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Upcoming Events

January 22nd   3:00-4:30 pm   
Prayer Shawl Ministry

January 23rdh   Noon   
Men's Lunch at Jake's in Wells

January 23rd   1:30 pm   
Directors' Meeting

January 29th   6:30 pm   
Dessert Fellowship

January 29th   7:00 pm   
Annual Meeting

February 3rd   9:00am-4:00pm   
Kite Making Workshop in Fellowship Hall

February 6th   6:30 pm   
Mission Board at Patnaude's

February 10th   5:00pm-7:00pm   
Music Booster's Turkey Dinner at St. Mary's

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Great News for Celebration


Dear church members,

The Board of Directors has great news to report. In memory of the passing of our faithful members Paula Hackendorf, Frances Hinckley, and John Miller, a donation has been received by the church to complete the funding of the current Organ Fund. We can now move forward with installing the remaining voices and completing the organ project. Hallelujah!!!! “Ain’t that news! Ain’t that Great News!”

“Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according
to His excellent greatness.”
  (Psalm 150:1, 2)

S.D.G. (Soli Deo Gloria),

OBC Board of Directors

Tony Annis, Chmn.



Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering


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.

Parking and Facilities Committee Report


Parking and Facilities Committee Report

On November 21, 2017 the Parking and Facilities Committee and the OBC Directors met to consider four different options to expand parking for the Church. The four plans under consideration were:

1. Paved parking area behind the Parsonage for 19 additional spaces.
2. Permeable gravel parking area behind the Parsonage for 19 additional spaces.
3a. Move Parsonage to rear of the lot and paved parking area for 30 additional spaces fronting Shore Road.
3b. Move parsonage to the rear of lot and paved parking area for 36 additional spaces fronting Shore Road.

Plans 3a and 3b would be considerably more expensive since they require moving the parsonage to the rear of the lot and paving a much larger area. While plans 3a and 3b result in more parking spaces, the Directors and the Committee agreed not to pursue either plan at this time. Both plans 1 and 2 have 19 spaces, however plan 1 is more expensive because the parking area is paved and a larger drainage area is required for the storm run off from the paved area.

  The members present at the meeting voted unanimously to present parking option 2 to the congregation at the Annual meeting on January 29, 2018. Plan 2 includes paving the driveway to the parking area and paving the walkway from the parking area to Shore Road in addition to grading the parking area as shown on the graphic drawing on display in the fellowship hall.

  All members present felt strongly that we should move forward with the least expensive parking plan and not commit all our current and future resources to a parking area. The Directors and the Committee also agreed that in addition to renovating the parking area behind the Parsonage, upgrading the Vestibule and installing an elevator to the Sanctuary are equally important. To that end, we will also be seeking congregation approval on January 29 to evaluate, design, and estimate the cost of an elevator and upgrading the vestibule.

In Christ,

Parking and Facilities Committee

Larry Smith, Chairman
Tony Annis
Jan Schaffner
Jim Wiggin
Mary Wiggin
Pastor Jeff

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



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. 


 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