March 22, 2015

A special thanks to everyone who helped in our Upward Program this year. THANKS to our directors, the coaches, referees, cooks, and all those who helped oversee, led devotions, prayed, or helped in any way. Thanks also to parents who brought their children each week. We appreciate all who invested their time in this important outreach!

 Gracias, Merci Beaucoup, Salamat…We want to say thanks to the Wednesday night kitchen crew in as many ways as we can. Thanks to each of you for the delicious meals you have provided for us this year. This is a great ministry to those involved in Wednesday night programs, and we thank you for the time and energy you give to help out!!

 There will be no Adult Mid-Week Ministries on Wednesday night, March 25 because of Awana Closing Celebration and on Wednesday night, April 1 because of the Maundy Thursday service on Thursday night. Jr. High will meet as usual.

 You are invited to the Awana Closing Ceremony this Wednesday, March 25th at 6 PM. Because we want to encourage our children and their leaders by our attendance, there will not be other Adult mid-week studies this week.

Awana Picnic Supper: If you are planning to attend the Awana Closing Ceremony, please join them for supper at 5:30 PM. The menu is Cubbies & Sparky’s Favorite: Grilled Hot Dogs & Hamburgers, Leaders Love Macaroni Salad & Cole Slaw, and Truth & Training Treats: Potato Chips. Sign up by Monday, March 23, on the Ramp Bulletin Board, in your SBS Class, or by calling the office at 570-275-1511.
Easter Offering: This year’s Easter offering will be used to support our Youth Summer Mission’s Events. The Sr. High Youth will participate in a tribal mission’s experience June 14-19th ~ The Wayumi Expedition (part of New Tribes’ Mission) at Jersey Shore, PA. The Jr. High Youth are doing a 24/7 Mission’s Adventure July 12-17 focusing on serving the Danville community, including helping with VBS. Easter Offering envelopes will be available in the pew racks on Palm Sunday, March 29th.

 Softball Season is here ~ Please sign up on the ramp bulletin board if you are interested in playing. Participants must be at least 15 years old to join.   The first game is April 27th. A schedule is also posted on the bulletin board.

The Haiti Team needs clean, dry Weis/Giant bags. Please put them in the laundry basket by the downstairs coat rack.

Don’t forget to bring items to put in the college care packages. Donations can be placed in the box located in the kitchen foyer today through April 12th. Parents of college students need to fill out a form updating their child’s address (deadline April 5th). Forms with suggested items and address updates are available at the Information Desk. Boxes will be packed April 13th in the BFLC Coat Room.

Surge Young Adult Conference at Harvey Cedars is May 15-17, 2015. If you are interested in attending, please contact the office or Lynn Wintersteen so reservations can be finalized and plans coordinated. A $30 non-refundable deposit is due by April 15th, and will lock in reservations for $129. You can still register until May 10, but the cost goes up to $139. This Conference is designed for people at least 18 years of age. The weekend theme is “What is Your World View? Why Do You Need One?”
Spring is “officially” here, so it’s time to start planning for First Baptist’s part in Spring Fling on May 2. We will need a number of people to help out in various ways throughout the day. Sign up sheets will be going around soon for those who can help with this outreach. Please consider being part of this team!!
It is not too early to begin thinking about VBS. We want you to join us July 13-17 as we “Journey Off the Map”. Please prayerfully consider where you can become involved in this exciting children’s outreach. Please contact Katie Yarger or the church office to join the journey