July

The Pastor's Perspective - July

And so, we’re off…

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In God’s timing, following some incredible moments in the life of our church during the past 6 weeks (including some 9 salvation decisions coming out of Vacation Bible School!) I have been granted sabbatical leave for a remaining portion of the Summer. My family and I will be away renewing ourselves spiritually, mentally, and physically; however, my Pastoral staff will be available for you, along with some other trusted Leaders and friends

As part of my 10 year anniversary with FBC, our Personnel Team granted me an upcoming sabbatical starting in July. So, when you come to worship service on Sunday July 7, a different but familiar face and voice will be present. Our British pastor partner, Rev John Singleton from England is coming over and serve as my Pulpit Supply while I am away. He and wife Enid will stay in our home, and John’s Messages will no doubt inspire your heart and challenge your faith. His presence will give our Church a familiar face (and of course, interesting voice~!) on the Sundays while I am away. I know you will extend a great big Texas welcome to him!

The first part of my sabbatical leave will be spent serving in the Pacific with our Army-chaplain friend and former church member – Lt. Col. Pete Keough. Pete has invited me to come out and assist him with some Chaplain training and ministry readiness programs, and we look forward to reconnecting with the Keoughs at the Pacific Command Training Center in Ft. Shafter, HI.

A second part of my sabbatical leave will be spent in personal study and reflection, where I will not teach, lead, or create anything connected to church services or ministry expectations. During these times I will reflect at a deep level on my faith; read without thinking about how I can use the material in a message; love God just to love Him; listen just to hear from Him, and revisit the simple reasons why I gave my life to Him and answered His call into vocational ministry.

A final important part of my sabbatical leave will be dedicated to renewing relationships with my family as we refresh our hearts and affections for each other. My wife comes from a military family, which in some ways can be compared to a ministry family: extended time apart, on-duty expectations, and absence during holidays. During this time, we will reconnect with some former military family friends in Makawao, HI, and concentrate on our family time together. We look forward to the joy of being able to attend a worship service as a family without pressure or program. “Dad, can we mess up your hair?” is what my kids often ask inquisitively, for it signifies that dad is home, relaxed, and all theirs. We look forward to these days.

The term “sabbatical” is Biblically based and comes from an Old Testament Hebrew word “shabbath,” which literally means “to cease or rest.” The idea is first mentioned in Genesis 2:2, where it states that, “On the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested”; then you find the concept onward throughout the Old Testament. Many years ago our Personnel Team put a policy in place that models this biblical principle:

“The purpose of the sabbatical emphasis is to strengthen FBC Salado by providing opportunities for our pastors and ministerial staff to step away for a time from the persistent obligations of a constant ministry life, and to engage in periods of renewal and reflection. Sabbaticals or extended leave periods are not simply vacations, but a time for intentional recharging, regaining enthusiasm and creativity for ministry, and reconnecting with the Lord and family. Every pastoral staff member serves in a variety of roles, and when duty calls, they answer. The responsibilities, pace, and demands are far reaching, even into their home life. Thus FBC has deliberately put a Sabbatical or extended leave requirement in place with the aim of replenishing their spiritual, emotional, and physical reservoirs in order to benefit the church and God’s Kingdom.”

I want to thank you for the gift of this absence, for supporting me and my family in prayer while we are away, and for remaining faithful to the Body at FBC Salado. See you soon!

Go love, Church!

- Pastor Travis

Youth - Fuge Camp Recap

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In June, more than 50 youth and 8 adult sponsors traveled to participate in Centrifuge Camp at Panama City Beach, Florida. Loading into FBC’s new people-mover and a charter bus, they group made the 14 hour trek to the white sands of Florida.

Upon arrival, students gathered on a sand dune and all worshiped as a group on the beach that evening. Doug Uyechi and Isabelle Smith led the group in singing, while Pastor Travis then shared a special message about being focused to hear what God was speaking.

A typical ‘Fuge day consisted of breakfast, followed by small group bible study, and then some seriously crazy group-oriented recreation. Many churches from all over the nation attended and youth were split up into groups with other churches. In the evenings after dinner, there were powerful worship services led by a Camp Pastor (Eric) and the ‘Fuge Camp praise band. After worship, students gathered into their church groups for a time of devotional reflection and discussion. Adult leaders Frank Wallace, David Reaves, Doug Uyechi and Izzy Lopez led devotionals based on themes from the day. Then the youth split up into smaller groups to discuss application of these themes in a practical way.

New friendships were forged and many youth even got to relate to our staff members in new and different ways. In the end, our students arrived home weary but refreshed from their life-changing experience at camp. Many thanks to everyone who supported this endeavor financially and prayerfully! Click below for some highlights of the camp experience…

If you would like to serve in ministry to our students, call the church office or contact the student ministry via email at

Pre-Teens - Camp at Highland Lakes Recap

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26 Pre-teens and 6 adult leaders went to Highland Lakes to participate in Pre-Teen Camp. The theme was “light” and centered around John 8:12.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”.

The days were very busy. Breakfast was followed by “Jesus and Me” quiet devotional time where the kids learned to spend a quiet time alone with Jesus. “Morning blast off” was a high energy worship and message to set their hearts and minds in the right direction. Then, they went to “tabernacle” for Bible Study and scripture memory with activities teaching them how to “Get the light” and “Shine the light”.

They had recreation in the afternoon with swimming, water obstacle courses, boating and banana boat rides. After dinner they would have evening worship followed by church group time where they would reflect on the things they had learned from the day. 2 pre-teens made decisions for Christ during camp.

It was a fantastic time of connection for the pre-teens and adults alike, and we are all looking forward to what God has planned for these pre-teens! Check out the video below for a glimpse of our pre-teens in action at camp.

VBS - “In The Wild”

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257 children attended our VBS last month. The theme was “In the Wild” and they learned about the attributes of Jesus. They played fun games, learned new songs and 9 children accepted Christ as their personal Savior! The kids also collected 1370 non -perishable food items to donate to local food pantry “Heart and Hands”. Check out the video below for a glimpse of what happened at VBS.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who worked to make the experience a memorable time! We look forward to next year. If you are interested in serving in our children’s ministry, call the church office or email us at kids@fbcsalado.org.

I Am FBC - The Goodman Family

Jason, Jamie, Jenna Kate and Jaxon Goodman

Jason, Jamie, Jenna Kate and Jaxon Goodman

Jason and Jaime Goodman have been a part of the FBC Salado family since 2018. They joined the church after, “Our small group/bible study amplified the sense of belonging and both our children shared their excitement for their new Sunday school groups,” said the Goodmans.

Having often visited friends over the years in the greater-Salado area and always enjoyed the community and the sense of home, when Jason had to relocate to Austin for work, he and Jaime knew they wanted to raise their family in a community much like their roots. Salado was it.

When the Goodmans visited FBC, “it didn’t take us long to have faith that God’s plan was in action,” they said.  “Our daughter jumped at the chance to join the children’s Bible Drill team and our son jumped into action finding many new friends.”  

Jaime has enjoyed helping out with the ongoing Children’s ministry, along with special events like Vacation Bible School. Jason has participated in many men’s ministry events, and is on the Reenvision Team who are working to craft a new vision and campus masterplan for FBC.

“We are blessed to be in Salado and to have been led to visit and join FBC!” say both Jason and Jaime. The Goodmans have one daughter and one son.