First Baptist Owensboro 2017-05-24T20:15:34Z http://www.fbcowb.org/feed/atom/ madams <![CDATA[Guy’s Summer Night Out]]> http://www.fbcowb.org/?p=12383 2017-05-24T20:15:34Z 2017-05-24T20:01:33Z more: Guy’s Summer Night Out

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Thursday, June 22
6-8 PM in the CLC

Pizza. Basketball. Cornhole. Pickleball?

We’re having a Guy’s Summer Night Out in the CLC! We’ll watch the NBA Draft, eat pizza, and play cornhole and Pickleball. This event is for teens on up to senior adults, so come one, come all! Invite a friend and RSVP so we have an idea of how much pizza and drinks to provide.

Contact Dave Roberts at DRoberts@fbcowb.org or 270-683-3505 with any questions.

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madams <![CDATA[ISO Plastic Shopping Bags for VBS!]]> http://www.fbcowb.org/?p=12378 2017-05-23T14:24:32Z 2017-05-23T14:24:17Z more: ISO Plastic Shopping Bags for VBS!

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We are requesting plastic shopping bags for VBS this year! If you have an over abundance of Kroger bags you don’t know what to do with, bring them on in! Are you sitting on an endless supply of Walmart bags that you have no use for? Mrs. Suzie needs them! Bring them to the church office or to Mrs. Suzie during office hours or service times.

TIP: While you’re in the checkout at a store that accepts returns, ask if they have any bags in which items were returned. These bags are thrown away, but we could use them! Mrs. Suzie says we can’t get enough bags, so bring them on down! Contact Mrs. Suzie if you have any questions.

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madams <![CDATA[Lunch & Supper Menu: 05.24.17]]> http://www.fbcowb.org/?p=2097 2017-05-22T19:08:54Z 2017-05-22T05:00:12Z more: Lunch & Supper Menu: 05.24.17

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Lunch & Supper Menu:

Breaded Chicken Breast
Lima Beans / Green Peas / Green Beans
Jell-O / Rolls
Pineapple Upside Down Cake / Lemon Chess Pie / Cookies

Prices: $5 per adult / $1 per child / $12 for a family of 4 or more

Are you seeing last Wednesday’s menu? Check back later! We usually post each week’s menu the Tuesday before it is served. You can also find Wednesday’s menu posted each Wednesday morning on our Facebook page.

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madams <![CDATA[Senior Adult Baseball Trip]]> http://www.fbcowb.org/?p=12361 2017-05-17T20:49:59Z 2017-05-19T12:00:22Z more: Senior Adult Baseball Trip

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Thursday, June 8
Bus Leaves at 7 AM from FBC
Games Starts at 11:35 AM CST

Have a free Thursday? Our senior adults are taking a trip to the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio to watch the Reds play the St. Louis Cardinals. We have 14 tickets available on a first come/first serve basis. The trip will cost $28, which includes ticket and transportation. The bus will depart from First Baptist at 7 AM and return time will depend on the duration of the game.

To reserve your spot on this trip, contact Susan at SDant@fbcowb.org or 270-683-3505.

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madams <![CDATA[This Sunday in Worship: May 18, 2017]]> http://www.fbcowb.org/?p=12373 2017-05-18T15:00:00Z 2017-05-18T15:00:00Z more: This Sunday in Worship: May 18, 2017

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This Sunday, Wesley Dunn will preach from one of the most neglected and overlooked books in the New Testament. Take the time this week to prepare by reading the letter of Jude (esv.org/Jude). In addition, we will sing a song closely tied with the message of this letter, one that was sung last week as a solo. Watch the lyric video below to familiarize yourself with this wonderful song.

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madams <![CDATA[4th Friday Foursomes Start May 26th!]]> http://www.fbcowb.org/?p=12358 2017-05-18T13:32:04Z 2017-05-17T20:45:31Z more: 4th Friday Foursomes Start May 26th!

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Let’s play golf! Beginning Friday, May 26th, the Recreation Ministry will host a monthly golf outing at Ben Hawes Golf Course every fourth Friday. Games will be 9 or 18 holes and will begin at 2:30 PM. Players will be responsible for their own greens and cart fees. Contact Dave Roberts at DRoberts@fbcowb.org or 270-683-3505 if you would like to participate.

Dates for upcoming 4th Friday Foursomes this summer include May 26, June 23, July 28 (subject to change), and August 25.

Like the Christian Life Center on Facebook to stay up to date on our Recreation Ministry!

Ben Hawes Golf Course
400 Booth Field Road
270-687-7137

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madams <![CDATA[New CLC Hours Beginning June 1, 2017]]> http://www.fbcowb.org/?p=12320 2017-05-15T19:34:35Z 2017-05-15T19:00:47Z more: New CLC Hours Beginning June 1, 2017

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Beginning Thursday, June 1, 2017, the Christian Life Center will start closing at 8 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. It will remain open until 9 PM on Wednesdays. All other hours will remain the same. See the schedule below for a full listing of hours.

Hours of Operation (as of June 1, 2017)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 6:30 AM–8 PM
Wednesday: 6:30 AM–9 PM
Friday: 6:30 AM–1 PM
Saturday:
9 AM–1 PM (April–September)
9 AM–3 PM (October–March)

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madams <![CDATA[God at Work: Refugee Ministry]]> http://www.fbcowb.org/?p=12310 2017-05-12T15:17:03Z 2017-05-12T15:07:10Z more: God at Work: Refugee Ministry

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An excerpt from May’s Connect Magazine by Danelle Young

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” —Matthew 25:34–36

Did you know that Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were refugees in Egypt until King Herod died? You can read about their family’s escape to Egypt in Matthew 2:13-23. A refugee is a person who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. He or she is unable to return to their country, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Fewer than 1% of the world’s refugees are resettled globally in any given year.1 In the United States, our president determines how many refugees will be resettled here each year. In fiscal year 2017, it is 50,000 people.

The International Center in Owensboro has resettled up to 150 refugees per year since 2009–2010. Over the past year, I’ve had the privilege of working as an interim at the IC. As I write this, the faces of our clientele flash through my mind and their stories flood my heart with emotion and sympathy. Questions have crossed my mind like: “What if I were born in that country? I wonder what it was like to grow up in a refugee camp? This young man arrived alone; I wonder if he has any family? There are so many displaced people right now, when will God intervene?”

God fearfully and wonderfully makes every human, and He is intimately familiar with each of us around the globe (Psalm 139:13-16). Our new neighbors are placed among us for a reason—we are salt and light (Matthew 5:13-14). God is intervening, through His people! As Christians, we possess the gifts of hope and salvation. Now we have the opportunity to extend those gifts to people nearby who desperately need light in their lives. Perhaps like Esther, we were created (and reside in Owensboro) for such a time as this (Esther 4:14)!

The purpose of the church is to take the gospel of Jesus to all people in every place on earth. Yet even after two thousand years, thousands of people groups remain unreached. There are now at least seven unreached people groups represented among Owensboro’s refugee communities, including some of the world’s largest remaining unreached groups. In bringing refugees to Owensboro over the past eight years, God has opened new pathways for the local church to send the gospel of Jesus back to places it has never been known!2 Are you tired of living in a broken world? Jesus promised, “the Good News about the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come (Matt. 24:14).” Let’s work together toward that end!

So where and how do we begin? We can start by welcoming refugees to our community. Our Christian Life Center is the perfect gateway and venue to host international fellowships. It provides much-needed recreation space for refugee families and individuals to come together and socialize, with each other and with us. To date, our newly-forming Refugee Ministry Team has hosted three fellowships. Our fourth event will be Sunday evening, April 30th. Our immediate goal is to build rapport and relationships. Our ultimate goal is to share God’s love and story.

What is an international fellowship? It’s a party! If you were to drop in, you would see a beautiful array of people, smiles, conversation, children’s activities, food, and the gym and game tables (pool, air hockey, and ping-pong) being put to good use. At our last event on March 26th, approximately 85 guests and 25 volunteers came together for a fun-filled evening. One Sunday School class donated stuffed Easter eggs for the children! The Easter story was told before releasing the kids in a designated area for the egg hunt. We’ve received positive feedback from both guests and volunteers.

The fellowships have been a blessing to all who’ve attended. I’ve observed relationships forming as people begin to recognize each other after multiple events. Volunteers are connecting with new friends on Facebook. Our children are naturals at welcoming other children and showing them around. I’ve seen a group of women who speak different languages unite to play volleyball and men team up to play soccer. Kids are eager for coaching instruction in the gym. Education professionals can interact with new students and their parents outside of school. It’s good people watching (at least), but even more enjoyable to interact! We would like to see the FBC Refugee Ministry Team grow. The larger we are, the more we can impact our community for Christ. If you would like to be involved, please let me know!

May this prophecy in Revelation 7:9–10 propel us toward our calling: “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:

‘Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.’”

Footnotes:
1 Kentucky Office for Refugees “Understanding Refugee Resettlement” report
2 Dr. James Litsey “Refuge Owensboro Description” report

Additional supporting passages:
Genesis 28:14, 1 Chronicles 16:23-28, Matthew 28:19, Luke 24: 45-47, Acts 17: 24-28, Romans 4: 16-18, and Galatians 3:8

Refugee Ministry Volunteer Testimonies

JJ Poole: Having the fellowships has been a blast! I have been able to help pick and drop off some of the kids that have been coming to the events, as well as being able to play soccer with them. Every time we have had an event, the kids are always so excited to be able to come to such a great place like the CLC. It has been an eye opening experience to really find out the amount of refugees that we have here in Owensboro. The way God has brought these people to our doorstep is just amazing. Sometimes we can’t always go on mission trips to share the Gospel so God has said, “Ok, I’ll bring them to you.” Being part of the Refugee Night has shown me that even though I live in a small town in Kentucky, I have an incredible opportunity to witness to people who don’t know my Lord and Savior.

Brock & Kendal Quinton: We have volunteered at a few fellowships as a family. We helped organize activities for the kids; however, our most important job was to love the people attending these fellowships, and make them feel welcome both in our community and in our church. We believe that God is using the fellowships to help our church build relationships and show others the unconditional love of Christ. God has greatly used this work to impact our family. As parents, we are watching our two-year-old son play with children in our community who are complete strangers to him. Watching the children play shows that love has no barriers. For us, God has opened our eyes to the practical ways that we can serve Him and others in our backyard. It just takes something small, such as playing a game of ping-pong, painting fingernails, or being a friendly face to have a lasting impact for His kingdom.

Todd & Erica Houston: Our entire family has been involved since the first fellowship. With Todd being a teacher and coach at OHS, he continually spoke of his refugee students and how much he admired their hard work and determination. God began growing our hearts with compassion for these people. Fellowships became a perfect fit for all of us! Our family simply shows up and works on creating relationships. Whether it is through decorating cookies, painting nails, or playing ping pong, we are investing in them. The number one response I hear from the refugee children and adults is how grateful they are to get out of their home for an evening and how grateful they are for our kindness and friendship. As great as this is, these nights mostly impact MY family as our hearts grows for these precious people, stretching us to seek other ways to love, serve, and have intentional gospel conversations with refugees.

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madams <![CDATA[No Family Pavilion at the 2017 BBQ Festival]]> http://www.fbcowb.org/?p=12301 2017-05-10T14:30:34Z 2017-05-10T14:30:34Z more: No Family Pavilion at the 2017 BBQ Festival

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First Baptist Owensboro is currently in the middle of a renovation project on our 1920s building. Although this is very exciting for our church and much needed to restore this historic Owensboro building, it means that our back parking lot which normally hosts the much loved Family Pavilion is currently occupied with construction equipment and storage. As it is not possible to move this equipment, we have decided not to host the Family Pavilion for the 2017 BBQ Festival.

Learn more about our renovation project, why it is happening, and how you can support it at fbcowb.org/phase2 or in the October 2015 issue of Connect Magazine.

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madams <![CDATA[Interim Recreation Director Dave Roberts]]> http://www.fbcowb.org/?p=12296 2017-05-17T15:40:13Z 2017-05-08T14:12:19Z We are excited to announce that First Baptist Owensboro has appointed Dave Roberts as our Interim Recreation Director. He will begin serving in this part-time position on May 15th. Let us be in prayer for Dave and our Recreation Ministry!

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