First Baptist Church Missions does four special Missions a year besides the 10% taken from our offerings.
America For Christ
One Great Hour
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGH) is an offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, and for those who serve them through gifts of money and time. Today, projects are underway in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada. In the 1990s, receipts have exceeded $20 million annually. While specific allocations differ in each denomination, all use their One Great Hour of Sharing funds to make possible disaster relief, refugee assistance, development aid and more.
World Mission Offering
The World Mission Offering (WMO) is a vital source of support for the entire work of IM, including the emerging ministry with Baptist brothers and sisters in Myanmar. WMO giving also supports current missionaries and new missionary recruitment efforts (15 new global personnel in 2013).
Contributions to WMO will be used to glorify God in all the earth by crossing cultural boundaries to help people to come to faith in Jesus, grow in their relationship with God and change their worlds through the power of the Spirit. Much of the current work of global mission through IM could not continue nor could new ministries grow without generous contributions to the WMO. Individuals and churches may give to the WMO year-round.
Retired Ministers & Missionaries Offering
Today, RMMO is a tangible way for the American Baptist congregations to say “Thank you for …” the commitment, service and spiritual guidance of retired ministers, missionaries and their widowed spouses. This year, we have redesigned the structure and theme of this offering to make it both more meaningful to church members and easier to administer. This year we are continuing the tradition of saying Thank You. Our materials will provide opportunities for your congregation to showcase their thankfulness and generosity, attributes that define us as Christians.
In 2012 ABM of First Baptist put up the challenge to bring in over 1500 food items and the president of ABM would shave his beard off. The Maquoketa community brought in around 5,635 items and the First Baptist Church of Maquoketa brought in over 1823 items. Thank you Bear, the entire Maquoketa community has been blessed with your inspiration.
Salvation Army Red Kettle
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Each year the churches of the Maquoketa Ministerial Association take turns at ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at the Wal-Mart and Fareway stores during the Christmas season.
Maquoketa Ministerial Association
The Maquoketa Ministers Association is made up of nine active member congregations in the City of Maquoketa and the surrounding area. We meet monthly (excluding Summer) to demonstrate our unity in Christ in spite of differences in doctrine and polity.
We seek venues that will further the testimony of Christ in our community; such as overseeing and promoting:
The Local Food Cupboard
Community Services (Clothing etc.)
Community Worship (Good Friday, Baccalaureate and other public services)
Salvation Army bell ringing (Allowing funding for people who have financial difficulties during the year)
Crop Walk (National Hunger Program)
We have a representative (Commissioner) on a local board to disburse government grants to service agencies in Jackson County.
The above and numerous other projects our discussed and planned for in our regular meetings.