November is the season for giv-ing THANKS . . . and we have so much to be thankful for. I am THANKFUL for our staff. Johnny and Nancy have served over 25 years, Steve & Ronda have served over 10 years, and Rich is the newest addition to our staff. We are indeed blessed to have a dedicated and talented staff, serving the Lord and our Church. My heartfelt thanks to our staff, and the privilege of serving with them.
October is finally here! This is my favorite time of year—cool air, colorful trees, the sights and smells of home. This October is a busy one at FBC, Oakville.
I love September!! I love watching as God turns green to gold in nature. Apples are ripe and pumpkins are grow-ing. September is a month of New Beginnings. We begin our new Church and Sunday School year September 1st. The weather begins to moderate and the leaves begin to change color. Wow! I enjoy September.
Welcome to August!! The “H” Days of August are upon ushot, humid, and hazy!! But that
will change. They do call it “dog days”. Our Soccer Camp/VBS has been a real blessing.
Why do we mark Independ-ence Day! In July, 1776, 58 men signed the Declaration of Independence. They pledged their fortunes and their lives on the premise that liberty was worth the price. Several of those men had to make good on their pledge.
May was a month of real CELEBRATION at FBCO. We observed Mothers Day, High School and College graduations, our Kidz Kollege Commencement, and we con-cluded with Memorial Day. Of course, our Sunday worship always should be a celebration—of God’s love, our fellowship, and His grace. But some Sundays are special. And these May Sundays certainly were.
I enjoy a CELEBRATION. Of course, we celebrate in wor-ship every Sunday—our faith in a Living Savior, and our fellowship with each other as the body of Christ. But special celebrations are on the calendar in May.
Easter isI enjoy a CELEBRATION. Of course, we celebrate in wor-ship every Sunday—our faith in a Living Savior, and our fellowship with each other as the body of Christ. But special celebrations are on the calendar in May. These special empha-ses give us opportunities to recognize people we love, remember people we miss, congratulate peo-ple who achieve, and thank people who serve. You can enjoy these celebrations of the body of Christ. Also, remember that evening worship is cancelled on Mothers Day and Memorial Day, so you in our church family can celebrate with your families.
March is an enigma month. The weather in March is just so “iffy”! Winter has certainly left its mark on us, and it may not be over. But March also is a “Get ready” month—get ready for Easter, get ready for Spring, plan for Summer, and get ready to leave Winter behind. God has a time-table for the changing seasons, just like His timetable for us. I sense God is telling us to “get ready” for what He has in store. I don’t know about you, but I am ready.
February can be a con-fusing month as we struggle with the last gasps of winter. I can accept the cold weather of Winter, but I sure don’t enjoy shoveling it!! I am glad that February is the shortest month of the year, and that groundhogs only predict weather—and they don’t control it. But then again, forsythia comes back in February—I love bright yellow.
Our Christmas celebration was truly a joy and a bless-ing again this year. Advent and the Choir’s presentation of Only Love, our Christmas cantata were beautiful re-minders of the wonderful story of that first Christmas.
Christmas is coming!!—and we have cold weather and the first snowfall to prove it. The changing of the seasons this year has seemed sudden and radical. Where was Spring? And what happened to Fall? This has been a memorable year! As we conclude this season of Thanksgiving, I anticipate many things that will make this Christmas memorable, too. That is certainly true for FBCO, and I pray it will be so for your family, as well.
October is finally here! This is my favorite time of year—cool air, colorful trees, the sights and smells of home.
I love September!! I love watching as God turns green to gold in nature. Apples are ripe, pumpkins are growing, and we get to “change gears ” from the Summer rush. September is a month of New Beginnings.