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A Monthly Publication of

June 2013

Welcoming Our New Church Administrator Romans 8:28 delivers God's promise to us that God works all things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. I see God delivering on this promise nearly constantly, including recently in how God has turned the news that Michele is departing FBC and Wallingford - into all good. At first, I think we were all just overwhelmed with a combination of joy for Michele and Louis coupled with sadness at her departure from our midst. But as Liz, our awesome Coach of Administration and I trudged through the process of hiring a replacement (as if there could be one!), God in His time, brought Crystal Diaz to the fore. The grace, faith, care, and competence Crystal brings to this position makes it possible for at least me to focus on how joyful I am for Michele and Louis - that they can now be together in their new home in Louisiana. Sunday, June 2, we will formally say 'good-bye for now' as a congregation to Michele and enjoy a reception planned by Cathy Copas, our wonderful Coach of Fellowship. But you need not wait that long to welcome in Crystal if you have not already done so. Thanks to Liz' foresight, Crystal has had this past month to receive Michele's wisdom, insight, and methods. So if you have not already met Crystal, do drop by any weekday (M-F) between 9 and 3. Pastor Doug

Crystal Diaz and Michele Smith

Crystal Diaz


From Our Pastor - Doug Valentine When life is… “because I have to” - joy is fleeting or absent. Too often I hear folks rejecting Christ because they understand the Christian life is all about rules and regulations—all about stifling and suffocating rituals void of any fun or enjoyment. Such happens when we confuse Christ with legalism. Legalism is joyless because legalism is endless. There’s always another class to attend, prayer to raise, good deed to do, person to forgive, kindness to share. Our legalism leads to us being inmates incarcerating ourselves by our efforts at self-salvation. Work abounds, but never joy! Grace! Unmerited favor. It makes all the difference. Gone can be your exertions (physical, mental, emotional) at law-keeping. Gone should be your anxiety that even having done everything, you might not have done enough. I invite you to take God's way to salvation: the path not by the stairs but by the lift. God pledges His promised righteousness to you and so wants you to stop seeking to amass and keep your own righteousness. He wants you to stop trying to save yourself!

Grace offers rest. Legalism? Never! Grace offers peace. Grace reveals God's vision for your life. Grace offers us the realization that we're invited to good works and watch as they bless the receiver(s) and us both. Grace offers us the invitation to good works in balance with rest and relief from life's rat race. Grace is your invitation to God's life for you, the life He created you for, the life that can yet be yours. Grace offers joy. Can you use a little more joy? Then you can use a little more grace. Your supply is unlimited, thanks be to God in Christ. If you find yourself hooked on legalism, addicted to stacking up good works, feeling like you have to be perfect, obsessed with your faults and shortcomings, let's find some time to talk and pray together soon, to start welcoming in more joy. Joyfully His, Pastor Doug


From Ginny Henderson, Music Director I can't believe what a fast year this has been! How can it be June already! I want to thank all those who have given their time and talents to make the music ministry at First Baptist a joyous expression of praise to God each week. We are so blessed with great diversity - from our Praise Band who joyously opens our services each week, to our Chancel Choir who faithfully provides weekly anthems at prayer time or during the offering. Our A Cappella Choir has inspired us, and our Raise the Praise Kids’ Choir has delighted us. Thanks also to our instrumentalists - percussion, guitars, brass, violin, and flute. This past spring, it has been a privilege to work with five musicians from Choate. This has been a ministry I've wanted to get involved in for some time, and God really opened the doors wide for this to happen. None of them are graduating this year, so we look forward to reaching out to them again next year. And now it comes time to think about music for our summer worship services. Please check your vacation schedules, and sign up with me as soon as possible. If you have never done this before but have a desire in your heart to praise God through music, now is the time! Our summer services are more relaxed, and you will find great support in our congregation. Special music is needed for June 30-Sept. 1. To God be the glory and in His service, Ginny Henderson (Music Director) 203-605-9834,

Summary of the May 14, 2013 Coaches Meeting • • • • • • • • • •

Welcomed new Church Administrator, Crystal Diaz. Prayer service for unemployed, May 23, 7 p.m. Baptisms and Right Hand of Fellowship, May 26. Tom Oppelt will be reviewing the remaining changes requested by the Fire Marshal. Wi-Fi has been installed at the Church. Discussed a need for storage space for tables and chairs. Discussed shifting office space. Space is needed for the College/Career Group. Prayer Garden coming along. Possibly will be selling engraved bricks in the fall. The church is staying within budget so far this year. New pew Bibles were presented.

Laura Fekete, Clerk


Fellowship News If the Lord is leading you with a fellowship opportunity, please contact Cathy Copas at 203988-1864 or Ongoing Fellowship Opportunities: • Men’s Discussion and Breakfast at IHOP Restaurant in Wallingford, Route 5 - event is subject to change, so please call Thirl Gravell at 203-631-5371 Friday evening or Saturday morning before heading out. • Radical Youth Group (Sr. High) Events - see schedule below. • Men’s Softball Teams - see schedules in this newsletter. • Women’s Ministry - see next page.

Radical Youth Upcoming Events (Sr. High and College Ages) • • •

Wednesday, May 29, 7 p.m. - Proverbs Bible Study at John and Aimee Powers’ home Sunday, June 9, 3 p.m. - End-of-the-year picnic/ graduation party Wednesday, June 12, 7 p.m. - Proverbs Bible Study at John and Aimee Powers’ home

Handicap Parking Now Available at FBC In order to assist those who are handicapped and/or are using the lift each Sunday, there will be 4 to 6 parking spots in the bank-side lot blocked off by cones each Sunday. Please see Jim Wood with questions.


Women’s Guild The June 13, 2013 Meeting of the FBC Women's Guild will be lunch at Viola's in Meriden. We will be meeting at the church at 12:30 to car pool. The price for lunch is $21. Meal selections will be made at the restaurant. This will be our last meeting before the summer. Everyone have a wonderful summer, and we will see you all on September 12, 2013.

Women's Fellowship Book Discussion Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013 Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hostess: Allyson Almeida, 64 Summerwood Dr., Wallingford, 203-697-9165 Leader: Pat Sterns Book: “Same Kind of Different as Me” by Ron Hall/Denver Moore Summary: A friendship forms between two men at a time when both were in great need. Inspirational story of fortitude and friendship. Please bring a side dish for the luncheon. Be in touch with Allyson Almeida about what to bring if you did not sign up to bring one at the May meeting. All women of the church and their friends are invited to attend this time of conversation and fellowship. Contact Debbie Gravell (203-265-9943 or with questions.

Women’s Fellowship Luncheon The Women's Fellowship invites the women of the church to our Annual Luncheon and Bridal Fashion Show. This Luncheon is held in honor of the Godly women who have served First Baptist Church for many years. Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013 Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Place: First Baptist Church of Wallingford 114 North Main Street - Wallingford Please RSVP to Cindy Holland-Toftness at 203-265-7594 or Billie Smith at 203-265-5295. If you have your bridal gown, could we borrow it? We expect some gowns to be displayed and some gowns to be modeled. If you are willing to lend us your gown for this fun event, please contact Cindy Holland-Toftness at 203-265-7594 or Sandy Drozd at 203-265-5043.


Outreach Opportunities We are very interested in pursuing more local outreach opportunities. In the near future, I will be surveying the congregation for your thoughts on where those opportunities might be. Blessings, Cindy Rusate, Coach of Outreach

Ministering at Connecticut Baptist Homes

One of our American Baptist Churches of CT ministries is Connecticut Baptist Homes, Inc., located in Meriden, CT. Recently, a few ladies of FBC began an outreach to this facility on a weekly basis. Here is a testimony from our own Toni Wood on how this ministry has blessed her and those being touched by the love of Christ through her: “I cannot believe what a blessing I received on Thursday when we went visiting at the Baptist home! We visited with about seven residents, and I even soloed on one! Turns out my gift to gab in this case is truly a gift (not so much for Jim, just saying). I really learned a lot from veteran visitors like Judie and Susanne. Thank you both for taking me under your wing! God has blessed this ministry mightily! Thank you Lord!�


2013 Dominican Republican Mission Trip Specific Needs List - Revised April 29, 2013 Thank you everyone for your generous donations to the DR. We have all of the clothing that we need with the exception of still needing women’s dresses and skirts, sizes 2-14 and infants clothing, sizes through 4T. We are still in need of medications and hygiene items: Clothing Needs:

Infant and Toddler Clothes Hats and Visors Bandanas Cheaters We are still in great need of Women’s Skirts and Dresses (no Red please). NEW underwear for men, women, boys and girls NEW bras Flip Flops and Crocks for men, women, boys and girls Hygiene Kit Needs:

Men's and Women's Deodorant Bar Soap and Wash Clothes Teaching Team Needs:

Whiffle Bats and Balls Crayons Plain White Paper Stickers Bubbles Large Hole Beads and Beading Twine OTC Medication Needs (Generic is fine and Usually Cheaper): Women's Vitamins with IRON – BJs or Wal-Mart – NO gummies please! Prenatal Vitamins – Wal-Mart has these Children's Vitamins with IRON – NO gummies please! Adult Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325/500 Mg. Only! TUMS Ibuprofen Tablets, 200 Mg. Benadryl, Liquid and Tablets Zantac/Rinitidine, 75 Mg. Tablets Hydrocortisone Cream Triple Antibiotic Ointment


American Baptist Churches - “One Great Hour of Sharing” Annual Giving Campaign - June 2013 Beloved, Sharing brings joy! The phrase rolls easily off the tongue, but it is no trite cliché! Rather, it expresses profound spiritual truths—truths about a loving and caring God—truths about a joyous generosity that circles ‘round and dances into and through the human experience as we relate to others and to the Holy One! Sharing brings joy to us. Generous giving, practiced as a regular spiritual discipline, teaches us about joy. We learn to see ourselves as vital parts of a cooperative sharing effort which expresses God’s love for the world. We see the delight of recipients and experience our own gladness. Grateful for God’s extravagant gifts, the great happiness of others, and our experience of such delight, we discover we want to be more generous, and so we are drawn into the circular rhythm of sharing that brings joy upon joy. Sharing brings joy to others. For 64 years, recipients of One Great Hour of Sharing assistance, relief, and support have known comfort and joy through your sharing: • Families displaced by natural disaster or political unrest rejoice to receive food, shelter, and the comfort of a safe place to begin rebuilding their lives. • A woman who had to walk miles for potable water for her family smiles as she draws water from a clean well near her home. • Children arrive excitedly for the first day of class at the village’s new school. Sharing brings joy to God. Joy-filled sharing is surely a delight to the Holy One! When we see ourselves as part of all God’s children everywhere, we learn to be less fearful of a sense of scarcity that can inhibit our generosity. We come to understand that others who happen to be in need are not simply recipients of our charity, but sisters and brothers with whom we are called to live justly and share abundantly. Knowing we willingly share reminds them of who they are: beloved children of the Creator, family of us all, each one a person of sacred worth, also imbued with possibilities for sharing joy. As you make your offering to One Great Hour of Sharing this year, remember the many ways your gifts bring joy—to you as God’s precious child, to all of God’s other cherished children, and especially to the Holy One. May your worship be joyful. May your sharing be delightfully abundant. May God be made glad by your cheerful generosity! Joyfully yours, Pastor Doug


Save the Date


If you need prayer, our Elders are Sandy Drozd, Alice Fekete, Ken Rowe, Charlotte DeAndrade, Fred Blakeslee Sympathies To

Ken and Wilma Rowe, mourning the loss of Wilma’s father; Jim and Toni Wood, as they mourn the loss of Jim’s Aunt Sue. Serving in the Military Christina Andrulat- until June 14, letters (no postcards please) can be sent to PFC Andrulat Christina, 1st Platoon, 8609 6th Armored Calvary Road, Fort George Mead, MD 20755; Aaron San Miguel, grandson of Denise Carroll, in the marines - letters can be sent to CPL San Miguel, Aaron M., 3rd BN 3rd MAR INDIA Co. 2nd PLT, Unit 66024 FBO AP, 96427-6024; Allen Copas, traveling to Lithuania with the military; and our other US Military/their families. Please submit other names to Crystal Diaz in our Office. Prayer Requests - Current Concerns Charlotte DeAndrade, recovering from eye injury; Judie Veitch, son-in-law and family facing a medical crisis; Henry Mitchell, Debbie Gravell’s father, was in remission for cancer but now has taken a turn for the worse; Karen Sova, recovering from knee surgery; Delores Gagne, Cindy Rusate’s mother, recovering from surgery; Eleanor Sherwood, recently came home from the hospital due to some medical concerns; Rita Cristini, receiving radiation—recent results show she is cancer-free; Diana Becker-Query, has a few more chemo treatments - officially in remission; Julia Treat, daughter of Marcia/Jimmie Treat, battling several illnesses. Prayer Requests - Ongoing Concerns Family members of victims of Boston bombing and Newtown, CT; Victims of Moore, OK Tornado; Church members mourning the loss of loved ones recently; Stacy, daughter of Denise/ Ken Carroll, continues to have serious health issues; Stephanie Berger, needs healing/financial needs met; Rachel Fowler, prayers still needed for her, Todd, and family; Grace Kerr, continues battle with cancer; Sophia, Lois Somerset's 10-month-old great-granddaughter born without a heart valve and needs a heart transplant when she is two; Gail Mascali’s Nephew, being treated for cancer in his back; Our President/leaders of our nation; Dick Owen, at long-term care at Masonic, room #404B— visitors are welcome; Al Kratt, Kathy Messier's dad, under the care of hospice; Chip Somerset, lung cancer; David Aldrich, cancer in lymph nodes. Prayer Requests - ESPN (Employment Seekers Prayer Network) Each one below still covets your prayers to be led to God's employment for them: Faye Taylor (Industrial Engineer in Alabama and out of work 10+ months), Jim Wood, Jackie Anderson, Mike Toftness (contract painter/home improvement), Mike McCann, Kate Day, and

Becky Aldrich


TWO POUR GUYS (3) 2013 SCHEDULE • • • •

Players: PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL REGULARLY. THIS IS THE MAIN FORM OF COMMUNICATION. Please let me know ASAP if you can’t make it to a game, otherwise you’re expected to be there! Call the manager if it’s a last minute change Cam Taylor (203) 605-7474 (mobile) Tom Oppelt (203) 314-0352 (mobile) In Case Of Rain: Players will be contacted if a game is rescheduled due to weather. If no email, and you are not called, be there!





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A2Z Village Green Bar BMS Wallingford Goodtimers BMS Wallingford Goodtimers Westbrook Lobster Battery Stop of NE Ground P&D A2Z Village Green Bar BMS Wallingford Goodtimers Westbrook Lobster Battery Shop of NE Ground P&D A2Z Village Green Bar


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"F" Division playoffs are scheduled for Wednesday, August 21 at WSF WSF - West Side Field DOOL - Doolittle Park PRAG 2 - Pragemann Park, Field 2 PRAG 1 - Pragemann Park, Field 1



Some Helpful Information About the National Do Not Call Registry The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at their website at: You can register your home or mobile phone for free. Your registration will not expire. Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-No-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. Note: Scammers have been making phone calls claiming to represent the National Do Not Call Registry. The calls claim to provide an opportunity to sign up for the Registry. These calls are not coming from the Registry or the Federal Trade Commission, and you should not respond to these calls. To add your number to the Registry, you can call 888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to register, or go to their website to do so. THE LIGHT TURNED YELLOW . . . Something To Think About The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'Follow Me to SundaySchool' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally....I assumed you had stolen the car."


Cheryl Lint Denise Carroll Kimberly Lint Michaela Blain Rebekah Powers Kellie Ferguson Brenda Carlson Nicholas Sherwood Chris Mallinson Joseph Sapienza JB Wood Jonah Fowler Laura Fekete Tracy Andrulat David Stearns Monica Palmieri William Toftness Joshua Smith Sylvia Moore Ruth Vogt Tim Thornton Kailee Heinrich Chad Spinaci Zachary Carolan Alice Fekete Emily Lorenz

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Calendar for First Baptist Church of Wallingford – June 2013 Sunday






Saturday 1 7:30 AM Men’s Group at IHOP Restaurant on Rt. 5, Wlfd— event subject to change, call Thirl Gravell at 203631-5371 before leaving 8:00 AM 2:00 PM DR Mission Team Retreat at the Children's Home

2 Communion Sunday 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Hour of Power Adult/Youth classes 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Chancel Choir 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Worship 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM "Raise The Praise" Kids Choir Rehearsal in the Choir Room (ages 4 - 7th grade) 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM Farewell Reception for Michele Smith 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Bold Believers (Jr. BYG) - Play Ball, Choate field

3 7 - 8 PM Zumba Exercise Class in Fellowship Hall - Free to All 8:00 PM Men's Softball Team Two Pour Guys @ Doolittle vs. Battery Stop of NE

4 6:00 PM Men's Softball Team FBC @ Doolittle vs. Quality Lock Shop 7:00 PM Coaches' Meeting

5 7:00 PM – NOT MEETING TONIGHT Chancel Choir Rehearsal

6 7 10:00 AM 11:30 AM Al Anon in Gold Room 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Praise Band Practice

9 Hour of Power Worship Celebration 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Hour of Power Adult/Youth classes 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Worship 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Children's Worship 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Refreshments 11:20 AM Guest question and answer time, back of Sanctuary 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Bold Believers (Jr. BYG) - End-of-Year Celebration, Rachel Fekete's 3:00 PM Radical Youth (Sr. High) End-of-the-School-Year Picnic at Powers' home - 13 Fawn Dr., Wlfd.

10 7 - 8 PM Zumba Exercise Class in Fellowship Hall - Last Class for Summer 9:00 PM Men's Softball Team Two Pour Guys @ West Side Field vs. Ground P&D

11 7:00 PM 9:00 PM Elders' Meeting 8:00 PM Men's Softball Team First Baptist Church @ West Side Field vs. Darsh's Discount Wine

12 7:00 PM (Last meeting for summer) Chancel Choir Rehearsal in Choir Room 7:00 PM Radical Youth (Sr. High) Midweek Bible Study at the Powers'

13 14 15 Deadline for 10:00 AM - Flag Day Light Line 11:30 AM Al 7:30 AM Men’s Anon in Gold Group at IHOP Room Restaurant on 1:00 PM Rt. 5, Wlfd— 3:00 PM event subject to Women's change, call Thirl Guild LunchGravell at 203eon Meeting 631-5371 before - Going out to leaving Eat 11:30 AM 6:00 PM 1:30 PM Ladies 8:00 PM Luncheon and Praise Band Fashion Show in Practice Fellowship Hall



Calendar for First Baptist Church of Wallingford – June 2013 Sunday


16 Father's Day 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Chancel Choir 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Worship Service in Sanctuary 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Following Worship Service - Refreshments/ conversation, Fellowship Hall

17 6:00 PM Men's Softball Team - Two Pour Guys @ Doolittle vs. A 2Z

23 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Chancel Choir 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Worship Service in Sanctuary 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Following Worship Service - Refreshments/ conversation, Fellowship Hall

24 7:00 PM Men's Softball Team - Two Pour Guys @ West Side Field vs. Village Green Bar

30 1 Dominican Republic Mission Trip - Week 1 Ginny Henderson on vacation Guest Preacher, Julius Toth Pastor Doug on vacation Susanne on vacation 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Worship Service 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Following Worship Service - Refreshments/ conversation, Fellowship Hall






18 19 7:00 PM Men's Softball Team First Baptist Church @ Doolittle vs. Porto's Citgo

20 10:00 AM Al Anon in Gold Room 11:30 AM Staff Meeting 6:00 PM 7:00 PM Wedding Rehearsal for Mimi Janus and Ben McClain

21 First Day of Summer 5 PM Wedding for Mimi Janus and Ben McClain in Sanctuary

22 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Women's Book Discussion and Potluck Lunch - home of Allyson Almeida, 64 Summerwood Dr., Wallingford

25 26 8:00 PM Men's Softball Team FBC@ West Side Field vs. Mason Piano Tuning & Repair

27 10:00 AM Al Anon in Gold Room 6:00 PM 7:00 PM DR Mission Team (Week 1) - bags to FBC Fellowship Hall with passports

28 Dominican Republic Mission Trip Week 1 leaves time TBA Pastor Doug on vacation Susanne on vacation

29 Dominican Republic Mission Trip - Week 1 Pastor Doug on vacation Susanne on vacation






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