Pastor Tim was told that Ralph Egbert is in Mercy Clermont. If a deacon could check on him, that would be great. Please contact the Pastor and let him know if you choose to contact Ralph.
Georgia Smith does have lung cancer. She is home and is scheduling an appointment with an oncologist.
Our children leave for Centri-Kid Camp on Monday (6-16-14). Pray for safe travel, spiritual growth, and salvation for those who do not yet know Christ.
Pastor Tim will be away from the ministry field June 25 through July 8. Timon's wedding is on June 28 in Cashiers, NC. After that, Pastor and family are taking a few days of vacation.
Thank you guys for your love for Jesus, your ministry, and your friendship.--Pastor
June 11, 2014
Pastor Tim visited Don and Vatie Carson in the nursing home in Eastgate. Don is in room #119, and Vatie is in room #124. Vatie is under hospice care.
Pastor Tim visited Georgia Smith at Mercy Anderson. Georgia has been battline congestive heart failure. The doctors have discovered that she has lung cancer. She will be discharged from Mercy Anderson, and then she will schedule an appointment with an oncologist.
June 2, 2014
We just wanted to report that the congregation committed to paying $106,533.08 toward the principle of the debt over the next 3 years. Pray for everyone to keep their commitment, and for God to prosper us even beyond what we think we can do.
May 27, 2014
Shaune Hopkins is home.
Pastor Tim visited Don Chapel today at Bethesda North. Hos back is healing, but he is undergoing tests for his heart.
Pastor Tim visited Vatie Carson in the nursing home in Eastgate. She has dealing with congestive heart failure.
May 26, 2014
Shaune Hopkins is scheduled to come home today. Pastor Tim visited with the Hopkins family last week at UC Hospital.
Don Chapel is in Bethesda North recovery from back surgery and other complications.
Be in prayer about our push to retire our debt. Ask God to miraculously provide, and for our people to be joyously obedient.
Deacon's Meeting this Sunday, June 1, after the p.m. service. Room #125.
Are you praying for our church according to 1 Thessalonians 3:9-11?
May 13, 2014
Daisy Nevels is in Clermont Mercy, room #321. Pastor Tim went by for a visit, but she was sleeping.
Curtis Smith, Phyllis Smith's husband, is scheduled for back surgery at Christ Hospital next Monday.
April 11, 2014
Pastor Tim found out that John Layer has passed away. The funeral arrangements have been made for Tuesday, April 15 at Cahall's in Mt. Orab. The visitation is from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The funeral service is at 1 p.m.
You know that John had strained relationships with his familiy, so keep the pastor and staff in prayer.
April 4, 2014
Doug and Shaune Hopkins are in Houston, Texas seeing a cancer specialist. Pray for discernment, wisdom, and the Lord's guidance for them.
Don't forget Deacons' Meeting this Sunday, at 7:15 p.m. in room #125. See the March 31 entry below.
March 31, 2014
Take the time to read, before Sunday's meeting, the article, "Discipline Yourself...Without Legalism," from the Spring 2014 edition of DM Magazine. Let's discuss this article and its benefits for deacons.
Deacon's Meeting Sunday, April 6 at 7:15 p.m. Room #125. Agenda:
Ministry strategy for the month (Easter service-Lord's Supper; deacon nominations in April, etc.)
March 26, 2014
Be in prayer for Mindy King. Her mom went to be with the Lord.
Visitation: Friday, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Funeral: Saturday, 11 a.m.
all at FBC Felicity, Ohio
Detrea Godby has lymphoma cancer. She is in the Christ Hospital, and is expecting to start chemotherapy this Friday.
March 13, 2014
The funeral arrangements for Carl Minion are as follows:
Visitation: Saturday, March 15, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Funeral Service: Saturday, March 15, at 1 p.m.
All services are at FBC Mt. Orab.
You can minister to Nellie and her family in the following ways:
Ministry of Presence. Attend one or more of the funeral services.
Ministry of Hospitality. Help the kitchen crew with set - up, take - down, or clean up.
Ministry of Caring. Contact Nellie once more week for the next 4 weeks with calls and/or cards.
Ministry of Prayer. Pray for her and let her know you are praying. Pray with her over the phone.
Ministry of Evangelism. Look for opportunities to share the gospel with her family.
Special thanks to Brother Glen for assisting Pastor Tim at the Minion's house last night.
Detrea Godby is having her thyroid removed on Monday, March 24 at 12:30 p.m. at Christ Hospital. She arrives there at 10:30 a.m. Since Monday is Pastor's scheduled day off, we need a deacon or staff member who will go down and pray with Detrea before the surgery. Please let Pastor Tim know if you can help in this way. Also, be sure and call Detrea the night before the surgery to make sure that the time is still the same.
March 4, 2014
Take the time to read, before Sunday's meeting, the article, "Discipline Yourself...Without Legalism," from the Spring 2014 edition of DM Magazine. Let's discuss this article and its benefits for deacons.
Deacon's Meeting Sunday, April 6 at 7:15 p.m. Room #125. Agenda:
Ministry strategy for the month (Easter service-Lord's Supper; deacon nominations in April, etc.)
February 28, 2014
Pastor Tim visited with Carl Minion today in his home in Mt. Orab. His prognosis is still uncertain.
Pastor Tim is helping in leading a Bible study each Friday morning for three of our college age young men. Pray that this will help them to grow stronger in their faith. The study should be completed by the end of March.
February 27, 2014
Pastor Tim visited with Connie Hatcher today at OVM. Her attitude is good and her health seems to be improving. She is scheduled to be there for at least 10 days.
February 26, 2014
Connie Hatcher has been moved to the Ohio Valley Manor, Cedar Hall #8.
Carl Minion is still at Mercy Clermont room #315.
February 24, 2014
Connie Hatcher is in the hospital at Mercy Clermont.
Carl Minion is schedule to come home on Tuesday. He will be under hospice care.
Take the time to read, before Sunday's meeting, the article, "Discipline Yourself...Without Legalism," from the Spring 2014 edition of DM Magazine. Let's discuss this article and its benefits for deacons.
Deacon's Meeting this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Room #125. Agenda:
Ministry strategy for the month (Easter service-Lord's Supper; deacon nominations in April, etc.)
February 18, 2014
Pastor Tim and Winston and Joann Huskey visited Nellie and Carl Minion at Clermon Mercy. The plan is for Carl to be under Hospice Care beginning tomorrow. We do not yet know the location of his care. Be in prayer for Carl and Nellie.
February 6, 2014
Pastor Tim visited Nathan Bush at Children's Hospital on Tuesday. Nathan has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. He should be coming home today or tomorrow.
Carl Minion is now at Villa Georgetown, room 407. If you are down that way, please stop in for a visit.
Frank Young's surgery on Monday was successful. Darin Fox ministered to that family.
Here is a prayer list that you can pray for our church anytime. Each of these items is a gift from God to His church, but we must ask Him to increase them among us.
Love--1 Thessalonians 3:12
Faith--1 Timothy 1:14
Motivation for evangelism--Matthew 9:38
Numerical increase--Ezekiel 36:37
January 29, 2014
Pastor Tim visited Carl Minion at Clermont Mercy, ICU #15. He has pneumonia. He will undergo more testing on Thursday, January 30.
Deacons: If you are in the widows team, then contact a widow this week. The men on the benevolence team may be working a lot over the next several weeks. Help them out as you can.
If someone would give Jan and Lewis Cook a call and check on their daughter, that would be great.
January 28, 2014
Sabrina Armstrong's father, Charlie Tackett, died suddenly of a heart attack last Saturday. The visitation will be Thursday, from 5 until 8. The funeral is Friday at 1 p.m. All services will be at our church campus. If you attend, as deacons, look for ways to help and encourage.
Deacons' Meeting Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
January 23, 2014
Kathy Dingus has requested prayer for Hank. As you know, Hank has some form of dimentia, probably Alzheimer's Disease. This week his work supervisor has requested a re-evaluation of Hank's ability as it relates to work. The company has been great about allowing him to continue working, but is now concerned for his safety. Kathy said that she doesn't want people to pity her, but simply to pray for her and Hank.
Shaune Hopkins seems to be doing better. Praise the Lord for His mercy!
January 13, 2014
As you know I (Pastor Tim) am in Louisville this week attending another seminar for my degree. This is the last one, and then I have to a lot of writing to do. Thank you for your patience and encouragement. I'll talk to you soon about what I want to attempt to help our church.
Connie Hatcher was in the hospital, but is back out now. Pastor talked with Shelley on Sunday, and there is not a lot that we can do to help the situation.
Nellie Minion went to the emergency room with breathing problems. She is home and being treated for bronchitis.
Pray for God to give FBC the gift of love for one another. This cannot be worked up by us, but can be prayed for and received from Him (1 Thessalonians 3:12). Ask God to give this gift to our congregation.
December 23, 2013
Don't forget about the Christmas Eve service tomorrow at 6 p.m. It includes carols, candlelight, and communion (the Lord's Supper). Please be prepared to help. Brother Winston has been sick, so please contact Jim Bush and ask what you can do to help.
Diane Poole passed away. The Pooles have not been closely connected to our church for sometime. They are still on our membership roll. I do not know the arrangements, but minister as you think appropriate.
Lewis and Jan Cook's daughter, Venessa Wyatt, is in the ICU at Anderson Mercy. She has double pneumonia and is on a ventilator as of yesterday. Be in prayer for her, and her husband Greg.
Don't forget the Carols, Candlelight, and Communion Service on the 24th at 6 p.m. Prepare your hearts and the Lord's Table for a special time with Him.
December 13, 2013
Berman Miller, Shelia Miller's husband, had a stint put in yesterday. He had an artery with 85% blockage. I think the doctors told him to stop smoking or else. So, you can pray for him in this matter as well.
Thanks to everyone for the deacon/staff get together last night. It was a blessing.
December 7, 2013
Lewis Cook's sister, Beatrice Lakes, went to be with the Lord. See the "News" section for services times. Be in prayer for Lewis and his family.
Gene Sutherland had a pacemaker installed on Wednesday. He is at home and doing well.
We have not yet decided about this Sunday's services. Please see the "News" section of the website. It describes how we handle inclimate weather and announcing cancellations of worship services. We have already decided to postpone the Children's Musical to Sunday, December 15 in the p.m. service.
November 26, 2013
Detrea Godby was hospitalized with dehydration and low kidbey functioning. She is recovering and should be home on Wednesday.
November 14, 2013
Jason Barber's house burned today. Praise the Lord no one was at home at the time. Keep him in prayer, and let's look for an opportunity to bless him and his family.
Continue to be in prayer for Bro. Glen. His nephew, Robert, passed away recently.
Pray for all the church activities that are happening over the next couple of months. Ask God to use them to encourage our people and to reach out to the lost.
Pray for our worship services over the next several weeks. Many lost people attend church services during the Christmas season.
Pray for Doug and Shaune and their family. Ask for healing, according to God's will.
Are we making progress on our Christmas Dinner with the widows?
November 8, 2013:
Continue to pray for Doug and Shaune, asking God for healing.
Shelia Miller's brother, Phil Williams, passed away this week. See the "News" section for the details of the funeral services. Bro. Tony Henderson is officiating the services.
Nellie Minion was saving money for a reclining chair that tilts and helps elderly folks to be able to get up and down easier. While she was at church a couple of weeks ago, the home care person evidently stole $900 from Nellie's house. Pray for Nellie. It also might be good to see if we can help her a little with this issue.
Finally, the Personnel Committee unanimously decided to recommend to the congregation Kim Smith as our new administrative assistant. This will be voted on in the Business Meeting on Sunday night.
October 28, 2013:
Shaune Hopkins was taken to the hospital on Friday with some unusual symptoms. Doug has given us an update below:
"Thank you for your prayers and visit with our family Saturday. Shaune is at home and very tired but resting. We are supposed to go see her Doc. On Friday to see what approach we should take concerning the MRI results."
I am sure that Doug would appreciate a call from a deacon. He may be at work today.
Also, Luanne Henderson is back in the hospital. It is a problem with infection after her last surgery. A deacon should give Tony a call and check on them.
Deacons' Meeting Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. The agenda:
2. Ministry reports by deacons
3. Pastor's report
4. Future ministry needs or changes
October 16, 2013
A Memorial Service for Richard Baird, John Baird's father, will be held Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. at the Meeker Funeral Home in Russellville with Drew Lane officiating. Military services by the Walter-Miller American Legion Post #394 will immediately follow the service. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 prior to the service. Following cremation, burial will be at the Decatur Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Information for deacons only: John has no assurance that his father ever trusted Christ as Lord and Savior. This is an extra burden on John during this time.
October 15, 2013:
John Baird's father, Richard Baird, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2013. We do not yet know the arrangements.
October 10, 2013:
Tina Davis is still in the hospital at University Hospital. She awaits surgery on a torn place in an intestine. Pray for her mom, Shelia, as well. Pastor Tim visited Tina last week. Doug and Shaune called Shelia at the hospital this week.
Louann Henderson is home after surgery on Monday. She is doing well.
Michelle Duncanson had a brief procedure on Wednesday. She is home as well.
Note from Pastor Tim: Do you best to read through the book, I am a Church Member. It will encourage you, and can be a good tool for us to use in ministry.
"My Hope with Billy Graham" is coming up next month. Be in prayer for the Lord to use that as an outreach tool to bring people to Christ.
July 22, 2013:
Pastor and Ms. Julie visited April Becraft before her surgery today. She is at Christ Hospital. The good news is that her cancer was localized and the doctors believe that they removed it all. Her Sunday School class has arranged for meals to Brandon and April. So, this ministry is covered.
Also, Pastor Tim thanks all the deacon families for the work that has been done in ministering to our church family. Fantastic job! If we have not yet contacted all the people on the list from July 8, then let's continue to work on that.
I did have a thought about food ministry to Paul and Daisy Nevels and Don and Vatie Carson. One thing that we can do is to visit them with a gift of food. My thought is to go by Krogers and get them a hot meal from the deli. Then deliver it to them. It would be a great encouragement and help to them to get a hot meal from time-to-time. I see nothing wrong with taking this from the deacon's fund. What do you men think of this? This kind of ministry would be limited to your discretion and only once or twice per month.
Also, I did want you to be aware that Jim and Vivian Farley are most likely leaving our church. Dan and Darlene Parks did minister to this family recently. We can talk more about this at our next deacon's meeting.
After Prayer Meeting this Wednesday, Pastor Tim invites deacons and their wives to pray over Heather Hopkins for healing. We will do this privately in a room located off of the sanctuary. You are welcome to attend.
July 8, 2013:
Here are some visitation opportunities for the month of July:
Paul and Daisy Nevels
Don and Vatie Carson
Lewis and Janice Cook (Just a visit of encouragement after the tragic loss of Janice's sister and brother-in-law.)
Kenneth and Pauline Moore
Charlie and Melinda Patten
(Most of these visits are simply visits of encouragement and prayer. A few of them may be wavering a little in their faithfulness, but by-and-large these folks would be encouraged by a brief visit, listening to needs, having a cup of coffee, and prayer. It would be good to do this during the summer months while the weather is good etc. If you want to minister to one of these persons, then please let Bro. Doug know which ones you are choosing. Please also give him a follow up report on the ministry as well.)
Be in prayer for April Beacraft. She has received a report that she has cancer. It is cervical cancer. Please be sensitive and realize that she may not want to discuss this personal issue. However, we can pray for her and for Brandon.
July 1, 2013:
Scott Leonard is having a lot of trouble with his balance and also his inability to eat. This is a concern for Scott because he has had brain cancer in the past. He will see his doctor this week. Pastor talked with Mary Leonard by phone on Sunday.
Susan Jones has been dealing with blood pressure problems for 2 months. Now she has an upper respiratory infection and is having trouble eating anything. She is very discouraged. Pastor called her on Sunday.
Martha Dorsey is making slow improvements in recovering from back problems. She was able to attend one church service yesterday. Pastor called Martha on Monday (today).
Dawn Lindsley, Martha Dorsey's niece, has very serious back problems. She is in Jewish Hospital now (Kenwood) and is facing surgery. Dawn works at Walmart and has no health benefits and no guarantee of continued employment.
Tony Henderson's sister, Gina Nichols, is now under hospice care. She is not expected to recover. (Update; Gina just passed into eternity. Pastor called Tony. He will let us know of funeral arrangement. It will be a memorial service either Friday or Saturday.)
Bobby Jones is seeing a doctor today to schedule a heart-cath. Pastor prayed with Bobby and Shelley on Sunday morning (yesterday).
Deacons on hospital team can make visits as needed. Please coordinate with Bro. Doug. Martha Dorsey should be ministered to by the widows team. Pastor will follow up with Tony and Bobby, but a card from a deacon family will be encouraging to them.
Good deacons are a blessing to a church. You guys bless FBC!
June 22, 2013
Peggy Marsh had surgery on her ankle today. This is an outpatient surgery. Prayers and a card would be great.
Renew 2013 is the Youth version of VBS this year. It is happening this week. On Monday night there were 22 teens in attendance! Pray for their faith to be renewed, and for their boldness to grow.
Jan Cook's brother and sister-in-law were killed in a car wreck Sunday afternoon. Be in prayer for Jan. We do not know the details yet.
Martha Wilson has neck surgery scheduled for July 15. Details to come.
Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon FBC and other Bible-preaching congegations in our area.
June 1, 2013
Here are some ministry tasks for deacons for the week:
Theresa Miller's cancer surgery has been changed to June 7. A phone call and prayer from a deacon's wife would be great.
Send cards of encouragement to Heather Hopkins. She doesn't need pity. She just needs encouragement and to know that we are with her as she looks forward to the next part of God's plan for her.
Send a card per week for the next three weeks to Bev Burkhart regarding the homegoing of her mom.
Make a ministry visit to Paul and Daisy Nevels. Go prepared to read a Scripture and to pray for them. You will not be able to understand Bro. Paul.
Send a card of encouragement to Tony and Louann Henderson, as she recovers from knee-replacement surgery.
Nate and Kelly Young are expecting their first baby on June 9. Send a card of encouragement.
It is best if deacons will volunteer for ministry. Contact Bro. Doug and tell him what you want to do off of this list. You are certainly welcome to minister beyond these suggestions. Also, please provide e-mail feedback to Bro. Doug to let him know that the ministry has been done or is in progress. That way we can stay organized, and also we can rejoice in what the Lord is doing through your life. Let's make this approach to ministry our standard way of doing and reporting on ministry. Also, you can share with everyone at our deacons' meeting each month.
May 23, 2013:
Bev Burkhart's mom, Lavina Coleman, we home to be with the Lord on Tuesday. The details of the services can be found on the "News" page of the website.
It seems that Bev's way of receiving love and concern is through food ministry. So, if a deacon family wants to take a meal by to Mike, Bev, and Jordan, it would be appropriate.
We still need much prayer in a few areas:
Healing for our church and a new direction for the student ministry
Healing for the Bohrer family
Strength and wisdom for Michelle Engle
God's wisdom for the 3 prospective deacons
God's call on the lives of new Sunday School teachers
Leadership strength for Pastor Tim
Theresa Miller's surgery on Friday for breast cancer
Healing for Heather Hopkins
When you have prayed over these issues, will you send an e-mail or text to Pastor Tim and let him know that you have done so?
email@example.com or (937) 515-1240
May 10, 2013:
Jerry Howe went home to be with the Lord last night. Details on funeral arrangements will be posted as soon as Pastor Tim knows them. The visitation and funeral service will be at First Baptist Church, Mt. Orab.
Visitation--11 a.m.--1 p.m. (Monday, May 13, 2013)
Funeral Service--1 p.m. (Monday, May 13, 2013)
All services will take place at the FBC Mt. Orab, church building.
May 8, 2013:
Pastor Tim visited Jerry and Paula Howe today. Jerry is not alert on a consistent basis. Be in prayer for the family. Cards, letters, and visits are appropriate expressions of Christian love.
May 3, 2013:
Jerry Howe is in the final stages of his time here on earth. If you want to contact Paula it would be an encouragement to her. Her cell# is 513-560-3979.
Theresa Miller is experiencing some serious health concerns. A deacon's wife can encourage her in this situation.
Bobby Jones' mother is still very sick. Bobby is planning to go to see the week of Mother's Day.
EQUIPPING: When you have time, read my article on participating in corporate worship. You can find it by clicking on the on the home page.
April 13, 2013:
Glen and Susan Jones and Winston and Joann Huskey did make a hospital visit to Velma Anderson. She seems to be recovering and may go home in the next couple of days.
Pastor Tim did receive a note from one of church members about the letter that we sent out calling our church members to faithfulness. The letter was from Juanita Stone and she thanked the pastor and the deacons for reminding her again of how much she should love the church. (Just wanted you guys to be encouraged.)
Louann Henderson is scheduled for knee replacement surgery Monday, April 16. It is at Mercy Clemont and is tentatively scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday is Pastor's Tim's normal day off. He will enlist Bro. Chuck to minister. Deacons might could help by taking a meal by to Tony and Louanne after Louann returns home. Maybe just 2 times would be great.
Bobby Jones' mother, Mary, has fallen and broken her pelvis. She is in her 80's and in poor health in Louisiana. The doctors told the family that there is a good possibility that she will not be able to leave the hospital.
Also, Shelley continues to suffer from vertigo as well. Find a way to encourage Bobby.
April 5, 2013:
1. Don't forget about Deacon Nominations this month. Be in prayer.
2. Some folks that could use a visit: Nellie Minion at The Villa Georgetown, Jim and Virginia Benjamin (just general care visit), Chancie Hall (general care)
3. Pray for Base Camp I that will be hosted at FBC April 19-20.
4. Pray that FBC will grow healthy in doctrine, worship, fellowship, and evangelism/missions.
March 25, 2013:
Clay Duncanson's grandmother passed away. The visitation for Delores Duncanson will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. All services are at Egbert's Funeral Home.
Louann Henderson is scheduled for knee surgery on Monday, April 15, 2013, at Mercy Clermont.
March 23, 2013:
Nellie Minion is in Mercy Clermont 313. Pastor and Ms. Julie visited with her yesterday. The doctors have told her that there is nothing else that they can do about the congestive heart failure and the copd. She will have to take her medication and be on oxygen 24-7. She sould be released on Monday, and she and care may be going to a nursing home for now.
Georgia Smith is home and recovering from pneumonia.
Be in prayer for Friend Day and for Easter. Many visitors will hear the gospel. Pray for conversions to Christ.
Also, be in prayer for the new Christians in our congregation. 2 Peter 3:18.
Keep Heather Hopkins in your prayers. Also, pray for Blake Andrews as well.
March 12, 2013:
Ralph Egbert fell yesterday and fractured a vertebrae. He was taken to Christ Hospital. He is scheduled to be released today.
Hadley, Larry Scott's grandaughter, came home yesterday! We praise the Lord for His mercy!
March 11, 2013:
Louann Henderson will have knee replacement surgery, Monday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at Mercy Clermont. Bro. Chuck will be ministering to Tony and Louann.
Gene Southerland's a brother-in-law and a sister died this past week. Encourage Gene and Diana as God leads you.
Georgia Smith has been in the hospital in Portsmouth. She has pneumonia. Pastor will update us with her condition as we obtain more information.
From Pastor Tim:
Brothers, Chuck Gray has asked me to call him regarding the situation with one of our members. I will let you know how that conversation goes. We can discuss what steps to take as we walk through this together.
Also, pray for me as I begin on Monday nights teaching a small group on enriching their marriage. Also, I will begin leading a men's study each Saturday morning over the next 7 weeks. In addition to this FAITH has started again and I am teaching the beginning group. I am still working on doctoral assignments as well. All of this as I am attempting to lead our church toward godliness and revival.
February 26, 2013:
Hadley Partin, Larry Scott's granddaughter, is having open heart surgery today. Pastor Tim went down to pray with the family this morning at Children's Hospital. The parents are Seth and Jessie Partin.
Vivian Farley had shoulder surgery yesterday. Bro. Glen ministered to them. She is home recovering now.
Note from Pastor Tim: Brothers, thank you for stepping in a giving yourself in ministry. It is certainly helpful to me, but also it models for our church that every member can minister the Word and prayer for each other. Love you guys!
February 15, 2013:
Thank you for your prayers and your ministry work in the Lord. Your dedication to Him is a thrill to me as your Pastor!
I did want to ask your attention to pray about the following issues:
I am participating in a mission trip to the Horn of Africa with Doug and Bill, March 1-9. I always enjoy this, but it is a strain on me physically and as far as my work load is concerned. I need spiritual and physical strength.
I will follow up on the church discipline issue that we discussed. However, I am trying to balance all of the demands. So, I will get to it. In the mean time, pray that hearts would turn toward repentance. Also, pray for humility for ourselves. How easily we could be in the same condition!
Pray for the participants in the Radical studies. As groups near the end of the instruction aspect of this, pray that the instructions would morph into application.
Pray for our pastoral staff. I desire that they grow in the Lord, and to love Him and God's people with all their hearts.
Also, in April it will be time for deacon nominations. Pray for the Lord to give wisdom to His people.
Finally, I am being swamped by the number of people asking for marital help. Ask the Lord to help me and to help us as a congregation to be used to build up our families, by His power through His Word!
Christ's Servant and Yours,
February 8, 2013:
Brothers, it has been awhile since I (Pastor Tim) has posted anything on our ministry page. Thank you for being faithful to check this page each day.
I wanted to ask you to pray about this following issues:
New believers. We have baptized 10 or so since January 1, 2013. Pray for their growth, and help them to grow (2 Peter 3:18).
Pending church approval on Sunday night, it looks like Doug H., Bill H., and I will be heading to N. Africa for a vision trip for a potential partnership with our IMB workers among the "Sparrow" people. Pray for witnessing opportunities. Pray for clarity of God's direction for our church. Also, pray for me and the health issues. I have put a lot of wear and tear on my body, and I feel it on these long trips.
Pray for traveling mercies for Heather as she is in route back to the US today.
Pray for Revival to start among us as a result of our Radical Studies and God's power coming upon us.
Brother Tony will be retiring from DHL/Airborne soon. He will have more time to devote to ministry with our church. So that we don't create chaos with our ministry visits, please be sure to keep me posted via e-mail, or you can call Mary in the office, and let me know which visits you made and the results of them.
Also, I know that I promsied you some deacons' training. Let's wait until we get the new nominees in April, and then we'll set up something then. I hope that is okay with you guys.
Our High School and Junior High students are participating in a Lock-in sponsored by the Southern Hills Baptist Association. Pray for growth in the Lord. Also, some students need to come to know the Lord. Maybe this is their appointed time!
Finally, as you know, we are in the process of church discipline with some of our members. Our hope is to recover them back to a healthy relationship with Jesus and His people. Please be very careful how you speak of this issue at this point. We don't need to discuss it with our congregation at large right now. When we do, our words need to be something like" "This person is not attempting to live up to our membership covenant." Or, we can say, "This person is not living a lifestyle that is approved of by Scripture." Also, I will need to do some preaching and teaching on this in order to prepare our congregation. We don't want the devil to infect us with dissension while we try to do God's will. Be in prayer about this.
Thanks for being a blessing to our congregation!
January 8, 2013:
Men, as you know I am spending this week at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Wouldn't you know that the first day of the seminar was on church discipline. I am learning a few things that may help us. Above all things, cultivate a heart of compassion and brokenness in your own life. Be a special encouragement to Bro. Bobby, for this is hard for him too.
Thanks you for serving Jesus' church for the purpose of declaring the glory of our Lord! Love oyu guys!
PS--I know that Darin Wilson has a surgery sometime this week. I gave the assignment to Bro. Chuck. Please check in with Bro. Chuck for the details.
January 1, 2013:
Happy New Year to each of you!
On a note of ministry: Ed Jones sister, Donna, unexpectantly passed into eternity yesterday. Be in prayer for Ed and give him a call or send a note of encouragement.
December 20, 2012:
Pastor Tim visited with Paul and Daisy Nevels yesterday. They are doing okay. If you have time, a quick visits for Christmas would be encouraging to them. Thanks to Bro. Glen and Susan for their recent ministry visit to them.
Mary Swallen went to the hospital last night with a bad case of the flu. She is at Clermont Mercy. A telephone call would be good. Don't expose yourself to the flu by a visit at this point.
Pastor Tim and family will be in Nashville to visit Julie's family, December 27-29. Also, Pastor Tim will be in Louisville, KY for another doctoral seminar, January 7-11. He thanks staff and deacons for all their help and support when he is away from Mt. Orab.
December 16, 2012:
Don't forget to attend the deacon/staff Christmas dinner at Lake Manor on Friday, December 21st, at 6 p.m.
Pastor was able to have a meeting with Bro. Tony today. He will help Pastor set up a meeting with a member about whom we are concerned. Pray for a humble heart and willingness to submit to Scriptural guidance.
December 13, 2012:
Pastor visited Jackie Tucker yesterday. It was a time of encouragement ad prayer. She is doing well, but is concerned that her children are not in church.
Pastor also visited Mary and Ernie Gillis. Mary has laser surgery scheduled for December 21st. It is a quick outpatient procedure at Anderson Mercy. (Pastor especially thanks Winston and Joann Huskey's Sunday School class for the excellent ministry to this family.)
Viola Rice's brother-in-law died suddenly of a heart attack yesterday. His name was Mike Catron. He was 55 years old. His widow, Melinda, is Viola's sister. Mike and Melinda's son, Cole, attended our VBS this past year. Melinda does not have a church home.
Eddie Smith's brother is still in serious condition in Oklahoma.
Emily Godby has finished her term of service in Uruguay. She will be back in Ohio on Saturday, December 15. Praise God for His work through Emily. Praise God for His work through FBC to be a part of training Emily for missons. Ask the Lord to give Emily His direction for her life.
November 27, 2012:
Tony Henderson's brother, Billy, died suddenly from a heart-attack tonight. Billy lived in San Antonio, Texas. A card or a word of encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
Randy Cole is scheduled for shoulder surgery on Wednesday morning. We don't know the location or details. He just asked for prayer.
November 20, 2012:
Pastor and family will be heading to Tennessee for the Thanksgiving holidays. Pray for traveling mercies.
Thanks to our guys who ministered to Don Carson's family during the loss of his son-in-law through cancer. Don's daughter, Hank's wife, is apparently not active in a church anywhere. Her name is Sharon Smith. She lives in Todd's Run Road. If she can be located, perhaps an act of kindness might be in order. Serve as you feel God leading you.
Pray for Heather, Blake, and Emily, who are all away from their families during this holiday season. Emily should be home before Christmas.
Be in prayer about our Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions. Our goal is $14,500. This is a couragous goal. Can you encourage everyone to give $10 more than you gave last year? The total value, in today's dollars, of Lottie's possessions at the time of her death was $254. Pastor and Ms. Julie always make it a commitment to give more than that. Will you do the same?
Wednesday, October 31, 2012:
Brother Chuck and Ms. Michelle's daughter, Anna, did deliver a healthy baby girl. Her name is Nora.
Ms. Julie checked in this week with Mindy King regarding health issues. Her concern was that Mindy might want to attend worship, but not be able to drive. Mindy assured Ms. Julie that if she did not feel like driving, she would also not be feeling well enough to sit through a worship service anyway. So, at this time, we don't need to worry about offering transportation assistance to Mindy. Continue to pray for her.
Monday, October 29, 2012:
Scott Leonard had stints put in last week. Dan Parks was there for that procedure. Pastor called last week. One of our deacons on the hospital team could make a follow-up phone call this week just to encourage them and pray with them over the phone.
Jackie Tucker could use a visit sometime this week. One of the guys on the widows team should visit and report back to Bro. Doug.
Be in prayer for Team Impact, the new believers in our congregation, Heather in N. Africa, Emily in Uruguay, Detrea and Jill and Uruguay on a short-term trip, the NG village in Senegal, David and Linda Jackson and Elliott and Pat Nichols.
Also, Brother Chuck's daughter, Anna, should be delivering her baby soon. Chuck and Michelle should be grandparents at any time. Ask God for a healthy baby and a healthy mom.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012:
Pastor Tim visited Connie Farrell at Ohio Valley Manor. She is doing much better.
We do need a deacon to contact Ralph Egbert and continue to check on him and his progress through chemo treatments. It might be most effective if one deacon "adopted" Ralph and checked on him on a regular basis during this time. Please report back after each contact.
Note: Pastor Tim and Bro. Chuck thank the deacons for making it possible for us to attend the Festival of Marriage Conference at Ridgecrest. We were very encouraged!
Tuesday, October 9, 2012:
Please note the following information and pray and/or minister as needed:
Doug and Jim B. went to see Connie Farrell on Monday night. She is doing well, but is troubled by some dreams that she is having (perhaps due to the medication). Doug and Jim read Scripture with her and prayed for her.
Glen J. reports that the doctors want to start chemo-therapy on Ralph Egbert this week. Some test results are still not in on Ralph. Also, Mary Leonard is home and resting.
Marlene Fox is scheduled for an outpatient procedure this Thursday at Clermony Mercy. We are still uncertain on the time.
wednesday, October 3, 2012
Men, I hope that each day you are reading your devotional by Tozer. I think that it will encourage your heart. I am techinically still on vacation. However, I did want to keep you updated on the information that I received from Bro. Chuck about Ralph Egbert:
Here is an update on Ralph Egbert. He was admitted to Christ Hospital yesterday from his Oncologists appointment. He is to have a biopsey on a lymph node in his neck that is enlarged and hardened. That was suppossed to take place today but didnt, probally take place tomorrow afternoon. He is also scheduled for a PET scan once the dye comes in. They took a stool sample and are having it checked by a gastro-oncologists. He will probably be in Christ Hospital at least until Thursday.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012:
Brothers, thank you so much for all the ministry that you have done over the past couple of weeks. --Pastor
The congregation overwhelmingly elected Darin Fox and Dan Parks to be added to our deacon ministry. We praise the Lord for this! We will have an ordination/dedication service in the p.m. service on the 16th of September. We will also observe the Lord's Supper in that service.
Bro. Winston made a visit to Kenny Whitaker. Read Scripture and had prayer. Bro. Doug has visited as well.
Nellie Minion went to Good Samaritan Hospital today. The plan is to drain fluid from around her heart in order to get her up and moving again.
Be in prayer for Heather Hopkins. She is experiencing some health problems. She is located in Kenya at the moment, but is anxious to get back to the Sparrow people.
Be sure to pray for Blake as well.
Emily Godby is in Uruguay now, and is doing well.
Winson Wagner is resigning as the planter/pastor of New Beginning Baptist Church in Greenfield. Pastor Tim will meet with Bro. David Coppedge and the leadership of Northview Baptist Church at some point in the near future.
One visit that needs to be made some time soon is to Bro. PaulNevels for encouragement.
Friday, August 24, 2012:
Just a reminder that deacon elections are this Sunday, August 26, in the a.m. service. Bro. Doug will appoint 2 ballot counters.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012:
Bro. Eddie Smith did make a visit to Kenny Whitaker. Eddie reports that he is not in good condition at all.
Bro. Eddie also plans to make a visit to Dan Bowman as well.
Simon Green is having surgery after 12 noon on Wednesday at Children's Hospital. Pastor Tim will try to visit before the surgery.
Also, Pastor Tim will be in a meeting on Wednesday to work on the beginning steps of a merger between the Southern Hills Baptist Association and the Greater Cincinnati Association of Baptists. Pray fro wisdom and patience and strategic thinking.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012:
Dan Bowman is in Continental Nursing Home in Blanchester, OH. It is located on 2nd Creek Road.
Kenny Whitaker is under hospice care at Locust Ridge Nursing Home in room #22.
Friday, August 10, 2012:
Nellie Minion is home now. She had some fluid around her heart, but has medication that should remedy the problem. She thanks us for our prayers.
Emily Godby heads to South America this Thursday, August 16. Her first stop will be Bogata, Columbia, for training. Then, she will be stationed in Uruguay until December 2012.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012:
Pastor Tim visited Nellie Minion at the ER in Mt. Orab. Nellie was later transferred to Good Samaritan Hospital, room #1178. She has fluid around her heart.
Pastor Tim will be downstairs in Sunday School training tonight, if you need him.
Thursday, July 26, 2012:
Pastor Tim will go by Nellie Minion's house to pray with her today. Her pacemaker surgery is tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Cheryl Vaughn recently had surgery to correct a problem she has had with her heart.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012:
Pastor really needs deacon help for House of Prayer tomorrow night. Please contact him if you can lead this time of prayer. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, July 12, 2012:
A deacon is needed to follow up on Edna Layman. Please call the church office for information.
Gina Bogart will be having some tests run to try to diagnose the strange symptoms that she is experiencing.
A deacon family can send a card or make a follow-up visit to Mike and Bev Burkhart at any time.
Pastor will need help with House of Prayer this Wednesday. He will be in Louisville. Please contact Pastor Tim if you are willing to lead prayer meeting this coming Wednesday night. email@example.com
Friday, July 6, 2012:
Pastor Tim was able to visit Shelley Jones at Anderson Mercy. She has had an abscess that needed surgery and drainage. She will probably go home tomorrow.
Pastor Tim attempted to visit Edna Layman at University Hospital. He was not able to get into to see her. We'll need a deacon to follow-up on this, if possible.
Shaune Hopkins is doing better. There are still a few more tests to run, but she is feeling better.
Thursday, July 5, 2012:
We had a very successful ministry time in Senegal, as we saw precious souls come into the kingdom. How I wish that we could see something like this also happen in our own community here in Mt. Orab. Please be praying to that end.
I would ask that you pray for me as I increase my study load over the next 2 weeks, leading up to a doctoral seminar in Louisville. Also, VBS is coming this Sunday, and I do want to see children come to Jesus.
Thanks in advance for your prayers and for your ministry help.
Edna Layman fell and has torn her spleen. She is in the ICU at University Hospital. The office just found this out today. Edna is not a member at FBC, though she does attend on a regular basis. If there is a deacon who could check on Edna, please let the Pastor know. firstname.lastname@example.org Her daughter is Charlyn Liming. Her cell is 910-574-1213.
Pastor is trying to set up an appointment with Jerry Howe. He has stage 4 cancer. Pray for spiritual progress.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012:
Here are the arrangements for the services for Nikki Snyder:
Services are at Evans Funeral Home in Goshen (Rt. 28)
Pastor Tim visited with the family yesterday. They seem to be doing ok. Pastor Tim is not officiating the services, so we do not have any further information that what is listed here.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012:
Jerry Howe has stage 4 cancer. His cancer is lung cancer, but it has spread to his brain and to his liver. The doctors will start radiation on the brain cancer first. Then, after that treatment they will decide about chemotherapy.
Nikki Snyder died this morning around 8:30 a.m. We do not know the arrangements yet. We'll post them as soon as we know them.
A phone call or a brief visit is always appropriate.
Friday, June 16, 2012:
Doug Hopkins visited with Mike and Bev Burkhart and Nikki Snyder this past Wednesday. Doug and his family provided a Skyline treat for them.
Pastor and Ms. Julie visited Jackie Tucker yesterday (Room 218 at the Veterans Home--Georgetown). Jackie cannot see faces, so please introduce yourself as you enter the room. Also, it is courteous to make a little noise as you are coming into the room so that you do not startle her. Ms. Jackie's only complaint: She cannot pick up the radio station that airs the broadcasts for Adrian Rogers, David Jeremiah, and Michael Yousef. Pastor is going to order her some cassettes.
Heather Hopkins seems to be doing better. Please continue to pray for her health and for her language learning ability.
Remember Team Senegal leaves on Friday, June 22. Pastor could use a House of Prayer leader for Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Contact Pastor Tim if you are willing to serve in this way.
Thursday, June 7, 2012:
Pastor visited Danny Bailey today at Christ Hospital. He is recovering nicely and may go home tomorrow.
Thanks to the deacons for visiting before Danny's surgery and also for care for Mary Swallen.
Mary Swallen is back at her house in Mt. Orab and is recovering from her hand surgery.
Jerry Howe has small-cell lung cancer. According to Paula this is the fastest growing kind of cancer. He will be taking chemo and radiation treatment at Clermont Mercy soon.
Thursday, May 31, 2012:
Pastor did visit Nikki Snyder yesterday (Wed.). Prayed with the family. It seems that Bev's way of "hearing" Christian love is through food. She has mentioned this several times. Bro. Doug Hopkins had a pizza delivered last week. She mentioned this to the Pastor. So, Pastor will contact Mike's SS class and see what we can get started there.
Danny Bailey will have back surgery on June 6th at Christ Hospital. The surgery starts at 11:30 a.m. Pastor will cover this surgery. Need deacons and SS teacher for follow up.
Heather Hopkins seems to be feeling better. Keep on praying for her.
Deacon's Meeting on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Room #125.
Pastor is preaching on John 14:15-26 this Sunday morning. Take some time to meditate on these verses, especially verses 15, 16, 17, 26. The Holy Spirit is the key to an effective and enjoyable deacon ministry. Make Him your Best Friend!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012:
Pastor spoke with Mike Burkhart today. Mike said that Nikki Snyder is, according to hospice, entering into the final stages of life. Keep them in prayer.
Bro. Doug Hopkins reported that Heather is somewhat better today. She still has not completely recovered, but seems to be healing.
Monday, May 28, 2012:
Jackie Tucker will become a resident of the Ohio Veteran's Home. She will probably go in on Wednesday of this week. We thought it was fitting to post her information here on Memorial Day.
Ohio Veteran's Home
2003 Veteran's Blvd.
Georgetown, OH 45121
Tuesday, May 22, 2012:
Joanne Barber's brother, Robert Penny, died suddenly late Sunday night or early Monday morning. The funeral arrangements are at Meigs Funeral Home in Mt. Orab.
Visitation: Friday, May 25 at 11 a.m. Funeral: Friday, May 25 at 1 p.m.
Monday, May 13, 2012:
Funeral Services for Alene Ashbrook (Becky Rymer, Linda Beckelhimer, and Ellen Gentry's mom)
Visitation: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. at Egbert’s Funeral Home
(Jehovah’s Witness Service at 7:45 p.m.)
Funeral: Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Mt. Orab
Graveside: Thursday (Mt. Orab)
Family and Friends Meal at FBC after Graveside Ceremony
Friday, May 11, 2012:
Pastor Tim visited Kenny Whitaker today. He is at home at 1016 Western Run.
Pastor Tim also visited with Mike and Bev Burkhart and with Nicole Snyder at their home at 114 Maple Ridge in Mt. Orab. Not a good report on Nicole.
Pastor talked with Becky Rymer today about her mom. No change, but the doctor said that it would not be long.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012:
Pastor visited Don Chapel at Mercy Clermont today. Don is in room #316, but should go home tomorrow. He has been battling pneumonia.
Shaune Hopkins had another good report from her MRI check-up today. We praise the Lord for that!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012:
Detrea Godby is out of the hospital.
Kenny Whitaker is in hospice at Adams Co. Hospital. He is not expected to recover.
Danny Bailey is having severe back problems. He has been in the hospital recently with this issue.
Has anyone checked on Dan Bowman lately?
Be in prayer for our deacon nominees. Pray for God's leadership in their lives.
Deacon's Mtg. this Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Don't forget to pray for Heather!
Don't forget. If you make a visit or even phone calls, please e-mail the pastor and let him know. This will help with the coordination of ministry.
Friday, April 27, 2012:
Pastor visited Detrea Godby in Mercy Clermont on Wednesday, 4-25. She has a kidney infection. She was still in the hospital as of yesterday. Room #221.
Pastor and Bro. Chuck attempted a visit to Donnie Lytle and Sheena. They have attended our worship services some over the last few months, but are having some major issues at home. No one was home yesterday.
Pastor led Team Senegal meeting again last night. We have 8 persons on this team. The members are Pastor and Mrs. Julie, Doug and Angela Walters, Becky Rymer, Vince and Tammy Lucas, and Bill Halliburton. The plan is to go to Senegal the last week of June and enter a couple of Wolof villages and share the Gospel. Be in prayer for us.
Take some time to look at the church calendar for the months of June and July. Notice the number of mission trips and camps in which our church is involved. Also, remember that Heather is working among the Sparrow people and Emily Godby will be leaving to go to Uruguay to serve for about 5 months.
Men, before summer rolls around we need that new church van! Please be in prayer about this. We need it for camps, World Changers, and VBS! This is a priority. As soon as we can purchase it, we probably need to start saving for another one.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012:
Dale Barber received good news today that the doctors found no cancer in his lymph nodes. Praise the Lord.
Don't forget the the Lord Supper is this Sunday in the p.m. service.
It would be great if a deacon could make a phone call and check on Dan Bowman sometime this week. Also, check with Mike and Bev Burkhart about Nikki Snyder.
Thursday, April 19, 2012:
Dale Barber's surgery went as planned yesterday. The doctors removed part of his ear that was diseased with cancer. They also removed some lymph nodes and have sent them to the lab for testing. They should know the results of the tests by late Friday or Monday morning. Dale is at home resting.
Deacon Nominations: We will distribute a copy of the deacon nomination forms to the congregation this Sunday. These sample copies are for prayer purposes only. An official nomination form will be distributed on the morning of the 29th. The guidelines are clear that absentee voting is not allowed. So, if someone turns in a sample copy (white paper) on the 29th, it will not be counted in the nomination process. We'll need 2 deacons to volunteer to tally and evaluate the nomination choices. On April 29th, the deacons can proceed with the count in a private room, but should meet the Pastor in his office to discuss the results.
Recovery and Discipline: Concerning the member recovery and discipline issue, we agreed to take the following steps:
1. Discuss with the congregation, in a general way, the issue of senior adults living together outside of a marriage commitment. Have they through about how to address these issues. Be prepared for someone to quote the only Bible verse that they know: Matthew 7:1. Remember that this verse does not teach God's people to ignore sin. It does teach us to examine our own lives first, then we can be in the position to help others (See v. 5). This passage is a warning against random "fault-finding" in others. A couple of passages that are important are: 1st Corinthians 5:9-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22; Galatians 6:1-2; 2 Timothy 2:19; Ttius 2:3-5; 1 Timothy 5:3-16.
2. We will ask the church to pray for us about this matter, as to how we deal with such issues in a wise, redemptive, but biblical way.
3. At the very least, she should be taken off of the "Widows List." Read 1 Timothy 5:3-16. Just being someone who has had a husband who has died does not give a woman the "right" to receive intensive ministry from the church body. In a sense, being on the "Widows List" is earned (vv. 5-6; 9-10).
4. Give the sister in question time to change her mind. If there is no change, then we should bring her name up to be removed from the church roll. She should be informed in advance that we are intending to take this action.
LORD'S SUPPER-Don't forget the Lord's Supper on Sunday night, April 29th. We are not planning a fellowship meal beforehand. However, this will still be a special service of worship, reflection, and praise.
Cheryl Vaughn-We need a deacon or deacon's wife to call about Cheryl. She had some heart problems that were serious that manifested at Sunday School last week. Please let Pastor know of her situation. You are free to e-mail Pastor at email@example.com
Jennifer Bush-Please encourage Jim and Jennifer while Jennifer is recovering from a bad ankle sprain that she experienced on our church campus. A call and a card would be great. If you want to take a meal, I'm sure that they would appreciate it.
Friday, April 13, 2012:
Larry Scott's brother-in-law, Richard Rhoads (sp?) passed away yesterday after a long bout with cancer. The visitation is today from 4-8 p.m. I don't know where. The funeral is tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Peebles Church of Christ.
I talked to "the Sparrow" today. She is doing much better and is adjusting little by little to her new (and strange) surroundings. She asks that we pray:
That she would not be discouraged
That she would keep her eyes on Jesus
That she would grow in her relationship to Christ
That she would adjust to her new surroundings quickly
Thursday, April 12, 2012:
Dale Barber will be having surgery and testing on Wednesday, April 18, at Christ Hospital. It starts with removing a larger spot of cancer around his ear. They will also be testing lymph nodes for cancer. The total number and kinds of procedures will all depend on whether or not the doctors find cancer in the lymph nodes.
Deacons' Meeting this Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. in room #125. Many visits and phone calls have been made by the Deacon Ministry this month. We'll report on that ministry as well as the upcoming Deacon Nominations.
Nursing Home Ministry this Saturday. Contact Bro. Ed Jones if you want to help.
Tuesday, April 4, 2012:
Please be in prayer as we approach Easter Sunday. May the Lord Jesus be exalted and many come into His kingdom.
Heather Hopkins leaves for Africa on Wednesday, April 4. Be in prayer for her and for her family. It is an historic day as well as a very hard day.
We could use some deacons who would look in on Mike and Bev Burkhart and Nikki Snyder this week. Pastor could use a deacon to check on Paul and Daisy Nevels.
Deacons' Meeting on Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. in Room #125.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012:
Update on Clara Mitchell: Her surgery is still scheduled for tomorrow, 3-22-12, at Clermont Mercy Hospital. She is to arrive there at 10 a.m. Her surgery is at 11:30 a.m. Pastor will be out of town and Bro. Chuck is away for military school. We need a deacon's help. Call the church office, or Pastor Tim, if you can be there to minister to this family.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012:
Clara Mitchel will be having surgery on Thursday, 3-22-12. Pastor will be in Richmond, VA attending Heather H's commissioning service. We need a deacon to minister to this family. Please call the church office (Mary) for more details.
Team Senegal 2012 is in the process of forming. Please ask the Lord to place the right members on this team.
Heather Hopkins is scheduled to leave Cincinnati on April 4. She is appointed in the Journeyman program of the IMB. She has a 2-year assignment in N. Africa to the "Sparrow" people. Please minister to this family with a combination of concern, ecnouragement, and prayer, while also giving them space to process this transition.
Emily Godby is assigned to Uruguay in the Hands On missions strategy of the International Mission Board, SBC. She is planning to depart from Cincinnati on August 14 and should return back to the U.S. around December 15.
Thursday, February 23, 2012:
Pastor Tim visited Denise (Wood) Ferree in Mercy Clermont. She was admitted because of breathing difficulties mostly related to asthma. She is scheduled to go home today. It might be good to get her address from the church directory and send her a get well card from you and your wife.
Friday, February 17, 2012:
Pastor Tim visited Jackie Tucker before her surgery at Mercy-Anderson Hospital today. Jackie's daughter, Becky, will let us know of the results. Jackie will have to wear a patch over the eye on which she had surgery. So, she will not be able to see at all for at least one or two days. Keeping in touch via phone, until she regains soem vision, may be best.
Don't forget to pray for Heather Hopkins as she continues her training at the International Learning Center in Richmond, Va.
Confidential Note from Pastor Tim:
Men, it saddens me that some of our church family went home, after my comments about the church name and political affiliation last Sunday night, and called that family in question and said that I/the church was "irrate." What is sad about this is that I was addressing our church family, and not the world out there. What is even more sad is that some of our people will do absolutely nothing with biblical mandates that I preach, but do not mind at all taking something like this and using it to hurt other people. I only wish that our folks were that quick to go home and call someone and share the gospel or get excited and invite them to worship service and Sunday School.
Perhaps these busy-bodies thought that they could stir up trouble for me by doing this. Well, it didn't. However, it may well have turned people away from the Gospel. I hope that they are okay with that! The thought that a brief comment on politics has had more effect than all of my sermons from the Bible combined is not very comforting! My point: FBC has not endorsed anyone and that Jesus bought the church with His own blood and that her name is not to be used for political leverage of any kind--intentionally or unintentionally.
I will make no further comment about this. I don't think that it will do any good. However, if I do find out who did this foolish deed, then I will have "a word" with them for sure.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012:
Bro. Glen made the following visits on 2-7-12:
Paul Nevels- He is awaiting a x-ray. Hoping for good news that he might get to go home.
Daisy Nevels- about the same, she seems to be getting
enough support from her own family and church family.
John Layer- John is not having any pain in his leg and
is praising the Lord for this. (Pray for John about family issues.)
A Western Brown High School student died yesterday. There are lots of stories out there. Remember! Only one of them is true. Pastor will post more information when available.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012:
Kenny Whitaker is in Clermont Mercy room #208. Bro. Winston visited with him today.
Shaune Hopkins received a good report from the doctors. Doug will update us with the details.
Men, do you know that Valentine's Day is one week away? She may say, "Oh, don't get me anything." I will guarantee you that she does not mean it! A red rose from Kroger's goes a long way.
Friday, February 3, 2012:
Frank Young's father, Harold Young, passed away. Please be in prayer for the family during their time of grieving.
The services are as follows:
Visitation: Sunday, February 5, 2012, from 5-8 p.m. at Egbert's Funeral Home, Mt. Orab, OH.
Funeral: Monday, February 6, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Egbert's Funeral Home.
Graveside Ceremony: Immediately after the funeral service at the cemetery in Buford, OH.
-->Deacon's Meeting Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 2, 2012:
Frank Young's dad passed away last night. The funeral arrangments are as follows:
Visitation: Sunday, February 5, from 5-8 p.m. at Egbert's Funeral Home
Funeral: Monday, February 6, at 10:30 a.m. at Egbert's.
Pastor will post more information as he has it.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012:
Bro. Glen was able to visit with Mike and Bev Burkhart and Bev's daughter, Nikki Snyder. Nikki is in under hospice care and her health is declining.
Bro. Glen also visited Dan Bowman in the nursing home in Blanchester.
Pastor made an evangelistic visit yesterday. Pray for Don and Sheena. Don is a professing believer, but Sheena is not.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012:
Doug Hopkins made a visit to Bro. Paul at OVM. He is doing well. Doug ministered to him through Scripture and prayer. John Layer has gone back home.
We need a deacon to check on Frank Young's dad, who is in the hospital in serious condition. You can reach Frank at 937-483-6286. Please update Pastor Tim on his situation. Find out which hospital and what we can do to minister to the family.
There are families in our church whose marriages are in serious trouble. Please pray for our families, as God leads you to do so. Pastor will be preaching from the book of Hosea in February. Ask God to use it to stir up loyalty in our hearts toward Him and toward our spouses.
Friday, January 27, 2012:
Ron Jones, Ed Jones' brother, died on Monday. The funeral arrangements are as follows:
Visitation: Friday, January 27, from 6-9 p.m.
Funeral: Saturday, January 28 at 9:30 a.m.
All services will be at The Dennis George Funeral Home in Cleves, OH. It is located at 44 S. Miami Ave.
Pastor visited with Nikki Snyder on Thursday. She is under hospice care and is slowly declining. Send a card or make a phone call. If you make a visit, please keep it brief.
Paula Brown contacted Pastor Tim to let us know that Paul Nevels' hip seems to be healing without surgery. Paul is still residing at the Ohio Valley Manor in Cedar Hall, room #9.
John Layer is still at Ohio Valley Manor in Cear Hall, room #8.
Dan Bowman is at the Laurels Nursing Home in Blanchester. He is there doing his therapy after double knee-replacement surgery. He would appreciate a visit.
Please keep the Pastor informed of any visits that you make or plan to make via e-mail or my calling the office. E-mail is more certain. Mary sometimes forgets to give me phone messages. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, January 12, 2012:
Pastor Tim visited Bro. Paul and John Layer in the Ohio Valley Manor. Paul is in Cedar Hall, room #9 and John is in Cedar Hall, room #8. Right across the hall from each other. Pastor read 2 Tim 2 to them and prayed with them.
Pastor had planned to be out of town next week. Due to a change in the seminar date, he will not be in Louisville next week.
Please be in prayer for our church in the month of April. That month is filled with opportunities for God's people to invite their friends to church. Look at the church calendar on the website and pray over each event that is listed there.
Looks like Heather Hopkins is heading to Virginia on January 23 to go to the International Learning Center for orientation for her mission work. She will be there through March 23. She is scheduled to leave for Africa in April.
Our On Mission Team will be presenting to the church our plan to help both Heather and Emily, as they embark on their mission experiences. The needs are different for these young ladies. We'll try to guide God's people in how to help them in a way that actually helps. The main issue is that God's people need to make any contributions for missions from FBC to the Global Missions Fund. Directly handing people money is not a wise approach to missions support.
Monday, January 9, 2012:
Paul Nevels is at Ohio Valley Manor. You'll have to stop at the receptionist's desk to get directions to the exact building etc. His room is #9, but not sure which building. (Jim Clark visited him last week.)
Friday, January 6, 2012:
Pastor and Bro. Chuck did visit with Dan Bowman on Tuesday. He is staying with his daughter, Shirley Vanwinkle. Her number is 937-783-2033. She lives at 4532 Shawnee Trace, just off of OH 123. (Go north on US 68. Left on OH 123. Left on Shawness Trace.) She said people from the church could visit anytime.
Dan will have double knee replacement surgery on January 18 at Bethesda North. He is to be there at 7 a.m. and his surgery is scheduled for 10 a.m. He will do his therapy at the Laurels Nursing Home in Blanchester.
Pastor visited Bro. Paul on Wednesday. He did not break the socket in his hip, but fractured the bone below the ball and socket. This makes it possible for him to avoid surgery. He is scheduled to be transferred to the Ohio Valley Manor. We'll need to confirm this.
Monday, January 2, 2012:
We received a report that Paul Nevels had fallen and broken his hip. Bro. Chuck went to the hospital today to check on him. Here is his report:
Paul is in very good spirits. The Drs. said surgery was an option on Paul's hip, but with a 75% risk factor the family has decided against surgery. Paul will instead be transferred to a long term rehab facility (Ohio Valley Manor, or the Villa). Paula said she would inform the church when the transfer took place, she was also concerned about her mom seeing how Paul was going to be out of the house for a long period of time, I tried to assure her that the deacons and church family would stop by to visit with her and check on her.
Friday, December 30, 2011:
Don't forget our deacon's meeting this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in room #125.
We need a deacon to contact by phone a couple of people:
Dan Bowman--facing knee surgery in the near future.
Jim and Virginia Benjamin--health and discouragement (?)
Here is how to speak with them:
"Hello, this is ______________. May I speak with Dan/Jim? Hi, Dan. I am a deacon at First Baptist Church. The reason that I am calling is to find out if there is a specific way that I can pray for you. (Listen. Write down the request.) I was wondering if it would be okay for me to read a passage of Scripture to you over the phone and then pray for you now?" (Reading a short passage is best. The Psalms are great. Pray according to what you have read).
Then ask: "How can we best help you and minister to you?" (Write down any ideas that they give.) Tell them that you will let the other deacons know, as well as the pastor, so that we can know how to pray for you and help you. Also, remind them that you will contact their Sunday School teacher and have the whole class praying for them as well. Thank them.
Please let the pastor know when you have contacted them and what folow up we need to do for them. Also, call their SS teacher and do what you promised to do. Hope this helps you in your ministry.
Monday, December 5, 2011:
Velma Anderson's mother passed away. The only information that we have is the the Visitation is Tuesday and the funeral is on Wednesday. We assume that it is all down in Liberty, Ky.
Deacons on the Widows Team may send a card or give Velma a call later in the week.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011:
Here are the funeral arrangements for David Fox:
Visitation 6-8 on Thursday evening
Funeral - 11:00 on Friday
Everything is at Egbert's Funeral Home.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 (update):
David Fox did go to be with the Lord today. We grieve with a hurting family, but we rejoice in the promises of our Lord (2nd Corinthians 5:8). We do not yet know the funeral arrangements.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011:
David Fox has been moved to the hospice building that is located at the corner of Beechmont and Five Mile.
Pastor went down and prayer with the family yesterday. David is not conscious at this time.
Friday, November 11, 2011:
Marlene reported this morning that last night the medical staff at Christ Hospital punctured David Fox's lung while trying to insert a feeding tube. His lung collapsed as a result.
If a deacon is planning to go by the hospital to see David, please let Pastor know, so that we can coordinate our ministry together. email@example.com
Thursday, November 10, 2011:
David Fox did not have surgery yesterday. It is possible that he may have surgery today. You can contact Marlene at 513-377-4869 or Darin at 513-377-4709. Darin has been home sick, so he may not have the latest information.
One note of prayer in this is for Ashley Fox, Dave's daughter. Ahsley has not been walking with the Lord over the last couple of years. Perhaps God will use this in her life as well.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011:
David Fox is in Christ Hospital. There is the possbility that he will undergo surgery today. Pastor will go down to pray with him and the family.
Words of Wisdom from the Pastor:
Men, I appreciate you so much! I thank God for you all! Continue on in the ministry of the Lord for His glory!
As I have followed some of the news regarding the allegations against Herman Cain, I was reminded of a principle that I was taught early in my ministry. I now call it "The Joseph Principle." The principle is simply this: As a man you don't have to be guilty of sexual misconduct in order to be ruined by allegations of sexual misconduct. Joseph spent years in prison for something he never did. Nevertheless, he was considered guilty simply because the allegations were believable.
Please don't miss the point! The point is not whether or not Herman Cain is guilty of sexual harrassment. The point is that he will most likely suffer the consequences as if he were guilty, simply because he did not follow a simple rule. The rule is: Don't be alone with a woman who is not your wife! We must follow that rule. If you must minister to a lady, take your wife with you. At the very least, take another deacon with you. I know that there may be occasions in which you cannot follow this rule. However, try to think ahead and keep yourself out of awkward situations. Talk with ladies in public, and not in private locations. Otherwise, you need a witness with you.
I know that there are those ladies who want "counseling" from the pastor. I just don't do it unless one of the secretaries is available, or if my wife is available. I am sure that there are those ladies who are very frustrated with this approach. Too bad. I can refer them to a professional, or I can point them toward another lady in our congregation who would be of greater help to them anyway. I am not a confidant with whom they can share their problems. I am a minister of the gospel! I teach the Bible's way of living above sin and living through difficulties, but I am not some woman's best friend!
Just remember: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1st Peter 5:8). We live in perilous days. Let's live in such a way thay our lives will be blameless (1st Timothy 3:2, 10)!
These words are not meant to be a corrective message. As far as I know, you guys conduct yourselves with care and integrity. I just want to encourage you to be extra-careful. I don't want anything to happen to your testimony and ministry! Let Herman Cain's problems be a warning to each of us.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011:
The funeral services for Tony Bohrer's dad, Richard, will begin today. I do not know the exact times. You can contact Egbert's for the specifics:
Visitation: tonight at Egbert's Funeral Home in Mt. Orab.
Funeral: tomorrow at the Lutheran Church in Arnheim.
Dan Bowman's brother recently passed away. If any of you guys have a connection with Dan, a phone call might be good.
Friday, October 14, 2011:
Dave Fox did make it through surgery, but they did not do everything that the doctors had planned to do. They determined that he had not been off of his blood-thinner long enough to do anything more extensive at this point. He should start chemotherapy and/or radiation today or tomorrow.
Don't forget to pray for Sandra Maynard and Emily Godby as they leave for Uruguay today. There should be a prayer guide on every Sunday School Teacher's folder. You can make a copy if you need to do so.
Also, don't forget about the Answers in Genesis day on Sunday. Remember that youth through adults will spend the Sunday School hour in the auditorium. Pray for the Lord to build biblical truth and spiritual confidence into our lives.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011:
David Fox is scheduled for surgery today. The cancer has obstructed his bladder's functions. He will resume chemotherapy after he recovers from the surgery. He is in room #4068W at Christ Hospital. Pastor Tim visited with him today.
Jim Benjamin's brother passed away. Jim is not a member of our church, but his wife, Virginia, is a member.
Men, I was thinking about the Christmas issue that we discussed on Sunday. I was wondering how the church would feel if the staff people were not given a gift. So, perhaps we should do something. Why not just give each staff person a Christmas bonus of some sort. This could be done out of the Deacon's Fund this year, but for the future, we could build it into the budget. Bro. Glen could bring this up at the next budget meeting. Let me know what you think of this idea. Pastor Tim firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, October 11, 2011:
Dave Fox is still in Christ Hospital, room #4068w. Eddie Smith visited him yesterday. Dave is waiting to put a stint in for his bladder, and the doctors plan to continue his chemotherapy treatment.
Follow up: Find out from Darin how long Dave will be in the hospital. Maybe one of the deacons could make a follow-up visit at the end of the week, is possible. If you find out that there is a surgery scheduled, please contact Pastor Tim and let him know.
From Sunday's Meeting:
Here are the team members for the Deacon Ministry Teams:
Hospital: Eddie Smith, Jim Bush, Ed Jones Benevolence: Glen Jones, Winston Huskey Widows/Shut-ins: Doug Hopkins, Ed Jones
Thanks, men, from all of us at FBC!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011:
Please be in prayer for Rev. James Taylor and his wife, Connie, as they grieve the traumatic accident that claimed the life of their foster child, Chris Thomas Taylor.
The visitation will be at Nurre Funeral Home in Bethel on Tuesday, October 4.
The funeral will be at Western Brown High School on Wednesday, October 5.
Ask God to turn tragedy into triumph. Also, ask Him to bring comfort and healing to the family.
Thursday, September 22, 2011:
Jackie Tucker is home after a short stay in the hospital for stroke-like symptoms. Take time to give her a call.
Pastor will be out of town on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011. If deacons will be available for a meeting on Sunday, October 9th at 3 p.m., please let pastor know at email@example.com
Friday, September 2, 2011:
Due to the Labor Day weekend, we will not have a deacon's meeting this Sunday. Our new deacons are not technically active until September 30th. So, perhaps we can have our first meeting in October.
Please be in prayer for the major events that are coming up over the next several weeks. Go to the web calendar and pray for God's power to be at work in everything that we are doing in service to Him!
We need a deacon to check on Don and Vatie Carson.
Darin Wilson had surgery this week. Perhaps a phone call might encourage him.
Paul and Daisy Nevels are scheduled to move back to the Mt. Orab area on October 1. They are planning to live in the apartments on Eastwood Road, where Martha Frost lives. We'll need to add them to our ministry list.
Friday, August 26, 2011:
Randy Cole's brother passed away this week. He lived in Florida. Be in prayer for the family.
Dave Fox has been in the hospital most of this week at Christ Hospital. He is going through chemotherapy and it seems that he has weakened a lot because of it. Call Darin for more updates.
Tina Schram, Marti Barber's mom, is in the hospital at Clermont Mercy. Tina, and her husband, David, are still on our membership roll, though they have not attended in a long time. If you are down that way, stop in a pray with them.
Nikki Snyder, Bev Burkhart's daughter, is having a lot of health complications. It would be great if deacon's wives could just call Bev and have a word of prayer with her over the phone. Once per week would be great. As you know, Bev has been a caretaker of her daughter for the last 9 years. It has been very difficult for the whole family.
We need to choose a workable deacon's meeting time for September. We may even need to choose a night other than Sunday or Wednesday to meet. Think about it and let's get something definite scheduled.
Monday, August 15th, 2011:
Louetta Bowman passed away early Monday morning, August 15th, 2011. Egbert's is serving the family. Here are the funeral service times:
Visitation--Thursday, August 18th, 2011 at FBC Mt. Orab.
Funeral Service--Thursday, August 18th at FBC, Mt. Orab
Graveside Service--Thursday, immediately after the funeral service at Mt. orab Cemetery.
Men, send a card to Dan and to Kathy Dingus. Try to attend the funeral, if at all possible.
Virginia Benjamin, whom you may not know, is a member of our church. She has not attended in awhile for health reasons. Her daughter, Delores (Dee), just passed away after a battle with cancer. Delores lived in Kansas and is survived by her husband, Steve, as well as grown children.
Virginia's husband, Jim, claims to be a believer, but is not involved in church and is not a member here. he does attend from time to time. Sending a card or making a phone visit may be appropriate in the days ahead. Virginia is heading out to Kansas tomorrow.
I do want you to know that Virginia is "a talker." So, you do have to be prepared to spend some time with her and Jim.
Thursday, July 28, 2011:
Please remember that the Pastor will be on vacation over the next 2 weeks. In case of emergency, please call Bro. Chuck Engle at 513-720-0124. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a quick report--The VBS follow-up visits are going well. Pastor and Julie visited 22 families. We were able to have face-to-face conversations with about 15 of them. Praise the Lord! Bobby and Shelley have finished their visits as well. Though they found fewer people at home, they were able to leave the materials at the home. Each family received a copy of the "Lifted Up" dvd, which clearly presents the Gospel! Pray for fruit!
Pastor Tim visited Dan and Louetta Bowman today. Louetta's health is continuing to decline. Our church has done a good job of ministering to this family. We need to brag on our people!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011:
Please pray for the staff families as they follow-up in propective families from Vacation Bible School 2011. Pastor and Ms. Julie have already visited 10 families and have had positive results! They have had a chance to ask the "key question" 3 times already.
Please pray for Bobby and Shelley, Chuck and Michelle, and Tony and Louann as they complete their assignments as well. Each staff couple has been assigned approximately 20 families to visit before August 1. Pray for fruit from this labor!
Also, some of these families will be visiting out church over the next few weeks. Please be sure to seek out our guests, engage them in conversation, and ask how you can pray for them!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011:
One of Paul Nevel's daughters called Pastor today to let him know that Paul and Daisy are planning to move back to Mt. Orab. The plan is to move him into the apartments on Eastwood Road. The target date is September 1, 2011. The family asked the church to perhaps do threee things:
1. Visit him once per week
2. Give him a ride to church for the p.m. services.
3. Maybe drop by a meal once per week.
Pastor plans to be gone on vacation at the end of July. He will be back on the pulpit on August 14. Due to the fact that he will not be here on July 31, we will not observe the Lord's Supper that night.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011:
Ralph Egbert is scheduled for back surgery on Thursday, July 7, 2011. I do not know the time or place yet. Glen Jones is gathering the details.
Pastor will be out of town Thursday through Saturday visiting family in Tennessee. Please help oversee the needs of the congregation during those days.
Be in much prayer for VBS coming up! This is a great time of evangelism and discipleship for our kids!
Tuesday, June 7, 2011:
Men, I ask for your prayer for me (Pastor) this week. Here are some of the known assignments that I have:
Wednesday: Funeral, Pre-marital Coaching, Nominating Committee, House of Prayer
Thursday: Visit Connie Hatcher at Good Sam, A meeting at 8 p.m.
Friday: Sunday School Teacher Banquet
Add to this the work of preaching and praying and visioneering, and I have a full plate. I ask for God's grace to help me to handle it all graciously.
Additionally, you know that we are moving toward adding a staff member. The job description is posted on-line. I think God is confirming our direction. Read Psalm 78:1-4 and see what you think. This, in addition to what we heard in the "Already Gone" presentation as well as the new research that I heard this week about the Millennial generation. Only 13 percent attend church at all. We have to make a change!
Joanne Barber's knee surgery is set for Tuesday, June 14. i don't know the exact time yet.
One other thing...I need to get our prospective deacons going on their training. I'll get with you all on this at a later time.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011:
Pastor needs some help! Will someone please check on Charlie and Melinda Patten for us? Please e-mail a report back to the pastor, when you can.
Pastor called about Louetta Bowman yesterday. He talked with Kathy Dingus. Louetta is about the same. Not much change.
Pastor called about Jill Ackley on Tuesday as well. She had ankle surgery and is healing. Her recovery rate is very slow for this kind of injury. No ministry to be done for Jill at this point, except watch for when she attends church and help her in and out of the van and into the buildings.
Saturday, May 21, 2011:
Phoebe Lindsley, Martha Dorsey's sister, did pass into the arms of Jesus last night. There will be no public services for her. There will only be a family graveside service in New Richmond. Minister to Martha by sending a sympathy card.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011:
Phoebe Lindsley is still in fragile condition at the nursing home in Eastgate. Martha Dorsey is her sister. Martha has been staying there some. I call to Martha and/or a visit while Martha is there would be a good ministry. Martha's cell number is 513-659-2221. Please let the Pastor know that you have called or visited! You can e-mail him at email@example.com
Louetta Bowman needs a call from a deacon this week, if possible. Call, read a short passage of Scripture, and pray with them over the phone, even if you cannot go. Please let the Pastor know when you have done this.
Mable Smith's memorial service will be at the FBC church building on Saturday, May 28, 2011. The visitation will be from 4:00-5:00 p.m. and then the memorial service will be from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m. I know that this is a tough date for us, but it is the best that we can do. Her children would benefit from a strong outpouring of "presence ministry" at this service. Do the best that you can.
Men, it looks as if we have 4 guuys in process to return to active deacon ministry: Ed Jones, Jim Bush, Winston Huskey, and Doug Hopkins. I know that this will be a welcome relief to our church family. We'll set up interviews soon.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011:
Louetta Bowman is still in failing health and at home. Pastor plans to go out and see her on Thursday about 2 p.m. Any deacon that wants to ride with him should contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org Meet at the church building at 1:30 p.m.
Phoebe Lindsley is Martha Dorsey's sister. She is in Eastgate Springs and is in her last hours of life on this earth. Please pray for Martha. Also, Martha wants to somehow turn this into an opportunity for witness to family members.
Men, don't be afraid of death! Minister in the midst of it with compassion, hope, and power! We serve a resurrected Savior!
Monday, April 25th, 2011:
The funeral arrangements for Harold Smith are posted in the News section on the website. Minister to the family in practical ways. Here are some ways to do this:
Send a sympathy card
Attend the visitation or funeral service
Help with the meal for the family on Thursday (Contact Bonita Bristle)
Help set up the fellowship hall on Wednesday before the meal on Thursday
Ask your wife to send a card or make a follow-up phone call to Georgia Smith in a couple of weeks
You don't need to do each of these. Just pick one or two and minister in that way.
Thanks for your caring ministry and practical help to the congregation of FBC! You guys are terrific!
Sunday, April 24, 2011 (update):
Harold Smith did pass on to heaven this morning. The details of the arrangement will be posted as pastor knows them. Egberts Funeral Home will be serving the family.
Sunday, April 24, 2011:
Harold Smith is in room #232 at Clermont Mercy Hospital. He is under hospice care now. He is not expected to recover.
Louetta Bowman has improved. She is breathing on her own and eating. Continue to pray for her.
Note from the Pastor: Men, any time that you make a visit of any kind, please e-mail me and let me know. This helps to keep the work organized and effective.
Friday, April 22, 2011:
Men! It is Good Friday, the anniversary of the day that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures (1st Corinthians 15:3). Take some time today to read the narrative of the torture and crucifixion of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospel of Mark. Read it slowly. What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you see? What do you feel? Never forget that this is not a "story"! Instead, it is recorded history that changed your eternity! Praise Jesus today!
Harold Smith is in room #232 at Clermont Mercy Hospital. His cancer is not responding to chemotherapy. This is not good news. Pastor plans to go down today and visit with him for a few moments.
Louetta Bowman is still in ICU at Clermont Mercy. Pastor visited with her on Wednesday. There will be an updated report soon.
Confidential: It is possible that both of these folks have a very limited amount of time left on this earth. Visit if you need to, and pray for the family. Also, ask God to gain glory through the events that will transpire in their lives.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011:
Debbie Thompson has hernia repair surgery this morning at Clermont. I missed it, due to an oversight on my part. Anyway, Jim and Debbie's phone numbers are: Cell # 937-825-5459 Home # 937-483-4423. I don't know what kind of assistance we can offer Jim to help him out. I am sure that if someone wanted to drop off simple meal it would be appreciated.
Word for the Day: In the midst of changing circumstances, you have a choice. You can choose to deal with it your way, and the results will be anger, stress, and instability. On the other hand, you can rest in God's presence and the result will be joy, peace, and faithfulness (Galatians 5:22). Look to Him in trust in the midst of every circumstance!
Sunday, March 27, 2011:
Harold Smith found out bad news yesterday. He has stage 4 cancer in his liver. They are fairly certain that he also has cancer in his lungs. Please be in prayer for Harold and Georgia. Send them a card to let them know that you are praying for them. You may want to utilize one of the tracts that you have that might be appropriate for the situation. Please record any ministry that you do in the Mercy Ministry book that is in the box outside of Tony's office. That way we can stay coordinated in oru work.
When you minister to someone who has serious illness, here are some steps to follow:
Confront your own fears. The possibility of death can create fear in our own lives. Pray until you get peace.
Be present. People need people, rather than quick answers.
Minister with practical assistance. Ask: "How can I help you?"
Let them talk. You might get them started by asking them: "Are you thinking: Why me? Why now? Why this?"
Give them Scripture. The verse does not have to "answer" the questions that they have. The answer is God is! Give them a short passage about God's love for them.
Hope this helps!
Thursday, March 24, 2010:
Harold Smith will have a biopsy done on his liver tomorrow at Clermont Mercy Hospital. The biopsy is scheduled for 11 a.m. They will not know the results until next Tuesday. Please be in prayer for Harold and Georgia. I do not know how long he will be in the hospital at this point. he is very sick.
Please take a look at the church calendar for the rest of this month and be in prayer that God will use each ministry event for His glory and for our growth and for the futherance of the Gospel!
We do have a concert coming up in Sunday night. Brad White is a two-time grammy nominee. So, the music quality will be top-notch. Also, Brad is a faithful servant of the Lord. This is a rare combination in today's world. Pray for joy to be ignited in our hearts as we worship God wholeheartedly!
Saturday, March 12, 2011:
Louann Henderson is in therapy at the Adams County Hospital. She will stay in for aabout another week or so. if you have a chance to go and visit her it would be great!
Also, I plan to try to make a few visits to shut-ins and widows soon. Let Mary know if you will be available on any of these dates: March 22-25. I usually go late morning or early afternoon. Contact Mary at email@example.com
Don't forget that we have deacon nominations coming up in April. Be in prayer about this.
Friday, January 21, 2011:
Dave Fox should be released from the hospital today. Contact Darin to find out where Dave will be staying.
Soon I will be encouraging our people to purchase a new church van. We need at least two to transport teens to World Changers and other events, as well as taking our children to camp. So, be praying that our people will see the need and be able to give as God provides for us. Inevitably, someone brings up the idea to purchase a small bus. While those are very nice, there are a couple of downsides to them: 1) They are expensive 2) A dirver has to have a CDL. This means that on a long trip you would need two drivers with CDL to go with you on a trip. Can those persons always be available for us? The answer is, "No." So, having a mini-bus cuts down on flexibility.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011:
Diana Brock's dad passed away last night. He has been sick for quite sometime, so the family was not surprised. He was a strong Christian man, so this is bringing great comfort to the family. I do not know any of the details, so I will post those when I know them. Just be in prayer for Diana. Sending a card is certainly appropriate!
Also, be aware that we have cancelled tonight's services.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011:
David Fox is in Christ Hospital in room #4012. He has had kidney problems and is also dealing with lymphoma cancer.
The Pastor's status: I am healing, but am still hindered from doing what I want to do. I am experiencing some heavy nerve problems in my foot, so it makes it hard to walk. I am scheduled to go back to the doctor on Thursday to find out if the healing process is moving along as it should.
I don't like to make every detail of my family's life public, but I did want to let you know a bit about Timon. Often people assume the worst about a preacher's kid (PK), or even make up things if they don't know the facts. So, here are the facts: Timon has taken an intership with the Republican Party in Indiana. He moved to Indianapolis and started work on Monday. He is very excited about it and we are as well. He is being paid and it is a good experience for him, so that he can see if he wants to continue in his college major of political communications. He will be in Indianapolis into May of this year. And no, he did not flunk out of school. He had a "B" average this past semester.
This comes at a good time for us because college had just about drained us financially. So, he will most likely be in and out of college until he is finished. I know that there are some who second-guess us for sending him to Cedarville, a private Christian college that is expensive. I have a two-fold answer: 1. It is only a little more than going to UC main campus, believe it or not! 2. What busines is it of theirs? We do our best to raise our kids the way that we think is best under God. And I thank you guys for being supportive of us. We have also had some people in our congregation who have gone the second-mile to try to encourage him, which has been greatly appreciated. I am indebted to them for expressing that gracious love of Jesus toward him. He needs it as he tries to find his own way in life.
And to you guys...I want to say that you have been outstanding in being helpful and understanding of me over the past year. And I am grateful for your help as I try to recuperate. Honestly, the hardest thing is waiting. I have never been one who has not wanted to work. Work is almost therapy for me. I told Julie today, "This sickness thing is getting in the way!" I am trying to rest in the grace of God and also in your prayerful support.
Monday, November 21, 2010:
Bobby Jones' surgery went well. He is resting in room #163 at Anderson Mercy.
I sent a copy of the preaching schedule to Mike. Please have a deacon be a host for every visiting preacher. I have found that when we honor God's servants He honors us. Be hospitable on purpose! Thanks!
Friday, November 19, 2010:
Alma Ryan passed away early this morning after a long battle with cancer. The visitation will be on Monday, November 22nd from 6-8 p.m. at Egbert's Funeral Home. The funeral will be Tuesday, November 23rd at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Mt. Orab.
Bobby Jones has surgery to fuse 2 vertebrae in his neck on Monday, November 22nd. I think the surgery is at 11:30 a.m. at Anderson Mercy.
Pastor Tim has surgery on Wednesday, November 24th at 2:30 to fuse 4 vertebrae in his back. The surgery is at Christ Hospital. (We don't need anything at this point. And Timon will be home during the Thanksgiving holidays to help out. But we will promise to call if we have a need.
Would you guys do this while I am out?--Check with all the adult Sunday School teachers and see if there are any people on their roll that may need some help during Christmas. I don't want to get into giving out mass numbers of Christmas hams, but if we had a few families that are part of our church family who need a blessing, then it would be great to bless them in this way. Just a thought. It will take some work on your part.
Also, I need someone to contact Floyd Hensley and see how he is doing. I led him to Jesus some weeks back. He has been going through cancer treatments. He needs encouragement. Please let him know that I asked about him. A personal visit would be great, if possible. Get his phone number from Mary. His wife's name is Debbie. She is not saved.
Friday, October 29th, 2010:
Nellie Minion had an angiogram done on Thursday ay Good Samaritan. The results showed no blockage, but there is some disease of the arteries that the doctors think can be treated with medication. Nellie will remain at Good Samaritan over the weekend. She is in room #1156.
Pastor Tim was given the results of his MRI and Xrays. He has problems on 3 levels in his spine. The doctors are scheduling a fusion surgery for sometime at the end of November or early December.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010:
Nellie Minion is scheduled to have an angiogram on either Wednesday or Thursday at Good Samaritan Hospital. Pastor visited her today at Clermont Mercy. She is in room #308.
Alma Ryan is suffering from cancer and the chemotherapy treatment. She is at Batavia Nursing Care Center in room #K-11. A brief visit and prayer would be appropriate at any time. Pastor visited today (10-26-10).
Friend Day--Pray for our people to be willing to make the follow-up visits that are necessary to make the most of our Friend Day efforts. We are calling to make appointments. We need our people to care enough about souls to go and tell them about Jesus, after we have made the appointments. The optimum situation would be a visit by a Sunday School class member to persons who would be prospects for that class. This is why it is important that every youth and adult Sunday School class always have at least one person involved in FAITH each semester!
CONFIDENTIAL: The Personnel Committee is planning to recommend Tony Henderson to the church as a part-time Minister of Evangelism. Tony would only work approx. 6 hours per week, Tony is able to lead the outreach ministry and assist the pastor in general pastoral duties from time to time. Tony has proven faithful over the last 6 years and has a servant's heart. Pastor will be glad to forward the complete job description to any deacon who wants to see it.
Saturday, October 23, 2010:
Nellie Minion has been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. She goes back to the doctor on Monday and see what the doctors want to do next. Keep her in prayer. Make a phone call and pray for her over the phone, if you can.
Pastor went to Christ Hospital for MRI and an Xray on his back.
Friday, October 22, 2010:
Mary Leonard is recovering at University Hospital. Pastor and Bro. Glen and Ms. Susan visited with her on Thursday. She is doing remarkably well, but do continue to pray for her to fully recover.
Men, do not forget that we will be observing the Lord's Supper on Sunday, October 31st, in the p.m. service. You may need to enlist an inactive deacon or two to help out. If you are unsure of how to prepare, please contact Doug Hopkins for instructions. One step would be to contact Joanne and make sure that we have enough bread and cups etc. on hand. If not, then have Joanne place an order.
Friday, October 15, 2010:
Here are the services times for Don Swallen:
Visitation: Monday, October 18th, 2010 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at FBC Mt. Orab.
Funeral: Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 11 a.m. at FBC Mt. Orab
The Graveside will be at the Mt. Orab cemetery immediately after the funeral on Tuesday.
Thursday, October 14, 2010:
Don Swallen went home to be with the Lord today. We'll post the service times as soon as we have them. Please be in prayer for Mary and the family. They knew that this was going to happen, but were not prepared for Don to pass on to heaven today.
The services will be at Egbert's Funeral Home in Mt. Orab.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010:
Irene Raisor has passed from this world into the arms of Jesus in heaven. She is Marti Barber's and Kristi Thoroughman's grandmother.
Visitation: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13th, at Maham Funeral Home in Williamsburg, OH
Funeral Service: 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 14th, at Maham Funeral Home.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010:
Kasey Fox's surgery was successful. She is now at home. Praise the Lord!
Louetta Bowman is experiencing some health problems. Dan took her to the hospital on Monday night. She is home now, but is struggling with fluid building up on her lungs.
Irene Raisor passed away yesterday (last night?). She is a member of First Baptist Church but has been in the nursing home in Milford for a long time. She is Marti Barber's grandmother. We do not yet know the funeral service arrangements.
Monday, October 11, 2010:
Kasey Fox's surgery time has been moved to 12:45 p.m. She is to be there at 11 a.m.
David Fox had been scheduled for a biopsy tomorrow, but that will be rescheduled.
Friday, October 8th, 2010:
Kasey Fox will have a tonsilectomy on Tuesday, October 12th at 3:00 p.m. at Children's Hospital. Pastor or Bobby will be there to minister to the family.
Thursday, October 7th, 2010:
Don Swallen is in room #205 at Villa Georgetown. He is nearing the end of life in this world, so please take the time to make a visit when possible.
Mary Leonard will be having cancer surgery on Tuesday, October 19th at University Hospital. The surgery is at 12:30 p.m. Pastor will be there, so please just pray for Mary.
Dave Fox is having a biopsy on Tuesday, October 12th at Christ Hospital. Just pray for him and Darin will inform us of the results when they get them.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010:
Martha Frost's son, Geoff, passed away. I think it was on Sunday night, but I am not entirely sure. Geoff lived in Seattle and Martha and the family are out there now.
Ralph and Ann Egbert are both dealing with cancer issues. Ann would rather keep it private about her breast cancer. Ralph has some spots that need to be looked into with further testing.
Finance/Budget Committee Meetings will start in October. Pray for them and encourage them to help the church to express faith in the Lord!
Tammy Egbert is Jeff's wife. Her father is in South Carolina and is the hospital with some type of strange infection that doctors can't seem to cure.
Friend Day is coming up October 24. This is a great tool that God would use for His kingdom if we'll work with Him in it! Pray for workers in the harvest and for a harvest of souls!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010:
Candy Leist came through the surgery well and is resting at her relative's home in Columbus. She and Neil will be back in Mt. Orab by Sunday or Monday.
Colleen Miller will have surgery tomorrow (Thurs) at 2:30 p.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital. The surgery is plastic surgery for her nose after skin cancer treatment.
Jim Bullock is a man who is in the hospital at Clermont. His wife met some of our members and expressed concern about Jim's salvation. Pastor plans to visit Jim on Thursday. Please pray for him.
Martha Frost has pneumonia, but is at home. Her son Geoff Estep, who lives in Seattle, is in critical condition. Hospice has begun its service for Geoff.
Juanita Stone will have surgery on her hand at the Hand Center across from Bethesda North on Friday, September 24. She has to be there at 8:30 a.m. Not sure of the surgery time.
Mary Leonard's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, October 19th, at 12:30 p.m. at University Hospital.
Bobby Jones will have surgery in November to repair a disc in his neck. His surgery will be at Anderson Mercy at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 16, 2010 Don Swallen should be moved to Villa Georgetown Nursing Home either today or tomorrow. He is only scheduled to be there for 5 days. However, confidentially speaking, I don't see him ever really living at home again. Some of the children are not being very supportive in this situation. Please don't discuss this with Mary, unless she opens up the topic with you. Otherwise, just know that you need to pray for her as well as for Don.
Candy Leist is scheduled for thyroid cancer surgery on Tuesday, September 21st. She will have it done in Columbus. So, be sure to send an e-mail or give her a call before then.
Mary Leonard has cancer. She will be having surgery at UC Hospital on October 19th. I think that the cancer in is her uterus. (I know. Sorry for mentioning this, but I wanted to save you the trouble of asking!) The surgery is at 12:30 p.m.
Monday, September 13, 2010 Don Swallen is in Mercy Clermont with dehydration problems. His room is #310 bed B. Be in prayer for Mary and give her a call, if you have time. Her cell # is 513-405-6442
Thursday, July 22, 2010 Jeannie Thery did have an angiogram today at Anderson Mercy. They did not find any blockage. Praise the Lord!
Pastor did visit with Bro. Paul and Daisy yesterday. They do plan to go with Jill to Mt. Vernon on Friday, August 6th. However, they do not plan to move any furniture until August 7th. Paula, their daughter, is coordinating this effort.
Pastor did talk with their daughter, April, and she indicated that Saturday, October 16, would be a good day for a retirement party for Brother Paul and Sister Daisy. So, we will begin to plan accordingly. We'll get the time finalized in the near future.
Monday, July 19, 2010 Jeannie Thery will be having an angiogram at Anderson Mercy on Thursday, July 22 at 12 noon. The Pastor will cover this surgery.
Wanda Salyers is having eye surgery on Thursday, July 22nd. One of our deacons should call for the details. Prayer with them would be good, even just over the phone.
We are in VBS all week. Please pray each day for the workers as well as for the students.
Thursday, July 15, 2010 Pastor did hear from Paula Brown (Bro. Paul's daughter) this week. The plan at this point is to move Brother Paul and Ms. Daisy up toward Columbus where Jill lives. Jill is one of Paul's other daughters. The tentative plan is to move them on August 7 or 8. However, please do not announce that to anyone until they have decided for sure.
My thought is that we will recognize Brother Paul in some way for all his years of service at FBC. He has ministered here since 1997. However, we may not be able to do that until sometime after he has already moved. So, we'll just have to work on that after he and Daisy are settled and adjusted.
At this point, keep them in prayer. Also, they may need a little bit of help with moving. Paula said that she would let us know. And get by to visit Paul and Daisy when you can.
Friday, July 2nd, 2010 Darin Fox went to Christ Hospital yesterday with a reaction to his medication. He is fine and resting at home.
Dallas Salyers has had gall bladder problems. The doctor stated that there was something else wrong besides just gall stones. He will undergo more testing on Tuesday.
David Jackson, missionary to the Wolof, is still going through medical treatment. Ask our Father to give to David the health that he needs to return to Senegal in August.
VBS is the next major ministry push for FBC. Pray for Spirit-empowered evangelism and discipleship to take place during the week of July 18th.
Thursday, July 1st, 2010 Darin Fox fell from a ladder yesterday and hurt his back. He has a small compression fracture at the T-12 level. He was fitted for a back brace and the doctors said that it should heal with time and rest. If someone could call and check on them in the next day or so it would be great.
Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 Hey Men! Julie and Pastor made it back safely from Mexico early this morning. Thanks for being available to our people while I was away. This was the first time away from the field here in Mt. Orab in which there wasn't some emergency while I was away. I am thankful for this.
You know that Joanne and Dale Barber have a new grandbaby. Bryan and Jennifer's baby is named Allison Jean. Please pray for them and congratulate them when you see them.
Monday, June 14th, 2010
Chancie Hall is scheduled for thyroid surgery at Christ Hospital on Wednesday, June 16th. The surgery is at 9:00 a.m. She has to be there at 7:30 a.m.
Lewis Cook will have prostate surgery ay Clermont Mercy on Monday, June 21.
Also, the Pastor wants to request prayer for the Holy Homes Weekend. Please be aware that when sin is exposed that turmoil ensues. Pray for the Lord to gain the victory in hearts and in homes.
Pastor and Ms. Julie will be in Mexico June 21-28. Please be in prayer for the church family and the deacons as they take up the extra ministry load during that time.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Paul and Daisy Nevels are at home in Sardinia They can receive visitors, but please call in advance. Also, the deacon who is assigned to them each month should plan 1 visit for the month. We are not entirely sure of the needs that they have, but your presence would encourage them greatly.
Men, we need prayer for Holy Homes Weekend. In his book, Clay writes that the precursor to his addiction to pornography was a careless Christian life. He relates how he rarely studies the Word and spent little time in prayer, even though he attended worship every Sunday and was active in church activities. He says that his greatest sin was not pornography but lukewarmness.
Does this sound familiar? Does it describe your life? How closely does this describe a number of Christians in our own congregation? Remember! The weekend of the 19th-20th is not about pornography or music, but about holiness in our lives!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010:
Paul Nevels is scheduled to go home today. His speech is still incomprehensible. He is not able to eat solid food and is on a liquid diet. Daisy is already at home. Their daughter, Paula, will be the main contact person for them. It is unclear what kind of help that they may need in the coming days. Prayer for wisdom for the family should be a top priority.
We do have a deacon's meeting this Sunday night after the service. We need to schedule an interview time with Glen and Susan. Also, we should decide on a training and fellowship event for the present deacons as well as Glen and Susan.
One other prayer request is that Glen and Pastor would like to encourage you to ask God to call out workers into the Sunday School ministry. There is a Sunday School Workers Appreciation/Enlistment Dinner coming up on Friday, June 11th at 6 p.m. We need more teachers/shepherds. See Matthew 9:37-38.
Thursday, May 27, 2010 Kristal Huff had her gall bladder removed today. She did well with the surgery and is recovering.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Mable Smith was not able to have surgery due to health concerns. Keep Mable in prayer.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Brother Glen and Pastor are planning to attend a SS Conference on Friday/Saturday in Columbus. Please pray that God would use this to help us to rejuvenate our SS. We need to push forward a little more.
Pastor will be doing the graveside ceremony for Stephanie Coffey. Her brother, Rob Coffey, has attended FBC from time to time. Also, her mother, Ruth Schafer, has also attended FBC. Pray for healing of hearts, but also for both of them to wake up out of the spiritual stupor.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Mable Smith will be having gall bladder surgery on Wedneday, May 26th, 2010 at 8 a.m. The surgery will be at Mercy Clermont. This is a risky surgery due to Mable's history of heart problems etc. Pastor will cover this surgery. Please be in prayer for Mable.
Also, don't forget to continue to pray for FBC to hear what the Spirit is saying to our congregation. This is vital!
Pastor and Miss Julie will be taking a trip to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Pastor will be out of town June 21-29, 2010.
Be in prayer for Holy Homes Weekend, June 19-20. The people in our area have an opportunity to be encouraged to holiness in their lives and in their families. Pornography has become a plague on our society and even in the homes of born-again Christians. To ignore the issue is to continue to allow Satan to work in the shadows. We must throw light on the subject in order to prevent him from having an advantage over us.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Jenny Bohrer's sister, and Homer and Olwyn Jump's daughter, Janet (Jump) Collins passed away yesterday. Here are the arrangements:
Visitation--Sunday, May 2, 2010, from 2-5 p.m. at Egbert's Funeral Home.
Funeral--Monday, May 3, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at Egbert's Funeral Home
Pastor Tim did visit with the family today in their home. They seem to be doing well.
Paul Nevels is still at Ohio Valley Manor. He is in the Cedar Lodge section in room #08 (bed B). Daisy Nevels is also in OVM on the same floor in room #06.
Paul seemed to be alert and Pastor believes that Paul recognized him, but Paul still cannot speak. He was able to swallow some apple sauce yesterday. That is a big step for him.
Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 Paul Nevels is heading to Ohio Valley Manor today. We praise the Lord for sparing his life.
From the Pastor:
Men, just between us...You will hear glowing results about Bro. Paul's progress. And indeed it is remarkable. But reality is that he cannot speak. He is not very sharp as far as knowing what is really going on. I think that he recognized me today, but he just smiled the whole time. He did not really respond back to anything that I said in any way. I hope that this improves as he recovers. Keep him in prayer.
Monday, April 19th, 2010 (update)
The funeral services for Kevin Clark are as follows:
Visitation--Thursday, April 22nd from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Egbert's Funeral Home in Mt. Orab.
Funeral Service--Friday, April 23rd at 11 a.m. at Egbert's Funeral Home in Mt. Orab
Men, I know that the choir and Kevin's Sunday School class will be taking food to the family on Tuesday and Wednesday. Some of you are in the choir and will be participating in that way. If there are other ways that you see that they need help, then take appropriate action. Also, we need to remember that Jim and Naomi Clark are also grieving at this time.
Monday, April 19th, 2010 Be in prayer for the Clark family. Kevin Clark was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on his way home from choir practice on Sunday night. We'll post details as we know them.
Paul Nevels will be moved to room #101, which is the step-down unit. Paul still cannot communicate through speech, but his alertness seems to be increasing.
Sunday, April 18th, 2010 Paul Nevels is still in CCU/ICU at Mercy Anderson. He has had some moments of being alert in the past 2 days. However, he is still asleep most of the time. He still cannot talk. There is a notebook that the family has left in his room. If you visit him, please sign it so that the family will know that you have been there.
Dasiy Nevels is still at Ohio Valley Manor in Ripley. Her birthday is Tuesday. As you know, Daisy has been battling depression for some years. Pray that God would use Paul's illness to help Daisy to overcome her own struggles.
Juanita Stone will be having hand surgery on the 30th of April. She said that we did not need to come for that, but would appreciate our prayers. It would be great if her deacon could contact her and pray over the phone with her on the 29th.
Dinah Peterson's mom, Reba Peters, is still in CCU/ICU at Mercy Anderson. She has had by-pass surgery and is having complications.
Friday, April 16th, 2010 Paul Nevels is still in CCU/ICU at Mercy Anderson. His status is the same as it has been. He has not yet conscious/awake. In addition to everything else, Paul is also now being treated for shingles.
Also, Daisy Nevel's birthday is Tuesday, April 20th. Daisy doesn't talk much on the phoen these days, but she does enjoy receiving cards!
Thursday, April 15th, 2010 Paul Nevels is still in CCU/ICU at Mercy Anderson. He is about the same as yesterday. Perhaps there has been some slight improvement. We will post changes as we know them.
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
Paul Nevels is still in ICU at Mercy Anderson. Yesterday a group of doctors came in to analyze Paul's condition. They were very concerned about the fact that Paul had not been alert/awake at all yesterday. The doctors have urged the daughters, Paula, Jill, and April, to bring Daisy down to see Paul. There has been no encouraging news so far.
Dinah Peterson's mother, Reba Peters, is having heart bypass surgery today at Anderson Mercy.
Monday, April 12th, 2010 Paul Nevels had an angiogram this morning. It appears that he has suffered a stroke. It also seems that he had a heart attack sometime before the procedure. His heart has been functioning at about 50%. The doctors are still running tests and we will know more as we hear from the doctors. At this point, Daisy doesn't know all that is happening. Please do not spread this information until the family has had a chance to tell her.
Personal from the Pastor: Men, I had planned to go down and be with Paul and the family this morning. However, last night Julie noticed that I my back was swelling. Also, my sister was on the phone when I arrived home last night and let me know that my aunt had passed away. So, after I talked with her, it was too late to call any of you to go for Bro. Paul's procedure. Sorry for my stubborness. Thanks for all your help!
I still hope to attend the SHBA meeting tonight, if I can get some relief during the day.
Good discussion last night about the office and influence of a deacon. Remember! The testimony of the deacon is the essential ingredient to making the office effective. Don't ever compromise it!
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
Lillian Faul passed away on Monday. The services will be on Friday, April 9th, from 11 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Egbert's Funeral Home in Mt. Orab. That is all the information that we have at this time.
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
Dave Fox is in Christ Hospital room #4014. You can reach him by phone at (513) 585-4414. The doctors will be conducting a white blood cell test today. Pastor visited Dave today.
Monday, April 5th, 2010
Daisy Nevels is now at Ohio Valley Manor for rehabilitation.
Dave Fox is still at Christ Hospital.
Easter Sunday--We had over 300 in Sunday School and over 400 in attendance in the 2 services combined. Thank you for the extra work and hours that you put in leading up to and on the day of this event. Many people heard the Gospel clearly explained and they also sensed our joy over it!
Just a word of thanks from the Pastor...You guys were so good to me while I was down. I am still supposed to limit my activity for the next 2 weeks, but I am feeling much better.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
David Fox is still at Christ Hospital. The doctors are not sure what is wrong with him. They are planning to run more tests today.
A man called the church office in response to our Cover the Community project. He wants to talk with a pastor or a deacon. I am not sure if this is outreach or not. If a deacon wants to see if this is a soul-winning opportunity, and is willing to call him, please let the pastor know via e-maIl at firstname.lastname@example.org The man's number (he didn't leave his name) is 444-4034.
Thoughts for the Weekend:
Tommorrow is Good Friday. What's so good about the crucifixion of Jesus? It would have only been a travesty and a gross misrepresnetation of justice, had not our Savior been willing to go through it according to His own plan. Unless it was according to His plan, the crucifixion of Jesus would have been listed as a holiday, much like holidays that we remember on the ocassion of slain leaders and martyrs, but nothing else. But that is not what Good Friday is at all. Instead, we remember its ugliness because we have Ressurection Sunday's triumph!
The hymn says, "my sin... not in part, but the whole...was nailed to the Cross." That is Good Friday. But because of Resurrection Sunday we can continue to sing, "...and I bear it no more. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! O, my soul!" Have a great weekend, men!
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Andrea Brown'a mother, Marion Hatton, passed away today after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday. Andrea is a new member of FBC, but her dad was the long-time pastor at Greenbush Baptist Church. The visitation for family and friends of Marion will be Saturday, March 27th from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Greenbush Baptist Church
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Mary Swallen is in Clermont Mercy Hospital with pneumonia. She may be in for a few days. She is in room #206.
Pastor Tim is at home and making progress. Continue to pray for healing and recovery.
We are in the middle of an important GPS 2020 outreach opportunity during these next few weeks called findithere.com The component of outreach that we need to complete these next 2 Saturdays is called "Cover Our Community."
Please be in prayer for this outreach effort and participate when you can.
Monday, March 15, 2010 Anne Crowe has surgery today on her foot at Bethesda North.
David Fox is at Clermont Mercy with a high fever.
[Bro. Paul is covering both of these ministry opportunities today. You can call him if you want to coordinate ministry with him or to find out the latest information. cell--937-515-9715]
Saturday,March 13, 2010 Jo Ann Huskey's mom passed away on Thursday. The Visitation will be on Sunday and the funeral will be on Monday. All services will be at O'Bryant Funeral Home in Thomasville, Alabama.
Friday, March 12, 2010 Scott Leonard was not able to have gall bladder surgery today. He will reschedule it sometime in the near future.
Jerry Howe is supposed to have another back surgery on March 25. We do not know the details yet.
April Beckelhimer Becraft delivered a healthy baby boy via c-section! Baby, dad (Brandon) and mom are now at home.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Ty Lucas had a successful surgery. Pray for a speedy recovery.
Monday, March 8, 2010 Ty Lucas (Vince and Tammy's son) is having a tonsilectomy at Children's Hospital on Wednesday, March 10th at 1:30 p.m.
Scott Leonard is having gall bladder surgery on March 12th at 2 p.m. at the surgery center that is located next to Anderson Mercy Hospital.
Anne Crowe is having foot surgery at Bethesda North on Monday, March 15th. (time?)
Emily Knisley, Ellen Gentry's grandaughter, will be having surgery to remove a tumor from her leg. The surgery will be on Wednesday, March 17th at 11 a.m. at Children's Hospital.
Pastor Tim will be having back surgery on March 19th at the Mayfield Clinic at 8:30 a.m..
Ray Tolston is scheduled for laprscopic shoulder surgery on March 24th at Anderson Mercy. (Please note the correction to the date from 23rd to the 24th.)
Friday, March 5, 2010 Nicole Snyder (Bev Burkhart's daughter) is in Clermont Mercy room #219.
Scott Leonard is having gall bladder surgery on March 12th at 2 p.m. at the surgery center that is located next to Anderson Mercy Hospital.
Emily Knisley, Ellen Gentry's grandaughter, will be having surgery to remove a tumor from her leg. The surgery will be on Wednesday, March 17th at 11 a.m. at Children's Hospital.
Pastor Tim will be having back surgery on March 19th at the Mayfield Clinic.
Ray Tolston is scheduled for laprscopic shoulder surgery on March 23rd.
Sunday, February 28, 2010 Emily Knisley, Ellen Gentry's grandaughter, will be having surgery to remove a tumor from her leg. The surgery will be on Wednesday, March 17th at 11 a.m. at Children's Hospital.
Thursday, February 18, 2010 Nellie Minion is in Clermont Mercy room #225. Pastor Tim visited her on Wednesday evening and she is doing well. She is dealing with some nausea, but other than that is fine. She should be moved to The Villa Georgetown on Friday or Saturday.
Scott Leonard was released from Anderson Mercy and is at home. He will undergo further testing in the near future.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
All Wednesday services are cancelled for 2-17-2010
Scott Leornard had emergency surgery on Tuesday at Anderson Mercy. On his liver? [His spiritual condition is uncertain. Pastor will go down at some point today (Wed.) to check on him.]]
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
All Wednesday ministries for 2-17-2010 have been cancelled!
Nellie Minion's surgery went well. She will be in Clermont Mercy for a few days and then on the The Villa Georgetown for rehabilitation.
Monday, February 15, 2010 Nellie Minion is scheduled for knee-replacement surgery on Tuesday, February 16th at Clermont Mercy Hospital. The surgery time is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.
Pastor Tim's back surgery is scheduled for March 19, 2010. Some have mistakenly thought that it was scheduled for February.
Mable Smith--Bro. Paul will update us this week on Mable's condition.
**enjoy the snow
Thursday, Februrary 11, 2010 Mable Smith is in ICU 1176 at Good Samaritan Hospital. She had a heart attack on Monday night/Tuesday morning. They have alerady put a stint in to one artery that was 90% blocked. She should go home on Saturday. The Pastor went and visited her and prayed with her today.
Nellie Minion is scheduled for knee-replacement surgery on Tuesday, February 16th at Clermont Mercy Hospital. The surgery time is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.
Take the time this weekend and next week to review some of the principles of "What the Spirit is Saying to the Churches." Ask your wife if she would be willing to allow you to explain the principles to her, so that the both of you can talk to others about it. Ask her to read the book. If you have children, talk to them about it too. The more you talk about it, the better able you will be to talk with FBC members about this topic.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Mindy King had an angiogram done yesterday. The purpose of the procedure was to see if Mindy needed to go ahead and begin receiving a medication that is a "last hope" kind of medication. The problem with the medication is that once you start it, the heart becomes dependent upon it. At the same time, it gradually becomes immune to its effects. Men, the bottom line is that once she starts that medication, it is a temporary fix. Please pray for a miracle for Mindy King! God has been using her in a significant way for the Kingdom of God. Also, her son, Jacob, is still in great need of his mom. Prayer is our best and only option!
Danny Bailey is having back surgery on Tuesday, January 26th at 10 a.m. We'll find out at which hospital this will take place.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 John Shelton's brother passed away. Doug Hopkins attended the visitation.
Pastor Tim is doing better. Thanks for the prayers!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Here is what we know about the arrangements for Glen Jones' mother:
Visitation--Wednesday, Jan. 13th and Thursday Jan. 14th at 5 p.m. at Hall Brothers Funeral Home in Martin, Ky.
Funeral is on Friday, Jan. 15th at 11 a.m.
Monday, January 11, 2010 Skip Yarger passed away early this morning. Please be in prayer for his widow, Carol, and the rest of the family. Here are the arrangements:
Visitation--Thursday, January 14th, 2010 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at Egbert's Funeral Home in Mt. Orab.
Funeral--immediately after the visitation time also at Egbert's
Graveside Service--New Harmony Cemetery, Mt. Orab
Fellowship Meal for the Family at First Baptist Church after the graveside service
Glenn Jones' mom did pass away this morning. Please keep him in prayer. His cell # is 937-213-3634.
Pastor Tim goes in for his mylegram on Friday. We do not need a thing, but will call Doug if we need help of any kind.
Don't forget to read chapter 4 in "What the Spirit is Saying to the Churches," and to do the workbook exercises that go with it.
Would someone find out what Don and Vatie Carson like, as far as food is concerned. Do they have any allergies? Perhaps we can bless them with a meal every Monday for the next 4 weeks, starting on January 18. Let Pastor Tim know what you t think.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 Chancie Hall has double pneumonia and is in room #322 at Mercy Clermont.
Pastor Tim will be undergoing more testing on his back on January 15th at Christ Hospital. (You guys don't need to do anything but just pray that the doctors will find what is causing the problem.)
Note: Edna Layman is not a member at FBC, but she does attend often. She had surgery today at Clinton Co. Hospital. I think that it was knee surgery.
Monday, December 14, 2009 Bro. Paul Nevels has an aneurysm in his aorta. He will be seeing the cardiologist today (Mon.) at 2:45 p.m.
Chancie Hall has had kidney problems and has remained in the hospital. They are hopefull that she will be transferred to the Villa Georgetown today. Please call the Villa before you go to verify that she has indeed been transferred there.
Friday, December 11, 2009 Bro. Paul Nevels had an MRI done on Thursday. He has a possible aneurysm close to his heart. He should hear more about the results on Monday or Tuesday.
Chancey Hall is supposed to be at the Villa in Georgetown for therapy. Pastor did not call to verify this. Please call before you go to visit.
Deacons' Meeting--We have a special deacons' meeting on Sunday, Dec. 13 right after the evening worship service. We'll meet in Room #125.
Thursday, December 3, 2009 Ivie Deasy, Julie Cline's grandmother, passed away on Wednesday. The Pastor and his family will be traveling to Portland, Tennessee on Friday afternoon. The funeral is on Saturday morning. Please be in prayer for safe travel and a chance to encourage and witness.
Friday, November 6, 2009 Men, if you have not already done so, go to the web calendar and sign up for e-mail notification. For some church events we will send out e-mail reminders if you haev signed up. Never hurts to have an extra reminder from time to time.
Don't forget to be in prayer about the up-coming Team Impact Crusades.
Friday, October 30, 2009 Tammy Lucas may be coming home today.
Jill Jackson--Someone may need to check on her. Her Sunday School teacher is Vince Lucas. He has been very busy with Tammy's sickness.
Don't forget about Deacon's Meeting after the p.m. service this Sunday in Room #125. We'll look forward to hearing your ministry reports!
Also, Bro. Steve and I thought that it would be nice to celebrate the Lord's Supper in the p.m. service on Nov. 22 (the Sunday before Thanksgiving), rather than on Nov. 29. Please be aware of this calendar adjustment.
Julie has been sick with H1N1, but is doing much better. Thanks for your prayers and help.! --Pastor
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Tammy Lucas will have lathroscopic surgery today at 12 noon at University Hospital. She has struggled with pneumonia for the last several days. Teh surgery is to drain fluid off of her lungs. She is in the critical care unit, room #9025.
Jill Jackson has gall bladder surgery today at 12 noon at Clermont Mercy.
Jackie Tucker is scheduled to have laser surgery on her eyes today.
If any of these folks are on your Care List, please give them a call. Help in any way that you can.
Friday, October 23, 2009 Mindy King is home and recovery from her surgery. Her sister, Melissa, is there helping her through next wek. Mindy goes baack to the doctor on Thursday for her check-up.
Ada Vance is recovering from back surgery at The Villa in Georgetown.
Don Carson is at home under-going therapy after knee surgery.
Don't forget to be in prayer about Team Impact. Pray for many peopel to accept Christ and for our congregation to make the necessary sacrifices to enfold them into our fellowship through new SS classes and encouragement.
Als, God has answered prayer by opening up the schools here in Mt. Orab. We are in the process of finalizing our plans with at least the High School and the Elementary. We will need additional funds in order to offer this to both schools free of charge. This is our opportunity to make in Impact for Christ in our community.
Friday, October 9, 2009 The schedule for "What the Spirit is Saying to the Churches" is on the web calendar. Check it out and make sure that it is right. Everyone should read the assignments and do the work in the workbook before we meet to discuss the material.
We have some surgeries scheduled: Don Carson on Monday, October 12 at Clermont Mercy. Ada Vance is on Tuesday, October 13 at Anderson Mercy. Mindy King has surgery on Wednesday, October 21. Jill Jackson has gall bladder suergy coming up. We'll get the dates on that one. If one of this persons is on your assigned list, pelase contact them and find out the details. Remember to ask when the surgery actually is and what time they plan to arrive at the hospital. E-mail the information to Doug and to the Pastor.
Saturday, October 3, 2009 Grant Beiring, the infant son of Francis and Michelle Beiring, tragically passed away this week. The Beirings are newer members of our congregation. The family decided not to have a funeral service. As you might imagine, the family is traumatized. They are being ministered to by a couple of Sunday School classes at this time. The best deacon ministry at this time is prayer. The Pastor may need to call on you in the future.
Saturday, September 26, 2009 Bill Polley, Diana Sutherland's brother, passed away yesterday after a struggle against cancer. We do not know the arrangements at this time. The family is anticipating a private ceremony.
Diana Sutherland is home and doing better. She is suffering from pain caused by bulging discs in her neck.
Galen Beckelhimer, Linda's husband, is scheduled for back surgery on Monday, September 28, at Anderson Mercy Hospital.
Friday, September 19, 2009 Nikki Snyder is home now. She is still very sick with the staff infection and is being treated at home. She is highly contagious and is not able to receive visitors at this time.
Diana Sutherland was taken to Mercy Clermont today. She is there overnight so that the doctors can observe her symptoms. She hopes to be home tomorrow.
Upcoming Surgeries: (Dates are tentative. Please check with the office to verify as the surgery date approaches): Ada Vance--back surgery Oct. 13 at Anderson Mercy; Chancie Hall--knee replacement Nov. 9 at Anderson Mercy; Nellie Minion--knee replacement-TBA
Saturday, September 12, 2009 Nikki Snyder (Bev Burkhart's daughter) is in Clermont Mercy with pneumonia and a staff infection.
Randy Cole is recovering from knee-replacement surgery.
Sunday, September 13 is the beginning of the emphasis called It's a New Day for financial freedom. The average American spends $1.26 for every dollar he or she makes. Consequently, most Americans, inside and outside the congregation, are struggling. It is hard to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord when we are under so much stress and financial irresponsibility. Pray that God would use this emphasis to help us to grow in our application of biblical stewardship.
Monday, August 31, 2009 Men, please be in prayer for Mike and Amy Meyer. Decisions need to be made for the family for how to best care for Tom Wolfe, Amy's dad.
Friday, August 21, 2009 Donna Wolfe (Amy Meyer's mother) went home to be with the Lord this week. Her memorial service will be held at Hayes Memorial United Methodist Church, In Fremont, Ohio on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 12 noon. The church building is located at 1441 Fangboner Road, Fremont, OH, 43420.
Sunday, August 16, 2009 Donna Wolfe, Amy Meyer's mom, is home at Mike and Amy's house. She is under hospice care and not expected to live beyond 3-4 days. Please be in prayer for them.
Also, Rachel Martin's father-in-law died tragically. We do not know all the details of his death. The funeral has already taken place, but we may be able to minister to the family afterward. Mindy King's Sunday School class has already been ministering to the family.
There are at least 5 children who are presently attending FBC who committed their lives to Christ during VBS. Pray for them that God would give them the boldness to make their decision public to the congregation.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Jerry Stephan, Steve Bogart's uncle, passed away on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009. All services will be on Saturday, August 1.
Visitation--10 a.m.-11 a.m. at Egbert's Funeral Home, Mt. Orab, OH
Funeral--11 a.m. at Egbert's Funeral Home
Graveside--after the funeral at Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Arnheim
Pastor Tim will be officiating!
VBS--So far, we have seen over 20 decisions for Jesus during VBS. These are the children, grades 1 and up, whom we have spoken with personally about Jesus.
Tonight is Family Night at VBS. This is a great night to meet the parents and talk with them about spiritual issues. We also get to register the parents and follow-up on them through FAITH Evangelism. Please be in prayer!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 Ray Tolston's grandaughter is in Clermont Mercy. She has a mass of some kind in her lung. The pastor visited there Friday, July 24. Call Ray to find out the latest details 937-446-3821.
Vacation Bible School is underway. We had 269 in attendance on Monday night. Tonight, Tuesday, is the evangelistic night. Please pray that the Gospel would be clearly presented and simply believed!
Don Swallen is back home. Please call and encourage Don and Mary. home phone: 937-444-0365
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 Men, recently I made a clear statement in a sermon about the danger of Freemasonry for a Christian. As I assumed would be the case, there are some that have taken offense to the statement. I do not back up on it one "iota." However, I do want you to understand where I am coming from on this. In no way do I hate or feel animosity toward anyone. However, I do hate dangerous spiritual disease that can infect my flock. My target is not an individual, but instead the trap that entangles some of my people. We just finished studying Galatians in Sunday School. We were given a stern warning about ignoring blatant doctrinal heresy. So, I have copied below the report from the North American Mission Board (SBC) on Freemasonry. Please read as much of it as you would like, but whatever you do, be sure to avoid minimizing the doctrine of universalism and salvation by works, as Freemasonry clearly teaches.
Also, please understand that my concern is not with Freemasonry per se. Any group is free to do whatever its desires under the law. My concern is with our Baptist people who blindly pledge themselves to something that contains the trappings of religion of the worst kind! I know that this is not a popular stance, but I am convinced that I am right in it.
By NAMB Staff
During the annual session of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), June 15-17, 1993, the messengers overwhelmingly approved a report on Freemasonry. This action recognized the many charitable endeavors of Freemasonry. It also acknowledged that "many outstanding Christians and Southern Baptists now are, and in the past have been Masons."1 For the first time in the history of the SBC, however, the Convention concluded, "many tenets and teachings of Freemasonry are not compatible with Christianity or Southern Baptist doctrine."2 The report accepted by the Convention identified eight tenets and teachings of Freemasonry that it concluded were not compatible with Christianity.3
First Incompatibility: The prevalent use of offensive concepts, titles, and terms such as "Worshipful Master" for the leader of a lodge; references to their buildings as "mosques," "shrines," or "temples"; and the use of words such as "Abaddon" and "Jah- Bul-On,"4 the so-called secret name of God. To many, these terms are not only offensive but sacrilegious.
Biblical Response: The so-called secret name of God illustrates the offensive nature of the above terms for Christians. Albert Pike, one of the most influential Masonic writers, explained the first two syllables of the secret name in his discussion of the old French rituals of Freemasonry:
This is probably Jabulum, incorrectly copied; which, as I have shown, meant 'the product of, that which proceeded, issued or emanated from Om.'
If correctly written, it is compounded of … Yu or Yah-u,… Baal or Bal or Bel, and Om, thus combining the names of the Hebrew, Phoenician and Hindu Deities, to indicate that they are in reality the same. In some old rituals it is Jabulum.5
Many leaders of Freemasonry confuse pagan deities with the true God of the Bible. The Christian Scriptures never represent pagan deities as simply different representations of the one true God. The Bible rejects all pagan deities as false gods and goddesses. Exodus 20:4-5 states: "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me." The Bible also rejects the idea that idolaters worship the true God but know Him by a different name. Israel used the correct personal name for God, yet God rejected their worship because of their use of an idol.
He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt." When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, "Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD." So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, 'These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.'"
"I have seen these people," the LORD said to Moses, "and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation" (Ex. 32:4- 10).6
Non-Christian religions recognize many different gods and goddesses, but none of these are a representation of the true God of the Bible. All pagan deities are false gods and must be rejected by Christians. The gods and goddesses of the non-Christian religions are different in nature and character from the biblical God. The differences are far greater and more significant than the terminology or name used to refer to God. No Christian should have any part in a ritual that honors or glorifies a pagan deity.
The 31st degree of the Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction is especially troubling for Christians because of the honor and glory it attributes to Egyptian deities. The following quotes are from the official Masonic commentary on the Scottish Rite degrees:
The second section takes place in a re-creation of the Court of the Dead in Egyptian mythology, a place where judgment is rendered on the worthiness of a recently deceased man to enter into the kingdom of the gods. This section of the ritual relies heavily on The Book of the Dead.
The candidate is brought into the Court of the Dead to be judged for actions while living and to determine if he deserves to dwell among the gods. His escort is Horus. Isis, Horus' mother, speaks first, inquiring whose ka has come to be judged.
Through Horus, the candidate claims to have led the most virtuous of lives. The gods express their hope that he speaks the truth. They ask him to approach the balance and stand near the body that was his in life.
Isis now directs the candidate to the altar of the great god Khem, the source of life. Here she inquires about the honesty of the deceased through six questions. Thoth again records the answers.
The answers to all of the specific questions before the altars of various deities are now thrown upon the balance, making the pans nearly equal.
Osiris, having once been a man and subject to the passions and weaknesses of human existence, knows that the other gods cannot appreciate human fallibility. He renders the final judgment-this man is worthy of admittance into the realm of everlasting light and rest and peace.7
The above reference to the Egyptian god Osiris goes so far as to attribute to him the same qualities and preeminence that the Bible assigns to Christ Jesus.8 Any participation by Christians in such rituals (even by proxy) is inexcusable. Joshua 23:7 states: "Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them."
Second Incompatibility: The use of archaic, offensive rituals and so-called "bloody oaths" or "obligations," among these being that promised by the Entered Apprentice:
"All this I most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, . . . binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my throat cut from ear to ear, my tongue torn out by its roots, and buried in the sands of the sea, at low water mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-five hours, should I, in the least, knowingly or wittingly violate or transgress this my Entered Apprentice obligation."
Or that of the Fellow Craft degree:
"All this I most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, . . . binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my left breast torn open, my heart plucked from thence, and given to the beast of the field and the birds of the air as prey, should I, in the least, knowingly or wittingly, violate or transgress this my Fellow Craft obligation."
Or that of the Master Mason:
"All this I most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, . . . binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my body severed in two, my bowels torn from thence and burned to ashes, and these scattered before the four winds of heaven, that no more remembrance might be had among men or Masons of so vile a wretch as I should be, should I, in the least, knowingly or wittingly violate or transgress this my Master Mason obligation. So help me God and keep me steadfast."
Or that of other advanced degrees with required rituals considered by many to be pagan and incompatible with Christian faith and practice.
Even though these oaths, obligations, and rituals may or may not be taken seriously by the initiate, it is inappropriate for a Christian to "sincerely promise and swear," with a hand on the Holy Bible, any such promises or oaths, or to participate in any such pagan rituals.9
Biblical Response: Both Jesus and the apostle James taught that Christians should avoid the kind of extravagant oaths found in the rituals of Freemasonry. Christians should simply let their "yes"be "yes," and their "no" mean "no." In Matthew 5:34-37, Jesus taught the following:
But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
Likewise, in his epistle, James wrote: "Above all, my brothers, do not swear-not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your "Yes" be yes, and your "No," no, or you will be condemned" (Jas. 5:12).
The oaths required by Freemasonry are far worse than the examples the New Testament warns its readers against making. The Entered Apprentice swears under no fewer penalties than that of having his "throat cut from ear to ear," and his "tongue torn out by its roots, and buried in the sands of the sea." In the Fellow Craft degree, he swears under no less penalty than that of having his "left breast torn open," his "heart plucked from thence" and "given to the beast of the field and the birds of the air as prey." The candidate for the Mason degree swears under no fewer penalties than that of having his "bowels torn from thence and burned to ashes, and these scattered before the four winds of heaven."
Some Masons claim that the candidates for the degrees do not take these oaths seriously and, therefore, the oaths are compatible with Christian teaching. However, the Bible warns that oaths should be taken seriously and not given rashly. Leviticus 5:4 says, "Or if a person thoughtlessly takes an oath to do anything, whether good or evil-in any matter one might carelessly swear about-even though he is unaware of it, in any case when he learns of it he will be guilty."
Third Incompatibility: The recommended readings, in pursuance of advanced degrees, of religions and philosophies, which are undeniably pagan and/or occultic, such as much of the writings of Albert Pike, Albert Mackey, Manly Hall, Rex Hutchens, W. L .Wilmshurst, and other such authors; along with their works, such as Morals and Dogma, A Bridge to Light, An Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry, and The Meaning of Masonry.
Biblical Response: Several of these Masonic writers deny the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. For example, Rex Hutchens wrote:
The purpose of teaching the concept of a Messiah in Freemasonry is to point out its near universality in the well-developed religions of the ancient world. We see references to Dionysius of the Greeks, Sosiosch of the Persians, Krishna of the Hindus, Osiris of the Egyptians, Jesus of the Christians. The purpose of these varying cultures' messiahs was to find in human form a source of intercession with Deity; in particular one who, as a human, had been tempted and suffered the daily pangs of life and so could be expected to possess a particular sympathy and understanding; in a word, the messiahs expressed hope.10
In addition, some of these writers confuse false pagan beliefs with the teaching of Christianity. Albert Pike, in the following quote, confused the Christian Trinity with the Hindu Universal Soul: "Behold the True Masonic Trinity; the Universal Soul, the Thought in the Soul, the Word, or Thought expressed; the Three In One, of a Trinitarian Ecossais."11
According to Hutchens, the following pagan deities are mentioned in the ritual of the 31st degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction. (31st degree) "The Egyptian deities present in the hall are: (1) Osiris: the Lord and Judge of the dead; (2) Atum: called the 'Father of Souls'; (3) Ma: goddess of Truth and Justice whose image weighs upon one side of the balance; (4) Thoth: Scribe of the gods; (5) Anubis: Conductor of Souls; son of Osiris by his sister Nephthys; (6) Horus: son of Osiris, who presents the deceased to his father; (7) Isis: wife and sister of Osiris, mother of Horus; (8) Nephthys: sister of Isis and Osiris, mother of Anubis by Osiris; (9) Four sons of Horus: Kebhsenuf,Tua-mutef, Hapi and Amset.12
Pike even compared the Bible with the occultic Kabalah, which he apparently considered superior to the Bible.
All truly dogmatic religions have issued from the Kabalah and return to it: everything scientific and grand in the religious dreams of all the illuminati, Jacob Boehme, Swedenborg, Saint-Martin, and others, is borrowed from the Kabalah; all the Masonic associations owe to it their Secrets and their Symbols.
The Kabalah alone consecrates the alliance of the Universal Reason and the Divine Word; it establishes, by the counterpoises of two forces apparently opposite, the eternal balance of being; it alone reconciles Reason with Faith, Power with Liberty, Science with Mystery; it has the keys of the Present, the Past, and the Future.
The Bible, with all the allegories it contains, expresses, in an incomplete and veiled manner only, the religious science of the Hebrews.13
The SBC Report on Freemasonry correctly identifies these "recommended readings" as "undeniably pagan and/or occultic."14
Fourth Incompatibility: The reference to the Bible placed on the altar of the lodge as the "furniture of the lodge," comparing it to the square and compass rather than giving it the supreme place in the lodge.
Biblical Response: Albert Pike identified the Bible as part of the furniture of the lodge in his book Morals And Dogma Of The Ancient And Accepted Scottish Rite Of Freemasonry. He wrote:
The Holy Bible, Square, and Compasses, are not only styled the Great Lights in Masonry, but they are also technically called the Furniture of the Lodge; and, as you have seen, it is held that there is no Lodge without them. This has sometimes been made a pretext for excluding Jews from our Lodges, because they cannot regard the New Testament as a holy book. The Bible is an indispensable part of the furniture of a Christian Lodge, only because it is the sacred book of the Christian religion. The Hebrew Pentateuch in a Hebrew Lodge, and the Koran in a Mohammedan one, belong on the Altar; and one of these, and the Square and Compass, properly understood, are the Great Lights by which a Mason must walk and work.15
Freemasonry has no commitment to the Bible as the unique Word of God. It happily substitutes non-Christian scriptures when Christians are not the majority of a lodge.
Fifth Incompatibility: The prevalent use of the term "light," which some may understand as a reference to salvation rather than knowledge or truth.
Biblical Response: In commenting on the Christian interpretation of the Blue degrees in Freemasonry, Pike wrote:
Notwithstanding the death of the Redeemer, man can be saved only by faith, repentance, and reformation.
Having repented and reformed, and bound himself to the service of God by a firm promise and obligation, the light of Christian hope shines down into the darkness of the heart of the humble penitent, and blazes upon his pathway to Heaven. And this is symbolized by the candidate's being brought to light, after he is obligated, by the Worshipful Master, who in that is a symbol of the Redeemer, and so brings him the light, with the help of the brethren, as He taught the Word with the aid of the Apostles.16
In the above quote, the concepts of light and salvation are closely related. This quote also reveals that many Masonic writers include reformation (good works) as one of the requirements for salvation. However, the Bible clearly states that good works are not a requirement for salvation. 17
Sixth Incompatibility: The implication that salvation may be attained by one's good works, implicit in the statement found in some Masonic writings that "Masonry is continually reminded of that purity of life and conduct which is necessary to obtain admittance into the Celestial Lodge above where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides." Even though many Masons understand that the "purity of life and conduct" can only be achieved through faith in Jesus Christ, others may be led to believe they can earn salvation by living a pure life with good conduct.
Biblical Response: According to Pike, the 25th degree ". . . teaches the necessity of reformation as well as repentance, as a means of obtaining mercy and forgiveness, . . ."18 In his commentary on the 27th degree, Hutchens wrote: "Constans refuses the monk's arguments, trusting in a God of love who will recognize his honor and service to others as a noble path of salvation."19 Likewise, in concerning the 31st degree, Hutchens stated: "The candidate is brought into the Court of the Dead to be judged for actions while living and to determine if he deserves to dwell among the gods. His escort is Horus. Isis, Horus' mother, speaks first, inquiring whose ka has come to be judged."20
The teaching that meritorious deeds can make one acceptable to God is common in many false religions. The Bible, however, warns that there is no deed that can make a sinner acceptable to God. Only the grace of God that comes through faith in Jesus Christ can save those under the judgment of sin. The addition of works to faith as a requirement of salvation is contrary to the teaching of the Bible. The following Scriptures illustrate this: Romans 3:28:"For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law." Romans 4:4-5:"Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness." Romans 11:6:"And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace." Ephesians 2:8-9:"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast." Titus 3:5:"He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit."
Seventh Incompatibility: The heresy of universalism (the belief all people will eventually be saved), which permeates the writings of many Masonic authors, which is a doctrine inconsistent with New Testament teaching.
Biblical Response: Many Masonic writings can be interpreted as endorsing universalism. Pike wrote, "It is the fine dream of the greatest of the Poets, that Hell, become useless, is to be closed at length, by the aggrandizement of Heaven; that the problem of Evil is to receive its final solution, and Good alone, necessary and triumphant, is to reign in Eternity."21
Even more prominent in Freemasonry is the false teaching of inclusivism, the belief that followers of non-Christian religions will also be saved. Freemasonry holds out the promise of salvation to all worthy Masons regardless of the deity they worship. The Muslim or Hindu member of the lodge is on the same spiritual level as the believer in Jesus Christ. According to Hutchens, "Masonry is tolerant, even supportive, of the most diverse religious beliefs."22
Pike likewise argued that no religion can claim to have exclusivity to the truth, nor can any religion claim to be superior to another.
Toleration, holding that every other man has the same right to his opinion and faith that we have to ours; liberality, holding that as no human being can with certainty say, in the clash and conflict of hostile faiths and creeds, what is truth, or that he is surely in possession of it, so every one should feel that it is quite possible that another equally honest and sincere with himself, and yet holding the contrary opinion, may himself be in possession of the truth, and that whatever one firmly and conscientiously believes, is truth, to him."23
Inclusivism denies the teaching of the New Testament that only those who place their faith in Jesus Christ will be saved. The following passages teach this biblical truth: John 3:36:"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." John 14:6: "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" Acts 4:12:"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." First Corinthians 3:11:"For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ." First Timothy 2:5:"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." First John 5:12:"He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life."
Eighth Incompatibility: The refusal of most lodges (although not all) to admit for membership African-Americans.
Biblical Response: The Bible teaches that all men and women are created in the image of God. Genesis 1:27 says, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." According to Genesis 9-11, all the races of humanity scattered throughout the world are made in the image of God. For example, Genesis 9:6 states, "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man." The context (Genesis 10- 11) reveals that this prohibition applies to all of the races of humanity scattered throughout the world.
The New Testament reveals that Jesus rejected the racism of His day. John 4:9 indicates that Jesus discarded the racial prejudices of the Jews towards the Samaritans. "The Samaritan woman said to him, 'You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?' (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)"The apostle Peter, who struggled with the sin of racism throughout his life, stated in Acts 10:28,"You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with a Gentile or visit him. But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean." Racism should be rejected wherever it is found, whether it is discovered in the lodge or in the church.
Summary Statement on Freemasonry
There are eight major concerns that the Southern Baptist Convention has expressed about the teachings and practices of Freemasonry. These are:
(1) Freemasonry uses offensive, non-biblical, and blasphemous terms relating to God.
(2) Freemasonry insists on the use of "bloody oaths" or obligations, which are strictly forbidden by the Bible (cf. Matt. 5:34-37).
(3) Freemasonry urges that occultic and/or pagan readings be used, and that their teachings be appropriated in interpreting such concepts as the Trinity.
(4) Freemasonry includes the Bible as part of the "furniture of the lodge," but only as an equal with non-Christian symbols and writings.
(5) Freemasonry misuses the term "light" to refer to moral "reformation" as a means to salvation.
(6) Freemasonry teaches that salvation may be attained by "good works" and not through faith in Christ alone.
(7) Freemasonry advocates in many of its writings the non-biblical teachings of universalism.
(8) In some of its lodges, Freemasonry discriminates against nonwhites.
While it is clear that some Christians, moral persons, and outstanding government leaders have been and are members of the Freemasonic movement, several points of the lodge's teachings are non-biblical and non-Christian. And, while Freemasonry encourages and supports charitable activities, it contains both multireligious and inclusivistic teachings that are not Christian in its religious instruction.
Taking the above into consideration, and being consistent with our denomination's historic deep conviction regarding both the priesthood of the believer and the autonomy of the local church, we recommend that each individual Baptist, as well as each congregation, carefully review the issues of the teachings and practices of Freemasonry. Since, in the final analysis, the Bible alone is the only guide for faith and practice, issues related to Freemasonry and any other fraternal organization, especially secret societies, must be evaluated only in light of the plumb line of Scripture. The divinity and lordship of Christ, the substitutionary atonement of Christ, and salvation by grace through faith are foundational and nonnegotiable doctrines and the teachings of any organization or society in contradiction to such biblical tenets must be evaluated accordingly. It is, therefore, the duty of every Christian to resist and avoid false teachings to speak the truth in love and to embrace only those doctrines which are revealed in the inerrant Scripture, the Bible (see Matt. 7:24-27; John 7-10; 1 Cor. 10:14; Jude 3).
All Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission.
1 Annual of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1993 (Nashville: Executive Committee, Southern Baptist Convention, 1993), p. 224.
2 Ibid., p. 225.
3 Ibid., pp. 225-227 lists the following eight tenets of incompatibility.
4 This word has several alternative spellings.
5 Albert Pike, The Book of the Words (Kila, Mont.: Kessinger Publishing Co., n. d.), p. 151.While some Masons may disagree with Pike's explanation of the secret name for God they cannot deny the tremendous influence of Pike upon Freemasonry in the United States. A reading of A Bridge To Light (an official publication of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction) reveals that many modern Masonic leaders also confuse the God of the Bible with pagan deities. See A Bridge To Light, pp. 31, 120, 139.
6 The use of the word LORD with all capital letters indicates that the personal name of the God of Israel is used in the Hebrew text..0
7 Rex R. Hutchens, A Bridge To Light (Washington, D.C.: The Supreme Council, 1988), p. 299-302.
8 See Hebrews 4:15.
9 Annual of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1993, p. 226.
10 Hutchens, A Bridge To Light, pp. 112-113.
11 Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (Richmond, Va.: L.H. Jenkins, Inc., 1942), p. 575.
12 Hutchens, A Bridge To Light, p. 300.
13 Pike, Morals and Dogma, p. 744.
14 Annual of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1993, p. 226.
15 Pike, Morals and Dogma, p. 11.
16 Ibid., p. 639, emphasis added.
17 See Romans 3:28; 4:4-5; 11:6; Ephesians 2:8-9;Titus 3:5.Also see the discussion in the biblical response concerning the sixth incompatibility.
18 Pike, Morals and Dogma, p. 435.
19 Hutchens, A Bridge To Light, p. 243.
20 Ibid., pp. 300-01.
21 Pike, Morals and Dogma, p. 847.
22 Hutchens, A Bridge To Light, p. 67.
23 Pike, Morals and Dogma, p. 160.
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