June 16, 2022 Newsletter

We are excited to celebrate Dads with an event for the whole family!  Sunday, June 19th following the morning service we will have several fun games for the family to enjoy!  El Pastorcito will be on site in the back parking lot.  Plan to stay after church to play (or watch others play) some games and enjoy some amazing tacos!  See you there! 
Our Summer sermon series this year is, “He Really Said That?!”  We’ll take a look at some of the shocking statements Jesus made during his ministry. Statements like: 
  • Anger = murder
  • Being maimed > continuing to sin
  • Unless you hate your family, you cannot be my disciple 
These statements can be difficult to swallow in light of the kind, loving, Jesus that we prefer to envision.  However, Jesus really said this and a lot more. Check us out Sunday at 11 am to get to the bottom of Jesus’ shocking statements! 
Ladies’ Legacy Summer Lunches

June 23 – Old Chicago (2867 Centennial Blvd.)

All ladies are invited to get together for lunch on each Thursday noon of June.  We will meet at 11:45 a.m., please feel free to come when you can.  We are usually finished by 1 p.m. or shortly after.

Enjoy visiting and getting better acquainted.  It doesn’t matter whether you are a newbie or have been attending FSBC for years.  There is always something new and interesting to learn about each other. Friends, co-workers, family members…all are welcome!
We are excited to hang out with and serve our community on June 24th for Liberal Night Out!  We need 6-7 people to help watch jumpies, 2-3 people to hand out water and visit with people, and a few people to help invite kids to VBS while we are there.  The event lasts from 6-8:15 PM and we could also use a few people to help set up beforehand and tear down afterward! If you would be willing to serve, please let us know ASAP by calling the church office, signing up on the Church Center App, or clicking here to go to the registration page!    https://fsbcliberal.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1334111
Hey Church Family,
      With summer just around the corner, our annual youth summer camp will be here soon.  Our hope this year is to take 70 campers (students and sponsors).  We are well on our way to this and we’re seeking out members of our church family to partner one to one with each of our campers in a program we call “Adopt-A-Camper”. Here’s what we are hoping for from each person who partners with us:  

     1. A financial donation of any amount.  This donation will help defray the cost of camp for all of our students. All donations will be spread across all campers. 
     2. A commitment to pray.  When you agree to adopt a camper you will be given a prayer band to remind you to pray for our campers in the week leading up to camp as well as during Super Summer.  I will additionally send out prayer prompts by text to help guide you on how to pray for our students. 
     3. A commitment to encourage. As camp approaches you will be paired with a particular student.  You will receive a picture of them so you can put a name with a face. Using this we are hoping you can encourage your student before and after camp. Additionally I will provide addressed envelopes so you can send notes of encouragement to your student which they will receive while at Super Summer. 
      We are looking for 70 adopters, to cover every one of our campers, so chances are we need you! Would you prayerfully consider partnering with us?  
-Todd Brown
Bill Koehn Mission Offering

Another ministry we support through this offering is Grace Place Pregnancy Care Center.

Dear Church Friends,
I am pleased to submit the Grace Place yearly update letter. Our mission is to offer compassion, hope and help to anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy. We offer free services including self-administered pregnancy tests, peer consultations, information about options, practical needs in our baby boutique, a support group, and online learn-to-earn classes. Classes involve prayer, a video, worksheet and spiritual application time.

Our ministry continues to grow. We continue to be a Certified Child Passenger Fitting station giving free car seats to parents who can’t afford them.

In 2021 we taught 70 different topics (60 in Spanish), had 633 client visits, 7 individuals volunteered 265 hours. Donations came into the boutique and went out to homes.

Our first goal is to reflect and share Christ’s love to/with everyone who enters our building. We don’t turn pregnant women or new moms away. The second goal is to reach the abortion minded woman who needs to hear the truth about abortion: how it affects the mother spiritually, socially, and physically and how the different methods of abortion affect the baby. The material we use is from Care-Net which is the largest Christian Crisis Pregnancy Resource agency in the USA. The material is vetted by doctors and carefully worded to share truth, yet avoid trauma. At every point, we ask the client if she wants to know more before we continue. We also use BrightCourse.com for our client and volunteer instruction. It is wonderful; and rather pricey. It was made possible through a 5 year grant.

Our Impact on Abortion: According to the Bureau of Vital Statistics there were 26 abortions attributed to Seward County residents in 2020. In 2021, 24 Seward residents had abortions. Before Grace Place opened I had watched the numbers steadily rise from 15 in 2016 to 31 in 2019. We are reaching some of the abortion minded women and they have chosen life.

Our Impact on Teen Pregnancy: SWMC delivered babies to mamas in 2021 from multiple counties. A large number of them are teen pregnancies, and we are finding these mamas are needing our services.
Grace Place is open two days a week and six hours each day. This schedule gives us 12 hours to work in the boutique (cleaning and preparing items), teach, visit with new clients, and create advertising. We are not yet reaching our main goal of touching each woman who is considering abortion or each teen who finds herself pregnant. The time is right to be open more hours, advertise in more places, and find more prayer partners.  The Run Baby Run event was well attended and we nearly doubled the previous year’s participants. Left over shirts are being shared with clients who wear them. The run is an awareness event.  Our next Fundraising Banquet will be on September 20. Enrique Franz will be the Emcee and the speaker will be Jeremy Harris. A few of our clients will share their stories and we will again have wonderful food from John Ross.
I would be happy to visit with you, your church missions group, or give a brief presentation at a meeting or service. Together we can make a difference! Thank you for being part of our ministry!

Blessings to you!
Cindi Lyddon, Director
Grace Place Pregnancy Care Center

Our goal this year for the Bill Koehn offering is $2,000. Please prayerfully & sacrificially give to support our Mission Offering & help reach out locally for Christ.
             “Pursuing Christ Together in Grace”

Sound familiar?  We will have the opportunity to rewatch several segments of the April 30th simulcast!  If you missed the simulcast, or wish to hear some of the speakers again, this is for you.

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday of June.  On June 19th we will listen to (and watch) Jen Wilkin who introduced the subject of “Grace” during the first segment of the simulcast.

Come to the Fireside Room on Sunday morning!  If you would like more information, give Kathy Reimer (624-0368) or Sandy Brisendine (620-621-3216) a call.

Dear KNCSB Disaster Relief volunteers,

New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief has requested assistance from KNCSB Disaster Relief in regards to recent wildfires in their state.  New Mexico confirmed that only sifting of personal property will be allowed after the recent fires in New Mexico. If you have a team of volunteers that can help with fire recovery beginning the week of June 20, please contact the White Hat below.

At this time they think the work will go on for about 30 days. Exact locations have not been determined but somewhere in the Santa Fe, NM area.
The person to contact in New Mexico is Ed Greene –
Nmdr_ic1@hotmail.com – (505) 553-6086.  If you choose to go, please let Chuck Neece know.  Only fuel receipts can be reimbursed for this DR recovery work from KNCSB. If your church or association is willing to sponsor you, that would be preferable for this situation.

Chuck Neece
KNCSB State Director for Disaster Relief
Cell: (507) 430-1785  –  Email: 

If you can’t go to New Mexico, you can still support KNCSB Disaster Relief:
PRAY – As teams deploy, your prayers for their safety are essential.  Pray that these DR volunteers would be empowered by God to make a difference in Jesus’ name.  Please remember to lift them up in your prayers, as well as for the survivors of this disaster.  Please remember them in your prayers as they minister to survivors.
TRAIN – KNCSB DR always needs more volunteers.  If you would like training in Disaster Relief, please contact KNCSB State Director for Disaster Relief Chuck Neece.
GIVE – Finally, if you would like to help financially, please consider giving to KNCSB Disaster Relief.  To give, please make checks payable to KNCSB.  Please write “Disaster Relief” in the memo area.  Checks can be mailed to:
   KNCSB  Disaster Relief
   5410 SW 7th St.
   Topeka, KS 66606-2398
We are participating in the 4th of July Parade this Summer!  We will have a float featuring some giant instruments for our VBS decorations.  We need a few people to ride on the float and pretend to play the big instruments as well as some people to walk alongside the float to hand out bracelets and VBS invites. If you would be willing to help, please let the church office know!
Click Here for the Prayer Calendar for VBS
Hello Church,
As you may or may not have heard, this past year the Southern Baptist Convention (which we are a part of) hired a third party group to investigate claims that as an entity the SBC has mishandled reports of abuse within our denomination. The report from that investigation was released this week and the findings are heartbreaking. While our church has not been part of this abuse, we mourn with those who have been abused at the hands of ministers and whose claims have been too often ignored. We are praying that this report will lead to change in how we respond and help. We wanted you to be informed of this situation so that if someone asks you about it you are not caught off guard. 
If you would like to read the report in its entirety, you can click the link here.

Guidepost+Solutions+Independent+Investigation+Report_.pdf (squarespace.com)

If you would like to read the response from the Kansas/Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists (our local convention), you can click here.

If you would like to see the FSBC policies that we use within our children’s/youth ministry to help safeguard against abuse within our church, those policies can be found here:
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    First Southern Baptist Church
    621 N Western
    Liberal, Kansas  67901

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Offering required weekly $10,706.58

 Offering received for Sunday, June 12, 2022 – $11,821.01
Year to date budgeted $286,957.92     Year to date received $232,078.21

Bill Koehn Mission Offering – $675.00
Christian Light Foundation – $1,260.00

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