November 21st Noon
Men's Lunch at The Greenery in Ogunquit
November 21st 2:00 pm
November 22nd 7:00 pm
Combined Thanksgiving Eve Service at Cape Neddick Baptist Church
November 27th 3:00-4:30 pm
Prayer Shawl Ministry
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
December 9th 2:00-3:00 pm
Ornament and Card Making
December 9th 6:30 pm
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
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
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.
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
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
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|
Design and permit new parking
| 2015|| $10,000|
Paint front of OBC
| 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,