FBC of Dexter, Maine

FBC of Dexter, Maine

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Let the Christmas party and Yankee Swap begin 😂What a fun afternoon. Big thanks to Melissa, Sue, Charlotte. Karen and Pam Bailey and her baby Yodas!!
Every Sunday when we gather for worship, we are praying, hoping, and making room for people who don't call FBC home to come and meet our church family. That means, if you're not usually worshiping with us on a Sunday then you're totally welcome to join us any week, even this week!
We welcome you to join us for in person or live online worship this Sunday at 10:30 am. Remember this Sunday is Ugly sweater and ugly Christmas outfit Sunday. With the uptick in Covid cases in our area we encourage you to wear a mask (NOT required) only as you enter and leave the building and mingle. https://youtu.be/7PCm_CalMfE
Ugly sweater and ugly Christmas outfit Sunday the 19th!! Live and online worship at 10:30 am
Our Don Swan singing, "Mary Did You Know?" Great job Don!
On Sunday, December 12th at 10:30 am it will be our privilege to host Dr. Bill and Ann Clemmer, who have served as missionaries to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for almost 30 years. They will be sharing an update on their work. The Clemmer’s work with IM partners Heal Africa and IMA World Health. Dr. Bill is stationed in Goma, Congo, but is currently working in war torn Yemen where he leads an international team of doctors. Dr Bill has also led teams of doctors as well as nurses and technical personnel who responded to the Ebola crisis and the COVID crisis. Ann is based in the town of Goma, where she serves on the Executive Board of Heal Africa, advocating for and overseeing educational and relief services to orphans and vulnerable children. CBS News has covered some of the work of Dr. Clemmer as it touched on the Ebola crisis, in the summer of 2019, here is a short clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeAkarp2ODk&feature=youtu.be
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 4:00 PM (Dec. 24th) with the singing of traditional Christmas carols at the First Baptist Church of Dexter. (Above the Dexter Post Office on Main Street Hill; church with 4 white pillars). Masks are not required but given the recent uptick in Covid cases we encourage social distancing and wearing a mask while entering and leaving the church and mingling (but not required).
“In 1965, Charles Schulz, a devout Christian and creator of the Peanuts comic strip, was asked to create a Christmas special for CBS featuring the Peanuts Characters. He agreed with one requirement, that they allow him to include the story of the birth of Jesus. Although the stations executives were hesitant and tried to convince him otherwise, Schulz was insistent. As a result, for the past 50 plus years, millions of people have watched and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and heard the story of Jesus and “what Christmas is all about.”

It wasn’t until a few years back that I realized a “hidden message” in the film. Linus, a child who seems to have some insecurities as he carries a security blanket with him at all times. In fact, Linus NEVER drops his blanket, except once....

While sharing the message of “what Christmas is all about,” Linus drops his blanket at the exact moment he says the words, “fear not!”

In this seemingly innocent moment, Linus delivers a powerful reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. We are to “fear not”, for Jesus is born. We needn’t rely on material things for security, we have God with us, “Immanuel”, (Matthew 1:23) Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior - the true meaning of Christmas.

Awhile back, someone informed me, indignantly so, that Linus picks up his blanket at the end of the speech so my interpretation must be wrong. Well, he was right, Linus does pick up his blanket at the end of his speech. However, he “drops” it again later...

Amid big, bright, colorful, shiny artificial trees, Charlie Brown chose the least of these, a little, wooden tree with just a few branches. Shortly thereafter, Linus uses his blanket to wrap about the base of the tree and says, “Maybe it just needs a little love”. In that moment, the tree “awakens”, stands tall and firm. A reminder that no matter who we are, how many mistakes we’ve made, a “little love” can make all the difference.

Let’s strive to “fear not” (Luke 2:10) and “love one another” (John 13:34), not just at Christmastime, but the whole year through.”

Borrowed from Charlene M. Speer & ‘Christian Life Ministry’ on Facebook...
Don Swan singing “Come as You Are”
The antics of the FBC folks never stop, as they celebrate Kay Gray’s 80th birthday while giving her a top hat for her winter in Florida with her sister Kathy!!
We welcome you to join us for in person or live online worship this Sunday at 10:30 am., as Jay continues his series - The Gospel in Isaiah. This week we will be in Isaiah 30. https://youtu.be/_Jfo-ZTG_v0
An update from our good friends Dr. Bill and Ann Clemmer and their life long ministry in Goma, Republic of Congo. They will be with us on Sunday morning, December 12th at our 10:30 AM worship service. Please join us.
This is from C.H. Spurgeon. It’s very applicable for our times…
“Christian, you ought not to dread the arrival of evil tidings; because if you are distressed by them, what do you more than other men? Other men have not your God to fly to; they have never proved his faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear: but you profess to be of another spirit; you have been begotten again unto a lively hope, and your heart lives in heaven and not on earthly things; now, if you are seen to be distracted as other men, what is the value of that grace which you profess to have received?”

FBC is an evangelical church, connecting people to Jesus Christ and equipping them to be faithful fo OUR VISION
"To send out servant-hearted disciples
with a passion for Jesus and the world"

OUR PURPOSE:
• glorify God and His Son Jesus
• communicate the good news about God’s kingdom through word and deed
• help all men and women experience God’s forgiving love
• and to help one another grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Operating as usual

Sunday Morning Worship - 03/13/2022 03/12/2022

Sunday Morning Worship - 03/13/2022

Every Sunday when we gather for worship, we are praying, hoping, and making room for people who don't call FBC home to come and meet our church family. This week Jay will be in Isaiah 40.
We welcome you to join us for in person or live online worship this Sunday at 10:30 am
Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour.

Sunday Morning Worship - 03/13/2022

Photos from FBC of Dexter, Maine's post 03/12/2022

Our new cook at the men’s breakfast! Thanks Asher!!

03/11/2022

Also, remember we turn our clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night!

"Comfort in the Wilderness" 03/09/2022

"Comfort in the Wilderness"

Isaiah 40:1-11: Comfort in the Wilderness

"Comfort in the Wilderness"

03/09/2022

The memorial service for Ethel Fern has been scheduled for Saturday, March 19th at 11am. A time of fellowship will follow.

Photos from FBC of Dexter, Maine's post 03/07/2022

From Pastor Andrew Bermudez, “Oh Ethel, we so miss you. I am so happy we had you in our lives. The many days and visits my children spent with you are memories they already treasure. The different times we had you over for Thanksgiving and Easter meals, birthdays and other days will be memories we talk about when those days come again. Seeing you at the church every day, twice a day, was always comforting, because I knew you were okay. Your unannounced visits to our house asking for help was always welcome and you were always grateful. You carried out so many task for the church methodically, sorry I did not thank you more for that. I am now compiling a list of things you did at the church that will need to still be completed. (Glad you showed me so much!) But most of all you loved and were loved. You were my sister in Christ and I know I will see you soon again. We love you, Ethel, and I am glad you loved Jesus.”

02/27/2022

A few Mandalorians visited our morning worship service including one who wanted it to be made known “I am not a princess anymore, I’m a mandalorian!” 😃

To Stay and Serve: Why We Didn’t Flee Ukraine 02/25/2022

To Stay and Serve: Why We Didn’t Flee Ukraine

Please pray for Ukraine!

To Stay and Serve: Why We Didn’t Flee Ukraine While the church may not fight like the nation, we still believe we have a role to play in this struggle.

02/25/2022

Pray for Ukraine

Please remember our faith family in Ukraine in these terrible times.

02/20/2022

Let's pray for our Christian family in Ukraine, in the face of these particularly critical times; may God grant wisdom, discernment, strength, courage, protection to His children, to the authorities and to the whole population!

Sunday Morning Worship - 02/20/2022 02/19/2022

Sunday Morning Worship - 02/20/2022

Every Sunday when we gather for worship, we are praying, hoping, and making room for people who don't call FBC home to come and meet our church family. This week Andrew will be in II Corinthians 3.
We welcome you to join us for in person or live online worship this Sunday at 10:30 am

Sunday Morning Worship - 02/20/2022

Photos from FBC of Dexter, Maine's post 02/12/2022

On February 12, 2017: “Celebrating the 90th birthdays of Maurice Neal, Richard Watson and Vern Bodwell with Poodle Skirt MC Kay Gray! Kay Gray made this an unforgettable event with stories of Richard dating his wife for 5 years before he kissed her, of Maurice getting disciplined in school for holding Corrine's hand and Vern telling us of the "girl who got away!"

Sunday Morning Worship - 2/13/2022 02/12/2022

Sunday Morning Worship - 2/13/2022

Every Sunday when we gather for worship, we are praying, hoping, and making room for people who don't call FBC home to come and meet our church family. This week Jay will be continuing his series in Isaiah with a study of chapters 36 and 37.
We welcome you to join us for in person or live online worship this Sunday at 10:30 am

Sunday Morning Worship - 2/13/2022

Sunday Morning Worship - 02/06/2022 02/05/2022

Sunday Morning Worship - 02/06/2022

Every Sunday when we gather for worship, we are praying, hoping, and making room for people who don't call FBC home to come and meet our church family. That means, if you're not usually worshiping with us on a Sunday then you're totally welcome to join us any week, even this week!
We welcome you to join us for in person or live online worship this Sunday at 10:30 am

Sunday Morning Worship - 02/06/2022

02/05/2022

Good morning at Men’s Breakfast! Thanks Charlie for the eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy!! Next breakfast Saturday March 12th!

"Behold the King" 01/16/2022

"Behold the King"

Jay continues his study through the book of Isaiah- this week “Behold the King!” from Isaiah 33. https://youtu.be/x9RN2WkQPcM

"Behold the King"

01/16/2022

Erin and Angie were not able to be with us Christmas Eve, but O Holy Night sounded as the perfect way to open our worship service this morning. Here is a small glimpse of these two talented ladies!

Should Children Be Sitting Through Worship In 'Big Church'? 01/08/2022

Should Children Be Sitting Through Worship In 'Big Church'?

Thirty plus years ago when Dottie and I attended church with our seven children, we had the option of having them attend Junior Church while we continued to worship with the adults; however, we never sent our children to Junior Church, the remained with us, even through the sermon. Our decision was not popular back then, but we are happy to see a growing trend among families to keep their children with them during the entire worship service. This article helps explain why this is beneficial to the children and to the church at large.

Should Children Be Sitting Through Worship In 'Big Church'? Long before children fully get what is going on in worship and what is sung and what is said, they are absorbing tremendous amounts of what is valuable.

Photos from FBC of Dexter, Maine's post 12/19/2021

Let the Christmas party and Yankee Swap begin 😂What a fun afternoon. Big thanks to Melissa, Sue, Charlotte. Karen and Pam Bailey and her baby Yodas!!

Photos from FBC of Dexter, Maine's post 12/14/2021

Ugly sweater and ugly Christmas outfit Sunday the 19th!! Live and online worship at 10:30 am

12/12/2021

“Mary Did You Know” by Don Swan.

Our Don Swan singing, "Mary Did You Know?" Great job Don!

Photos from FBC of Dexter, Maine's post 11/30/2021

On Sunday, December 12th at 10:30 am it will be our privilege to host Dr. Bill and Ann Clemmer, who have served as missionaries to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for almost 30 years. They will be sharing an update on their work. The Clemmer’s work with IM partners Heal Africa and IMA World Health. Dr. Bill is stationed in Goma, Congo, but is currently working in war torn Yemen where he leads an international team of doctors. Dr Bill has also led teams of doctors as well as nurses and technical personnel who responded to the Ebola crisis and the COVID crisis. Ann is based in the town of Goma, where she serves on the Executive Board of Heal Africa, advocating for and overseeing educational and relief services to orphans and vulnerable children. CBS News has covered some of the work of Dr. Clemmer as it touched on the Ebola crisis, in the summer of 2019, here is a short clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeAkarp2ODk&feature=youtu.be

Photos from FBC of Dexter, Maine's post 11/30/2021

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 4:00 PM (Dec. 24th) with the singing of traditional Christmas carols at the First Baptist Church of Dexter. (Above the Dexter Post Office on Main Street Hill; church with 4 white pillars). Masks are not required but given the recent uptick in Covid cases we encourage social distancing and wearing a mask while entering and leaving the church and mingling (but not required).

11/27/2021

“In 1965, Charles Schulz, a devout Christian and creator of the Peanuts comic strip, was asked to create a Christmas special for CBS featuring the Peanuts Characters. He agreed with one requirement, that they allow him to include the story of the birth of Jesus. Although the stations executives were hesitant and tried to convince him otherwise, Schulz was insistent. As a result, for the past 50 plus years, millions of people have watched and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and heard the story of Jesus and “what Christmas is all about.”

It wasn’t until a few years back that I realized a “hidden message” in the film. Linus, a child who seems to have some insecurities as he carries a security blanket with him at all times. In fact, Linus NEVER drops his blanket, except once....

While sharing the message of “what Christmas is all about,” Linus drops his blanket at the exact moment he says the words, “fear not!”

In this seemingly innocent moment, Linus delivers a powerful reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. We are to “fear not”, for Jesus is born. We needn’t rely on material things for security, we have God with us, “Immanuel”, (Matthew 1:23) Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior - the true meaning of Christmas.

Awhile back, someone informed me, indignantly so, that Linus picks up his blanket at the end of the speech so my interpretation must be wrong. Well, he was right, Linus does pick up his blanket at the end of his speech. However, he “drops” it again later...

Amid big, bright, colorful, shiny artificial trees, Charlie Brown chose the least of these, a little, wooden tree with just a few branches. Shortly thereafter, Linus uses his blanket to wrap about the base of the tree and says, “Maybe it just needs a little love”. In that moment, the tree “awakens”, stands tall and firm. A reminder that no matter who we are, how many mistakes we’ve made, a “little love” can make all the difference.

Let’s strive to “fear not” (Luke 2:10) and “love one another” (John 13:34), not just at Christmastime, but the whole year through.”

Borrowed from Charlene M. Speer & ‘Christian Life Ministry’ on Facebook...

11/21/2021

Don Swan singing “Come as You Are”

Photos from FBC of Dexter, Maine's post 11/14/2021

The antics of the FBC folks never stop, as they celebrate Kay Gray’s 80th birthday while giving her a top hat for her winter in Florida with her sister Kathy!!

09/26/2021

This is from C.H. Spurgeon. It’s very applicable for our times…
“Christian, you ought not to dread the arrival of evil tidings; because if you are distressed by them, what do you more than other men? Other men have not your God to fly to; they have never proved his faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear: but you profess to be of another spirit; you have been begotten again unto a lively hope, and your heart lives in heaven and not on earthly things; now, if you are seen to be distracted as other men, what is the value of that grace which you profess to have received?”

09/22/2021

In our series, The Gospel in Isaiah, we were in chapter 12 this week and Jay shared the story of Robert Louis Stevenson walking the streets in Edinburgh, Scotland in the 19th century. At the end of each day, as darkness spread over the city, Robert would watch with fascination as the lamplighters came down the street, lighting the gas street lamps one at a time. One night he exclaimed to his parents, “Look they are punching holes in the darkness.” Here is a modern day lamplighter 🙂

Photos from FBC of Dexter, Maine's post 09/19/2021

This morning we briefly reviewed last weeks sermon from Isaiah 12 "Punching Holes in the Darkness" (before tackling Isaiah 13-14). Jay shared an example from the late 1800's and the work of Josiah Wedgewood - a pottery maker and William Willberforce a member of British Parliament, both Christians during a time when slavery and slave trade were the economic engine of the British Empire. This friendship led to many discussion of how they could impact the culture and bring change to the horrific practice of slave trade. Wilberforce took up the fight in Parliament but Wedgewood a "mere" potter didn't know how he could impact the fight. How could a potter "Punch Holes in the Darkness"? That was until Wedgewood designed a dinner plate with the words "Am I not a man and a brother?" encircling a figure of a slave in chains. He designed the dinner plates so that as people ate their meals they would need look at the figure and ask themselves the question and perhaps at a large dinner gathering the ethics and morality of Britian's slave trade would enter into the meal time discussion. Over time the plates, which became very popular, led to necklaces, brooches and hair pins, with the same inscription and figure, worn in public causing more discussions. In 1807 Slave Trade was abolished in the British Empire because, in part, Christians found ways to, "Punch Holes in the Darkness".

The Americans Staying in Afghanistan 09/16/2021

The Americans Staying in Afghanistan

Americans staying in Afghanistan so that they might "Punch Holes in the Darkness": https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/americans-staying-afghanistan/

The Americans Staying in Afghanistan Why? Because they love God and they love Afghans.

"Punching Holes in the Darkness" 09/13/2021

"Punching Holes in the Darkness"

A challenging message from our series, The Gospel in Isaiah - Isaiah 12, share with others if you’d like: https://youtu.be/SBKCWzDALtc

"Punching Holes in the Darkness"

Photos from FBC of Dexter, Maine's post 05/09/2021

The Queen of Whitten Castle worshipped with us today, oh yes, and Andrew preached from Exodus 20, listen to Andrew here: https://youtu.be/4-TTpBbxNBY

"Self Awareness From God" 04/26/2021

"Self Awareness From God"

If you weren’t able to be with us on Sunday morning you can listen here to the beginning study series from the book of Isaiah: https://youtu.be/bFuh0bWROMg

"Self Awareness From God"

Photos from FBC of Dexter, Maine's post 04/18/2021

A week ago our Kay Gray returned from Florida and came to church in an outfit which the elders felt was a little inappropriate. To show her repentance she appeared today in church with her "ladies in waiting" in more appropriate attire - from the 18th century!! Thanks to Laurel Bermudez for her idea of these period outfits!! Don Swan feeling left out also got into the spirit of things with a red head wig - see last picture! FBC is a group of fellow believers who love Jesus and love each other and at times do not act age appropriate!! Join us for live in person worship on Sunday's at 10:30 am. We are the church behind the Dexter Post Office with 4 large white pillars. www.fbcdexter.com

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