Announcements

SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE EVENT

4000Steps is a fun, stroller-friendly, dog-friendly, and family-friendly event that raises support for women and their families who are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy across the triangle. The annual 4000Steps walk event will be hosted on Saturday, April 29 at Open Door Church, and it serves to disciple and educate participants about the realities surrounding the cause for LIFE. Join a team by contacting one of our four team leaders: Margo Bowen, Anna Johnsen, Philip McDuffie, and Richard Mounce. Hope you can join us as we seek to change the perceived need for abortion in our community.

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY – THE DOCTRINE OF GOD (May 3 to Jun 14)

Systematic Theology is a careful study of what the Bible teaches about various topics. In this session we will consider God. Do you ever question how do we know that God exists; can we really know God; how much of God can we know; how is God different from us; if God controls all things, how can our actions have real meanings?  Come delve into these questions and more in this study.  We’ll meet on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30pm in room 342.

WOMEN’S MAY FELLOWSHIP GATHERING

All ladies are invited to gather together on Thursday, May 4 from 7:00-9:00pm in Morgan Hall. We will enjoy a dessert fellowship followed by a meditation on Philippians 4 from Missy Fox. This is the final session in our four-part series studying the book of Philippians together. Please CLICK HERE sign up and bring a dessert to share. Contact Margo Bowen with any questions.

BABY SHOWER FOR STEVEN & ANNA BUNKER

Please join us Saturday, May 13, at 2:00pm in the Welcome Center as we celebrate the Bunkers’ baby boy arriving in June! They are registered at Amazon, Babies R Us, and Target. Your spouses and children are invited, too! Contact Liz MacArthur by phone or email for details. RSVP appreciated but not required.

SBC MESSENGERS FOR THE 2017 SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION

This year’s Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting will be June 13-14 in Phoenix, AZ.  If you are interested in attending the convention as a Messenger, please call the church office at 919-688-7308, ext. 33 by Monday, May 8.  We will present the names for FBC approval at our upcoming Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, May 10.  Go to www.sbc.net for more details.

MEMBERS’ MEETING – MAY 10

We look forward to all FBC members attending our upcoming Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, May 10!  The meeting will be held in the Sanctuary beginning at 6:30pm. There are no children’s activities on May 10, but childcare will be provided during the meeting for ages 4 and under.

PARENT-CHILD DEDICATION

Our Parent-Child Dedication will be on Mother’s Day, May 14, during the morning worship service.  This is an opportunity for parents to publicly “set apart” their child to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:11, Luke 2:21-22), and to commit to raise him/her up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).  If you would like to participate, please contact Kristen Snyder at kristen.snyder@fbcdurham.org by Sunday, May 7.

PROSPECTIVE NEW MEMBER CLASS

Friday and Saturday, May 12 & 13
CLICK HERE
to sign up
Here are the basic steps to joining the body at FBC Durham. If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact our elders or staff.
Step 1: Indicate Interest to Pursue Membership – A candidate for membership may express interest in joining FBC Durham by contacting the church office to sign up for the Prospective New Member weekend.
Step 2: Attend a Prospective New Member Weekend – Our NEXT Prospective New Member weekend will be offered on Friday, May 12, 7:00-9:00pm, and Saturday, May 13, 9:00am-11:00am (one must attend both sessions). In the two sessions many topics are covered to convey FBC Durham’s history, core beliefs, responsibilities for members, and vision.
Step 3: Participate in a Prospective Membership Interview – This is an opportunity for one of the elders or staff to get to know you better, hear about your conversion, baptism, and walk with Christ, as well as answer any questions you may have about FBC Durham.
Step 4: Sign the Church Covenant – New Member candidates will be asked to introduce themselves to the church body at the next New Member Sunday, as well as sign our church covenant.
Step 5: Church Approval – The church will officially vote to approve the new members at the next Members’ Meeting.

MEN’S MINISTRY EVENT

The FBC Men’s Ministry will be having a time of fishing, food, and fellowship at the home of Walter Lee on Saturday, May 20th from 3:00-7:30pm. Men of all ages (including teens, college student, young single men and older men alike) are invited as the purpose is based on Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another”.  Also, fathers are welcome to bring both sons and daughters with them.  Included in our time together will be a discussion with a panel of men from our church who will share wisdom from their walk with Christ and answer questions submitted by attendees.  Please CLICK HERE to RSVP and find further details. We look forward to seeing you there!

LIBERTY STREET MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Liberty Street Apartments ministry is continuing this semester but we could use a few additional volunteers to faithfully serve on Tuesday evenings. This has been a fruitful ministry over the years and we desire for it to continue.  We need 2-3 volunteers who can commit to bringing snacks, teaching, or volunteering for two hours on a weekly basis. If you are interested in being involved in anyway, please contact Andy Winn for more information. Thank you.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – WORKERS NEEDED

Please mark your calendars for June 26-30 for this year’s Vacation Bible School, Galactic Starveyors: Discovering the God of the Universe.  Also, please begin to pray about how you might be involved in this important ministry. There are many areas of service to choose from.  CLICK HERE to sign up or by contact Susan Fisher.  Pray as well that God would bring to your mind children to invite and bring to VBS!

HAVE YOU JOINED FIRST DURHAM CONNECTION?

Have you joined the new First Durham Connection?  The software recently had a major upgrade which now offers an improved interface with an easy-to-use online membership directory, online giving, communication with your Home Fellowship group, BFL class, ministry teams, and more! Members should have received an email inviting you to join the new First Durham Connection (please check your Junk/Spam folders for an email from notifications@onrealm.org).  If for some reason you did not receive an email invitation please contact the church office. **Please note, we are no longer using the old First Durham Connection, the ChurchLife App, or MemberHub.

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORIES

FBC membership directories are available in the church office.

ACCOUNTABILITY IN STEWARDSHIP – APRIL 16

We thank you for your sacrificial gifts towards the ministries that are carried out through our local body. As a reminder, you can give through the offering plate during the service, mailing a check to the church, online through the church website, or via First Durham Connection.

Total Weekly Contributions $21,612.33
Year-to-Date Overage (Shortage) ($92,565.73)

Received
Distributions
Balance
Benevolence Fund $1,994.50 $1,996.03 $17,856.79
Great Commission Fund $31,479.47 $49,068.50 $87,924.34
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