A Place for You to Belong, Serve, and Give!
Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of First Baptist Olney is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. FBCO members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as washing the church vehicles, to preparing and leading worship. The following is an just an overview of some of our ministries where you can grow and serve.
Mission Giving Through The Cooperative Program of the SBC
First Baptist Olney is thrilled to be part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. We are active in sending missionaries and supporting these missionaries through our prayers and the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention. A portion of every dollar received during our offertory giving goes directly to the the mission fields both overseas and here at home. The Cooperative program is a genius giving program implemented in 1925. Since then it has funded the largest missionary effort in the history of Christianity. Through the International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Churches support approximately 5,624 missionaries who are engaging 655 people groups of populations greater than 100,000 around the world. The program also supports mission work and church planting in North America. The North American Mission Board plants more than 1,000 churches each year through the efforts of more than 5,000 North American Missionaries. Our Cooperative Program giving also supports the 6 Southern Baptist Seminaries, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the efforts of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Annual Special Mission Offerings
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, International Missions
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, North American Missions
Mary Hill Davis Offering, State Missions through the Women’s Missionary Union of Texas Baptists
Giving to the Salt Fork Baptist Association
We participate in local and international missions through the Salt Fork Baptist Association.
Giving to Chaparral Baptist Assembly
Our local camp is Camp Chaparral. FBCO sponsors various trips to activities that are held at the camp.
Bible Study/Sunday School
Our Sunday morning Bible Study a.k.a. Sunday School is the main outreach arm of our church. There are classes available for every age in the church. Caring and competent teachers teach the Bible to engaged learners each week faithfully. The best way to connect to First Olney is to attend your Bible Study class faithfully. In Bible Study you will learn of ministry opportunities and other activities. Small group Bible study is where you form relationships that last a lifetime. Get involved!
Serving the Gospel Meal
Every Wednesday night during the school year our church hosts a meal offered to anyone in the community who wishes to come. We meet in the church fellowship hall. Different groups share the responsibility for the meal each week. The food and fellowship are fantastic. If you would like to help serve on one of the teams, call the church office and sign-up.
Ministry of Helps
Every Monday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. the food closet is open to anyone who in need of groceries. The food closet is located at 929 Bluebonnet in Olney. This ministry is always in need of volunteers to serve those in need.
Our benevolence ministry consists of a team of church members from diverse backgrounds who care about poverty alleviation in our community. The team considers each request for help and tries tries to find available resources that best fit the need of each applicant.
From time to time groups from our church feel led to participate in short-term mission trips locally or in another country. We do not do short-term missions for the sake of taking trips or “Christianizing” a vacation. It is important to follow God’s leading and to realize that sometimes the best use of our funds is to send resources directly to missionaries on the field rather than spending that money on travel. However, there are times when these trips are appropriate and well worth the expense in order for us to catch a vision of what God is doing elsewhere in the world.
A talented group of our members play instruments and lead our congregational worship each week. Smaller groups play for the youth during their Wednesday evening gathering. Our Sunday morning worship style is blended. We incorporate music that touches on the wide spectrum of gospel themes. We sing songs that are God-glorifying, theologically true, and proper for congregational worship. We do not judge a song based on how old it is. Therefore, we sing songs that were written long ago and those that were written very recently, recognizing that judging a song based on its age is a silly criteria. If you are a talented and skilled musically, our worship team may be a place of service for you. However because this is a very visible leadership role, there is a waiting period and code of conduct to which team members must adhere before serving.
Ushers & Greeters
The usher& Greeter team fills an important role at First Olney. They are involved in directing attendees to their seats, ensuring the safety of the building during services, helping visitors, answering questions, providing direction, unlocking doors, locking doors, and generally ensuring that the service can proceed problem-free. The usher and greeter team is a servant-hearted group of men and women whose ministry is integral to our church life.
Media & Technology
Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of our church. In an age of widespread technology, we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. All of our weekly sermons are uploaded to our website in video and audio formats. We also maintain an active Facebook and Twitter feed for additional church communication.
Marriages can be difficult to maintain. Misunderstanding, confusion, resentment, and anger can flare up in any marriage. Our pastor and his wife serve other families as marriage counselors. It is their hope that by listening, understanding, helping, and encouraging struggling couples, by God’s grace, marriages can saved and relationships repaired. We believe that every couple can find fresh hope and new joy in a warm and fulfilling relationship with their spouse through Christ.
Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. First Olney is a body of believers dependent upon prayer, and committed to God’s sovereignty. Throughout the week people pray for our pastors, a list of church members, any special requests, and missionary prayer needs. Each Wednesday, the church comes together for a special time of prayer and Bible study in our beautiful parlor room.
In order to give our children the best Bible teaching possible, First Olney holds a children’s church service in conjunction with the main service. This special time gives kids more opportunity for interaction and learning in a context and manner that may be better suited to their age and learning styles. Our friendly children’s church volunteers have an endless stream of creativity–ranging from puppet shows, to games, to object lessons. Ages Kindergarten -Second Grade may attend children’s church. The children are dismissed by the pastor following the congregational worship.