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"Good News" is the official newsletter of First Baptist Church; it is published regularly throughout the year.

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Click the links below to explore selected items from the most recent newsletter:

Update from the pastor

Dates to remember

Announcements

Kids' news

ABY news (grades 7-12)

Daycare news

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Update from the pastor

In the Jan. 24, 2018, newsletter, Pastor Scotty shared the "vision that I believe the Holy Spirit is calling to us both in 2018 and beyond."

Download the vision statement (PDF) >>

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Dates to remember

--THROUGH FEB. 18, 2018 | "The Shack" bible study
Join us as Pastor Scotty brings a message of hope and healing through the a bible study based on the movie "The Shack". The film is based on the #1 New York Times bestseller by Wm. Paul Young, and is a modern-day fictional parable that explores the nature of God, His goodness and love, the power of forgiveness and how He helps us deal with pain. 6 to 7 p.m. in the Koinonia room (1st floor, Celebration Center). For more info, contact the church office.

--FEB. 19, 2018| Church office closed (President's Day)

--FEB. 21, 2018 | March newsletter published

--FEB. 21, 2018 | Lenten Lucheon at First Presbyterian
Pastor Scotty will be a guest speaker Feb. 21 at First Presbyterian Church as part of its Lenten Luncheons series, "Growing Up When You're Already Grown." Please RSVP by calling First Presbyterian at 513-422-6365. The church is located at 2910 Central Ave., Middletown.

--FEB. 24, 2018 | Young adult game night
Young adults (ages 18-40) are invited to game night from 4 to 7 p.m.  Bring an appetizer to share. Have a favorite game? Bring it, too!

--FEB. 25, 2018 | Dinner w/dessert auction | Benefits youth mission trip
Bring a salad and/or soup to share at 5 p.m. After dinner, desserts will be up for auction. Proceeds from the dessert auction benefit the youth's summer mission trip to Copperhill, Tenn.

--MARCH 25, 2018 (Palm Sunday) | Easter cantata
Join us Palm Sunday as the Sanctuary Choir and brass ensemble present the Easter cantata "Amazing Love!" during the Sunday morning worship service. Want to sing with the choir? Details here >>

--AUG. 15-18, 2018 | Photo sessions for directory
LifeTouch will return this summer to take pictures of everyone for the new church directory. More details to come.

Upcoming events calendar >>

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Announcements

--Become part of the media team!
Have you ever wanted to learn how to run the PowerPoint slides, live stream, or operate the sound board during Sunday morning worship? Now's your chance!

The media team is seeking volunteers for roles in the video/sound booth. Don't know how to use the equipment? Don't worry! Training is included for all volunteers. A rotating schedule will also be created, so the same volunteers don't have to work in the booth each week.

Interested? Contact Kristen Adkins or the church office.

--2018 pictorial directory | Activity pictures needed
Pictures are needed for the activity pages in the upcoming 2018 directory. Examples include images from Sunday worship, music, mission & community outreach; church fellowship, Sunday school classes, Wednesday Night for Kids and ABY. All groups within FBC are invited to submit photos throughout the year. To help ensure all images will reproduce properly in the printed directory, please submit JPEG files that are at least 1 MB in size. Email photos (along with event info) to Bob Baird.

--Singers wanted | Easter cantata & Easter Sunday
Members of the congregation are invited to sing with the Sanctuary Choir for its Easter cantata (to be performed during morning worship on Palm Sunday, March 25), and sing with the choir on Easter Sunday (April 1).

Interested singers should plan to attend the following rehearsals:
* March 7: 7:45 to 9 p.m., choir room
* March 14: 7:45 to 9 p.m., choir room
* March 22: 7:45 to 9 p.m., choir room
* March 24: 10 to 11:30 a.m. (cantata dress rehearsal), sanctuary
* March 28: 8 to 9 p.m., choir room

For more information, contact Brian Shepard, Sanctuary Choir director.

--College students | Addresses needed
The church office is collecting mailing addresses for all of the church's college students. Please contact the church office as soon as possible with your student's information. Thanks!

--Become a greeter! | Sunday mornings
Do you enjoy talking with people and welcoming them to church on Sundays? If so, please consider becoming a greeter! Contact Jeannine Taylor (Board of Deacons) or the church office for more information.

--Artist needed | Toddler Room mural
Are you an artistic person or do you know someone who is? We're looking for someone to draw and paint a mural on a wall in the Toddler Room. If you or someone you know would be willing to donate your time, please contact the church office.

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Kids' news

--Wednesday Night for Kids (WNK)
A new season of Wednesday Nights for Kids (WNK) is in full swing. Children in grades 1-6 are invited to join in this weekly activity, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., which includes singing, music, and Christian-based activities and lessons.

Learn more about WNK >>

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ABY news (grades 7-12)

ABY dates to remember:

--FEB. 17 | Winter Jam 2018
Leave FBC at 3:30 p.m. for concert at U.S. Bank Arena (Cincinnati). Concert info here >>

Upcoming events calendar >>

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Daycare news

Reminder: The daycare is closed for President’s Day (Monday, Feb. 19).

Reminder: Please drive slowly in the parking lot during the daycare's normal business hours (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.). The children's safety during drop-off and pick-up times is a priority.

Classroom updates:
* Toddlers I & II: Learning about the colors blue, black, white and purple, along with winter themes.
* Busy Bees: Learning about the colors blue, black, white and purple. Brought in color objects to share on Tuesdays.
* Big Birds/Pre K: Learning about the letters O, P, Q, R, and learning about the five senses.

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