The dates have changed for the youth trip to Camp Connell. We will now be going the weekend of May 24 – 27. There’s still time to sign up if you’re interested! See Mark Brown for details. If you’d like to know more about Camp Connell, you can see pictures and read details at the Connell Baptist Church website. We hope to see you there!
WMU: Ladies, please join us on Tuesday, May 7th at 10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall as we Tell the Stories!
Pick’n & Grin’n: Friday, May 17th, please join us in the Fellowship Hall to praise the Lord in song and with instruments.
Youth Retreat: The teens are going to Camp Connell during the weekend of May 17th-19th. See Mark Brown if you’re interested in joining them.
Family Fun Day: Following Sunday School on May 10th, we’ll be having a fun day featuring the Kingsmen Quartet at 11:00 AM and then lunch at noon and lots of fun activities. There will be no evening services that day.
Game Time! The youth will be attending a Rangers game and Toby Mac concert on Sunday, June 2nd following morning services. Adults are encouraged to come spend time wiht our wonderful youth group! If you’d like to participate, talk to Mark Brown.
VBS is coming! June 9th – 12th. There are still spots available for those who’d like to volunteer to help with this great event!
Sunday School Teachers: There will be no meeting in May.
Food Ministry News
What a bargain!
I’ve talked before about how much I love the missionary work we do with the Food Ministry. Not a secret, if you are with me more than 5 minutes, the subject Will come up. I got to thinking recently about what a bargain this mission work is. Did just a little internet research on the average cost of a missionary. I couldn’t find any real firm numbers, but estimates range from $1000 to $4000 per month, per missionary. That includes housing, food, utilities, and transportation. I’m guessing that any “mission supplies” would be in addition to that. Another site cited $800 to $4000.00 per month. They both said it depends on where the worker is and what kind of work they are doing. Now then, Bisbee Food Ministry. During any given week, we can have 20-30 volunteers doing the mission work. Food procurement, transportation, stocking, counseling, and administration/clerical. This is all done by volunteers. No one is paid a salary, they all drive their own personal vehicles, of course they furnish their own housing and meals. That’s 30 workers! No cost, no expense. Our operating expenses are very minimal. $65 a month for the dumpster (and we are working on getting a recycle program going, so that may soon even turn a profit for us), $50 per month for a “bug guy”. We get a special deal because we are a faith based ministry. $100 every other month to buy paper sacks to distribute bread/pastry items. And last month we spent $400 on a new deep freeze. I can’t even remember the last time we paid for a freezer or refrigerator, they’ve always been donated. Any other expenses are for the purchase of food to distribute to those in need. That usually runs $1,500 to $2,500 per month. In case you didn’t know, we do have to pay for our food that we get from the Tarrant Area Food Bank. We get a really good deal, just pennies per pound, but it is still a cost. One reason we get such good prices on our food is because we qualify on one of the upper “Tiers” in the classification system. Thanks to our great service, book work, and services offered, we are in the First Tier with the food bank. So for about $2000-3000 per month our ministry functions. What kind of effect do we make on the community? During any given month we serve 500-600 families. We have to keep records on the number of individuals, and then further break it down to identify number of seniors and children(under age 18). 2000-2500 individuals per month, 700 children, and probably about the same number of seniors (couldn’t lay my hands on that number and Kathy H has a deadline to meet with the Buzz). That’s a lot of folks that see Jesus thru us at the Bisbee Food Ministry. Looks like about $1 each. Pretty good deal if you ask me. Of course we couldn’t do it without Bisbee sharing space with us. On Thursdays we pretty much take over the Children and Youth Building, and it’s a good thing you don’t have to pay to park. We do have some dedicated space, and feel so blessed to have it. So many of our clients think of Thursday as their “church” day. They can sing hymns, pray, visit and mingle with Christians, get a bible if they don’t have one, hear a sermon from Pastor Ed(Tabernacle Baptist) once a month, and keep the hungry wolf away from the door. Not much different than if we were in Ethiopia or China. And the bonus for this ministry is that we can always see the ministry in action. I don’t like to compare Jesus to the Dollar Store, but since I am already bought and paid for with His blood and sacrifice, I guess it is. Bisbee Food Ministry, what a bargain.
Happy Mother’s Day!