School Is Out for the Summer

I have to confess that even as an adult, I get a little excited when I see the last day of school. Many kids in our area are out already. Our church’s school, FBCS, will have an awards program tomorrow at 10 a.m. and thus begin summer vacation.

Last Tuesday, I attended our school’s Kindergarten graduation. We have a tradition at the end of letting each graduate go to the microphone and say what they want to be “when they grow up.” I always love hearing their answers. Their responses signal something of what they have learned and also who influences them. We heard the usual policeman, teacher, veterinarian, and football player. At our Christian school, we have a few aspiring missionaries, which thrills my heart. This year, one little girl said she wanted to be a “cheerleader.” This got a laugh from the audience. I had an immediate thought. Though I take her answer to be quite literal, I hope in that group of graduates that we have lots of cheerleaders in a more figurative manner. You know why? Our world could use more cheerleaders—more encouragers. The job of critic is well spoken for. We have our limit on critics. What we could use are more cheerleaders.

My pastor friends are forever saying things to me like, “You like having a school?” Or some might say, “Why do you do that?” Here is my answer in the best way I know how to give it to you. Our principal just called me to remind me of the answer. This school year, we had 28 students to profess their faith in Jesus. Many of these sealed that decision in prayer with their teacher. That’s why we do it.

To Him alone be all glory!

What’s Happening this Week at FBC?

If you are connected in any kind of way to children in school, you know that school is winding down for the summer. Many students are finished, and all will be finished by week’s end. Indeed, this is an exciting time.

We are finishing a great school year at FBCS. We will hold the year end Awards Ceremony Friday at 10 a.m. I am thankful for a great school year and look forward to our largest enrollment in school history when we return in August. Be praying for a few more students, especially in our high school.

As school gets out and family travel begins, let me urge you to make a commitment to your church family. Let’s have a great summer. When you are in town, be in your place. Now is a great time to renew your commitment. Renew your commitment to something that you have let slide. For some that might be a commitment to Sunday night service. For others that might be a commitment to Sunday School. Let’s have great attendance this summer. I will work hard in preparing to preach and lead worship. Let’s all work hard with faithful attendance.

This Sunday morning, we will continue our Summer Series on the Parables of Jesus. You can prepare by reading Matthew 13:44-46. These three verses actually give us two parables. Also, on Sunday, we have an exciting announcement about our next Student Minister. Don’t Miss!

We are now only a little over one week away from the beginning of Vacation Bible School. We owe a big “thank you” to everyone who has already volunteered. We need everyone to now be fully engaged not only in praying, but also involved in inviting children. As you pray, don’t forget about our evening plans for youth called “Spirit Week.” All church members can do us a big favor by registering your children in advance.

What’s Happening this Week at FBC?

Tonight, we have our regular Wednesday mid-week schedule. Some of our school year programs are beginning to wind down, but we have a full schedule tonight and a few more weeks. Join us for a meal beginning as early as 4:45 p.m. At 6:00, for our mid-week service, we are continuing our series in Exodus. Tonight, we are studying Exodus 17.

Sunday is going to be an exciting day of worship. We are continuing our series on the parables of Jesus, but with a specific tie to our Compassion Experience Weekend. It’s going to be a great day. You don’t want to miss.

As we approach Sunday, please join me in doing four things.

1. Pray for the presence of the Holy Spirit to be obvious in each of our services.
2. Go to our website, and register for the Compassion Experience. Remember the Compassion Experience will be open for you to visit on May 18-21 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. It is not too late!
3. Go to our website, and register your child for Vacation Bible School. This year’s VBS is for students who have completed 1st through 6th grades. Our VBS dates are June 4-8.
4. Go to and purchase tickets for the concert Jubliate which we are hosting this Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. and includes multiple choirs, including our choir.

See You Sunday!