Thrive

“… I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Serve

“…serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13

In Galatians, Paul reminds us that we have been blessed with the gift of freedom through Christ and therefore are called to serve one another. But how do we do that? So often it seems that people have a desire to serve others, and yet they don’t know where or how to start. Maybe they don’t know how their gifts could be of use, or maybe they don’t know how to get involved. Whatever the case may be, FBR is striving to remove any roadblocks to nurturing future servant leaders through the new “Serve” page on our website.

This page aims to match individuals’ interests and gifts with the service opportunities we have available. If you are interested in becoming more involved in service and ministry opportunities at FBR, we would like to encourage you to take five minutes to fill out the “In Our Church” form, located on the “Serve” page of the website. Here you will find a brief description of some of the service opportunities available, as well as some general interest areas. Once you submit the form, our ministers will work to match your gifts with the opportunities available. God made us each with unique and wonderful gifts. We are hopeful that the “Serve” page will make finding your place as a servant leader a little easier.


OCC Youth Warehouse Trip

Each year our youth travel to the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Warehouse. The youth, along with groups from churches all over the country, inspect each individual shoebox to make sure that the boxes are packed appropriately and do not include any items that have been deemed inappropriate for one reason or another. After inspecting the boxes, they are prepared for their final destination, wherever that may be. Regardless of the destination, we know that each box will end up in the arms of a child who would otherwise not know about the joy of Christmas.

The youth look forward to this trip each year, and the spots available always fill up quickly. This year, we had over 30 youth and adults from FBR participate, and they all left feeling gratified knowing that the next person to lay eyes on the shoeboxes they packed would be a little boy or girl experiencing the love and joy of God for the first time. One of our youth, Ella Claire Ray, even had the privilege of praying over the final shoebox to leave the Atlanta processing center. This ministry is truly such a blessing to everyone involved.


Holiday Hope

Every year at the beginning of the holiday season, Dr. Doyle Hamilton leads a special service called “Holiday Hope.” This service is designed to be a special time of remembrance for those who have lost loved ones, and candles are lit in honor of those who have passed away. This year the service was attended by around eighty people both from within FBR and from the community. As an addition to this year’s program, Caroline and Stephanie Malcom provided accompaniment on the piano and cello, adding a new dimension to the worship service. Anyone interested in an audio CD of the service can request one from Wes Blalock in the church office.


Family Advent Wreath Making/Joy Exchange

More than 30 families and 5 volunteers participated in our annual Wreath Making event. Families were given everything they needed to continue our tradition of lighting advent candles each week, including weekly family devotions to use along with the lighting of the candles. Each family created a beautiful wreath, and when they were finished, they lit the first candle, the candle of hope, and sang Silent Night by candlelight.

This year, in addition to making their own wreaths, the families also participated in a special project, the “Christmas Joy Exchange.” Our families created picture frames for families in Haiti, telling a bit about themselves and sharing their love for the Christmas season with our friends in Cercady. Each family who created a frame also took home a picture of a family in Haiti, committing to pray for that family and their needs. For some of these Haitian families, this was their first family picture! In total, our families made 24 picture frames that our Haiti Mission team personally delivered to Haiti.


Musical Celebrations

Over the course of the Advent Season, we were blessed with many wonderful musical celebrations including: The Greening, Instrumental Melodies of Christmas, and “One Incredible Moment.” These programs were attended by FBR members and their families and friends, as well as many members of the community. Thank you to all of our talented musicians who helped make these wonderful celebrations possible! You are a blessing to us and all who heard you.


Welcome New Ministers!

We have been blessed to welcome two new ministers to FBR in the past couple months. We thought you might like to get to know them on a more personal level. So…we put them on the spot! Read on to find out a little bit more about Logan & Brian!

Rev. Logan Carpenter

Can you give us some background on your family/childhood/etc?

I was born in Nashville, TN, where my dad was a minister and my mom was just as busy in the church, just unpaid! When I was 10 we moved to Houston, TX where I did the rest of my growing up and still consider home. I played volleyball in high school, and I was very active in my choir, drama team and praise band in youth group. Christy and I started dating in high school, got married after college and are celebrating 14 years this month. During that span we’ve been in 3 churches, 4 houses, and our family has grown to (and maxed out at!) 6. Ellie (11), Levi (8) and Annie (6) started school at Mountainview Elementary last month and are loving it. Josie (1) keeps us on our toes at home!

What are some of your hobbies?

Mostly I love to spend time with my family: playing with the kids, traveling together, hanging together in the outdoors. If I’m not at work, then I’d bet you’d find me at one of Ellie’s swim meets, Levi’s soccer games, Annie’s gymnastics practice, on a walk with Josie, or out on a date with Christy! I also love all Aggie sports and making poor attempts at piano playing.

Favorite books?

The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, and my favorites to read with my kids: The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

Favorite sports team?

Texas A&M football, basketball and baseball

Favorite food?

This is like choosing between my children, but if you’re making me choose then I’ll say barbecue and all the sides that come with it.

Something about yourself that might surprise people to know:

I asked my wife what I should say for this. Her response: “You love to cook. You love Christmas. You are a loud sports fan.” So there you have it.

Favorite movie:

The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Song:

“Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel

Favorite place you’ve traveled to?

London, England with my wife on our honeymoon!

Anything else you want to share?

If anyone has access to a church building map please let me know 🙂

 

Rev. Brian Childers

Can you give us some background on your family/childhood/etc?

My life has been full of wonderful, supportive mentors and role models who have encouraged, loved and supported me. I am a middle child (older sister and a younger brother). My parents are retired, life-long church musicians who still sing in choir and ring handbells in their church. I began composing music in High School. I am married to an amazing woman who has the unique ability to love me no matter how unlovable I have been.

What are some of your hobbies?

Reading, Composing, and Running

Favorite book?

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Favorite sports team?

San Antonio Spurs

Favorite food?

Way too many good choices!

Something about yourself that might surprise people to know:

My first conducting gig was in first grade when I auditioned for and won the part of Conductor of the rhythm band for the end of year PTA program. I just knew I was destined for the path leading to fame and fortune. In retrospect, I’m more convinced they chose me because I knew how to tie my shoes and chew food with my mouth closed than due to my mesmerizing conducting skills!

Favorite movie?

The Shawshank Redemption: “Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

Favorite place you’ve traveled to?

England

Place you’ve always wanted to visit?

Russia and Austria

Anything else you want to share?

Keely and I are immensely excited about sharing in ministry with you at Roswell FBC in the years ahead!

Looking Ahead

January 12th: Seriously! Fun Family Morning
January 26th: Date Nate – Sports Fanatic Edition
February 9th: Beyond Our Walls