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It seems the Lord is moving First Baptist Hastings into a new era.  And we are the hinge for that turning.  Exciting, huh?!  So where are we, as we turn into the future?

  1. LOVE & WELCOME

I’ve heard several times lately that FBC Hastings is very special in the strength of love and welcome that new people feel.  Awesome!  This is a good part of the glue.

It also has a crucial calming effect, and a calmer church is a stronger and a more influential church.

Not to mention that it is a VERY high value in the Gospel!  “If I have not love, I am nothing!”

Love has a lot to do with serving others.  When we truly love, we strongly tend to serve.   We want to be known as a church that loves its neighbors all around and finds appropriate ways to be serving – as the Lord Himself serves us.

  1. MONEY

Our monthly financial needs run between $3500 and $4000.  Our income has been running a little behind that.  We have some cushion, but we sure don’t want to run in the red ALL the time!  Especially if we hope to grow.

2. WORSHIP

Thanks to lots of hard work by skilled, servant-hearted musicians, and to heartfelt participation by lots of other people, our worship services are a delight and truly nourishing spiritually, and our fellowship on Sunday mornings is really fellowship.  And we have ministry to elementary school kids, an adult Sunday School class, and home Bible studies.

3. ABF PALMER GRANT

We have been awarded $15,000 by the American Baptist Foundation, Palmer Fund, for “Discipleship – 18-29 Year Olds.”  The money has to be spent according to strict guidelines, and will go for things to help us with music recording (of our worship services and other musical activities), video recording and editing, and an interactive presence on the internet.  It will be exciting.  (None of that money will be available for our regular budget needs – it will be going into creative new forms of outreach.)

4. NEEDS

We are growing, and we are doing so on a pretty low budget.  Almost all of what gets done is done by volunteers, and a lot is getting done.  But here are some areas where more help (or more money?) is needed:

  1. Nursery
  2. Children’s Sunday School and Children’s Church help
  3. Custodial work (We have no paid custodian; stuff gets behind!)
  4. Maintenance (leaky roof and damaged walls in the northwest entry, some plumbing issues, etc.)
  5. More / better lighting in sanctuary, ceiling fans.
  6. Big expenses (new A/C for the basement, paint roof gutters, new carpet, etc.)

It is the Lord Jesus Christ who said, “I will build My church.”  And He is.  That means new settings and styles for very ancient realities; new faces and friendships; new growth.  It’s a fun time!  And here is God’s commentary on it:

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  (Isa 42:18-19)