Message from Pastor Scott: October 12, 2017

After eight weeks of homelessness, my family is back in our house. All the restoration work is completed on the inside of our home. We are cleaning and putting things back where they go. Then we will turn our attention to the outside of the house: roof, gutters, stucco, yard, tree stumps, sprinkler system, and fence. Kimberlie and I have cleaned extensively. Yet as I write this there is a fine layer of drywall dust covering my desk and the floor around me. It was not there yesterday after we cleaned, but here it is again. We have it in abundance, this dust. Genesis 2:7 reminds me that God makes beautiful, important things out of dust. I turn my eyes now to Christ with great hope, joy, and anticipation for the future.

New schedule
This Sunday, October 15, we begin our new schedule.
Worship: 9:30 a.m.
Life Groups: 10:45 a.m.
Bible Study with Gordon Bellinger: 5:00 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal: 6:00 p.m.

This schedule garnered the most support among the church staff. It gives the most flexibility to our worship leaders and Life Groups. I encourage our Life Groups, especially, to be creative and consider all the possibilities of being together for fellowship and support during this time, as well as for the study of God’s word.

I intend to keep this schedule until God directs otherwise. We will also keep the same worship format we have followed since the storm. I have received overwhelming positive feedback from a wide variety of church members. I do not intend to go back to “contemporary” and “traditional” worship formats because I believe God has moved us now in a new and different direction. Both those who preferred contemporary worship and those who preferred traditional worship have had to sacrifice and lose things in the current worship format. I sense that people believe the loss is worth it in light of what we gained. I am concerned about the space for our worship time and we have considered the possibility of adding a second service. If we add a second service I intend for it to be the same worship format as what we are doing now. My preference would be to have something on a Saturday night. But the difficulty in scheduling a second service is finding volunteers. Until we can have a solid volunteer base to staff two worship services we will only have the one on Sunday mornings.

Parking
Parking is a challenge right now and it will get worse as time goes on. We are considering some possibilities, but I ask all our members to be patient, flexible, and loving. Those who are able should park further away to allow spaces close for those who are disabled, the elderly, and for those with small children. I would ask our Deacons and Ushers to consider how they might help direct traffic, aid people in parking, and have umbrellas available in inclement weather for those who need it.

Wednesday nights
This week we decided that it was too soon to start children’s and youth activities on Wednesday nights. Jeff will be in touch with the leaders of the various GROW classes about their options. Jordan and those who work with our children will look at doing different things for youth and children in November and December. We will reconsider the Wednesday schedule after the first of the year.

Beginning this Wednesday, October 18, we will have a Wednesday night service in our Sanctuary at 6 p.m. Marcie will lead us in a time of worship and I will teach a Bible Study. I hope you will join us if you can.

Dr. Scott Floyd at FBC Rockport
Here’s an exciting opportunity for parents, families, teachers, and ministers. Dr. Scott Floyd will be at FBC Rockport on Sunday, October 22 at 4 p.m. He will be speaking on how families and children respond to and handle crisis situations. He will also be answering people’s questions. Childcare is provided; we ask that you let us know if you need it by calling the church office at 361-230-0146.
Dr. Floyd serves as Minister of Counseling, Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth, and is a frequent speaker for marriage, family, and parenting seminars, conferences, and retreats. He holds licensures as a Licensed Professional Counselor (Approved Supervisor), and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition to professional memberships in the American Association of Christian Counselors and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, he authored Crisis Counseling: A Guide for Pastors and Professionals (Kregel Academic & Professional).

Dr. Floyd is a Senior Fellow at BH Carroll Theological Institute, where he the director of the Master of Arts in Counseling program. He holds Ph.D. and M.A.M.F.C. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX; with additional study toward the M.Div.B.L. degree. B.A. with Honors degree in Psychology from Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee OK. Prior to his 2010 appointment to Carroll Institute, he taught for twenty years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and was Professor of Psychology and Counseling (2008-2010). He also served as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Howard Payne University (1988-90). Dr. Floyd taught courses at the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, in 1995, 1998, and 2003.

Dr. Floyd serves as Minister of Counseling, Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth, and is a frequent speaker for marriage, family, and parenting seminars, conferences, and retreats. He holds licensures as a Licensed Professional Counselor (Approved Supervisor), and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition to professional memberships in the American Association of Christian Counselors and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, he authored Crisis Counseling: A Guide for Pastors and Professionals (Kregel Academic & Professional).

Texas Baptist Men/Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
Baptist disaster relief groups will be moving onto our church property in the coming days. We will be a base of operations for their recovery efforts along the Texas Gulf Coast for possibly the next two years. There will be a command center, a bunk trailer, porta-potties, a shower unit, a refrigerator/freezer trailer, and the heavy equipment they need for their work. Teams of volunteers will come from all over North America to work, some staying in our church, some staying in the bunk trailer, some staying in Camp Aranzazu. They will provide the food and the cooks to feed the volunteers from our kitchen. We can expect these groups to join us in our worship services when they are here. I am looking forward to working with these groups and I am thankful our church an be a part of the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief effort. Special thanks to Bill Holmes who will serve as a point man for TBM at our location, and to Cyndi Powell who will coordinate the logistics will Bill and the church staff. Cyndi continues to serve both the church and our community in selfless ways!

Volunteer Reception Center (VRC)
First Baptist Church Rockport is officially the Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) for all of Rockport and Aransas County. Our hours of operation are 8am-5pm Monday – Saturday and 1-5pm on Sunday. Jordan Mims is coordinating the work of the VRC for our church.

Remember:
1. If you are an individual, group, or organization that would like to come and volunteer in the community you can come to our location at 1515 N Live Oak St to get registered and then we can give out work orders from the countywide Crisis Cleanup List, as well as, other r opportunities in the community.opportunities in the community.

2. If you are a homeowner in need of work around or inside your home, you can come to us and fill out the homeowner intake form. This form gives us the information we need to send out the right crew to your home, and it will put your property on the countywide Crisis Cleanup List. You can also call the VRC at 361-727-9011.

3. If you have a church or organization that would like to minister in Rockport we may be able to accommodate you at FBC Rockport if you are willing to sleep on cots or air mattresses. We are thankful to Texas Baptist Men for the use of a shower trailer for our volunteer groups! Contact Cyndi Powell at the church office at 361-230-0146, or Jordan Mims at 706-399-2772.

First Family Meeting October 29
Our next quarterly scheduled church conference, our First Family Meeting, will be on Sunday, October 29, at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Jeff and I will update the church on everything we have done to this point and where we anticipate going from here.

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