House Groups are back!

House Groups are back!

Sunday nights from 5:00pm – 6:15pm.

There will be food, fun, and a short lesson. Come hang out with your friends and build Godly relationships.

Dates/Location

March 5 – The Jett’s

March 12 – The Windhorst’s

March 17 – Off (Dnow)

March 26 – The Jaden Estes’

April 2 – Off (Spring Break)

April 9 – Off (Spring Break)

April 16 – Off (Easter)

April 23 – The Layton/Cade Estes’

April 30 – The Hughes’

May 7 – The Green’s

Dnow Registration with Crossings Ministries

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All participants (students/adults) who will be attending Dnow with us March 17-19, must register online with Crossings.  Here’s what you must have to go to Dnow at Jonathan Creek:

  • Lone Oak FBC Parental Consent form (LOFBC students only. Found here: Lone Oak FBC Parental Consent form)
  • Full payment of $93
  • Online Registration with Crossings Ministries. Follow the link below.

Crossings requires all students and adults complete an online Medical Form prior to arriving on their property.  Below are the instructions to complete the form.

  1. Click on the link http://gocrossings.org/c2c/participants/ (or you can access the Participant Account from the homepage on Crossings’s website by clicking the picture entitled “Attending An Event?
  1. All participants (student and adults) create a 2017 account.
    • If you already have an account from camp or a previous retreat, you will be able to use the same Participant ID to register. (Forgot your 2015-16 Participant ID? No problem! Simply click on the blue hyperlink under the Participant Login titled “Forgot Participant ID?” and follow the prompts to have your ID sent directly to your email address.)
  1. Complete the 2017 Medical Release Form.
    • Each participant will be given the option to complete and sign it electronically, to save it and return later, or to submit it and print. If they are unable to sign the form electronically (due only to no internet access) they will need to submit and print the form, and then turn it in to their Group Leader. It must be signed by a parent if they are under the age of 18 years old. If the form was not signed online, then the Group Leader must bring the hard copy of the form to turn in at camp. We ask that you do all you can to have ALL participants sign the form electronically.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

AMPED SKATE NIGHT

Tomorrow night from 7:00-8:30PM in the gym at LOFBC is our “AMPED SKATE NIGHT.”

“AMPED” is an event designed for our middle school students to invite a friend who does not attend church anywhere. We will have free pizza, drinks, snacks, skates and fun games!

The small group who brings the most guests will win gift certificates to our Youth Lounge to redeem for free pizza and a drink!

Make sure you bring some socks!

Attention Parents: Be a part of Dnow on Wednesday nights

Dear Parents (and LOFBC members),

Disciple Now (DNow) is one of our most important events of the year in the Student Ministry at Lone Oak First Baptist Church. Traditionally DNow has been a weekend event in the spring when we take our students to Jonathan Creek for a three day action and spirit packed adventure diving into God’s Word together. This year, however, we have decided that such an important event in the lives of our students deserves much more than just the three day weekend of March 17-19  – and we want YOU to be a part of it!

We want to invite YOU to join us beginning Wednesday, March 1
for our
DNow Wednesdays as we dive into our theme – OVERCOME.

Now you might be thinking, “What does DNow have to do with me? I’m not a teenager?”

We believe this would be an outstanding opportunity for all of us to learn and be reminded how to OVERCOME through the power of God who is present in our lives. Our hope is to not only ignite our students to desire to know God and His power to OVERCOME in Christ, but also to ignite the whole family to live in the power available to us through the Holy Spirit.

For four weeks, we will hear testimonies from men and women who have OVERCOME life’s challenges through the power of Christ in their lives. Although they have faced some of life’s toughest storms, their faith in God has remained. Last month, through Dr. Dan’s sermons, God reminded us that we were not only given talents and gifts to be used by him, but also a story. Come join us as we hear the stories of how God refines and strengthens our faith as we OVERCOME in him.

­­Jeff Richard | Wednesday, March 1 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

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A finger stick test during Jeff and Stacie Richard’s son, Nate’s, five year old wellness checkup revealed that Nate’s hemoglobin was low. Days later, they were called in and given the devastating news that Nate had cancer. Nearly 2 years into the 3 1/2 year treatment schedule to keep his leukemia at bay, Nate became ill with an infection that his body could not withstand and he passed on to heaven June 24, 2009. In the midst of this tragedy, Jeff and Stacie continue to see God’s grace as Nate’s Wish, a foundation started to help children fighting cancer as well as encourage their families, is carried out. It is their hope that Nate’s Wish encourages every child and teaches them that they are one of a kind and they are wonderfully made.

Daniel Dunn | Wednesday, March 8 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

Daniel has no doubt his recovery from a near-fatal fall almost 6 years ago is a miracle. The then 36-year-old Dunn, an avid outdoorsman, was hiking on Memorial Day at Burden Falls in southern Illinois when his life changed forever. In an attempt to rescue a friend who was falling, they both fell 75 to 100 feet over the waterfall. Daniel sustained multiple life threatening injuries including a fractured skull and vertebra. The accident has given him a heightened awareness of the importance of sharing God’s love with others.

Brian Arnett | Wednesday, March 15 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

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Brian’s story is a story of redemption, God’s grace, and faith. After years of struggling with alcoholism in private, God’s circumstances forced Brian to deal with his demons.  Brian entered into rehab. It was here, during one of the hardest challenges of his life, he overcame his addiction through the power of Christ. While Brian still affirms alcohols effects on him today, he overcomes this temptation through the help of family, friends, and most importantly his faith in God.

Missy Jenkins Smith  | Wednesday, March 22 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Multi-Purpose Room

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On December 1, 1997, a 14-year-old freshman boy who had been bullied for years walked into the Heath High School lobby and randomly fired a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol. Three students were killed. Five were injured. Missy was one of the critically injured students. She was left paralyzed from the chest down. But just hours after the shooting, Missy did the unthinkable: she forgave the shooter, accepted her disability and reclaimed her life. Missy’s story is one of love, faith, forgiveness, courage, and determination.

But wait, there’s more!

We would also like to invite you to join us for Worship

on Saturday night, March 18

at Jonathan Creek Camp and Conference Center.

Worship will begin at 7:30 pm

in their new Worship Center.
(Directions can be found below or by following the link here: Directions to Jonathan Creek)

Thank you for your commitment to pray and support the high school and middle school students at Lone Oak First Baptist Church. We look forward to all God will do in the month of March, as we all learn that we too can OVERCOME!

In Christ,

Patrick Greer & Joe Yarbrough

Student Ministry Team

Wanted: Host Homes for House Groups

House Groups are returning in March and we need host homes.  We’re seeking 3 homes to host our house groups.

March 5
March 12
March 26

Host Home for House Groups

House Groups meet Sunday nights from 5:00pm – 6:15pm.  The general outline for the night will be games, snack food, and a short lesson. Host homes are responsible for providing the food and the fun. I can help with the fun if you need it. (Cornhole, 9square, other games)

We are looking for three parents to open their homes. Email Patrick @ pgreer@loneoakfbc.org if you are interested in hosting a House Group.

Parents: Check out what we’re learning at Resonate

PARENT CUE

We’re teaching this:

How many hours are you connected to some kind of technology on a normal day? If you were to add up your hours online, your glances at text messages, your streaming music, your perusing social media, your Netflix addiction, how many hours could you count? It’s probably a lot. Our culture is obsessed with technology—and with good reason. Technology keeps us connected to each other and to the world around us. Nearly every device we own transmits signals to something else, somewhere else. Why? Because that’s how they’re wired to function. Our phones, tablets, smart watches, gaming systems—they all are wired to connect to something outside them. And the same is true for us. We are wired for connection. It’s in our design. As we take a closer look at what Jesus called “the greatest commandment”, we discover that we were wired to have three vital relationships: with God, with ourselves, and with others. And when those connections are made, everything else begins to function as it was designed.

Think about this:

Your student is changing fast. Chances are this isn’t a surprise. Their classes are changing. Their friends are changing. Their bodies are definitely changing. But one change you may not see as quickly are the changes that are happening in your student’s brain. As our students approach puberty, their brains are being physically rewired to function less like a child and more like an adult. New connections are forming. Old ones are collapsing. Parts of the brain are being reorganized. And with all of that activity, it’s no surprise that they may experience occasional “outages” or glitches in their judgment, their memory, and their emotional control.

That means…

… your straight-A scholar may suddenly forget their homework.

… your sweet, quiet child may now have teenage emotional outbursts.

… your reasonable, responsible student may have a few mindboggling lapses in judgment.

When that happens, our first reaction may be to panic and wonder, what went wrong here? But, most of the time, nothing is really wrong. Our students’ brains are simply under construction.

In their book, Teen Stages, authors Ken and Elizabeth Mellor describe this as a “cognitive rebirth” beginning around age 13 and continues into young adulthood. That means during middle school and high school, your student may show some behaviors reminding you a lot of their toddler and early elementary years. And…it’s perfectly normal.

While no two children are the same, and development is surely going to look different and take different amounts of time for each one, it may be helpful to look at the stages Mellor outlines to see.

As you check out the table, find which descriptions best match your student and read to see what maybe coming in the next year. No matter what phase of rewiring your student is in, it’s important to remember that it’s only a phase. Enjoy them exactly as they are today and know that you play a key role, even during the later stages, in guiding them toward what’s next.

We hope you will consider, if you are not already, joining us on Wednesday nights as we look at how God has WIRED us.

Dnow details, packing list, schedule – OVERCOME

Who: Middle School and High School students

When: March 17-19, 2017

Where: Jonathan Creek Camp and Conference Center

Cost: $93

Payment Deadline: March 1, 2017

**Register online and by dropping off payment and necessary forms**

Register Online here:

Additional registration is required with Crossings Ministries. Follow this link below.

Download Forms here:

Lone Oak FBC Parental Consent form

This is going to be one of those events that people will talk about all year long.  Don’t be the person who just has to hear about it. See it for yourself!

Our camp pastor for the week will be Tom Richter. Tom Richter is the pastor of New Hope Church in Queens, NYC. Tom speaks around the country with the simple goal to “make much of Jesus.” He is the president of Urban Impact, a missions ministry designed to reach out to immigrants from “unreached people groups” as they arrive in New York. Tom and his family (wife Jackie, daughter Katie, son Carson, and daughter Anna) live happily in an apartment in Jamaica, Queens.

Music will be led by Heartsong. HeartSong ministries exists to communicate the livable reality of the gospel as seen through genuine worship. Whether at a large conference or small youth event, HeartSong teams intentionally balance music, Scripture, and life stories to engage audiences in a way that is Gospel-centered.

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Team games will return!

We will divide into teams based on bandana colors and compete for the Dnow Champions.  We will be playing games like old favorites like Shank-a-potumus along with some new games like the Great Savalonian Hunt.  Games are going to be on a level unlike every before.

Most importantly, we will spend time together each day studying God’s Word. Tom will lead us through 4 sessions based on the theme OVERCOME. Jesus overcame sin. Jesus overcame death. Jesus has overcome the world. In Christ, you can overcome sin. In Christ, you can overcome death. In Christ, you have overcome the world.

Packing List

  • Bible
  • Notebook/pen
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag/sheets/pillow (No linens provided)
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Soap/Shampoo
  • Flip-flops for the shower
  • Clothes for outdoor activities
    • Closed toe shoes and socks (hiking boots or tennis shoes)
    • Jacket or long sleeves
  • Clothes for the remainder of weekend
  • $$$ for one meal and a snack stop
  • Rain jacket – Weather will NOT dictate what we do.
  • Hat/sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight
  • Medication – controlled substance medication only must be turned in to a leader prior to leaving with instructions on distribution of medication

Dnow Schedule

Friday

5:30pm            Check-in MPR lobby

6:00pm            Leave LOFBC

7:00pm            Arrive at Jonathan Creek

8:00pm            Opening Celebration

8:30pm            Divide into Teams

9:00pm            Session 1

10:00pm          Small Group

10:30pm          Hangout

12:00am          Curfew

Saturday

7:30am            Breakfast

8:00am            Quiet Time

9:00am            Session 2

10:00am          Small Group

10:30am          Free-time

11:40pm          1st Lunch

12:00pm          2nd Lunch

1:30pm            Team Games

4:30pm            Free time

5:40pm            1st Dinner

6:00pm            2nd Dinner

7:30pm            Session 3

9:00pm            Small Group

10:00pm          Laser Tag and Free-time

12:00am          Curfew

Sunday

7:30am            Breakfast

8:00am            Pack bags & Load bus

9:00am            Quiet Time

9:30am            Session 4

11:00am          Leave Camp

12:00pm          Arrive at LOFBC

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Chicago deposits due February 1

Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

McCracken Co. churches come together to serve and support the mission of North American Mission Board (NAMB) church planters in Chicago.

Each day students will be immersed in new cultures, great worship, biblical-teaching by our camp pastor, and have a variety of opportunities to serve on the front-lines for the Gospel in Chicago.

Deposits are due Wednesday, February 1. Follow the link below to pay.

Get the rest of the details here: Chicago Mission Camp

Amplify Parent Meeting

All parents of middle school students are invited to attend a parents meeting on Saturday, January 21st from 5:00PM-6:30PM in the fellowship hall at LOFBC. We will be discussing all events for 2017, including our Chicago mission trip. Jamie Coomer, our minister of discipleship and families will be discussing our new D6 Family Curriculum and how you can best utilize it to have spiritual conversations in the home with your students. In addition, we will be discussing some practical tips in regards to teens and cell phones. Food will be provided as well as giveaways! Sign up online now and be registered to win an awesome prize!