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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