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What Happened at Second Baptist in 2010?

Second Baptist Church experienced an active year once again even though the church and families were impacted by bad economic times. The commitment of many people in terms of time and talent to the ministries of the Church was impressive. Issues within the congregation and employees impeded the effectiveness of some work. Effective programs and activities, church and community, were facilitated by a well maintained physical plant.

 Many committees, boards and groups were active throughout the year. The Diaconate, Board of Christian Education, and the Executive, Missions, Music, Pastoral Relations, House and Calling Committees met on a regular basis. Other committees met as needed: Flower, Nominating, Stewardship and Budget. Other regular activities were the Special Needs Fellowship, Women’s Fellowship, Soup Kitchen, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and Prayer Circle. The choirs, Sanctuary and Handbell, made our worship experience more joyful and meaningful. Dedicated teachers gave Sunday School participants of most ages a variety of meaningful experiences; more teachers were needed to lighten the load. Outside groups continued to use church facilities on a regular basis: Brownies, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Suffield Academy, AA, and the Garden Club The Pastor continued his Wednesday afternoon chat time at the local Dunkin Donuts and the “‘Fabulous Friday Folders” provided the Office Manager with important help. The Office Manager, Evelyne Battle, did outstanding work for the Church.

 Regular and special events occurred in January. On the 15th, the Habitat for Humanity Mission Team held a Spud-night/Dessert auction to help support their gulf coast mission trip. A service at Third Baptist in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. was held on January 17 at 4 pm. The annual meeting of Second Baptist was held on the 31st.

On February 7, a Dominican Republic Mission trip luncheon was held at noon. A Red Cross blood drive was held on the 23rd. Ash Wednesday service was held on the 17th. On Sunday after worship, a missions project was held: packing Church World Service Hygiene Kits. Lenten devotional breakfasts were held on the 21st and 28th at 8:15 am. A family Sunday celebration was held on the 28th in which all children remained in the worship service for the entire time.

 Lenten breakfasts were held on the 7th, 14th, and 21st. On Saturday, March 6, ABCCONN’s Spring Fling was held at Second Baptist. Second Baptist volunteers helped with parking, a meal, providing equipment etc.for workshops and a variety of other tasks for 250 people. It was extremely successful in large part because of our volunteers. It was a wonderful service for our fellow Baptists. The youth held a retreat on the 12th and 13th. Youth Sunday was observed on the 21st. On Palm Sunday, March 28, the choir and a small orchestra presented a Palm Sunday Suite,”The Crown and the Cross”. It was a highlight of the church year. Maundy Thursday was observed with a service at Third Baptist Church at 7 pm. on April 1. Easter Sunday began with a sunrise service at 6 am at Sunrise Park followed by our worship service at 10 am. SBC women were invited to a fashion show in Fellowship Hall on Sat. April 17. An American Red Cross blood drive was held on the 21st in Fellowship Hall.

A Ladies Tea was held on May 1 from 12-2 pm with Lisa Gustafson, Interim Minister of Bristol Baptist. On Sunday , May 2, the Hot Cat Jazz Band provided a wonderful addition to the music of our worship service. The men’s choir provided music during worship on Father’s Day, May 9. The annual hymn sing and supper with Third Baptist was held in Fellowship Hall on May 16.

In June on the 5th and 6th, a team from the SBC participated in the Relay for Life activity to raise money to fight cancer. The church school year ended on the 13th with Children’s Day service followed by a church picnic.

 On Sunday, July 11, 2nd Baptist and 1st Congo held a joint worship service at 1st Congo and it was a joyful experience. Vacation Bible School was held July 12 - 16 with a pirate ship playing a motivating role. A supper and discussion occurred on the 21st with Robyn Smith describing her missionary work in Bogota, Colombia. Robyn was a teacher and people enjoyed learning about her work. Worship services in August were held at First Baptist Church of Suffield.

Worship services returned to SBC on Sept. 5th and Homecoming Sunday was observed on the 19th with the Hot Cat Jazz band featured. Sunday School for all levels began on the 19th. SBC had a booth for Suffield on the Green on the 12th and 13th. Committees and boards established dates for planning meetings to get the church year up and running. In October, a number of mission activities took place. On the 9th, Habitat for Humanity Build Day was supported with snacks provided by church volunteers and given to June Hodges who served them to habitat workers. On the 16th , a bake sale was held by the youth at two locations to raise money for the Dominican Republic Mission trip. Also, on the 16th, the Diaconate had a retreat at the church with Rev. Kendric Prescott as the leader. Two activities occurred after morning worship the next day: members participated in the Crop Walk and Lucille Miller sold items made by women of India who had been maltreated and were trying to support themselves. This sale was part of Lucille’s preparation for a mission trip to India in January , 2011.

 November activities were kicked off with the Holiday Fair on the 6th. Our church family Thanksgiving dinner was held on the 14th. An Adult Ed potluck supper and discussion group met with Rev Michael Wu with the topic “Where in the World Will the Church Be in the 22nd Century”. The Adult Christian Education Committee sponsored a series on Sunday mornings entitled “Getting to Know Our Interfaith neighbors”. Judaism on the 7th was postponed, Islam with Hanah Saleh was held on the 14th and Baha’i was held on the 21st with Chet and Mary Kay Makoski. The Missions Committee sponsored Thanksgiving dinners for 12 families and food was contributed by the congregation. Our Thanksgiving service was held on the 21st and an Interfaith Thanksgiving service was held at Sacred Heart Church at 4 pm. The first Sunday of Advent was on the 28th with the Advent candle lighted by the Jamrog family. At the end of the service, Pastor David Reed-Brown read a letter of resignation to the congregation. January 16, 2011, would be his last day as Pastor of Second Baptist Church of Suffield.

The Advent season was underway as December began. On Sunday morning worship, the Advent candles were lighted by Daisy Saunders and family on the 5th; on the 12th by the Vormstein-Schneider family; and by the Tobiasz family. The family craft workshop was held on the 5th. The Community Christmas Concert was held on the 18th at SBC. It was a great opportunity to bring the entire Suffield community together to enjoy the musical talents of all age groups. On the 11th , a spaghetti supper was put on by the youth to raise funds for the mission trip to the Dominican Republic. An American Red Cross blood drive was held at SBC on the 21st. The traditional Christmas Eve service and pageant was held with white gifts for those in need. A service of carols and Bible readings was held at 10 pm.

 Many people at SBC worked hard to do God’s work in a very challenging 2010. We can be thankful for their belief in the ministries of the Second Baptist Church of Suffield.