Category: Uncategorized

Caregiver’s Seminar

We are excited to present Caregivers’ Seminar: Legal and Financial Insights, a mini conference. 

This seminar will be presented on Saturday, June 11, from 9am-12noon.  Onsite check-in will be from start at 8:30. You are receiving this email because you signed up for the caregivers’ conference a couple of years ago.  As such we are opening registration to you for this new seminar.  But time and seating are limited! You have until Monday, June 6, to register and pay the $10 registration fee.  Registration is open to everyone until we reach capacity.  At that time, registration will be closed, and we will not be able to accept walk-ins.  The link to register is below.

Parking at the Cove is very limited.  We will be providing golf-cart shuttle from the church parking lot to the conference in the Cove.  Breakfast snacks and coffee will be provided during check-in.  Registration and payment are only available online.

We look forward to finally bring you some of the information you need for you and your loved ones. 

We’ll see you there!

For more info: email Judy Wilder, Caregivers Support Group Leader, bugnfl@gmail.com

Register Here!

Continue reading

PTT 03282022

The Pastoral Transition Team (PTT) met on March 28th. Prior to that meeting, members of the PTT met with Pastor Tim on multiple occasions throughout the December-March time-frame to work out bylaw issues that had to be addressed, the timing of standing up an internal search team, the training of the search team, the actual timeline for the search process to begin, the the engagement of an external search firm to help with the search and transition planning, the transition timeline and other key events that must take place.

One key outcome of the March 28th meeting was that the PTT will hold another Town Hall Event on May 22, 2022, at 6 PM in the main sanctuary. The event will run until 8 PM and will have a robust Question and Answer period. The Town Hall event will provide a thorough update on PTT activities to date and the path now laid out for a successful transition process. The delivered remarks and the discussion with our church family will focus on:

  • Our understanding of the bylaws and how that affects the timeline and our approach to the transition plan.
  • The process and costs to engage an external search firm to conduct succession planning and the external search. (Note: This company will be represented at the Town Hall event).
  • The refined timeline based on discussions with Pastor Tim.
  • Our communication plan going forward
  • The timing of the search
  • The church profile document
  • The actual transition process to hand off the baton from Pastor Tim to the new pastor
  • The internal FCBC search committee – they will work with the external search firm to vet resumes and select a qualified candidate. (Note: This is the Hybrid Search approach we discussed at the last Town Hall event in October 2021).
  • PTT activities over the next 9 months leading up to Pastor Tim’s  30th anniversary

We will make more information available on the Town Hall event as we finalize event details. We will also be coming to all Connect Groups to discuss the next steps and the Town Hall event. Things are moving, albeit slowly now, but they will pick up in pace as actual events get underway, particularly after the May 22nd Town Hall Event. Please be in prayer as we ramp up our efforts after many months of searching for answers and discussions with the church leadership to find a way forward. God bless.

Meaning(less)

A Study in Ecclesiastes

Click to download: MEANING(LESS)

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 (Chapters 1 and 2)

I do feel some connection and affinity with Solomon.  I’m now looking back through the same tunnel of time that he was staring through.  And he didn’t have it all figured out either.  I believe this book we call Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon, although he never directly says so.  He refers to himself as “the preacher,” or “the quester” or we might even say, “the pundit.”

Solomon was one of the most powerful monarchs of his day.  He led Israel over 40 years in peace. He was also the smartest guy in the room.  Any room.  He could talk politics, religion, finance, agriculture, horticulture, or architecture.  People would literally travel from around the world just to get a seat at one of his lectures.  He had more money than Jeff Bezos and was smarter than Elon Musk.  He was literally sitting on top of the world…and found it empty.  Vain.  Boring.

Jan Krakauer was a journalist who scaled the summit of Mt Everest.  Twelve of his fellow climbers died in the incident.  He wrote in his book Into Thin Air about standing “with one foot in China and the other in Nepal.”  He continued, “I cleared away the ice from my oxygen mask, hunched a shoulder against the wind, and stared down at the vast wasteland of Tibet.  I had fantasized about this moment for months, the emotional release that would come.  But now that it was finally here, I couldn’t muster the energy to care.  I snapped four quick photos…then turned to begin my descent.  All told, I spent less than five minutes standing on the roof of the world.” (Krakauer, Into Thin Air)

            Solomon could identify with the climber’s disappointment.  While he had scaled no mountain peak, he stared into the extent of his accomplishments and said, “It’s empty.”

He’s taking us on a journey through the paths of life he has taken.  It is, mostly, one dead end after another.   It’s not an easy book to read and study, although there are a couple of high points we hit along the way.  His words have become lyrics to popular songs, “Turn, Turn, Turn” by the Byrd’s.  Google it.  His thoughts make this book the most-quoted Biblical book by atheists.   Most of us wouldn’t buy a coffee mug with the inscription “a time to be born and a time to die” on it.

But I think, of any study you can do, this book takes you into the mind of those around us trying to live life without reference to God.  We read the phrase “under the sun” thirty times in twelve chapters.  I heard a line from a very popular new TV show that said, “We are now in heaven.  And in hell.  They happen simultaneously.  And the land is God.”  Life under the sun.

That is where the majority of our post-Christian culture lives today.  “Under the sun” means “assuming there is nothing but what we can see and experience with our senses.”  That’s where the dominant philosophy of our day takes us.  As Ephesians has it, they are “without hope and without God in the world.”

We have become a people who believe the extent of existence today is set by the limits of a universe that we can see, study empirically, and explore.  Nothing of consequence exists beyond the visible, material world.  Nothing eternal.  No God Who created all things.  As Carl Sagan, a proponent of today’s philosophical naturalism put it, “The Universe is all there is.”  (In Sagan’s last book, Contact, he did conclude that there is a majestic artistry to the universe.  There must be an artist behind it).  For many who live in such a system there is no room made for invisible, all-knowing, all-powerful God.

If that’s true, then the words of Qoholoth are exactly right.  At the end of the day, there is no meaning to it all.  There is no reason for existence, except to exist.  Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant cosmologists who ever lived, concluded that we have pretty much understood and can explain most things scientifically or mathematically, except why there is existence!

Solomon’s conclusion in the opening soliloquy of Ecclesiastes is “everything is boring.  Everything is the same.  Nothing makes sense.”  “The wind blows on the same circuits, the streams run to the same ultimate end into an ocean that’s never full.  Every day is the same.  The sun rises, and sets.  We punch in, we punch out.  The course of life, the circle of the sun, the circuit of the winds, the cycle of the water.  What’s the point? “There’s nothing new under the sun.”

SOLOMON’S QUEST FOR MEANING

Now lest we think that the insight of these words really has no bearing on our lives, let me remind us of something.  You see, I believe this is THE most important question we can answer for ourselves today.  Without reference to God, does anything make sense?

That’s exactly where “the preacher” found himself at the end of his life.  Looking back over it all, he concluded, “It’s empty.  Vanity.  Smoke and mirrors.”  I read a copy of an anonymous suicide note written by a bright young college student.  Partly it said:

To anyone in the world who cares.  Who am I?  Why am I alive?  Life has become stupid and purposeless.  Nothing makes sense anymore.  The questions I had when I came to college are still unanswered and now, I am convinced there are no answers.

            Our young people today, bright, educated, talented…are walking into the abyss of suicide because it’s preferable to living the life they know… a life of guilt, and frustration, and despair, and futility.  This isn’t a theoretical, abstract question.  It’s life and death.

And it’s not just the young affected.  Ernest Hemingway, the famous writer who lived a Solomonic-like life…traveling, fishing for Tarpon in Florida, hunting wild game around the world… turned a rifle on himself.  After all the words he had written, his suicide note was chillingly simple: “Life is just one d*** thing after another.”

Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life reports on a survey conducted by Dr Hugh Moorland, a philosophy professor from Northeastern Illinois University, in which he polled 250 intellectuals, philosophers, scientists, and writers and asked them, “What is the meaning of life?” Most wrote back with answers which many admitted later they just made up.  Some were honest enough to write him back and ask if HE had discovered the purpose of life!

THE LONG AND WINDING ROADS

If Solomon had a theme song, I would think it might be something like the Rolling Stones “Can’t Get No Satisfaction.  And I tried, and I tried, and I tried, and I tried…I can’t get no…” Mick Jagger is now 78, in his fifth marriage and the father of 8, but he’s still singing it.  He’s the most prominent rock musician in the world, maybe in history.  He has more money than he’ll ever find time to spend (well, except on alimony).  But it hasn’t brought satisfaction.

Unrivaled education (1:12-18)

Solomon sat on top of the world.  One of the most, if not the most educated man of his day.  His intention was to figure this problem out.  (Ecclesiastes 1:12-18).  But he found accumulating knowledge…education… to be a dead end.  Listen, if you think your college degree or your high school diploma is going to be the answer to all your problems, you need to pay attention here.  It won’t be.   Some of the world’s greatest evil has been committed by brilliantly educated people.  There’s no guarantee education will make you a better person.  TS Elliot said, “All of knowledge just brings us nearer to our ignorance.”  That was Solomon’s conclusion.

Unbridled pleasure. (2:1-3, 24-25).

I drove past a bar called “The Muse” in Mandarin on Friday and Saturday nights this week.  Both nights, the parking lot was full to overflowing, with cars lined up to find parking.  If you follow any one of those cars home, ask the person “Are you happy now?  Does life make sense now?” I have a strong suspicion their answer will be a resounding “no.”

If you had virtually limitless resources, could I ask you a question?  What would YOU do to make yourself happy?  Your answer speaks volumes about your soul.

Unlimited accumulation. (2:7-11).    In a survey called the World Values Survey, the poorest countries in the world consistently score highest on the happiness index.  As boxer Joe Lewis used to say, “I don’t like money actually.  But it calms my nerves.”  Maybe.  But it won’t make you happy.  And it’s the people who have it who say so.

Unending work. (2:4-6, 17-23).   That did not satisfy him.  It keeps you busy.  It won’t satisfy you.  So many people lose themselves in their daily work, thinking that the next level, the next step, the next raise will make it feel it makes sense.  Solomon testifies that it never does.

AN UNSATISFACTORY CONCLUSION

So, are you thoroughly depressed yet?  Some of you aren’t because you’re on the right path.  You know this is your Father’s world, and it’s not the final stopping point.  But so many don’t know that.

If you are living just for what you can see and feel and taste and touch and put in your pocket, believing these things will make you ultimately satisfied, you are headed for a great disappointment.

In other words, without God it’s all meaningless.  What’s the point?  But if God is in the center of your career, your relationships, your finances, your joy then suddenly the lights come on.

Most of the things Solomon was doing are things we couldn’t criticize.  But anything we try to do…leaving God out in the process…will lead to emptiness.  And anything we do for His glory and for His honor, will fill us with meaning and satisfaction beyond belief.

So how do you want to live?  Do you really want the epitaph of your life to be, “I Never Got Any Satisfaction?”   Or do you want it to be, “All That Satisfies My Soul is Jesus?”

I have wondered through the years why Ecclesiastes attracts me so much.  But I think I’ve figured it out.  When I made my decision for Jesus as a 20-year-old, I was coming out of a season of deep searching in my life.  I was searching for meaning in all the wrong places, too.

I thought fulfilling my dream as a professional musician would do that.  It didn’t.  I followed all the dead ends associated with our culture in the early and mid-70’s.  Nothing did it for me.  At the end of the day, I came to a point of true despair in my life.  Life had no meaning.

Then I met Jesus.  I mean, met Him for real.  I was hollow as a chocolate Easter bunny, and I had everything I thought I wanted.  It wasn’t what I wanted after all.  The partying, the popularity, easy money.  All of it meant nothing.

But when I walked out of the house after praying, repenting, and receiving Christ, things suddenly began to make sense!  Jesus is better.  “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” the Bible says.

Your heart…and your life…will be full if you know Him.

MOVE 2021

MOVE 2021 Interest Form

Name
I Would Like To: [please make selection(s)]

Support Families for Backing The Brave

Support Families for Backing The Brave: Please complete the following information and submit

Name
Address
Ways to Serve: There are many ways you can support our military families during deployments and emergencies. How would you be willing to support our military families?
*As a Backing the Brave support family, you would be paired with a Fruit Cove military family. Your main role would be to keep in touch with the family so that when needs arise, you can offer prayer support and encouragement, as well as work with our leadership team and other volunteers to help meet those needs.

Backing The Brave Military Family

Backing The Brave Military Family: receive support & encouragement from Fruit Cove Baptist church members, please respond to the following and submit.

Name
Address
Please List Spouse and Children with their Birthdays (MM/DD/YEAR)

We are here to help…

Fostering Hope Request

Requesting help through our Fostering Hope ministry
Name(Required)
Address(Required)
If you are a foster parent, which agency are you licensed with?

Reason for need(Required)

PTT Townhall Update

The Pastoral Transition Team (PTT) held a Townhall Event on September 19th at 6 PM. The event was a success with 250 in attendance in person and 100 online. We estimate that 400-450 people took part in the Town Hall event. We listed the main points from the PTT update given at the event in a document called PTT Town Hall Event Update 9-19-2021.docx. It is posted in the PTT Meeting Minutes & Documents section of this website.

The Town Hall event provided a thorough update on PTT activities to date. The delivered remarks and the discussion with our church family covered a lot of ground. We discussed our ongoing communication plans, gave an overview of the church survey results, provided an update on the church profile document we are building to use with candidates, provided an overview of where we stand on the actual transition process to hand off the baton from Pastor Tim to the new pastor, and discussed the actual search process to include three options the PTT recommends we consider prayerfully (an Internal Search Team, External Search Team and a Hybrid Search approach involving an internal review sub-committee and an external search team to find candidates to consider).

We encourage everyone to read that document. It will provide a solid understanding of the issues we currently are working through and the plans we have laid out to the congregation. It also discussed what we are going to do over the next 3-6 months.

Thank you to all who came out or watched the proceedings online. Your questions made for a lively discussion, and we hope our answers and stated information was helpful to all and furthered your understanding of where we are in the process. You may watch the whole event by clicking on the link listed in the first section of this website. God bless.

PTT minutes 083021

Minutes from 08/30/2021

  • Call to Order

Prayer

  • Roll Call
    • Present: Jeffrey Crick, Kelly Gates, Ross Nelson, Bob Bumgarner, Sunil Kuchipudi, Dustin Kanady, Michael Osborne
    • Absent: Meghan Blood (Vacation)
  • Approval of Minutes

Minutes approved. Minutes will be approved electronically moving forward.

  • Order of Business
    • Reports of Officers and Committees:
      • Chairman/Secretary:
  • Church Profile update (see below for details)
      • Vice-chairman: Update on finance committee:
  • Confirmed good idea to have the sit-down.
  • Let them know we could have 2 lead pastors on payroll for up to 1 year. They expressed no issues with this approach.
  • Questions expressed about other expenses involved in the search. Campus updates, housekeeping etc.
  • Bob – how do we determine how long the dual roles will last? Still need to map out the milestones of the process.
  • Personnel committee coming up next. (tentatively late September)
      • Communication Working Group:
  • Update on Town Hall event (see below)
      • Documentation Working Group
  • Present survey analysis to date.
      • Transition Plan Working Group: Add a liaison from the older demographic.  Lead liaison: male and female to be appointed by him.
      • Pastoral Search Working Group: Send an email to each search firm the day after the town hall, set follow up meetings with each (first week of October).
    • Old Business
      • Review of action items from previous meeting.
  • Communication Group: Kelly G.; Michael O.
  • Survey and Church Profile: Dustin K.
  • Transition Plan Working Group: Jeff Crick/Meghan Blood
  • Pastoral Search Working Group: Dustin Kanady/Michael Osborne
    • New Business
      • Discuss Church Profile –
        • Dustin to regroup with authors of each section to discuss expected format.
        • Outline of profile to be cleaned up (removal of duplicate or overlapping sections).
        • Dustin to handle editing the profile to have one voice
        • Dustin to reach out about getting updated cover page of Church Profile (new image/graphic)
      • Discussed Townhall Event in Detail (September 19th) (Kelly Gates)
        • Bios have been received for the panelists. Bob to send his soon.
        • Panelists: Bob Bumgarner, Craig Culbreath, Neal, Jeff & Dustin.
        • Moderators – Kelly & Michael
        • Mic runners – Meghan, Sunil and Ross
        • Social at Pavilion 5:15pm
        • Town Hall starts 6pm (ends approx. @ 8pm)
        • Event to be live streamed from Main sanctuary or Building A – discuss with IT team – Kelly.
        • Pastor Tim will open and close the event.
        • Questions: Bob shared preliminary questions for consideration.  Should provide opportunity for members to submit questions before the event via email or website.
        • Jonathan to include the Town Hall event details in the Sunday announcements (Service and Connect Groups)
        • Schedule a session for the panelists to get together to review submitted questions (Kelly)
      • Executive Pastor

        • Executive Pastor will be resigning in October to go to the mission field
        • How does this impact the search?
  • Captured Action Items:
    • Communication Working Group: Kelly Gates/Michael Osborne
      • Continue planning for Townhall Event
    • Documentation Working Group: Ross Nelson/Sunil Kuchipudi
      • Ross and Sunil to continue working on survey analysis, classification of final open-ended question.
      • They will also complete their analysis and summarize the findings for the church profile. This information is to be available by September 30th.
      • Provide a high-level summary of survey results to share during the Town Hall event.
      • Ross to share link to the Google doc where response classifications are housed.
    • Transition Plan Working Group: Jeff Crick/Meghan Blood
      • Jeff/Dustin – Follow up with Tim prior to the town hall to clarify his expectations for the transition process.
      • Approach Pastor Ragland about filling liaison roles.
    • Pastoral Search Working Group: Dustin Kanady/Michael Osborne

 

  • Next Meeting Date: September 20th, 2021 @ 7 PM – Main Conference Room
    • Conflicts: Any conflicts with upcoming meeting schedule?
    • PTT Summer Meeting Schedule:
      • Sep (9/20) 7-9 PM – PTT Meeting
    • Other scheduled events: N/A
      • Next Meeting – Schedule for Devotionals
        • September (9/20): Dustin Kanady
    • Upcoming Speakers: N/A
      • Note – Bob Bumgarner will attend our meetings going forward as our consultant to help review materials and give guidance.
  • Closing Prayer & Devotional – Sunil – Devotion – Psalm 103. Character of God, praise the Lord with everything in us.  Remember what He does for us.
  • Meeting was closed at 9:00 PM.

© Fruit Cove Baptist Church
Site By: OneEighty