"Entrusted" Women's Bible Study - Sept 10

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We were never meant to take this journey of faith alone or in secret. God has entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel, something too precious and life-giving to keep to ourselves.

In this 6-session Bible study, Beth Moore will encourage you to guard what God has entrusted to you, further His kingdom by sharing Christ with others, and pour into future generations just as Paul once mentored Timothy. Because in this journey of joy and hardship, we need each other to stay the course and live lives of faithfulness.

A new Bible study is starting up on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Women of all ages are invited to join us!

What is 5th Quarter?

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We will be hosting 5th Quarter on Friday, September 6th. What is 5th Quarter you may ask? It is a time of fellowship for students 7th-12th grade after our home football game. We do this to provide a safe place for students to come and hangout from 9:30 - Midnight. We have games, inflatables, food and giveaways for the students . It is a great time for us to minister to around 400 students. We need the Church’s help to make this a great event for our youth! If you would like to help with registration, crowd control, or taking meal tickets please call the church office or sign up at the Ministry Center in the foyer.  Please pray for this event and for the students. Thank you for supporting our youth at FBC Salado and Salado ISD.

 

South American Partner Update

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Some of you may remember our Peruvian pastor friend, Jairo Saurin, who preached at FBC a year or so ago.  Jairo pastors a South American church and teaches different conferences and meetings throughout the jungle, even on the coast of Peru. Our church assisted in supplying bags of concrete so his church could complete the floor for their activity tabernacle.  On fire for the Lord, Pastor Jairo is a light in the Amazon for what God is doing there.

Not too long ago, I received the tragic news that Jairo’s wife passed away suddenly. She had contracted a strange illness and was gone
before they could get her the medical attention she needed.  Upon
hearing this, I wrote Jairo a note and our missionary-in-residence, Dr. Scott Mescher took him a small financial gift on behalf of our church to help offset expenses due to this unexpected calamity. 

In response, Pastor Jairo sent back a heartfelt note. (below)

I would ask that you join me in lifting up this dear brother in Christ, along with his 3 sons.

- Pastor Travis


To Pastor Travis and the beloved First Baptist –

Beloved pastor and the Brothers & Sisters of the wonderful Church,

I write to you with joy, peace, and hope as we are connected spiritually through prayer and with the presence of our common brother Scott. Even with the distance you have been an encouragement to my family and our church here in Chazuta and through us, to many churches in the jungle.

In this valley of challenge of death, God has shown that His design is perfect. Even through the pain we praise and worship the Lord of life. Your prayers have produced positive effects in the midst of these trials and we are reminded of the hope we have in CHRIST.

On the part of my family, I want to express profound appreciation for the love offering you sent and the encouraging words in your card. We receive it with humility and present it as a fragrant offering in the eyes of God. My sons are:  Jairo Timoteo (20); Joas (19); and Hernan (16). Two of them are in university and the youngest is planning the next level of his studies. Your gift will help us greatly with these needs.

On the other side, I would like to extend an invitation for you to visit with a team from your church to help us in our ministry.

This is all I can express for now:

Jairo

-Shepherd

 

Financial Peace

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Has DEBT got you DOWN? Do you spell money $-T-R-E-$-$? Are you the master of your money or is it mastering you?

FBC will be hosting a Financial Peace University course on
Wednesday evenings  beginning September 11.  The classes are streaming video presentations by Dave Ramsey followed by small group sessions to address individual questions and issues. There are nine sessions  and the program will conclude before any conflicts with Thanksgiving. Your privacy
throughout this course will be respected and your information will NOT be viewed by anyone (including facilitators) unless you wish to review specific elements. This program is for your peace and growth. Many families have benefitted from past sessions.

 

If you are considering this as a start to your financial
freedom, visit: https://www.financialpeace.com/groups/1097414  for class information, previews and
access to discounted class materials.

The course materials are usually $149 on line, but can be
purchased for $109 if you use the link listed above for our class.

 

Classes will start at 6:00PM and will conclude by 7:30. Childcare will be provided as necessary by the church.

 

Past graduates can attend with no fees.

 

Please contact Ty or Victoria Simpson, Kenny or Jennifer
Kelarek for individual questions.

 

Introducing - E4 Worship Band

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On August 18 we introduced our revamped second service look. It was more than just new staging and lighting. The second service worship band now has a new identity - E4 Worship Band.

What does “E4” mean? E4 worship is more than just a name. It is our mission. It is centered around 4 words: Enlighten; Encourage; Energize; and Engage.

ENLIGHTEN (Psalm 119:105) From the fall of the Walls of Jericho to King David’s Psalms to Paul and Silas singing in prison, music has played a vital role in the Bible and the early church. Our goal is not just to sing songs that are popular or "trendy". Our songs serve to enlighten and amplify the Word of God, the person of Jesus, and the purpose of the Holy Spirit.

ENCOURAGE (Ephesians 5:19) There is a horizontal element of worship music that connects God’s people in unity. We not only sing songs of praise to God, but also songs of encouragement to each other. Songs that remind us of who God is in our circumstances. Songs that declare the purpose we have as a church and as followers of Christ.

ENERGIZE (2 Chronicles 20:21-22) Throughout scripture, music has been used as a rally cry, a gathering call, and a celebration. No example is better than the description of Jehoshaphat leading an army to battle with the singers in the front giving praises to God. It is meant to remind us of the God we serve and “spur us on” to good deeds of service. Our goal is to help energize and refresh people through uplifting and, many times, exuberant music that lifts the weary soul to the throne of God.

ENGAGE (Psalm 149:3-4) Ultimately, music should point us to engagement with God the father. Scripture says God is enthroned on the praises of his people. It also says that God delights in us when we engage with him with all of our heart, mind, and soul. Our music is only a vehicle that draws us into connection with a Holy God. Our music should direct people’s attention to HIM, not to us or even the music itself.

There are several opportunities to serve with us to help build this new team. We currently need musicians, specifically bass players, drummers, and an electric guitar player. We also need 3 more volunteers who can spare 15 minutes of their time between first service and Sunday school to help set up the stage for second service. Stay up to date with the team online!

Facebook - @e4worshiptx (click to go to our page and “like” to stay updated)

Instagram - e4worshiptx (click and “follow” for updates)

Twitter - @e4_worship (click and “follow” for updates)



The Pastor's Perspective - September

“So how ya doing on the How?”

 

That was the phrase one of my kid’s classmates asked them recently while doing some homework.  The question was in reference to math. But I want to pose it to you in reference to life.

“How ya doing on the How?”

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I challenged our church a couple of weeks ago as we began our Sunday morning study in the book of James – to begin working on how you are.  That if you want this Fall to be “Different” (as our series title proclaims)? If you want your Life to be “Different”?  Then you have to hear what James is saying from the get-go and go about things “Differently!” Because if you don’t change your mindset & practices now – nothing about your life is going to be “Different” later?!

 

I even went so far as to assert that:

· You may need to start Using a “DIFFERENT” translation of the Bible. To start reading God’s Word differently so you can actually start hearing it again. You’ve become ‘numb’ to it. So it’s time to mix it up.

· You may need to start Getting your news & information “DIFFERENTLY”. Your perception of our community, our country, and our world has been so dramatically altered through what you’re watching, reading online, and seeing on television, that you can’t even tell fact from fiction anymore. No wonder we’re so stressed and depressed.

· You may need to take a screen break and function “DIFFERENTLY”. Your mind and mood and sleep have been completely rocked by computer & cell phone usage.  There are medical studies that prove the screen-shine doesn’t let your brain go to sleep. It’s time to put the mobile phone on a charger in the other room...and rest.

· You may need to start doing some daily deeds “DIFFERENTLY”. Our lives have become so fast and full that we’re missing the real reason and reward for why we’re still here. Some radical practices need to become a part of our daily-regimine. We need to starting being polite to other people. We need to give away some of our stuff. We got too much, while others don’t have enough or any. We need to take a walk or spend some moments with our spouse or kids. We need to pay for someone else’s items. We need to take someone a meal (and not because they’ve had a death in the family).

Resolves and restarts are great. A desire to be different is super. Unless we don’t do anything with it. “Beware of not acting upon what you see in your moments on the mount with God. If you do not obey the light, it will turn into darkness. The second you waive the question of the process or any other thing upon which God gave you light, you begin to get dry rot in your spiritual life. Continually bring the truth out into actuality; work it out in every domain, or (what you have decided to do) will prove a curse.”  (Oswald Chambers)

But hey, no cursing around here. Let’s just all get to work doing what God wants. Such is certainly the case in the life of our Church.  Our ministries are ministering again. Our deacons are deac’ing again. Our worship services are worshipping again. New small group Bible studies are studying again. There are plenty of ways for you to get going again. Lots of areas where you can serve the Lord and “work out your salvation” as Paul says.

Go love, Church!
- Pastor Travis

 

First Steps Class - Sept 22

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First Steps is a class designed to help our guests get a clearer picture of who we are as a church. It is intentionally designed to relate basic information about our structure, and priorities as well as being very conducive to answering specific questions participants may have. If you have been considering First Baptist as a place to plug in and become a member, we would highly encourage you to join us on Sunday, September 22 @ 9:45 AM in the Office Annex Conference Room.

Bible Study for the Quarter

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For the months of September, October, and November our Adult Sunday morning Bible Study groups will be digging into the book of Ephesians. Paul wrote this letter to the church @ Ephesus (and us) as a means to help his readers to embrace their new life in Christ and to walk in the new life Christ brings us. Join us in one of our groups (link to group list) as we experience this study and apply it to our lives.

The Pastor's Perspective - August

Well, hi there…!

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I can’t tell you how good it is to be back among you this month. And even moreso, how grateful I am for your granting me and my family our recent sabbatical leave. What I was able to see and experience with the Lord at my side, was something I will never forget and will always treasure. I can assure you that the extended quality time with my family was also a tremendous blessing to us all!

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts…

I want to say a special word of thanks to my Staff and to Rev John Singleton. John’s faithful presence and behind-the-scenes diligence contributed to much of the success of this Summer. Sunday August 4 will be John’s final Sunday at FBC Salado, so I hope you’ll join in extending a heartfelt thank you to him as well! I know that John will be deeply missed by everyone.

So what does one do after one returns? 

Start back and get going, of course! And so we are…

On Wednesday August 7th, I hope you’ll join us for our powerful back-to-school Campus prayer walks!  We’ll gather in the Fellowship Hall at 6pm, then disperse to our various school campuses to pray over our teachers, students, and facilities for the upcoming school year.  God uses the prayers of His people in amazing ways, so come be a part of this incredible endeavor.

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Sunday, August 11th, we’ll have the privilege of hearing from our Missionary-in-Residence, Dr. Scott Mescher. As part of his ongoing partnership with FBC Salado, Dr. Mescher (who will be in town that weekend from his worldwide travels) will be presenting his annual mission report & update to FBC. Along with an overview of some of the people & places with whom he has connected. Scott will also share his insight on whom the Lord might be having us connect with in the future. At the end of August, Scott will again be facilitating our Wed PM “I-Went! Mission Reports” where we’ll get to hear from our own FBC’rs about all God did through them on mission this Summer.

Sunday August 18th will be an exciting day in the life of our church.  In the morning, we’ll return to our two-service schedule (8:30am worship / 9:45am sm group Bible study / 11:00am worship) – and we’ll kick off our exciting Fall message series, titled “DIFFERENT – a study of James.”  Now mention the book of James, and you’re generally met with responses like:  “Oh boy…!” or   “Hang on…!”  or  “That’s a doozy…!”  Why? Because James doesn’t mince words. He tells it like it is. In his brief letter, he issues some 54 imperatives (54 non-suggestions) which are essential to our living the kind of life that God wants. As such, there’s not a clearer place to find direction for our lives than in this oldest book of the N.T.  So, I hope that on 8/18 you’ll show up prayed up and ready to be “Different” as we begin our new sermon series and return to our Fall schedule together!

As part of my post-sabbatical agreement, I am also preparing a presentation on some highlights and insights that I discovered and experienced during my time away. I look forward to sharing those with you in the near future. Join me in thanking the Lord for all He has done, and is about to do in your life, my life, and the life of FBC Salado!

Welcome back…

Go love, Church!

- Pastor Travis

I Am FBC - The Jennings

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Josh and Jamie Jennings became a part of the FBC Family in 2018 after both coming to faith in Christ! Being baptized shortly thereafter, the Jennings walk of faith has become real and personal.

“No doubt the Lord led us here, because FBC Salado feels like family,” said the Jennings. “We love our Sunday School class with Glenn Hodge, who has also been such a great friend to us.”

As the Jenning’s walk with the Lord has grown’ so has their involvement. Their oldest daughter is involved in Bible Drill, middle daughter enthusiastic about (Wed night) Kingdom Kids and Sunday School, and youngest (13 mos) “keeps us all on our toes!” says mom.

In addition to becoming regular Wednesday PM participants, Josh and Jamie both assist in the 3 & 4 year old Sunday School class, while Jamie has been serving on FBC’s ReEnvision Team.

Special Message from The Singletons

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It is now 10 years since we first met your senior pastor, Dr Travis Burleson, and during those years we have worked together on both sides of ‘the pond’ and developed a really close friendship with him and his family, which has been a great blessing to both of us. In addition, we have been blessed, and continue to be blessed, by getting to know and work with many of you in the congregation, appreciating the welcome we always receive from you, such that we feel that Salado is a second home for us!

However, this visit has been different as we will have been here for a much longer period than normal, whilst Travis is on a well-earned sabbatical. It has been good to share with you a series on the Beatitudes of Matthew 5, which I hope and pray will have been a blessing to you. May this study of God’s word encourage us all to live a counter-cultural lifestyle to the world’s normal way of living so that we can, through the power of the Holy Spirit, make a difference as we are salt and light to our needy world.

Thank you for your love, concern and care for Enid’s health whilst we have been here and we would ask for your prayers for our long flight home on the 5th of August. We look forward to seeing y’all again soon!

Blessings,

John and Enid Singleton

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Youth Mission Trip - Baton Rouge!

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God is good! I was getting phone calls left and right the Wednesday before Mission Trip. I was being told about the Tropical storm passing through Louisiana on Friday evening and it looked to be hanging around all weekend and possibly flooding. I began talking to several people locally and others about their thoughts before a final decision was made. We began asking people to pray for the area and pray for direction and wisdom. As each day passed and our leaving time approached I was getting more and more phone calls and texts. We made some changes to our original plan but the trip was still a go. We were going to fully rely on God to handle anything and everything that was going to come up.

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The drive there was great and only hit rain for about an hour of it. We were told to expect rain the whole trip and all week. It only rained Sunday night while we slept and a quick shower on Thursday. Weather was great all week too!

We had over 100 children each day and added new children each day as well. We have an amazing group of students who stepped out and did a great job all week. They were always doing whatever they were asked to do and did it well. After camp each day we would do projects, yard clean up and projects at the church for different ministries they have.We were blessed by having a great group of adults help out too.

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Corey Mescher and Joy Hill are amazing at cooking and have servant’s hearts to feed us each day. Matthew Casper, Christian Falcone, Israel Lopez, Gloria Hodge, McKayla Hodge, Melissa Ruiz,and Ashley Unger are all blessings to have in the Student Ministry and are all true servants. They all loved on our students and challenged them in their walk. I want to thank Scott Mescher and Dale Mason for leading our worship and devotional each day. We had a total of 54 people go to serve in Louisiana. God did some great things in the children’s hearts and in our students’ hearts as well. Please continue to pray for them to see the different ways they can serve Him here in Salado.

 

In Him,

David Reaves

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Mark Your Calendar - Important August Dates

As we wrap up the Summer and prepare for the fall, mark the following dates in your calendar.

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August 7 - 6:00pm: Campus Prayer Walk - Meet at Fellowship Hall

August 11 - 10:30am: Connect Service - Rev Scott Mescher Missions Update

August 11 - 7:00pm: Summer Sunday Night Fellowship - Lions Junction Water Park, Temple

August 18: Return to Regular Sunday Schedule

  • 8:30 am: First Service

  • 9:45 am: Small Group Bible Study

  • 11:00 am: Second Service

Moving with Music into the Fall!

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We have really enjoyed our Connect season of worship services and we have some amazing things planned as we start back to our regular schedule on August 18th! There are many opportunities to serve available as we transition into our Fall schedule. If you can sing, play an instrument, run a sound board, design lighting, have computer experience, or love graphic-design for social media or projectors there just might be a place for you!

Another difference this Fall season will be a newly designed Second service with a more modern worship feel. We are putting together a team to help us quickly transition the platform between worship services so if you don’t have musical or “technical” skills, but would still like a place to serve, please let us know. We are looking for able-bodied folks to assist with the set transition each week for a few minutes (after the first service and before Sunday School)

If you are interested in participating in some capacity in our growing music ministry, please send an email to music@fbcsalado.org

Welcome Rev. John Singleton!

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What a treat for us to have our British Pastor-Partner and friend, Rev. John Singleton with us this month during our Pastor’s sabbatical! John will be speaking on Sunday mornings during July, leading a couple of our Wednesday adult Bible studies, and sharing with our church in several capacities.

Many of you know him, but some of you don’t. John earned a business degree in college, then went on to spend 17 years with IBM before following God’s call into ministry. He pastored churches in the south and central part of England, then served as Regional Minister (DOM) for the Northern Baptist Association, an affiliation of some 50+ churches across northeast England (where our FBC teams have served.)  Most recently, John has served as Interim Pastor for several Baptist Churches. Most notably however, John has been married for 53 years this November to his wife Enid!  They have 3 grown children and several grandchildren.

When we hear and interact with people from other countries we’re often alerted to our differences. And yet as Christians our calling is to something higher – God’s ‘sameness’ perspective. 

The Bible says, “How true it is, that God does not show favoritism but accepts people from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.” (Acts 10:34–35)

That means whether you live here or “across the Pond” (as the English like to say) God’s purpose is the same. Welcome our brother back this Month as you enjoy the fellowship and inspiring insight of a truly-committed (British) Christian!

The Border Crisis

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The border crisis continues to dominate our news, and the purpose here is not to debate the divisive issue of illegal immigration.  Rather, the purpose is to invite us as Christians to respond practically and personally to this crisis.

An objective and biblical source – the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) headed by the president of the National Association of Evangelicals and the president of World Vision US, and supported by prominent pastors including Matt Chandler, Tony Evans, Jack Graham, Max Lucado, and Southern Baptist Convention president J. D. Greear – the EIT website has listed “ways to support ministry to migrants along the U.S.–Mexico border.”  Take a look and see where God might lead you.

Does God care about this humanitarian crisis?  Do we even need to ponder that?  Author & Theologian Jim Denison said in response to the crisis: “There are ways every Christian and church can help. We can give. We can look for ways to minister to children at risk where we live. And we can all pray.”

1.      Pray that churches in key border towns will rise up and respond

2.      Pray that God’s Hand will empower those in leadership with effective plans

3.      Pray for those seeking true asylum to find it physically and spiritually

You may use these Scriptures to aid in your intercession –

But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the Body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Cor 12:24–27, NIV)

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well … This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. He wants not only us but everyone saved, everyone to get to know the Truth we’ve learned.” (1 Tim 2:1–4, MSG)

Then little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me (*physically and spiritually) and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt 19:13–14, NIV)

 

Thank You Russell Norman!

Russell Norman has been a critical part of moving FBC’s sound and lighting into the modern era. As a “behind the scenes” wizard, he has run sound for both worship services, community choir productions, and has also produced many highlight videos for youth & children’s ministries. Helping modernize and redesign our church website, Russell has also managed many of our social media accounts.

FBC has been blessed to have Russell serve the Lord among us, yet our God of seasons is calling Russell to another opportunity of service. As such, we wish Russell the best as he continues to follow the Lord, and thank him for his faithful years of service at FBC Salado.

Russell’s departure opens up an opportunity for you to serve the church. If you have experience with running a sound console, please contact the church office or send an email to music@fbcsalado.org.