On October 21, the Baptist Men, led by Don, held Operation In-As-Much. Projects in the community included: yard work, painting and repairing windows, improving the food pantry shelving, cleaning the church quilt display case, cleaning the fellowship hall kitchen, rearranging the history room, preparing meals for shut-ins, preparing welcome baskets for new people in the community, adding a window to a preschool classroom door, witnessing at the rest stop, gleaning sweet potatoes, and quilting. Thank you to all who came out to help in the community and let our light shine.
On October 8, 2023, Rev. John Norman accepted a call to a position at Campbell Divinity School and tendered his resignation. He became our pastor on November 9, 1997, and has been our faithful shepherd for twenty-six years.
On Sunday September 17, we moved back to the sanctuary for worship after the renovation. Thank you to Building and Grounds for our new carpets, pain, choir loft, pews, pew cushions, screens, and livestream system.
WMU ladies enjoyed a Friday night fellowship outing at "Just Desserts" in Princeton. The first of upcoming monthly events.
FBC Four Oaks had a booth at the Acorn Festival this year. I also spotted a few other church members on duty at other booths before the weather intervened. Thank you so much to Pam, Roger, and Drew for setting up our booth!
Fall Senior Adult Gathering, Beulah Baptist Church, Benson on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. Six seniors and Pastor John in attendance from FBCFO. Great book signing from Scott Mason, Tar Heel Traveler.
On August 13, 2023, we gathered at Terry and Kathy's house for a baptism ceremony. Welcome to Lela, Drew, Robbie, and Tracie; we celebrate with you and with Eric who reaffirmed his faith. Thank you to Children of the Son and the McLamb family for the beautiful music. Thank you to all who brought and served food. And thank you so much to Terry and Kathy for a wonderful evening.
On July 16, 2023, we returned to serving communion and performing the offertory service as we did before the emergency covid orders shut down all places of worship in March of 2020. From March of 2020 to July of 2023, we had congregants stand and process through a line of deacons who served the elements. Offertory plates were made available in the sanctuary but were not passed. We also offered online credit card payments. On July 16, 2023, ushers began to pass the plate during the offertory hymn again, after which the congregation sang the doxology. The deacons served communion by passing the plates.
Beginning July 1, we closed the sanctuary for renovations, including new carpet, refinished pews, paint, and installation of a new audiovisual system.
The WMU and youth committee hosted the 2023 graduation breakfast on June 4, 2023 (see 'sermons' tab for more pictures). There were seventeen graduates this year. Graduates were recognized in worship with a gift from the Youth Committee.
High School Graduates: Evan (Wingate), Laney (Meredith), Charlie (Wake Tech), Laley (Appalachian State), Sophia (Campbell), Eli (ECU), Brent (Fire Academy), Caroline (NCSU), Thomas (Culinary School).
College Graduates: Logan (BS, Business Admin, Campbell University), Ben (Associates, Turf Grass, NCSU), Erin (JD, Depaul), Ashley (DNP, UNCW), Meilyn (BA, Anthropology, Wake Forest U), Thomas (Associates, Information Technology, JCC), Wynter (M.S. Agricultural Education, NCA&T U).
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