2019

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.

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

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.

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)

"CrossFit for Families" Continues

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Welcome to that time of year when we begin doing or redoing a lot of things we haven’t done in recent months!  That’s why this Spring we have designed a powerful set of family-seminars created specifically to help you grow stronger in those much needed areas of your family life.

Come join other adults and families for a set of interactive workshops where you can get practical advice and beneficial tools to help you and your family gain new strength!  Led by a series of experts, each seminar will take place on Sunday evenings beginning March 31 at 6:00pm.  Childcare will be provided for ages 0-4, and Creative Kids will be running for ages 5 thru 6th grade.

Mar 31 - Cyber Safety with District Commander Candice Reyes - Click for description

Apr 7 - Feeding your Family Frenzy! with Dr. Kelsey Kelso - Click for description

Apr 14 - Tips for Tough Talks with Brandi Carroll - Click for Description

Sunday, March 31 – Cyber Safety!

District Commander Candice Reyes, Killeen Police Dept

Detective Amanda Holtzclaw, Killeen Police Dept

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 Hey, here’s an idea:  Let’s let our children drive on the Interstate even without a driver’s license! What, you don’t like that idea?? Yet we allow our kids to get on the Information Superhighway everyday unsupervised, unguided, and untaught – with dangers there just as life-threatening.

In fact, research says that the percentage of children age 3-18 who’ve gotten on the internet unsupervised has gone up from 19% to a whopping 86% in the past 20 years.

 Enter:  Cyber Safety – the safe and responsible use of information and communication technology. Not only is it about keeping your personal information safe and secure, but also about being responsible with that information, being respectful of other people online, and using good ‘netiquette’ (internet etiquette).  Understanding cyber-safety is all the more important when working with or caring for children. Whether you are a parent, teacher, caregiver or friend, the responsibility is yours to make your children smarter and more responsible with the technology they have access to. Come learn ways to help keep your children safe as they navigate the cyber world and what you should be aware of as one who oversees their entry into it.

District Commander Candice Reyes has been with the Killeen Police Department Patrol Division since 1999. Upon her completion of the field training program, she was assigned to the PM watch, where she worked in the downtown area of Killeen.  In 2007, she became a detective and was transferred to the Youth Service Section.  As a detective, she investigated all cases involving juveniles; however she specialized in sex crimes involving children.  In 2010, she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where she supervised the Major Crime Section, which handled all murders, death investigations, sexual assaults, robberies, domestic violence, cold cases and sex offender cases.  In 2017, she was promoted to the rank of District Commander and was assigned to the Patrol Division  

Detective Amanda Holtzclaw has been at the Killeen Police Department Special Victims Unit since June 2009. Her main focus is child abuse and child sexual abuse. She recently worked on an intricate child pornography case with the Attorney General’s Office and has experience with teenagers and their use of the internet. She has two daughters ages 4 and 2, and a 4 month old son. Her family lives in Salado   

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Sunday, April 7 – Feeding your Family Frenzy!

Dr. Kelsey Kelso, Baylor Scott & White Health Center

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 “Convenience can be cheap, or it can be healthy, but it is almost never both.”

New York Times author KJ Dell'Antonia.

For families on-the-go, the reality is that our lightning-speed lifestyles are actually costing us in the long run as our health continues to get compromised. Truth is, if we want to have a healthy life and family, we have to do something about it – and can!

 It’s not just about what we’re eating. It’s about what we’re doing in those moments with food and time, however great or small. Talking. Laughing. Praying. Being Together. All of it can produce benefits if we go about it the right way. Imagine being able to quickly answer the “what’s for supper” question?! Imagine no more last minute grocery runs?! Imagine less wasted stuff in your pantry and fridge?! Imagine fixing food your family likes (quickly)?!  No, it’s not a dream. Hope and help are waiting on Aisle 2! Come and get it. Come and learn ways to feed your family’s hunger with healthy food, as well as feed their spirit with quality time.

Dr. Kelsey Kelso earned her medical degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX, and completed her OB/Gyn residency at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She is a staff member in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is board certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Kelso is a current member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is married, has three children, feeds her family, and enjoys their family time!

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Sunday, April 14 – Tips for Tough Talks

Brandi Carroll, Counselor, Killeen ISD

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 The people who said “parenting isn’t easy” – they weren’t kidding?!   And probably one of the most difficult things for all parents is having the “tough conversations” with their kids. You know the ones –sex, substances, body image, bullying, lifestyles, and more. Today, we live in a complex world that is filled with issues that are not only difficult for kids to process, but also difficult for parents to discuss. Many parents dread having these conversations with their kids, while others want to but don’t know how.

 Reality check – if you don’t talk to your kids about these issues, someone else will. And you will have missed out on a crucial opportunity to give your children accurate information, personal values, and lifelong principles to guide them. Save yourself a lot of stress by getting ahead of the topics before they come up. And arm yourself with go-to advice for when those sensitive subjects do arise. By investing knowledge, compassion, and strong character into your kids, you can give them all the tools they need to navigate life successfully! Come learn ways to talk through life’s challenging subjects with your children in ways that will encourage, equip and strengthen both them and you.

Brandi Carroll graduated from the University of Oklahoma and completed her Masters work through the University of Central Oklahoma. A classroom veteran she taught high school science for many years and has since served as a school counselor for more than 20 years. Among other ventures, Brandi has helped initiate an adventure-based character education program centered on an acronym GRIP with the letters representing good attitude, respect and responsibility, integrity and perseverance. Currently working in Killeen ISD, she has been married for 27 years and has two children, a 4th grader, and a 9th grader.

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5 Years serving FBC Salado...!!

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It was April 2014. The FBC Personnel Team decided to create an additional position titled “Staff Assistant” to help fulfill the ever increasing responsibilities of administration and communication within the church. The team finalized a new job description, prepared standard job applications, and began circulating the need.  After many conversations and multiple interviews the screening team made the unanimous recommendation to hire Ashley Unger to fill the new role.  

5 years later…we are sure glad they did!  A graduate of Howard Payne University and former business owner of “Finders-Keepers” on Main Street here in Salado, Ashley has been a perfect fit for the FBC Salado staff.  Working tirelessly with our Pastoral Staff on church programs, ministry needs, and various communication platforms (1st Light Newsletter, website, worship guide, announcement slides, et al) Ashley has brought a creative and professional spark unlike any other. In fact, she manages and helps produce so much behind the scenes that you probably wouldn’t even realize all she contributes to our church – and to the Kingdom.  In addition to her professional responsibilities Ashley has a steady love for Students – teaching Jr. High girls and participating in multiple mission trips, youth camps, and small group discipleship efforts.

Join us this month in celebrating, congratulating, and thanking this multi-talented staffer who has definitely been a “Finders-keeper” for FBC Salado!  On Sunday, April 7, in both worship services we will recognize Ashley for her accomplishments. Our Personnel Team has prepared several items of presentation, however please feel free to send Ashley a card or drop her an email or text of thanks.

Congratulations Ashley for 5 faithful years of service!!

I Am FBC - The Ungers

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Lance and Lisa Unger have been a part of the FBC Salado Family since 2017. Having met in 2014, the couple married in July of 2016. Shortly after their wedding, they moved to Salado in order to be closer to family. After visiting several churches the Ungers knew FBC was right for them. “We so enjoy that small-town-feel even in a growing community that FBC Salado provides! It feels like family.”

Good thing because the Ungers will be welcoming a baby boy in April, and say they “look forward to watching him grow within the church while seeing & experiencing the love the Lord!" Since joining the church, Lance & Lisa have volunteered with youth 5th Quarter fellowships, children’s Vacation Bible School, and recently enjoyed their first year as a host home for Disciple Now weekend.  

Lance works for the Georgetown post office, and Lisa for an OB/Gyn clinic in Temple.  (Oh, and Lance is the brother of Ashley Unger, FBC staff assistant. Now that’s family outreach…!)

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!!”