Farewell to the Wards

This Sunday, July 12, will be Tracy and Kathleen’s final Sunday serving with us. Since November of 2014 Tracy has served as the Missions – Outreach – Ministry Pastor. He was the first to serve in the newly created position on the First Baptist staff. He has faithfully guided us in expanding our vision and our reach to places around the world and in our own community.

Tracy led out in establishing an ongoing partnership with the Dominican Republic, where he led trips a couple of times each year. Leading the trip included planning, fundraising, purchasing, overseeing, and countless other essential responsibilities. He led our monthly Membership Matters class as new people considered becoming official members of First Baptist Church. He and Kathleen have led a life group during the years they have been here. Tracy also began and leads the Celebrate Recovery ministry that meets in our church weekly.

Tracy has also been a valuable part of the preaching rotation in the Gathering worship services on Wednesday nights. His perspective always challenged us with Biblical truth. Nancy and I also enjoyed the fact that he interjected humor in his sermons – ad hoc, because that is how he lives life. A smile rarely leaves his face.

Kathleen served in many ways and excelled as she led in worship. She sings from her heart with confidence and excellence. I often reminded her that she sounded just like a professional Christian recording artist I listened to decades ago. She always glorifies God and encourages the church as she leads in worship.

They are moving to Amarillo, Texas, where they will teach in schools that are made up primarily of children from refugee and minority populations. God has brought a great ministry opportunity to them, and they are going in obedience to His call. We will be able to pray for them and stay in contact with them as they continue to minister in another location.

Make a point to let them know how much you have benefitted from their ministry. Let them know that you love them and will miss them. A farewell reception will be held for Tracy and Kathleen in the South Commons area this Sunday, July 12, at 5:00 p.m. A basket will be available for cards of encouragement. We will also be praying for them at the end of both morning services.

I will miss them, Earl


Not Knowing by Seth Odam

I had a welcome for the ages in the 9:00 a.m. service last week. I thanked all of you for joining us for worship and then I flexed my young youth minister muscles by connecting our nation’s independence to the freedom that is found with the Cross of Christ. If that is where I had stopped, we all would have carried on with our Sunday like normal and I likely wouldn’t have thought twice about what I said on stage. I didn’t stop there. I had to make sure and get this point across.

“A lot of times, we don’t really know what we are doing.”

Nailed it. Just what you wanted to hear from your newest staff member before you began to worship. As I walked back down to my seat, I asked myself why those were the words that came from my mouth. I realized I said it because that is truly what my life has felt like over the last three months. Starting a new job during the most tumultuous time of my short life has had me saying that phrase over and over to people who ask me how I’m doing. It’s true; a lot of times I really do not know what I’m doing.

I’ve given several different people that same answer, and each person’s response has been eerily similar. Everyone always asks me to let them know when I figure it out. This made me realize that I’m not alone. Everyone else is trying to figure things out just like I am. We all are going through something, and each of us is doing our absolute best to figure out today just to be given a new day to face  tomorrow. 

Then it all clicked. Even though we don’t know what tomorrow, or five months, or five years from now will look like, having a relationship with Jesus gives us purpose and direction when we don’t really know what we are doing. Cross of Christ has given us absolute certainty even when our world is rocked with chaos. If we always knew exactly what to do, we wouldn’t look to Jesus for guidance, comfort, and strength.

Paul says this in 2 Corinthians 12,

“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

I’m thankful to be part of a staff who may not always know what we are doing but who fully believes in working for Jesus.

I’m excited to pursue Jesus with you! Seth


FBC Happenings

  • Sundays Sermon “God Used Moses” Exodus 7:1-13
  • Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. No Nursery or Childcare at this time.
  • Farewell Reception for Tracy & Kathleen Ward, this Sunday July 12 at 5:00 p.m. in the South Commons. A basket will be available for cards.
  • Feel free to continue and watch the FBC Worship Services anytime after 11:00 a.m. Sunday on the website at: http://www.fbcweatherford.com, on the First Baptist Church Facebook Page, on FBC Weatherford Media on YouTube, or listen at noon on 95.5 FM The Coyote

New Members

Gage & Casey Dowling and David Stelting

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