Volume 3, Issue 3 | March 2020
In many places, March is notoriously windy: “In like a lion …!” Though I don’t like the damp chill that’s often part of the transition to spring, I love windy days. Something about the air’s movement — a gentle breeze or ferocious gale blowing through trees, against the house, in my hair — breeds excitement in me, anticipation that something new is astir.

How fitting that in conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus said, “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8, NRSV). Like Nicodemus, we fail to comprehend the Spirit of God. But Jesus reminds us that though we can’t see the Spirit, we feel his love, see his actions of justice and hear his sounds. These include kind words, bold preaching, weeping for another, shared laughter and songs of praise.
—Heidi Mann
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I recall the times I went to a church as a new pastor. I joined the church (obviously) and little by little over time got better acquainted with my new church family. It was a relatively easy process. After many years as pastor of the current church, I was called to serve in another church, which meant having to say good-bye to my current church family and then beginning the whole process (of getting to know the new church family) over again. Since I was their new pastor, again I joined the church and it was not a difficult decision to make.

After many years in the pastorate, I sensed the Lord leading me to serve in a different capacity (not as pastor of a church) in a new ministry. I prayed for His guidance and believing this is what I should do, I accepted the call and the change I would be entering. It meant packing up, selling my house and moving to another city. This would be a big change, but something I could do and of course I did.

After slowly getting settled into a new home and environment and starting a new job, I wanted to find a church home. That meant visiting different churches. And I did. But I began seeing that I could not find the right church after one visit; I had to visit several times. This process went on for several months. Now I had a choice to make: I was not going as a new pastor where I would quickly join up as a new member. I realized quickly that seeking a new church home was not as easy a process as before…especially in the larger cities where there are many churches to choose from. After about 6 months, and having visited many churches, I finally chose my church home, joined it and got involved.

This is my point: finding a new church home is not as easy as it may seem. Churches and church members should not make it hard for people to do so. People want to feel like they are wanted, needed and can make an impact. When they visit, they may be searching for a church home. Maybe they are looking for hope. Maybe they are lonely and seeking someone to talk to. A church would be the best place for them to come to. Let’s help them!

Some suggestions:
  1. Welcome them but don’t overwhelm them.
  2. Be genuinely friendly to them.
  3. Don’t judge them by their appearance.
  4. Let them sit wherever they choose (even if it is in “your” seat).
  5. Invite them to your churches activities without pushing them.
  6. Don’t ask them the first time they visit to serve on some committee.
  7. Do invite them back in a friendly way.
There may be other suggestions that have worked in your church.

It takes time to find a church home. For those who visit your church, welcome them, pray for them, invite them back and give them time to decide where God wants them to serve. Let’s help them to “not give up meeting together…”(Hebrews 10:25).

Your Fellow Servant,
Bro. Loren
Upcoming Events
March 2020
1st - FRBA Compañerismo Quarterly Meeting
(at Primera Iglesia Bautista Jerusalem - Natalia, TX)
3rd - OCL Meeting - 6:30pm
4th - South Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
8th - TIME CHANGE - Don't forget to "Spring Forward"
9th-13th - SPRING BREAK!! (Local Schools)
19th - East Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
20th-21st - SBTC Pause Retreat for Bi-Vocational Pastors & Wives ( Omni Corpus Christi Hotel )
2 4th - FRBA Executive Board Meeting
6:30pm – Fellowship
7:00pm – Business Meeting
26th - North Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
DON'T FORGET
to set your clocks forward on
March 8th !
April 2020
1st - South Zone Pastor’s Prayer Meeting
5th - Palm Sunday
7th - OCL Meeting - 6:30pm
9th - East Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
9th-11th - Pre-Easter Retreat (Alto Frio)
9th-10th - Good Friday/Easter Holiday Observance
(FRBA OFFICE CLOSED)
10th - Good Friday
12th - Easter Sunday
21st - Texas Baptist Educator's Retreat
20th-23rd - RENEW Spring Adult Conference (Alto Frio)
(details below)
23rd - North Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
23rd-25th - Texas Baptists Ministry Assistant's Conference (Lakeside Baptist Church - Grandbury, TX - details below)
25th - VBS Clinic (at FBC Charlotte )
SAVE THESE DATES!!
May 1st-3rd - FRBA Annual Ladies Retreat
(at H. E. Butt Foundation Camp)
May 11th-13th - SBTC Administrative Assistant's Retreat
(at Embassy Suites - San Marcos, TX)
COMING SOON!!
Iglesia Bautista Calvario / Calvary Baptist Church (Lytle)
would like to invite you to the following events at their church:
Youth Praise Concert Rally - March 28th at 7:00pm
There will be plenty of music, singing, testimonies & great times.
Youth from all surrounding area churches are invited.
(Adults & children are welcome as well.)
Round Up Sunday - March 29th at 9:45am
 Everyone is welcomed and lunch on the grounds will be provided.
Come join us for Bible Study, Praise & Worship, God’s Word and a FREE lunch
There will also be a contest for the best western dressed persons in attendance.
Click on the picture above for registration & more information.
Click HERE to for details & registraton!
PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE!!
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to change the dates
of our upcoming retreat. We will now be ending the retreat on Sunday, rather than
on Monday, which will mean one less day. Despite this change, we are confident
that this retreat will still be a wonderful blessing to all who attend.

Because of this, registration prices have been adjusted to $5 less per person.
Come join us for our 4th Annual Ladies' Retreat
at HEB Foundation Camp.

Pass the word to the ladies in your church or your bff's and get your group signed up while the early-bird group rates are still in effect!
(Special discounts available for groups of 10 or more.)

REGISTRATION FEES:
--Early Bird Group Registration (before April 1st - for groups of 10 or more)
$35.00 per person
--Regular Registration (on or after March 1st)
$50.00 per person
--Group Registration (on or after April 1st - for groups of 10 or more)
$45.00 per person

FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 17, 2020

You can find all the details (what-to-bring lists, directions to the campsite, a tentative schedule, and even bulletin inserts/fliers to share with your church on our website .
Around the Association
Trinity Baptist Church in Lytle is seeking a Christ-centered individual who feels called to ministry to fulfill the part-time Youth position at Trinity Baptist Church in Lytle, TX.
Skills/Qualifications:
  • Clear calling to ministry
  • Knowledge of the Bible
  • Strong communicator
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with students and adults
  • Adheres to the Baptist Faith and Message (2000)
  • Any musical ability is a plus but not required
Please send resumes with references to shaun.trinitybc@gmail.com
Primera Iglesias Betania (Devine) had their annual chili cook off on February 16th. Everyone had a great time, and the winners were:
Hermana Yolanda Costilla - 1st PLACE (center),
Hermana Minnie Lopez - 2nd PLACE (left) ,
and Hermana Leticia Esquivel - 3rd PLACE (right)
FBC Cotulla hosted a Valentine Banquet on February 14th
at the LaSalle Steakhouse in Cotulla. 40 people attended
including 2 couples from Big Wells, 1 couple from San Antonio,
and 1 couple from Carrizo Springs.

Among the evening's activities was the Oreo Cookie game
which required participants to move an Oreo cookie from their forehead
to their mouth without using their hands!

It was a fun evening of great food & fellowship.  
The March 1st Compañerismo gathering was held at
Iglesia Bautista Nueva Jerusalén (Natalia)
115 were in attendance with
11 pastors present. 
Another great time of fellowship!
A Deacon/Pastor Training session was held Saturday, Feb. 29th, at the FRBA office.
For a first time event of this kind, we were thrilled to have 14 deacons and 3 pastors present.
The session was lead by Fred Ater of Texas Baptists, and all enjoyed a delicious brisket meal by Al's Catering.
It was a very good meeting with lots of active participation.
January 1st thru March 1st
2019
Income: $28,375.09
Expenses: $25,971.75
2020
Income: $28,391.39
Expenses: $21,789.13
Love in Action
Operation Christian Love
by Beth Ann Brundrett
OCL recently accompanied a
group of residents from Casa Bethesda, Orphange for Children With Disabilites and Special Needs ( Piedras Negras, Mexico) on a outing (sponsored by OCL). Fourteen residents, along with some of
the staff, Sister Ursula Herrera,
a visiting sister, & several OCL representatives (a total of 22 people) enjoyed a meal and some wonderful fellowship together.

After sharing the meal, the residents went on a shopping spree to purchase chips and sodas to take back to Bethesda so that they
could have a party for the residents who were unable to attend with them. What a blessing to be able to see and feel the joy God provided that day!
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OCL volunteer Nancy Seals (from Cotulla) has been busy helping
with caulking and painting on
the Bob King Ministries building
in Quemado, TX.

The building is finally nearing completion! We plan to officially turn the keys over to the King family during the first week of March. We're excited to watch God at work as they continue to serve Him through their Hungry Kids International ministry.
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A new roof (for their home) was donated to Tim and Alma Chaires by Jody and Deborah Chmelik from East Bernard, TX.

Tim and Alma are from Iglesia Bautista Jerusalen in Eagle Pass and active OCL volunteers.  Alma was recently diagnosed with
stage 4 colon cancer. 
Please keep Alma and her
family in your prayers.
FRBA RESOURCE LIBRARY
This NEW Bible study and many more are available
through our resource library!

The Broken Way:
A Daring Path Into the Abundant Life
by Ann Voskamp
(6-session DVD study)

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.
Frio River Baptist Association | Phone: 830-334-2061 | Fax: 830-334-3025 | Email | Website