America For Christ Offering 2018. This month of March, our church is promoting AFC 2018 to support American Baptist mission and ministry across the United States and Puerto Rico. The theme for the AFC Offering 2018 is “Equipping Disciples” based on this Scripture: “The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13, NRSV).
Letter From The Board of Christian Mission Chair on March 1, 2018
We know that the origin of Christian ministry is in Christ, who gives spiritual gifts and gifted people to the church. Its goal is the building of the body of Christ in knowledge, faith, and love. One stands amazed at the living, dynamic, God-appointed process that moves from origin to goal. God gives spiritual leaders to the church whose role it is to equip saints for ministry, a truth which the Apostle Paul echoes in Ephesians 4:11-13:
“the gifts He gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the full stature of Christ.”
God’s pattern for producing people with powerful faith and genuine love is not to have the pastor-teachers do all the work of the ministry. They are to equip the saints to do the ministry – the ministry of the laity. That’s who we are! The Lord Jesus Christ intends every member of the church to do the work of the ministry, to build up each other’s faith and love.
This year’s theme for the America for Christ Offering is: Leaders Equipping Disciples Healing Communities encourages coming alongside people and building them up. May we be generous in our giving, as we enable the American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) to provide high quality Christian resources and encouragement to our American Baptist network of disciple-makers, thereby improving their effectiveness in equipping other Christians. It is in our service to the church and the community that many experience the Christ in us.
Marilyn E. Glover
Sunday, February 4 is Souper Bowl of Caring Offering for Bread of Life. A simple prayer: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat”. Learn more >
Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO). This year’s theme is Generous Congregation.
Helping those in need is one of the major themes of the Bible and of Jesus’ ministry. The prophet Isaiah reminds us: “But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity.” (Isaiah 32:8 NLT). Generosity is central to our faith, and is emphasized in this year’s theme – Generous Congregations. As Christians, we are called to serve and care for others, and the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) inspires us to honor the devotion of ministers and their families for their service to the church. It is with much pride that I noted the First Baptist Church of Malden, MA, as one of the top 25 giving churches in 2016 of the American Baptist Churches, USA.
Since RMMO began in 1977, it has helped provide much needed thank you checks to retire ministers, missionaries, and their widowed spouses and families – those who have dedicated their lives to God’s service. We at First Baptist, Malden, remember with love those who have been of service in our own church and association: Rev. Dr. George Sinclair, Mrs. George Tooze (Connie), and Rev. Doreen Parker Freeman.
We are urged to share God’s abundance and do all we can to support this worthy cause, remembering that giving is both a gift to the recipient as well as the one who gives.
Marilyn E. Glover, for the Board of Christian Mission
World Mission Offering 2017 theme is Discipleship: Come, Follow Me (Mark 1:17). This year, we are highlighting our ministries in the areas of Conflict transformation, Abolishing slavery and Economic and Community Development. Together, we are mobilizing local communities in the name of Jesus Christ to lighten the burden of poverty, encourage peaceful ways to live in diverse cultural contexts and offer hope and dignity to the marginalized. You can join in this ministry by giving through our church or online at http://www.worldmissionoffering.org.
Dear Church Family,
Jesus’s invitation to discipleship requires prayerful commitment to the cause of Christ, fulfilling God’s mission on earth as it is in heaven. Our American Baptist Churches’ International Ministries (IM) has given us a means to take and live out that invitation to discipleship internationally. IM global servants work in cross-cultural settings to extend Jesus’s invitation in many creative ways. Among the critical issues being worked on worldwide are
- Peace and Justice
- Abolishing Global Slavery
- Economic and Community Development
The World Mission Offering makes it possible to train new global servants, care for the ones in the field, and provide the services and resources that they need for such critical issues. Our Malden First Baptist’s goal this year is $800.00. Please join me as we gain a deeper understanding of discipleship and are blessed through our giving to the World Mission Offering.
Serving Christ with you,
Marilyn Glover, for the Board of Christian Mission
One Great Hour of Sharing supports projects that break the cycles of poverty, hunger and thirst, as well as providing aid during times of crisis. One Great Hour of Sharing changes lives and gives people a future filled with hope.
“I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…” Matthew 25:35
This year our offering theme is “You are here”. It reminds us of our call to be here for one another, loving one another as God has loved us. Christ is uniquely present in those whom we serve. One Great Hour of Sharing is present for people near and far in moments of crisis and calm because of our partnership and generosity.
You are here – in Nicaragua, where women are given the training and tools to cultivate home gardens to provide nutritious food for their families.
You are here – in West Virginia, where communities build after floods claim lives and livelihoods.
You are here – in Lebanon, Hungary, Mexico, the United States, and elsewhere around the world, where refugees are receiving food, water, and medicine with dignity, as our partners offer aid and accompaniment.
One Great Hour of Sharing is present where and when needed, so we also are present.
Marilyn Glover, for the Board of Christian Mission
The bulk of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering goes to support water, hunger, disaster relief and empowerment programs. Focusing on these four areas allows One Great Hour of Sharing to address some of the root causes of suffering in our world.
Your gifts make hope possible.
Our church promotes Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) this month of January, 2017. Learn more >
The month of October, we are launching a campaign to support World Mission Offering 2016. Theme is Celebrating New Life in Christ “On Earth As In Heaven”. Country in focus – Cuba
October 3, 2016
A great and surprising spiritual awakening is happening in Baptist churches of Cuba right now! Since 1990, the number of churches in Cuba has grown by 450%. The number of baptism has risen by over 500%. And the number of prayer groups and total church membership have climbed in equally high numbers.
After decades of harsh restrictions, “the church of God has risen from the ashes,” says a retired Cuban church leader who witnessed the remarkable change firsthand. “In God’s time, the hearts of so many people have been opened up to the goodness of the gospel.”
The good news is that our church’s support of the World Mission Offering (WMO) is helping to fuel the growth of the Eastern Cuba Baptist Convention through financial and global worker support and through International Ministries (IM) – sponsored pastoral conferences. The better news is that there is a lot that we can learn from Cuba’s spiritual revival.
For example: Youth ministry is thriving through camping and sports ministries, concerts, and youth rallies in the streets of Cuba’s cities and towns. Spirit-filled outreach is yielding abundant fruit through evangelistic campaigns, supported with fervent prayer and fasting. Discipleship is spreading through numerous house churches and cell groups of prayer. A new generation of leaders is growing through faithful teaching at seminaries and lay training centers.
And perhaps the best news of all is that Cuba’s spiritual awakening is but one of many thriving ministries run by IM partners and more than 1,800 long and short term global workers in more than 70 countries around the world. IM’s vision is “on earth as in heaven,” which reminds us of God’s invitation to participate in His work in the world.
Our gifts to the WMO help to raise up, place and send new global servants and volunteers to reach and touch lives for Jesus around the world. They also help to fill gaps for those workers who haven’t yet reach their support goals, enabling crucial ministries to continue.
Our gifts help support IM’s more than 240 global partners who are actively sharing God’s message of hope, love, and healing with a lost and hurting world. Our gifts help recruit and train new global workers, open up new global mission fields, respond to global disasters with relief and development funds through One Great Hour Of Sharing and much more.
Our 2016 World Mission Offering will be received through October, culminating in a dedication on October 30th. Please give generously and expectantly to the WMO as together we help people everywhere come to Christ, grow in their relationship with God and change their worlds through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Marilyn E. Glover, for the Board Of Christian Mission.
May 5, 2016
It’s time again for the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering. By the grace of God we are given the opportunity to share our gifts and resources with our brothers and sisters in need around the world. We all have the power to give back to God from that which God has given us and create a more just world for all of God’s children. Through our gifts, we participate in the many ministries that serve the hungry, the poor, the distressed, the refugee.
The Hebrew Bible models this offering in the story of Ruth and Naomi, portrayed in the Book of Ruth. When faced with forced relocation, due to famine and political strife, Ruth said to Naomi, “Where you go I will go”.
Like Ruth and Naomi, refugees are confronted with dire situations in their homes, and are forced by the necessity of survival to leave behind their communities in order to seek safety and security. Currently, the United Nations estimates over 60 million of our brothers and sisters across the world are refugees or displaced persons. The number is higher than it has been since World War II, and is expected to increase as violence continue in the Middle East and parts of Africa. Through One Great Hour of Sharing we embrace refugees around the world as our own. We say “Where you go, we will go”.
The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering places us side by side with those in need. Whether it’s disasters in our own communities or distress across the globe, with our gifts we answer God’s call for us to bring wholeness to a fragmented world.
Marilyn E. Glover
For the Board of Christian Mission
Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering
December 29, 2014
Dear members and friends,
Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 1:3 “We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul is encouraged by the faith and strong sense of community of the new converts and urges them to show appreciation of those who provide leadership for their faith journey.
The roots of the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) go back to the mid 1930’s. In 1977, American Baptist Churches USA launched the RMMO to continue this appreciation. This offering sends a “Thank You” in the form of a check at the end of the year for the commitment and services and spiritual guidance of those who have devoted their lives to God’s service.
RMMO provides financial support for the retired ministers, missionaries, and widowed spouses who have help build our churches. The assistance provided by RMMO restores the lifeline and ongoing connection to the ABC family.
We hope that RMMO will continue to serve as a rich tradition for our congregation and help be an inspiration for so many who have served with gladness. The focus of this year’s offering is Inspiration + Community as we acknowledge that those who have served in ministry have inspired our faith walk and helped to foster a strong sense of Christian community. Please help us reach our goal for this year of $500.00.
Yours in the faith,
Mae B. Upperman
Mission Board Chair
World Mission Offering 2014
Come Over…and Help Us! Acts 16: 9b
Dear Members and Friends,
Almost 2,000 years ago, the Apostle Paul saw a vision of a man saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Today, that same call is being echoed all over the world – from Myanmar and Brazil to South Africa and Macau. People are crying out for the hope and light of the Gospel in a world darkened by sin.
How would we respond to a call for help? If we knew that some people were facing difficult situations and asked us to help them, what would we do? At First Baptist Church of Malden we’re committed to Jesus’ Great Commission to “make disciples of all the nations…” (Matthew 28: 19). One of the practical ways we can do this is by supporting our annual World Mission Offering whose theme this year is to Rise To The Challenge.
During worship though out the month of October, we’ll learn about the World Mission Offering. Together, we’ll find out about the spiritual needs around the world and how International Ministries is working to place and sustain missionaries internationally. And together, we’ll celebrate how our World Mission Offering gifts make possible the ministries of 114 long term IM missionaries and more than 1,800 short-term missionaries and volunteers working with more than 200 partner organizations in more than 70 countries.
I believe that when we Rise To The Challenge, God will lead us to meet our goal of $800.00. Please join me as we gain deeper understanding of International Ministries and how others (and we ourselves) will be blessed through our World Mission Offering giving.
Your servant in Christ,
Mae B. Upperman
For the FBC Malden Mission Board