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.


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!



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


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.


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!   


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.    


Notes From the Pastor’s Study – December 8, 2020

            This week our Associate Pastor Search Committee is interviewing a couple of candidates for the position.  We appreciate your prayers as we work through the process.  If you see me showing a stranger around town, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and put your best foot forward!
            Because we will have limited time with the candidates and the committee, we will NOT have our Mid-Week worship service this week (12/9).  Thank you for understanding. 
                Also, please take note of the following dates and activities as we end the year:
December 9 – No Mid-Week
December 13 – 8am Deacon Meeting, 9:30am Sunday School, 10:45a.m. Worship. 
December 20 – 9:30a.m. Sunday School, 10:45a.m. Worship (w/Lord’s Supper Celebration, 12:00p.m. Business Meeting
December 23 – Christmas Candle-light Service
December 27 – 9:30a.m. Sunday school, 10:45a.m. Worship, 12:00p.m. Up/Down vote on 2021 Budget. 
December 30 – No Mid-Week
December 31 – End of year financial gifts are due in the office before noon, or must be postmarked by December 31.
                Mat Kountz is one of the missionaries in Ecuador with whom our church as a relationship.  Several of you support him on a regular basis.  Mat needs our help.  He is working on a seminary project that is required to complete his degree.  He needs to teach a missions seminar to people over 18 who have been on a short-term mission trip, or who may go on one in the future; long-term missionaries; missions agency staff; or church staff.  The class will last about 6 hours.  Mat will fly up and meet with us on January 30 to teach the class in the fellowship hall.  The cost of the conference is free.  All we need to do is purchase the plane ticket to get Mat up here!  It will be great to see him again.  Hopefully he can stay and preach for us the next morning. 
                It is interesting to think about 2020 coming so quickly to an end.  This year has honestly seemed like it has lasted forever.  It is hard to remember what things were like before COVID-19.  The pandemic has been awful for so many reasons.   I haven’t had it yet, but we all know someone who had suffered from it, and we all seem to know someone who has passed away. 
                As we look forward to a new year and a vaccine on the way, I start to think about what I have learned during 2020, the year of COVID.  Maybe you have learned a few of these things too. 
                First, I have learned to be flexible.  I didn’t realize how set in my ways I was until I the pandemic took my normal routine away.  Now I truly do believe that we have all learned to bend so we don’t break, especially in the face of unusual circumstances.
                Second, I have learned to be patient with those with whom I disagree.  From the earliest days of this pandemic, I experienced the greatest difficulty in ministry dealing with the various opinions on the virus and the reaction to the virus.  As we have learned more about the virus, my opinion has probably changed three or four times about the severity of the crisis and the proper response.  I get tired of the restrictions and then find myself becoming concerned that we aren’t being careful enough.  All of this has taught me to be patient with the circumstance and the people who are thinking differently than me about it.  There is much room for grace and longsuffering in times like this.
                Third, I think I have learned to be innovative.  The parking lot service, different ways of doing indoor services, new ways to distribute the Lord’s Supper, new ways to give, and learning new technologies have required us all to be innovative.  
                I’ve become more realistic and accepting of my limitations.  Early on in the pandemic, I became rather panicked and thought that the survival of the church depended on me.  That was silly, or course, but I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.  I thought things would totally fall apart.  What I learned is that the survival of the church depends on Christ.  I only have so many hours in a day.  I have many tasks and duties that require my diligent attention.  I can’t read minds, I can’t please everybody, I can’t accomplish everything that I would like to do or that I need to do.  What I can do is be available when I am needed.  I can stop and take time when somebody needs to talk and pray.  I can be consistent and loving whenever I encounter someone.  However, it is important for us all to remember that we have to be realistic and live within our limitations.  That requires us to set aside our pride and acknowledge our failures, our helplessness, and our dependence on the Lord to do his work and to grow his people. 
                I hope next year looks quite different compared to this year.  I hope we have all learned something from 2020.  What has the Lord taught you, I’d love to know.  Email me, message me, call me and let’s talk about it! 

Love, Brother Chad!


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


Notes from the Pastor’s Study- October 21, 2020

We will have our Mid-Week Service Tonight at 6:00 p.m. Please try to make it for worship. I will be preaching from Matthew 22 on the Great Commandments. We will start with a fun game for the kids, have a special time of worship music, a sermon, and then we are dismissed. The service usually runs about 45 minutes. I appreciate Brandon filling in while we went to Fields of Faith last week.

Youth: FCA Fields of faith was really different this year. The group from Olney was definitely the smallest of all the contingencies from the other towns. We had a handful of kids from our church that went. I would ask you to pray for our ministry to teenagers in Olney. I appreciate those who work with youth in Olney, especially our teachers and Rodney and Kristy Nantz. It can be really tough soil. Pray that God will move and work in the lives of the young people in this town. If you are a parent of a youth, I want to impress upon you the importance of making sure your kids are at youth. Yes, I’m asking you to make them come. This week we are going to be working on studying certain scripture verses and writing them down in the front of our Bibles so the kids can share Jesus with their friends by just reading with them from the Scripture.

Olney Alcohol Measure: I appreciate the feedback I received on my email to the church family regarding the alcohol issue. I’m sure that in a congregation as large as ours that not everybody agrees with me, but I appreciate your graciousness in considering my position.

This past Sunday (10/18) was a great day in worship at FBCO. I’m loving having everybody back in the praise team. We also have a new edition to the team. Thanks to Summer Branum for joining us on the Keytar!
If you missed Summer and Jessa doing “In His Time” as the special this past Sunday you should go back and watch it on YouTube. The sermon from Numbers 12 was a real joy to preach. I’m looking forward this Sunday (10/25) to preaching chapters 13-14 this week. The sermon is called “Grasshoppers and God Fearers.” Lori is going to sing the special! We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper. Make sure you are here- unless you feel like you are sick, of course.

Our attendance was down significantly and I know that is due to the spike in COVID-19 cases that have run through our schools, our community and our county. I know we all appreciate the caution that many are showing by staying home if they have symptoms. We have a few church members that are currently suffering with the disease. Please pray for them and their recovery. I have spoken with Jeff Harmon this week and I was encouraged to hear that he is moving toward a recovery, but it will take a while. I know Jeff and Denise all appreciate your love and support.

I love you! I look forward to seeing you tonight at Mid-Week worship!

Brother Chad


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