First Baptist Church of Olney, Texas
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---About

Our Mission & Vision

The mission of First Baptist Olney is to make disciples by loving God, loving others, and magnifying the name of Jesus Christ in all that we do.  We believe The vision of our church is to see each member of our fellowship growing in Jesus, serving Him, and sharing His unconditional love with others.  We place a high priority on the preaching and teaching of the Bible because the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ guides our actions and builds within us a common desire to glorify God.

FBC Olney has served the Olney community since it was founded in 1898.  We are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention, the Bi-Fork Baptist Association, and the Brazos River Ministry Association.  We also support many other mission endeavors in our nation and around the world. 

Our two guiding documents are the FBCO Statement of Faith and Church Covenant.  
We are a congregational-ruled Baptist church as specified by our Church Constitution. We operate by various committees which serve at the pleasure of the congregation.Our pastors lead and equip our congregation primarily through the teaching and preaching ministry.  
Our deacon body serves the physical needs of the congregation and assist the pastor in his pastoral work. 
We seek to be a church that practices “meaningful membership.”  In other words, it means something to be a member of FBCO.  We care for each other’s souls through encouragement and accountability.  We find great joy in worshiping and serving Christ together.

 
Church Membership

On April 15, 2018, the congregation of FBCO approved the following process for receiving new members into the church:
Anyone desiring baptism or membership will attend a class that covers baptism, our church statement of faith, the biblical expectations of members which are outlined in our church covenant, Baptist distinctives (how we are different than other denominations), and other pertinent information about our church. 
 
If you are interested in taking the class, please contact Brother Chad and he will schedule a class for you.  If, upon completion of the membership class, you still desire to be baptized and/or join the church, you  will attend a brief meeting with the pastor and at least one other member of the congregation (most likely a deacon and his wife). The purpose of the meeting is to allow those desiring membership to share their Christian testimony, which is just the story of how a Christian person came to trust in Jesus for salvation. Those who meet with the candidate will be the ones who recommend the candidate for membership at the next Church Reporting Fellowship.
 

During the Church Reporting Fellowship, a vote will be taken on candidates for membership. Candidates who have been baptized according to scripture (immersion following a profession of faith) will be admitted into membership immediately. Those who have not will be admitted once they have been baptized in accordance with our understanding of scripture.

As stated in our constitution and bylaws, if a candidate is joining by letter from another church of like faith and order, they will be admitted upon receipt of a letter of recommendation from their former church.  Following the church vote, those received by promise of letter shall enjoy the full privileges and responsibilities of membership.

On May 28, 2017 and June 4, 2017 our Pastor, Brother Chad, preached two messages on Church membership.  If you are interested joining First Baptist Church of Olney, Texas, these are great messages that will give you an introduction to how we think about church membership at First Baptist Church.  You can listen to these messages by clicking below!

Sermon: Why Should I Join Your Church, Part 1 – Pastor Chad A. Edgington (5.28.2017)

Sermon: Why Should I Join Your Church, Part 2 – Pastor Chad A. Edgington (6.4.2017)


You may also find this article by Erik Raymond Helpful:
Why Church Membership by Erik Raymond

At First Olney we practice covenant membership.  When we join the church we commit to Christ and to one another.    The Church covenant outlines the way that all members of First Baptist have agreed to live in light of what we believe the Bible teaches.  Brother Chad and Brother C.J. spent time developing an annotated version our church covenant.  The annotated church covenant document explains how each part of the covenant applies to our lives.

---Leadership & Staff

Our pastoral staff recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Chad Edgington & Family

Chad A. Edgington, Senior Pastor

Brother Chad has served as our Pastor since August 2013. He and his beautiful wife, Melissa, met while they were students at Howard Payne University, in Brownwood, Texas.  They married while Chad was pursuing a music career in Nashville.  While in Tennessee, they taught middle school at a private school operated by the Park Avenue Baptist Church where Chad also served as youth minister. Chad is a 2004 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law and a 2016 graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining our church staff, Chad served as the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church Wake Village, Texas. Chad is a licensed attorney and spent time practicing criminal and family law before entering full-time pastoral ministry. Chad served as a deacon at First Baptist Church Eastland, Texas, and has held other ministry positions at FBC McCamey and FBC Blanket. Melissa is a stay-at-home blogging mom. You can follow her at yourmomhasablog.com. Chad and Melissa have three wonderful children, Adelade, Sawyer, and Emerald. The Edgingtons enjoy spending time together and with friends. Chad enjoys playing and writing music and following the Cowboys, the Rangers, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders!  The Edgingtons have made a couple of records you can listen to on itunes or Spotify.  

 

 

cedgington@fbcolney.com
 

Anna Rogers, Preschool Minister

Anna stepped into the role of Nursey Minister in August of 2019. Prior to serving in this capacity, she has been an active member of the church. Anna is a Team Kid Leader on Wednesday nights and taught Sunday School to the Jr. High youth. Anna graduated from Texas Christian University in 2014 and has taught kindergarten for 5 years. In 2016, she married Rue Rogers and the couple moved to Olney. Together they have two beautiful children, Ross and Audrey. Anna has a passion for serving and loving on children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

anna.s.livingston@gmail.com

Jan Simmons, Church Administrator

Jan Simmons is FBC Olney’s secret weapon.  The answer to most questions that come up in the church office is “Ask Jan!”  It is an inspiration to see how Jan shows love and attention to every person who comes into the church office with a need.  Jan can whip up a meal in the church kitchen faster than anybody.  She is deeply committed to Christ and this church.  In addition to being the greatest church secretary in the world, Jan is also the wife to Rodney Simmons.  Jan and Rodney have three sons, three wonderful daughters in-law, and seven incredible grandchildren.  Jan is a longtime member of the church and has been the church secretary at FBCO since August 1992.

fbcjan@brazosnet.com

Sandy Grubbs, Financial Secretary

Sandy serves as the financial secretary and the Pastor’s secretary. Sandy has worked at FBC Olney since November 2013.  She has an incredible heart for the people she serves- not simply as an employee, but as an ambassador for Jesus Christ.  Sandy is sees people the way Jesus sees them, not matter who they are she treats them with dignity and compassion.  In addition to keeping the books for FBCO, Sandy also keeps track of the finances for the Olney Ministerial Alliance.  She teaches in our TeamKid program, helps with our multi-media ministry, and often helps cook meals in our kitchen.  Sandy lives in Jean, Texas, and is member of First Baptist Church of Olney, Texas. She is a member of the Hamilton Hospital Auxiliary and is an animal lover.

 

fbcsandy@brazosnet.com

 

 

Shannon Moses, Preschool Ministry Assistant

Shannon serves as the preschool ministry assistant at FBC Olney. She loves to work with children. She teaches a class in our Wednesday night TeamKid program. In addition she coordinates the story time program at the Throckmorton Depot Library and works at Throckmorton Collegiate ISD. Shannon is married to John Moses. The Moses family has five children, four incredible boys and a sweet little girl. They are also blessed to have an amazing nephew who also lives with them. She enjoys spending time with her family. Shannon is a member of the First Baptist Church of Olney, Texas.

mosesshannon01@gmail.com
Laura Dillard, Benevolence Coordinator
Judy Mankins, Children’s Church Coordinator
Martha Flores, Housekeeper

---Plan a Visit

We know meeting someone for the first time can be intimidating, and going to a new church for the first time can be nerve-racking. We want to help make your first experience at FBCO a great one!
 

What You Can Expect When You Visit:

An FBCO church service lasts about an hour and fifteen mintues. Services begin with the FBCO band leading the church in music. Song lyrics are projected onto the screens so you can sing along and/or engage with worship however you feel most comfortable. After the music portion of the service is complete, our pastor will preach an message from the Bible.Our services and Bible studies are exciting, casual, and relaxed. Come as you are and expect to be welcomed as a friend.

Bringing Children?

“We believe that kids should enjoy church every single week – and at FBCO, we make this a priority. The other thing we make a priority is your children’s safety. Because of that, we have a detailed check-in process for our nursery program the first time that you visit. You’ll want to leave yourself an extra ten minutes to get little ones signed in.

We offer an extended-nursery during the worship service. All children are also welcome in the worship service. Our “cry room” is the sanctuary foyer, where a television screen displays the service so you can hear the sermon. If you have to leave with a fussy baby, please come back!We also have a “Children’s Church” program for children ages 4 years-old up to 2 grade.

SERVICE TIMES
• Sundays @ 10:45 AM
• Sunday School @ 9:30 AM

CONTACT INFO
• 940.564.5594
• contact@fbcolney.com

ADDRESS
• 201 West Main Street
Olney, Texas 76374

---Sermons

November 2020

The Plague and the Budding Staff (Numbers 16:41-17:13)



Numbers 16:1-40 Rebellion in the Wilderness



Numbers 16:1-3 A Timely Theme: God Ordained Authorities



Numbers 15 Gospel Notes in Surprising Places



October 2020

Sermon Illustration Music (Theme)



Grasshoppers and God-Fearers



When God Stopped the Car Numbers 12



Complainer Danger (Numbers 10-11)



The Second Passover (Numbers 9)



September 2020

Numbers 7 Dedication of the Tabernacle (Emphasis on Giving)





 
 

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Notes From the Pastor’s Study – October 28, 2020

Good afternoon Brothers and Sisters! Don’t Forget that Mid-Week is tonight at 6:00 p.m. Look forward to seeing you.

I enjoyed Sunday worship despite the fact that I had some technical malfunctions on the guitar and was quite frazzle and distracted. I have deduced that the issue was a bad battery! Thankfully a bad battery isn’t the end of the world. Every so often it is important to be reminded that Sunday morning isn’t a show. Technical malfunctions did steal the joy of preaching. I had enjoyed writing the sermon so much and I wanted to get the message across of Numbers 13-14.  I thought the most powerful idea expressed was the idea that the time for obeying will eventually pass.  That doesn’t just mean that when you die it is too late to obey the gospel call.  Obedience is owed every day and in every season.  You will never be able to go back to last week and be obedient.  That chance is gone.  The nature of time is what makes it so valuable.  You have a limited number of days to live.  You will never be able to make more time.  Use it wisely for the kingdom.         

Our attendance is way down all across the board.  The COVID spike is having an effect.  So many are quarantined. We were just about a thousand dollars off budget needs for the week, so please mail your checks to Box 734 or go to fbcolney.com and give if you need to. We are still ahead for the year.  Make sure you are all staying connected.  Watch online, make phone calls, send texts, write notes, Facebook message, or whatever you need to do to keep-up with each other.  We all have an obligation to love one another – be mindful of that.    

It is interesting that none of us really have an idea of when our people will feel comfortable coming back to church.  Will it be after a vaccine, or herd immunity, or the development of treatments?  We just don’t know.  I also don’t know how long it will take for us to get back to our pre-COVID level of operation and attendance.  One thing is for sure, we will have an excellent reason to reach out and find out where the entire congregation is spiritually and then to encourage everyone to make gathering a priority.  If you have been out of church for a while and you are reading this.  It will be easy to regroup and re-assimilate when everybody is re-grouping, and the church is being re-vitalized.  It will be an exciting time of ministry.  Let’s start praying for it.           

Trunk or Treat Saturday at 4pm.  It was pretty sad when Sunday Night rolled around and we weren’t able to do our Fall Festival. It was another one of those things about this year that we will remember.  We will take the candy that was donated and hand that out at the Trunk-or-Treat downtown on Saturday.  Randa Betts, and Melissa will decorate their cars and hand out candy, gospel tracks, and information about our church. 

Youth was awesome this past week.  We are studying and thinking about ways to talk about our faith in Jesus.  We are studying a way to witness called Share Jesus Without Fear.  In the next few weeks I may have the kids practice sharing Jesus with you!  We spent some time praying for our new associate pastor that will lead the youth group and we are looking forward to the one the Lord will lead to us.  

I went back to school this month work on a Doctor of Education Ministry degree at Southwestern Seminary in Christian Leadership and Biblical Counseling.  The church voted, on recommendation from the personnel committee, in our last business meeting to help pay for the degree.  The Cooperative Program makes our Southern Baptist Seminaries very affordable.   I applied for a scholarship that will cover some and the church voted to cover the rest.  I cannot tell you how appreciative we are for you doing this.  I’m also thankful that nearly all of the degree is completed online.  I will do my best in school and you can get a copy of my report cards.  I’m already learning a great deal in my classes that will help me be a better pastor.  I don’t really like school, but at the same time I like the constant improvement and introduction of new ideas into my mind.  I hope the learning experience will be a blessing for our church.  I anticipate the degree being completed sometime around the end of 2023.

This coming Sunday we will close our service, with the song “Great Things” which has a line that says “You’ve been faithful through every storm.”  God is always faithful, even if we don’t understand everything that is going on or happening.  Great is his faithfulness. 

Brother Chad


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Notes from the Pastor’s Study- October 21, 2020

We will have our Mid-Week Service Tonight at 6:00 p.m. Please try to make it for worship. I will be preaching from Matthew 22 on the Great Commandments. We will start with a fun game for the kids, have a special time of worship music, a sermon, and then we are dismissed. The service usually runs about 45 minutes. I appreciate Brandon filling in while we went to Fields of Faith last week.

Youth: FCA Fields of faith was really different this year. The group from Olney was definitely the smallest of all the contingencies from the other towns. We had a handful of kids from our church that went. I would ask you to pray for our ministry to teenagers in Olney. I appreciate those who work with youth in Olney, especially our teachers and Rodney and Kristy Nantz. It can be really tough soil. Pray that God will move and work in the lives of the young people in this town. If you are a parent of a youth, I want to impress upon you the importance of making sure your kids are at youth. Yes, I’m asking you to make them come. This week we are going to be working on studying certain scripture verses and writing them down in the front of our Bibles so the kids can share Jesus with their friends by just reading with them from the Scripture.

Olney Alcohol Measure: I appreciate the feedback I received on my email to the church family regarding the alcohol issue. I’m sure that in a congregation as large as ours that not everybody agrees with me, but I appreciate your graciousness in considering my position.

This past Sunday (10/18) was a great day in worship at FBCO. I’m loving having everybody back in the praise team. We also have a new edition to the team. Thanks to Summer Branum for joining us on the Keytar!
If you missed Summer and Jessa doing “In His Time” as the special this past Sunday you should go back and watch it on YouTube. The sermon from Numbers 12 was a real joy to preach. I’m looking forward this Sunday (10/25) to preaching chapters 13-14 this week. The sermon is called “Grasshoppers and God Fearers.” Lori is going to sing the special! We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper. Make sure you are here- unless you feel like you are sick, of course.

Our attendance was down significantly and I know that is due to the spike in COVID-19 cases that have run through our schools, our community and our county. I know we all appreciate the caution that many are showing by staying home if they have symptoms. We have a few church members that are currently suffering with the disease. Please pray for them and their recovery. I have spoken with Jeff Harmon this week and I was encouraged to hear that he is moving toward a recovery, but it will take a while. I know Jeff and Denise all appreciate your love and support.

I love you! I look forward to seeing you tonight at Mid-Week worship!

Brother Chad


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Notes From the Pastor’s Study- October 13, 2020

Early voting starts today in Young County. Here is a copy of the sample ballot. As Christians we know it is important to be good citizens. Part of good citizenship in a representative democracy is fulfilling your obligation to vote. I generally steer clear of political controversy. However, there is a proposition on the ballot this year that overlaps with my oversight as a pastor of a local church. I would like to speak to it to those under my care.

This year you will have an opportunity to vote on whether you want liquor stores and bars to be allowed in Olney. You read that correctly. If this measure passes there are already several people who have expressed an interest in putting a liquor store in our town. As a pastor who has seen the negative effects of alcohol abuse in the lives of many people, I wanted to speak to this one issue, because I believe bringing bars and liquor stores into Olney will negatively affect our community.

Several months ago I remember that a man spent several days sitting under a tree at the old Robert’s Flowerland location. On Facebook he had asked people on to come by and sign a petition that would allow him to get a measure on the ballot, that if passed, would allow him to sell alcoholic drinks at a restaurant he planned on opening. Frankly, I did not think that sounded like all that big of a deal. However, I later found out that the measure he put on the ballot will allow for bars and liquor stores to operate in Olney. Out of the 10 options he could have chosen, he chose the most extreme ballot measure. It allows for the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages in liquor stores and bars. It is certainly his right to put that on the ballot, but it is our decision as to whether we want it in Olney.

I think there is a misconception that a vote for “City of Olney Proposition A” is just a vote to help a man have a successful restaurant in Olney. That is not what wound up on the ballot. What is on the ballot is a vote to bring in the full alcohol culture to our beloved town. We already have a significant drug problem. Do we really want ready and unlimited access to the #1 abused drug in rural America? I don’t think we have the resources in Olney to deal with the increased problems that bringing in full-measure alcohol sales will cause.

I personally think this is not good for Olney and I will be voting no. You are free to disagree with me. I will still love you. I hope you will still love me. A vote on City of Olney Proposition A is not a test of fellowship in our body. Each of us has to make a decision, and I will not attempt to bind your conscience one way or another. I’m simply using this platform to inform you of the facts and to give you my opinion on the matter as an individual and as your pastor. I acknowledge that believers can come to a different conclusion than I have reached on this issue.

The Bible speaks of alcohol over 200 times. Sometimes it speaks of alcohol as a blessing, but it also speaks strong warnings against abusing it. There is a non-abusive way that alcohol can be consumed. It is not a sin to drink alcohol. After all, we know Jesus drank wine and he never sinned. However, the overwhelming way alcohol is consumed and celebrated in America is not in line with how Bible contemplates its proper use.

All sorts of arguments can be made on this issue, and let’s face it: it’s a very controversial topic, even within the church. I struggle in writing this post because I try not to stir up controversy on disputable matters. Yet, pastorally, I feel compelled to speak on behalf of the many who might needlessly struggle and have their lives ruined by easier access to alcohol. I feel compelled to stand up for the children affected by alcohol abuse who don’t have a platform or a website or a way to send you message. It is true that we are all responsible for our own actions, but we should always look out for those who might stumble or struggle more than others. We should also be concerned for the welfare of our city and its most vulnerable residents, which include scores of individuals who come here to the House of Mercy seeking a refuge from such temptation. As you arrive at your position on this, please also consider how others might be affected by the passage of this measure.

Brother Chad


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Notes From the Pastor’s Study -October 7, 2020

Dear Church Family, 
Mid-Week Service tonight at 6:00 p.m. I’ll be preaching on Philippians 4:1-9.
Make sure you are here!

Sunday was great in our worship service.  We were down in numbers due to COVID cases and quarantine.   I thought the prayers for the sick, the music, and the preaching were all Spirit-led.  The giving was fantastic.  If you haven’t had a chance to get your gift in, please make sure you run that by the office as soon as you can. If you missed the service, here is the link to the sermon:
https://fbcolney.com/sermons/the-second-passover-numbers-9/

Here is the latest newsletter:
https://fbcolney.com/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/10.7.20.pdf

Hey Deacons, don’t forget we have a meeting is this Sunday at 8:00 am!
Church Reporting Fellowship will be the 18th.  We will have it in the Fellowship Hall directly after church.  No meal will be served. 
BGCT Annual Meeting is November 16-17.  If you can watch from home and participate and would like to represent our church in the voting, let Jan know and she can register you.      

  I know there is a little COVID spike going around.  We’re going to do our best not to cancel church again going forward. Please be careful.   If you have any symptoms or have been exposed, please stay home.  If I get sick with it, we have plenty of guys who can preach and teach.  We have a talented team who can lead music.  All of this will eventually go away.  They warned us this summer that the virus would roar back in the Fall.  This is the pattern of all pandemics.  The other thing to remember is that they eventually do subside.  Things will get better.  Hang in there.  God is good and he is teaching us something during these times if we will listen and learn.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday.   Brother Chad


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Notes From the Pastor’s Study September 29, 2020

March for Jesus this Saturday. How wonderful it was to gather Sunday as the Body of Christ. I appreciated Verma’s testimony and exhortation to us to serve outside the four walls of the church. The 22nd March for Jesus is this Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. This is a project dear to Verma’s heart. Can I prevail upon you to come out and support her this year for the march? Maybe you’ve never participated in the March for Jesus. Come on out. Bring the kids. Its a lot of fun. We will start marching at 10a.m. from the Tommy Perkins (little) park. We will walk down main street to show our love for Christ and then we will head back to the park and have some music, preaching by Mikey Pasqueda from FBC Archer, and a free lunch. We will give away bikes and new sporting equipment. We will also be giving away a small Oscar Schmidt guitar.

Preaching Update. I preached on Numbers 7 this past Sunday. If you haven’t heard the sermon, here is the link. If you are paying attention, you will notice that I skipped the blessing passage at the end of Chapter 6. I will preach on that this Wednesday. I will also not be preaching Numbers 8. Chapter 8 discusses the lampstand in the tent of meeting and the role of the Levites. I covered the themes and applications that we find in chapter 8 when I preached on Numbers 3-4. We will be in Numbers 9 this Sunday talking about the second observance of the Passover.

Newsletter You can read the latest newsletter here.

Free Flu Shot Clinic. On October 12th from 9-11am United Regional will be here to offer free flu shots in conjunction with our food pantry. There is no fee for the shot and no income test to receive the shots.

Next Business Meeting will be October 18. We will have it directly after the service. There will be no meal served.

Fall Festival Let’s go ahead and start bringing in candy for the festival! The date is October 25.

Giving. If you haven’t brought your gift in for this week, please bring that into the office. We are about $2,000 short of regular budget needs.

The Bi-Fork Associational Meeting is October 4 at 3pm at FBC Seymour. Members of the Missions Committee will be attending. If you would like to go with us then let me know. I anticipate that at this meeting I will be elected to serve as an area representative for Region 2 of the association. We can sent 5 voting messengers to this meeting.

Upcoming State Conventions. We are dually aligned with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptist Convention of Texas. The BGCT convention will be held online on November 16-17. We can have 19 virtual messengers. If you would like to participate, let me know. The SBTC meeting is in person at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. November 9-10. If you would like to participate in that meeting as a messenger, please let me know. I am anticipating that I will be elected to serve a one year term on the BGCT Executive Board of Directors this November.


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Notes from the Pastor’s Study -September 22, 2020

Great Sunday at FBCO on September 20.  197 on campus, several watching online, 150 in Sunday School.  Great spirit in the room.  What a blessing it is to be in church each week with you.  I sometimes wonder if my ministry has had any impact over seven years.  It’s easy to question effectiveness and I’m acutely aware of my failures, weakness, and areas that need improvement to serve you well.  Yet, when I see how you love to hear the preaching, even of a book like Numbers, I can’t help but think that the Lord has grown us all in a love for his perfect, inspired, inerrant, glorious, never-failing, lasting-forever Word! 

Giving was strong on Sunday.  We exceeded budget requirements for the first time in a while.  If you have not brought in your gift, please get that to the office or give online.  Of course, our attendance is nowhere near where it was, but the Lord is moving and working and eventually we will be back to where we were, but it will take work, reaching out and encouraging those who have become disconnected for various reasons.  I would ask that if someone crosses your mind who you haven’t seen in a while, pick up the phone and call them and encourage them with Christian love.   

Sunday Evening classes are going well.  I picked the adult studies because I thought they were unique and interesting.  I know they are a little different than what we have done before, but I think they are edifying.  I hope you are enjoying them.  Rue Rogers and I are having a great time leading the youth on Sunday nights.  I told the kids that as soon as we truly round the corner on this COVID-19 we can do much more together, but we are still having a good time and learning.  I hope we can inspire them in the short time we have them to get a view of a God who loves them and a Savior to whom they can always turn.  I have heard reports from the children’s classes that they are all having a great time as well.

One class I would like for some of you to consider is the Grief-Share class that will meet Sundays at 5pm.  Some of you have recently lost loved ones and for others it has been years.  Learning to deal with grief is important and I would like you to consider attending.  This is a new session that is starting so everybody is starting fresh.  Leigh Stephens is the leader. 

The Mid-Week service was great last Wednesday.  I hope you will consider being a part of it.   It was great to see everybody and to worship together. We had over 60 in attendance. The service lasted about 45 minutes.  I hope you will be a part of it each week.  We are giving the youth the option of attending the mid-week service or attending the Wednesday Night program at the Refuge with Rodney and Kristy Nantz.  One issue we had was with getting volunteers for child-care for some of our evening services.  I told Anna to make a schedule for nursery volunteers and I’m going to sweetly ask everyone to serve their turn, or if you can’t make it one particular night, switch with someone on the list.  Thank you for loving our children and having a heart for them to know Jesus.  Also thank you for making it possible for mothers to have a break from the action to breath and reconnect with the Lord. 

-Bible Drill starts at 5pm on Wednesday nights.
-March for Jesus is October 3, 2020 at the Tommy Perkins park!  Parade at 10am Program to follow at the park.
-Bi-Fork Association meeting is October 3 at 3pm at FBC Seymour for anyone who would like to attend.  Learn more about that at bifork.org.  I think it is great that the first thing that pops up on the website is our parking lot service. 
-We are planning on having the Fall Festival on October 25 from 5-7pm.  Be ready to volunteer for that!

I love you I’m so grateful to the Lord to be your pastor.  I still cannot believe I get to do this for a living.  Live for Jesus this week and I will see you on Sunday!        -Brother Chad


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Notes From the Pastor’s Study – September 16, 2020

Tonight is the night! We start our Mid-Week Service at 6:00p.m. We will sing a few songs, have scripture and prayer, and I’ll give a short sermon. I promise. Tonight’s message will be on John 14:27.

Please support the March for Jesus by clicking here and buying a t-shirt. The deadline to order the shirts is September 22.

Sunday Service was incredible. We had 219 on campus and more watching at home. Things are creeping back to normal. Hang in there and come to church. Our giving below budget giving by about $2,000.00. Let’s be sure to stay on top of our giving.  Please bring in your gifts this week so we can catch up.

We met with the architects yesterday to continue to refine plans and work toward a price for new construction. This building will require our time and financial sacrifice. Continue to pray that the Lord will be preparing our hearts for a time of sacrifice that will yield fruit for the Kingdom for many years to come.

HELP, HELP, HELP!! Did that get your attention? I need some volunteers from our church to take an active role in representing FBCO in the Bi-Fork Baptist Association Work. The Annual Meeting is coming up in a few weeks on Sunday, October 4, starting at 3pm at FBC Seymour.  We can have up to five messengers.  It will consist of a business meeting followed by a time of corporate worship.  Hopefully, the entire meeting will be done by 5pm so people can get home in a timely manner. During the business meeting there will be several votes taken to approve important Bi-Fork proposals including: amendments to the Bi-Fork Constitution (that will effectively restructure our association), nominations for and approval of various officers and committees to serve next year, and the 2021 budget.  Many of these proposals can be previewed right now at the www.bifork.org website. If you are not serving anywhere, this may be a good ministry in which to be involved. Reach out and let me know.

Our deacon election results are as follows: The following men will serve three year active terms: Dale Lovett, Spencer Key, Chuck Calvin, Matt Searcey, and Freddy Hammond. All of these are ordained so we will not have an ordination service.

Our Sunday Evening classes started this past week and they were all great. It isn’t too late to join any of the classes. Find out about the classes here. We are going to move the Luther class into the Sanctuary because the original room was so too small and too hot! We had great groups in youth, RAs, GAs, Mission Friends, and in the adult classes.


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Notes from the Pastor’s Study – September 9, 2020

This past Sunday was really incredible as Morgan Simmons sang our special with the praise band. I also enjoyed preaching on substitution and redemption in Numbers 3. When I got home I had received a a message from an old friend from Tech Law School. He and his family “attended” our church this past Sunday via YouTube. He said he liked the service and he enjoyed seeing me cry after Morgan sang! What can I say? I am a sensitive man. We’re still waiting to see if his tithe check shows up in the mail.

Don’t forget that we will begin our new Sunday evening schedule this week on September 13. Make sure your children and youth are here and please attend either the marriage class, the church history class, or the prayer meeting. There is a place for everyone. Everything starts at 5 p.m. you don’t need any class materials to participate in the adult “Training Union” classes, but they are available if you click here, if you want to purchase on your own.

I’ve been previewing the Adult studies. The R.C. Sproul study is going to be led by Rodney Nantz and Doug McCutcheon. That study will be looking at the different beliefs between Protestants and Catholics by understanding how the Protestant Reformation came about in the 1500s. If you’ve never heard R.C. Sproul teach, you are in for a treat. Be reminded that this course will be taught from the reformed point of view. Sproul was a Presbyterian. This study will be in Rosalee’s class at 5 p.m.

The other class is called, The Meaning of Marriage, and it is a study based on the book by Tim and Kathy Keller. This is an interesting video study because the video section of the study features a christian couple and a non-Christian couple speaking about marriage. It is interesting to see the contrast between the two, and then to hear Tim Keller instruct them. You will learn a lot and enjoy the discussion. This study is good for married people and single people. This class will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 5 p.m. This class will be facilitated by Ed and Minnie Wood and Ronnie and Barbara Cowart.

Melissa’s Classroom

I know we are all thankful for the steady rain received today. We’ve even been blessed to discover a few leaks in the building today. Maybe this should be a subtle reminder to all of us to start contributing to the building fund!

I appreciate how our property committee takes care of things like this when they happen. They are doing a great job for us.

Picture taken in 2013 when we came “in view of a call” to Olney

It doesn’t seem like it has been that long, but this past month the Edgington family celebrated 7 years in Olney. We have loved every minute of being here. I often think about how much I have grown as a pastor and as a man in my time here. Thank you for putting up with me. I hope I am able to serve here another 7 years.

Our giving this week was strong, we met and exceeded our weekly budget needs for the first time in several weeks. Please be faithful to bring your gifts to the church, even if you are having to stay away from the fellowship right now due to virus concerns.

Our newsletter mailed out today. It has details on the new schedule that you will find helpful. You can download it and view it here.

The Dog Drool soda was a big hit.

I’m really enjoying teaching the Youth on Sunday nights. Please make sure that you have your students here at 5 p.m. each Sunday. They enjoy spending time together. We just finished up a 3 week study on how to use cell phones and social media to the glory of God, rather than making idols out of them. After our study we ate snacks and had a craft soda tasting party! It was a lot of fun. There are some gross drinks out there. I didn’t know there was such a thing as pickle juice soda! This week we will meet up in the youth Sunday School room.

Next Wednesday (9/16) we will begin our Mid-Week Worship Service. This service will be for the whole family. It will be a great time of fellowship and worship as we get to encourage one another. We will spend time singing, reading, praying, and hear devotions and testimonies. I’m looking forward to this so much. I can’t wait!

Sunday September 6, 2020
Sunday School Attendance: 151
Worship Attendance on Campus: 199
Budget Giving: $12,880.00
Budget Required: $11,171.67
Designated Giving: $1,200.00


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Notes From the Pastor’s Study -September 2, 2020

Changes to FBCO Schedule!

August 30 was an extra special day to be a part of FBCO. We celebrated the Lord’s Supper for the first time this year and we baptized 6 new members at the McClelland’s pool. I hope you were able to attend the baptisms or at least view them on Facebook.

Sunday giving was strong, but we were still a few hundred dollars short of our budget needs. If you are behind on your regular giving, please catch up this week. Let’s have a strong offering this week. Click here to make your give online right now!

Here is a link to the newsletter from August 26

Property Committee Update: Our committee has been meeting and considering plans from the architect. There is still a lot of preliminary work to be done before we will be able to begin the project. However, start preparing your heart and your budget for a campaign. It is a privilege to sacrifice for a church building campaign, but it isn’t easy. We trust the Lord will provide for our needs and bless in amazing ways, but our faithfulness will be required.

Our 2020-2021 Schedule will begin on Sunday, September 13 at 5 pm. We will have a nursery for the little ones, Mission Friends for 3-5 yrs, RAs and GAs for 1-6 grade boys and girls, Youth for 7-12 students, Prayer Meeting, and 3 different classes you may want to attend that cover the subjects of marriage, church history, and Christian apologetics. Everything will run from 5-6 pm. This will allow everyone to get back home earlier for a great start to the week. (Students: you can get all your homework done after church if you need to, no excuse for not being at youth!).

We are in great need of nursery workers for both Wednesday and Sunday evenings. If you can serve with the children, call Anna or Chad and let them know.

The marriage study and the Luther study both have workbooks. You don’t have to have the workbook to come and participate in the class, but if you want to purchase the workbook you will be responsible for ordering the class material on you own. Here are the 3 classes that will be offered on Sunday Evenings this fall:

The Meaning of Marriage -Tim and Kathy Keller (6 Weeks)
September 13 – October 18 (week off for Fall Festival)
The class will consist of 30 minutes of viewing a video and 30 minutes of class discussion of the material.
Link to purchase workbook
Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that marriage does not mean ’til death do us part, but merely for as long as my needs are being met; and that when serious differences arise, divorce is the best solution. According to the Bible, all of these modern-day assumptions miss what marriage is all about. In this six-session video-based Bible study ( guide sold separately), Timothy Keller, along with Kathy, his wife of forty years, draws a profound portrait of marriage from the pages of Scripture that neither idealizes nor rejects the institution but points us back to the relationship between God and man. The result is a vision for marriage that is refreshingly frank and unsentimental, yet hopeful and beautiful.
This study is for anyone from singles to couples considering marriage to those who have been married recently or for a long time.

Luther and the Reformation – R.C. Sproul (10 Weeks)
September 13 – December 6 (weeks off for Fall Festival, Thanksgiving Service, and Thanksgiving holiday).
The class will consist of 20-25 minutes of video instruction and then 35-40 minutes of discussion.
Link to purchase Workbook
Centuries after his death, Martin Luther is celebrated as an intellectual giant, a brave opponent of corruption, a shaper of culture, indeed, as one of the most significant figures in Western history. Many people, however, are unaware of the events of Luther’s life that led him to make a courageous stand for the gospel in the sixteenth century. In this series, R.C. Sproul provides a thorough introduction to the life and thought of Martin Luther. With an eye to the lessons we can learn today, Dr. Sproul traces the major events of Luther’s life and explores the gospel recovered by Luther and the other Protestant Reformers.   Note: be aware this study is deep and much more intellectually intense than a normal Sunday School class, but if you put in the work, you are going to grow tremendously as you learn what you are “protesting” as a protestant. It is also taught from a classically reformed point of view (although that is probably obvious from the title and the speaker!).

Is Faith Delusional -Ravi Zacharias and others (3 Weeks)
November 1 – November 15 (this class will begin the week after the marriage class ends). There is no workbook for this class. It will just be an hour of video teaching.
According to atheists like Richard Dawkins, there’s no difference between God and the Easter Bunny. Is God really just a trick or a deception like the Tooth Fairy? Is accepting God’s existence a fantasy fit only for the consumption of a child? In a world with so many tears is belief in God simply a lie we use to persuade a smile?   This class features lectures by top apologists to explore why faith is not delusional!

Wednesday evenings beginning September 16 we will have a Mid-Week Worship Service at 6pm. The service is intended for all of our members, but it will be a neat time for parents and children to attend together. We will do some upbeat songs, maybe even do a fun activity or game, pray, read scripture, and have a short devotion or testimony. Then we will dismiss. Prior to the service we will have Bible Drill for students in grades 3-6.


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Notes from the Pastor’s Study -August 20, 2020

1.  Sunday was awesome.  Adelade, Katelynn, and Celeste joined us on the praise team and did a fantastic job.  The congregation sang beautifully and the sermon was well-received.  I believe we faithfully proclaimed the gospel.
2. This week (8/23) we will open back up the nursery and preschool Sunday School.  Anna Rogers will be reaching out to parents an teachers to coordinate procedures for the re-open.  We will promote the children on the 30th, but this week I want the teachers to be able to say goodbye this week and spend a little more time with their students.  We appreciate all of our preschool and nursery teachers! If you have any questions, please send us a Facebook message on the church page.
3.  I would like for us to celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the 30th.  We will pass out the elements to you as you enter the sanctuary.  We will have two cups stacked together.  The bottom cup will have the bread and the top cup will have the juice.  We will celebrate the supper at the beginning of the service.
4.  We were $984 short of budget requirements this week.  If you haven’t brought your gift in, please do so.   We are still ahead of budget for the year though!  Praise the Lord.
5.  Youth will be Sunday Evening at 5pm in the fellowship hall.  Be in prayer for all of our students and teachers as they head back to school on Monday.
6.  This Sunday we had 181 people on campus.  There were another 30-50 watching online.  It is my desire that we continue to see more and more come back.  Continue to pray that the COVID numbers stay low in Young County.  Pray for revival. 
7.  If you haven’t seen the latest newsletter click here.

Chad

“In revival, God is not concerned about filling empty churches, He is concerned about filling empty hearts.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


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