Connections Newsletter - August 2015

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AUGUST 2015 | | 336.274.3286


Christina McCord New Minister to Children and Families

first baptist church greensboro

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Emphasizing worship, spiritual development, fellowship, and ministry to our city and our world.

Outdoor Worship 9 am

Brunch & Bible Study pg 4

Sunday, August 2 | 336.274.3286 1000 West Friendly Avenue Greensboro, NC 27401

September Connections Deadline: August 15 Email news to or bring it to the church office. Kelly Stephens, Managing Editor Communications Director / x223 Gloria Koster, Design Manager Administrative Assistant: Learning / x288 Steve Sumerel, Supervising Editor Associate Pastor: Adult Learning / x233 Teresa Allen, Media Library Director / x229 Ginny Carpenter, Weekday School Director / x240 Steve Cothran, Associate Pastor: Students and Family Life / / x235 Ashley Gill Harrington, Interim Minister for Children and Families / / x241 Jessica Hartman, Pastoral Administrator / x231 Jane Anne Hayber, Administrative Assistant: Music and Worship / / x239 Marty Kellam, Food Services Director / x245 Rosemary Kellam, Operations Director / x225 Christina McCord, Minister to Children and Families / x241 (as of Aug. 10) Scott North, Church Administrator / x222 Steve Pressley, Associate Pastor / x231 Kim Priddy, Associate Pastor: Missions / x295 Alan Sherouse, Senior Pastor / x231 Doug Vancil, Associate Pastor: Music and Worship / x237 Terri Vancil, Assistant Pastor: Music and Worship / x238 2 | Connections

August 2015 3 Insight 4 Connect with Worship

–Outdoor Worship, Brunch and Bible Study –Baptism, Barbecue, and Eventide Worship at the Lake –Back-to-School Sunday –Deacon Ordination –Is God calling you to be a part of FBC’s Music Ministry?

5 Connect with Youth and College

–FBC Youth Summer Fun –A Note from Youth Intern Laura Roberson –Youth August Calendar –Middle School Fall Retreat –”First Families” Needs You

6-7 Connect with Missions

–Rosewood VBS –Steps to Success Kindergarten Camp –Community Housing Solutions –CROP Hunger Walk –On Mission - Join a WMU/Missions Group –Middle School and High School Youth on the Mission Field –Vaughan Update - Serving in Central African Republic

8 Connect with Children

–Welcome Christina McCord - Minister to Children and Families –Sprayground Outing at Barber Park –August 23 is Promotion / Back-to-School Sunday –New Books in Children’s Library –Weekday School Second Time Around Fall Consignment Sale

9 Connect with Adults

–Explore 1st –New Adult Access Classes Begin September 9 –Check Out Library Books –Divorce Recovery –Silver Compassion Classes in August

FBC Women’s Ministry

–Fall Women’s Retreat –Join Our Women’s Email Group –Girls Night Out –Womens Dinner

10 Connect with One Another –New Members –Church Directory

11 August Calendar –Fall KickOff –Note from Chef K

12 Connect with Business Office Hours: 9 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday Weekends and Holidays: If you have an emergency pastoral care need when the church offices are closed, please leave a message at 338-2438 and someone will return your call.

BY ALAN SHEROUSE “I didn’t know you played the guitar!” For the past two summers I’ve fielded this reaction, and my reply has been the same: “I’m but a serviceable VBS guitarist!” In fact, before VBS 2015 I had last played the guitar during VBS 2014. There’s something about VBS and the children of FBC that makes me pick up a guitar and belt out camp songs. I pick up the guitar because it gives me the best view in the house. From the vantage point at the front of the room, strumming wildly and singing loudly, I get a clear view of our children shedding their inhibitions, expressing their distinct personalities, singing with one another, laughing with one another, leaning on one another, and experiencing the care of the adults and youth who teach them of the love of God that surrounds them. Our 2015 VBS was a wonderful success, serving over 100 children and their families with a stellar team of volunteers and leaders! The view at the front of the VBS opening is a snapshot of our church’s excellent ministry with children and their families, where we seek in a variety of ways throughout the year to help children laugh, play, grow in friendship with one another, and ultimately put their faith in the God who has called them “beloved.” We do so remembering Jesus’ call in Matthew 9:37 as he lifts a child and says, “Whoever welcomes one such as this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” I heard a story recently from one of our newer families here at First Baptist who had their young child

sitting with them in worship somewhere near the back behind several older church members with children grown. They noticed heads turning from time to time as their child rustled papers or asked questions. Then during the greeting time, the older woman sitting in front of them turned and said, “I want you to know that hearing those noises was just the best part of my week!” Welcoming the children helps us to practice what it means to welcome all who are vulnerable, just as Jesus did. In doing so we even come to welcome the child within ourselves. As we continue to seek to embody this welcoming and thriving ministry to children and their families, we are thrilled to have Christina McCord join us as Minister to Children and Families. Christina was affirmed by the congregation on June 28 after an enthusiastic recommendation from our Search Committee. As one who worked alongside the Search Committee, I could not be any more excited about the gifts and experience Christina brings – and I say that as a pastor and also as a father of three. I’m excited for you to know Christina more and experience her leadership, and I hope we will all find ways to encourage the vision and growth she brings. Christina’s first day is August 10, just in time for the start of the fall schedule. At a recent staff planning retreat this June, we reviewed notes and planning from June 2014. At that retreat, we were in the midst of transition, hoping to find the right person to continue the strong and growing children’s ministry that Virginia Reynolds, Shelly Worsley and others had led to that time. One of our prayers was for God to help us “Find the right children’s minister.” As we reviewed this 2014 prayer a year later, we gave thanks for God’s leadership in our call of Christina. But we also recognized that we did not merely find one “right” minister over the last year, but two, and we give thanks once again for the ministry that Ashley Gill Harrington has shared with us as our Interim Minister over the last 12 months. Ashley has not merely continued the growing ministry to our children and families, but also served as an excellent minister to our wider congregation. As she transitions at the end of August we celebrate the gifts she has given to us, and also ask God’s blessing as she remains open to the next opportunity for her to live fully into her pastoral call. I hope you can see what I see from my vantage point – these are thrilling days for the children’s ministry of our church. And I hope it’s enough to motivate all of us to pick up whatever serviceable tools and talents we have – guitars and otherwise – to give ourselves to the continued thriving of our children.

Kate Kitchen Transition Kate Kitchen recently announced her plans to transition from her service as Homebound Minister with First Baptist Church. For Kate, this is a move toward new opportunities as she down-sizes and moves to Southport. Our Personnel Committee and Pastoral Staff will be considering how to best continue this important ministry in the life of our church, but first we celebrate Kate’s ministry with us and the many gifts given and received throughout her tenure as Homebound Minister. As Kate shared with the congregation on July 19, “In one fell swoop, with 85-90 homebound members, God GAVE ME the BIGGEST FAMILY any girl could ever have... And I will remember and continue to love—my First Baptist family, the biggest family a girl could ever hope for.” Kate, know of our continued love and appreciation for you, and we hope you remember the way back home! August 2015 | 3

Connect with Worship Sunday, August 2

Outdoor Worship, Brunch and Bible Study 9 am: Worship | Meet on the side lawn near the Chapel. 10 am: Brunch on the Lawn | Bring your favorite breakfast/brunch dishes to share (grits, sausage balls, fruit, muffins, sweet rolls, etc.) and FBC will provide ham, beverages, and paper products. 11 am: Bible Study | Gather for Bible study time inside.

Baptism, Barbecue, and Eventide Worship at the Lake Sunday, August 23, 4 - 7 pm, Camp Weaver


ur official end-of-summer celebration will be the annual Baptism, Barbecue and Eventide Worship at Camp Weaver. We will have a potluck dinner and Lee King and Co. will provide BBQ for $2 per person. We ask everyone attending to provide side dishes or desserts to share for the meal. Beverages and paper producsts are provided. There is a shaded outdoor amphitheater area for seating, but you can bring a chair or blanket. The Y does allow swimming in the lake and that is always fun whether you are swimming or watching! There is a roped off beach entry area for small children. The rest of the lake is open and everyone has fun bouncing on the water trampoline or jumping off the platform onto the blob and sending a friend flying into the lake or just sliding down the water slide! Life guards will be on duty and life vests are required and provided, but if you have your own please bring it. This is a wonderful afternoon of fellowship and fun whether you are swimming in the lake or relaxing and enjoying some great conversation and fellowship. We will also have our lake baptism service and finish our summer Eventide worship with singing and scripture. Directions to Camp Weaver: Lee Street east until it ends, turn right onto Youngs Mill Road, make a left onto Mill Point Road and the camp is 3/4 mile on the right on Tapawingo Trail. Follow signs to lake.

Back-To-School Worship Service Sunday, August 23 | 10:30 am | Sanctuary Bring School Supplies to donate to our partner schools We will have a special time in worship to bring school supplies forward for a donation to our partner schools of Bessemer Elementary School, Hope Academy,and Rosewood tutoring.

Deacon Ordination Service

Sunday, August 30 | 6:30 pm | Sanctuary Join us as we ordain our new incoming Deacons in a special service of blessing and prayer. A reception will follow in the Atrium. 4 | Connections

What to Bring… • Side Dishes/Desserts - enough for your family and to share • $2 for BBQ & money for leftover BBQ • Lawn Chair / Blankets • Bug Spray – just in case • Swimsuit / towel – if you want to enjoy the lake! • Life jacket if you have one – Camp Weaver does provide them too! • Friends and neighbors

Is God calling you to be part of the FBC Music Ministry? Rehearsals begin in September! • Sanctuary Choir | College adults and older, Sunday and Wednesday evenings • Instrumental Ensemble | High School & older, 3rd Sundays, 7 pm • Adult Handbell Choir | College adults & older, Sundays, 6 pm • Youth Choir | 6th-12th graders, Sundays, 5 pm • Youth Handbell Choirs | Middle & High School, Sundays, 4 pm • Young Musicians Choir | 2nd-5th graders, Wednesday nights • Children’s Handbell Choir | 4th-5th graders, Sunday evenings • Music Activities | 3-4s and K-1st Grade, Wednesday nights

Connect with Youth and College

FBC Youth Summer Fun! All-State Youth Choir Tour

Unidiversity at UT-Knoxville

FBC Family,


hen I came to this church in June I didn’t know what to expect. I never anticipated such a loving and warm community to welcome me. Through the trips, the students, and mostly the wonderful leadership at this church I have decided to pursue seminary in my postundergraduate plans. I thank God for building such an incredible church that allows kids to grow the way I have seen. Thank you for a wonderful summer! In Christ, Laura Roberson

Youth August Calendar

• 7 (Fri): Youth Lock-In. FBC, 6 pm • 19 (Wed): Back to School and Welcome New 6th Graders Party. Hamilton Lakes Pool. $5/person for dinner. 5-8 pm • 30 (Sun): Lunch & Information Meeting following Worship in the Fellowship Hall. Join ministry staff and leaders for lunch and hear about exciting plans for the 2015-16 school year in Youth ministry at FBC — faith formation, missions, and music/worship.

Middle School Fall Retreat September 25 - 27, 2015

Middle School youth will discover a deeper walk with God. $95/person covers food, lodging, t-shirt.

Register now:

“First Families” care for our FBC College kids - and we need YOU!


e had 17 youth graduate from high school this year and they are headed off to college soon. First Families is a program of our College Ministry that connects our colege students with a FBC member or family sponsor. Your responsibility as part of First Families is to stay in contact with your student during the school year with e-mails, phone calls, cards, and maybe a small gift on his or her birthday. If you are interested in our “First Families” program, contact Thom Little at or Catherine Little at or 856-0623 as soon as possible. The Littles serve as co-chairs of the College Ministry Team. August 2015 | 5

Connect with Missions


reetings! The summer has been busy! We have been delivering meals to the Grace Community Fellowship Dinner and to our Mobile Meal friends, donating food and clothing to Greensboro Urban Ministry and StepUp Ministry, getting our hands dirty at Out of the Garden Project, and taking Missions trips to New York and Greenville, S.C. Our hands and hearts have spoken of God’s love and care. We have some additional opportunities this fall from painting to walking; make sure to check out Paint the Town 2015 and the CROP Hunger Walk as ways to serve those in our community. Contact me at with any questions. Peace, Kim Priddy

9 am - 1 pm

August 3-6 & 10-13

Be a Camp Volunteer!


osewood is a culturally diverse neighborhood in East Greensboro and the Bible school is held in Rosewood Neighborhood Park. Volunteers are needed to tell Bible stories, provide snacks, and help with crafts, games, music. Directions: Wendover Ave. East to Summit Ave. North. Right on Meadow Street. Rosewood Park is on the left. Contact: Meganne Gould, | 210-4523.

tarting school can be a significant transition and challenge. The Steps to Success camp provides Kindergartners with experience and necessary skills to be successful in the beginning of their academic career. Volunteers are needed to serve and to just have fun! You will play learning games, read books, help teach basic learning strategies and more with the children. High Schoolers participating in this opportunity can earn up to 32 Service Learning degree hours. Sign up online: Questions: Kim Priddy at | x295

Community Housing Solutions

CROP Hunger Walk

Thursdays: Aug 6 & 13 6:30 - 8 pm


Paint the Town 2015 – Saturday, September 19 from 8 am to 4 pm


Ending Hunger One Step at a Time October 18, 2015 – 2:30 pm at Newbridge Bank

aint the Town is an annual event to preserve affordable housing in Guilford County. Each year, Community Housing Solultions (CHS) partners with local businesses, corporations, and faith organizations to do exterior repairs, painting, and landscaping for one neighborhood in a single day. At the July Church Conference, the church approved a one-time gift of $2,500 supporting the CHS “Paint the Town” event. FBC needs volunteers to paint and repair a home in the Woodmere Park Neighborhood. We need a minimum of 10 volunteers! Sign up with Kim Priddy - | x295. Want to know more about Community Housing Solutions and their efforts to preserve affordable homeownership for low-income families? Check it out at 6 | Connections

Join the FBC team to help fight hunger locally and globally. Donations for CROP Hunger Walks helps to provide children with essential nutrition, resources that empower communities, and education to future generations. Join and/or donate:

Connect with Missions ON Mission - Join a WMU/Missions group!

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ould you like to learn about and participate in mission opportunities in our church and community? Consider joining one of FBC’s WMU (Women’s Missionary Union) groups! Below are four groups and their meeting times and contact information. Group 2: Meets 1st Tuesdays, September - May in 102 at 7 pm. Contacts: Martha Hicks - | 337-5647 or Libby Shull - | 312-5444. Group 3: Meets 2nd Tuesdays, September - May in 102 at 9:30 am. Contacts: Marie Binder - | 288-3857 or Jolyn Kelley - | 852-0221. Group 4: Meets 2nd Tuesdays, year round in Cafe at 10:30 am. Contact: Martha Robison Spangler - 617-0961. Group 5/MOBILE MEALS (Men and Women): Meets 3rd Fridays, year round at Peace UMC at 9:30 am. Contacts: Cynthia Townes - | 707-4020 or Anita Philpott - | 456-7116.

Middle School and High School Youth on the Mission field this Summer Middle Schoolers participated in “Mission Unidiversity” camp in Greenville, SC. They worked on roofing, painting and other projects at the Phyllis Wheatley Center in the Nicholtown Community.

High Schoolers led CLUE Camp (Children Living the Urban Experience) at Metro Baptist Church and Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries and Greater Restoration Baptist Church in New York City.

Vaughan Update – Serving in Central African Republic (CAR) with TeachBeyond

This article was condensed for printing. The full article can be viewed on the FBC blog: beginning August 1.

Dear First Baptist members, hat could be better than sitting on the floor for 17 hours in an airport in Africa with no running water in the bathrooms, oppressive heat, and the terminal roof leaking during a Monsoon? The answer…anything! And what could be better than being in God’s will? The answer…nothing. Recently, Helen experienced both with our TeachBeyond work in Central Africa. The recent civil war in CAR caused the seminary in Bangui, to close after 37 years of training pastors. Up until then, seminary students’ families were educated in a school of 1,200 kids. After the conflict ended, the UN protected school needed help to re-open. They asked TeachBeyond to partner with them by providing services to 5 central African countries and the re-opened school which now has 2,000 students. The purpose of Helen’s visit was to serve as a consultant providing insights, training, and guidance in formulating a 3 year plan for Christ-centered education. Her group was among the first outsiders to visit CAR following the civil war and the work and the people made it all worthwhile. This was affirmed by an African teacher who said with tears in her eyes, “For you to come see us at this time in our country must mean you love us.” The staff and the students have the burning desire to learn and they place a strong value on a Christcentered education. Will you go? Will you send? Contact us - - for this and other opportunities to serve worldwide.


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Connect with Children WELCOME Christina! Minister to Children and Families


n Sunday, June 28, the church affirmed Christina McCord as the new Minister to Children and Families. The Children’s Ministry Search Committee presented Christina with great enthusiasm about her gifts, skills, and experience and confidence about how she will lead our Children’s Ministry and growing church. Please be in prayer for her - and for our church - in the exciting days ahead. Christina will begin her work at First Baptist on August 10 with some overlap time with Ashley to transition the ministry. Christina shares, “Ministering to children and their families truly is my passion. I love developing relationships with people and, through those relationships, helping them gain a deeper understanding of their relationships with God. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for all of us at First Baptist.” Join us as we welcome Christina, Jason, Grant (8) and Jake (6) to First Baptist.

Sprayground at Barber Park!! August 6 | 9:30-11 am | 1500 Dans Road Join the fun and cool off in the August heat at the Barber Park Sprayground! All ages are invited and it’s FREE. Bring a towel and sunscreen. Contact: Ashley Gill Harrington | x241.

August 23 is a BIG Sunday for Kids! PROMOTION SUNDAY @ 9:15 am On Promotion Sunday FBC kids will go to their NEW Sunday School classes for the school year. BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUNDAY @ 10:30 am –Donate School Supplies to our partner schools Children are invited to bring their backpacks to worship on Sunday for a special blessing of our children who are beginning a new school year. We will have a special time in worship to bring school supplies forward for a special donation to our partner schools of Bessemer Elementary School, Hope Academy,and Rosewood tutoring.

FBC Weekday School

Second Time Around Fall Consignment Sale

Sept 18 Sept 19

Fri | 9 am - 7 pm Sat | 8 am - 1 pm (1/2 Price Day) 8 | Connections

Children’s Library - New Books !! • The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Jan and Mike Berenstain • Bizarre Dinosaurs by Christopher Sloan • Christmas Is Here: Words from the King James Bible • Click, Clack, Peep! by Doreen Cronin • Fly Guys’ Amazing Tricks by Tedd Arnold • Hurry Up, Houdini! by Mary Pope Osborne • I Will Keep You Safe and Sound by Lori Houran • Just a Duck? by Carin Bramsen • Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney • What’s New on the Farm by Catherine Nichols • All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon • The Dark by Lemony Snicket • Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Osborne Pope • If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson • The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig • Mighty Dads by Joan Holub • Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony • Sea Bones by Bob Barner • Such a Little Mouse by Alice Schertle • What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf? by Debi Gliori


he Weekday School’s semi-annual consignment sale features kid’s Fall/Winter clothing & shoes, toys, bikes, games, outdoor equipment, books, maternity clothing, nursery furniture, bedding, strollers and more! Mom’s Spot is a great place for ladies to consign your like-new clothing, shoes, & accessories! Registration opens August 10 and consignors will earn 60-70% of their sales! The remaining profits go to the Weekday School Via Scholarship Fund. There are many opportunities to shop, consign, and volunteer. There are registration links on the website or email the Consignment Team.

Connect with Adults Find out what FBC is all about . . . August 9, 16 & 23 | 9:15 am Pastor’s Office - 3rd Floor

YOU are invited to Explore 1st sessions designed for anyone wanting to learn more about our community of faith. We explore the workings of our church by giving participants the opportunity to have conversation with pastoral staff and lay leaders. We also explore what we share in common with other congregations and those things which set us apart. If you know someone who might benefit from Explore 1st, contact Jessica Hartman | | 274-3286, x231.

New Adult Access Classes Begin September 9 Wednesday Nights | 6:15 - 7:10 pm

• Round Table Bible Study

Leader: Alan Sherouse (102)

• Women’s Book Study

Leaders: Kelly Cornett & Becky Starnes (Café)

• Bible Study: Zechariah

Leader: Dr. Steve Pressley (Chapel)

• Friendships at the Margins: Conversation with our Mission Partners Leader: Kim Priddy (108-C)

Check Out these Library Books Common Sense and Money by Hal Koger |A conservative path to financial independence. Greensboro: Roots & Renaissance by William Mangum | Paintings and text that captures Greensboro’s essence.

Divorce Recovery

a ministry of FBC Greensboro

Beginning September 9 The program is for adults coping with divorce or separation. It meets for 9 weeks on Wednesdays nights from 6:15-7:45 pm and is structured with large/small group interaction and video, using the book Growing Through Divorce. $25 includes materials. Share this program with anyone you know who might benefit. Information: www. | 274-3286, x288.

Silver Compassion Classes in August Monday, August 24 | Room 102 SESSION ONE | 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Caregiving In Our Complex World An overview of how to approach caregiving with compassion, wisdom, and knowledge of the full range of help available. We can chart a path and encourage caregivers as they love, work, and make important decisions. Dr. Fuller will speak out of his experience as a caregiver, as well as what he has learned about the programs, products and services that are available when they are needed. SESSION TWO | 7:45 – 8:45 pm: Caring for Caregivers This is a class for caregivers and those who want to help make their role less of a burden and more of a joy. Caregiving can add great meaning to life as we find great reward when we love well. We can also find ourselves becoming isolated, resentful, and exhausted as we meet the needs of those we love. Whether the caregiver comes alone or with some of those that support them, we will look at tools for navigating your days as a caregiver with less drain and more joy.

FBC Women’s Ministry

Women’s Fall Retreat

Ocean Isle Beach | October 23-25


ark your calendar for the Fall Women’s Retreat. Space is limited and accommodations will be cozy. The cost is $100/person ($50 deposit and $50 due Sept 1). This will be an intergenerational time for women to rest, relax, grow in spirit and have their spirits renewed. More info: Kim Priddy - | x295 or Ashley Gill Harrington | x241.

Join Our Women’s Ministry Email Group


e are building a database of email addresses for the women of FBC. If you are interested in receiving information about women’s studies, gatherings, retreats, and more, join our Women’s Ministry email list - or email Kim Priddy, - put “women’s ministries” in the subject line and send your name and email address in the body of the email.

Girls Night Out

Thursday, August 20 | 7 pm Kim Priddy | 217 Mistletoe Dr All women of FBC are invited for a night out to fellowship together. Bring goodies or drinks to share.

Womens Dinner

Covered Dish - SAVE THE DATE!

September 10 | 6:30 pm

Get to know each other and learn ways we can minister to one another. More info to come - August 2015 | 9

Connect with One Another It’s time for a NEW FBC Church Directory We heard your requests for an updated directory! We decided to rethink the familiar Church Directory process that we have always known and we are taking a different approach to a Church Directory. A printed option will also be available for a small fee to cover printing costs for anyone who would like one. For computer, smart phone and tablet users, the Member site and the Churchlife app are secure, online options for accessing the church database. We will be using ACS, our church database company that is connected to or Member Site. The photo sessions will be done in-house and a very quick and simple process. We will snap a quick digital photo on select days if you choose this option. The other option is to submit your own digital photos for the directory online via the FBC website and Member Sign-In site. You can submit your family/individual digital photos at your convenience and do not have to worry about a photography appointment. Digital photos also allow the member site to be updated continuously as people submit their own photos. Option 1: IF you want FBC to take a digital photo of you/ your family, drop by the Heritage room (across from the Chapel) on Sundays, August 23 and 30 and September 13 and 20 from 8:30-9:30 am or following worship. Option 2: Submit your family/individual digital photos online via the website/member site. Follow these steps. Note: Photos cannot exceed 10MB. 1. Decide which family/individual digital photo(s) you want to upload. 2. Go to FBC website: 3. Sign in to Member Site – link/button is at the top of the home page of the website. 4. Sign in or follow steps to create a Login. 5. Select “My Profile” under the Home drop down menu. 6. On the “My Profile” page, select the EDIT button on the top right of the page OR click the pencil icon to open the “Change Request” page. 7. For an Individual photo – click the “Personal Photo” tab on the top right of the page. Then click the link to upload a new individual photo. 8. For a Family photo – click the “Family Info” tab on the top right of the page. Click the “Family Photo” tab on the right, then use the link to upload a new family photo. 9. Once your change request is approved your photo will be visible on the Member Database and used for the Directory. Questions? Contact: Kelly Stephens, | x223.


• Ron and Arlene McCraw in the loss of their son, Derrick McCraw, on June 25 • Judy Ryan in the loss of her stepmother, Myrtle Lockamy, on July 13 • Sandy Frost in the loss of her father, Lloyd Gann, on July 15 • Stu Allen in the loss of his father, Bill Allen, on July 23 10 | Connections

Responding to the Invitation

Bryan and Lauren Parrish with Katie

Luke Hauselman

(on June 28) by Statement

(on July 5) by Baptism

August Birthdays 1. Lindsey Kalish 2. Sherwood Chesson, Wilma Fortune, Eleanor Patterson, Carol Putnam 3. Eloise Curlee, Larry Pike 4. Amanda Manning, Amy Overman, Brian Smith, Cassie Starnes 5. Debbie Huneycutt, Susan Smith, Rachel Stapleton 6. Martha Talley 8. Karl Lewis, Janet Moseley 9. Terri Battle, Dan Kennedy, Phyllis Parkerson 10. John Hardy, Samuel Sue 11. Martin Waitherero 12. Blake Absher, Doug Childs, Sue Weddle 13. Jim Frost, Marietta Noel 14. Harrison Roberts, Barbara Ingold, Earlean Price 15. Betsy Absher, Warren Bass, Keith Burroughs, Penny Rowe 16. Frank Benditz, Geneva Metzger, Bill Simmons 17. Jean Bundy, Betty Case, Mike Elliott, Jeff Frazier, Bob Godfrey, Pam Randleman, Joanna Sample 18. Kip Blakely, David Crews, Avery Payne 19. Dale Caldwell, Evelyn Polk 20. Paul Brady, David Gilliland, Cookie Hamilton, Randi Hathcock, Hal Koger, Elmer Puryear, Jenny Sherouse, Dolores Wayt 21. Bill Sessoms, Adair Suggs 22. Kim Bolton, Patrick Cashwell, Dot Collins, Eddie Wooten 23. Elizabeth Gibson, David Page, Jo Anne Thompson, Betty Whisenant 24. Delmas Bearden, Lorna Lanning, Becky Parham, Mary Pearce, Joshua Reynolds, Charles Rierson 25. Martha Chandler, Amy Knight, Brent Priddy, Martha Spangler, Alex Wells 27. Parrish Clodfelter, Rita Harrell, Dot Norris, Willie Pitts, Margaret Raines 28. Rob Young 29. Jeanette Mitchell, Billy Patterson, Caleb Rainey, Judy Ryan, Lauren Worsley 30. Kathy Sample 31. Larry Burroughs, Nancy Davis, Adair Garner

College Birthdays Lindsey Kalish | Aug 1

950 Barney Rd., High Point, NC 27265

Caleb Rainey | Aug 29

2209 Lannigan Dr., Greensboro, NC 27406

What’s Cooking in the FBC Kitchen this Fall!


gain this past year our kitchen staff has prepared over 13,500 meals. There is no way I would or could do what I do without my faithful sous chef Theo and our parttime staff and kitchen volunteers. This year we are losing our faithful “cashiers” Diane and James Watkins. They have been an integral part of our kitchen volunteer team for many years and we will miss them. I also want to welcome our newest volunteer, Carolyn Ripley. The kitchen will be closed during the month of August for annual cleaning. We will resume our Wednesday night meals on September 2 with our Fall Kick-Off and Potluck Dinner on the grounds. Theo will cook his famous fried chicken while church members and guests are asked to bring their favorite entrees, sides and desserts. Please make a reservation for this meal so we will have an idea of how much chicken to prepare. Our first meal back in the Fellowship Hall will be September 9. MAKING RESERVATIONS: Each year we ask that NEW “standing” or “one-time” reservations be made again prior to September 2. Please be mindful of your reservations status to help us save on our food costs which continue to increase annually. • Reservations are due no later than noon on Tuesday. • Cancellations are due no later noon on Wednesday. NEW MEAL RESERVATION CONTACT: Marty Kellam will be in charge of taking your reservations via website, email, pew cards or by phone for ALL meals. This will include Wednesday evenings, PrimeTime, the annual Thanksgiving meal and any other event that may require a meal reservation. CONTACT INFORMATION: | 274-3286, x245 Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Sincerely, Chef K

August@FBC Regular Weekly Schedule:

Sunday Mornings •Bible Study 9:15 am •Worship 10:30 am •Guest Reception 11:45 am There will be no Wednesday night meals/activities in August.

Outdoor Worship, Brunch, and Bible Study. FBC Lawn/Building, 9 am •23-6(Su): & 10-13: Bessemer Kindergarten Camp. Bessemer Elementary, 9 am • 6 (Th): Sprayground at Barber Park. 1500 Dans Road, 9:30 am • 6, 13 (Th): Rosewood VBS. Rosewood Park, 6:30-8 pm • 7 (F): Youth Lock-In. FBC, 6 pm • 9 (Su): StepUp Ministry Clothing Atrium, 9 am • 9 (Su): Open House & DedicationCollection. of Resident House. Following Worship • 9, 16, 23 (Su): Explore 1st. Pastor’s Offi ce, 9:15 am • •10 (M): Christina McCord begins as new Minister to Children and Families •11 (Tu): WMU Group 4. Café, 10:30 am •19 (W): Youth Back-to-School/Welcome New 6th Graders Pool Party. Hamilton Lakes Pool, 5-8 pm 20 • (Th): Girls Night Out. Kim Priddy’s, 217 Mistletoe Drive, 7 pm Meals. Peace UMC, 9:30 am •21:23Mobile (Su): Promotion Sunday & Back-to-School Sunday •• 23 (Su): Baptism, BBQ &Eventide Worship at the Lake. Camp Weaver, 4 pm •24 (M): Silver Compassion Topic Sessions. 102, #1 - 6:30 pm; #2 - 7:45 pm • 25 (Tu): Personnel Committee. 216, 7 pm • 30 (Su): Youth & Parent Lunch/Meeting. 108, 12 noon • 30 (Su): Deacon Ordination and Reception. Sanctuary/Atrium, 6:30 pm • •Adults •All Ages •Children •Seniors •Weekday School •Worship •Youth

Wednesday, September 2

5-7 pm | FBC Front Lawn

Let’s Kick Off Fall! • Theo’s Famous Fried Chicken • Potluck Dishes • Kickball Game

Bring lawnchairs or blankets to sit on and potluck dishes to share.

Have a Ball! August 2015 | 11

First Baptist Church Greensboro


1000 West Friendly Avenue Greensboro, NC 27401


July Church Conference Summary The monthly Church Conference took place on Sunday afternoon, July 19, 2015 in the Fellowship Hall. Church Moderator, Hazel Fisher presided. The following motions were approved by the congregation.

NO. 179

Receipts & Distributions - 3 Months Ended Jun. 30, 2015 Budget Jun. 30, 2014 Budget Receipts $ 848,516 $ 833,169 $ 838,322 Budget Disbursements $ 834,196 $ 887,388 $ 907,102 Net Surplus $ 14,320 $ (54,219) $ (68,780)

Pat Wilson, Missions Committee Chair, made the following motions: Motion 1: On behalf of the Missions Committee, the Finance Committee and the Deacons, I move that gifts received by First Baptist Church earmarked for the purchase of a refrigerator/ freezer for use by Amy Murphy’s organization be expended for that purpose. NOTE: Amy Murphy is known as the “Chicken Lady”. Currently, $4,600 has been received, and additional funds are anticipated. Motion 2: On behalf of the Missions Committee, the Finance Committee and the Deacons, I move that a one-time gift of $1,705.50 to the YWCA Family Shelter for two months’ utilities expenses be approved, funds to come from the Great Commission Fund. Motion 3: On behalf of the Missions Committee, the Finance Committee and the Deacons, I move that a one-time gift of $2,500 to support the Community Housing Solutions “Paint the Town” event to be held on September 19, 2015, be approved, funds to come from the Great Commission Fund.

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