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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