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."
First Baptist Church Hamilton is currently in a Sunday series of sermons regarding the modern family. What does your family look like? What does it mean to be a "typical" family? A "modern" family?
Statista.com says a typical American family has three people on average. The number of family households with children younger than 18 has decreased over the years, which shows a decline in the birth rate. That maybe even shows decline in the economic conditions of the U.S., Statista states.
There are 83.09 million families in the U.S., and 2.24 million marriages. (The number of U.S. families with a single mom is 15.4 million, and a single dad is 6.42 million.)
The average family (three people) has a median annual income of $72,707.
In 2018, there were about 61.24 million married couples living in the United States, according to Statista. In 1960, there were only 40.2 million married couples living in the U.S. But population growth means this is still a decline.
"The rate of marriage has decreased from 9.8 per 1,000 of the population in 1990 to 6.9 per 1,000 of the population in 2017," Statista says in its married couple report.
At last count, the divorce rate stood at 2.9 per 1,000 (in 2017). In 1992 that was 4.9 per 1,000. But the divorce rate is different: It's lower because of fewer folks getting married. Decrease marriages, decrease divorce.
Millennials are less likely to get married, which will keep the marriage rate on the decline. One of the reasons for fewer marriages among millennials?
Statista reports it is a decrease in religious affiliations. Other reasons include the lack of belief in lasting marriages and a higher number of unskilled men. (Women are less likely to depend on a man for trade and care.)
With this information in mind, let's look at the demographics of Christianity. In 1948, at least 69 percent of U.S. residents identified as Protestant. In 2018, that number has dramatically decreased to just 35 percent.
The U.S. has seen a significant decline in the number of Christians, and thus a decline in the number of people following God's call for marriage and family.
The landscape of relationships in America has shifted. According to the Pew Research Center, Americans are simply staying single longer — the median first-marriage age is 30 for men and 28 for women as of 2018 (a U.S. Census Bureau statistic). But youth is not the most affected group here: Divorce rates have soared among those 50 and older. For every 1,000 older adults, 10 are divorced (that's up from five in 1990). And among those 65 and older, the divorce rate has tripled since 1990.
The good news? Love stays at the top of the list of why Americans get married, according to Pew Research. It's not money, and it's not desperation. It's love! In fact, 9 in 10 Americans list it as their reason for marriage. It's ahead of companionship, financial stability and legal rights. That is something to celebrate!
Want to read what the Bible says about divorce? Here are some helpful passages.
“Now to the married I command, yet (not I, but the Lord): A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.” — 1 Corinthians 7:10-11
This week, Christian comedian John Crist performed at the Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati. Many folks who attend churches in the Tri-state went to see him. It was a hilarious performance with jokes that entertained and delighted. But Crist got serious for a moment and said this to the audience:
"Christians, can we not be so uptight? Read the end of the book. We already won."
That's how Crist justifies finding humor in everything: As Christians we should feel safe knowing the finality of our physical lives will be met with an eternity in Heaven. What a great comfort!
Patience: It is about feeling safe. We want to be dwelling in the Lord and filled with His peace. When we seek to be patient, we push aside the idea of easy promises: Patiently listening and waiting on His guidance is key to a healthy faith and relationship with God.
The world offers false hope. Christians must be smart enough to recognize it. In that moment of recognition is when the peace that passes understanding will be present.
Patient people know to rise above the chaos or struggle. Understanding how to have patience is key to stress management and can help keep our relationships from tearing apart.
Stop and think about things when you become impatient. Are you late to work and traffic has you stopped? Is someone talking too much and your mind is wandering? Maybe you are hungry? Dehydrated? Look for the solutions to the problem, and if there is no immediate solution ... take a deep breath. Pray. Control your thoughts. You will get through it.
Something else that pushes patience farther away: You must remember you cannot control people. If someone is doing something embarrassing or discouraging, are you feeling like it reflects on you? Think from outside of the situation: Are people looking at you? Or is it on that other person?
Again, pray it out. Do some deep breathing. Practice mindfulness to force the impatience out of your mind.
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. Be thankful."