Tuesday, December 20, 2011
We had a terrific week of Christmas parties. Thank you to everyone who pitched in and made it a success. It’s exciting and exhausting, all at the same time, to have that many parties! With that said, we are taking the next couple of weeks off: Wednesday Dec. 21, NO Fusion. Sunday Dec. 25, NO BAM or HIS. Wednesday Dec. 28, NO Fusion. Sunday Jan. 1, NO BAM or HIS.
Remember though, Christmas Eve service at 7:00pm and Christmas Day service at 10:00am (No SSCGs). Resuming SSCGs on Jan. 1– Chris
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Our pastor had a great message the other night: Fear Not. Place yourself in Mary and Joseph’s shoes as they were told they were with child. They were not married nor had Mary been with anyone. How could this be? Notice the first thing the angel of the Lord said to them, “Fear not” or “Do not be afraid.”
Are you troubled this season? Financially, emotionally, physically… spiritually. God is saying to you, “Fear not.” He is with you. It’s even ok to ask questions, but know in the end, God desires us to have faith in Him. Trust Him for He did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.
Youth Christmas Party this Wednesday, Dec. 14th in Passmore Hall. Remember to bring something to eat! Then, Sunday, Dec. 18th in Rousseau Hall is the BAM and HIS Christmas Party. BAM, remember to bring your gift.– Chris
Monday, November 21, 2011
The holidays are approaching fast. Thanksgiving is here and Christmas is around the corner. Before you know it, it will be New Years Day. So last blog I challenged everyone to stop and listen during such busy times. We must encounter God during the rush of life. It’s during these times we tend to get frustrated, tired, and short tempered. Therefore, this week, not only do we need to “be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to get angry.” Slow down, keep proper perspective on life, and stay cool; God is in control!
Reminder: No Fusion November 23. No HIS and BAM for Nov. 27.– Chris
Wednesday, November 15, 2011
The holidays are approaching fast. Thanksgiving is here and Christmas is around the corner. Before you know it, it will be New Years Day. So, in my last blog, I challenged everyone to stop and listen during such busy times. We must encounter God during the rush of life. It’s during these times we tend to get frustrated, tired, and short tempered. Therefore, this week, not only do we need to “be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to get angry” Slow down, keep proper perspective on life, and stay cool; God is in control!
Reminder: No Fusion November 23. HIS and BAM are scheduled as normal: 5:45 to 7:15 Sunday night.– Chris
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The question this week for our students is, “How can I follow God’s calling for my life?” Many students may not know what they want to be when they grow up, but yet God still has a calling on their life. He has called them to be holy, as He is holy. This means He has called them to be set apart. And as we encounter God, He shows us exactly how to be set apart. The question for you is, “When do you encounter God?”
November is here! Holidays are approaching fast. Please remember to stop and listen to what God has to say during these busy times…encounter Him!
BAM and HIS are meeting at their regular times: Sunday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm.– Chris
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” It’s amazing to know that the God who is all powerful and can do exceedingly more than we can ever imagine, is the same God who dwells within us! Give him all the praise and glory! Amen.
Reminder for BAM and HIS members; meet here at Olive Baptist this Sunday, Oct. 30, at 4:30pm and return at 7:30pm. HIS is going to the Zepp residence and BAM is going to the Bledsoe residence.– Chris
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Just 2 Days until the Retreat! Remember to bring Bedding stuff (yes, sleeping bag is sufficient), a pillow, towels, toiletries, sunscreen (just in case), money for a snack attack on Saturday, swimsuit (if you dare to get in the cold pool), and last but certainly not least, a Bible (and something to write with).
Two more highly important things: One, please eat before arriving on Friday. We will not stop for dinner. But yes, you can bring snacks for the ride. Two, Saturday night’s theme is Blue! Bring blue attire and whoever is wearing the most during Saturday nights’ Night of Champions, will win a prize.– Chris
Thursday, October 6, 2011
With a lot to do and a lot to look forward to, we are gearing up for the Fall Retreat. But as we wait in anticipation, please do not let the time between pass you by. I challenged the students to stop and notice those around them; to not be caught up in their own business that other people don’t exist. So, this week be aware of someone that may need you to give a smile or say hi. Because sometimes we can miss the moments now as we are waiting for something later.
Retreat info: Bring Bedding stuff (yes, sleeping bag is sufficient), a pillow, towels, toiletries, sunscreen (just in case), money for a snack attack on Saturday, swimsuit (if you dare to get in the cold pool), and last but certainly not least, a Bible (and something to write with). Any questions? Call Sandy Fones at 475-1143.– Chris
Thursday, September 22, 2011
As the staff returns from staff retreat, we reflect on the words of Mr. Pat Williams, “There has never been an outstanding team without outstanding leadership.” The first thing he said about leadership was that it must have Vision. Vision about the future 1) keeps you focused 2) keeps you fueled and 3) helps you finish. Then he mentioned 6 other key ingredients leadership must have: to be able to communicate your vision, people skills, character, competence, boldness, and a serving heart. My prayer this year is for our team to have these seven qualities as we move throughout the year.
Reminder: 6th grade swimming party this Friday (Sept. 23) at the Moors Golf Club from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. If you need a ride, be at Olive at 5:00pm.The cost is $2.00. Also, a 7th grade party this Saturday (Sept. 24) from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Deluna Lanes. Meet at Deluna Lanes. The cost is $10.00.– Chris
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I was reading the other day about what image the church communicates to the community. And each church communicates something different. In reality, the church cannot not communicate. So, what do we communicate to our community? I pray that we are a church that loves without hypocrisy, clings to what is good, and sets our minds on things above. (Rom.12:9,16) This is our emphasis this week as we focus on serving the community.
Reminder, HIS and BAM begin this Sunday night (Sept. 18) from 5:45pm to 7:15pm. Parents, you are invited to join us as we kick off fall Bible studies.– Chris
Friday, September 2, 2011
This week we have been talking about a diverse community in Christ. For we all have different tastes, different styles, and different behaviors, but that diversity should never cause dissention in the group. Instead, because we have a common goal, to glorify Christ, we should have unity among our diversity. We should learn to love each other through our differences. 1 Corinthians 12:12 says, “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.” Therefore, we become a caring community or body of different individuals that glorifies Christ, for Christ is the head of the body.
Reminder: Saturday, September 10 we are having a back to school party at Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area. We are calling it the Big Mau Mau. Meet at the church at 9:15am and return at 5:00pm. We are going to swim, Jet Ski, tube, play volleyball, basketball, and football. Lunch will be provided, free of charge. Come, ready to have fun…and meet the Big Mau Mau.– Chris
Friday, August 19, 2011
Promotion Sunday, this weekend, August 21st! We have our 8:00am SSCG that meets upstairs Rousseau Hall. They meet all together, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Then we have our 9:30am SSCG that meets upstairs as well. They are split into departments: 6th meets in one area, 7th meets in another, then 8th meets in yet another area (all upstairs Rousseau Hall). Then, after each SSCG, we all meet in the Sanctuary for corporate worship. Look for the youth section down front. I’ll see you there!
I am praying for all the students returning to school on Monday. May they be a light to a dark world!– Chris
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Can anyone believe it’s August? Time flies when you are having fun! Now, it is time for school to start. Are you ready? School supplies, check. School clothes, check. Students, as you begin a fresh new start, know the importance of first impressions; But not just with your look, but with your attitude as well. So remember, your identity does not lie in what you wear or what classes you take, but your identity is in Christ. He should be working in you and through you….through your looks, behavior and attitude. I look forward to a great year!
Before school begins, we have one more Monday Madness, August 8th. Then on Wednesday, August 10th we are heading to the beach for Worship. Then finally, Connection Group promotion on Sunday, August 21.– Chris
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Camp, Camp, Camp! We are going to camp! Be here Saturday at 4:30am, check in, and then load the buses with your bags. Remember to pack all the necessities…toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and your Bible. With your Bible you may want to bring a pen and a notebook. If you have any questions, please give us a call soon. I look forward to a great experience at camp!
Students who are not going to camp, we are still having Sunday Morning Connection Groups: 8:00am and 9:30am and a normal Sunday evening worship at 6:00pm. Then, on Wednesday, we are combining with the high school students in Passmore Hall for an evening of worship. Oh, by the way, there is NO Monday Madness this week.– Chris
Friday, July 8, 2011
Big Kahunas…nothing like sun burns and water slides: Cobra Twister, Jumanji, Honolulu Half Pipe. It was fun to watch, even more fun to ride! Especially the half pipe… if you wiped out, you found yourself slung backwards 20 feet into the backstop. Don’t worry, it was a soft landing.
Keep in mind once again, July 17; we are having “Bring a Friend Day.” Invite your neighbors, your friends, your family and whoever else may you know (that does not attend church) to church that day. This is another opportunity to change lives. Begin inviting now!
We have Monday Madness this Monday, July 11; A Camp meeting for parents Wednesday July 13; then Camp, July 23.– Chris
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
What a great week of VBS! Thank you, middle school students, for helping us serve the children that week. Many children made decisions and you were a part of God’s movement in their lives. And thank you, parents, for allowing your students to serve.
Now, we must look forward as we move into mid-summer. July 17, we are having “Bring a Friend Day.” Middle School students, I need you to invite your neighbors, your friends, your family and whoever else you may know (who does not attend church) to church that day. This is another opportunity to change lives. Begin inviting now!
Last, there are a lot of activities coming up: Big Kahunas, July 7 (Sign up during Fusion); Monday Madness July 11 and 18; Camp, July 23.– Chris
Monday, June 20, 2011
Here it comes. Here it is: The Big Apple Adventure. An exciting week of VBS! What’s cool about this year’s theme is we, Olive Baptist, are looking to plant a church in NYC this year. I can’t wait, it’s exciting to see God move! Be in prayer about how you can support missions: Local missions, national missions, or international missions. Maybe He is calling you to go!
Please be advised that the week of VBS we, the middle school department, are not having Monday Madness or Wednesday Fusion. We will look to resume all activities the following week, June 27 and June 29. I look forward to seeing you serve at VBS and then participating in our activities this summer.– Chris
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Paul was praising the Thessalonians for their good example by saying, “For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything.” It is my prayer that the testimonies of our students go forth not only here but everywhere. That if I do not say anything else, the gospel will resound from them!
Still coming: End of the School Year Party (Soles for Souls). Saturday, June 11 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm @ the Fryman Home. Meet here at Church at 4:30pm and return at 9:30pm. Remember, bring a pair of shoes or flip flops.– Chris
Thursday, May 19, 2011
We had an amazing night Wednesday during Fusion. Bryant Moore was baptized in Rousseau Hall! There is a lot to learn from this young man as he was obedient to God’s Word. He learned last week, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers.” And this week, that’s exactly what he was, an example to all of us to be an obedient disciple of Jesus Christ. Bryant was buried with Christ in baptism and raised to walk in newness of life. In front of his family of Middle School students, he was announcing his devotion to Jesus. I couldn’t be more proud.
Heads up: End of the School Year Party. Saturday, June 11 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm @ the Fryman Home.– Chris
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Wednesday May 11, we are having a back pack night. We are giving back packs to the Church and Community Ministries and to Waterfront Mission for those in need. Please bring a back pack that has two straps, a place to store things and is functional. Please do not bring a back pack that is broken (ex: does not zip up), cannot store anything (ex: camel back)…or beyond disgusting (ex: your dirty clothes or cleats from last month are stored there).
Next weekend, May 20-21, the girls are having a slumber party here at church. Come this Wednesday for more details.– Chris
Friday, May 6, 2011
Mother’s Day: “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he will praise her.” – Proverbs 31:28. This verse is located in a passage of scripture describing the virtuous wife. So, Mother’s Day is for both children and husbands to honor their mom and the mom of their children! I pray that you have a glorious Mother’s Day.
HIS Bible study is meeting Sunday, but BAM is not meeting. HIS, meet upstairs Rousseau Hall. Also remember to bring a book bag to give away this Wednesday, May 11.– Chris
Monday, April 25, 2011
Hey everyone, we have extended Pensacola month until May 11th. On this day we are going to have a theme night. I have asked the Church and Community Ministries what they need and they are asking for book bags. So that night, we are bringing book bags to Fusion; old ones, new ones, used ones, blue ones, all kinds. Plus, with the service project the 6th grade guys put together (packing toiletries in zip loc bags), we will be sending book bags stuffed with necessities to the Water Front Mission.
Also, a little reminder for HIS and BAM: be here this Sunday, May 1st ready to give an account for what God has done in your life during this Bible study. Meet in Rousseau Hall at 5:45pm and we will all go together into the sanctuary. See you there.
Happy Spring Break Escambia County!– Chris
Friday, April 15, 2011
As you may know, I got my haircut a couple of weeks ago. It is a drastic change in my appearance; extremely long hair to extremely short hair. There have been several occasions when people have not recognized me, even when they were looking for me. It is interesting to see the shock on their faces when they finally realize who I am.
Similarly, Mary Magdalene did not recognize Jesus when he approached her at the empty tomb. In John 20:15 Jesus asks Mary, “Whom are you seeking?” It may have been the tears in her eyes or she may have been looking down, but she supposed him for the gardener. Could you imagine the shock on her face when she looked up, cleared her eyes and saw Jesus, raised from the dead?! Wow, what a thought, he who you thought was dead is now alive. And now, we worship that living savior. Praise the Lord! See you Easter Sunday.– Chris
Monday, March 21, 2011
The pastor has been encouraging us to Invest and Invite. To invest means to use, give, or devote (time, talent, etc.), as for a purpose. He invested a lot of time in helping middle school students. To invite means to request the presence or participation of in a kindly, courteous, or complimentary way, especially to request to come or go to some place, gathering, entertainment, etc., or to do something: to invite friends to church. Both words are verbs requiring action.
Therefore, the questions are: are you investing in someone? Have you invited someone to church lately? – May we be about God’s business, the business of people.
Another little reminder: If you plan to go to SL Camp this year, your deposit is due by March 27, 2011.– Chris
Thursday, March 10, 2011
The biblical truth for this week’s lesson is, “Regardless of circumstances, you are to conduct yourself with holiness, reverence, and obedience.” This is difficult. It’s like loving unconditionally. No matter the conditions, no matter the circumstances, we are called to be holy as He is holy. Yet, our days are full of situations where we disregard holiness. Why is that? We know almighty God and the grace He has given us, yet we still lie, envy, gossip, and just plain act inappropriately. Something to discuss: When is it toughest for you to act in a God-honoring way?
A little reminder: If you plan to go to SL Camp this year, your deposit is due by March 27, 2011.– Chris
Thursday, March 3, 2011
It’s great to be back! We had an exciting trip to Ghana and an exciting weekend at DNOW. I feel as though we had two years worth of experiences in one month. God has been good to us. He has given us the strength and mercy for each day. And he has opened our eyes to many of things. We look to tell you more about our trips. But first, for the month of March we are supporting our mission team to NYC. The money we raised for the change wars will be divided among NYC, Ghana, and Pensacola.
Then in April, we will support our Ghana mission team. By then, Kelly and I will have had the time to reflect on what God has taught us… and have time to sift through pictures.
Last, in May, we will center our month on Pensacola. The last of the change wars will go to a service project we are doing here in our home town.– Chris
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Well, tomorrow (Friday, February 11th), Kelly and I will be leaving for Ghana. We will not be returning until February 24th, right before dNow. Once again, please be in prayer for our team: Kelly and myself, Mitch and Deanna Lambeth, Nathan and Betsy Botts. If you have any questions please contact Sandy Fones or Joel McDonald. We look forward to seeing you when we return. Don’t worry; we will bring back plenty of pictures and plenty of stories…stories of how Christ has changed our lives!
BAM and HIS are still meeting on Sunday evenings from 5:45pm til 7:15pm.– Chris
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Next week Kelly and I are leaving for Ghana, Africa. Donations are coming in, bags are being packed, and schedules are being arranged; but in all this commotion, God is telling us to be still and listen. Our lives are going to change soon and the things we think are priority are soon to be reprioritized. Please be in prayer for our team: Kelly and myself, Mitch and Deanna Lambeth, Nathan and Betsy Botts. I know God is going to use us to change Ghanaian lives, but I also know that Ghanaian lives are going to change us.
Remember: BAM and HIS are meeting this Sunday night at 5:45pm. Also, the DNOW registration deadline is this Sunday, Feb. 6.– Chris
Monday, January 31, 2011
Tonight is the last night for HIS to meet on Monday. For the months of February, March, and April HIS and BAM will be meeting on Sunday night in Rousseau Hall. The meetings are from 5:45pm to 7:15pm. This allows you to come to the Bible studies as your parents go to church. If you have any questions, please contact us at 475-1143.
Also, one last reminder: The deadline for DNOW registration is this Sunday, February 6, all day. The youth will have a registration table in the foyer or just come by Mrs. Sandy’s office and pick up an envelope. Be sure to fill out all the information and return it to Mrs. Sandy’s office.– Chris
Friday, January 28, 2011
BAM had an awesome Bible study this past weekend. We learned a lot. One, we learned how far a 2 liter of Diet Coke can shoot through the air when adding a few Mentos to it. Two, that prison is not where we want to be. And three, the choices we make today affect everything we are tomorrow, it’s a slow fade. Thank you, Tyler, for sharing your testimony on the way God has changed your life.
Reminder, Solemn Assembly is this weekend, Sunday January 30 at 5:00pm. Be praying and fasting for personal revival. We are seeking God as a church body, that he will show himself in a might way.– Chris
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Thank you HIS for praying for our mission trip to Ghana, Africa. I hope the prayer beads (rings and bracelets) will remind you to keep praying as we prepare to go, as we go, and as we return. Keep up the good work. HIS is meeting Monday, January 24th from 6:30 to 8:00pm in upstairs Rousseau.
BAM – “Be A Man” When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. – 1 Corinthians 13:10. Middle School guy’s Bible study is meeting this weekend, Saturday, January 22 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Meet in downstairs Rousseau Hall.– Chris
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Kelly and I have been reading 1 Samuel for the past 2 weeks and have been learning so much. In Chapter 4, God really spoke to us about our motives. In chapter 4 the army of Israel uses the Ark of the Covenant as a weapon of defense against the Philistines. They said, “…it will save us from the hand of our enemies.” Their motive was way off. They counted on the ark itself to save them and not the God of the ark. So instead of “it” will save us, it should have been “God” will save us.
So, what is your motive? Why do you go to church? Why do you help others? In the end of chapter 4, the Israelites were defeated and the ark was captured because their motive was wrong. It wasn’t until they repented (1 Samuel 7:3-4) that God saved them.– Chris
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Happy New Year! The New Year always brings a fresh breath of renewal. You begin to make New Year’s resolutions; have you made one? Kelly and I make a list of things. The list starts with categories such as Movies or Travel or Books or Miscellaneous then we fill in things we would like to do. It’s extremely fun trying to go them throughout the year. But make sure they are reasonable resolutions because you don’t want to fall into disappointments. One thing we decided to do was complete an adventure race. That’s a big one…much training is involved!
As you are looking to do new things this New Year, be sure to include God in your plans, even if it’s something like an adventure race. The Bible says, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” also, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” Be sure to seek the Lord in all you do. May God bless you this New Year.– Chris