Putting FUN in Fundraiser

 

Pride & Swagger Charity Contributions - In support of the ministries of FBCD, Pride & Swagger Bar is dedicating its January 2018 charity contributions to enhance the ongoing efforts of our congregation’s outreach. One dollar of every “specialty” cocktail purchased during the month of January will be donated to FBCD. 450 E. 17th Avenue (17th & Pennsylvania, about 6 blocks from the church) FBCD is participating in this effort by promoting Friday evening Happy Hours (5-7pm) each week in January.

In addition, on Friday January 19, we will host a “Happy Hour Bash” to promote the support of Pride & Swagger and raise awareness of the welcoming and affirming ministry that FBCD offers to the LGBTQ community.

This is a unique opportunity for us to connect with the Capitol Hill community of which FBCD is part and it is a generous support of FBCD on the part of Pride & Swagger. How many times might you hear a Baptist church say...go have a cocktail! Join us.

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

Another Update: Merry Christmas!

UPDATE: As you know your pastor likes to say, “There’s more we can do together than any of us can do on our own.” Yet again, FBCD members and friends have given proof of this adage. To date, $1,835 has been given toward our goal of $2,000. It’s predictable that within the next week we will even surpass this amount. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, of which FBCD is part, has presented our region with a challenge to raise $60,000 for an elementary school, College Matondo (picture to right), in Cap Haitian, Haiti. Evergreen has been part of the planning and development of this school since its beginning in 2012.

The school is sponsored by the Haitian Baptist Convention and is being supported by two of our American Baptist missionaries, Nzunga Mabudiga and Kihomi Ngwemi. In 2015 Rev. Henderson and Michael Holmes participated in a mission team to Haiti to see the ongoing work happening in Cap Haitian.

The Evergreen Association is seeking 30 congregations to give $2,000 each toward the $60,000 goal. With these funds, we will be able to see the completion of College Matondo. With funds secured, the school will open for classes in the Fall of 2018.

With the support of the Church Council, Rev. Henderson challenges our congregation to raise $2,000 by the end of December. To support this challenge, please place “College Matondo” on the memo line of your check or on the pew envelope.

Please consider what over-and-above gift you can offer to help us meet this $2,000 challenge by year end. $10, $25, $50, $100, $500? Remember, there’s far more we can do together than any of us can do on our own.

UPDATE: Haiti Challenge

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who has given so far to our Haiti Challenge. Together our church members and friends have given nearly $1,100. We are more than half-way to our goal of $2,000. Please consider this week what you can give to help us meet and even exceed this challenge.

The Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, of which FBCD is part, has presented our region with a challenge to raise $60,000 for an elementary school, College Matondo (picture to right), in Cap Haitian, Haiti. Evergreen has been part of the planning and development of this school since its beginning in 2012.

The school is sponsored by the Haitian Baptist Convention and is being supported by two of our American Baptist missionaries, Nzunga Mabudiga and Kihomi Ngwemi. In 2015 Rev. Henderson and Michael Holmes participated in a mission team to Haiti to see the ongoing work happening in Cap Haitian.

The Evergreen Association is seeking 30 congregations to give $2,000 each toward the $60,000 goal. With these funds, we will be able to see the completion of College Matondo. With funds secured, the school will open for classes in the Fall of 2018.

With the support of the Church Council, Rev. Henderson challenges our congregation to raise $2,000 by the end of December. To support this challenge, please place “College Matondo” on the memo line of your check or on the pew envelope.

Please consider what over-and-above gift you can offer to help us meet this $2,000 challenge by year end. $10, $25, $50, $100, $500? Remember, there’s far more we can do together than any of us can do on our own.

$2,000 Haiti Challenge

The Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, of which FBCD is part, has presented our region with a challenge to raise $60,000 for an elementary school, College Matondo (picture to left), in Cap Haitian, Haiti. Evergreen has been part of the planning and development of this school since its beginning in 2012.

The school is sponsored by the Haitian Baptist Convention and is being supported by two of our American Baptist missionaries, Nzunga Mabudiga and Kihomi Ngwemi. In 2015 Rev. Henderson and Michael Holmes participated in a mission team to Haiti to see the ongoing work happening in Cap Haitian.

The Evergreen Association is seeking 30 congregations to give $2,000 each toward the $60,000 goal. With these funds, we will be able to see the completion of College Matondo. With funds secured, the school will open for classes in the Fall of 2018.

With the support of the Church Council, Rev. Henderson challenges our congregation to raise $2,000 by the end of December. To support this challenge, please place “College Matondo” on the memo line of your check or on the pew envelope.

Also, if you’re interested in seeing this work first-hand, there will be a delegation of Evergreen Association members visiting Haiti March 2-10. Rev. Henderson and his daughter Ana will be going. Contact him if you would like more information.

Please consider what over-and-above gift you can offer to help us meet this $2,000 challenge by year end. $10, $25, $50, $100, $500? Remember, there’s far more we can do together than any of us can do on our own.

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

Weekly Words - 11/16/17

 

Hello Everyone! I trust your week is coming along. Know you’ve been in my thoughts and prayers. A week from today FBCD will be hosting with Calvary Baptist Church of Denver dinner for Thanksgiving.

Many, many thanks to everyone who has volunteered so far. It’s wonderful to see the overwhelming response we’ve had for this community outreach opportunity. (We can always use more pies!)

Below is a flier we’re using to advertise this event (note: we’ll have two sittings). Please help us pass the word. We anticipate many of our guests coming from the downtown area and folk who probably are not living with a roof over their heads.

We will celebrate together with a partner congregation to do together what none of us could do on our own!

I hope to see you this Sunday. Invite someone to join us for service. They’ll be glad you did!

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

 

Weekly Words - 11/10/17

Dear FBCD Family & Friends:

This past Tuesday evening representatives of the Colorado Muslim community visited FBCD to express their support and solidarity in response to the massacre that happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX, last Sunday. Those present shared with about 25 FBCD members and friends a letter that was signed by more than a dozen different Muslim organizations. In return, on behalf of our community, I shared a letter of appreciation with our Muslim sisters and brothers.

Following this exchange of letters, we spent time as a group in conversation with each other. The Muslim community extended to FBCD a formal invitation to experience a service and meal at one of their local mosques. We will make plans for this to take place soon.

Below are the letters that we exchanged. Also, here is a link to Denver’s Fox News that reported on what took place Tuesday:

http://kdvr.com/2017/11/07/muslim-leaders-visit-baptist-church-to-offer-condolences-after-texas-shooting/

Please plan to be present for this Sunday’s 10:30 service. As always, invite someone to join you. They’ll be glad you did!

Peace,

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

Weekly Words - 11/2/17

Dear FBCD Family & Friends!

Don’t forget! This weekend we get an extra hour of sleep. I hope you plan to be present for service at 10:30 as it will be a special morning. We will be recognizing All Saints’ Sunday and honoring those within or related to our congregation who have died over the past two years; we will celebrate communion using some of the original 1864 communion ware; and we will be graced with special music and musicians that is sure to move our spirits.

Additionally, on Sunday morning we will continue at 9am in the Fireside Room our scripture series, “Acting Out: A Study through the Book of Acts.” Each week we read a chapter, review social-cultural notes, and then engage questions for discussion. If you haven’t checked this out yet, join us! You’ll be glad you did.

Finally, looking ahead to next week, members and friends of FBCD will receive our annual pledge request letter. This request helps our Church Council plan for the next budget year. Be looking for this and please be consider how your time, talent, and treasure can continue to support the vital ministry that happens at 1373 Grant Street.

Thank you as always for the opportunity to serve as your pastor. It is an honor to be learning from you and serving alongside of you in many ways.

Sincerely,

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

All Saints Sunday Preparations

Dear FBCD Family & Friends:

Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses...

On November 5, we will celebrate All Saints' Sunday by acknowledging family members, friends, and colleagues who have died this past year. If you would like to honor a person and to have them listed in the weekly bulletin, please call or email the church office by Wednesday, November 1, with that individual’s name, birth and death dates.

I am fond of the quote, “No one is ever dead, until they’re forgotten.” On November 5, we will remember the living faith of those that have gone before us. As we look to the past and those that have preceded us in death, may we together find hope and strength for our journeys ahead.

Whether you are able to be in service or not, please plan to participate in this sacred ritual of remembrance.

Peace,

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

Weekly Words - 10/12/17

Dear FBCD Family & Friends:

I trust this week has been a good week for you. Following last Sunday’s service and sermon, I took intentional time to admire the stars in the night sky. In fact, I took a mini-retreat and viewed the night sky above the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota. My first evening of viewing, I witnessed a shooting star as well as a couple of orbiting satellites. It was good food for my soul. I hope you’ve had a chance to view the beauty nature and God’s handiwork this week too.

Looking to this Sunday, please remember to allow for extra time to arrive at FBCD on account of the marathon taking place near the Capitol Hill district. Please don’t be discouraged by the race and different traffic patterns.

FBCD’s service will be a moving one filled with good music and an inspired sermon.

Invite someone to join you. They’ll be glad you did!

Peace,

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

Weekly Words - 9/28/17

"Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it.” 1 Corinthians 9:24

This Sunday the Mile High City will be host to yet another race...the Denver Hot Chocolate 15k & 5k.

In light of this and using the imagery from Paul’s ancient letter to the Corinthians...I want to remind our church family and friends of two things:

1. There’s a race near downtown this Sunday so please allow yourself extra time to get to FBCD for our 10:30 service.

2. As a church community and as individuals we are challenged to keep running the race of life...the race of faith that is before us. To run a race takes time, effort, and discipline. I know from my own experience of running, that such exercise requires physical and mental persistence. We must actively choose to stay in shape if our goal is to complete races.

As followers of Jesus, we must keep ourselves in shape too. Being in community with each other, taking time to study and pray, being in worship, and actively serving others are all ways to help us run the race of faith.

Will you join us this coming Sunday for either scripture study at 9am in Fellowship Hall or worship at 10:30 in the sanctuary? Beginning next week...Wednesday night Bible study will be up and running too. And as always...opportunities to serve through the Women’s Homelessness Initiative or any number of other opportunities are possible.

I hope to see you this week. Invite someone to join you. They’ll be glad you did!

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.


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