The Bell Ringer – October 23, 2022

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

The Lord’s Day, October 23, 2022

Haverhill Trick-or-Treat Night THIS SATURDAY!

Except for a bad weather event, Haverhill’s Trick-or-Treat Night is this Saturday, October 29, between 5 and 7 pm. Keeping our grand tradition, we will be opening our church to the neighborhood! Can you help by donating candy, preparing for the event, and/or being there that night? Thank you!

Midweek Meetings on Wednesdays at 7 pm

Prayer Meetings – Nov 2 & 16

Thanksgiving Service – Eve of Thanksgiving Day, November 23

Advent Supper and Decorating Night – November 30 at 6 PM

“Blue Christmas” Advent Service of Hope – December 14

Membership Class: This class is primarily for people considering church membership, but all are welcome! Schedule will be announced soon.

Lectionary and Hymns for Sunday, October 30, 2022

Season:   Ordinary Time – Pentecost to Advent (Jun 6 – Nov 26, 2022)

Color:     Green – for the growth of the Kingdom of God

Day:        Reformation Sunday

Color:      Red – for the renewal of the Holy Spirit

21st Sunday after Pentecost, Reformation Sunday, Proper 26

Lectionary: Isaiah 1:10-18; Ps 32:1-7; 2 Thess. 1:1-4,11-12; Luke 19:1-10

Hymns:  1 – All People That on Earth Do Dwell; 724 – The Ten Commandments; 92 – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Lord’s Day Schedule

Service – 10 am (Lord’s Supper observed on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month)

Fellowship & Study – 11 am to 12 noon

Oct 30   Reformation        Nov 20  Christ the King* Dec 11  Advent III–Joy

Nov 6   All Saints Sun.* Nov 27 Advent I–Hope    Dec 18  Advent IV–Peace*

Nov 13 Persecuted Church Dec 4   Advent II–Love* Dec 25  Christmas Day

* Communion

Web site –            ; Facebook site –’ Email –

Monthly Prayer Focus for October

Local Church Focus:  Primera Iglesia Biblica Bautista–Pr Felix Rodriguez Rijo

Missions Focus:  Community Meals, Haverhill

Community Resources – Food, Clothing, Shelter, & Other Help          National Suicide Hotline:  1-800-273-8255 or 988

Refugee Ministries: Interserve USA (; Emmanuel Gospel Center’s Greater Boston Refugee Ministry (

Global Crisis Help:  World Relief –

Information on Persecuted Christians: Open Doors USA–

Monthly Scripture Memory for October

2 Timothy 3:16,17 (ESV) – 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Weekly Catechism

Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 88-91 – hymnal page 876

Catechism: Outline of the Faith

Q.  What is Holy Baptism?

A.  Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.

Q.  What is the outward and visible sign in Baptism?

A.  The outward and visible sign in Baptism is water, in which the person is baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Q.  What is the inward and spiritual grace in Baptism?

A.  The inward and spiritual grace in Baptism is union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God’s family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit.

Q.  What is required of us at Baptism?

A.  It is required that we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

The following two questions are for those in our congregation who believe that the children of believers should be baptized. Like many churches in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, Ward Hill Church affirms as biblical and proper both this traditional Congregationalist understanding as well as the Baptist view that children of believers should wait to make their own profession of faith prior to baptism.  In essentials, unity; in doubtful matters, liberty; in all things, charity.

Q.  Why then are infants baptized?

A.  Infants are baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God.

Q. How are the promises for infants made and carried out?

A.  Promises are made for them by their parents and sponsors, who guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow him.


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