June 9, 2022 Newsletter

Come this Sunday and find out more!
             “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 12th 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.
Ladies’ Legacy Summer Lunches

June 16 – Brick House
24 E. 2nd Street 

All ladies are invited to get together for lunch
each Thursday noon of June.  We will meet at 11:45 a.m.,
but please feel free to come when you can.  We are
usually finished by 1:00 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!
Bill Koehn Mission Offering

Another ministry we support through this offering is Chad Clement-Mission OKC, reaching out to the inner city kids of Oklahoma City, OK.

Chad writes “Next week will mark the end of a great year of after school ministries as we transition to our summer calendar. Our first year of life skills classes was a huge success. Our students learn 
to cook, sew, and turn pens and bowls on the lathe. They also took our Chevy project truck apart down to the engine block and rebuilt it from the frame up, including body work and paint.

Every Tuesday, they were served a meal, had a small group Bible study, then we bussed them to the warehouse for classes. Every Thursday, the kids and youth heard a lesson followed by recreation time. On the first Tuesday of every month, we planned a field trip to encourage the youth to invite their friends to church. Last month we had ice cream sundaes at Stars and Stripes Park on a perfect spring day. Their favorite field trip is coming over to our house, having a good meal, and playing kickball at the park across the street.

In January, we started preparing for our summer ministries in earnest. Our aging fleet of busses and vans are lightly used during the school year but are all critical transportation in the summer. Lucas and I have been fixing broken door handles, changing tires, and pulling motors to rebuild. This spring, we devoted every Monday and Wednesday to vehicle and building projects and are still racing to finish it before the summer.

This last week we cleared every non- summer related item out of the warehouse to make room for our lunch ministry. When summer comes, the crates will be ready to be filled, and the pallets of food will fill the warehouse and freezers. The vehicles will be prepared to be filled with children. The water slides will be mended, the rock wall will be inspected, and the circus tent ready to provide shade for crafts. The craft supply tubs will be filled of face paint, beads for bracelets, scissors, and reams of brightly colored paper. The missions’ teams are preparing to come from all over the region and praying for there week of working with the kids. The Bible lessons will be prepared, and the worship equipment will stand ready.
Soon the first day of lunches will come, and the popcorn makers will come alive. The coolers will be cleaned and ready for thousands of servings of corndogs, chicken nuggets, burritos, and pizza rolls. The busses will run full of our youth who have come to serve for the summer to deliver lunches. They will lead the mission teams out in the neighborhoods and apartments and show them where to go. The eyes of the children will light up as we knock on their doors to deliver the first lunches of the summer. Our staff and interns will have sign-up sheets for Bible clubs, and will start getting kids enrolled and ready for pickup.
Then it will happen; what we look forward to all year, the children will pour into the busses to come to church. They invite their friends, and soon we have 100 or more kids in the gym and the youth room. We open the Bible and begin to share the good news and forgiveness of the sins through Jesus Christ. At first, they just listen intently, then become involved in the Bible stories, both children and youth. Carefully we explain who Jesus is and why we need His forgiveness. Then each day, the lesson culminates in an invitation to respond to the good news of God’s grace.  In twenty years of full time ministry, I have had the opportunity of watching God change the lives of our precious children and it is through the power of the Gospel and through Jesus who is at the center of all we do.

As you can imagine when you start preparing 1,100 meals each morning and equip an army of staff and volunteers to take it across the city, the cost of ministry starts to rise. We trust God to provide, and we are praying to meet our June and July budget total of $90,000 for our summer ministry. I am so thankful for all the donors who quietly cheer us on and keep the wheels rolling on the busses. I look forward to reporting to you all the good things God has done this summer through Mission OKC”.

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.
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
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 5, 2022 – $10,136.47
Year to date budgeted $246,251.34     Year to date received $220,257.20

Annie Armstrong Mission Offering – $1,869.75
Bill Koehn Mission Offering – $590.00
Christian Light Foundation – $1,260.00
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