Todd Malone

A mom in the church told me a story about her adult daughter’s relational confusion. Daughter called mom, as she routinely does, and dropped the line, “I think I have a boyfriend.” Mom was a bit confused: how do you not know if you have a boyfriend? The daughter explained that she and this guy never hang out with anyone else. In fact, they are together so much that all her friends assume he’s her boyfriend. But for the daughter, the relationship was in limbo. They had never talked about their hopes, dreams and expectations of the relationship.

People in the church often live in the same limbo. We don’t know what to think of about our relationships with one another. Is it right to have expectations? What does it mean to have hopes and dreams for the relationships within the church? How do we relate to the church as a whole and how should it relate to us?

Those are important questions that often get overlooked. This summer, we will look at them and have the “Define the Relationship” conversation. In week one we saw where the church comes from: it is built by Jesus on the foundation of the gospel. We are following that by examining the images the New Testament uses for the church: family, body, temple, a people, and a flock. Then we will look at five vital functions of the church.

We can capture the entire series in one sentence (but it’s a long sentence):

The church is the family of believers who are united, set apart and belong to Jesus, for the purpose of worshipping God, and declaring the gospel verbally, through its practices, and through the lives of its people.

That is who we are and what we do.

To finish the story…

The mom assured her daughter that she’s a smart girl and would figure it out. So that night the smart girl asked the guy a smart question: How would you feel if we went out with other people? Relationship Defined: She had a boyfriend.


FBC’s Ministry Direction

When income is below expenses, it is tempting to become manipulative. That is not biblical. Here’s what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:6-9, where he calls the Corinthian church to collect a generous offering for the needs of churches and believers who are struggling financially…

6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9 As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”

We must never ask people to give who are reluctant to do so or feel under compulsion. People should give cheerfully in light of God’s grace at work in their lives. The standard for giving is less about an amount we should give then it is about the attitude with which we give.

If the amount we receive is what the people of FBC can give in keeping with 2 Corinthians, then it falls to the church to ask how to use those resources well. Please join FBC in prayer as we seek wisdom for how the Lord is leading us to minister. Look for information below about a night of prayer and worship on July 14.


40 Days of Prayer in 2019

40 DAYS OF PRAYER KICKOFF LUNCHEON | Sunday, July 14th | FBC | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Come help us celebrate what’s happening in the church and pray with us about the direction of FBC! The deacons are hosting and providing a delicious spaghetti lunch. You are welcome to bring a dessert if you would like.

Childcare will be available after lunch for kids up to 3 years old. Children 4 years and older will be able to participate with you in the activities.

Please RSVP HERE to let us know how many people will be attending with you and if you will need childcare!


Text GIVE to FBC’s texting #: 903-290-1395 and tap on the link we send you. It’s easy and you can even set up recurring giving! If you have any trouble, just text your questions to that number, and we’ll help you figure it out.

Ministry Spotlight

FBCers – Let’s Get Involved! We Have a Place for Everyone!

Quotes from some of our best Kids’ Mnistry volunteers!

“As a child I didn’t get to go to church very often, but I can remember how sweet it was when I did get to go. I can remember singing Jesus Loves Me and He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. I remember how nice it was and learning about Jesus. You know, when a child comes to Sunday School it might be their only chance to learn about Jesus and how much He loves them!” –Donna Smart

“Some of these kids will be the future leaders of the Church and they need good examples set for them.” — David Smart (Donna’s husband – they volunteer together!)

“Seeing the kids light up when they memorize a verse or realize that Jesus loves them no matter what! Building a relationship with the kids no matter what their background or needs are and being a part of their relationship with the Lord-even if just for a moment.” –Kim Frederick

Kids’ Ministry – Serving Opportunities!

Why We Love Serving in Kids’ Ministry….

  • Kids are receptive to the gospel and eager to learn
  • Introducing Jesus to the kids is a privilege
  • What we do each week has eternal impact
  • We teach others, but we learn SO much more!
  • God calls us to lead the next generation to love and follow Him

What are the areas of service in Kids’ Ministry…

  • Greeters: welcoming the families and kids; setting the tone for a morning of worship
  • Preschool Worship Leader: teaching the younger kids how and why we worship God
  • Snack Team: assemble and deliver the snacks to each class
  • Teachers and Assistants: lead and teach class time for various age levels (birth-6th grade)
  • 123 Kids’ Church and 456 Kids’ Church: team lead a kids-sized worship service during the 10:30 service time for kids 1st through 3rd and 4th through 6th grade.
  • Club 456 Leaders: lead a meeting on the first Wednesday evening of each month.  Kids in 4th – 6th grade get to build relationships and have time of devotion.



July 29  (Through August 1) | 8:30pm | LeTourneau University Campus

7/29 – 8/1 Mission Longview : For the past eight years, Mission Longview has brought together local 5th-8th graders for one week of the summer to serve our great city! The goal of Mission Longview is to invite and encourage pre-teen students in the Longview community to open their eyes to the needs of others, to open their hearts to the love of Jesus Christ as seen through their neighbors, and to open their hands to the opportunities of service. Sign up at:

 Pray 4 Me Campaign Re-Launch 

On Sunday, July 28th from 3:00 – 5:00pm we will re-launch our Pray 4 Me Campaign. The campaign is for families with young kids and for seasoned prayer warriors to  build relationships through prayer. This is for families who are already paired with their prayer champions and would like to recommit to praying for each other OR for new families who would like to be paired up with grandparent figures. Please contact Rebecca Simcox if you are interested at


Calling all 3rd grade kids who love music! We are starting a Youth Choir to learn music but most importantly to reach out into our community with song. Jean Fletcher and Abigail Akin will be training kids in worship. We will meet from 10:00am – 11:00am on Saturday, July 6 and 20. Our first outreach will be in August. This choir plans to continue through the year. Sign up in the TreeHouse at the Welcome Desk. For more information, contact Jean Fletcher at

New Curriculum – Teacher Training

July 20 | 6:30 – 8:00pm | FBC TreeHouse

Saturday, July 20th, from 6:30 – 8:00pm all volunteers in Kids’ Ministry are requiered to attend our new curriculum training. We will be launching a new curriculm: The Gospel Porject for birth through 6th graders this Fall. We will be doing some break out sessions and answering quesitons. Please contact Rebecca Simcox with questions at 

Boys’ Nerf War!

July 1 | FBC Gym | Grades 1-3 & 4-6

Calling all boys who have finished 1st grade through 6th grade. We are having an indoor nerf war on Monday, July 1st. If you are in 1st – 3rd grades, come from 1:00 – 3:00pm. If you are in 4th – 6th grades, come from 3:00 – 5:00pm. Bring your Nerf guns. Ammo will be provided


July 22 | FBC TreeHouse | 1st – 3rd graders and 4th – 6th graders

Girls’ Craft Day: All girls are invited Monday, July 22nd, to join us for a crafting afternoon. Girls who have completed 1st -3rd grades will craft from 1:00 – 3:00pm. Girls who have completed 4th- 6th grades will craft from 3:00 – 5:00pm. Contact Rebecca Simcox with questions at


Check out more events on the Fellowship Calendar



Fellowship Women – Coming Events!

Game Night! | Monday, July 15 | 6:00 – 8:00pm | Room 201

Come join us for a fun night of games and snacks! Church Offices Room 201 (the big room)

Pizza and Prayer Night | August 10, 6:00 – 8:00pm | FBC Gym

We will be covering teachers and students in prayer fo rthe upcoming school year, along with eating delicious pizza. Bring a small pizza to share with the group. Salad will be provided.