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Upcoming Events




November 21st   Noon   
Men's Lunch at The Greenery in Ogunquit


November 21st   2:00 pm   
Directors' Meeting


November 22nd   7:00 pm   
Combined Thanksgiving Eve Service at Cape Neddick Baptist Church


November 27th   3:00-4:30 pm   
Prayer Shawl Ministry


December 8-10      
Ogunquit's Chirstmas by the Sea--Events at OBC


December 8th   7:00 pm   
Concert by WHS A Capella Chorus


December 9th   1:00-2:00 pm   
Storytelling


December 9th   2:00-3:00 pm   
Ornament and Card Making


December 9th   6:30 pm   
Living Nativity


December 9th   7:00 pm   
Barbershop Quartet Concert


December 10th   Morning Worship   
Brandon Doyle speaking





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THE GIVING TREE

 

Our Christmas project this year in lieu of Christmas Boxes for Operation Christmas Child:


GIVING TREE

Sponsored by the Board of Missions

Gifts for a family in need referred by Alpha Pregnancy Center

The gift ideas for the kids are as follows:

Girl, 16 months old

  • Clothing (shirts are 24month, pants are 18months)
  • Winter boots size 5
  • She loves Doc McStuffins and My Little Pony
  • Baby doll
  • Blocks

Boy, age 8

  • Clothing (shirts are size 14/16, pants are size 10 husky)
  • He loves Star Wars, Minecraft, Marvel Superheroes (Batman, Superman, etc.) and is very much into science.

The students in our Wednesday after school program have made ornaments and taped a gift idea on the back of each ornament. These ornaments are decorating a Christmas tree in our Fellowship room.

If you would like to participate in this project, you can buy and wrap a gift from the tree or you can donate money to be used toward the gifts. Any extra money will be used to give the parents a Walmart gift card.

If buying a gift: 

  • Take an ornament off the tree (hang on to it as you will need it later). 
  • Purchase the item 
  • Wrap the gift so there can be no peeking 
  • Place the ornament back on the gift to identify it.
  • Put the gift under our tree no later than December 17th.

If donating money, please give cash or check (made out to OBC with Mission Board Giving Tree in the memo line) to Gail Annis or Pam Carnicelli. Monetary donations must be made by December 10th.


RMMO

 

Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering


THE IMPORTANCE OF RMMO

Following God’s call does not come without sacrifice. Retired ministers, missionaries and their widowed spouses often have limited options for adequately planning for the future. Medical problems, moves or the death of a spouse can also cause these leaders to find themselves far from the church family that once supported them.

The assistance you provide through a contribution to RMMO restores that lifeline and maintains an ongoing connection to the ABC family. Like anyone else, retired ministers and missionaries experience stress and worry when faced with unexpected expenses. RMMO exists to alleviate that stress, worry and the hardship — and also to say “Thank you for ...” the sacrifices our retired ministers, missionaries and their widowed spouses have made in order to serve us and God.

RMMO recipients have used their funds: 

  • To cover medical expenses for hearing aids, dental services and vision care, which are not typically covered by Medicare 
  • To cover emergency medical procedures for themselves and their families 
  • To purchase prescription medication not covered by health insurance 
  • To make emergency home repairs 
  • To serve God and their community, even in retirement

Join us to say “Thank you for ...” the countless ways ABC’s retired ministers, missionaries and their widowed spouses have contributed to our congregations.

Our Christmas Eve Offering will be designated for the RMMO Offering. If you would like to give to this offering before Christmas Eve, envelopes will be in the pews during the month of December.


OBC Parking Area Concept Plan

 


Library News

 


From the OBC Library

If you are looking for inspiration, check out Majestic Praise, the 2017 CD that Mark Thallander recently donated to the OBC Library. You won’t want to miss it. Recorded this year at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Arcadia, CA, Mark and pianist Peter Green present a fresh approach to favorite hymns we all know and love. Selections range from a rousing rendition of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” to the sweet, quiet sounds of “Evensong.” Thank you, Mark. Thank you also to Val Gunn for her reviews and additions to the OBC Library the past year. Her contributions are greatly appreciated. If anyone is interested in joining the library committee, please let us know. We would love to have you join us.

OBC Library Committee
Ellie Andrews


Directors

 

From the Directors

The Directors outlined a five-year plan proposal in the July Beacon. Since the article appeared the Directors received a number of suggestions, including a suggestion that we put the proposal in the Beacon again. One comment was that we air condition the Sanctuary, perhaps with a split ductless system. Another comment was that we should design the vestibule and parking for review by the congregation in 2015. Finally, it was suggested that we have a capital campaign to raise money for the parking and the vestibule and put the income from the parsonage rental into the operating fund. Again, the five-year proposal to grow the membership by making the Church more welcoming and increase the parking is: The directors developed a plan to meet the needs of the Church as outlined at the March Church Council meeting. On June 7, the plan was presented to the Church Council. The director’s proposal as modified by the Church Council on June 7 is outlined below. 

 ITEM YEAR ESTIMATED COST

 Remove bushes, stumps and arborvitae

Remove stonewall in front of church

and replace with granite curbstones

 2014 $10,000

 Rename OBC

Design and permit new parking

 2015 $10,000

 Paint front of OBC

New sign

 2016 $8,000
 Design, redo vestibule 2017 $20,000
 New Parking 2018 $50,000-$100,000+

For each year we rent the Parsonage we save approximately $9,000 in repairs, oil, electricity, cable and water. These savings should be reflected in our annual budget. We suggest that we place the Parsonage income into a “Parking Capital Fund” and not into the Church operating funds. If we rent the Parsonage for 5 years, the accumulated parking Capital Fund could be approximately $100,000.

For your consideration and discussion,

OBC Directors