FIRST DURHAM CONNECTION

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for First Durham Connection. If you have not already done so, please take a few moments to sign up. Click Here to sign up. First Durham Connection is our new online connection tool that enables you to easily connect with other members; update your personal records and photos; sign-up for and communicate with home fellowship groups; view and print church directories; give online; and much more! We encourage you to sign up every member of your family including your children. If you have questions, please call the church office for more information.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN DAYTRIPS WITH INTERNATIONALS

International Connections is organizing daytrips to take small groups of international students to the Smoky Mountains, every Saturday in October. The purpose of the trips is to give members the opportunity to connect with and befriend internationals. Consider getting your family or some friends together and taking internationals for a fun day. We’d like people to volunteer driving the church van and/or bus, or using their own cars. IC can plan the logistics for you if you’d like and help with gas. Please contact Tim or Elizabeth MacArthur on MemberHub for more details and to let us know which weekend and how many students you can take, so we can start having students sign up!

DURHAM LIFE CHAIN

Life is precious!  Please join us in the Durham Life Chain on Sunday, October 5, from 2:00-3:30pm, as we join thousands of pro-lifers throughout the USA and Canada, in a peaceful/prayerful public witness, praying silently for an end to abortion.   Bring your families, lawn chairs, strollers – rain or shine, and support the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. Location: sidewalk directly across from “The Streets of Southpoint” on the Fayetteville Rd. (between Renaissance Pkwy. and Herndon Rd.).  For more info: http://nationallifechain.org or www.LifeChain.net and click on state, or contact kathleensiemer@embarqmail.com (919-360-3827).

INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS MAPPING

The International Connections team will be leading “mapping” of Durham on Saturday, October 4, at 9:30am in the Welcome Center. This is finding out what ethnic and cultural groups are in Durham so we can more effectively minister to them. We will actually go out onto the streets and do this work as small individual teams. No prior experience is needed to do this, just a willing heart. No RSVP is needed, just show up. Questions contact Ron Halbrooks at ronhalbrooks@gmail.com.

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP GATHERING

Ladies, the women’s ministry invites you to our fellowship gathering on Thursday, October 9, at 6:30pm in Morgan Hall. “Beauty and the Beast:  Reflecting the Beauty of Christ in Today’s Modern Culture.” Julia Lee will address what God says in His word about true beauty and how to make the beauty of Christ our first priority in the care of our bodies, in our fashion, and in other areas of life where beauty for its own sake tends to be a temptation. We’ll also enjoy a fun fashion show and some delicious food. Bring your daughters age 11 and up. Click Here to sign up or call the church office 919-688-7308, ext. 33.

PROSPECTIVE NEW MEMBER CLASS
Friday and Saturday, October 17 & 18
Call the church office to sign up 919-688-7308, ext. 27
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 calling 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, October 17, 7:00-9:00pm, and Saturday, October 18, 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.

LOST AND FOUND

Our Lost and Found is filling up with numerous items which need to be returned to their owners. If you’ve lost or misplaced something be sure to check the Lost and Found and check often because new items are turning up all the time. The Lost and Found is located in room G113 in the Children’s Hall on the Ground Floor. Please note that valuable items such as jewelry, purses, wallets, etc., are kept in the Staff Administrative Assistant’s office for safe keeping. Any items not claimed by October 15 will be donated to the Caring Center.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASS – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Our English Conversation Class (International Connections) meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm-7:30pm. We need more volunteers for this mission field, especially: 1) helpers just for September as we launch; 2) weekly helpers for 30 minutes before the adult bible study; 3) two teachers; 4) regular class helpers/substitute teachers. No foreign language or ESL experience necessary. We will train you! If you cannot make a weekly commitment, come by once just to visit, see what we do, and make a friend! Please contact Liz MacArthur at 919-699-0281 or on Member Hub.

MEN’S RETREAT – SAVE THE DATE

Please plan to join us for the men’s retreat on November 7-8. More information coming soon

EXTENDED SESSION VOLUNTEERS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Butterflies Corinne Dary, Emily Matthews, Michelle Nachnani, Bekah Schaub
Turtles Libby Breland, Jayme Ung
Penguins Adam & Dana Geerts
Frogs Ray & Rachel Martin
Bears Jason & Sara Burgin
Lions Mike & Veronica Mitchelle


ACCOUNTABILITY IN STEWARDSHIP:  SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

The church received $42,926.28 towards our general operating budget, bringing our total giving for the year of 2014 to $852,857.80.

Distributions
Benevolence Fund $11,448.78
Capital Improvements $4,694.98
  Received
Great Commission Fund $39,718.07