Seminary president to speak at the Weekend of Encouragement

Iorg photo suitDr. Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and guest speaker for the Weekend of Encouragement set for March 20-22 said over the years, he has learned that a positive word can make all the difference.

“I started out in ministry with a more negative, judgmental attitude,” Iorg said. “While I still believe it is important to uphold biblical truth, I have learned to do so in a more positive way. I also have learned that most Christians – and many ministers – are struggling with the demands of daily life and a positive word makes all the difference.”

Iorg’s encouraging words will be the focus of the upcoming Weekend of Encouragement, sponsored by the Webster County Baptist Association. Continue reading

Disciple Now Weekend set for Feb. 6-8 at FBC Eupora

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Madison Hester said the Disciple NOW Weekend is “an amazing opportunity to worship God with others throughout the county.”

“It’s a weekend of tons of fun and a great learning experience,” Hester said. “You get the chance to spend time with other believers and to share with them what God’s doing in your life!”

The Webster County Disciple NOW Weekend (or known as D-NOW) is set for Feb. 6-8 at First Baptist Church of Eupora. Cost is $30, which will include a t-shirt and meals throughout the weekend. Students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to register for the event through their local church or by calling FBC Eupora at (662) 258-3491. The guest speaker for the weekend event will be Walt Barnes and the worship band will be Days & Nights. Events will begin Friday at 6 p.m., continue throughout the day Saturday, and ending after Sunday morning worship services. Continue reading

Webster County residents help at OCC Distribution Center in Atlanta

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Those attending the mission trip to the Operation Christmas Child Distribution Center in Atlanta, Ga. include, Faye Griffin, Willie Ree Williamson, Johnnie Oswald, Joette Tillman, Willette Stidham, Gerry Hood, Teresa Gholston, Betty Greene, Robert Burdine, Butch Stewart, Rhonda Smith, Reba Thompson, Linda Stidham, Lana Reed, Kimberly Flora, Ann Earnest, Faye Dewberry, Willene Hollis, Sam Stone, Ann Stone, Marilynn Brown and Kelley Chandler. (Photo submitted)

Whether this was the 11th trip or the first, the Operation Christmas Child volunteers who helped last week at the OCC Distribution Center in Atlanta, Ga. will never be the same.

About 23 volunteers from eight churches throughout Webster County worked three days at the OCC Distribution Center, where they helped pack about 100,000. Continue reading

‘Bear’ ministry makes an impact for Operation Christmas Child

2014-11-13 09.30.45This year, over 2,500 homemade bears will be a special gift for special children around the world.

The bear ministry at Lollar’s Grove Baptist Church will provide 2,500 bears this year to be used in shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child ministry through Samaritan’s Purse International. With Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week held each year the week before Thanksgiving, volunteers have been working hard to finalize and pack the bears. Ministry volunteers will take the bears on their trip to the Southeast Regional Collection Center in Atlanta, Ga. The week after Thanksgiving, local volunteers will use the bears to help fill Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes that may not be completely full. Continue reading

Getting ready for Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 17-23

2014-11-12 16.12.01Shellie Herring and Judy Thompson are checking boxes in preparation for sending them to the Webster County Collection Center next Monday. First Baptist Church of Eupora has 693 boxes to date with another 10-15 expected to come in over the weekend. Thank you so much for all of your hard work! Continue reading

Local Collection Center prepares for OCC National Collection Week

operation_christmas_childVolunteers are getting ready for one of the busiest weeks of the year at First Baptist Church of Mathiston.

National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child will be Nov. 17-23 and Mathiston’s First Baptist Church will serve as the official Collection Center for all of the shoeboxes in Webster County.

“We are happy to be hosting the center again this year,” said Bro. Wade Stevens of FBC Mathiston. “This is a ministry that our church body has come to love, and a great opportunity to get families involved in ministering to the less fortunate. Many of our families involve their children in the process of packing the boxes. Faye Dewberry has really done a good job of organizing the drop off process, and many others have gotten involved in the work as well. I hope this is something that we are able to continue for years to come.” Continue reading

Prayer service set for persecuted Christians around the world

how-can-we-remain-silentIt began with news coverage of Iraqi Christians fleeing persecution from ISIS terrorists. The scenes of Christians fleeing to the mountains brought a reminder that religious persecution is an ever-present reality.

With that in mind, the Webster County Baptist Association has scheduled an association-wide prayer service at First Baptist Church of Mathiston on Oct. 25 beginning at 6 p.m. Rev. Martin Jacks, the associational director of missions, said one of the guest speakers for Saturday’s event will be Ken Rhodes, the Missions Mobilization Director for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board. Other speakers at this event will be members of a missions team from First Baptist Tupelo who have been involved in work with a church in Myanmar. Jacks said this is one of the areas of great persecution in the world.

“We need to get this in front of people,” Jacks said. “The recent news events showing the persecution of Christians and others by ISIS brought this persecution to national awareness but it is something that has been a fact for many years and is growing worse.” Continue reading