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WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?! Newsletter for August 2019

Hurray! We’ve survived the scorching heat of July! I was feeling just a tad crabby towards the end. How about you? School is starting back up, so rejoice ye parents! Here are all the goings-on for the month of August…

Sunday, August 4, is the day of meetings and All.The.Things. There is a Council meeting at 8:30am, a Business meeting at Noon, and a Missions meeting at 12:30pm. The Varsity Youth will be meeting immediately after church at the Suttons for their Back-To-School event. Teens, bring your swimsuit and a side of something edible, because y’all eat like the locusts from Exodus!
If that isn’t enough excitement for you, there is also a Church Fellowship at 5:30pm, so bring your favorite vittles and your best conversation tidbits to share.
If that still isn’t enough excitement for you, you can Pray the Halls at Parke Heritage High School from
6:00-7:00pm. Whew!

Wednesday, August 7, is the first day of school and to celebrate, the JV Youth will be having a Back-To-School Pizza Party at 6:30pm. Varsity Youth gets the night off to read Shakespeare.

Saturday, August 10, is the SCBI Missions Lifeline Training Conference at Calvary Baptist in Greenfield, IN. This is really for the entire family…kids PreK-6th grade will have a Missions Mini Camp and their lunch is free. Adults and teens can have lunch provided for $5. See Pastor Robert IMMEDIATELY to get signed up…RUN, don’t walk! You only have until August 1st to register.
Oh! And don’t forget there is also a church work day from 8am-Noon this day! Help is always appreciated!

Sunday, August 11, we will be having a Teachers Planning Meeting following the morning service. Lunch and child care will be provided. Please RSVP with either Ms. Sue or Deb to ensure we have enough hands for the littles, as well as plenty of grub. Be sure to watch the (4) videos you should have received through email, as we will be discussing them at the meeting.

Wednesday, August 14, TeamKID will start up for the 2019-2020 school year! Consider how can you serve this ministry this year? Ask Gary or Claudia Overpeck for details!
JV and Varsity Youth will be back in full swing then, too. Dinner starts at 5:45pm, with lesson time from 6:30-7:30pm. See you and all your kiddos there!

Sunday, August 25 at 5:30pm, the Missions team will welcome guest speaker and Operation Christmas Child spokesperson, Alina Aisina. She is a “Full Circle” shoebox recipient. Don’t know what that means? Come to the program and find out! This event will take place in the Fellowship Hall, with a meal and childcare to be provided by the Missions team. Come meet Alina and OCC representative, Marjorie Tate, to learn how the boxes you put together get in the hands of children all over the world to make an eternal difference.

Still got time on your hands, and looking for even more to occupy your time?? Gotcha covered! Go sort out all those unwanted shoes that you’ve stashed in your closet or under you bed! Our youth groups are collecting shoes for the ongoing BCM Shoe Drive. Shoes can be new or used, for all ages of kids or adults, and all sizes and styles! Just be sure they are gently worn, and in wearable condition. Before you bring your “unwanted’s” to the church, please be helpful, and tie the laced-up shoe pairs together, and rubber-band all other shoe pairs together! Makes sorting and packing all those shoes so much easier!!

July 2016 Newsletter

WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?! Newsletter

Believe it or not, people, we are halfway through 2016! The days are just flying by! Crazy, crazy, crazy! Sit yourself down with a big ole glass of sweet tea and let me tell you all the things you can do with your church family this month!

First up…you need to know that the church office will be closed on Monday, July 4, because…y’all…hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon and sparklers! National holiday! It’s a thing! Whatever you need to ask Pastor Garry and Miss Sue…do that on Tuesday! OK?

Wednesday, July 6, come to Beechwood Park for some games and pool time. Games and snacks for our 252 kid and our Youth kids will start at 7:00pm and you can jump in the pool at 8:00 until 9:00’ish pm. There is no charge for the fun, unless you would like some additional snack items from the concession stand while swimming. Who’s invited, you ask? Well, 252 kids, Youth group kids, and their families and workers…that sounds like just about everyone to me! Check with Andy & Janine Sutton if you have any questions and they say you kids should bring a friend! Sounds like a good time!

Sunday, July 10 at 6:00pm, will be another Church-wide Pitch-In Fellowship. There will be no Bible study that evening…just some good food and good conversation! Look at it as an opportunity to relax before the craziness of the 4-H fair begins!

And that brings me to Sunday, July 24 at 7:00pm. There will be no Bible study that evening to give you the opportunity to go to the fairgrounds for Vesper Services. Such a nice blessing to be able to worship with our Christian neighbors within our county!

Sunday, July 31 at noon, there will be a 252 Kids Fall Planning Meeting. This meeting is for anyone who is willing to work or be a helper for the weekly 6:00pm Wednesday night 252 kids program.  252 will resume this fall on Wednesday, September 7. This meeting will be a pitch-in lunch immediately following Sunday morning service for those attending and also for their families…so no childcare needed (good thinking, Andy & Janine!) Those attending are asked to bring plenty of food to share. Andy & Janine will provide the drinks, tableware, and answers to any questions you may have…they’re so smart!

Last up, all the usual suspects…The Ladies’ Bible study will continue each Monday in July (except July 4) at 6:00pm. The Adult Bible study meets every Wednesday at 6:30pm. And not to be outdone, the Men’s Bible study will be meeting each Thursday night at 7:30pm. Our teens voted to continue Bible study through the summer and Chris & Molly Blystone were game enough to lead them! AWESOME! They meet at 6:00pm on Wednesdays, but on the 20th and the 27th of this month, they will not be meeting so Chris & Molly can have some vacation time with their littles.

That’s it! Put on some sunscreen and get back out there! I’ll see you next month!

What’s Goin’ On Newsletter Dec. 2014

WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?! Newsletter


It’s the end of another year. Wow! Where did the time go? Forgot what happened last month, or were unable to make it every Sunday?  Let me remind you what went on in November…


Collections for Operation Christmas Child this year were fabulous!  I talked with Regina today, and she, along with a couple of her elves, delivered 205 shoeboxes to the Christian Church.  Well done!  That is a lot of children who will receive a little bit of love from you and a huge way to show them the love of Christ!  Also, last month, Pastor Garry held another Membership 101 information class with 12 people attending. Miss out? I’m guessing you’ll have another chance…I’ll be sure to keep you informed!  Our church family has been blessed, yet again, by the hiring of Rick Cobb as a part-time Associate Pastor.  He will work Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week. Stop by and give him a big ol’ Parke county wave…HEY!!! Last up for last month was our Thanksgiving meal.  It was just amazing wasn’t it?! Right? (OK, confession time…I’m writing this before the actual meal, but it’s food and we’re Baptists!…you know it was good!)


Coming up in December (drum roll, please!) is a Church Council meeting on Sunday, December 7, at 8:30 a.m.  Following the morning worship will be a business meeting (starting to see a pattern with this?).  We’ll be voting on the 2015 budget and nominations, affirming new members and hearing more about the Planning Team Pastor Garry would like to set up. Plan on attending!


Saturday, December 13, from 8:00 a.m. to noon will be a church work day.  How about a Christmas theme? We could sing carols while we work! Or wear red and green! Maybe we could dress as elves!…I’m going to start looking for something festive to wear right now!  Do you really want to miss seeing that?! Just sayin’! See you there!


Sunday, December 21, at 6:00 p.m. will be our Christmas Candlelight Service.  I know Sabrina was going around church asking people if they would be willing to participate.  If she hasn’t gotten to you yet, hunt her down! Personally, I’m hoping Elvis will show up again! Don’t miss this fun and wonderful time with your church family, quirks and all! That’s it for 2014! Remember to slow down and focus on all of your blessings! God is just so good! All.

November 2014 Newsletter

WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?! Newsletter


Well, well, well…it’s November!  Only two more months in 2014…where did the time go?!  Not sure what happened last month?  Here’s the recap!  The 252 kids and youth spent a fun evening at Hobson’s Farm, and Ashley Overpeck gave a quick lesson on God’s creation.  What was the largest seed on record again?  I think it was from a plant on the island of Madagascar?…someone remind me!  October 10 was Brent Lacy’s last day as our youth pastor.  He has taken a new position with the National Network of Youth Ministries.  There was a fellowship dinner on the 19th to encourage the Lacy family and to kick off his new position.  Want to know more about his new job or find out how you can support him in this endeavor?  Check out the information table in the church foyer.  Finally, Pastor Garry started another Membership 101 information class.  The class will continue to meet Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for the next 3 weeks.  Check it out if you want to be in the know!


Sunday, November 2, is the biggest day of the month!  Operation Christmas Child boxes need to be turned in by this date.  Any information you might need about this can be found in the foyer welcome room and there are still some free boxes on the stage in the sanctuary.  Check with Regina Overpeck, Donna Leonard or Sue Spangler if you have any questions.  Same Sunday…November 2 is Family Sunday.  There is NO Jr. Church or Extended Session.  Moms and Dads, be sure to bring your Mary Poppins bags to help keep your little ones occupied!  Still November 2!…there will be a Church Council meeting at 8:30 a.m. because (you guessed it!) there will be a business meeting following the morning service.  Important stuff happening, so don’t miss this!


On Sunday, November 23, we will be having our Thanksgiving Fellowship dinner after the morning service.  Bring all your goodies and yummies and…I love this time of year!  Afterward, let the napping commence!  There will be no 252 or Bible studies that evening, and the church offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27-28.


Don’t forget about the prayer meeting on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m.!  There has been someone to watch the littles in the back, so don’t let that stop you from coming to encourage and be encouraged.  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to really get to know each other, warts and all!  We’d love to see you!…teens included!


(Make a siren noise in your head, please!)  ALERT!!!  Public Service Announcement!  Our Candlelight Christmas Service will be Sunday, December 21.  If you want to participate in this year’s program (and you know you do!), you need to contact Rick Cobb or Sabrina Vincent as soon as possible!  It takes time to put together such amazing talent!  (OK, you can stop your siren.  It was fun, though, wasn’t it?!  I won’t tell!) 😉



Former Youth Pastor

Our former Youth Pastor, Brent Lacy, has accepted a new position with National Network of Youth Ministries, Great Lakes Region. He will be working in Illinois and Indiana. His last day at FBCR was Oct. 19, 2014. Brent and his family will continue to reside in Rockville, and attend FBCR.

We wish Brent and his family continued success as they begin this new path in life.You may contact Brent by email at, or on web at

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