Opportunities to Help 3/9/2022

We have opportunities to help with a local mission trip and a giving opportunity to help refugees from Ukraine.
-Chad

Mission Trip Needs
We have a team of students and adults going on a Spring Break mission trip NEXT WEEK, and we need your help!
Our partner organization is asking church groups to donate items and bless the refugee families we will be working with at some Ft. Worth apartment complexes. Here is the list of needed items (must be gently used and in good condition):
Coats
Packs of new underwear and socks
Baby/toddler supplies
Toys
School supplies
Cleaning supplies
Small furniture
Small appliances
If you are able to help, please bring any items to the church office by Sunday (3/13). Thanks y’all!

You can learn more about what our team will be doing here: https://igoglobal.org/launchbox

SEND Relief Ukraine
Send Relief, the Southern Baptist compassion ministry, is working with local Baptist partners and churches in Ukraine, Poland and 6 other border nations to respond to the growing crisis. Send Relief projects that are already underway are currently serving an estimated 91,000 displaced people in Eastern Europe.
Gifts to Send Relief are providing emergency food supplies, shelter, transportation, hygiene kits and more to displaced families right now and for months to come.

Give today to bring help and healing to the hurting!

If you would rather give online, you can go here: https://www.sendrelief.org/projects/ukraine/


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Baptism and Children Presentation 1.23.2022

 

 

Click here to listen to the presentation
Click here for a link to a pdf of the sideshow

 


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Parents Meeting | Sunday, Jan 23 at 12:15pm | FBCO Fellowship Hall

Our children are precious gifts from the Lord. We have a responsibility as parents to nurture and care for them physically and spiritually. We know it is important to begin teaching our children the gospel while they’re very young. All our ministries at FBCO for children are aimed at helping them understand that they are sinners in need of a savior, and that Jesus is that great savior. Eventually, our children begin to ask questions and start developing a desire to respond to the truth they are learning. Many times children are eager to be baptized as well, which is a great thing! We don’t ever want to discourage our kids’ interest in taking steps toward the Lord, but we also want to be good stewards of our spiritual oversight in making sure that our kids have a solid understanding of what it means to come to know Christ and follow Him in believer’s baptism.  (Of course, if you attend another church, we would encourage you to have this conversation with your own pastor. We are thankful that you send your child to our church for different ministries. it is our pleasure to minister to them!)

We will have a meeting this Sunday, January 23, 2022, immediately after the morning service to discuss the topic of baptizing our children. If you have a child who attends our church or that has asked questions about baptism in the past, I want to help you think about when it is the right time (age) to baptize your child. It is a difficult question, but you and I can work together as we guide our children in this important matter of their faith. It is possible that you have not thought about your child’s salvation or eternal destiny. Remember, you have a responsibility before God to care for the spiritual well-being of your child. Now is a great time to get involved in church. Maybe you were raised in church and have been gone a long time. Let me assure you that you are welcome here at FBCO. We are committed to teaching the Bible faithfully, the people are friendly, we love your children, and the coffee is hot! Come on back.  

In the meeting on Sunday I will give a brief presentation that highlights the special things we need to consider before we baptize a child. We will also have a time of Q&A/discussion so that I can answer any questions you might have about how to talk to your child about the gospel. I will also share some resources that will help you lead your child to Christ.  

Please make every effort to attend this meeting. I think you will find it helpful. I also want to share these things with the entire group of parents so we can help each other and pray for each other’s children. This meeting is about the most important thing I can think of. Make it a priority. 

If there is a need to put the meeting on zoom, please let me know so I can arrange the technology.  

Brother Chad


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Youth Event Prayer Team

Dear Friends,
Thank you to each of you who signed up yourself and members from your church for the Extreme Youth Event 48 hour Prayer Chain.
We still have a few spots left.  Please contact me if you would like to take these spots.
Here are things we can pray for this event:1.  Pray for students at the schools – Newcastle, Olney, Throckmorton, Archer City, Windthorst.  Ask God to draw them to the event.
2.  Pray for the Power One Outreach team – Randall Harris, Doug Tidwell, Riley Israel, and Shannon Waters.  Ask God to anoint them and the Holy Spirit to       speak through them.
3.  Pray for school leaders that are Christians to encourage the new believers.
4.  Pray for area churches to reach out and disciple the new Christians.
5.  Pray for revival in our schools, churches, and communities.
6.  Pray for whole families to come to Christ through the students.
On the Prayer Chain list, I have asked each Prayer Chain participant to be in prayer for 30 minutes at 6:00 pm on Saturday.
Please make copies, take pics of the sheets and texting to church members, and other means of distributing the Prayer Chain list.
Thank you,

Bill LittleOlney, Tx  940-564-6265


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October 3, 2021 Marriage Conference!

Steve and Debbie Wilson, our Conference Speakers

Thank you for registering for our 2021 Marriage Matters Now Conference with Steve and Debbie Wilson.

Here are the details. Our FBCO morning worship service begins at 10:45am. Immediately after the service conference participants will head to the fellowship hall for a light lunch. We will begin the conference at 12:30pm and will dismiss at 5:00pm. There will be no other evening activities.

You don’t need to bring anything to the conference with you but a good attitude and a teachable heart. If you know someone who still wants to sign up, please let us know in the church office. You may sign up the day of the conference. Church office: 940.564.5594.

A nursery will be provided and childcare for grades K-6 will be provided for the entire conference.


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Notes From the Pastor’s Study 9.21.2021

First Baptist Family,
I hope you are having a great week. I wanted to give you an update as to what is going on, particularly because our attendance was so low on Sunday, I’m afraid that many of you are out of the loop.

1. let’s make sure we are not missing church on Sunday mornings except for sickness or extenuating circumstances. I’m not trying to shame anyone, but It is incredibly discouraging for myself and all the members of the team who work hard to prepare, teach, lead, and facilitate worship and Sunday school when you decided to no-show. Never forget that your mere presence is a tremendous ministry in and of itself. Secondly, our gathering each week consistently is important and indispensable to our growth in Christ. When we attend or forsake the gathering of God’s people, it is a demonstration of our belief or unbelief, respectively, and a revelation of what we care most about. All of our formal and informal discipleship efforts build off our Sunday morning gathering. We can do better than what we are doing now. When the room is full it communicates to the Lord, to our people, and to visitors that we believe corporate worship is important.

2. If you are behind on your giving commitments, please get caught up and determine in your heart to be more consistent.

3. Sadly, our brother Neil Larimore passed away on Sunday evening at about 5:00 p.m. His funeral will be held in the Sanctuary on Wednesday (9/22) at 2 p.m. If you are able to be at the funeral, please be sure to attend this service. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. in the sanctuary prior to the service. Burial will follow at True Cemetery after the service. Read more here: https://www.lunnfuneralhome.com/obituary/neil-larimore

4. Our Marriage Conference with Steve and Debbie Wilson is October 3 from 12:30pm-5p.m. We are thrilled to bring back national conference speakers Steve and Debbie Wilson to our community.  The conference will be held on Sunday, October 3 from 12:30-5:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Olney Fellowship Hall.  The cost is $20 per couple (or individual), but scholarships are available for those who can’t afford the fee. 
The conference this year is titled “Communication: The Missing Piece.” Steve and Debbie will use biblical principles to teach couples how to improve their communication skills. Those needing childcare will need to RSVP to the church office (940.564.5594). Children 4 and under will be in the nursery.  Childcare will be provided for children in grades K-6.
I would like for us to have at least 30 couples come to this conference. Husbands, your wives are wanting you to take the lead on this. Let’s try to meet the goal of 30 couples. We are more than halfway there. Click the link here to sign up. https://fbcolney.flocknote.com/signup/67995  

5. FBCOU is going well. If you aren’t attending the course, please re-join. We have two sessions left, rather than three. We are having to cut the course short because we will be ordaining Dan Vanarsdall as a deacon on October 10. Our FBCOU class this week (9/26) will cover the following values found in chapters 6 and 7: Self Awareness, Balance, and Humor. The next session will be held on October 17, and will cover chapters 7 and 8: Encouragement, Perseverance, and Listening. We will not have FBCOU on October 3 because of the marriage conference.

6. Tomorrow is See You at the Pole. Be in prayer for the students who will be leading this event tomorrow at the Jr. High and High School.

7. Finally, let me give you something to listen to that will encourage you. This past week I sat down with Jeff and Denise Harmon and we talked about Jeff’s bout with COVID and his experience being a long-hauler with continuing issues over one year later. You can listen to the first part here and second part here.

Have a great rest of the week and I hope to see you tomorrow as we celebrate God’s goodness to Neil Larimore and then on Sunday as we finish our study of John chapter 6.

I love you!

Chad



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FBCOU Fall 2021!

FBCOU begins this week! August 22 @ 5:00-6:30 p.m.
You can get your study workbooks this week on Wednesday Evening or on Sunday Morning. You can also come by the office and get your book this week during office hours.

The assignment for Week 1 is to read and then answer the study questions on pages 5-14.

Check out the video below for more information:

Class Assignments: Click Here to See Class Assignments

Link to Optional Book: Lead Like It Matters to God: Values-Driven Leadership in a Success-Driven World: Stearns, Richard: 9780830847303: Amazon.com: Books


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Notes From the Pastor’s Study- February 19, 2021

IMPORTANT NEWS: We will vote on the New Associate Pastor this weekend.
The Associate Pastor Search Committee is proud to announce that Chris Cavitt and his wife Moriah will be with us this Sunday (Feb. 21) as we all consider whether the Lord is calling him to serve at FBCO as Associate Pastor to Families.  The committee has reviewed dozens of resumes and conducted several interviews with different candidates via Zoom or in person.   After an extensive search, and having reviewed many quality candidates, the Committee is pleased to invite Chris to come this Sunday.
We will have a special called business meeting this Sunday evening at 6pm for the congregation to vote on whether to hire Christ to serve.  I know this has been a wild week with the weather, but all members need to do their best to be present, while still being mindful regarding icy conditions and the virus. 

Chris and Moriah Cavitt will be at FBCO this weekend

More info about Chris and Moriah Cavitt
Chris Cavitt spent his childhood in Jacksboro and his teenage years in Amarillo.  Chris has been involved in youth ministry as an intern at his home church, Paramount, in Amarillo, and is currently serving as the youth and college minister at Living Water Church in Canyon, Texas.  He also spent time working in the recreation ministry at First Baptist Amarillo, Texas.  Chris and his wife, Moriah, wed in August of last year.  Moriah has lived all over the place, but she considers Virginia to be home.  Both Chris and Moriah are graduates of West Texas A&M University in Canyon.  Chris also has a Master’s Degree from Southwestern Seminary.  You may view his resume here.  Chris and Moriah are excited about serving the Lord here in Olney. You can watch a short video below that I made with Chris and Moriah that will help you start to get to know them (the picture is a little glitchy, but the audio is mostly fine). 

Click here to watch an interview with Chris and Moriah

 Sunday, 2/21  Schedule for Associate Pastor Candidate:
-Chris will spend time in the youth Sunday school class.
-Chris will share his testimony and call to ministry in the worship service Sunday morning.
-The students, their parents, and the youth committee will meet together with the Cavitts after church for lunch in the fellowship hall.
-At a special called business meeting @ 6 p.m., the recommendation by the search committee to call Chris Cavitt will be considered.  At this meeting we will have an opportunity for Q&A. 

Wednesday 2/24 6:00pm Mid-week – One Night Revival! 
One of the benefits of the Simeon Trust preaching conference being held in Graham is that we have excellent preachers headed our way next week.  If you don’t normally come to Mid-Week service, please come this week because we will have Jeff Wiesner preaching for us.   Jeff is the Lead Pastor of North Point Baptist Church in Denton.  I met Jeff last year and began to listen to his sermons on his church website.  Jeff is an incredibly skilled preacher.  All of his sermons are Christ-exalting and expertly delivered.  We will also have Dave Woodbury here to help us lead music.  Dave is the Lead Pastor of First Baptist Nocona. Please show proper Olney hospitality by being present to hear and encourage Jeff and Dave while they are here!  I’m including their biographical information at the end of this post.

Parenting Class February 28 and March 7 from 12:15pm to 3 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Crystal Cook, Kim Bishop, Chad Edgington and Melissa Edgington will be teaching a parenting conference as a service to our community. Due to court orders, CPS parenting plans, counseling needs, and other circumstances, attending a parenting class is a requirement for some people, but no classes are offered in our area.  The closest class is put on by a Catholic church in Wichita Falls.   Our parenting class will cover communication, discipline strategies, routine & structure, and basic life skills.  We want the class to have a small group component in addition to the lecture material.  We will need some of you to come and be group facilitators.  We also need child-care workers and people who can help prepare and serve lunch.  If you would like to help, please contact the office, Crystal Cook, or Chad Edgington.  

Sunday 2/28 Regular Business Meeting 6:00pm, Fellowship Hall
Our regularly scheduled business meeting has been moved back to the 28.  Prior to the meeting, all committees will meet at 5:30pm to elect officers and prepare to make any reports to the church that are necessary.  There will be no meal served.

FBCO Testimony Project
Please click this link and fill out and submit your testimony.

Bios for Jeff and Dave, our One Night Revival Guests!

Jeff Wiesner, Lead Pastor of North Point Baptist Church, Denton
Jeff Wiesner moved to Denton in 2000 to join Denton Bible Church and attend the University of North Texas. Shortly thereafter, he met his wife Kathy while serving in college ministry before getting married in 2003. They have three children.  In 2002, Jeff transferred from UNT to The Criswell College to finish both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology. During his time in seminary, Jeff served as the College Pastor for Denton Bible Church, where much of his time was spent leading, teaching and discipling students from both UNT and TWU campuses. In the fall of 2013, Jeff and his family resigned from DBC to serve as a pastoral intern at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., before returning to Denton in January 2014 to plant North Point Church. Jeff is passionate about expositionally preaching the good news of Jesus Christ while equipping the church to live together as disciple-making disciples in the world. He also enjoys studying theology, watching movies, and agonizing over the beleaguered mediocrity of our local professional sports teams.

Dave Woodbury, Lead Pastor, First Baptist Church of Nocona
Dave is a native Floridian who grew up in Tampa, graduating with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Tampa and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. After serving in student ministry in churches in Texas and Florida, Dave came to FBC Nocona in 2001 as Minister of Music & Youth. In 2004, the church called him to serve as Lead Pastor. Dave is married to Catherine, and they have 3 children: Charlie, Madeline, and Caroline. Dave enjoys playing guitar and piano, watching Florida Gators athletics, eating (seafood, Cuban, Asian, and Tex-Mex are some of his favorites), and reading just about anything.


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Notes from the Pastor’s Study – January 27, 2021

Church Family, today we have two big things going on. First, at 11 a.m. in the FBCO Sanctuary we will celebrate God’s goodness in the life of Jannie Snody. Funerals of church members are very important events in the life of our church. In the past few years I have noticed that funeral attendance has steadily declined, COVID-19 has only exacerbated this trend. I would like for us as a congregation to start doing better about attending funerals in 2021. If you can make it out today for this funeral, not only will that show love to Gary and his family, but you will be encouraged as well as we worship as a community of faith.

Tonight we will also hold our Mid-Week service at 6pm. I am looking forward to our gathering.

Sunday was kind of a weird day.  Rue and Anna told me on Saturday night that we wouldn’t have water on Sunday morning.  My first reaction was, “Big deal, we don’t need to have water to have church.”  Then Melissa started telling me about how difficult it would be for the children’s workers and others to try to have morning services with no water.  There was also the fact that people were going to wake up with no water and they were going to be unable to get ready! 

We decided to push the service back to 6pm to give everybody time to be ready for church, but alas, the leak was much more difficult to fix than was anticipated.  We had a good group for Worship considering the circumstances (and there are sooo many circumstances these days!) and we had a good number watching on Facebook and YouTube. 

It was just one of those weird days and that is OK, we’re all learning to roll with the punches.  This last year, as we will say forever, has taught us to be flexible. 

The good news is that we are blessed people.  It is hard to imagine what life would have been like without running water and all the things we are so accustomed to as a people.  We should be thanking God daily for all the amazing things we do have, rather than longing for what we don’t have and probably don’t need anyway!

However, as a result of most folks missing the regular worship service, we are $5,045.00 below regular budget needs.  Let’s be sure to all bring an extra generous gift to the Lord this week so we can ensure that all our ministries and programs are funded.  We don’t want to fall behind this soon in the year.  Remember every one of us are expected to bring a generous gift.  It is vital that we start exercising generosity as we move closer to our building campaign.  You are going to be asked to give till it hurts!  We are all in this together trusting that it is a cheerful giver that God loves (2 Cor 9:7).  Just remember, as I used to hear people say when I was growing up, “you can’t out-give the Lord!”

Sunday I introduced the FBCO Testimony Project.  Our goal for this year is to have every member write out their Christian testimony.  We ask every new member to share their story, we should all be able to do this.  The benefits of this project are manifold.  Go to fbcolney.com and click the green button and start working on telling your story!   

This Saturday we will hold our Short-Term Missions Conference with Mat Kountz beginning at 8:30am.  It isn’t too late to sign-up to come.  Be we are going to have an amazing time thinking and learning about how we, as First Baptist Olney, can best reach the world for Christ. 

Make sure you are here this Sunday.  I believe the message from God’s Word will be timely.  I anticipate it will step on some toes, garner some angry emails, and maybe prompt some passive aggressive Facebook posts.  I know you don’t want to miss that!  In all seriousness, when God’s word comes to us, we should expect that most of the time it will challenge and oppose us.  As I studied for this sermon I was challenged and convicted.  Yet, we know that when the Word wounds us, it offers healing and growth as well.  When you lift weights, the way your muscle gets stronger is to first be torn down. 

We had 13 people attend our New Member Class meeting!  I think we have 8 folks that are interested in joining the church. Praise God!  We will probably have four of those joining by baptism.  

Sunday Evening Training Union this Sunday will be one you will not want to miss.  The course is called “The God Who Speaks.”  This week’s lesson will be on the transmission of Scripture.  Have you ever wondered how we know we are reading what the Apostles wrote?  Come Sunday and find out why we can have confidence in the Word.  Jake Bailey will be teaching.

Baby Bottle Fundraiser– We still have some bottles left.  Come pick one up and put change in it, or a $10 or $20 dollar bill.  This is a way we can show we are pro-life instead of just saying it. 

These are great and exciting days in the life of our church.  We need to all be praying for our new Associate Pastor search, a new building campaign, and an exciting year of re-vitalizing ministry (post-Covid).  I need your prayers as I strive to follow Christ, seek to carefully shepherd your soul, serve the pastors in our association, serve on state convention executive board, study for my doctoral work, serve our community, and serve my family.  I have a full plate and a full heart.  I love how you all make my job so easy by being so generous, so responsive, and so ready to serve those in need wherever they are and whoever they are.  You are patient with me, forgiving, and encouraging all the time.  I love you and I love being your pastor.  I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday!   


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Notes From the Pastor’s Study – January 12, 2021

                Worship Sunday was lightly attended due to the snow.  If you have not brought your gift in this week, please get that in!  FYI: We were slightly off budget needs. 

                One of my favorite weeks of the year is here!  This Thursday and Friday the Young County Stock Show will be held at the arena in Graham.  I love seeing the kids show their different projects.  My kids have been raising their rabbits and looking forward to seeing how they compare with the others.  When got our bunnies they were just cute, cuddly little babies.  Now they weigh 5 lbs. and want to scratch your face off! 

                We enjoy the bunnies, but the purpose of the project is to develop the kids into responsible people who can take care of things that depend on them.  This past Sunday I spoke on leadership development and discipleship.  Our church is a big project.  Each of us is a project and collectively we are a project.  The project is a disciple-making project!  We need to be responsible to one another because we depend upon one another to live the Christian life.  I hope this year you will be committed to the project and to each other. 

                I was blessed to spend a couple of days at the Seminary last week.  I learned a great deal of information that I hope will make our church stronger.  I appreciate your support.  I am also blessed to receive a scholarship from the Hunnewell Foundation for half of my tuition. 

                 We some important things going on:
                1.  Food Pantry Volunteer Meeting directly after church this Sunday (1/17).  We need 8-10 Volunteer to serve in our Food Pantry Ministry.  Laura Dillard does a great job coordinating this ministry and serving our community.  She has a few faithful volunteers that help her, but not many from our church.  If you are not serving anywhere in the church, this is an easy way to plug-in and get involved!  I know we can do better to support Laura and this ministry.  We will have a brief volunteer meeting in the Parlor to get name and information.  The main jobs will be packing bags at the pantry, moving bags to the church, or handing out bags for distribution, and delivery to shut-ins.  It is astounding how many pounds of food the pantry gives out each month. 

                2.  New Member Class this Sunday (1/17) at 2 p.m.  Anyone interested in joining the church through baptism or letter/statement needs to attend the class to get the ball rolling.  In the class we go over the membership covenant and other ideas related what members and can expect and what is expected of members!  If you want to attend the class, let me know!

                3.  Short-Term Missions Conference at FBCO!  Saturday, January 30,2021 from 8:30am-2:30pm, Fellowship Hall
If you have been on a short-term trip or may go on one, please don’t miss this conference.  Mat Kountz, our missionary in Ecuador will be leading this conference.  Come learn how we can best help the long-term mission work with our short term trips!  Lunch will be required.

                4.  The God Who Speaks Adult Bible Study. Jake and Gunter are facilitating a study on Sunday evenings in the Sanctuary at 5 p.m.  Each study stands on its own, so all are welcome.  This is a study of the reliability and authority of the Word of God.  It is video-driven and features some of the best theological minds discussing how we can know the Bible is true.  Youth, Mission Friends, RAs, and GAs are meeting as well.  Come learn something new. 

                5.  Pray for our Youth Ministry search committee.  We are going to meet with a prospective candidate on the 22nd.  This process is moving slow.  We want to be obedient and careful to be diligent to find the young man the Lord is calling to help equip the saints here at FBCO! 

                6.     Pray for our Associational Work.  I am serving as an area representative to some of the local churches in the area.  Our church will be instrumental in this ministry, especially to some of the smaller churches in the area that we can assist.    


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