man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or
under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
II Corinthians 9:7
"I do not believe we can settle how much we ought to give. I'm afraid the only safe way is to give more than we can spare." C.S. Lewis
Board of Missions of the First Baptist Church of Boston supports local, national
and world-wide projects for all of God's people.
Won't you please help?
This culture of gratitude — where spiritual leaders give thanks for the church’s
fellowship and God’s followers give thanks for ministers’ and missionaries’ spiritual
guidance — is deeply ingrained in the Christian faith.
Since the mid-1930s, American Baptist congregations have received a Communion Fellowship Offering on the first Sunday of each month to support needy and elderly clergy within their churches. In 1948, churches began donating to the November Communion Fellowship Offering, providing financial assistance to the denomination’s elderly ministers, missionaries and their widowed spouses. In 1977, American Baptist Churches USA officially launched the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) to continue this tradition of thankfulness. Since 1980, MMBB has sent “Thank You” checks drawn directly from the MMBB endowment to eligible retired lay church employees.
The Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering commemorates the anonymous gift in 1981 of a Vietnamese refugee woman worshipping with the First Chinese Baptist Church of Fresno, California. Not knowing the full intent of the offering, but understanding the words “thank you” printed on the offering envelope, she slipped off her wristwatch, her only possession of value, and placed it in the envelope. The Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering is a personal offering, one rooted in thanks for the countless ways ministers and missionaries guide each member of the church along their spiritual journey. It provides a tangible way for American Baptist congregations to say “Thank you for …” the commitment, service and spiritual guidance of retired ministers, missionaries and their widowed spouses. The offering supports those who have devoted their lives to God’s service by providing emergency assistance in their times of need and, for those eligible, a “Thank You” check at the end of each year. In 2012, RMMO provided Thank You checks to more than 3,300 recipients. For 2013, the national RMMO goal is $1.2 million.
Our goal at the First Baptist Church of Boston is $200.
This year, RMMO will showcase this gratitude by offering our congregation, along with retired ministers and missionaries, a chance to say...Thank You!
Your servants for Christ,
The Board of Missions
Deborah Porter, Chairman
March - America for Christ Offering
June - One Great Hour of Sharing
October - World Mission Offering
December - Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering
If you cannot give during these times, or would like to send a special donation to one of the above listed funds, we would prefer that you mail your designated gift for one of the listed charities to/and made payable to the First Baptist Church of Boston, 110 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116, c/o the Financial Secretary. All gifts are tax deductible.
Deborah K. Porter
The Board of Missions
First Baptist Church of Boston
Join the campaign to make poverty and disease history at One.org
Never forget the needs here at home:
The Boston Project is a community-based organization in Boston with a passion for seeing renewal in urban neighborhoods:
To donate food or time to feed the hungry in the Boston area:
If you know of a local family or church in need, please contact Darlene Williams or Ken Swenson or call the TABCOM office at (781) 320-8100.
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