Thursday, March 14, 2013
Any day Kelly and I are expecting our baby! Little Evangelina Grace will be here soon!! We look forward to meeting her☺ Thank you for your gifts and especially for your prayers. As the time grows closer many of you have asked to keep you updated. To do so, we are updating via Facebook and Twitter. Our updates will be on Facebook under FusionOBC and on Twitter under Fusion1836.
March 23 – 6th grade students are going to Mobile (Planet Gymnastics)
March 24 – FUGE and SIFAT registration deposits are due. $100 for FUGE and $75 for SIFAT
March 31 – Easter! NO Connection Groups
April 3 – Pensacola Missions Night– Chris
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Wow, Disciple Now weekend was awesome! Thank you to everyone who made this weekend a success (when I say success, I mean that students were changed, lives were changed)… Thank you to Sandy Fones, Trent King and Jonathan Espy for the teamwork. The hard work and long hours they put into preparing and executing the weekend has no limit. You guys are awesome! Thank you to Kara Rebitch for leading our banquet decoration. The ROC looked so good you couldn’t recognize it! Thank you to Kelly Goolsby for leading our serving team. They served over 350 guests in 2 hours, amazing! Thank you to Tom Savage and the Ma-Jazz-tics for our music during the banquet. We loved it!
Thank you to all of our host homes for housing the students for the weekend; 26 homes and nothing damaged (that I’ve heard). Thank you to the bible study leaders as they poured life into our students. God’s word, the word of life, was studied and lived out. Thank you to Amick Cutler and the band for the worship. As one leader put it, “they are anointed.” Thank you Addison Shock and the SIFAT team for being here, it was “beautiful.”
Thank you to the countless others that made this happen: Jamie Settle (videographer), Pastor and Leo (for being awesome sports), Allen Farr (for the great lighting and sound crew), Cheryl Tidwell (for organizing the houses), Eddy Bledsoe (for the stage design), Housekeeping (for cleaning up, setting up, and putting up with us) and last, but not least, the students (for signing up). There are so many more that I have not mentioned, but know, from the bottom of my heart, Thank You!– Chris
Thursday, January 31, 2013
What is dNow? dNow is a shortened way of saying Disciple Now. It is a weekend where students (6th – 12th grade) get together as fellow believers and grow deeper in God’s Word through small group Bible study and fellowship with one another. It’s a quick spiritual growth spurt in the life of your child…a shot in the arm of Christian fun…a week long camp balled up in a weekend! Can you imagine the excitement?
This year’s theme is “Belonging”. Our emphasis is belonging to the Kingdom of Heaven. We discuss questions such as, what does it mean to belong? Our main passage of scripture will be Matt. 22: 1-14 – The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Wedding Banquet. The logo reflects the banquet table. We are all invited! The left side of the table represents us coming as we are, “sinners”, dirty, unclean. God then gives us what we need as he clothes us in Christ. The right side of the table represents our newness is Christ. Many are invited, but few choose to accept therefore few are chosen (Matt. 22:14). We, as Christians, belong. We belong to God, we belong to the Kingdom…”Belonging”
Registration ends FEB. 10! Cost is $65. If you have any questions, call 475-1143.– Chris
Friday, January 11, 2013
I’ve been challenged by our small group Bible study (BAM) to write out my testimony, describing my life before meeting Jesus, how God drew me to Jesus, and how I’ve changed. Then I must post it somewhere…here goes:
Before knowing Christ, I was a very selfish boy. I grew up in a Christian home where I knew right from wrong and good from bad, but I did not fully grasp my need for a savior. I only thought about myself and not at all about God and eternity. One day my friend John invited me to a youth summer camp (I was 13 years old). The camp pastor, the entire week, preached on eternity…and where we would spend it if we did not truly know Jesus. I was scared straight to the Savior’s arms. I did not understand completely at the time, but looking back, I can see God orchestrating everything. I began reading and asking questions, seeking God. I began to see others in a different light and loving in a different way. My youth pastor took me under his wing and began discipling this self-centered boy into a God-fearing young man. Through middle school and high school I did all I could to love God and love others.
(Alright Seth, Owen and Mike…I’ll see you Sunday with your testimony written :)
Last minute thought: DNOW is coming fast! Get registered today! Go by Sandy’s office and pick up an envelope. Cost is $65 and the dates are Feb. 22-24. It’s where you “Belong!”– Chris