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[ Westfield Baptist Association

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



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 July Birthdays 22 Rebecca Orndorff 26 Marvin Oakley

July Church Anniversaries None Wedding Anniversaries 24 Marvin & Joyce Oakley



July 15th *********************************************************************************

Norm's Notes This is the month to get your ACP Letters in for each church. Don't miss the September 30th showing of "Courageous" in the local theaters. Every couple needs to see this movie. God Bless, Bro. Norman

Calendar July: 4 9 18

Independence Day Independence Day - IBSA Holiday 8:00 a.m. Pastor's Fellowship, Hardee's, Casey 7:00 p.m. WBA Council Meeting, Casey 1st

August: Christian Activity Center back to School Event, E. St. Louis 4-6 CAC back to School Event, Christian Activity Center, E. St. Louis 13 8:00 a.m. Pastors Fellowship & Bible Study, Hardee's, Casey 15 6:15 p.m. WBA Executive Board Meeting, Marshall Baptist Church 15-17 DOM Update, Indianapolis, IN 18 Nominating Committee Meeting, IBSA Building, Springfield ***********************************************************************************


90 Year Birthday Celebration for Rev. R. L. Norris will be held on Saturday, July 16 from 2-4:00 PM at Marshall Missionary Baptist Church, 306 Archer Ave., Marshall, IL. . RL will be turning 90 on July 13, 2011. . Everyone is welcome. 3



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CHURCH NEWS ASHMORE BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: David Colvin Reporter: Nancy Fluckey Here another month has flown by. I forgot that last month we honored the teachers at Ashmore School for National Teachers week. We took all kinds of goodies on Wed. May 4th. Then on May 14th we had a Ladies Salad Luncheon in honor of Mothers' Day. There were 25 ladies in attendance. They played a version of Newlywed game but used mothers and daughters. That was a lot of fun. There was a bountiful amount of salads. Then after Church on Sunday we had an AWANA evaluation meeting. There were 82 kids enrolled this year. They are going to start AWANA earlier this fall. Golden Gals met on Thursday May 19th at Friendship Baptist Church for a salad supper. There were 12 ladies in attendance. Arlene Hudson had the devotional. Our next meeting will be June 16th at Ashmore Baptist Church with a potluck meal. We reminisced about what Golden Gals really embodied. It is a group of close-knit women who can call anyone of us to just have someone to talk to or lean a willing ear to any problems we might have. A good time was had by all that was present. th On May 29 the youth and Pastor David, Lydia, Kaleah, Abeela and Davis met at Terry and Karons house for a wiener roast and hayride. As we rode through the country we enjoyed the deer as they are Gods' creation. A good time was had by all who attended. The VBS crew and volunteers got the hot dog stand made to use this summer. It looks awesome. Everyone will get a chance to see it as it will be making the round to all the churches for VBS. On Sunday May 22nd the church honored the graduates of 8th,12th and Lakeland College with a cookie and punch reception after Church. The Praise Team Choir are starting rehearsal s to have specials every month. If anyone is interested in being in the choir please let Robin Rennels know. On June 10th the 7-Sth grades enjoyed an all-nighter at the Ashmore Baptist Church. 9 youth, Terry and Karon Davis, Pastor David Colvin and Lydia, Matt and Chelsey Shaffer, Mike and Mandy Lemmon were in attendance. Starting the worship service was a youth band called "The Patriots" followed with a message to the youth by Pastor David. Games by Matt and Chelsey Shaffer were enjoyed along with a scavenger hunt, movie and lots of good food and prizes throughout the night. There are lots of things for the youth to do at Church. You have to give a big hand to their youth teacher Karon Davis.

CASEY FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: John Blaylock Reporter: Kathleen Carlson


CLARKSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Jeff Loper Reporter: Jean Loper We are now beginning the summer months. School is out, vacations have begun, and the weather is beginning to turn warm (at least at times). The corn is in and starting to grow, and life goes on. What a blessing it is to live in an area where we see the wonders of God as the landscape continues to change as the crops grow. During the month we have lost one of our members. Gene Scott passed away in his sleep and went home to be with the Lord at 65 years of age. He leaves his new bride of just a few months as well as 3 daughters and their families. He will be very much missed by many friends and family members. We had our church picnic on Sunday, June 5th at Millcreek Park. Although there were not as many as usual, those who attended enjoyed the time of fellowship and good food. The weather earlier in the day had looked less than promising, but as the day continued, it improved to the point that we had great weather at the time of the picnic. Sunday, June 12th, we had our kick off for VBS. The children had a great time. During the week of June 13th through 17t\ we held our VBS. The children seemed to have a wonderful time, as they played, ate, and enjoyed doing crafts and listening to Bible stories. What a wonderful opportunity for us to be able to reach out to the community and do something for the children in our area. Thank you especially to Annette Spires, Brenda McQueen and Julie Murphy for all the hours they put in, but also to all those who participated in making it a good week for the children. Things slow down a little in the summer months, but how thankful we are that we can still continue to serve the Lord as we continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those around us. Hope you all enjoy the summer months.

ENON BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Reporter: Jackie McCord

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


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 Greetings from Macedonia. Not much news this month although it seems as if life has been busy. Our 5th Sunday sing was held on the 4th Sunday because of graduation. Sherry Connelly and Joyce Oakley each sang a special. On Saturday May 28, Mackville bluegrass/gospel group from Atwood held a concert at Macedonia. Lots of good music and then good food after the concert. We dismissed Sunday night service on May 29 so that we could attend graduation. Please pray for all the young people. It's a hard world out there to be growing up in these days. We combined our Mother's Day and Father's Day celebrations into one this year. On Saturday, June 11, we met at the Iron Horse Restaurant in Martin's IGA in Effingham. We decided that we would rather have a restaurant do the cooking this year, instead ofthe ladies. It was a good idea. As always, the fellowship was great. Some from Macedonia attended the revival at Northside Baptist in Charleston with Pastor Tim Oakley as the evangelist for part of the week. One of our deacons, Elmer McVey is going through some rough times right now. He has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He is having surgery at Barnes in St. Louis on Thursday, June 23. Please keep him in your prayers. He will be in the hospital for at least 10 days. It will be long recovery. So good to know the Lord is in charge. May God Bless You All!


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














IS and our e-mail As I write this article, our Youth Group and Leaders are in Memphis, TN attending a week of PowerPlant. PowerPlant is a ministry of the North American Mission Board designed to engage students in church planting and evangelism.

Those attending PowerPlant are:

Leaders- Mitch Anthony, Amber Anthony, Matt Parsons, Lindsay Parsons.

Y outh- Rachael Remlinger, Mallori Green, Jacklyn Wichman, Ian McKinsey, Elly McKinsey, Katie Collins, Mackenzie Rogers, Ben Scamihom, Ryan Sanders, Callie Pitts. Youth and Leaders left for Memphis on June 12 following a sendoff lunch provided by the Loving Hands Group & Women's Missions Group at Marshall Baptist. Special Birthday Greetings to Rev. RL Norris who will turn 90 on July 13! Send a birthday card to RL at 513 N 4th ST, Marshall, IL 62441. We have 9 children going to Children's Camp in July. They are: April Stout, Orrin Svika, Kyle Sanders, Noah Anthony, Jake Tharp, Kameron Tichenor, Gabe Daugherty, Adam Richey, and James Strode. Congratulations to Shane Shumaker and Kara Hutchings on their Wedding on May 14. Congratulations to Scott Gant and Krista Jenkins on their upcoming Wedding on July 9, 201 I. Vacation Bible School at Marshall Baptist will be July 24-28, 6:00-8:30 PM. Family Night will be Friday, July 29 at 6:00 PM with a short program, video, and followed by a fellowship meal. Backyard Bible Club will be held on July 18-21 nd

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ST in Marshall. VBS Missions & Music sessions will be taught during Children's Worship on June 26 through July

We welcome new members to Marshall Missionary Baptist Church. Claudia Oliver and Raychel Tindall joined on May 1, 2011. That's all for this month. Thought for the day: If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

MARTINSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Art Orndorff Reporter: Lucy Johnson " ... when you received the word of God which you heard from us ... which also effectively works in you who believe." 1 Thessalonians 3:9. D.L. Moody once said "the Bible was not given to us just to give us life; it is given to change our life." Hear, believe, receive, and grow equals winning souls for Christ! We've his "short

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YOUTH NEWS: Youth group for the school year started winding down at the beginning of May. We celebrated the end of the year with a cook out at the "Refuge". We had approximtely 50 attending. The "Refuge" (Our Youth Center) has been running quite well, seeing an average of 20 students during the week. We also wrapped up our all girls bible study for the year which will pick back up at the start of the school year. Our association just got back from youth Camp down at Palestine Camp ground. We partnered with the Palestine Association this year and had a good turn out. There were 60 campers at the camp and WBA had 5 churches that supported the camp with students. Our worship was AWESOME! We had

David Comstock and a group that he brought with him for the week. The focus of the camp was worship and was entitled "Totally Surrendered". We are looking forward to the various events for this summer and are getting ready for Children's Camp which will be July 17th-21st. That is all for now, have a great summer! (by Youth Minister, Justin Sweitzer F.R.O.G.) And Wow! what a VBS this year. It blows my mind with the theme of God working in New York, the backdrops, planning, building and painting, volunteers, imagination, churches working together to prepare ... well, you get the point. You had to "be there" to understand. And a few other churches will also be using the props and materials in their VBS. This is the way it should be and we are so proud of our "Jen- Team" of Jennifer Reddicks, VBS Director and Jennifer Phillips, assistant director. What a great group of leaders, teachers and volunteer helpers we had. Pastor Art even taught the older boys. And the best part? There were five (5) salvations during the week. Two of them (Gavin Bridgewater and Tucker Galeener) were baptized Sunday evening, June 12. Be sure to check our website www.martinsvillefbc.comitoseeourpictures(underevents).IthinkJenR.said their average for children and workers was 125 each day with 96 children on Thursday being their highest number of children. Those numbers may not be right but they're close. This year we ended VBS with a carnival and pictures of that are also on our website. This year we had six youth graduate from high school: Colby Kennedy, Amber Orndorff, Lindsey Tatge, Emily Tatge, Ashley Glidewell and Cody Lindley. That's right, their pictures are on our website too! There were 8th grade graduates too but don't know their names. We are so thankful for our Food & Fellowship ladies. They are so faithful and use their love for the Lord in serving Him and all of us. For May, they served 75 plus 17 homebound (plus 4 of the F&F ladies) at our Bread of Life event. And they are excited about something not everyone would be -- they are going to be having new aprons made! They deserve some extra blessings. Our Purpose Partners (and hopefully other ladies too before we're done) are helping Lucy with a ministry project of making Dolls on Mission for her to take with her on a trip to Brazil, South America in September. Our S.W.A.P. ladies (all women invited) will finish the dolls at a Dolls for Brazil Workshop the end of July. We ask anyone who reads this to say some prayers, now and whenever you think of it, that God would anoint these dolls and whoever will be using them as a witnessing tool in Brazil. It would be wonderful if some of our sisters in Christ from other churches could come to this workshop to help stuff and finish the dolls -- and help pray over them too. Also, Lucy is looking for another lady to go with her to Brazil and she needs to know by end of June when airline tickets need to be paid for. Anyone interested? We are doing something special for the summer months, to encourage early morning fellowship. The second Sunday each month we are having a carry-in breakfast. Our first one was June 12 with 50 in attendance. It was well worth getting up a little earlier than usual. Pastor Art's sermon titles the last few weeks have been; "Living In the Promise," "Are You Carrying Your Cross," "Some Things We Can't Live Without," and "Faith Comes By Hearing." Bro. Justin is continuing in the evening services to preach/teach a doctrinal series with "God's Greatest Creation," "The Power of Sin," and "Jesus Our Savior." On 5th Sunday evening we were blessed with several specials in song then deacon, Bro. Mike Phelps brought our message "Are You Ready for a Healing?" God is so good!!

Dolls on Mission For Brazil Ladies invited to help!

Tuesday, July 26 Martinsville First Baptist Church

6:00 p.m. Carry-in Fellowship Meal 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., WORKSHOP We're looking for volunteers to help finish making witnessing dolls for Lucy Johnson to take with her to BRAZIL, SOUTH AMERICA (September 12-23, 2011). Will you help? Call Sister Lucy at 382-4040 or call Martinsville FBC at 382-5202 and leave a message OR just show up! See website ALSO NEEDED: Another LADY TO GO WITH LUCY (Need to know by end of June -- Tell Lucy as soon as possible)

MATTOON FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Dr. John Calio Reporter: Marge Alumbaugh We are in the midst of our biggest outreach effort of the year. VBS began on Sunday evening, June 12 with games, food and fun for both students and their parents. VBS is in session each evening this week and will wind up with a presentation during the worship hour on Sunday morning. We collected microwave popcorn and distributed it as we called on families. We were just "popping in" to invite the children to VBS with an assortment of experiences in New York City as they learned about Jesus and his love for New York City, Mattoon, Illinois and each of us individually. The Live Wires traveled to Greenup on May 19 and had lunch at Backyard BBQ. After lunch we explored the depot and hotel. The depot is furnished as it was when it was in use and the hotel has historical records of Cumberland County. The women browsed in some antique stores while the men chose to sit on a bench and visit while they watched the traffic go by. Men's Ministry had their usual monthly breakfast at Paqliacci's on Saturday morning, June 4. The Disaster Relief crew were called out for a chainsaw cleanup operation at Carmi. Our youth minister, Jeremy Bundron, and Amanda McCalio had a lovely wedding on Satur,day afternoon, June 5. Their color scheme was blue and silver and they were married in


our church before a large crowd of family, friends and well-wishers, including the enthusiastic youth. Dinner followed in the fellowship hall. They honeymooned in Indiana and Kentucky and Jeremy was back on the job this past week. Awana Awards Night was Sunday evening, May 15. All of the children and youth who had participated were recognized as well as all of the leaders. A social hour with cookies, iced tea and punch followed. We have recently welcomed two new members into our fellowship, Margaret Overstreet of Mattoon and Duane Robertson, also a Mattoon resident.

MT. ZION SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Fred Harner Reporter: LaDora Poe Hello from Mt. Zion. It's been a busy, busy, past month. But thank God for the workers. When things get busy, the busy get busier. And God provides the strength to go on. We finished our study on Share Jesus Without Fear. It was an awesome study. I learned a lot. But the most important thing I learned is. We should not keep Jesus to our selves. Silence about Him is a sin. We should share our Jesus and the gift of salvation to everyone. If we as born again Christians don't tell, then who will. Find your comfort zone on talking about Jesus, and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. We had a great day at the Toledo parade. The weather was nice to us. We bagged and passed out 600 invitations to our V.B.S. Brother Rick pulled the wagon, loaned to us by Mr. Art Walk. Thank him very much. Preparations are in full swing for the Neoga parade. 600 more V.B.S. invitations will be passed out. We're doing the western theme this year. The kids are gearing up for a Saddle Ranch Adventure. We honored our Graduates this past month. Jonathan Coad and Ivy Cornwell are going into High school. And we didn't forget to mention that David Coad is graduating to 1st grade. He's real happy about that. Paul Huckaba was celebrating his birthday too. Sister Sue fixed a beautiful cake and Sister Sherry brought the ice cream. We also congratulated Brother Fred and Sister Shirley on 49 years of marriage. UPDATE: Jonathan went to Camp New Hope and got some experience on building a pavilion. His plans are coming along to get one built at the church. This project will earn Jonathan his Eagle Scout badge. Keep him in your prayers as he works toward his goal. The Brotherhood from Mt. Zion hosted the associational Brotherhood meeting with 18 in attendance. Fine Christian fellowship was enjoyed by all around the supper table and much was learned from a study on Islam. Our PRAYER list never gets too small. There are many hurting Sisters and Brothers all around us. Prayer is a priority in our church family. There is always someone to call. No request for prayer is too great or too small to lift up to our Heavenly Farther. God says pray without ceasing. It doesn't matter where you are or what you are doing. He listens. While waiting in the E.R. with Earl this past month, I listened as a call came in about a 2 week old baby being brought in, She was not breathing and her color was not good. I thought, oh my. I begin to pray, Farther, be with that child and the ones with her. Be with her family, give them strength, and let them know you are with them. I prayed His will be done and waited. I didn't even know the names of


the people. But God did. Our God is an awesome God. We hope the weather has treated everyone kind. For us the rain has come when the garden and the yard needed it. Only had to water one time. It's keeping the grass growing too of course. Our prayers go out to the people and places where the weather has not been so kind. People losing lives, land and homes. Always remember those in the military who leave Family, and home, to go and help others, and fight to keep us free. God Bless America. May we all be busy for Christ. The lost may be looking for their way. You may be the one to show them the way to Christ. Let everyday be a good day, and give God the praise and glory.

MULLEN BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Tom Cosat Reporter: Janet Yocum Greetings from all of us at Mullen Baptist Church. It has been a couple of months since we have had a newsletter, but we have been very busy out here. April 17, the youth presented our Easter play at 6:00 p.m. They did an awesome job on their props and presentation. We enjoyed fellowship and snacks following the play. Saturday, April 23rd, we held our dedication service for our new sanctuary. It was a big day, with special music from The Tony Brothers, speakers and food with fellowship following the service. Easter Sunday, April 24th, we celebrated with breakfast at 7:00 a.m., with Sunday School following at 8:00 and church service at 9:00. The men did an excellent job cooking for all of us that morning. Thanks guys! On Mother's Day, all the mothers received flowers and Pastor Tom brought a special message honoring mothers. The youth had a pizza and fun night on May 20, to close out the youth program until this fall when it will resume on Sunday nights. We had 6 graduates to celebrate with this year, Kody C., Eliza W., Jacob C., Christian A., Cassie B., and Adam K. After Sunday morning service on May 29, we had cake and ice cream and presented them with a gift to honor their accomplishments. We wish them a bright future and pray they will continue to follow and serve Christ in all they do. Pastor Tom's 9 year church anniversary at Mullen will be this June. We are very blessed to have Tom and Cheryl as part of our church family. Pastor Tom is very passionate about his call to serve the Lord and we appreciate all he does for our church. In the months of June and July our youth will be attending church camp, and of course with that comes hot weather. We pray they will have a safe and fun time learning about our Lord and meet new friends in Christ family. We also have another wedding in June. Katie and Robert will exchange vows on the 25th. May God bless their family. Saturday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m. we will be having a ROCK MUSIC CONCERT!!! They are ''No Compromise", everyone is welcome, so come join us for the evening. VBS in scheduled for July 31-August 5, from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.(Sun-Fri) with a cookout and program Friday closing night.


A mission trip to Baptist Children's Home is planned for August 10-14. Mindy and Gary are working at getting our youth involved and they are very excited about doing things for the Lord. God has blessed us with a new music leader, Brother Dale Finney from Casey, will be playing guitar and leading the singing at Mullen. Dale is excited about praising the Lord through his music, and he is very talented! His wife Jessica is a blessing too, she is jumping right in and helping with whatever needs done. God is so good! He is always faithful to meet our needs. Have a great summer and take time to enjoy Gods creation. "But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds." Psalms 73 :28

NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH Interim Pastor: Chad Kerner

TOLEDO FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Norman Lockwood Reporter: Ann Lockwood Greetings from Toledo 1st Baptist. We have finished our Bible Study in the Book of Esther. We learned how Esther became Queen, Because Queen Vashi refused to be put on display because of her beauty. How she saved her people (the Jews) from slaughter. Haman had set an order to have all the Jews killed on a certain day, of a certain month, but because of Esther, (a Jew), who had heard of this spoke with the King, and the tables were turned on Haman, he and his people were killed instead, and Esther's uncle Mordecai, became second in command to the King. We had the Lord's Supper on June 15th, once a quarter. We are beginning a Bible Study on June 22, "Read the Bible for Life," by George H. Guthrie. It has DVD's that go along with the study. It sounds like it will be a very good study. Sunday, July 10, 6:00 p.m.; we will be having Tim Eaton ofTWE Ministries with us for a gospel sing that evening. If you do not have church that evening, come on out and enjoy an evening with us. I am going to pass along to all parents with small children or who have had small children. It is a story I got from ONE magazine, (a Freewill Baptist magazine, I used to attend the Freewill Baptist Church before I married Bro. Norman) "Nobody Told Me They Have Onions" Many years ago, a friend took his family to a drive-in hamburger restaurant.


The middle daughter, probably about six or seven at the time, insisted on ordering onion rings. Her mom and dad warned her the might not like them, reminding her she didn't really like onions and had never tried onion rings. Nothing convinced her to change her mind, however, so they ordered the onion rings for her. When the food arrived, her parents noticed she was quite, and her food sat before her uneaten. "Donna, what's wrong?" they asked. With teas in her eyes, Donna replied, "Nobody told me hey had onions in them." How many parents have been through something like this? Most of us. Matthew 6:33---"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."


WESTFIELD BAPTIST CHURCH Interim Pastor: Gene Ellis Reporter:


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