read more here about M25M's assistance and how you can help.
It's time to get your children, ages 4 (potty-trained) through completed sixth-grade, signed up for First Baptist Hamilton's annual Vacation Bible School. There is a limit on how many kids will be able to attend, so please register as soon as possible.
This year's theme is "In the Wild", a safari/animal theme. It is set for 9 a.m. to noon Eastern July 8-12, 2019.
Click here for more registration information.
This week, we are taking the opportunity to recognize our children for their hard work memorizing Bible verses and general work done during Wednesday night Awana.
Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, followed by a ceremony with awards for the kids in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. Please come and cheer for the children who need support from our church adults. All are welcome.
This is also the Grand Prix event in which children who decorated cars will be able to show them off. A fireman and firetruck, small cars and other fun activities are in store.
The Awana store will be open so children may spend in there.
On Sunday, May 19, our tiniest performers, the Cherubs, will sing "Kidz Under Construction" in the traditional and modern worship services.
See you on Wednesday and Sunday!
1 Corinthians 12:25
So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
On Sunday, Pastor Dan Clemens in his sermon talked about how important generations are to the Lord. A generation is a group or cohort that has shared major event experiences in their lifetimes.
At the time of Jesus there were 300 million people in the world. Today there are 7.7 billion. The world currently sees 3 births to every 1 death. For perspective, just living in the region of Covington, Kentucky to Dayton, Ohio there are 2.2 million people.
It used to be, 100 years ago, that there were really only about three generations living at one time. Now it's up to five generations for some. People are living longer — the average is 78.8 years.
"We're growing up at different times," Pastor Dan said. He talked about being born in 1953, remembering things such as Elvis being alive, when televisions debuted, the day President Kennedy was killed, and being worried about his number being picked in the Vietnam War draft.
Those were anxieties of his time. People not old enough to remember those things have lives shaped differently — we're shaped by the events we experience, and those depend on when and where we were born.
God is interested in multi-generations
God has always had a multi-generational plan. The Bible has always been a multi-generational book. God says the relationship He has with you is multi-generational: Each generation has its own mission or vision God has given to it.
From the sermon:
• Each generation needs to serve the other
• We are to have equal concern for others
• It makes all of the church body richer to have diversity of experience
• There should be no division in the body — its parts should have equal concern for the other parts
Mutual love and concern creates one body of Christ to be a witness in the community.
Listen to the full sermon on the FBC Hamilton podcast.
MOPS and MOMSnext are due for some belly laughs, and members of these groups will get them when Funny Gal Sal visits First Baptist Church Hamilton.
Mothers of children newborn through age 18 are invited to hear the hilarious Christian comedian at the May meeting. It's slated for 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. May 21. Childcare is provided (free) beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Other upcoming MOPS and MOMSnext events:
• May 4: Color Run at FBCH (9 a.m.)
• May 10: Girls KNIGHT out at A Game Knight in Hamilton (6:30 p.m.)
• May 14: Bible Study at FBCH (9:45 a.m.)
• May 21: Monthly meeting with Funny Gal Sal (9:45 a.m.)
• May 28: Play date, location TBD (10 a.m.)
Get the full schedule of MOPS and MOMS next events at firstbaptisthamilton.org/MOPS and facebook.com/MOPSandMOMSnext.
First Baptist Church Hamilton member Mike Brudzinski has been presented with a Distinguished Scholar Award for 2019 as a faculty member at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for excellence in research and activity in seismology.
Mike was nominated for his work along the Pacific Northwest and along the Pacific coast of Mexico — research that provides insight into the physical process controlling the occurrence of slow-slip and seismic tremor in relation to the "mega-thrust" of earthquakes that cause life-threatening incidents such as tsunamis.
"His research on this topic has resulted in the development of meaningful governmental regulations related to induced seismicity in Ohio and in other states that have undoubtedly decreased the number and magnitude of induced earthquakes," the University said a nominator stated about Mike.
Mike is a professor in the geology department at the college. He has a B.S. in physics and marine geophysics and a Ph.D. in geophysics.
Mike attends FBCH with his wife, Erica, and two daughters, Anna and Lauren.
Read Miami University's full announcement here.
Moms of secondary students and young children are the last to have a lot of time for relaxing and fellowship. With that in mind, First Baptist Church Hamilton is offering just that: Any mother with kids — newborns through age 18 — is invited to join MOPS and MOMSnext to get some "me time" in, with Jesus at the forefront.
The third Tuesday of each month is a time for mothers to come together for breakfast, crafts, a Bible devotion and to hear from a guest speaker. The MOPS and MOMSnext groups meet at 9:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at the church, 1501 Pyramid Hill Blvd. People who attend do not need to be members of FBC Hamilton, and childcare is provided free of charge.
There is another Bible Study opportunity for mothers of children at 9:45 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. MOPS and MOMSnext co-chair Julie Yantes says there is also child care provided for that.
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, members of the groups are invited to meet up with their children for play date, Yantes said.
"We do Jump'N Jacks, or go to the library, or just play in the gym at church," she said of some of the play date activities.
The mother-focused groups also meet on Wednesday nights while their children attend the various Christ-centered programs for youth at FBC Hamilton. And there are sometimes meet ups on Friday nights — those are without children to allow moms to re-energize and get some more of that important "me time."
Yantes says at the monthly meetings, moms "are able to have actual conversations and eat our food and drink our coffee while it is still warm. We go through a lot, and it's nice to be able to find other moms who are going through the same things we are."
People who are interested in more information on MOPS and MOMSnext at First Baptist Church Hamilton should visit firstbaptisthamilton.org/mops.
"It is a lot of fun and it's great to be able to count on these relationships with other moms," Yantes said. "It's nice to be able to have someone to talk to who is going through the same things you are. We also do so much outside of MOPS as a group."