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  • Reverend Bob Hinkley

Dear Christian Friends,

As a young person I was brought up in a very strong missionary minded church. We often had missionary speakers and conferences as well as people who were members of the church who became missionaries. One married couple who had a very strong positive influence upon my life were missionaries to Africa. At one time in my life I gave serious consideration to becoming a missionary but later was led into pastoral ministry. Missions in all forms has always been important to me and to the churches I have served as pastor. I am grateful that OBC is a missionary minded fellowship! We take seriously Jesus words as recorded in the gospel of Matthew 28:18–20:

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in Heaven and on earth has been

given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”

As a church family we’re seeking to reach out in love and concern to the people of our

community. Also, we are looking for a pastor with a desire to help us accomplish this

ministry. We have a strong missionary budget that supports missionaries who are bringing the good news of the Gospel to people in other countries. One of those people is Kristy Engel who will be speaking at our church on Sunday, September 17 at 6:00 pm. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with a real missionary. She will tell us about her recent visit to the Ukraine and her plans for future missionary work. Don’t miss out on this outstanding opportunity! It makes supporting missions more personal when you get to know the people who are serving in this way!

Please also continue in your prayer support for the members of our Pastoral Search

Committee. They are currently interviewing potential pastoral candidates and will be

deciding who they believe will be the best fit for our church. We are all seeking the will of

God so please ask for His wisdom in everything.

Pray for me that I might have God’s wisdom and strength as I seek to worship and work

with you in this interim period.

Because of Jesus,

Bob Hinckley

Interim Pastor

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  • Reverend Bob Hinkley

Updated: Aug 23

Dear Ones in Jesus,

Greetings in the name of our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ!

Happy summer time! How is your summer going? The weather sure has been interesting but I haven’t heard any weather person say, “We sure do need some rain!” The grass is lush and green and always seems to need mowing. But wait! In a few short months we will be looking back fondly on these hot, humid days as the cold and snow arrives to keep us company. Is it just me or is winter in Maine really longer than summer in Maine?

This morning I was deeply moved by the devotional article in Our Daily Bread. I hope you are using this book daily or some other similar devotional book along with reading the Bible passage. The article was, “What’s My Purpose?” As we get older and find we can’t do everything that we used to do we can get discouraged and think that our lives are useless. An older man once told me that he felt like he was just taking up space. lf you are still alive (and if you are reading this you are) God has a purpose for your life. Two quotes from the article-“As long as there are people who haven’t heard of Jesus, I must tell them about the Savior.” and, “No matter what our age, background, or circumstances, we have a purpose to tell others about Jesus.” If you’re like me then you have family members and friends who have never invited Jesus Christ into their lives and received Him as their Savior and Lord. They are still in their sin and know not the forgiveness of sin that only Jesus can give. Our responsibility is to pray for them and to seek opportunities to tell them about the love of Jesus for them. Hopefully our lives are showing the difference Jesus makes in our everyday living. May the love of Jesus shine through our lives and help guide them to a personal faith in Jesus Christ. That is really a challenge that makes life worth living! Share the joy of knowing Jesus!!

May we all continue to have a summer of warmth and gladness. The summer attendance at worship has been encouraging along with those who join us online. Keep praying for the members of our Pastoral Search Committee as they now begin to interview candidates for Pastor.

Seek always God’s wisdom and will!

Your friend in our wonderful Savior,

Bob Hinckley

Interim Pastor

  • Writer's pictureRev. Jeff Patnaude

Dear Friends,

Even though my tenure as pastor of OBC will end April 30th, I wanted to write the May

Beacon Pastor’s Page. I wanted to thank you all, in writing, for 16 wonderful years of ministry together. I have been either a pastor or youth pastor for about the last 23 years. 19 of those years were spent at the Ogunquit Baptist Church! First, I was youth pastor under Dave Clark, and then pastor starting in 2007. So OBC and all of you have had a big influence on my experience of what it’s like to be a pastor. You have made it a real joy! Burnout is common among pastors, but it has not happened to me. Largely that is because of your care, kindness, grace and maturity in Christ and I appreciate it greatly!

I also want to thank you for caring about my family and treating my boys with love and

grace. Thank you for remembering that they are just human beings, like we all are. They are not perfect and you have not expected them to be and I thank you sincerely for it! They are great young men though, and I’m very proud of them, but you have been an important influence in them becoming young men who love the Lord and also look on His church with fondness and gratitude! Some pastors’ kids do not, but mine do! You are a big reason they do! They too will miss you all!

We have had ups and a few downs over the years (mostly ups though!), but we have

continued to push through seeking to do the Lord’s will and work in our church and in the community. A “resort town” is not a normal place to do ministry! But we have never stopped trying to understand our community and minister accordingly. I believe all that hard work has paid off and that we have gained some insight in how to reach the Ogunquit area. Praise God!

We’ve seen many wonderful people come and go over all those years. Some have gone

home to the Lord; others have had to move away for various reasons. We miss them and look forward to seeing them all again someday! We have seen people become believers and be baptized and others grow in their faith. I give thanks to God for it all, and for your partnership as we have tried to do our best through it all. We have put many different ministries into practice. Some have been quite effective and others less so. But we pressed on, seeking to do God’s will because we love Him and we want to see others adore His sacred Name as much as we do!

We have held out the truth of God’s Word and the hope of Christ’s love to a fallen world. Without your support and encouragement, it would have been much more difficult for me to preach the truth the way I have been—especially recently. As we see our culture continue to run headlong away from the Lord, speaking the truth of scripture boldly becomes even more vital to our mission. I know that truth and the good news about Jesus will continue to go forth from the pulpit at OBC and from all its members in the future. Thank you for your faithfulness to Him, to His Word and to His Gospel and for being a beacon of His light to the world! It has been my pleasure to shine that light with you for the last 16 years.

I will continue in prayer for the Ogunquit Baptist Church and everyone who is a part of it, that the Lord will bless you and expand your ministry. I know He will be with you always to the very end. Please remember me in prayer as well, that I might grow in wisdom and courage and that I might be used of God for His Kingdom everywhere He sends me.

Until we meet again.

In Christ,

Pastor Jeff

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