Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas day. Advent means ‘Coming’. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.
The 74th Annual Festival of Carols will be held on December 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in First Baptist Church, Malden. This is FREE for everyone to attend. See last year’s event here.
• The 73rd Annual Festival of Carols, December 11, 2016. To listen please click here >
• The 72nd Annual Festival of Carols, December 13, 2015. To listen please click here >
• The 70th Annual Festival of Carols, December 8, 2013. To listen please click here >
Merry Christmas …. Feliz Navidad …. Mele Kalikimaka …. Joyeux Noël …. Shèngdàn jié Kuàilè …. Maligayang Pasko …. Kiristumas Valttukkal …. Meli Keuliseumaseu …. Jwaye Nwel …. Merisa Krisamasa
Dear Members and Friends,
The above greeting represents a sample of the native languages of our church family members and those who share space in our buildings. At this time of year, no matter how the greeting is pronounced, the message is the same – wishes of happiness and cheer at the commemoration of our Savior’s birth.
This Christmas, we will once again celebrate God’s greatest gift to us – Jesus Christ. I invite and encourage you to participate in as many of the activities, as you are able. Of special note are the following:
Sunday, December 10 5:00 p.m. The 74th Annual Festival of Carols
We will host singers from the greater Malden community as they blend their voices to present a program of special holiday music. This year’s program will include special music in the native languages of members of Global Ark Baptist (Korean) and First Nepali Baptist (Nepali) Churches.
Sunday, December 24 11:00 a.m. Christmas Sunday Worship
The Sanctuary will be fully decorated with beautiful poinsettias, and the outer ring of candles in the Advent wreath will be fully lit.
Sunday, December 24 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service
This service of carols and candles will highlight traditions from around the world.
“For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
This is good news that needs to be shared, whatever the language! Plan to celebrated Christmas with your church family as we thank God for His wonderful gift of Jesus. An envelope is provided, if you wish to give a special Christmas offering to support the ministry of our diverse congregation.
Pastor Martha Dominy
Christmas Letter, 2014
Dear Church Family Members,
We find the wonderful meaning of Christmas summarized in John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Elsewhere in John’s gospel, Jesus proclaims that He is:
- “the light of the world” for all who live in spiritual darkness
- “the way” when we lose our sense of direction in life and need guidance
- “the truth” when we question or doubt our beliefs and need reassurance
- “the resurrection and the life” when we complete our earthly journey and need salvation
Imagine what your life would be like if Jesus had not come to earth! The Babe of Bethlehem, the Christ Child, is the most precious gift any of us can ever receive. While we often try to match or adequately compensate for other gifts receive, the gift of Jesus is one that can never be matched nor repaid, only graciously and joyously accepted. And through this acceptance, we try to emulate Christ in our daily living – being a reflection of His light and His love to others, so that those living in darkness may come to know Him as their friend and savior, as well.
I invite all of you to join us on Wednesday, December 24th at 7:00 p.m. for a Christmas Eve service with scriptures, carols and candles. A special Christmas offering envelope is provided if you wish to give a financial gift to the church at this time in honor of Jesus’ birth.
As we send cards, sing carols, light candles, enjoy the aroma and taste of special foods, and exchange gifts this season, may we do so in the spirit of Jesus Christ – who came so that we may have life, not only on this earth but for eternity.
Pastor Martha Dominy