Monday's Moments
September 11, 2017, 1:39 PM

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Monday’s Moments…

What a blessed day we had yesterday as we kicked off our “Back to Church” campaign, and Ice Cream Fellowship!  It was encouraging to have some visitors along with the families of four children that were baptized in morning worship as a result of this summer’s VBS.  I also was encouraged by our prayer time yesterday as we lifted up those in Florida.  As of this morning, we have had good and promising reports from those who have families living in the Florida area.  We’ll continue to pray for the storm victims and recovery efforts.

Your response to the donations for Houston have been amazing!  Wednesday evening we plan to load up a trailer with the clothes, underwear, water, backpacks, and gift card donations you’ve given so to head for Houston Thursday morning.  There is a rescue mission called “2nd Mile” that was started from a local church in the Houston area that has a need for these items and will distribute them on our behalf.  I’ll be heading there Thursday morning to drop off these supplies and return on Friday.  Any additional new underwear, bottled water, or gift cards from Lowes or Home Depot need to be dropped off at church no later than Wednesday if you would like to donate.  Of course, there will be many donations needed for Florida as well.  Those donations would best be given as financial donations to “Missouri Disaster Relief” and we will forward your gift  as requested.

This Sunday we’ll enjoy the worship ministry of Walter Plant.  Come for Sunday School, stay for worship, and invite a friend to come hear Walter’s story and songs.  We will collect a love offering for him and his ministry at the conclusion of our worship service together.

Speaking of offerings, We are also collecting for our Missouri Missions Offering this month as well.  With your Church giving, Disaster Relief, and MMO that is a lot to ask for, but God is able to provide for your needs as well as these offering needs… He just needs us to be faithful and trusting as we give joyfully and willingly.

A good reminder for us is what Jesus said to his disciples in Matthew 18:3 – “Unless you change and become like one of these little one, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Translation… unless we sincerely change, and see God as God see’s us, and sincerely love others as God loves us, and sincerely forgive others as God forgives us, and sincerely give to others the way God gives to us -  there is no kingdom impact.  In other words, “If nothing changes – nothing changes!”   These are the dynamics and purpose of those who are sincere disciples of Christ.  May these things be the purpose of our church and our Christ-like living together!

Finally – We start a new season of Kid’s Ministry this Wednesday evening… we are calling it “First Kids” and studying the Gospel Project which takes our kids through a journey of the Bible over the next three years.  This is an awesome kids ministry that our adults will get to enjoy in a small way each Wednesday.  After the kids eat supper at 5:45, they will join our adults in the sanctuary at 6:00pm for a video presentation of the bible story for that week.  Then, they will go into their team groups, and our adults will continue their prayer and study time.  Together we can learn and help the entire teaching/gospel focus of our church.  Please pray for Debbie, Jackie, and the many others who are making “First Kids” a great place for kids to be…. I hope to see you Wednesday at FBC!

Please Pray This Week:

  • Health & Recovery – Larry Shelley, Ed Burns, Deb Gordon, Mike Bowan, Johnnie Landes, Doug’s Mom – Jerry,
  • Home Bound – Jerry & Judy Buttress, Joann Miles, Cathy Bishop, Joyce Brammer, Dena Dinwiddie
  • FBC Ministries – Sunday School, Preschool, Senior Adult Trip, Children & Student Ministries, Worship & Giving - Serving & Loving

Servin’ Him Together!

Doug Schildknecht

September 5, 2017, 11:14 AM

Monday, Sept. 4th, 2017

Monday’s Moments…

I trust you have had a great Labor Day weekend, and have counted the blessings and gifts God has given.  Yesterday I was reminded of Eccl. 3:12-13… 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil--this is the gift of God.  

Knowing that we are to enjoy God’s blessings and doing good is what motivates us to share our blessings and strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  As an FBC family, we can do this in two ways immediately:

  1. Help us collect the new underwear, water, protein and snack bars that we can help take to a church in the Houston area.  We have boxed up much of our clothes closet to take as well, but we are hearing that the real need is the underwear, water, and gift cards to Home Depot and Lowes to help people begin the process of rebuilding and repairing their homes and community.  Whatever you give, we will make sure it gets taken to the Houston area in the next few weeks, as this is going to be a long process.


  1. This Sunday is our “Back to Church” Sunday, as we try to re-acclimate to our church attendance and while inviting others to join us at church this Sunday.  We’ll be collecting the items mentioned above, as well as enjoying bible study and worship together, along with a Sunday night fellowship that includes building (and eating), Buckner’s Biggest Banana-Split Ice Cream Bash!  Sunday School starts at 9:45, Worship at 11:00, and Ice Cream Fellowship at 6:00pm.  We hope you’ll come and invite a friend, as we “be Jesus” and “worship Jesus” together!

Upcoming Opportunities:

  • This Saturday – Men’s Breakfast, 8:00am
  • This Sunday – Back to Church Sunday & Meeting Day
  • Sunday, Sept. 17 – Walter Plant will be leading our worship, 11:00am (love offering taken)
  • Sept. 21 – Sr. Adult day-trip to Jamesport
  • Sept. 23 – Festival in the Valley
  • Oct. 1 – “Country Church Sunday” w/ Shirley & Friends in Worship, and Carry-In Dinner afterwards (wear your country clothes)
  • Oct. 7 – Mayor’s Christmas Tree Dinner & Auction – H.O.G.

Please Pray This Week:

  • Health & Recovery – Houston Flood Victims and Churches, Johnnie Landes, Ed Burns, Mendi Parsons and Dad, Jim Tanis
  • Our Homebound Folks – Cathy Bishop, Dena Dinwiddie, Joann Miles, Joyce Brammer, Judy & Jerry Buttress
  • FBC – SonShine Preschool Ministry, Back To Church Sunday, FBC Families & Faithfulness

We are Blessed to be a Blessing!

August 28, 2017, 1:22 PM

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Monday’s Moments…

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, and my stronghold.” – Psalm 18:2

With the storms and devastation in Texas, this prayer may be on the lips of many during this time of disaster.  There are many struggling and suffering, and churches and relief organizations will be overwhelmed – but in spite of the storm, there is opportunity to show God’s love, and to be His hands and feet.  While we count our blessings, I hope we as a church will choose to be a blessing in the days ahead… We have been in contact with the Texas Baptist Disaster Relief leadership, and at this time they are still waiting for the storm to end to determine the scope of the help and need.

Like we mentioned yesterday in worship, we intend on boxing up our entire clothes closet here at church and take to a church in the Texas disaster area to distribute as needed.  Along with the clothes we already have, we will need donations of new underwear & undergarments (kids and adult sizes), good sturdy medium-sized boxes to pack clothes in, along with Bottled Water and boxes of Pop Tarts, and to take with us.  Time is of the essence – Over the next two weeks we need to donate the above items, box up our clothes, load our bus, and take a small team of folks to Texas to help deliver.  Please pray about how you can go, serve, or give in being a part of the body of Christ at work.

Of course you can always donate money to our church or give online at:

Tonight (Monday) is our Sunday School Teacher (and spouse) Appreciation Dinner at Pizza Ranch in Independence, 6:00pm.  Please meet us in the back room for a time of food, fellowship, and encouragement.  Your meal will be paid for, and if you would like a ride… the bus leaves the church at 5:30pm as well. 

This Wednesday night is our TeamKids & Mission Friends organizational meeting at 5:00pm, and our final adult VBS session at 6:00pm.  Come join the fun and ministry at FBC!

Please Pray This Week:

  • Health & Recovery – Jerry Buttress, Bev Perkins, Johnnie Landes, Mindi’s Dad – Mike, Ed Burns, Wayden Sparks (home now), Pat Barrows, Jerry Owens, Deb Gordon, Phil Culbertson, Doug’s Mom – Jerry Schildknecht
  • Homebound – Buttress’, Dena Dinwiddie, Cathy Bishop, Joyce Brammer, Joann Miles
  • Texas Churches and People in the storm zone
  • FBC – New Church Year… S.S. Outreach and opportunities, giving and serving, and a renewed focus on Jesus’ Lordship in our homes and church ministries.
  • SonShine Preschool – We now have 25 enrolled and new interest every day (Praise The Lord!).  Currently we are reaching out and inviting their families to worship with us!  We are also still in need of experienced preschool teachers and workers.  Please pray for connections to take place in all or our FBC ministries!

The Lord is our Rock & Still Undefeated!

Doug Schildknecht

August 21, 2017, 3:20 PM

The Great Eclipse - Monday, August 21st, 2017

Monday’s Moments…

20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Romans 1:20-21

As I write this Monday’s Moments, we are waiting for the rain to stop and the clouds to clear in hopes of seeing the Total Eclipse.  The verse above reminds us of our Creator’s creation and how this is another opportunity for us to worship and communicate God’s presence.  This verse also reminds us of how sin darkens our hearts and lives if we continue to live in sin and this world’s offerings.  Today, weather you see the eclipse or not (no pun intended), know that God loves you, and Jesus is still the true spiritual light of this world… as you look at the Sun, see The Son!

This Wednesday night we will continue our adult VBS study at 6:00pm, and bring our VBS study to a conclusion next week.  Once again, we’ll meet in fellowship hall, so feel free to bring a snack to share!

Don’t forget to turn in your note cards of appreciation for your beloved Sunday School Teacher…  We’ll collect your notes next Sunday and present them to your teacher during our Teacher Appreciation Dinner next Monday.  That being said, Teachers (and spouses) – don’t forget that we’d like to honor and thank you next Monday evening at Pizza Ranch in Independence at 6:00pm.  Several have requested that we take the bus, so any that are interested, please meet at the church at 5:30pm next Monday to catch a ride to the ranch.  We’ll see you there!

Please mark your calendar for Sunday, Sept. 10th – which will be our “Back To Church Sunday”!  We are planning on a great day of worship and fellowship as we say goodbye to summer and begin our new church year.  That evening we will have our annual Sunday School kick-off and fellowship with “Buckner’s Biggest Baptist Banana-Split Bash!”  We’ll attempt to build and eat a gigantic 8-foot long banana split, with the church providing the ice cream, and our S.S. classes bringing their favorite toppings.  Be sure to come and bring a friend for the food, fun, and fellowship!

Please Pray This Week:

  • Health & Recovery – Ruth Hickson, Ed Burns, Mindi’s Dad – Mike, Larry Shelley, Keith Gant, Phil Culbertson, Johhnie Landes, Pat Barrows, Deb Gordon, Eli Chapman (Lee & Sharon’s grandson), Wayden Sparks, Jerry Owens
  • Homebound – Jerry & Judy Buttress, Joann Miles, Dena Dinwiddie, Cathy Bishop, Joyce Brammer
  • FBC – Keeping our eyes on Jesus, trusting Him, serving Him, being like Him.

Keeping our eye’s on the Son - Together!

Doug Schildknecht