Dear Beloved Baptist Church of All Nations Family,
I greet you in the awesome and matchless name of our LORD and Savior Jesus the Christ. I write this letter to provide you an overview of the highlights for the year that you will see in the Ministry Reports that follow. The year 2017 has been a year in which the LORD has been doing a new thing (Isaiah 43:19) in the life of our congregation. We started the year together with me providing pulpit supply on January 1st and we closed the year on December 31st as pastor and Church worshiping together in fellowship/partnership with our sister congregations Messiah Baptist Church and Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Brockton, MA.
In August, our Youth Vessels of Praise (YVP) had their debut at the annual Church at the Park (CAP) in Taunton, MA and they have been leading us in Praise and Worship during the 4th Sunday Youth Service ever since. The Joyful Voices Children’s choir began wearing their beautiful new robes at the 4th Sunday Youth Service in September. On that same Sunday in the afternoon, we also had the blessing and privilege of taking our Church and music ministry on the road to fellowship with St. John’s Baptist Church (Woburn) for their Diaconate Day. We closed the month with the Open Doors to Recovery Drop-In Center being launched at our church in partnership with the Taunton Opiate and Substance Use Task Force (TOTF) on September 28th.
In October we ordained Deacon Pat Dodd with St. John’s Baptist Church joining us. This year our Diaconate and Usher Ministry also worked together to enhance our 1st Sunday Communion Service Worship experience by providing the congregation the opportunity to be served at the Communion Table; which I hope has provided you an even greater sense and appreciation of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest, made on our behalf- to enable you to freely approach His throne of grace and mercy (Hebrews 4:16).
In 2017 we also saw the implementation of across the board leadership development within the Diaconate, Trustee, Christian Education, Treasury and Leadership Council Ministries. We introduced a Christmas Day one hour Worship Service which we were blessed to be together to celebrate the birth of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. Our Media Ministry met throughout the 2nd half of the year to explore how to enhance our Sunday Morning Worship service through media- which led to the purchase and integration of Worship Presentation software into our Sunday morning worship experience.
Our S.t.r.o.n.G. (Youth) Ministry has in many ways been a ministry leader throughout 2017, for us to follow and emulate within the broader congregation as they: worked on a two part discipleship series that provided a Christian guidepost as they engage the wider culture, fasted for hunger awareness, gave gifts to the children of incarcerated parents, served at the Men’s Palm Sunday Communion Breakfast, and pledged to live lives of purity.
Finally Church, our vision for 2018 is: Witnessing, Evangelizing, and Disciplining (W.E.D.) in Love with our vision statement being as follows: “Through the power of the Holy Spirit and by the grace of God, becoming a Christian Church family that Witnesses, Evangelizes, and Disciples with the Love of Jesus Christ to all whom we meet.” I encourage you to be prayerful as we live out this vision as a Church family throughout the year 2018. To God be the glory and honor for what he has done, is doing, and will do in the life of our Church.
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”– 1 Corinthians 2:9