Announcements

MORE THAN A BUILDING COMMITMENT CARDS

Thank you for prayerfully considering how the Lord is leading you to participate in the More Than A Building initiative. During the month of October, we will be accepting commitments via the commitment card, which can be placed in the offering plate or turned in to the finance office, or online at https://tinyurl.com/MTABCommitment. With questions, please contact the finance office at finance@fbcdurham.org. Our desire is to have 100% participation from our members, and we thank you for your prayerful investment in the ministry of FBC. For more information about the vision and the details of the project, the More Than a Building Guidebooks are available in the North Tower.

LORD’S SUPPER THIS WEEK

Church family, be sure to prepare for the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, October 14.  At the end of the service we will be collecting a benevolence offering, so prayerfully consider bringing a special gift for that purpose.

WHAT IS THE BENEVOLENCE FUND? 

The Benevolence Fund was established as a way to address specific needs in the body and in the community on a case-by-case basis.  It enables the pastors and deacons to give financial support to church members facing difficult times and to individuals from the community whose needs become known to the church. This fund is built up through collections given as members leave the service on the Sunday mornings we celebrate Lord’s Supper. One may also designate gifts to the Deacon Benevolence Fund at any time by marking the contribution accordingly.

WOMEN’S BRUNCH ON HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE

Saturday, October 20,  8:00-11:30am in Room 342
As women of faith we have opportunities every day to speak truth. At home, work, school, wherever life takes us, we can only be prepared if we are seeking truth in the Scriptures. The Women’s Ministry of FBC invites you to come spend the morning with us to learn and practice fundamental principles for studying and teaching the Bible.  This will be a time to encourage one another, study the Word, and grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus for His glory (2 Peter 3:18). No RSVP is needed, but please bring a brunch food item to share.

NEW BFL CLASSES BEGINNING OCTOBER 21

Beginning next Sunday, October 21, there will be two new 6-week Bible For Life classes offered: God’s Honest Truth About Marriage (Room 251), and Do Missions: Steps to Pray, Give, Go (Room 246). Go online here for more details and a complete listing of classes. Take a moment to review the class options, and determine which BFL class to attend. Bible For Life classes meet every Sunday from 9:15-10:15am, immediately prior to the morning worship service.

MEN’S RETREAT

Please plan to join us for the men’s retreat on November 2-3 at Caraway Conference Center in Asheboro, NC. This is always a great event to fellowship with other men, study and apply God’s word together, and deepen our friendships with one another. Cost is $95 per person, and include lodging and on-site meals. Register here.

BABY SHOWER FOR LAUREN MCKEEL

Please join us on Sunday, November 4, for a baby shower honoring Lauren McKeel as we celebrate the upcoming arrival of the son God has given to her and Zach! The shower will be held from 3:00-4:30pm in the Welcome Center at FBC. Lauren is registered at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon.

NC BAPTIST STATE CONVENTION MESSENGERS 

If you are interested in becoming a messenger to the state convention, which will be held on November 5 & 6 in Greensboro, please contact the church office at 919-688-7308, ext. 27, by Monday, October 29.

DINNER WITH AN INTERNATIONAL

Members of FBC have a unique opportunity to interact with people from all over the world. As we befriend our international friends, they regularly cite having dinner in an American home as one of the most meaningful and impactful events they can participate in while in the United States. If you’re interested in opening your home to host some international friends for a meal this fall (leading up to Thanksgiving), please contact Chase Jenkins at intlconnections@fbcdurham.org. Never had an international over? No problem! We can pair you with an experienced volunteer to help.

HURRICANE FLORENCE DISASTER RELIEF

We will be sending a number of short-term teams over the coming months to assist with Hurricane Florence disaster relief. If you are interested in future trips, please contact the church office.

NORTH CAROLINA MISSIONS OFFERING

This offering supports Baptist mission causes in the state of North Carolina, and it focuses on the ministries of the NC Baptist Men, including disaster relief and feeding teams, church planting, evangelism, and mission camps. You may contribute to this fund online at First Durham Connection, or write a check to “First Baptist Church

HAVE YOU JOINED FIRST DURHAM CONNECTION?

First Durham Connection is our online interface which helps members easily communicate with one another.  It has an easy-to-use online membership directory, allows online giving, communication with your Home Fellowship group, BFL class, ministry teams, and more! To join, please contact the church office and an email invitation will be sent to you (please check your Junk/Spam folders for an email from notifications@onrealm.org).

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORIES

FBC membership directories are available in the church office.

ACCOUNTABILITY IN STEWARDSHIP – SEPTEMBER 30

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.

Weekly Contributions $26, 273.66
Year-to-Date Overage (Shortage) ($162,119.19)
  Received
Distributions
Balance
Great Commission Fund $59,401.38 $63,640.32 $62,167.45
Benevolence Fund $21,755.64 $8,385.22 $35,342.95
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