This year, we are trying something new! Instead of having a Fall Festival, we are hosting an event we are calling “1st Stop Trick or Treat.” Since Halloween falls on a Wednesday, we are inviting our neighbors to make FBCP their first stop for trick or treating. We will have a free hot dog supper in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, October 31 from 5:15-6:15 pm and a Trick or Treat Station on the front lawn of the church from 6:00-7:15 pm.
If you live in a neighborhood where children Trick or Treat, we want to encourage you to be present in your neighborhood that evening. Come join us for a hot dog at church, and then go home and get ready to love your neighbors! Too often in our society, most of us spend very little time talking to our neighbors. Halloween offers a unique opportunity to interact with our neighbors. Rather than having a big event at church that takes all the church members OUT of your neighborhood, we want to encourage you to be IN your neighborhood and love your neighbors!
If your neighborhood does not have Trick or Treaters, we would welcome your help with the Trick or Treat Station at church. How can you help?
∙ We need someone to coordinate decorations for the Fellowship Hall. We would like it to look festive but it does not need to be elaborate. Would you be willing to organize this? If so, please contact Jennifer or Keleigh.
∙ Chris Cottingham and the youth will be coordinating the Trick or Treat Station. If you can help, let Chris know.
∙ Invite your neighbors! We will have postcards available for you to use as an invitation.
Angels In the Outfield
What can you make with sticks, chicken wire, burlap, and bamboo? Scarecrows, of course. Thank you,Laina Calhoun, for our creative scarecrow presentation, "Angels In the Outfield," part of the Town of Pendleton's Scarecrows / Fall Festival, which was October 6 on the square in Pendleton. You can see a few more photos of our scarecrowshere.
AC Fund Update and Hands On Missions
On July 1, the church voted to replace our cooling system and to fund the new system through a fundraising campaign. In order to cover the cost of the system and give 10% of funds received to Hands On Missions, as is our practice for such fund drives, we needed to raise $115,000. We sent out pledge cards asking for pledges to be made by September 1, with donations to begin by October 1.
As of September 25, we have already received $106,119.08!!!
WOW!!! We have not even reached the “official” start date for donations and you have already given over 92% of the amount needed! What extravagant generosity! What generous giving! What faithfulness! Thank you!!! In addition to the funds already received, we have also received pledges for the remaining amount PLUS some! The pledges total $134,509.08. We received 52 pledges; some have already been paid in full, and others will be paid over the next 18 months, through March of 2020.
Your generous giving to our AC Fund will allow us to cover the cost of replacing our cooling system without having to tap into our reserves. Your generous giving will also be a blessing to others through our Hands On Mission fund. By giving 10% of funds received for the AC Fund to Hands On Missions, we are practicing the discipline of tithing as a congregation and reminding ourselves that even when we are spending a significant sum of money on our own building, God calls us to look beyond ourselves and love our neighbors.
Our missions committee has decided to use some of our Hands On Mission funds to support two upcoming projects:
We will give $500 to Safe Harbor to sponsor their upcoming Ministers Cook-Off Fundraiser. Safe Harbor provides resources and support to victims of domestic violence. The Annual Ministers Cook-Off, now in its 16th year, is a major fundraiser for the Anderson and Pickens area Safe Harbor shelters. You may also support Safe Harbor by attending the Cook-Off on November 1 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Clemson United Methodist Church.
We will give $600 to the Andrew P. Stewart Center. The Stewart Center is an organization committed to community development in Atlanta. Former FBCP member Clayton Davis serves as Executive Director. The Stewart Center is already one of our church’s mission partners, and we give to them out of our regular mission budget. This additional gift will go towards some of their special projects, such as providing a Christmas gift for each child in the after-school program or providing linens for a family moving into their new home.
Thank you for your extravagant generosity to our church and even more importantly, to the ongoing work of God in the world.
You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.
First Baptist Church of Pendleton is seeking a part-time organist for Wednesday night rehearsals and to play for Sunday morning worship services and accompany our Sanctuary Choir. Read more here.
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First Baptist Church of Pendleton Inclement Weather Policy
Our inclement weather policy is to have worship on Sunday morning at 10:45 for anyone who can safely get to church.
Please be safe! If you are scheduled to volunteer for something, and are concerned about getting to church safely, please prioritize your safety. If needed, we will modify our Sunday morning plans, but those who can safely get to church will still worship together.
If other church activities (Sunday School, Wednesday night activities, etc.) are canceled, we will send an email, record an announcement on the church voicemail and post the announcement on Facebook and the church website. Please call the church at (864) 646-3913 or check the church website or Facebook to find out if any changes have been made to our schedule.
The church office is open from 8:30 – 5:00 Monday – Friday and is closed for lunch from 12:00 – 1:00. If you plan to come by the office during the week and the weather is questionable, please call the church office to confirm a staff member is there. If you need to reach church staff and no one is in the office, please call Pastor Jennifer Rygg at (864) 760-7135.
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First Baptist Church of Pendleton 351 South Broad Street, Pendleton, SC 29670
PO Box 187, Pendleton, SC 29670-0187 (mailing address)