Dr. 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
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
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
This 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
Shellie Herring and Judy Thompson of First Baptist Church of Eupora, Miss., are creating a Shoebox Tree in preparation for Sunday’s “Blessing of the Shoeboxes,” that will be held in churches nationwide this weekend.
Shoebox packing parties and Sunday morning’s “Blessing of the Shoeboxes” are part of special church-wide efforts to send the LOVE of God and special Christmas gifts to needy children around the world through Operation Christmas.
Once boxes have been blessed at church, volunteers pack them up and send them to local Collection Centers. A Collection Center should be located in every county. They are typically sponsored by a local church.
National Shoebox Collection Week is always the third week of November. Volunteers collect boxes during National Collection Week, and send them to regional offices, where boxes are checked to make sure inappropriate items are not in the boxes, shipping costs are collected and shoeboxes are packed to be shipped to various countries.
Other shoeboxes are created
For drop-off locations, go to the website at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ and type in your zip code for the nearest Collection Center.
See this photo in the November 11, 2014 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2014/11/20/occ-collection-week-underway/