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Updates: Week of January 8, 2023

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,  being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1:3-6

Update on 2022 Holiday offerings:  As Paul remembered the prayers and gifts of the Philippians in their partnership, we thank God for yours, particularly your generousity in contributing to our special holiday offering collected Christmas Eve.  The offereing totaled $1808.  This will be split to support two important Upper Valley organizations which provide food security and also mental health support to those in need, Grafton County Senior Council and the West Central Behavioral Health Center.  Thanks to you and thanks to God for your support of these important regional services!

“Meal Train” for Becky Luce:  There’s an opportunity for folks to provide some help for our sister in Christ Becky Luce in the form of a meals ministry.  Robin Henry shared a link to sign up via Meal Train.  Contact the church office or Pastor Chris for the link.

IN-PERSON and TO-GO HAM AND BEAN SUPPER: Saturday, January 28th, 5:00 pm until sold out. First come, first served. Homemade baked beans, ham, coleslaw, cornbread, cookies. Fundraiser for The First Baptist Church of Etna to benefit the Camp Sentinel scholarship fund. $15 per meal suggested donation.
We are so excited that this will be our first sit-down, in-person Ham and Bean Supper since the pandemic. We plan to serve 150 meals and are asking for donations of cornbread and cookies. There will be a sign-up sheet for those who wish to do so. As this is a fundraiser for our youth group, they will, of course, be assisting.

ISO Volunteers for LISTEN Community Dinner:  Can you chop vegetables? Smile at hungry strangers while serving them food? How about lifting a heavy casserole to and from the oven? If you can do any of the above, we need YOU for the upcoming LISTEN Community Dinner on Tuesday, January 10. Usually our team serves on the first Monday of the month, but LISTEN is closed this Monday the 2nd, so they’re askig for help on Tuesday. It’s fun and very rewarding! They provide all the food and a modern industrial kitchen, even a dishwasher! If you can help at one of these times, please contact Laurie Wadsworth — or you can sign up on the bulletin board outside Trumbull Hall.
There are 2 shifts: 2:30-4:15 meal prep, and 4:30-6 serve and clean-up. You may sign up for either (or both, if you wish!) Lately LISTEN has been forced to cancel some dinners for lack of volunteers, so let’s rally and see how we can lend a hand, literally, to feed the hungry of the Upper Valley!
(LISTEN COMMUNITY Dining Hall is in their WRJ location, just over the Route 4 bridge from West Lebanon.)

Bible studies:  Our Wednesday Bible study series started again this past Wednesday with a large and enthusiastic group of attendees.  Our Sunday morning chapter by chapter study of the Gospel of John resumes this Sunday January 8.   We look forward to seeing you at one or both!  No prior experience needed – just an eagerness to spend some time reading, reflecting, and discussing God’s Word with like-minded friends.

Crafting Together: A new year and a new month means it’s time for the next meeting of the crafters!  This fellowship group meets on Monday, January 9 at 1 pm in Trumbull Hall. Bring a craft and enjoy the company of others while you knit, sew, or pursue some other way of making things.

Zumba: Just a quick reminder that Zumba meets Mondays at 10 am in Trumbull Hall. Contact Rhonda Fenton for more information.

Socks for Ukraine: We have 100 pairs of wool socks for soldiers in Ukraine, and we will be collecting money for them (they cost $6 per pair, and we’ll help pay for shipping). Sofia, the woman who talked with us Dec. 4, said prayers are just as important to boost morale for the men and women defending their country—they are buoyed by knowing that people around the world are praying for them. So the prayers are as vital as the socks—hence “pairs and prayers.” There is a collection box for the financial contributions and prayers in Trumbull Hall. Write checks to Etna Baptist Church, memo line: “Ukraine socks.” Thank you!

 

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