Mission Work Day set for April 4


cp_wph_missionsdayAs a follow-up to the recent  Weekend of Encouragement, the Webster County Baptist Association is making plans for their first County-wide Mission Work Day.

Martin Jacks, Missions Director for the Webster County Baptist Association said each Baptist church in the county was asked to find a home of a neighbor that needed some light work done either inside or outside.  With their permission, the names would be given to the Association and under the direction of the Missions/Evangelism Team, and work teams would be formed from volunteers from each church. Plans are to work a half day Saturday, April 4 at sites throughout the county.  Continue reading

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

Weekend of Encouragement set for March 20-22


EncouragementOrganizers felt the biggest need in Webster County churches was encouragement.

As a follow-up to last year’s Discipleship Revival, the Webster County Baptist Association is hosting “A Weekend of Encouragement” — a county-wide revival over the course of one weekend to encourage those on a personal, a church-wide and county-wide level.

Services are set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 20 at Mantee Baptist Church with the theme: “How to Find Personal Encouragement;’ 7 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Eupora with the theme, “How to be an Encourager Within My Church;” and 7 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Mathiston with the theme, “Churches Encouraging Churches.” The guest speaker for the Weekend of Encouragement will be Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco, Calif.

“I am looking forward eagerly to see what God is going to do during this weekend,” said Rev. Martin Jacks, director of missions for the Webster County Baptist Association. “God blessed us so much last year and people were excited about that event long after it had ended. God has some good things in store for Webster County.” Continue reading

4,482 shoeboxes collected in Webster County for Operation Christmas Child


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Volunteers at the Webster County Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child at First Baptist Church of Mathiston.

As of Sunday night, 4,482 lives will be impacted by the generosity of Webster County residents who are passionate about the Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry.

Final count Sunday night showed 4,482 shoeboxes collected at the Webster County Relay Center at First Baptist Church of Mathiston, up from 3,700 shoeboxes in 2013. 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