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Westfield Baptist Association

Newsletter December 2011 Norman B. Lockwood - Director of Missions P. O. Box 879 - 207 W. 11th Neoga, Illinois 62447 Phone 217-895-5214 E-Mail NBL515@mediacombb.net (all lower case) Cell Phone 217-232-5981

December 2011 - Special Emphasis - Lottie Moon Christmas Offering 1 6:30 p.m. Pastor & Wives Christmas Fellowship, Friendship Baptist Church 4-11 Week of Prayer, Lottie Moon Christmas Offering 6 Thrive Update with DOMS 10 8:30 a.m. Pastor's Fellowship, Comfort Inn, Casey 19 6:15 p.m. WBA Executive Board Meeting, Macedonia 25 Christmas Holiday 29-30 Youth Encounter, Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield January 2012 - Special Emphasis - North Central States Rally Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, Indianapolis, Indiana 1 New Years Day 14 8:30 a.m. Pastor's Fellowship, Comfort Inn, Casey 15 SBC Sanctity of Human Life Sunday 16 Martin King Day, Holiday 16 7:00 p.m. WBA Council Meeting, Westfield 24-26 North Central States Rally, Indianapolis, Indiana 28 All State Youth Choir Auditions, Mt. Vernon, Decatur

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WESTFIELD BAPTIST ASSOCIATION Statement of Pur~ The Westfield Baptist Association is a family of churches-working together, fostering fellowship, and assisting one another in our unique setting to carry out the full scope of the Great Commission (going, ministering, making disciples, baptizing them, and leading them to maturity as disciples of Jesus Christ). In fulfilling this task, we join in cooperative partnership with Illinois Baptist State Association and the Southern Baptist Convention. ***********************************************************************************

PASTOR AND WIVES SPECIAL EVENTS January Church Anniversaries Norman Lockwood, DOM 1994 Fred Harner, Mt. Zion 2011

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January Birthdays Shirley Harner Tom Skinner Tim Boyce Art Orndorff

January Wedding Anniversaries 11 John & Julie Calio **********************************************************************************

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE . December 15th ****************************************************************************** Norm's Notes It is good that we now have pastors for every church in our association. The new pastors are: Wayne Carrigan at Enon and Jack Bratten at New Hope. I have not been able to meet them yet, but maybe they will come to the Pastor's & Wives Christmas Party at Friendship Baptist Church, Charleston on December 1st at 6:30 p.m, (Don't forget to bring a $5.00 gift for a woman & gentleman). God Bless.


CHURCH NEWS ASHMORE BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: David Colvin Reporter: Nancy Fluckey We have had another busy month here at Ashmore Baptist Church. The outdoor baptism was wonderful. The snake came out after the baptism was done. Mike Finney is now a new member of our Church. They are a very welcome family to our Church family. Little Davis Colvin fell and hit his head on Saturday October 22nd• David ended up taking him to ER but everything was fine. I know what a scary time that can be for parents. Bob and Judy Livingston celebrated 50 years of marriage with an open house on October 22nd• There was a huge attendance. Their anniversary was not until the 29th but they left on Thursday October 27th to spend some time in St. Louis and Branson, Mo. Judy said they had a marvelous time on their trip. Isn't it wonderful when you see people staying together for 50 years. Saturday October 29th we had our first trunk and treat. The awesome was wonderful. We ran out of chili and candy. We even made a second batch of chili and still ran out. Jean Penrod handed out over 200 tracts just to the children. We are making plans on how we can improve on next year. The Preacher could not believe the turnout that we had. Bayley and Madison Bayles were baptized on Sunday October 30th• Tom Marsh came up to do the honor. We were honored to have him and Linda in our Sunday School class. This makes 7 baptisms so far this year with another possible 3 more before the end of the year. Our Pastor went to the state mSA pastors and meeting in O'Fallon November 1, 2, and 3. He came back really energized up again. The state has a lot going on for the next year. Our AWANAprogram is wanting more helpers. They have been averaging over 60 on Wednesday nights. God is Awesome. Friday November 11th we had family fun night at the Church. After a light supper we filled Shoe boxes for Christmas. We filled 25 boxes. Even though we were small in numbers we accomplished a lot. Several of the youth went to the Midnight Encounter in Mattoon so our Pastor was not with us to join in the fun. Sunday November 13th Devonna Finney daughter of Mike Finney was baptized. That makes 3 of the family that has been baptized this year. There are


great things happening at Ashmore Baptist Church. The Choir has been practicing for the Christmas Cantata. I don't know if there will be a letter next month as I am leaving town for awhile. But just remember Jesus is the reason for the Season.

CASEY FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: John Blaylock Reporter: Kathleen Carlson In late October First Baptist held a Pastor Emeritus Installation Service to honor Rev. Tom Marsh. He served the Lord through our church for over 24 years before retiring. The service was followed by a church fellowship lunch. Praise the Lord for dedicated Pastors. Youth Pastor Mark was privileged to baptize Cory Navel in October and Shaylin Rae in November. It's a blessing to see our youth give their hearts to the Lord. The Shoe Box ministry of Operation Christmas Child is upon us already, and the boxes are piling up. This is a fun project the whole family can participate in, and be a blessing to a child somewhere. Our turn for the Community Supper had us serving nearly 200 dinners at the church plus some carried to shut-ins. This ministry is a joy to all. First Baptist and the Casey E.M.S. are teaming together to be prepared for winter disaster relief. We never know what mother nature may send our way as in the case of last winter's blizzard blasts. First Baptist was happy to help many stranded travelers and plans to stand ready for such a need again. The ladies of our church had a "fellowship-shopping day" in the Arthur & Arcola area recently. A delicious buffet lunch at Yoder's to keep us fortified was enjoyed by all. By the end of the day it was hard to tell who the big shopper was as everyone seemed laden with many bundles. We shopped till we dropped, and had a wonderful time. Thank you and God Bless

CLARKSVILLE

BAPTIST CHURCH

Pastor: Jeff Loper Reporter: Jean Loper What a wonderful celebration we had as a church as we gathered on October 23 for our 86tb Annual Homecoming. Sonny Haumesser, our guest speaker rd


brought a message to our church that was a blessing to so many at the 9:30 a.m. service. At 10:30 a.m., the concert was a time of worshiping the Lord as Steve and Ginger Trine, led us into the presence of God. There was a good crowd and we had several visitors, some who came to be reacquainted with Sonny, from his time as pastor in the Westfield Baptist Association. Following the services we joined together for a carry-in-dinner. The Fellowship Hall was full, and the food was delicious. We thank all those who provided the food, and especially the members of the Kitchen Committee, headed by Sue and Wayne Cassady for bringing it all together. This past month, on Friday, November 4th, one of our oldest members went home to be with her Lord. Lorene Harbor was a faithful member of our church, as well as the Gleaner's Sunday School Class, and although in recent months her health was such that she couldn't attend, she still longed to be there. She had been a member for over 60 years when she passed away at the age of 95. Lorene will be missed greatly by her family and friends. The pastor and his wife left Sunday afternoon, November 13th, on vacation to go and see their children, grandchildren, and newest member of their family, their great-grandson who was born in April of this year. During the time they were gone on Sunday evening, November 13th, and Sunday morning, November 20t\ Jason Reichert was our guest speaker. Jason and his family have been attending Clarksville Baptist Church the last few months whenever he isn't ministering somewhere else. He and his wife, JoLee have been working with our AWANA program on Wednesday evenings with the Sparks. Sunday evening, November 20th, we joined together with the rest of the Marshall community at First United Methodist Church for our annual Thanksgiving Service. Paul Cooper was' the guest speaker this year. As we quickly approach the holiday season it is easy to allow the rush of the season to get our focus off of the Lord, but we pray that each of you will be able to rejoice as we approach the season of remembering our Savior's birth.

ENON BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Wayne Carrigan Reporter: Jackie McCord

FAITH SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Chad Kerner Reporter: Theresa Kinnison

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FREEDOM BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Tim Oakley

FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Tom Skinner Associate Pastor: Dan Hutton Reporter: Linda Skinner

GREENUP BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Brooke Davis Reporter: Marjorie Cizek

MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURH Pastor: Marvin Oakley Reporter: Joyce Oakley

MARSHALL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Paul Cooper Reporter: Elena Myles

MARTINSVILLE

BAPTIST CHURCH

Pastor: Art Orndorff Reporter: Lucy Johnson "Let your light shine before men ... and glorify your Father" Matthew 5:16. My question would be, "is your light bright, soft white, shining out, worn out, or burned out? What do you suppose would glorify your Father most? Maybe a bulb check is called for!? On Saturday, Oct. 22 our church witnessed two funerals of a brother and sister in Christ gone home to be with the Lord. Unexpected to us, but planned by their Lord. We miss Jean Wilson and Steve Cline and continue to lift their families up in prayer. Our kitchen committee served a meal for Sister Jean's family. On Sunday, Oct. 23 we witnessed God's blessings when new members


Alexandria Hammond and young Blaine Spittler were baptized into full fellowship of our church family. Praise the Lord! Kids and adults alike enjoyed dress-up/costume night at Kids Church for Halloween on Wed., Oct. 26. Anything imaginable from Thing ~ & Thing 2 to the Mad Hatter, "Picture Perfect" to a domino, a butterfly to Minnie Mouse, a jailbird to Dorothy from Wizard of Oz, a 50's gal and a dressed-in-Ieather cycle duo ... and sooooo many more! Fun, fun & more fun! We thank our kitchen ladies for serving cookies and drinks for our fun evening. Our Bread of Life meal was Thursday, Oct. 27 with 70 attending plus 13 homebound and 2 extra for outreach delivered to. Coming up will be our combination church and community Thanksgiving meal on November 17. We hope for a great turnout and lots of friends from the community joining us. The Kitchen ladies served another funeral dinner for the Downey family on Oct. 29th• Then that evening, our ladies along with volunteer helpers at the Refuge Youth Center handed out 168 bags of candy and 147 cups of hot chocolate for "Holy-ween" when trick-or-treaters were out in Martinsville. On Sunday evening, Nov. 6, Sister Lucy Johnson shared a slide show presentation and stories from her mission trip to Brazil, South America in September. We praise the Lord for seeds of Jesus' love and the gospel message sown to children and adults alike while the Brazil team was there. Then on Saturday, November 12, Sister Lucy and Sister Kathy showed the picture presentation and shared at the associational WMU meeting in Mt. Zion. They will come to other churches to share if asked (Lucy 217-382-4040 or Kathy 217-8493536). Throughout 2011 a different item for boys and girls was collected each month to be used for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. 31 helpers made short work (with lots of fun) on November 8th as we packed 53 shoeboxes. These were placed around the altar and everyone formed a circle for prayer before we left that evening. Then on Sunday, Nov. 13th, a dedication prayer for the ministry of these shoeboxes was given by Pastor Art in morning worship. We are so blessed with Sister Loretta Lee who emphasizes and plans this project each year. Also on Nov. 13th, special emphasis on the Voice of the Martyrs was given and a video clip of a testimony by Padina in Laos was shown in the a.m. worship service. Pastor's dedication prayer also included heartfelt intercessory prayer for this great need. Each Sunday school class was given a particular people group from the Voice of the Martyrs, to adopt and pray for. Bro. Justin has been super busy with youth work. 10 students from Martinsville went to the Fall Retreat at Palestine Assn. Campground. We have 1017 students participating on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school on a regular basis. On Wednesday nights they are averaging 45 students with new ones coming each week to join the activities. At present they are teaching "Who God Is",

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looking at core doctrines every week. Many of these youth are not attending any church regularly so much prayer is needed for this ministry and for Bro. Justin & Jesi. Pastor Art is currently preaching a series of messages "Being Secure in an Insecure World" from the book of 1 Peter. This is a deep study but so meaningful. Pastor and Rebecca are also working on their new house, with help from several of our men when they can get away to help. They are close to being done and will hopefully get it finished before weather gets really bad. We at Martinsville First Baptist Church wish all a blessed Thanksgiving and extend the challenge to keep your lights bright-white and shining strong with the love of Jesus.

MATTOON FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Dr. John Calio Reporter: Marge Alumbaugh We hear a lot about change all of the time--change in style of worship services and music as well as changes in our building and grounds. Right now we are going through seasonal changes with the days becoming shorter, darker and colder. The concrete is being poured for our new parking lot and most of the excess dirt has been hauled away. With the seasonal changes we turn our thoughts to thee joys of the holiday season. Our pastor and family are going to Washington D.C. area for the week of Thanksgiving for their annual get-together with his mother, sister and other relatives. The choir is practicing for the Christmas Cantata, "The Father's Gift of Love". It will be presented in the morning worship service on December 18th• The choir will be wearing Biblical costumes and there will be some speaking parts for Biblical characters. The youth had a fun evening with an Associational event, Midnight Madness, on November 11tr., from 6 to 12 p.m, with games at the YMCA and food, music and message in our church. The Live Wires had a cookout at the home of Joyce Cunningham on October th 20 , but it was too cold to stay outside so Charles Mears cooked outside while everyone else visited in the house. We had chicken breasts and pork chops with a wide variety of carry-in dishes. More than 25 enjoyed the afternoon together. We are collecting shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We uplift each other in the trials of daily living. The prayers and concern of Christian friends are such an encouragement.

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MT. ZION SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Fred Harner Reporter: LaDora Poe

MULLEN BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Tom Cosat Reporter: Janet Yocum

NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Jack Bratten

TOLEDO FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Norman Lockwood Reporter: Ann Lockwood

UNIVERSITY BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Tim Boyce

WESTFIELD

BAPTIST CHURCH

Interim Pastor: Gene Ellis Reporter:

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