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Top September 2016 
A monthly newsletter from Field Street Baptist Church

We exist to make CHRIST known by proclamation and living of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


In This Issue
Music Ministry
Children's Ministry
Senior Adult Ministry
Community Missions/Administration
Monthly Budget Statistics
Student Parent
 Information Luncheon
  Sunday, September 11
Noon ~ FLC
 $5 per person ($20 Family Max)
Beth Moore Simulcast
Saturday, September 17
10:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. 
Cost: $15
Tickets are on sale in the church office or from a Women's Ministry Member.

Weekly Schedule
FSBC Ministerial Staff

Bible Study

Attendance Averages

Worship Attendance Averages
Financial Statistics
Week of Prayer
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From Our Pastor

Fall Sermon Series-The Sermon on the Mount
I believe that God has led me to preach through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) beginning Sunday, September 11. This series will prove to be the greatest challenge to our church of any series I have preached. Without question, the Sermon on the Mount is the most significant, famous teaching uttered from arguably the greatest preacher who ever walked the face of this earth. I have a confident sense that our church is going to be radically changed as a result of hearing these words from our Lord. Please pray for this series and for the heart of the church to be tender and receptive to this portion of God's Word.

Personnel Information
As you are aware, Chuck Gartman recently retired from local church ministry and accepted a position with Howard Payne University in the capacity of Director Ministry Guidance in the School of Christian Studies. This is a terrific opportunity for Chuck; I know he will excel in this capacity. With Chuck's departure on our staff, it is natural for there to be questions about ministry personnel going forward.
In consultation with the Personnel Committee, the plan at this point is not to pursue the recruiting of another full-time staff member. There are several reasons for suspending calling another staff member at this time. First, the designated account which funds the ministry position Jerry Melson holds will be depleted soon. Jerry's salary, benefits, and ministry expenses back under the operational budget beginning January 1, 2017. Chuck's departure would allow us to do this and still save a modest amount of money. The amounts budgeted for Chuck's position would, in essence, pending approval by the church, then be used to provide for a church body. At some point, I am hopeful the time may come when we pursue another staff member; however, that may be a while. In the meantime, I am certain we are well and capably staffed. Each of our ministry staff members, with the exception of Josh, will bear some responsibility for the education arm of our church relative to the age group of which they oversee. We are still negotiating the distribution of a few other responsibilities which fell under Chuck's oversight. Please be patient with us as we navigate these changes. Third, we want to eliminate the debt on the children's building, and in doing so, this will give us a bit of relief relative to the finances of the church. We hope to pay off the children's building by October 2017. I am grateful for both our ministry and support staff. We are blessed as a congregation to have called and committed staff. Please pray for each of us as we serve the Lord and serve with you.

Invitation Decorum & Etiquette
You, the Holy Spirit, and Scripture are critical partners in the moments of invitation at the conclusion of a worship service. Together, how can all of us work to create an optimal environment in these sacred moments for God to have His way in the lives of people? First, be prayerful and reverent. Recognize that there is a spiritual battle of epic proportion taking place at the time of response EVERY Sunday. The enemy will use all means available (cell phones, crying infants, a child with a full bladder, people exiting the sanctuary, etc.) to distract us away from opening ourselves up to the Spirit of God at the time of the invitation. Pray for responsiveness and obedience to the Spirit as He moves in the hearts of people. Second, understand that these precious moments are very short, but there is great potential for eternal impact. As parents, we need to educate our young children about what is at stake during these moments, and help them to watch and anticipate the movement of God. As we all know, we teach our children most effectively by our own example. The service will be over soon, and they can make it a few more minutes! (I've been there myself.) Third, if you MUST leave the service before the closing prayer, please do so with as little distraction as possible. Dear church, the entire service is planned with many objectives in mind, one of which is to move people to a heartfelt, life-changing response to God. You play an important role in the invitation decorum and etiquette. Thank you for your assistance. May God move mightily and visibly in our midst as we gather to worship Him.
See you Sunday!

        John Hall, Pastor  
Music Ministry 


Living Christmas Tree Kick-off--Wednesday, September 14--7:00 p.m.

I hope that you will make every effort to join us for our kick-off for the 2016 Living Christmas Tree presentation. Join us on September 14th at 7:00 p.m. for a time of fellowship and the revealing of this year's music. We will have the opportunity to listen and sing through the entire collection. Even if you have no experience in choir or music, join us as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior?


Children's Choirs resume September 14th

We are beyond blessed with a wonderful  children's choir ministry here at Field Street. We have a wonderful group of leaders, coordinated by Sally Smith, that are ready and excited to work with your children. We hope that you will take advantage of this wonderful ministry of Field Street.

--Josh Thomas
Minister of Music
Children's Ministry
It's hard to believe that 5 years of ministry at FSBC have come and gone. Thank you, church family, for allowing me and my family the opportunity to serve alongside of you. We look forward to many more years of service!
Our first annual 1st Grade Breakfast was held on Promotion Sunday this year. Ten of our first graders, and their families, participated. Each child was presented with a new Bible, and our incoming 7th graders assisted before they officially promoted to youth. This was a meaningful time for these families as we celebrated these special milestones in each of their lives.

Children's Choirs & AWANA Kick Off/Registration
Wednesday, September 7          6:00 -7:00 p.m.      Children's Bldg. 
Our first night of programs will begin on September 14th.
Please join us on Wednesday, September 14, on the first floor lobby of the Children's Building, beginning at 6:00 p.m., for our weekly "Coffee Talk Fellowships." This fellowship is for all parents of our Children's Choirs and AWANA students. Light snacks will be provided.
Our BIG (Believers in God) Puppet Ministry will rehearse each Sunday night from 5-6 p.m. in the Children's Theater, beginning September 18th. If you have a child in 1st grade or above who would like to participate, please contact Chris Rizo or Jennifer Howington. 
All preteens are invited to join us for our annual Fall Preteen Retreat on September 9-10 at Rick and Anne Deem's home. The purpose of this retreat is to build a team of 5th & 6th graders who will bond and grow together as a group as they ultimately grow closer to our Lord and Savior. We hope that you will be able to join us for this exciting event. We will depart from the church at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9th.
Early Learning Center-Enrollment for 2016-17
Contact Jeana LeBlanc at 817-645-4376
Days:  Tuesday-Thursday
Tuition: $165/month
(plus a $60 one-time registration fee and a $25 supply fee, twice a year)

Upcoming Dates:
Children's Choirs & AWANA Registration - September 7, 6-7 p.m.
1st Night of Children's Choirs and AWANA - September 14
Preteen Retreat - September 9-10, departure time 5:00 p.m.
Parent's Night Out - October 8, 6-9 p.m.
Trunk or Treat - October 30, 6:00-7:30 p. m.
Thank you for your support and participation in our preschool and children's ministry. What a joy it is to serve our Lord and Savior at  Field Street Baptist Church. 

--Jennifer Howington
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Student Ministry

Do you want to change the world?
A disciplemaker is a multiplier. A disciplemaker makes disciples who make more disciples, who make more disciples, etc. As he makes disciples who make disciples, eventually the Lord uses his obedience to create a "disciplemaking tree."

This summer I had the privilege of taking 45 students and 10 adults to summer camp in Glorieta, NM. At the end of the week, I presented them with a simple, yet profound charge: "Will you disciple one person this upcoming school year?"
Carrying out the numbers can be staggering. If we started with 45 students in June 2016, and each student took seriously the call to make one disciple over the next year, then charge that new disciple to make another new disciple alongside of them in the next calendar year, then revival would break out in no time. Now, that is a confusing sentence, so here is a more simple breakdown:
Summer 2016-45 original disciples
Summer of 2017-45 original disciples + 45 "new disciples" = 90 disciples
Summer of 2018-90 disciples+90 "new disciples" =180 disciples
Summer of 2019-180 disciples+180 "new disciples" = 360 disciples
Summer of 2020-360 disciples+360 "new disciples"=720 disciples
Summer of 2021-720 disciples+720 "new disciples"=1,440 disciples
Summer of 2022-1,440 disciples+1,440 "new disciples"=2,880 disciples
Summer of 2023-2,880 disciples=2,880 disciples=5,760 disciples
According to report from the Texas Department of Education, there were right around 6, 600 students in the Cleburne Independent School District in 2014. According to those numbers, if students took Jesus' command to make disciples, even at a rate of one per year, then in theory virtually the entire school district in Cleburne, Texas could be revolutionarily change, as soon as 7 years from now, by the power of the gospel working through followers of Jesus.

The question is, are we going to take the commissioning call to make disciples seriously? Perhaps if we did, we'd see the dramatic change we so desire for our communities, country, and world.
September 11--Annual Parent Luncheon, Noon
In Christ Alone,
--Daniel Morrow

Senior Adult Ministry 


DO YOU REMEMBER. . . the game called "Ready or Not?' That's kind of the way I feel about September. Ready or not. . .here it is! I love September because it signals the beginning of fall activities. If I were from Oklahoma, I would probably sing "Back in the Saddle Again," but since I'm from Texas, suffice to say "things are about to start up again." For Senior Adults, here's some "things" to keep in mind.

 MONDAY, September 12--MABS (Monday Aftesenior adultsrnoon Bible Study) is back! Our meeting time and place is the same: 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Room 114. I'm going to do two sessions this fall. The first is called: "The Kingdom Within" and the second is called: "Lessons Learned in the University of Adversity." It is a study of the life of Joseph. I'm looking forward to teaching again! Hope to see you there


TUESDAY, September 13--our first Young at Heart meeting. We will hear mission reports from Jennifer Howington, Betsy Ruffin and Mark Smith We're looking forward to a great "beginning." Our program will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Family Life Center followed by a great lunch.


PROBABLY. . .by the time you receive this edition of the eFocus, Joyful Sound will be in full swing. We're kicking off our fall with a retreat on Tuesday, September 6, but we'll be into our regular weekly rehearsal by September 13--9:30 -10:30 a.m. in the choir room. Looking forward to having a great choir this year.


Sunday, September 18--we're going to host the senior adult choir (Golden Heirs) from Calvary Baptist Church in Rosenberg. This is the church where Matt Martin is serving. They will be our guest choir iin both the 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services. Joyful Sound is hosting a lunch for them. We're looking forward to having them with us.

  --John Glover

Community Missions/
Irving Elementary
The new school year is right around the corner. We have the opportunity, again, to work with Irving Elementary school in providing volunteers to mentor, tutor, and be "Reading Buddies" for these children.
If you are interested in taking part in this wonderful ministry, please contact Jerry, jerrym@fieldstreet.com, or 817-645-4376.

Begins this Sunday, September 11, with an introductory session. We meet @5:00 p.m. in the church parlor.

If you, or anyone you know, have lost a friend or loved one, please join us. This is a great opportunity to be a part of a support system that will help you move forward in your grieving process.

Contact Jerry for more details - jerrym@fieldstreet.com

--Jerry Melson 
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Our new Fall 2016 semester is underway with 9 students enrolled.


We are currently enlisting women who will be Journey Partners with our participants. This is such a significant role in our ministry. A Journey Partner is someone who will be a good listener, encourager, and prayer warrior. It does not require a large investment of time. If you would like to know more details, please call the CWJC office at 817-645-9979 or see Becky Miles.


Our Splendid Lily clothing boutique is in need of sizes 16-24. We also accept shoes, jewelry, and purses. All donations need to be clean, professional and in good condition. You can bring them to the Job Corps building Monday-Thursdays from 8:30-Noon. We are grateful to Lana Wade, Nancy Gilliam, and Sandra Buerger for organizing the boutique and helping the participants put together outfits for job interviews.


Please add CWJC to your prayer list. Your prayer support sustains us.