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  • Two Big Events...

    Its been afew weeks since I posted on this blog. We are having many technical problems with our website host. You may have had to scroll all the way to the bottom of the blog page just to see this!

    Tw weeks ago we had our 60th Anniversary Service. My good friend Rick Blackburn brought his family and they provided special music and Rick preached.

    We also had my sons involved. Ben, our regular Music Director, sang a special, and Luke was our first preacher of the morning.

    Afterwards we had a dessert fellowship in our Fellowship Hall.

    We were all glad to see Doris Williams make it to the service, her second week in a row after all the problems when has had with her back lately. She was getting around pretty good, but the men still helped her navigate the stairs!

    It was a great time of celebration, though we unfortunatley had many families out on vacations and at work. 

    The Second big thing happened last night (Wednesday July 8)

    Luke started Wedneday night Youth Meetings in the Teen Room of the Church. The chairs are gone, replaced with sofas, a couple new games, including Giant Jenga and Surfer Ring toss were added, and video games on the big screen plus pizza added up to a fun night. Everyone in the meeting talked about how well it went and how much the kids enjoyed the activities and the devotions.

    We only had 7 total in the meeting, but you have to start somewhere! Invite your youth out for next weeks meeting. Luke has new activities and great devotions planned for every week!

    That's it for this weeks update- See you in Church on Sunday!

  • What to Write...

    What to write, what to write what to write. The bane of all who craft words for a living is the blank page (or screen, as blogging demands if you want your post to be shared on Google).

    This week at FBC has been uneventful, compared to previous weeks. After last Saturday's baptisms, we had regular services Sunday Morning, Evening and Wednesday night. I have spent the week getting my new office into shape. I moved upstairs at the church and have more than twice the space as before. All of my Theology books are now in one place. Thanks to Josh Snyder for coming over Monday and helping me heft 1,254 books upstairs!

    I also have a new-to-me desk. Found it on craigslist. Used to be in a bank. Solid, heavy wood with a Typewriter return. Perfect for me...

    It feels good to be in the office everyday. The last year has been rough on all of us, but the progress spiritually and financially at the church has been an incredible motivator, and I am enthusiastic about what we can accomplish now. We still need to see growth numerically. New visitors have been coming reguarly, though we need to see that continue and keep reaching out to those who come. The Lord will bless our efforts if we believe, and seek His Glory first.

    Next week is our 60th Anniversary Homecoming service. At 10:30 am we will meet to celebrate a milestone few churches ever achieve. If you were ever a member of Harford Furnace or First Baptist  you are invited to attend on this special day. My youngest son and our worship leader Ben Mason will be providing some "modern" worship. Mrs. Donna Blackburn will bring the Southern Gospel style! My oldest son, and our Youth Director Intern, Luke Mason will preach first and then my good firend Pastor Rick Blackburn will bring our final message for the morning.

    Afterwards there will be a desert fellowhip!

    Tomorrow we finish the Sermon Series "A Reporters Life" with the sermon "How to Tell The Story"

    I'll see you all tomorrow morning!

    'Till Jesus Returns, 

  • Better Late Than Never....

    I am very, very late posting this week... since tomorrow is Sunday!

    We are gearing up for the first of several very busy weeks at First Baptist.

    This Wednesday Night June 3 our friends Jeremiah and Carrrie Ferguson with thier children Edie, Morgan and Jed will visit on thier way to a family vacation- We are having a Fellowship Dinner at 6:00 Wednesday night to welcome our good friends back. Many have been out the last two weeks due to graduations, Memorial Day, and many other reasons that always come up this time of year. Let's all try to be here WEdnesday night to welcome our friends the Fergusons back. They were such a blessing to all of us when they were here, and it will be wonderful to see them at First Baptist again! A sign up sheet is on the back table in the Auditorium.

    This Saturday, June 6 there will be a Homeschool Community Fair on the grounds of Frist Baptist. Classical Conversations is hosting and many vendors and organizations will be represented. There will be a bouncy house provided by the church, food vendors,and many rescources for those interested in homeschooling. Members of FBC are needed to man the Boucy House and the church table where we will tell those interested why we are a truly different Baptist Church in Harford County, one worthy of thier visiting.

    Saturday June 13 we will have a church picnic at Rocks State Park in the Wilson's Picnic area next to the St. Clair Bridge, on St. Clair Bridge Rd. We don't have the pavillion, but I will be there extra early to hold enough picnic tables for us near the creek bend. We will be near the creek because we are also baptizing several on that day! If you want or need to be baptized, please contact me through email, facebook, or just a phone call. Or you can talk to me before or after any service at church.

    Sunday June 28 is the 60th anniversary of a church at our location. From 1955 to 2004 Harord Furnace Baptist met at our location and experienced the blessings of God. Since 2004 First Baptist has honored that heritage while embracing the future. A big event is planned for that day, details will be coming in the next week or so...

    Tomorrow morning I will be preaching the third message in the series "A Reporters Life" looking at the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of getting our message, the Good News, to everyone we meet.

    Tomorrows Message poses the question "When?" and focuses on the excuses we use to keep ourselves from fulfilling the Great Commission.

    If you haven't been in church for a while, tomorrow is the best day to get back! God never refuses your return to Him. And this preacher never needs a reason, an apology or an excuse to welcome you back to God's House. Just come, just as you are, and I promise that The God of Heaven will meet you at the point of your need when you bring your brokeness, your pain, your need to him.

    See you at 10:30 tomorrow morning

    'Till Jesus Returns,

    Pastor Dave

  • Reporting in....

    A good week at church as old friends visited, new friends were made and God's Word was preached!

    Bill Hawkins returned from Florida and will be with us till he returns this fall. We are thankfull to have Bill's friendship and fellowship all these years.

    Tim Rose and his family travelled up from Virginia just to visit, as they often do. They count First Baptist as one of thier very favorite churches and we are humbled and grateful they do. Tim, Suzette and the girls were in Africa earlier and have trips planned to several continents this year. I'l be contacting Tim soon about having his famliy come in this fall to provide some special music one morning!

    Attendance was low Sunday morning, many were on vacation already, and others are still battling sickness. But a low attendance does not mean a low service! We had visitors both morning and night, 11 in all counting both services! Pluse the offering was tremendous, especially compared to attendance. 

    God is certainly moving inch by inch at FBC, giving us small victories and strrengthening the faithful. It is inspiring as a pastor to hear the faith of those who are battling illness and disease, more than once I've heard, "I'm not worried, God is in control!"

    Please keep our members fighting the good fight for thier health in your prayers there are many who need your prayers, and you will be encouraged to pray for all of them as you meet, fellowship, and grow in friendship with them in church!

    We started a new sermons series this week, taking six weeks to preach through Luke 14 as Jesus teaches the parable of the Dinner Without Guests. The Series is called "A Reporters Life" and is geared to equip you to know yor resposibilities and to use the information you already have available to report the 'Good News' of the Gospel to all who will hear.

    If you missed this week don't worry, you can jump in anytime!

    COMING UP: 

    Wednesday Night June 3 our friends Jeremiah and Carrrie Ferguson with thier children Edie, Morgan and Jed will visit on thier way to a family vacation- So we are having a Fellowship Dinner that night to welcome our good friends back. A sign up sheet is on the back table in the Auditorium.

    Saturday June 13 we will have a church picnic at Rocks State Park in the Wilson's Picnic area next to the St. Clair Bridge, on St. Clair Bridge Rd. We don't have the pavillion, but I will be there extra early to hold enough picnic tables for us near the creek bend. We will be near the creek because we are also baptizing that day! If you want or need to be baptized, please contact me through email, facebook, or be old-fashioned and call or talk face to face!

    More to come....

    Pastor Dave Mason

  • Great Day!

    Its been a busy month at First Baptist, and we still have much to go!

    Today we held our church picnic and baptisms in Deer Creek at Rocks State Park. I couldn't get a pavillion reserved, they are all booked through the summer, so I got there an hour before the park opened at 9 and was the first in line to get in. Then I put together some tables at the bend of the creek near the St. Clair Bridge, so we could walk just a few yards down to the creek.

    The food was good, but the fellowship was better. We all had a great time just sitting around sharing stories and enjoying the company. NOTHING beats a good church fellowship for encouragement!

    After our meal we made our way down to the creek and baptized three: Cole, who just got saved earlier this year, and his parents wanted him baptized in Deer Creek because that's where they both were baptized. Brea, a Bible College Student from Boston Baptist College (and significant other of my oldest son Luke) who wanted a Scriptural Baptism (by immersion, because that's what the word means). And my youngest son Ben, who wanted to be baptized again as a public testimony of his "reset", as he puts it, in Jesus.

    This was the first time in my 14 years as a Pastor that I have baptized outdoors in natural water (when we were young church planters we did a baptism in our home pool once). I loved it and want to do it again!

    If you are saved but have never been Scripturally Baptized by immersion, get in touch with me and we will talk about it and try to set a date for you to publicly proclaim your new life in Christ.

    A truly, truly great day.

    Tomorrow we have services at 10:30 am, when we will continue our "A Reporter's Life" sermon series answering the question "Why". Why should we tell others about what we have seen, heard, and experienced in Christ?

    Then Tomorrow night at 6:00 we return to church with Kid's Club in the Fellowship Hall and Bible Study in the Auditorium, continuing the "Commandments of Christ" sermon series.

    At the end of the month we will have our 60th Church Anniversary Homecoming Service on June 28 during Morning Worship. My good friend Rick Blackburn will be preaching as well as my son Luke. And there will be special music by Rick's wife Donna and our regular Worship Leader Ben Mason!

     Can't wait to see you all there.

    Next week I will share some of the AMAZING answers to prayer we have been experiencing at FBC!

    Pastor Dave