Sunday, January 8, 2017 – Sun’s out, snow has been cleared, and you’re warmly invited to worship with us at 10:30 am today! Pastor Russell Lesiw will give a message. Christian Education has been postponed until next Sunday at 9:15 am. Worship will be followed by a coffee hour at 11:30 am. All are welcome.
Renew your sense of wonder…
Everyone is joyfully invited to worship together with us this Christmas at Fist Baptist Church of Shelton, Connecticut. Family and friends are welcome!
Candlelight Christmas Eve Services – 4:30 pm & 11 pm
Christmas Sunday Morning – 10:30 am
First Baptist Church of Shelton, Connecticut
178 Leavenworth Rd. (CT Route 110)
Shelton, CT 06584
203 929-7704 (office)
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9 am to 3 pm—Everyone is invited to join us for a festive day of browsing used books and sampling delicious home-style soups in our temporary event café. A variety of books will be offered (YES, we think print books are still cool!) Many books are new to this year’s sale. Men and women from our congregation will bring out their best family recipes. Soups will include a variety of old-time favorites in addition to recipes with a new twist, such as “Cheeseburger Cheddar.” All food will be available both for eating on-site or for take-out.
One mom who helps with the Soup and Book event each year says that her kids love attending (children are welcome). What do her kids love? The soups, children’s books, and friendly people. This mom believes that the event is also a good opportunity for her kids to learn about helping others. Proceeds of the First Baptist Soup and Book Sale go to the church’s annual medical mission trips to Good Samaritan Hospital in the city of La Romana, in The Dominican Republic (DR). Good Samaritan Hospital treats many poor Haitian workers who labor in sugar cane fields in the countryside surrounding La Romana. During the sale the church plans to have displays and a slide show with scenes photographed during earlier mission trips.
First Baptist Shelton member and longtime Shelton resident Judy Gura, RN, says that the church’s fundraising sales and the medical mission trips that they support are high points of her year. Although Judy has a busy professional career as a nurse—and is also active with church, family and grandchildren—she enjoys using a vacation week each year to travel to the DR. The travel and work are strenuous, she says, and some training is required, in addition to keeping her vaccinations up-to-date.
Each year Judy wonders whether this will her last year. However, after returning she always believes that this has been the best trip ever. She feels joyful and energized, and states that this is in part because of the fantastic people she has met. She is also thankful for the many ways in which the hospital and mission medical teams have been able to help people in need—through a demonstration of what she believes is God’s love at work through people working together. Our pastor, Ken Smith, says that First Baptist Shelton appreciates all of our volunteer and career missionaries and their willingness to act upon their faith in God’s great grace and love through Jesus Christ.
Volunteers with various skills and levels of skill and experience are welcome to travel on these mission trips. For more information, please call First Baptist Shelton at (203) 929-7704. Generally, Pastor Ken Smith says that it is necessary to send an application several months in advance of an upcoming trip. (The church’s next trip will be in February, 2017.) Another helpful resource is the website of the Good Samaritan Mission Council, laromana.org. To gain an understanding of 21st century missions philosophy (in which the idea is to work alongside local people, helping them to use their own community’s and country’s gifts, training, abilities and potential) it may be helpful to consult the website of the American Baptist Churches USA international missions organization at http://www.internationalministries.org
Below are more photos. Photo credits: all photos accompanying this article were taken by another of First Baptist Shelton’s dedicated volunteer missionaries, Brenda Bazyluk, and are used with permission.
During the past few months we’ve been busy doing ministry! We hope to post more soon about what’s new.
Photo: Interactive children’s Bible lesson, part of a curriculum from Group Publishing that we now use on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am. Children here constructed a spider’s web out of masking tape and then tried to escape. The lesson? We were talking about failures in King David’s life, and what happens when someone doesn’t tell the truth.
Sunday, March 27, 2016 — You are warmly invited to join us on Easter Sunday morning for an inspiring series of worship events. All are welcome!
Easter Morning Schedule
6:30 am Easter Sunrise Service at Jones Family Farms
Located at 606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, the Jones Family Farms is surrounded by a beautiful vista of the surrounding countryside. Residents of Shelton and several other local communities gather before sunrise for the hike up a steep hill to the service site. (Note that warm clothes and sturdy shoes are recommended.) We hope you can join us for this joyous event! Sponsored by Jones Family Farms and the Shelton Clergy Association. For more information see http://www.jonesfamilyfarms.com/easter-sunrise-service.
7:30 am Pancake Breakfast at First Baptist Church of Shelton
Following the sunrise service, everyone is invited to a copious buffet of breakfast foods at First Baptist Church, prepared under the supervision of a professional chef from our congregation. Donations towards the breakfast foods are welcome. (Note that this year, spring is not as advanced as in our photo, but we believe our wooded surroundings are beautiful at any time of year.)
10:30 am Easter Sunday Worship
He is risen!! On Easter Sunday we will join in joyful celebration. What is all this about? It’s about the Lord Jesus Christ, and the joyous new life God offers to everyone through Him. We believe that Jesus lives today through the lives of his followers by God’s grace, through faith and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Whether you have attended church before or not (or have been away for a while), everyone is welcome! Worship here has a blended combination of contemporary and traditional music. Retired Pastor Russ Lesiw will introduce worship, and Pastor Ken Smith will deliver a message about the powerful meaning of the Gospel for each person’s life. You are warmly invited to join us. No previous experience at church is required, and helps are provided for those who are new. We would be honored by your presence, and welcome your questions and comments. For more information, see the “Visit Us” tab of our website.
NOTE: There will be no Sunday School classes or coffee hour on Easter Sunday. Regular classes for all ages and coffee hour will resume the next week.
Have a blessed Easter! Please feel free to call our church or Pastor Ken Smith at 203 929-7704, or email us at fbcshelton.org.
First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT • Inviting people to know Jesus and make Jesus known • 178 Leavenworth Rd. (Rt. 110), Shelton, CT • 203 929-7704 • Our pastor is Ken Smith.
February 17, 2016—Please join us on Wednesday evening, February 17th for the first of a community Lenten dinner and worship series. All are welcome!
Each evening begins with a delicious free dinner at 6 pm, followed by a meditative worship service at 7 pm. Services have uplifting music of differing styles—often traditional, but at some churches also contemporary. Each week a different minister preaches. Come for worship or dinner alone, or for both dinner and worship!
On Wednesday, Feb. 17th, Pastor Ken Smith from Shelton’s First Baptist Church will give the message. Ken plans to point to the great hope and sense of purpose of a life lived through the redeeming power and love of Jesus Christ. Location: First United Methodist Church, 188 Rocky Rest Road, Shelton.
Sponsored by the Shelton Clergy Association. See our complete SCHEDULE below:
Lenten Worship Schedule 2016
Each Wednesday worship service is at 7 pm, preceded by a free dinner at 6 pm. Our ecumenical series culminates with a beautiful sunrise service on Easter Sunday morning.
Wed. February 19: First United Methodist Church
188 Rocky Rest Road, Shelton, CT. Rev. Ken Smith will preach based on the theme “Caiaphas.”
Wed. February 24: Huntington United Methodist Church
338 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT. Rev. Lucille Fritz will preach based on the theme “Mother Mary.”
Wed. March 2: Huntington Congregational Church, UCC
19 Church Street, Huntington (Shelton), CT. Rev. Amjad Samuel will preach based on the theme “The Crowd.”
Wed. March 9: First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT
178 Leavenworth Rd., Shelton, CT. Rev. Inkoo Chung will preach based on the theme “Mary Magdalene.”
Wed. March 16: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
25 Church Street, Huntington (Shelton), CT. Rev. Barbara Schaeffer will preach based on the theme “The Thieves.”
Sun., March 27: Jones Family Farms
Easter Sunrise Community Service
Sunday, January 24—Worship starts at 10:30 am, and Pastor Ken Smith will give a message based on the book of Mark. Our 2016 Annual Meeting will take place at 11:30 am, directly after worship. EVERYONE in the congregation is valued and is encouraged to participate in the annual meeting. Members may vote. Visitors are also most welcome to sit in on the meeting. In case of snow closing, the annual meeting will be postponed until Sunday, January 31st at 11:30 am.
For information about our snow closings see wtnh.com/closings/, or see WTNH TV Channel 8.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In the event that church is held regardless of inclement weather, or on the morning after a snow storm, we ask that you use your judgement about whether it is safe for you to travel to church. Please stay warm and safe, and enjoy the winter wonderland that God is providing!
Starting Jan. 7th, Thursday—Women of the Bible Discussion Group
10 am Three Bridges Coffeehouse, Shelton, CT
We invite all women and their friends to join us for coffee, tea or other beverages, excellent food, and challenging and fun conversations. We will start with Eve in the book of Genesis, and work our way through selected inspirational women of the Bible. Our focus will be on how God’s great power, love and grace worked through the women of biblical history. No previous knowledge is necessary. Pastor Ken Smith quips that he will serve as an “honorary woman” as he facilitates these short informal discussions. Location: Three Bridges Coffeehouse, Conti Building, 415 Howe Avenue (CT Route 110), Shelton, CT. Day and time: every Thursday @10 am. Discussions last about an hour.
For more information, please call us at First Baptist Shelton, CT at 203 9929-7704. You may leave a message. In case of inclement weather, pease see our website for cancellation information, or see WTNH.com/closings/.
Thursday, December 24, 2015—Please consider joining with us in worship on Christmas Eve, when we will joyfully celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Children and families are welcome. Both traditional carols and contemporary worship music are part of the service, and our pastor, Rev. Ken Smith, will give a short inspirational message. No previous knowledge of our worship service is expected, and our greeters will be happy to welcome you and help you to feel at home. Come consider Jesus, who loves each person with a forever love! Service times are 7 pm and 11 pm. Location: 178 Leavenworth Rd., Shelton, CT. You are also welcome to visit any of our services, classes and activities!
First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT • Inviting people to know Jesus and to make Jesus known
Saturday, November 21st, 2015 — Yummy home-style soups, corn bread, coffee, tea, and loads of gently used books will be served up at First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT. Browse and eat while you read, or do take out—it’s your choice! Soups will include cheeseburger cheddar, Italian wedding soup, and other favorites. Proceeds will benefit our medical missions trips to the Dominican Republic, where we work each year with Good Samaritan Hospital in the city of La Romana. If you are interested in going on a life-changing missions trip, please give us a call at (203) 929-7704. We can share information about our own and other missions trips.