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Lessons Learned in the Kitchen by Linda Greason

“Come on Martha, get out of the kitchen!” Those words have been repeated often enough at my family gatherings when Greg, my husband, feels I have spent too much time in the kitchen and neglected our guests. Of course, his not-so-veiled reference is to “Mary and Martha,” the friends of Jesus who responded very differently when He visited their home, Mary listened to Jesus’ teaching while Martha prepared food. Scholars have criticized Martha, yet I would contend that meeting Jesus’ physical needs (i.e., Maslow’s hierarchy) was exactly what the teacher needed to continue His leadership of others. 

While hospitality may or may not be my spiritual gift, I do believe, like Martha, that taking care of physical needs is the most basic care one can give to another. When asked if I would assume the role of Kitchen Coordinator I honestly thought about this for a good long time. I am not a trained chef, yet, despite my lack of formal training, I accepted the role to serve my church community similar to Martha’s service toward Jesus.

In order to serve well, I have started my work with a good spring cleaning. The kitchen has been cleaned, rearranged, Health Department standards implemented, and as organized as possible. On Sunday, October 21st from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., you are cordially invited to the kitchen/social hall area. I will be serving doughnuts (Slivenski’s of Kearney), apples with dip (GF of course), and cider. There will be a fun little scavenger hunt to help you find some of the more subtle changes that have occurred in the kitchen.  

In addition to tidying up the kitchen, I am also searching for folks who see themselves serving in the kitchen at Second Baptist. Becoming part of a cooking or clean-up team may be a way for you to serve others and your culinary passion(s). If you have the desire, I am sure I have a cooking style to fit your interest. We routinely have need of bar-b-que food, reception appetizers, and comfort food!

Do you belong in the kitchen? Do you believe this to be a viable area of service for you and your talents? Do you want to become a member of a cooking or clean-up team? If so, please talk with me about how you can share your gift of hospitality.

Tastefully yours,

Linda Greason

at Friday, October 19, 2018

SEND Initiative Partner Shane McNary and CBF Work in Slovakia by Karen Rogers

It’s been 14 years since Shane and Dianne McNary followed God’s call to move from their Baptist church pastorate in Arkansas to the mission fields of Eastern Europe. It was there, among the Romani peoples of Slovakia, that Second Baptist Church began what was to become an enduring, loving partnership.

Beginning in 2010, Harold Phillips has organized mission projects in Slovakia involving 2BC members in teaching, preaching, leading Bible study, developing relationships, creating small business quilting enterprises, assisting in schools, and sharing God’s love in other caring interactions with the most vulnerable and oppressed people of the region, the Romani people. 

Because of the deep needs of the people and the masterful leadership of Shane and Dianne, what began as a 3-year partnership led by CBF Heartland has extended into the present. “One last year” has now been planned six times, with another mission project scheduled for 2019. Well over a dozen Second Baptist members have been a part of this outreach. Central to planning the church’s priorities is the guiding principle of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) – using existing resources in the Slovakia communities as 2BC volunteers work alongside the field personnel to achieve lasting, self-sustaining goals, all in God’s name.

Shane’s Christian influence has spread well beyond Slovakia. He is now a permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland for the Baptist World Alliance; and chair of the European Baptist Federation Freedom and Justice Core group. 

Shane will be visiting Kansas City the first week in November and will be hosted by 2BC November 5-7. You are invited to join in one or more of the following events:

  • Mon., Nov. 5, 5:30 – 7:00 PM.  Chili Supper in 2BC’s Social Room 
  • Tues., Nov. 6, 9:45 – 10:15 AM.  Women on Mission Meeting in 2BC’s Assembly Room
  • Tues., Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. Pay on your own dinner at La Costa for specific discussion about past or future mission trips to Slovakia.
    Hosted by CBF Heartland,
  • Wed., Nov. 7, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Meet and Greet in 2BC’s Welcome Center. 

If you’d like more information on any of these gatherings or about engaging with the 2019 mission project, contact Interim Missions Coordinator, Karen Rogers or the church office. 

2BC SEND Initiative Slovakia Trips
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Pictures are from 2017 and 2018 SEND Initiative trips to Slovakia sponsored by 2BC and CBF Heartland.
Vazec Slovakia 2017 SEND Initiative Team 2017 Women of Vazec with Women from 2017 SEND Initiative trip
2017 International Children's Day Vazec Castle Gwen Philips teaching in
Romani School
Harold Phillips teaching in
Romani School
Children of Slovakia 2018 SEND Initiative Team
Slovakia Countryside Becky Gossett teaching in
Romani School
Harold Phillips teaching in 
Romani School
at Thursday, October 18, 2018

Ways to Use Your RMD


Did you know that if you’re over age 70½ and taking your annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), you can use it towards a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)? QCD’s are generally a nontaxable distribution made directly by the trustee of your IRA (other than a SEP or SIMPLE IRA) to an organization eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. For example, to 2BC if you’re so inclined.

The amount transferred is excluded from income and can satisfy all or part of your RMD for the year. While you don’t get to take a tax-deductible contribution for your generosity, you also don’t pay income taxes on your IRA distribution. With the new tax rules and the increased standard deduction, this may not be a concern for you. (On a traditional IRA RMD payable to the IRA owner, the owner pays income taxes on the distribution.)  

For many, many years, Congress would approve QCD’s on an annual basis. However, a couple of years ago, Congress made QCD’s a permanent part of the IRS tax code. Check with your tax advisor and your IRA financial institution for the details on taking this type of distribution. If you want to do this for 2BC, the check must be payable to Second Baptist Church, 300 E. Kansas Street, Liberty, MO 64068. The institution will need 2BC’s federal tax ID number which is 44-0563818. Also, the IRA institution will note your name on the check stub so that the church knows who really sent the contribution. You will continue to receive a quarterly giving statement from 2BC.

Contact your tax advisor and financial advisor/institution for additional details on the minimal paperwork to take this type of distribution. And in case you’re wondering, the annual exclusion limit for a QCD is $100,000 if you’re so inclined!

at Monday, October 1, 2018