Thank you for your flexibility in joining us for corporate worship in either the Fellowship Hall or the Upper Room as the renovations in the Sanctuary have begun. The Sanctuary is expected to be completed in early April so we will continue with this pattern of corporate worship for the next twelve weeks. Please keep in mind that the first floor, including the Welcome Center, will not be accessible for the duration of the project. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks again for your flexibility and understanding during this time.
NEW BFL CLASS BEGINNING JAN 19
Beginning next Sunday, January 19, there will be a new 6-week Bible For Life class offered: Christ, Cancer & Community (Room 251). Go 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.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION – JAN 25
This year FBC will again be hosting a Chinese New Year celebration, and you’re invited! Join the international connections team on Saturday, January 25 from 11:00am – 2:00pm in the Fellowship Hall with many of our Chinese friends for a dumpling-making contest, ping-pong, excellent Chinese food, performances, and more! It’s a great way to meet new friends, learn about their culture, and provides an excellent onramp for continued engagement. Register at tinyurl.com/FBCCNY2020, or reach out to Chase Jenkins at 919-688-7308 ext. 21 so we can adequately prepare!
SENIOR ADULT LUNCH
Seniors, please join us on Tuesday, January 28, at 11:30am in room 342 for a delicious lunch of chili, cornbread, and dessert. We’ll be blessed to hear reports about mission trips from the past year. Cost is $8/person. Call the church office to RSVP by 12:00noon on Friday, January 24.
CENTRAL ASIA TRIP OPPORTUNITY
FBC will be sending a team to provide leadership development lectures and workshops in central Asia from Aug 28 to Sept 6, 2020. This team will work through a nonprofit organization led by an FBC overseas worker. We are looking for a team of 4-5 people who will participate in hosting their Summer Leadership Lecture and Workshops, and the cost is estimated to be about $2,000 per person. With questions, please contact the team leader, Walter Lee. Application deadline is February 2; visit https://tinyurl.com/ApplyFBCTrips for more info and to apply.
Taking Time to Let God Love You – All women are invited to an evening of encouragement as we gather for fellowship and a panel discussion about our devotional lives on Thursday, February 6, from 7:00pm-9:00pm in Room 342. Please RSVP by February 4.
CARE FOR RESIDENTS OF McDOUGALD TERRACE
Recently, serious carbon monoxide and other issues have been found in up to two thirds of the apartments at McDougald Terrace. This has resulted in more than 300 residents being temporarily displaced and facing hardship. We have the opportunity to help by partnering with a local likeminded ministry, ReCity, to help meet some of the displaced residents’ basic needs. If you would like to give toward helping the residents of McDougald Terrace, you can give by cash or check during the offertory noting in the memo line what it’s for, or by giving online (please select “Benevolence Fund”).
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Please mark your 2020 calendars for Vacation Bible School on June 22-26 ! Also, please begin to pray about how you might be involved in this important ministry. There are many areas of service to choose from including teaching, snacks, decorating, music, recreation, transportation, and more! More information will follow in the coming months, but if you have questions now, please contact Susan Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pray as well that God would bring to your mind children to invite and bring to VBS!
USE YOUR GIFTS AT FBC!
The elders and staff are eager to connect you with ministries in the church in which you can use the gifts God has entrusted to you. As you hear the sermons and member testimonies over the next few weeks, prayerfully consider what interests you have and please share them (along with any questions) with us at email@example.com or by calling the church office. Doing this does not automatically sign you up for service, but it will allow us to connect you with ministry leaders to learn more about ways you can serve!
HAVE YOU JOINED FIRST DURHAM CONNECTION (REALM)?
First Durham Connection (Realm) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
FBC membership directories are available in the church office.
ACCOUNTABILITY IN STEWARDSHIP – JANUARY 12
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.
|Great Commission Fund||$3,072.00||$0.00||$22,181.68|
|Special Offerings||Received||Goal||% of Goal|
|More Than a Building||$1,1201,990.59||$3,500,000.00||34.3%|