Volume 1, Issue 5 | July 2018

As we celebrate Independence Day , let it be a reminder
to lift our country and all our leaders in prayer.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Summer has arrived and that usually means a lot of activities will be taking place; not only with the churches but also with families. Summer is really a fun time of the year, but it can also become overwhelmingly busy.

It is exciting to hear of all the VBS’s going on throughout our association. Just about every week, our calendar shows that we have one or more going on. I have been able to visit a few of those schools and it is great to see the many kids and adults involved. And the summer has only begun. More VBS’s will be taking place in the weeks to come. But that is not all: many of the FRBA churches will be involved in summer camps, mission projects locally as well as out of state. All of this is part of God’s Kingdom work – sharing the Gospel with those who may never have heard of His love and care for their lives. Do keep these summer programs in prayer. It is a great encourager to know that others are praying for you.

Now that is what the churches are doing. Families will also have many personal activities going on…like summer community activities, summer vacations, trips out of town, camping, possibly shopping for next year’s school supplies, etc, etc. It seems like one could become exhausted by the time summer ends. So what can be done to not get overly extended?

Let me share some suggestions. Take regular “time outs” to relax and rest. Read a book. Take a short walk. Watch a good movie. Take a nap. Spend quiet time praying and reading God’s word. Work on something you enjoy doing. There may be other ideas that you can consider doing to balance out your busy summer. You recall in Scripture where Jesus, after busy ministry activities (healing, feeding thousands, teaching), would get away and be alone. Those times may have been His way of taking a “time out”. His example is a good one for all of us. It is important that we be about our Lord’s business, but be careful about getting so busy that you become ineffective in your overall ministry.

With all that said, I wish you a great and enjoyable summer. Make the most of it. And remember that the Lord is always with you and is working in and through you to further His Kingdom work.
 
Your Friend in Christ,
Bro. Loren
Upcoming Events
July 2018
3 - OCL Meeting - 6:30pm
4 - Independence Day Holiday (FRBA OFFICE CLOSED)
8-13 - Area Youth Camp (Alto Frio)
16-20 - Master’s Camp - Youth (Alto Frio)
23-27 - Emmanuel Camp - Youth (Alto Frio)
29-Aug 1 - Progressive Youth Fusion
(see details below)
29-Aug 1 - BGCT Annual Meeting (Arlington Convention
Center - Arlington, TX)
August 2018
1 - West Zone Pastor’s Prayer Meeting
2-5 - Family Camp (Alto Frio)
7 - OCL Meeting - 6:30pm
14 - FRBA Executive Board Meeting
- 6:30pm - Food & Fellowship
- 7:00pm – Business Meeting
31-Sept 2 - Legacy Family Retreat (Alto Frio)
Youth Fusion Progressive Revival is Sunday July 29th - August 1st . Each night has worship and a message from Guest Speaker Josh Humbert . Churches that attend Masters Camp have been blessed to hear Josh share from God's Word. After the sermon will be free food and fellowship. Each night is free but we will be taking a love offering to help offset the cost of the band and speaker. We had a great Youth Fusion last summer and averaged about 125 people a night.

The times and locations are:
6:30pm Sunday July 29th @ FBC Carrizo Springs
6:30pm Monday July 30th @ FBC Pleasanton
6:30pm Tuesday July 31st @ FBC Charlotte
8:00pm Wednesday August 1st @ Trinity Baptist in Lytle

Yes, Wednesday night will be starting later. For any church interested, we will be having a End of Fusion Lockin at Green Acres in LaVernia from midnight to 4AM . The cost is $35 per person and will cover unlimited gokarts, bumper boats, batting cages, mini-golf, arcades and more. Each church will be allowed and encouraged to bring outside food and drinks (much cheaper than buying it there.)

The Lockin is optional . You are not required to attend the Lockin if you come to any night of Youth Fusion. In fact the assocational youth committee understands that the summer is a very busy time for churches. If your church can only make one or two nights of YF, we would love to have you come when you can.

For more information or if you want me to customize the attached png, feel free to contact me. 
(Click HERE to view the flier.)

Yours in Christ,
Brian Avery
Youth Minister
(940) 329-8258 Cell
(830) 569-2582 Church

If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
Around the Association
Please join FBC Christine & FBC Pearsall in prayer as they get closer to service projects coming up in July. Both youth groups will be coming together to serve the City of Christine. No strings attached, just the simple act of obedience to be the hands and feet of Jesus. These teenagers and sponsors are choosing to dedicate the week to construction projects and landscaping needs in and around the city simply because they were once served.

The mornings will be spent on service projects and the evenings will be dedicated to FBC Christine's VBS... God is on the move in many mighty ways! Pray for open hearts, clear minds, lots of perseverance and a cool breeze!

If you would like to get more information on these service projects or would like to help, contact FBC Christine, and they’ll get you in touch with the right person.
A great time of worship and fellowship took place June 3rd at the quarterly meeting of the FRBA Compañerismo Hispano held at Primera Iglesia Bautista in Crystal City. Ten churches were represented with 113 people present. (More pictures are available on our website - click here to see them.)
Why A Short Term Mission Trip?
Hi everyone my name is Lindsay Cartwright, myself and 5 other people were chosen to go on short term mission trip to Hungary. I had a lot of people ask me why did I want to go to Hungary? My answer to their question was because God wanted me to go serve Him.

When my church (Cowboy Fellowship of Atascosa County) announced they would be sending a micro mission team to Hungary I felt God telling me I needed to go. I believe when the Lord is telling you to do something don’t hesitate just do it.

We would be helping Morning Star Ranch Ministry in Lajosmizse, Hungary about 40 mins from Budapest. Morning Star Ranch is an outreach program and camp for children. They combine the love of horses with the love and education of Christ.

The missionaries there needed construction help. Our jobs were to help renovate a cabin that would house some missionaries now and also help with the construction of their community center that would house more campers and missionaries. We installed insulation, wiring and hung sheet rock. We were also involved in their outreach event for the community which featured one of our team members who incorporated horses and Christ together. It was an awesome experience to serve the Lord!
June 10-June 15 the Cowboy Fellowship Preteens (FisH) , took a group of kids to serve at Mission Arlington . The team had work projects in the am where they passed out flyers for upcoming events at apartment complexes in Forth Worth, they held a free yard sale for their assigned apartment complex, they delivered donated furniture to over ten apartments, and they helped an elderly couple pack up their home of 40 years.
 
In the afternoon, the kids held a backyard Bible study called Rainbow Express at an assigned apartment complex in Fort Worth. Each day 10-20 kids joined us for puppets, worship, games, arts and crafts, and Bible Study. They were able to watch the kids really begin to understand the love of Jesus and what He has done for us. One of he FisH kids came back stating, "I didn't realize just how spoiled I am." after seeing the living conditions of some of the families they served.
UPCOMING MISSION TRIPS
Pastor Mike Barrera is leading FBC Devine to Alaska to help two churches two hours from Anchorage, Alaska. 10 members of FBC Devine will be working on construction projects, Children’s Ministry, Evangelism & Pastor Mike will be teaching the pastors & leaders in several church-related topics. Pray for them as they leave July 31st & come back Aug. 8th. 
Pastor Sonny, Roberta, and Josiah Osio (Belen Baptist Church - Dilley, TX) will be going to Cruzeta, Brazil July 19th-28th. They desire your prayers as they go to make Jesus known in Cruzeta.

They will be planting a Baptist church. There is not a single Protestant Church in Cruzeta, which has a population of 10,000 people. Therefore there is a great need to get a church planted there.

They are excited and are looking forward to taking the gospel of Jesus. They also express their gratitude to all who have supported them through prayer and finances.
MannaFest 2018 was a wonderful success. Every face I looked at had a smile on it. Every eye that I made contact with had the look of joy in it. Every word I heard spoken was kind, gentle, loving and sincere. Manna (spiritual nourishment) was served. I believe all the work, donations, sponsors, artists, and association members responded to the call of the Lord and allowed His spirit to be present. Our Lord Jesus Christ makes all things possible. The seed was planted at MannaFest and we shall grow it as the Lord see's fit.
 
Now we shall hold on to these wonderful memories and blessing forever. To add even more in the days, months and years ahead.
Lastly, THANK YOU Frio River Baptist Association for your support. Your help and support made a difference.
 
Blessings,
Patrick Bourcier

(Click HERE to see lots of pictures from the event!)
Harvest Community Church Youth (Olathe, CO) recently enjoyed bowling together.
Cowboy Fellowship of Atascosa County is HIRING a Ministry Assistant ! If you are interested, follow this link for more information.

FBC Christine is HIRING a Youth Director . For more information contact the church office at 830-784-3548.

Do you know someone who might be interested? Please pass the word.
Vacation Bible School Schedules
July
1st-6th - Primera Iglesia Bautista (Laredo)
9th-13th - FBC Christine & FBC Devine
9th-14th - Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida (Pearsall)
15th-19th - Tilden Baptist Church
15th-20th - FBC LaCoste
22nd-26th - Encinal Community Church
Summer started off strong with at least 14 of our churches hosting Vacation Bible School during June! We've got lots of pics so please click on the links below to go to our website where you can see them!
FBC Cotulla
Crosspoint Fellowship (Pleasanton)
Moore Baptist Church
Myla Sorrell made a public profession of faith in Christ during FBC Natalia's VBS Family Night Service. Many children throughout our association make decisions for Christ through VBS. This is why all the hard work is WORTH IT! Special thanks to all of you who give of your time and talents to make Vacation Bible School happen each year.
FBC Carrizo Springs held a Bi-Lingual Adult Vacation Bible School that included crafts and snacks just like the children’s classes. Pastor Frank Flores (Pastor of Gethsemane and Asherton Mission Churches) and Mrs. Paula Campos Seydel taught the classes and are looking forward to doing them again next year.
The West Zone Pastor's Prayer Group met at Primera Iglesia Bautista in Laredo for their June meeting.
They will NOT meet in July, but will meet again on August 1st at FBC Cotulla .
Our FRBA Moderator, Bro. Cliff Harden (FBC LaCoste) recently celebrated his 75th birthday with his great grandson Levi. Happy Birthday Bro. Cliff!!

His church is also getting ready for their participation in the annual 4th of July Parade in Castroville, TX. Their theme is the VBS GAME ON. They are making a football/soccer field float, and passing out information about their upcoming VBS.
Operation Christian Love
by Beth Ann Brundrett
Last month, I mentioned that a group of v olunteers led by Wayne and Ann Barber from the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jasper, Texas would be coming to Eagle Pass to deliver a load of donations. They came the first week of June and spent time be sorting and boxing these donations at Iglesia Bautista Jerusalen (More pictures can be found by clicking HERE .)
A local interdenominational group hosted a Bible study at Sister Ursula's house for the volunteers.  Frank & Isabel Banda led the study with an inspirational program and then shared their ministry with the group.  Helen & Newman from Eagle Pass led the music for the evening.
With less than 6 months until the OCL Christmas ministry, many volunteers are busy preparing their gifts of love for others. Christmas stockings, crocheted caps & scarves, lap robes, blankets, quilts, etc., are being made. Socks & underwear, shoes, other clothing, stuffed animals & other toys & items are being collected. Donations of fabric & thread are being given to the volunteers. Bibles, Bible story & work notebooks are on the top of the list to be selected & purchased. Our goal is to reach 4,000 children.

Margaret from FBC Devine is making aprons along with her other gifts. The kitchen workers in the orphanages & soup kitchens will be thrilled to be remembered. Some are staff & many are volunteers.

Volunteers from FBC Charlotte spent June 28th, 29th, & 30th assisting Mano de Dios Soup kitchen in Piedras Negras. The group stayed in Eagle Pass at Casa Caridad (“House of Charity”) under the care of Sister Ursula Herrera. Br & Mrs. Sepulveda are so thankful for the assistance. It was a blest time.
Sam Craig Ministries hosted an event called "We Got Your Back" (honoring Korean and Vietnam Veterans) in Cotulla on June 9th.

A caravan began from Lytle with escorts from Atascosa, Medina, Frio, and LaSalle County Sheriff's Departments to lead the group to the Talbert L Bar Ranch and Lodge in Cotulla. 
LaSalle County Law Officers joined the veterans at dinner, and even President George Washington showed up to speak to the honored guests!
Tilden Baptist Church showed us that being the hands and feet of Jesus can be as simple as providing watermelon and bananas for Spina Bifida benefit riders passing through your area. For more pics, click HERE .
FRBA RESOURCE LIBRARY
These Bible studies for men and many more are available
through our resource library!
The Man Code: Unlocking the Potential of Life's Most Important Relationships
(6-week DVD study) - featuring Dennis Swanberg
&
The Man I Want to Be: Finding Your Way to A Life That Counts
(6-week DVD study)- featuring Neal Jeffrey

Click here to download one of our checkout forms. Then just complete it and
bring it by the office to borrow a Bible study to meet your needs.

We’re also accepting donations of used DVD Bible study kits.
If you or your church have some that you are no longer using, we’d love
to have them here to share with other churches in our Association.
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