Posts by Andy Oliver

Awkward

Last summer Katherine and Nicole picked out a t-shirt for me, and I do wear it occasionally. It contains this statement that sums up my Parkinson’s journey thus far…especially my adventures in medication! The shirt reads: I CAME, I SAW, I MADE IT AWKWARD. Truer words have never been spoken. I have had more awkward moments than I care to share ranging from some strange dancing otherwise known as dyskinesia to the inability to pronounce certain words. I have discovered…

Camp Horison

Another year of Camp Horison has taken its place in the 2021 history books and as usual, it was another great year. Over the past 10 years of my association with this wonderful camp, I have found a number of yearly adjectives characterizing each annual session of the camp. The descriptive words have ranged from controlled yet chaotic to exciting and challenging. I would like to share with you my adjectives for the 2021 session. “New and improved“ would be…

Finishing Strong

I have tried to be as transparent as possible concerning my plans for retirement. I have shared with numerous individuals and committees and I informed the 15 to 20 who attended our May church conference of my intent to give Poplar Springs some relief in July/August of 2022. I have always believed it is much better to leave one year too early than one year too late, and the last thing I want to do is stick around until some…

A Daunting Task

I never knew what “daunting” meant. I heard it used in situations that were challenging to almost impossible. So, I assumed that it referred to a difficult assignment. When all else fails consult Webster’s. So let me drag out my index card as if I am beginning a talk to a local service organization and say, “Webster’s dictionary defines daunting as…” Well, I found the word “daunt” so I will go from there: DAUNT: to make afraid/to intimidate/to dishearten…see dismay.…

WORDS OF APPRECIATION

As you read your newsletter this week you will see a statement submitted to the church at the conference on May 16th. Let me summarize it for you… “We are back in bidness!” (Bidness…a term used by my friend Steve Austin meaning we are “ready to go”). The great thing is that you are coming back. We have had great attendance and it is so good to see all the family again. It is especially good to see unmasked smiles.…

Read Last Week’s Newsletter

Last week I shared with you that I was taking an inventory of our various church activities in the community and mission efforts not only in our state but nationally and internationally. The intent is not that we put out a list with the headline …LOOK AT US, AIN’T WE GOOD!! Instead, I feel it would be good to know where we are making the presence of God known, and where we could devote some of our efforts to other…

Making Our Presence Known

You have heard many stories, lectures, expert opinions concerning the middle child, and how this valuable member of many a family unit struggles at times to make sure his or her presence in the brood is recognized and known. They are not the oldest nor are they the youngest …they are simply the “middlest.” Churches do not struggle with birth order issues. But they do need to have their existence acknowledged. No, we don’t seek recognition in weekly appearances on…

Miscellaneous

There are a few things I want to share with you today. That should help you understand the title: First, I want to offer a word of thanks. I honestly think I should send out quarterly statements of thanks to you because I find so many things to be grateful for as I minister among my PSBC family. Sunday (the 18th) was a very special day as you welcomed new Christians and new members to the Poplar Springs community. These…

Be Flexible

There were numerous rules associated with youth mission trips I have been on through the years with the most common one proclaimed on each trip being … “be flexible.” This means to be adaptable due to the fact that you never know what you will be called upon to do at any particular time. This little bit of advice has come in handy during the pandemic. I am sure like most Baptist Christians (myself included) you may have found yourselves…

Folded Cloths in an Empty Tomb

One of my first requirements in the Oliver home on the Lord’s Day following services was to take my “Sunday clothes” off, hang up my wild “70’s” multicolored polyester sport coat, find the crease in my synthetic double knit bell bottoms, and hang them on a pants hanger in my closet. It was an expectation on Sunday around 12:45 pm at my house that I fold my clothes. In the gospel of John, we have an account of folded grave…