Our commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. begins on Sunday, Jan. 15 during worship, and continues on Monday, Jan. 16 with a service sponsored by the Evergreen Association. Many singers from SFBC are participating in a Mass Choir for the Monday event. Join us for worship at 11 a.m. on Sunday and at 6 p.m. on Monday at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 19300 108th Ave. SE, Kent. President Obama recently challenged us to not take our democracy for granted when he said, "If you're tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life... America is not a fragile thing, but the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured." Join us as we remember Dr. King on Sunday, and on Monday take this opportunity to talk and worship with people you may not know well.
This Sunday, Jan. 15, our next Senior Adult Lunch will focus on Exercise for Seniors with Mariah Kaye. Lunch is $5 and will begin after worship in the Parlor, followed by the program. Please call the church office to let us know you are coming.
The 2017 Budget has been approved by Diaconate. Copies are available at the welcome table in Fellowship Hall for those interested.
A memorial service for Conrad Tovar will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15 in the sanctuary. A reception will follow the service.
A memorial service for Autumn Franger will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 in the sanctuary. A reception will follow the service.
A memorial service for Curt Pruett will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 in the sanctuary.
Official Meeting Notice
The 2017 Annual Meeting of Seattle First Baptist Church will take place immediately after worship on Jan. 22. Along with our regular business we will consider two items that make this a "Special Meeting" according to our bylaws:
- Proposed Bylaws change (see below)
- Membership of a Pastoral Search Committee to seek an associate pastor to replace Ned Allyn Parker
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO SFBC’S BYLAWS PERTAINING TO COMPOSITION OF PASTORAL SEARCH COMMITTEESThe following change to the bylaws will be considered at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Seattle First Baptist Church:
Present Version of Bylaws:
Art. 8, Sec. 2, Par. 3, Sent. 1
"When a pastoral vacancy exists, the Diaconate will nominate and the congregation will elect a Search Committee, representative of all major areas of Church Life, and exclusive of the pastors and other full time staff."
Amendment to Bylaws Passed by the Diaconate on November 17, 2016 for Recommendation the Congregation for Approval:
Art. 8, Sec. 2, Par. 3, Sent. 1
"When the Lead Pastor position becomes vacant, the Diaconate will nominate and the congregation will elect a Search Committee composed of Church members representing all major areas of Church Life. Church pastors and other full time staff will not serve on the Search Committee for the Lead Pastor. When any other full time or part time pastoral position becomes vacant, the Diaconate will nominate and the congregation will elect a Search Committee composed of Church members that may also include the Lead Pastor."
Reason this Amendment is Being Recommended for Adoption:
The Personnel Commission, Lead Pastor and Diaconate believe that the Lead Pastor should be allowed to sit as a member on a search committee formed to select an associate pastor who will report to the Lead Pastor. Because the existing Bylaws prohibit all pastors from sitting on pastoral search committees, we recommend that the Bylaws be amended by the congregation at the Annual Meeting to permit the Lead Pastor to participate as a member of the search committee for an Associate Pastor.