Serving our neighbors is our highest calling next to loving and worshipping God. To that end, First Baptist Martinsville is committed to supporting local, state, national and international missions organizations through prayer, financial resources, and service. Inside this presentation you will find ways we engaged our community, from our Women on Mission group to our local, national and international missions partners with whom we share the work of caring for our neighbors in Jesus’ name. And Jesus said: “…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’” Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
A Year of Giving FBC Missions Committee 2021 in Review
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FBC Missions Committee contributed $250 to Habitat for Humanity MHC, which is committed to building affordable, high-quality, energy-efficient and sustainable houses that families are proud to call home.
The MHC Warming Center opens when temperatures drop below 35 degrees. It cannot open without dedicated volunteers who make hot meals and deliver them, provide transportation to and from the center, check in the guests at intake, and stay overnight. Additionally, there are needs for donations of items to be used at the Center. FBC Missions Committee contributed $200 to the Warming Center. In addition, numerous items needed at the Center have been contributed by FBC members. Volunteers at FBC also provide transportation to and from the Warming Center. FBC Missions Committee also contributed $300 for the purchase of six desperately needed cots.
MISSION The mission of SAFETYNET is to provide emergency financial assistance as a source of last resort to residents whose legitimate, urgent needs are not being adequately met from other public or private sources. FUNDING SOURCES Funding for SAFETYNET comes from: Individual Donors Foundations, Churches, and Memorials In 2021, FBC Missions made a donation of $500 to SAFETYNET in an effort to continue its mission in our community.
In an effort to assist with recovery efforts from Hurricane Nicholas in the Houston area, FBC Missions donated $500 to the Church Without Walls Disaster Relief Fund.
FBC Missions Committee recognized Teacher Appreciation Week by contributing $250 towards lunch for the First Baptist Church Early Learning Center Teachers.
The FBC Missions donated $250 for the establishment of the “Little FREE Library” sponsored by the FBC Library Committee.
As an outreach community project, FBC Missions donated $500 to help with the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Children & Youth Committee.
FBC Missions provided Coffee and Pastries for the night shift staff at SOVAH Health Martinsville. They received prayer cards expressing our continued prayers for health and safety and appreciation for their dedication to our community.
FBC Missions donated $250 to CBF Global Missions.
FBC Missions contributed $500 to the Back2School Community Project. This mission project provided school-age children in our community with needed school supplies and backpacks to start school.
FBC Missions donated $500 to help sponsor the Children’s Easter Festivities held by the Children’s Committee.
FBC Missions contributed $146 to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails FREE age-appropriate books to children from birth until they turn 5, no matter their family’s income. United Way of Martinsville-Henry County and Smart Beginnings provide the necessary postage to mail each book to children.
The mission of the Good News Jail & Prison Ministry is to place chaplains in jails and prisons to minister to the spiritual needs of inmates and staff. First Baptist Church Missions continued to support this mission by contributing $150 to the Good News Jail & Prison Ministry Annual Fundraiser Banquet and $250 to Good News Jail & Prison Ministry for the Christmas Gift Project.
The Salvation Army Angel Tree FBC Missions contributed $250 to the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. Because of YOU, underserved children experienced a merry and bright Christmas.
FBC Missions donated $500 to help sponsor the Children’s Easter Festivities held by the Children’s Committee.
FBC Missions contributed $110 for the purchase of the vinyl maps illustrating Global and State Missions Partnerships, making Global Missions a focal point.
Virginia Baptist Disaster Response – Serving the Community FBC Missions contributed $500 to BGAV for Virginia Baptist Disaster Response. Most recently Virginia Baptist Disaster Response teams have responded to the tornadoes in Kentucky and hurricanes Florence, Maria, Harvey and Irma. The volunteers are committed to the “Rebuild” efforts in Hurley, Virginia.
Richard’s Christmas Dinner Outreach Mission in our Community The Missions Committee contributed $400 to purchase FBC mugs and $500 pens to to help be sponsor the FBC Missions donated placed in Visitor’s Welcome Bags. held This is Children’s Easter Festivities by the Children’s part of the church’s mission of outreach in Committee. our community.
A tradition of more than 35 years continued in Martinsville this Christmas. Each year First Baptist Church Martinsville hosts the annual Richard’s Dinner on Christmas Day for those who need a meal. This dinner, in cooperation with Grace Network, serves thousands of meals. This Christmas, FBC Missions continued to support this mission with a contribution of $500.
As part of FBC’s mission in the community, an outdoor Nativity Scene was purchased and constructed for display, sharing the wonderful story of the Christmas season with our community. The Missions Committee contributed $280 FBC Missions donated $500 to help sponsor the for the purchase of the Nativity Scene.
Children’s Easter Festivities held by the Children’s Committee.
On November 21 families and individuals of all ages were invited to ADVENTure Afternoon to get ready for the Advent Season. Children and families made Advent wreaths, star ornaments, and enjoyed a kid-friendly dinner. The Mission Committee contributed $320 to help sponsor this event.
CBF 25 Church Challenge: Members of the Bluefield partnership WMUVA, CBFVA and BGAV challenged 25 churches to donate $500 to help get new computers to the Wade Center giving students good, reliable computers so they can do Zoom meetings and on-line homework. The Wade Center is the only childcare center in the Bluefield area. In addition, churches were invited to join in advocating for better access to broadband in the Bluefield, Virginia area. Through a partnership with Together for Hope, they have joined the “Broadband Across America” Coalition, which advocates for better access to internet services in rural areas. FBC is one of 25 churches to meet this challenge. The Mission Committee members voted to contribute $500 to the CBF 25 Church Challenge.
In partnership with Women on Mission, local, state, national and international missions organizations, the FBC Mission Committee continued to be engaged in the work of caring for our neighbors in Jesus’ name.
Churchwide Christmas Missions Offering: Heifer International Women on Mission and the Mission Committee sponsored a churchwide Heifer International mission project during December 2021. We raised $1,900.05. Thank you for your generosity. During the month of December, Heifer International triple matched our donation totals, so the total raised from our giving is $5,700.15. With these tripled funds, we were able to provide six Water for Life systems, send three girls to school, provide six Honeybee Hives, and three flock of chicks.
NEEDED ITEMS DONATED TO HARMONY HALL! Women on Mission’s Action Project for May collected needed items for Harmony Hall Assisted Living Facility in Bassett, Virginia. The entire congregation was invited to participate in this local mission outreach. Members contributed men’s shaving cream, combs, current magazines, easy to read paperback books, puzzles and individually wrapped snacks.
Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign This Christmas season, in lieu of Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, the FBC Women on Mission collected monetary donations. The final amount for the Red Kettle Campaign was $920. The monetary donations will directly benefit those in need in our community. Thank you for your generosity and love this Christmas season!
Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign
WOM Sponsor Cross Necklace Workshops
Women on Mission sponsored a churchwide mission project to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Members filled their shoeboxes with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. FBC members filled 45 shoeboxes for children around the world.
Each year, our church makes and donates cross necklaces to the Back2School program in Martinsville for the city pickup site (Albert Harris Elementary School). Children love the colorful crosses and appreciate “a little something extra” in their bag of school supplies and shoes. FBC WOM have made necklaces for past Mission Trips.
Salvation Army Redmission Kettle Campaign WOM sponsored a churchwide project which included the collection of individually wrapped cookies to be distributed at the local race. FBC members contributed individually wrapped cookies to support the Raceway Ministry efforts.
Women on Mission Action Project for The Horne Home
On November 20, members from First Baptist Church Martinsville packed boxesGrace at theNetwork’s Henry County First Baptist Church hosted annualFood Pumpkin Pantry. This is an on-going mission opportunity. Patch fundraising sale again this year! FBC provided volunteers at The WOM Mission Action Project for September included preparation of goodie bags filled with small hygiene items, markers, and coloring sheets for the residents of the Horne Home. In addition, a pizza and dessert party was provided.
the pumpkin patch on Monday, October 4, 2021.
FBC MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY – FEEDING OUR NEIGHBORS
On November 20, members from First Baptist Church Martinsville packed boxes at the Henry County Food Pantry. This is an on-going mission opportunity.
The annual offering for Virginia missions was named for Alma Hunt (1909-2008), a native Virginian who was known worldwide for her missions service and her unswerving dedication to the cause of Christ. First Baptist Church’s goal for 2021 was $1,500. Thanks to the generosity of our church family, we collected $1,852.55, exceeding our goal! Thank You!
Undies Sundays Undies Sundays Mission Opportunity Project in July
The Prevention Department of Piedmont Community Services, Project SUCCESS, and FBC Missions Committee helped collect Undies every Sunday in July for students in Henry County and Martinsville City Schools. This project was a huge success along with some help from our local Altrusa Club. We collected 236 pairs of socks, 511 pairs of undies, and 16 undershirts!
A Year in Review 2021
Undies Sundays Mission Opportunity Project in July
Words of Appreciation The Missions Committee, in partnership with Women on Mission, would like to express our appreciation for the love and generosity of everyone who participated in these mission opportunities. Without YOUR generosity and love, our outreach efforts would not have been possible.