Interim pastor Steve Tharp has been selected as the new pastor of Ogden First Baptist/ New Beginnings Christian Church.
Well, as the wise man said, “For everything there is a season.” And my season as pastor at FBC is rapidly coming to an end. Unless there is ‘breaking news’ this will likely be my last update, since my time here is officially over tomorrow. Yesterday was my last day in the pulpit, and then I wandered into the fellowship hall where there was a fundraiser meal and silent auction happening. I wanted to say good bye to everyone, but people were wandering, and as I tried to go from one table, one group to another, someone would approach me—sidetracked once again.
I so appreciate the many well wishes, from so many of you who have been such a vital part of my time here. Some of you were here when I started, and some of you have just recently joined the FBC/NBCC family. Each of you is an important part of this church, and my prayer is that during this time of transition you will continue to be a family, and to grow on your faith walk.
I’m so excited about this Sunday! we have several people planning on getting baptized,and then joining this local congregation. It’s been quite a while since we’ve had this many people getting baptized in a single service. I was thinking that maybe we should go to the River, but this time of year the water may be a little chilly for some people’s taste☺
A while ago I had the opportunity to go some of the old records (1943-45) and they kept a written record of every service, including how many people were in attendance, how many responded to the Altar Call, and then how many of them were approved by the deacons for baptism and membership. The entry for the next evening service generally went something like this:
Everyone approved by the deacons for baptism at the last service was baptized and accepted into membership.
Once in a while that statement would be followed by something along the lines of
(except for _____________ who was absent because of the flu)
So it’s exciting to see people (especially those from outside the church) wanting to follow Jesus into the baptismal waters.
Lighten your day– listen to this Baptism Song by Randy Travis
Join us this week as we celebrate Laymen’s Sunday. The men of the church will handle the service. This is an annual event, and the guys always do a great job, just as the ladies did last week!
And things start to get busy soon.
We have a wedding (Clint and Alyssia) here on Tuesday (Oct 10) afternoon,
Next Sunday (Oct 15) we’ll be baptizing several people, and receiving people into membership.
Saturday Oct 21st you’re invited to help us with ‘fall cleaning’ in the morning (9:00 am)
Also on the 21st, from 1 to 3 pm is an open house at the West Weber Cultural Hall to celebrate Wendell Petterson’s 100th birthday!
Sunday Oct 29th is a fifth Sunday, so our fellowship time after service will be a little different than usual; but it’s not a pot luck this time. Elaine and the Fellowship Committee will be putting on a spaghetti dinner. This is a fund raiser to help support youth camp/mission trips. There will also be a silent auction, and we’ve already had several nice items donated.
And of course we’ll have our regular Bible Study at 6:30 pm on Tuesdays, the prayer meeting at 11:30 am on Thursday, and the “Outreach” small group on Thursday at 6:00 PM
I just got a phone call,asking if as a church we would be willing to go to a local care facility to do a bible study (Some of the residents have asked for one–it might include bible study, or music, or maybe providing a movie) Would you be willing to help? The activities director is going to send me some info about times that might work. And we’ll have some flexibility with scheduling.
Just a reminder: we meet at 11:30 am each Thursday for a time of prayer. Everyone invited, and if you can’t make it, we welcome your prayer requests