Authentic – Change

I always called my Great Grandmother, ‘Mamoo’. Mamoo was my Mom’s Grandma. We would go to her house after church on Sunday for visits. There would always be some kind of great dessert. As she got older she moved from her house to an Assisted Living Center. She was a godly woman. She passed away while I was still pretty young. But my memories of her are fond. One of the things I remember was that every time we went to see her she would always give me change from her purse. Sometimes it was only pennies, sometimes quarters and occasionally even a 50 cent piece! She would always give the change to me and my brother and then say, “Don’t spend it all in one place.”

I liked to take the change she gave me and put it in a little plastic trash can…by little I mean it set on my shelf and I could hold it in one hand. I still have it. I got into the habit of putting the change she gave and any other change I received into that trash can. I still do that today. I remember the first time the trash can was filled to the top. I dumped it on the floor and felt like Scrooge McDuck swimming in his sea of money. I thought I was rich beyond the dreams of avarice! It was only a little change, but spread across the floor it really seemed like a mountain.

I bagged it all up and took it to the store. I had my eye on a bike. When it came time to pay I handed the clerk my bag. We dumped the money on the counter and began to count all the way up to $100, paid for in pennies. It’s amazing the good things that can happen with just a little change.

Change is on the horizon for our church. At the beginning of the year Page Cole announced that God was moving him from vocational ministry within our church to another kind of ministry that was focused on meeting the needs of senior adults. Just recently Mark Yoakum announced God was calling him to First Baptist Euless, a church he’s served in the past. And so now with nearly 6 months of 2007 under our belts we see clearly that God’s giving us a little change and with it He has something exciting in store for the people of First Baptist Owasso.

With these things in mind tonight, during our all together time @ 7:30 in the Worship Center, I will share with you a change that is coming within the Christian Arts Ministry – now, don’t jump to conclusions. I know with all this talk of change and Page and Mark you might get the wrong idea…I’m not going anywhere. I have you in my heart. God is leading our church in a direction that is exciting, challenging and remarkable. Like the gifts my Mamoo used to give me, God’s direction requires a little change. In the days ahead we will discover together God’s next step for us as we serve Him in this place. It’s amazing the good things that can happen with just a little change. I look forward to seeing you tonight so I can tell you even more.

Love y’all, God Bless,

Chad

Notes to Notice

Come Hang with Me

CALLING ALL CAM MEMBERS! Whether you’re on the Drama Team, in the Choir, play and Instrument, Run a Camera or Decorate things – Wednesday, May 2nd from 6:30 – 8:00pm is for you and guest! Invite someone to come hang with you that night to HANG with you and the rest of CAM out in the Hanger. We’ll prepare for Worship, have a great time together and discover what’s coming next in the life of CAM! Plan now to attend and bring someone with you. Don’t miss it!

When: Wednesday, May 2nd, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Where: the HANGAR, where the students meet regularly.

Who: Anyone involved in CAM!

We will have Praise Band and Praise Team rehearsal from 8:15 – 9:00pm in the Worship Center immediately after come hang with me!

AWANA RECOGNITION

Wednesday, May 30th will be our annual AWANA Recognition service in the Worship Center from 6:30 – 8:00pm. I would like to invite everyone involved in our regular rehearsals to attend. With inflatable’s, games and food as well as a special service this will be a great time for families. It’s also a great opportunity for us to reach out to parents who may not really attend church anywhere.

Because of this service we won’t have our regular Wednesday rehearsals. We will have Praise Band and Praise Team rehearsal from 8:15 – 9:30 in the Worship Center.

SUNDAY, MAY 6TH – SPECIAL GUEST, CALEB JERNIGAN

You all know Caleb. He’s our Assistant Student Minister and a gifted Lead Worshiper. Sunday, May 6th Caleb will lead our morning and evening services. Caleb has asked for our AM Praise Band and Praise Team to lead with him during the morning service and the PM Praise Band to lead with him during the New Community Service. Celebration Choir and Instrumental Ensemble we’d like for you to have this opportunity to experience worship with your family.

We’ll be back to our ‘normal’ rehearsals and schedule on Wednesday, May 9th & Sunday, May 13th – that Sunday is Mother’s Day! See you then!

ARE YOU IN?

A fully devoted follower is easy to identify. They make healthy choices. They have a healthy appetite for spiritual things – that’s prayer and Bible Study. And they participate in healthy activity – that’s church involvement. Are you involved in Small Group Bible Study? Do you participate in our Worship Services beyond the moments you’re on the platform or serving in the service? If you’re not, you’re missing out. To find out how you can be involved contact me, chad@fbcowasso.org!

YOU MAKE THE CALL

They’re out there, waiting to be asked. People who sing, play instruments, have a little technical knowledge and who are great people to be with. Who could you invite from your Sunday School class this week to be involved in CAM?

RESCUE – the Prayers We Pray

Health Issues

Janet Greene’s Brother, Quentin – surgery in Shawnee

Chad Barnard – Jennifer had a bone scan with negative results

Kathleen Colburn – her mother has had two small strokes and is having health issues

Melissa Tyndall – ongoing health concerns

Pray for each name on the list like this, “Father, you are able to heal. You’ve given us doctors and medicine. You’ve surrounded each of these people with people who love and care for them. Let each person on the list be confident in Your grace. Heal them and let them tell the story of your salvation – not just spiritual, but physical – to those around them.

Spiritual Matters

Lori Thrun’s daughter – salvation

Pray like this, “Dear Jesus, soften her heart. Draw her to Yourself. Let her ask the right questions. Let Lori and Wally give the right answers. Help her understand and believe.”

Praise

Steve K. – Thanks to Carolyn Burd for the food she prepares for us every Sunday AM.

Praise like this, “Heavenly Father, thank you for Carolyn Burd. Bless her and her family. Give me opportunity this week to express my appreciation to her personally. Thank you, God, for the many ways you provide for our needs and for the people through whom you do it. I pray that I will always be grateful for the things you give and that I too would be generous and always ready to serve someone else.”

All these things we pray in Jesus name.

Order of Service

Sunday AM – 04-29-07

iFamily | iDon’t – Starting Right: Rating Your Dating

VIDEO | First in Action

PRE-SERVICE

CD | Countdown

CHOIR SPECIAL

O Praise Him – G, CHART

CONGREGATIONAL MUSIC

Down at the Cross – Ab, BH – 140

VIDEO | First in Action

WELCOME

Dr. Roger Ferguson

WELCOME MUSIC

Take My Life – G, CHART

DRAMA

iFamily Talk Show – iDon’t

CONGREGATIONAL MUSIC

MT58 – G, CHART

MESSAGE – [this may have a short VIDEO in the middle]

Dr. Roger Ferguson

INVITATION

Take My Life – G, CHART

OFFERING

Presentation of New Members

Close

MT58 – G, CHART

VIDEO | First in Action

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Oh Praise Him

Holy Like You

For Every Mountain

Keep Me True

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