Notes from the Pastor’s Study -September 22, 2020

Great Sunday at FBCO on September 20.  197 on campus, several watching online, 150 in Sunday School.  Great spirit in the room.  What a blessing it is to be in church each week with you.  I sometimes wonder if my ministry has had any impact over seven years.  It’s easy to question effectiveness and I’m acutely aware of my failures, weakness, and areas that need improvement to serve you well.  Yet, when I see how you love to hear the preaching, even of a book like Numbers, I can’t help but think that the Lord has grown us all in a love for his perfect, inspired, inerrant, glorious, never-failing, lasting-forever Word! 

Giving was strong on Sunday.  We exceeded budget requirements for the first time in a while.  If you have not brought in your gift, please get that to the office or give online.  Of course, our attendance is nowhere near where it was, but the Lord is moving and working and eventually we will be back to where we were, but it will take work, reaching out and encouraging those who have become disconnected for various reasons.  I would ask that if someone crosses your mind who you haven’t seen in a while, pick up the phone and call them and encourage them with Christian love.   

Sunday Evening classes are going well.  I picked the adult studies because I thought they were unique and interesting.  I know they are a little different than what we have done before, but I think they are edifying.  I hope you are enjoying them.  Rue Rogers and I are having a great time leading the youth on Sunday nights.  I told the kids that as soon as we truly round the corner on this COVID-19 we can do much more together, but we are still having a good time and learning.  I hope we can inspire them in the short time we have them to get a view of a God who loves them and a Savior to whom they can always turn.  I have heard reports from the children’s classes that they are all having a great time as well.

One class I would like for some of you to consider is the Grief-Share class that will meet Sundays at 5pm.  Some of you have recently lost loved ones and for others it has been years.  Learning to deal with grief is important and I would like you to consider attending.  This is a new session that is starting so everybody is starting fresh.  Leigh Stephens is the leader. 

The Mid-Week service was great last Wednesday.  I hope you will consider being a part of it.   It was great to see everybody and to worship together. We had over 60 in attendance. The service lasted about 45 minutes.  I hope you will be a part of it each week.  We are giving the youth the option of attending the mid-week service or attending the Wednesday Night program at the Refuge with Rodney and Kristy Nantz.  One issue we had was with getting volunteers for child-care for some of our evening services.  I told Anna to make a schedule for nursery volunteers and I’m going to sweetly ask everyone to serve their turn, or if you can’t make it one particular night, switch with someone on the list.  Thank you for loving our children and having a heart for them to know Jesus.  Also thank you for making it possible for mothers to have a break from the action to breath and reconnect with the Lord. 

-Bible Drill starts at 5pm on Wednesday nights.
-March for Jesus is October 3, 2020 at the Tommy Perkins park!  Parade at 10am Program to follow at the park.
-Bi-Fork Association meeting is October 3 at 3pm at FBC Seymour for anyone who would like to attend.  Learn more about that at bifork.org.  I think it is great that the first thing that pops up on the website is our parking lot service. 
-We are planning on having the Fall Festival on October 25 from 5-7pm.  Be ready to volunteer for that!

I love you I’m so grateful to the Lord to be your pastor.  I still cannot believe I get to do this for a living.  Live for Jesus this week and I will see you on Sunday!        -Brother Chad