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Upcoming Events




September 18th   3:00-4:30 pm   
Prayer Shawl Ministry


September 19th   6:30 pm   
Bible Study at the Lareau's


September 20th   1:30-5:00 pm   
Youth Drama Team


September 20th   6:00 pm   
Monthly Prayer Meeting


September 20th   6:30 pm   
Deacons' Meeting


September 20th   6:45 pm   
Kristy Engel speaking at United Baptist Church of Saco


September 22nd   7:00 pm   
Community Church Concert at OBC


September 26th   6:30 pm   
Bible Study at the Lareau's


September 28th   6:30 pm   
Mission Board at Patnaude's


September 30th   10:00 am-4:00 pm   
Courageous Grandparenting Seminar at FBC Springvale.


October 1st  6:00 pm   
New England Festival of Praise with Ken Medema at Court Street Baptist Church in Auburn


October 2nd   3:00-4:30 pm   
Prayer Shawl Ministry


October 11th   6:30-8:00 pm   
Praise Band and Choir Rehearsal


October 12th   Noon   
Women's Lunch TBA


October 12th   Noon   
Men's Lunch at Bintliff's


October 12th   5:30 pm   
Directors' Meeting


October 16th   3:00-4:30 pm   
Prayer Shawl Ministry


October 30th   3:00-4:30 pm   
Prayer Shawl Ministry





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OBC Parking Area Concept Plan

 


Mission Board

 

The Board of Missions has been reviewing all our mission initiatives. We noted that OBC is spending about $500 just on the postage for the Operation Christmas Child boxes. We agreed that this money could be put to better use to help others here in Maine. Therefore, we will not be collecting shoeboxes this year. Instead, we will collect gifts for 1 or 2 Maine families. You will hear more about this in the coming months. If you have already started collecting items for shoeboxes, we will incorporate these items into our new Christmas project. If you have any questions, please speak to a member of the Mission Board.


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