October 2016 Mission Offering: World Mission Offering

World Mission OfferingAmerican Baptist International Ministries is supported solely through the generosity of churches and individuals. Their primary fundraising vehicle is the annual World Mission Offering. Currently about 100 full-time missionaries, along with short-term missionaries and mission partners, serve in more than 70 countries. Their central mission is to help people come to faith in Jesus, grow in their relationship with God and change their worlds through the power of the Spirit. Churches may also give through their budget to a missionary of their choice (Targeted Giving).

This year’s theme is “Celebrating New Life in Christ – On Earth as in Heaven (Matthew 6:10)”. This offering goes to support the work of the American Baptist Board of International Ministries as well as our special focus missionaries, Dan and Sarah Chetti, serving in Lebanon and Dan and Sharon Buttry, serving as Global Peace Specialists. This year there is a special emphasis on ministry in Cuba.

Our goal for this offering is $800.

Mission News: August 2016

WORK WEEK IN NEW ORLEANS

Take a look at American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) website at www.abnhms.org next week for daily updates from this year’s “Home Mission: ‘Til the Work is Done” ecumenical work week in New Orleans.

Featured are photographs and comments from volunteers helping to rebuild New Orleans by painting, laying sheet rock, cutting grass and tending community gardens, among a variety of other activities, July 31 to August 6. In addition, volunteers will be provided the opportunity to minister to and worship with residents.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005. In response, ABHMS has been coordinating the annual week-long volunteer effort since 2006. Since 2007, ABHMS has been partnering with local nonprofit organizations, such as Camp Restore, Lower 9th Ward for Sustainable Engagement and Development and, now, Lower 9 Resilient, to work throughout the city of New Orleans. Rick, Dona, and Betsy went in 2007 with a larger group from the Bay Area and worked in the Music Village. Continue reading Mission News: August 2016

Art Comes to FBCPA

Jazz musiciansAs you walk through our hallway you will notice our new photography installation! Thanks to the vision of Pastor Rick, Gregory, and Susan Bradley we now have 20 photos framed and displayed on our walls. These photographs were taken by Susan (and a few of her students) on trips to Africa, Cuba, and Haiti. They capture vividly and movingly some the people whom she encountered on her travels. A gifted photographer is a regular part of our community, including our Mission Task Team.

Juve Ramirez did a wonderful job of hanging each picture and, on the Work Day, Dan Cudworth and Doug Lee helped place each picture into its frame. This is a church family effort and it surely does look great! We are excited to introduce this project as we use our hallway as “gallery space.” This exhibit will be up for a while; then we hope to display the art and work of others within our church community. So, if you want to participate please let one of the pastors know.

The visual arts will help us explore other ways of learning and knowing God as liturgy and dialogue are but some of many ways to experience the divine. We are practicing a “sacred-seeing” for stories to be shared that humanize others and help us to see the sacred handprint in all people, places, and things. Join us in getting lost, and possibly found, in these photographs.

woman and tent