BMA OF KANSAS & WESTERN MISSOURI
B APTIST H ERALD F EBRUARY 2011
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F ROM THE E DITOR I’m continuing the series of lessons that God the Father has taught this father…
Lessons from the Father “Goo may be fun, but in the end it only makes us dirty”. Clay is a big fan of nearly every superhero, but one of his favorites seems to be Spiderman. As most of you know, the story of Spiderman is that of a young boy named Peter Parker that was bitten by a special spider. The spider bite affected Peter Parker by giving him special powers much like a spider has (climb walls, shoot webs, “spider sense”, etc). We were recently watching a cartoon episode in which Spiderman finds a special “alien goo”. This “goo” is primarily in liquid form & attaches itself to him, changing his suit from a red/blue combination to an all black version. Spiderman soon finds that the goo also gives him additional abilities beyond that which he normally has & seems to enjoy the new powers that comes with the goo. Unfortunately, he also realizes that the goo also has several negative effects on him & eventually has to battle himself to rid himself of the goo & it’s influence. Satan has a way of making sin so that it can be inviting. We may feel invigorated by it. We may even feel like we can conquer the world thru it, yet when you get a good look at it & see thru God’s eyes, you truly realize that all it really does is make you dirty. Rid your life of the goo in your life! “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, ” — Heb 12:1 (NIV)
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M ISSIONS D IRECTOR R EPORT As we enter another year, let us remember the great task ahead. God has certainly been blessing our work in Smithville. We now had two families working in Smithville with the addition of the Justin Williams, his wife, Katie, and their two children, Kaleb & Trinity. We wel-
come them to the BMA of Kansas Continue to remember our sister and Western Missouri. Remember churches and their needs. The to add them to your daily prayers. healthier our churches become, As of the end of December our the healthier our association will income is meeting our expenses. be. To God be the glory for all To that we also praise the Lord. that is done through our mission Remember the need for chairs for work. the work in Smithville. They are $33.00 each. It would be a great help if you could purchase some of these chairs.
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CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH 904 S. Madison Raymore, MO 64083 Bro. Ray Adams, Pastor
Greetings from Cornerstone Baptist Church in Raymore, MO! We are certainly seeing the Lord at work here at CBC. The last few months have been filled with lots of great things! Les and Tonya Brown joined the work at CBC in August with their son, Tyler. Les is developing the MERGE Student Ministry for the youth department and is leading the church in worship each week. We have had new members by letter (Ed and Sandy Sims and their daughter, Christina) and one of the youth (Keitra Blackmoore) joined by baptism. How HARMONY HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH 1701 East Salem Drive Independence, MO 64056 Bro. Ron Keogh, Pastor
exciting to see the Lord moving in the Please be in prayer for our Pastor, Ray Adams and his wife, Barbara as he is hearts of His people. In October, the youth had a “Scream to scheduled for open heart surgery on the Heavens” concert on a Friday night January 28th. Pastor Ray handles so with over 130 in attendance. What an many of the duties at CBC, but we are AWESOME way for the youth to spend excited to see how, through this seaa Friday night!!! In November they had son, God will provide people to step up a lock-in with 36 youth from CBC and and help out in all these areas. We are other churches. It’s exciting to watch all a part of the body of Christ and we these kids have fun and learn about Je- must support our leader through this time. sus. CBC is starting to reach out to the Raymore/Belton community. We offered a free Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday before Thanksgiving and then were able to offer meals to the residents of Walnut Estates. In December those same residents received fruit baskets. Each one of these residents has been so thankful and appreciative of these things.
At CBC we are excited to see what 2011 will bring. 2010 is in the books, but only the LORD knows what this year holds. May we all be found faithful in our service to HIM in this coming year.
the Fourth of July we had a picnic with Christmas and as usual our people came through with a generous love offering. fireworks and food at the Church. The men have a yearly float trip at Ben- These children had a very good Christnett Springs. The group that partici- mas, praise the Lord! pates gets larger every year. October and November were also busy months. Our ladies went to Jamesport for a day. We also went to Richard and Judy Wendel's home in Odessa for the second year in a row. We had a big bonfire, good fellowship and great food. We had a huge turnout and a wonderful time. We also started gathering Christmas gifts to send to an orphanage in Haiti. We have heard the children are really enjoying them.
It has been a busy year at Harmony Heights so I will just try to recap the year. In Feb. we had a Valentine Banquet with good food and a rip-roaring newlywed game. In May the WMA made baby blankets for the NICU at Centerpoint Hospital. Hail storms in May brought the need for a new roof at the parsonage and the Church. There have also been many other repairs and renovations at the parsonage but God In November Harmony Height hosted blessed and all were completed. our craft auction. It was a lot of fun and In June we had VBS. Everyone had a a great success. December brings many great time and learned a lot. The week Christmas activities including a Christended with a program and a picnic. On mas play and caroling at nursing homes. We also adopted five children for
We ended the year with a New Years Eve party with games, fun and more food. We do like to eat. We have welcomed several new people into our membership. They have quickly become good friends. We have had Two College grads last year, Holly Hodges and Natasha Gleason. We are very proud of both of them. It has been a wonderful year. Cathy Proctor Reporter
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NORTH LAKE CHURCH (SMITHVILLE, MO MISSION) Bro. Jamie Jones, Missionary
Dear Friends, We have been extremely blessed the past few weeks at North Lake Church. We had four students and one sponsor saved at the Alive conference in St. Louis. Plus, three others who renewed some commitments with God. This all happened on January 1st, and I was pleased to start the New Year off in such a way. We have also seen several new families come through the doors of our home to check out what North Lake is doing. This brings excitement to those who have been inviting and working to see growth in our ministry. We can't FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH P.O. Box 218 Galena, KS 66739 Bro. Jeff Swart, Pastor
Greetings to our Sister Churches! We hope your holidays were joyous and your new year has been a happy one so far. Praises continue to ring out as our membership continues to grow. Jimmy and Shelly Grimes, Jordan Lige, Skylar Hill, and Ashley Cook are our newest members, and we thank God for the decisions they have made. In November we recognized and honored our Veterans with a small token of appreciation for the tremendous sacrifices they made so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today. “Thank you, Veterans!” We also enjoyed our annual Thanksgiving dinner. The food was delicious, and then we were blessed with a devotional from Bro. Paul and a beautiful poem written by Amy Wagner. We also took time to recognize Debra Owen for her 26 years of service as church custodian. To serve that many years is not just a job,
wait to see what the next few weeks bring??? I am pleased to announce that our new associate pastor, Justin Williams and his family have arrived and are getting settled. Thanks to everyone for the prayers during their move. God blessed them with good travel weather, safety, and some extra hands to lug around boxes and furniture. Please continue to pray as they adjust to life in this new place, and that God's richest
blessings follow them as they have followed His leadership in ministry. I also ask that you pray with us as we move our Sunday Worship services out of our home and into the First Bank of MO each week. Previously, we have held our worship services there once a month, but the time has come to hold our services there each week. This will no doubt bring inspection from some folks. Pray that it also brings a meeting with the truth about Christ, and additions to the family of God. Pastor Jamie Jones
but a ministry, and we thank her for a tion from Missouri Southern State Unijob well done. “Happy Retirement, Sis. versity, and Jesse Hales and Stephen Debra!” Derfelt upon their completion of EMT Several of our members attended the training. Sr. Adult Conference in Branson, MO and had a wonderful time. The Sr’s. from Mt. Olive joined our group (Thanks, Bro. Christy, for driving the bus!); old friends were reunited and new friendships were formed! December was a whirlwind of activity as our Sunday school classes enjoyed their holiday parties. Our children, under the direction of Misha Thompson and Rebecca Hales, presented a fantastic Christmas program, and the adult choir sang several specials. Our annual Family Christmas program was a hit, with music, testimonies, and a living Nativity. Afterward, everyone enjoyed a great meal and then headed out to do some caroling. Congratulations to Troy and Diane Wade, who celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary with an Open House given by their family. Also, we congratulate Kellen Ryan upon his gradua-
Sadly, the holidays also brought heartache as we said good-bye to several of our members. Karen Meier was diagnosed with a brain tumor on Nov. 11th, and following surgery at MD Anderson in Houston, she passed away on Nov. 25th. While this was a shock and certainly not the outcome we prayed for, we rejoice that God is still God and He saw fit to take Karen to her eternal Home in Heaven, where we will see her again soon! Please pray for her husband, Mike, and twin grandsons, Adam & Aidan, as they adjust to life without their dear Karen. Longtime member Eileen Spurlock also went home to be with the Lord. We are thankful for the godly life she lived and the heritage she leaves behind. What a comfort to know that those we love are not gone, but living with our Lord and Savior in their Heavenly home forever!
GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH 3130 S. Wall Avenue Joplin, MO 64804 Bro. Fred Vogel, Pastor Happenings in December Cold weather, excitement everywhere, and hectic busy days, it’s the Christmas season. Keep joy in your hearts and a smile on your face as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. Our senior adults traveled to Lamar to see the Booth Brothers in concert. All who
went enjoyed the concert and their time We offered hot cider and hot chocolate spent together. The seniors also had their along with many different goodies that Christmas party and had a fabulous time. some of our ladies and youth group baked. KFC had the annual Parents Day Out. The The live nativity was wonderful and we KFC sponsors had the fellowship hall open want to thank those who were out in the from 10am to 4pm for parents to drop off cold to play the many different roles there their little ones for some fun and games, were. Thank you to all our hard working movies and other activities and parents had men and boys who put the manger scene the day for last minute shopping, baking or together and to our ladies who served our just to enjoy some time during this hectic refreshments. It was a wonderful time for everyone and we hope to continue having part of the year. “Christmas with Grace” for many years to Our “Christmas with Grace” was very suc- come. cessful! We had many first time visitors and some visitors that we have seen before! Until next month… Pam Hatcher Begin preparing for camp. Even though snow and sub-zero weather are recent memories, summer will be here sooner than you think. The KOAM Encampment will be held at Beth-Eden Camp in Conway, MO the week of July 18-22. Prepare for camp by marking those dates on your calendar. Andy Neal, who is from Mantachie, MS, will be the camp evangelist this year. Brother Andy has served as our evangelist in the past and we expect the Lord to use him in a great way again. Prepare for camp by praying for Brother Andy now. The theme for camp this year is “Walk His Way”; this is taken from 1 Kings 2:3. The quiz will be over the book of 1 Kings. Prepare for camp by studying 1 Kings. Last year there were 202 campers; we’re expecting as many, if not more, this year. The cost for each camper has increased. This year each camper will pay $135 (camper ages 3-6 will pay $67.50 and there is no cost for campers 0-2). Prepare for camp by raising money or setting aside money for your camp fees. Steve Crandall has stepped down as Camp Director, and he will be sorely missed. If you have questions about camp, contact either Dan McGee or Jeff Adams. There are many people who work to make camp successful (teachers, sponsors, nurse, craft workers, lifeguards, musicians, etc.) Some of these positions are already filled and some aren’t; there may be opportunities for some of you to step and contribute. But the best way you can prepare for camp is to begin praying for it now.