March

The British Are Coming!

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Last year our church sent a team of 10 FBC’rs to serve alongside Southbank Baptist Church in northern England. To say that the lives of our UK Team were forever altered by the power of God’s greatness and lovingkindness during their experience, would be an understatement. 

From first perceiving great differences only to discover great commonalities with other people from another country – To having others who had next-to-nothing intercede earnestly for those who had almost everything, the number of ways our team saw God’s glory was almost too much to quantify.

Said one team member, “On that Sunday morning when we were there the Spirit was strong, as worship leaders from opposite sides of ‘the Pond’ sang in harmony, Scriptures were read in different tongues yet clearly understood, God’s Word pierced hearts and met needs, and people wept & knelt at the altar – it was 1st Century like?!”

The experience and bond from that partnership was so strong and impactful, that this Year FBC is hosting our ministry friends from Southbank, UK over here in Texas! Pastor Jon Edwards and wife Liz will be joining alongside us for a week of leadership training and ministry development. They’ll be working alongside our FBC staff & leadership, engaging in cultural interaction-sessions at our schools, receiving valuable ministry training for back home, and of course enjoying the best of Texas hospitality!  (And get this – they’ve never spent time in the U.S., nor ever been to Texas.) So, oh yes, you can bet this is a going to be a wonderfully powerful time!

Join us this month in praying for the Edwards’ arrival as Jon and Liz will be with us March 30-Apr 8. In addition to participating in our ongoing FBC ministries, Jon will be the guest speaker for our annual FBC Man Day on Saturday April 6. No doubt, including how he speaks our men are guaranteed to never forget what Jon speaks!  He will also be preaching in both worship services on Sunday, April 7.

March 10 Connect Service: "We are the Monks"

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Mark your calendars! Our Spring Connect Sunday is March 10th (9:15am SS, 10:30am Worship) and we have the pleasure of hosting guest Christian Artists “We are the Monks” - who have been recording music together for over 5 years. If someone in the photo looks familiar, it is FBC’r Julie Self’s sister, Shellie.

From the Monk’s Website -

“By 2017, the Monks released three projects: We Are the Monks, their introductory album; A Very We Are the Monks Christmas, a small collection of some of their favorite Christmas hymns; and Hymns, covers of traditional favorites such as “Come Thou Fount” and “Doxology”. While some of their original songs illustrate their faith and walk with the Lord, others relate to their marriage and family (“Here We Go” and “These Arms”) In fact, Trent wrote “These Arms” shortly before his and Shellie’s son Oliver was born and the couple transitioned into a new chapter - parenthood.

“The first time we did the song in front of an audience, we could hardly get through it,” Shellie says. “But every night when we sing it, we see parents and grandparents connecting to the message.”

Trent and Shellie, now married seven years, still make music and tour the country, but now do so with their three-year-old Oliver and one-year-old Amelia. “We feel truly blessed to tour as a family. For the most part, traveling with two kids is a joy! Other days, it's super hard and we ask ourselves if we're doing the right thing. Ultimately, we feel we're right where the Lord wants us,” says Shellie. "It's mostly amazing!” Trent agrees. “We feel very blessed to be living this adventure as a family. There are challenges and sometimes very rough days, but the blessings far outweigh those.”

To read more of their story click here..

Thank you Paige Taylor!

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Paige Taylor, FBC’s Technical Director/Musician for our music & worship ministry recently completed her post-grad student teaching and has accepted a teaching job in McKinney, Tx.

It is a bittersweet transition for FBC since Paige began serving as a nursery worker way back when she was in high school. Because of her faithful service she was asked to become an intern for the children’s ministry. This eventually led to her leading the kid’s choir program. At the same time she was also volunteering as a guitar player for the worship band.

Her interest in music and worship led her to accepting our paid position as Technical Director - where she has spent the last two years faithfully serving. During that time, Paige has recruited and trained a whole new set of media people. She inputs the song lyrics and arrangements into our presentation software. She designs most of the lighting scenes used for Sunday services, VBS, and DNOW. She helps with stage setup between services and also coordinates all the technical aspects of our service, making sure lights, sound, and video all run smoothly.

Paige's servant's heart and creative spirit have helped advance our music ministry in ways we could never have imagined. Her impact of service will be felt for a long time.  We will miss her greatly, not only for what she does, but for who she is. Join us in expressing to Paige how much you have appreciated her service. THANK YOU Paige!! And best wishes for a bold bright future!!

15 years serving FBC Salado!!

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15 years ago the Lord moved in a mysterious way by bringing a particular woman to serve Him at FBC Salado. Little did anyone know that three pastors and a dozen or so staff members later, she would be the glue that God used to hold His church together. Gaylia Reimer has served the Lord, His church, and His people at FBC Salado longer than any staff member across the past three decades. It takes a special kind of person to function effectively with so many different kinds of people, and Gaylia has been that special person for FBC.  Her ability to manage, oversee, route, correspond, administrate, produce, and assist with many ministries across many years with many people is second to none.  During her tenure at FBC, her role has expanded from simple secretary – to pastoral assistant – to office manager (or as she’s fondly known inside the Office as, “air traffic controller!”)

If you have attended, worshiped, prayed, served, given, taught, or had any number of actions in the Body of Christ here, then you have most certainly come in contact with or been influenced by the servant-ministry of Gaylia Reimer.  With grace she has fielded phone calls. With faithfulness she has manned her post. With prayer she has supported her coworkers. With joy she has served her Lord.  When the Lord says, “My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with Me; those whose walk is blameless will minister to Me.” (Psalm 101:6) – He was surely referring to one like Gaylia.

Join us this month in celebrating, congratulating, and thanking this faithful one who has ministered to many. On Sunday March 3 in both worship services we will recognize Gaylia for her accomplishments. Our Personnel Team has met and prepared several items of presentation, however please feel free to send her a card to the church office or drop her an email of thanks.

 Congratulations Gaylia for 15 faithful years…!!

The Pastor's Perspective

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“This was so cool…?!” – was the response of one of FBC’s newest members after our recent New Member Reception.

Recently my wife and I had the privilege of hosting a New Member Reception in our home, something we try to do at least quarterly. With some 30+ new members on the guest list this time, along with our church staff, it was quite an evening!  (talk to my children and they’d probably speak from the angle of “having” to clean their rooms~!) But the purpose of the event is much more than that.

 We developed the concept more than a year ago, in hopes of connecting quickly and more thoroughly with those whom God brings into our Family of Faith here. Our church staff is present to introduce themselves, share about their ministries, and interact with our guests.  Plenty of food and desserts highlight the evening, as well as the oh so important connection with other people.

 Research validates reality that,

“Over 40% of those who are in the church building at least on a monthly basis never go a small group.” (and that) “If a person who has joined the church does not connect with a small group within their first 6 months, they will most likely quit attending church or have sporadic attendance at best.”

 

The truth is – membership as a local expression of Christ’s body is viewed by the Scriptures as a covenant relationship—much like a marriage relationship. So at our New Member receptions we present a “Membership Covenant” to everyone. Divided into two sections the covenant emphasizes their commitment to our church, followed by our church’s commitment to them. They sign it, then I as their Pastor sign it. We then present everyone with a membership stone engraved with our church logo, as a reminder not only of their presence here, but also of their importance to what God is building here.

You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house
to be…acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

(1 Peter 2:5)

Whatever you know about church, know this about our church – we value you and your family as an integral part of what God is doing here.

Go love, Church!

- Pastor Travis

I am FBC - The Gearharts

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Blake & Monica Gearhart have been a part of the FBC Salado family since 2018. “It was the Lord who led us to FBC Salado after He redirected us from a former place of ministry.” said the Gearharts. “And we knew knew it was the church for us after visiting Sunday School and both kids saying enthusiastically, “Can we come back next Sunday?!!”

The Gearhart’s say they feel at home and love being part this Community and area. And part of it they are - Monica is a second grade teacher and Blake is an elementary PE teacher. They both have a passion for serving and ministering to children, and know from experience the calling to teach is not always easy, but always worth it.

Blake and Monica met while attending UMHB. Married for 18 years, Monica started her teaching career in Killeen while Blake earned his Master’s in Divinity from Truett Seminary. Blake has previously served in student ministry in several surrounding communities. Now in her fifteenth year of teaching, Monica says she is “so thankful to get to teach in an amazing school district like ours!”

Even with their outside work-loads, Blake and Monica are finding ways to be active in FBC. Currently, they teach fifth-sixth grade Sunday School, with Blake also serving on the mission team. “We are so thankful and blessed to be part of the FBC Salado family, and keep looking for ways to be involved and serve alongside the wonderful members at this church!”

DNOW Recap

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Last weekend FBC hosted “DNOW”, one of our biggest youth events of the year with 145+ participants. Students gathered on Friday night to experience a night of worship led by the band “eat.sleep.breathe” and heard guest speaker Robert Nixon. Afterwards, students were split into groups where they went to FBC member host homes, with college students as small group devotional and Bible Study leaders.

Saturday our students gathered once again at the church for more worship and teaching, followed by recreation and fun time with host families.

Sunday, DNOW closed out with Robert Nixon and “eat.sleep.breathe” band leading us in both worship services.

SPECIAL THANKS TO all who were involved in making this event a powerful experience for our young people! Starting with the 13 families who opened their hearts and homes to host our students: the Barksdales, the Hackers, the Ungers, the Novotnys, the Meschers, the Finches, the Bagleys, the Wallaces, the McLanes and the Kyburz families - your hospitality is overwhelmingly appreciated!

We would also like to thank host home coordinator, Gloria Hodge, and meal supervisors Cherrie Deen, Nikole, Danny & Tate Hill, along with Mary Jo Unger.

Last but not least, many thanks to our Student Ministry team led by David Reaves, Ashley Unger and Brandon Kemp. They worked months in advance and put in many hours behind the scenes to ensure this was one of our most memorable DNOW events ever! Said one student in reflecting on the weekend, “I had the best time…DNOW was awesome! I can’t wait ‘til next year!!”