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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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 – November 30, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Don’t forget about the Olney Tree Lighting tonight at the Gazebo. I will be leading in some Christmas carols. Rue Rogers, our new mayor, will give a brief address. Come out and support at 6 p.m.

Yesterday was a great day in worship. Our attendance was down and I anticipate that our giving will be down as well. Please make sure you mail or bring your gift in this week. You may also give online.

Shawnee Stoker will be sharing about her mission ministry this Wednesday at Midweek. The service starts at 6p.m. Please come and support her as she shares what is on her heart.

I found this article to be helpful this week: 6 Members Who Build Up the Church

We have a Deacons Meeting this Sunday, December 6 at 8 a.m.
Our Last Sunday Evening meetings for this semester will be this week. We will start back with new studies next semester.

Our Church Reporting Fellowship (business meeting) is December 13 p.m. after the morning Worship Service in the Fellowship Hall. We will discuss the Budget at that meeting. Be sure you are there.

The Associate Pastor Search is moving along. We have some truly great applicants and we would love to hire them all, but we trust the Lord will make it clear to us who is called to be here.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I look forward to worship this Wednesday and Sunday!

Love, Chad


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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 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 -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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