2140 Crystal Beach Road, Winter Haven, FL 33880

(863) 293-0689 info@faithbaptistwh.org

The Window

Summer Music Lessons for Only $10

Fine Arts Academy


Summer is almost here.  The school year is winding down and the temperatures are rising.  Around the church, things are changing as well.  Awana has ended.  VBS is in full planning mode.  The snowbirds have definitely migrated north.

It is also a season of change for our Fine Arts Academy.  During this past year, we have had the privilege of providing private music instruction to 45 different students.  These students took private guitar, piano & violin lessons.  Some took lessons all year.  Others took for only a few short weeks.  Whatever the situation, we were able to provide quality instruction to them.

As we transition to the summer, I want to let you know about an exciting opportunity that is available through the Fine Arts Academy.

Once again, we will be offering our popular $10 Summer Music Lessons.  All summer long, our private lessons are only $10.  This is a great way to try out private lessons and see if they are a great fit for your family.  Keep in mind there are some ‘hidden’ costs of Music Lessons.  There is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ registration fee of $15 per family that will apply to our Summer Music Lessons.  There is also the cost of any books that may be needed for the lessons.  Books usually cost between $15-$30 depending on the instrument.

If you would like to sign up for our Summer Lessons, please Contact Us through this link.   Also, feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.

We look forward to helping you grow as a musician!


Faith Baptist Church

Five Reminders from My Son (who is in Heaven)

If you see a few extra tears coming from our family this weekend, this article will help you understand why.  Re-sharing this article helps us acknowledge that we have a son who is in heaven right now.  ~ Stephen

(originally posted 10/31/14)

This week has been difficult for my family.  On October 29th, 2009, my wife delivered our oldest son.  He was only 15 weeks old.  Sadly, miscarriages in pregnancies are very common.  But, they are still very real and they are always painful.  So, for us, this week marked 5 years since we held him in our hands.  In our home we have been talking about him all week long.  We have cried and laughed and cried some more.  But, I have also been reminded of several glorious truths.  I would like to share them with you today.

  1. Life is a gift.  It is so easy to think that making a baby is easy.  In reality, life is very fragile.  There are no guarantees when it comes to life.  No one is guaranteed a baby.  Every life is a gift from the moment of conception.  Life is a precious gift.  Whenever I think of my son I am reminded that life is a gift.
  2. My wife is a gift.  My wife suffered tremendously during each of her four pregnancies.  She endured numerous hospital stays, IV fluids, medications, blood transfusions, and a PICC line. She clearly fit the profile of a pregnancy where the life of the mother is in danger.  There were times when I (and our doctor) were considering the fact that she might not be here.  You may think I am exaggerating, but when I think of my son in heaven, I am reminded to thank God that Nicki is still here.
  3. My son Josiah is a gift from God.  While every pregnancy was difficult, it was our third pregnancy that ended with a miscarriage.  After that you can imagine the range of emotions that we went through.  After some time we decided to see if God would allow us to have another child.  Keep in mind – nobody thought this was a good idea.  Everyone thought it was too dangerous for Nicki to get pregnant.  We got many strange looks when word started to spread that we were pregnant.  In short, God saw fit to bless us with another son – Josiah.  I cannot describe the joy I feel when I look at Josiah.  When I think of my son in heaven – I am reminded to praise God for Josiah – my son on earth.
  4. God is good.  It is so easy to forget this truth.  There is an old song which says it well, “What God Ordains is Always Good.”  (The full text of the song is below.)  I do not always understand this, but for some reason whenever I think of my son in heaven, I am reminded that God is good.
  5. Abortion is the modern Holocaust.  When I think of my son in heaven, I am reminded that he is not alone.  He is with God and he is with millions (perhaps even billions) of other babies.  Many of those babies went to heaven just like he did.  Tragically, many of those babies went to heaven because their mothers chose to send them there through abortion.  I hate abortion.  It is murder.  Anyone who calls it otherwise is simply wrong.  During the horrible days of the Holocaust, our country rose up to defend those who could not defend themselves.  Our nation recognized the evil that was occurring and stood up against it.  A similar evil occurs today and our nation gives millions of dollars to fund it.  How tragic.  How evil.  When I think of my son in Heaven, I am reminded of the thousands of babies that are murdered each day.

I miss my son.  I often wonder what he would be like.  What would he look like?  I don’t know the answers to these questions.  But I do know that God is still there.  He is still reigning over all of the events of my life.  Remember this, life is not always easy – but God is always good.



What God Ordains Is Always Good

by Samuel Rodigast, 1649-1708

1. What God ordains is always good; His will abideth holy.
As He directs my life for me, I follow meek and lowly.
God indeed in every need Doth well know how to shield me;
To Him, then, I will yield me.

2. What God ordains is always good. He never will deceive me;
He leads me in His own right way, And never will He leave me.
I take content What He hath sent; His hand that sends me sadness
Will turn my tears to gladness.

3. What God ordains is always good. His loving thought attends me;
No poison can be in the cup That my Physician sends me.
My God is true; Each morn anew I’ll trust His grace unending,
My life to Him commending.

4. What God ordains is always good. He is my Friend and Father;
He suffers naught to do me harm, Though many storms may gather.
Now I may know Both joy and woe, Some day I shall see clearly
That He hath loved me dearly.

5. What God ordains is always good. Though I the cup am drinking
Which savors now of bitterness, I take it without shrinking.
For after grief God grants relief, My heart with comfort filling
And all my sorrow stilling.

6. What God ordains is always good. This truth remains unshaken.
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine, I shall not be forsaken.
I fear no harm, For with His arm He shall embrace and shield me;
So to my God I yield me.

$700 in Prizes Awarded at Sacred Music Competition!


On Saturday morning, October 8th, the Fine Arts Academy at Faith Baptist Church hosted its 3rd annual Sacred Music Competition.  Competition was fierce as 24 students competed across three age based divisions.  In the end, nine students walked away with prizes totaling $700.

Started in 2014, the Sacred Music Competition exists to promote excellence in sacred music.  The competition is really quite simple.  Students play one piece of music.  It does not have to be memorized.  There is no fee to participate.  The only rules are that it must be an arrangement of a sacred song and they must provide an original copy of the score.  The intention is for the students to play something they could easily play at their home church.  Three judges assign a score to each student.  The students with the top scores win cash prizes.

Competition director Stephen Simpson remarked,

“For what amounts to a small amount of money, we now have 24 young people armed with a piece of music ready to be used in their local church.  It truly is money well spent.”

By God’s grace, over the past three years, this small competition has awarded $2,100 in prizes.  It truly is amazing to see what God has done.  Would you pray with us for this competition?  We would love to see it expand beyond being a ‘piano-only’ competition.  Our long-term vision is to have multiple competitions for Piano, Voice, and other Instruments.  Pray that God would direct us and provide so that we could make this happen.

To God be the Glory for all that He is doing through the Fine Arts Academy at Faith Baptist Church.

Marriage: Landscaping or Architecture

Many people think that marriage is like planting a tree.  You spend a lot of time picking out just the right one at the tree farm. You inspect it thoroughly. You pick one that is appealing to you, one that is just the right size, the type of tree you can grow old with & will fit in with your foreseeable landscaping plans. Then, after buying some expensive potting soil and some fertilizer …you plant it! And voila! Having done your due diligence, you water it a few times… and expect the tree just to take off on its own. Your work is done.

But Marriage is nothing like planting a tree. In fact, it’s far more like building a great brick house. It has to be put it together brick by brick throughout all the seasons of life. It requires you to keep adding bricks even if you are tired, or mad, or busy. You have to invest in good tools and solid bricks and taller ladders.  And if ever you stop, at any point along the way, even if you get 80% of the way done… that house doesn’t finish itself and will never function as it was Designed. In fact, when you stop building… the house will actually start to crumble. And when the storms pour in-and they will pour in… things get worse -fast.

So how do you build and keep a life-long loving marriage?

Become a marriage bricklayer instead of a marriage tree-planter.

A good marriage isn’t something you should plan to leave alone. You need to keep reading the Blueprint and stay in touch with The Architect. Marriage is something you have to plan on building…and keep building.
Come join us for the Marriage Retreat and put another brick or two into the house of marriage that you are building – together.

Couples Marriage Retreat 

November 10-12, 2016

Daytona Beach Resort

Married couples of all ages are invited to our annual Couples Retreat. Registration forms are at the Info Desk in the Foyer or online here.  Completed registration forms can be given to Sherry Barber along with $100 non-refundable deposit. Deposit is due October 9 and balance by October 30.

Marriage analogy written by Sherry Barber adapted from Gary Thomas ~ Sacred Marriage

October is Pastor Appreciation Month


October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Take some time this month to show our Pastors just how much you appreciate them. As I thought about this article, the words Georgia Stickney, Pastor’s Executive Assistant, wrote in her most recent Annual Report came to mind. Below is some of what she wrote about Pastor.

“God has done and is still doing great things here at Faith Baptist Church. Many have heard the saying that ‘everything rises and falls on leadership.’ We have seen God work great things in and through our church and the leadership of our Pastor and his wife, Jill, who are two great examples as we emulate the Christlikeness we see in their lives and family. Truly, we are blessed! Their hearts beat as one in service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I thank God for them.

The Pastor has a very busy schedule; however, he is never too busy to care for his flock. He is a man of God who loves people. He truly cares about each one of our church family, missionary family, and our community. He show this by the way he loves…unselfishly. This enablement comes from his close walk with the Lord in study of His Word, in communion with Him in prayer, and by staying faithful in what God has called him to do.”

God has also blessed us with Pastor Smith, Pastor Brock and Pastor Austin, each with their own unique gifts and abilities, each with hearts that care for people and their souls.

Take a moment to show our Pastors just how much you appreciate them. Send a card, give a gift, or share a word of encouragement. Thank the Lord for the blessings He has given Faith Baptist Church in each of our pastors.

A great way to show Pastor Osborne how much you appreciate him is to contribute to “Pastor’s Gift”. We are planning a surprise celebration for our Pastor during and following the 6pm Evening Service on Sunday, October 23. We will honor Pastor’s 55th birthday (his birthday is October 22, 1961) and the 30th anniversary of his first call to be a minister. We will be presenting him a very special gift – a trip to Japan to meet his first grandchild! You can make any checks payable to Faith Baptist Church and attach a note that says “Pastor’s Gift”, or you can use your giving envelope and just write “Pastor’s Gift” on the envelope.

If you have any questions please call James Barfield at (863) 412-2038, and please remember – this is a surprise!

Have a great weekend!


Reminder: There is no 8am Early Worship Service this Sunday, October 2. We will observe the ordinances of baptism and communion during the 10:30am Service. To watch a video of Pastor sharing what will be taking place Sunday, visit facebook.com/faithbaptistwh.