FBC on Mission: Haitian Teacher Training

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On July 15-18, we will send two FBC’rs on mission to Haiti! Carey Quick and Monica Gearhart will join Stephanie Davis and the Together-4-Haiti team.  The team will provide training & resources for teachers and school administrators from across the Country - and YOU CAN HELP!  

1.   Provide some supplies needed for the conference.  Follow these steps:  

  • Select some of the supplies 

  • Choose Shipping option- "Together 4 Haiti"

  • Pay online and submit the order

2.  Sponsor a Haitian teacher who wants to attend the conference ($30)  You may make a gift here:   https://www.purecharity.com/fundraisers/26872/fund

3.  Pray for this training event.  Participants will receive a week of educational training, and be encouraged with the Gospel message.

June Events for Kids and Youth

Summer is here! We have a bevy of events planned in June for youth and children. Take a look below and sign up, invite friends and be there!


vacation bible School - June 17 - 20

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For kids who have completed Kinder - 6th grade.

Everyday will cover “snap shots” of Jesus revealing His identity to us and helping us to discover that Jesus is who He says He is—the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing we might have life in His name.


Preteen Camp - June 27-30 Highland Lakes

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For kids who have completed grades 3 - 6.

Date: June 27-30
Where: Highland Lakes
Deposit: $75
Cost: $245


Super Summer - June 24 -28 Howard Payne University

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For youth who have completed 7th-12th grade.

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FUGE Youth Camp - June 8-14 - Panama City, FL

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For youth who have completed 7th-12th grade. We have 30 spots left for camp, so sign up early and don’t miss your chance to go!

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YOUTH Mission Trip - July 15-19 Zoar Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA

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For youth who have completed 7th-12th grade

Deposit: $75.00

Cost: $200

Honoring Our Graduates - Senior Sunday Recap

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On May 19 we had the privilege of honoring our graduating high school seniors. We featured a video with parents exhorting their graduates with words of praise and encouragement. Seniors were presented with personalized Bibles and recognized in front of the congregation. Student Pastor, David Reaves, brought a special message on having an “everybody always kind of love.” And our Deacons gathered around each senior-family at the end of the service to lead in prayer over them. Continue to pray for these students as they begin the next chapter in their lives beyond high school. Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Parent/Child Dedication

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“Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” - Proverbs 22:6 (NASB)

Mother’s Day, we had a special time of dedication for parents and children. Each family was introduced, given their child’s First Bible, and presented a Certificate of Dedication signed by the Pastor. Then according to Biblical precedent, Parents were issued a “charge” - followed by a special “charge” to the church. “Do you promise to graciously receive these little ones? To come alongside these Families in love, support, prayer & care?  And to help them portray Christlike love to these children, even as they see Christ-like qualities in your own life?” exhorted Pastor Travis. And all God’s people said, “We will!” Please join us in thanking God and praying for these Parents and their children…

Welcoming New Believers in Baptism

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This past month we celebrated the “next step” spiritually for several in the FBC Family! May 26 we had the joy of continuing our 155 year old tradition - baptizing in Salado Creek! Please affirm Ren Angell and Robert Schwindt in their walks of faith!

We believe that baptism is a public response of obedience to Jesus Christ as Lord. Although baptism does not save us, it demonstrates our recognition of the lordship of Jesus in our lives, and is a picture of the faith that we profess.

Christian baptism is the immersion of a Believer in water in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the Believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior. It follows the example of Jesus who was baptized by immersion as He began His ministry. And it affirms a Believer’s death to sin, burial of their old life, and resurrection to walk in newness of Christ.

Baptism is a beautiful picture of what has happened to us on the inside.
Has it happened to you…?

The Pastor's Perspective - June

ac•com•plish•ment \ə-ˈkäm-plish-mənt –

1                  an act or instance of carrying into effect; fulfillment
2                  something done admirably or creditably
3                  a deed or achievement

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In the span of 5 days I will have sat through the celebration of a Kindergarten, an 8th Grade, and a High School graduation. Accomplishments – every one of them, though each at a different level. The thing about accomplishments is, soon after one is completed – another is beginning. Yeah, get ready upper level graduates, cause if you haven’t yet, you’ll soon hear the next-phase phrase:  “Well, time to pack for college!” or “Time to get a job!” etc…!  And you’re thinking, “Time to what? I haven’t even soaked up this accomplishment yet?!”

Might I encourage you before you rush to the next thing; take time to enjoy the plateau you or they just climbed up on. And as you enjoy and celebrate your own or other’s accomplishments, begin praying for the path that’s to come. 

In our church:

  • Pray for our Reenvision Team who have had 3 meetings already as they take on the task of creating a new Vision & Campus masterplan for our church…

  • Pray for our upcoming youth ‘Fuge Camp in Panama City Beach, Florida, for the safety of those going and the ignition of the Spirit while they are there…(June 8-14)

  • Pray for our largest children’s ministry event of the Year – Vacation Bible School. (June 17-20) — where we’re anticipating over 400 participants & workers and looking forward to celebrating with you at our VBS Family night picnic, Thurs June 20...

  • Pray for our new Hospitality Ministry Coordinator (same person, newly adjusted job duties) Bobi Anderson as she has picked up additional duties and oversight of not just Wednesday Suppers, but also our Coffee, Bereavement, and Fellowship ministries…

Accomplishments in our church? They abound, so thank God for them even as you ask for His empowerment of what’s to come!

But let me go back to something for a moment – you. 

Because some of you are daily accomplishing much. Some of you are living with cancer. Some of you are getting up daily and doing life alone. Some of you are carrying the excruciating load of parenthood. Some of you are stressing about friendship but continuing to be a friend. It really doesn’t matter what the “what” is in your life. The fact is – it is there and you are living with it, doing it, carrying it, and continuing. THAT is an accomplishment. Congratulations!!

We often think of the end of time and those immortal words we’ll hear:  “Well done, good and faithful servant...Come and share your Master’s happiness!’” (Matt 25:21) But I believe our Master also wants you to hear it RIGHT NOW as well:

  • “Well done, you who’ve been grinding all Semester!!”

  • “Well done, you who’ve stayed faithful to your tithe!!”

  • “Well done, you who’ve taught Sunday School!!”

  • “Well done, you who’ve run media behind the scenes!!”

  • “Well done, you who’ve interceded for others though others never knew!!”

  • “Well done, you who’ve reacted like Jesus rather than how you wanted to!!”

  • “Well done…!!”

Summer awaits. Go love, Church! 

- Pastor Travis

Celebrating our Children - FBC Kids Sunday Recap

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“But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” - Luke 18:16

Sunday, May 5, our FBC Kids ministry took the lead in our worship service. They led us in worship, made announcements, greeted guests, prayed, and collected our tithes and offerings. Our children’s minister, Jayelyn Boynton, led a special lesson about “names,” and Pastor Travis gave a message about being “Undivided!”

FBC Kids are the church of tomorrow and we are thrilled with their leadership on this special Sunday!

There are many opportunities to serve in our Children’s ministry. If you have a heart for kids or are looking for a practical way to serve, contact Jayelyn Boynton or call the church office for more details.

I Am FBC - Meet the Caspers

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Matthew and Adreanna Casper have been a part of the FBC Salado Family since 2016. Having moved around the world with the U.S. Army, they chose to return to the central Texas area from Germany, and settle in Salado.

“Honestly, we decided to stay in Salado, because it was the first place we did not want to leave.  It felt like home.” said the Caspers. “The plan was to stay in the military until retirement and then move to Dallas to be closer to family and career opportunities. That was our plan at least. But God had other plans!”

When the Caspers visited FBC, they said people opened their arms and welcomed the family. “Because of this, once again, we did not want to leave.” Their oldest daughter, Kaitlyn, is now active in the youth group and enjoys mission opportunities to younger children. Their youngest child, Madelyn, is growing in Christ each day and searching for where she can best serve.  Matthew is now retired from the military and exploring his calling within the church and how to further serve. 

Matthew and Adreanna are also both active in the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, whose main mission is to provide meaningful, interactive experiences to Service members, First responders and their families, aimed at enriching their marriages and family relationships. “The pressures that come naturally with carrying out service to our Country can lead to a negative ripple effect among family units, which flows into the communities in which they serve, work and live. This organization helps counter all that.” The experiences provided by the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation are designed to give those it is assisting the opportunity to reconnect and remember what they love about each other, thus empowering families to thrive.

Matthew and Adreanna have been married 20 years.

The Pastor's Perspective

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So a couple of months back I mentioned that, “a Reenvision Team was being recruited and assembled to take on the task of creating a new Vision & Campus masterplan for our church,” and that “exciting things were in the works with continued updates coming regularly.” 

Well here you go with one of those ‘updates’ – this past Sunday evening at our April Church Conference the church unanimously affirmed the names of seven individuals who are to comprise that Reenvision Team!  Our Nominating Team was presented a pool of eighteen names in order to create a Team of seven to serve. Our staff and church leaders submitted name possibilities according to balanced demographic representation of our church:  male/female, old/young, longtime/newer church members, etc.  The names were thoroughly prayed over, and then contacted by the Nominating Team to see if the individuals were willing to serve.

Those who agreed have been given a job description and will be working closely with myself, our staff, & church leaders. They will have 3-4 meetings now, break for Summer, then resume meeting in September with hopes of having Presentations ready for the church in October. The purpose of this Reenvision Team will be to assist in developing a renewed vision and campus masterplan for FBC Salado with specific goals for each phase of development. The team’s task essentially will be to create a “roadmap” for the church – who we are going to be and what we are going to be about – in the next 5-7 years.

It’s a tricky task (creating something out of something you can’t see yet) so as these individuals have prayerfully agreed to serve, please begin lifting them up in prayer regularly, yourself.  And use this Word from Isaiah as the foundation of your prayer work: 

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)

 Bobbette Bell
Jason Goodman
Savannah Hennig
Jamie Jennings
Ron Kirkpatrick
Cade Morris
Jill Shipman

Spring is upon us (the wildflowers along the Interstate through Salado have been amazing!) and as the Seasons are changing new growth is happening both in and out of our church.  He is making us “alive together with Christ!” (Eph 2:5)  What part of your life needs His Hand at work?  And where might His Hand lead you to do the same for someone else?

Go love, Church!

- Pastor Travis

National Day of Prayer - May 2

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The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, NDP chairman emeritus, reminded us: “We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.”

We will be opening the Worship Center from 7a - 7p on Thursday, May 2. Please feel free to stop in to spend a few moments in prayer. We will be providing an environment where you can focus on what this day means to you and pray for our most critical national needs.

Click here for a printable prayer guide for the National Day of Prayer

I am FBC - The Holders

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Jim and Brenda Holder have been a part of the FBC Family since 2011. Having moved to Salado from Georgetown, they continued to work and attend church there but soon felt the need to be involved in their local community.

So they began visiting churches in the Salado area, and settled on FBC because, “It was the most like what we were accustomed to, and felt like home!” said the Holders.

We’re sure glad for FBC’s sake! Having started his own handyman business, Jim was asked to fill in temporarily at FBC in the vacant Facilities Supervisor position. Because of his giftedness, and God’s timing, it turned into a full-time role as Jim is now a permanent part of our FBC Salado Staff!

“The one thing we have learned is that the closer you are to the Lord the more He will put you to serve His people.” said Jim & Brenda. Jim is also a greeter on Sunday mornings and loves the interaction with people and guests. Brenda still works and ministers to her clients who are extended family in Georgetown, and has found her place of service at FBC as well.

“Eight years ago if you had told us that we would be in Salado, we would have said ‘no way’?! But the Lord always has a better plan.  Thank you, Jesus!”

Jim and Brenda have been married for 24 years, have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. 

Kids Sunday May 5

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Join us for a service led by our kids and celebrating their uniqueness! Kids Sunday is a great day for you to learn what our Children’s Ministry does as well as ways for YOU to be involved. Please note that our 3’s and 4’s childcare classroom will be closed during our worship service so that our families can worship together.

There will be a “pray-ground” at the front of the worship center with age-appropriate quiet activities.


Senior Recognition Sunday - May 19

Congratulations to all of our graduating Seniors of the class of 2019! We will be taking time in our Connect service on Sunday, May 19th to recognize their accomplishments during the service. Well, done, Seniors!

Photos not available: Stephen Cathriner, Andrew Sniggs, Ashten Sniggs

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Thank you, D4D Contributors!

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Thank you to all who helped make D4D a huge success again this year. It is a true blessing to see so many people investing in our students. It is great opening the doors for students’ to have opportunities to serve and experience God I’m very unique ways. Our goal was $11,325. You contributed $13,500 so far. Thank you again for your support and please continue to pray for our students and events this summer.

Congratulations Bible Drill Team!

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Thank you church for supporting our Bible Drill team! We took our church bus to Houston TX for State Drill. On the way we stopped and enjoyed a time of fun with
Go-Carts, Putt-Putt, Golf, and Laser Tag! Saturday morning our kids represented our church well, recalling verses, key passages, and books of the bible. Thomas Novotny scored perfect. Gabe Goodin and Mason Brown have been involved in Bible Drill all 3 years they have been eligible to participate at
FBC Salado.

End of School “First Family” Event - May 26

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Mark your calendar for our end of school “First Family” Event May 26 at 4pm! Kids can enjoy a bounce obstacle course and be sure to bring their bikes so they can ride the course we will have setup. Food trucks will be there for dinner (for purchase).

We will have a classic car show followed by a family friendly computer animated movie about everyone’s favorite tow truck and race car.

Gratitude gushing from 'Across the Pond'

**A SPECIAL MESSAGE OF THANKS** from British Pastor mission Partner

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So this message might be a bit all over the place, cause I feel like I have got lots that I want to say ... 

I have to start by saying 'thank you' again - we had a wonderful time, it was an amazing experience, and Liz and I felt so blessed by the kindness and the generosity and the love that was shown to us by so many people! But I particularly want to say thank you for inviting us, and for making it all happen. I know that there must have been countless messages and phone calls and all kinds of other stuff going on to organize our trip, as well as the 'normal' day-to-day stuff that wouldn't have stopped in the couple of months between the invitation and our visit. And then to everyone who gave up so much of their time to show us around and take us places and introduce us to people, it was so good of you! 

But most of all I want to say, thank you for welcoming us into your Family. We genuinely feel like your friendship is a gift, a blessing from God to us, and feel like there is a genuine connection with you all. I want you to know that you are regularly in my prayers, and so —

  • I pray for you as you strive to be the best that you can be…

  • I pray for you as you seek to deepen your relationship with Jesus and encourage others to do the same…

  • I pray for you as you seek to follow Him wherever He leads and call others to go with you…

  • I pray for you as you manage life and a heavy workload…

  • I pray for you as you carry expectations that you and others put upon you…

  • And I pray most of all that you remember every day that He is with you, and that you don't have to do any of this on your own…

 Much love to you all. 

Jon & Liz Edwards, Southbank, UK

Parent/Child Dedication - May 12

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At FBC Salado, we believe that dedicating a child to the Lord is a community effort. Parent/Child dedications are where we affirm and support parents as they seek to “bring up a child in the way they should go...”. We reserve a place in our worship service to recognize these families and pledge, as a church community, to come alongside them and support them. Our next Parent/Child dedication will be Sunday, May 12. If you are interested, please contact Jayelyn Boynton by calling the church office - 254-947-5465 or sending an email to firstkids@fbcsalado.org

FBC Man Day 2019

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Come spend a Saturday of fun, fellowship and FOOD with other men at our annual “Man Day” event. Start the day with a round of golf at Mill Creek Golf club, followed by skeet shooting in the afternoon. The evening closes with a rib dinner, and a challenging message from Pastor Jon Edwards who leads Southbank Church in Southbank, UK. Bring a buddy, invite a guest. Don’t miss this opportunity to hang out with “the guys” and maybe even make a few new friends. It’s not too late to sign up! Call the church or click here to sign up online!

FBC Man Day Schedule

8:00am: Golf Scramble at Mill Creek ($35.00)

3:00pm: Skeet Shoot at Dunlap Ranch (bring your own gun and ammo)

6:00pm: Rib Dinner at Dunlap Casa featuring guest speaker Pastor Jon Edwards, UK. ($10)