April 2016 Newsletter

Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.  And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.  The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”

And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus *said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

Now while they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened.  And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.’ And if this should come to the governor’s ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble.” And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews, and is to this day.

But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28

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FBC Lamar: We would like to welcome Belinda Shoff as our new Office Manager.  We continue to have our Monthly Ladies Luncheon on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  We will be having our Church Bible Drill on Sunday, March 20th at 2:00 pm.  Our Young at Heart group is continuing to meet monthly.  This group consists of those 55 years young and above.  Lamar First Baptist Church will be hosting the Community Good Friday Service on March 25th at 7:00 pm.  We have a good group of young Christians and Sponsors that will be going to the Young Christians Weekend at Silver Dollar City on April 2nd.  We will start our VBS training on Sunday, April 3rd   at 9:15 am and on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm.  Our Church Bible Drill winners will be attending the Associational Bible Drill on April 3rd at 2:00 pm.   On the 1st Thursday of every month from now until after the election in November our Church is open to Pray for Our Nation.  We have Small Groups that meet in homes and one at the church on the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings.  We will be participating in the Community Day of Service on April 10th.  Our Children’s BLAST Choir Presentation will be on April 10th at 6:00 pm.  On April 16th our Men’s Ministry will be having a Shooting and Hunter Safety Day from 9am-1:00pm at Donald Noll’s farm.   Our Annual Prayer Warrior Banquet will be on April 18th at 5:30 pm when we get to meet and visit with the teacher that we have been praying for this school year.  If we have some Bible Drillers that qualify we will be attending the State Bible Drill in Springfield on April 30th. Our VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is scheduled for July 17th-21st.   

Sharon: Sharon is hosting an “Easter Round-up for Christ” beginning Saturday evening, March 19 and continuing through Wednesday, March 23.  We begin with a hotdog and s’mores roast starting at 6:00 pm on Saturday.  Side dishes and all items for the roast will be provided by the church.  Then singing and preaching will be led by Steven Spalding, a well known cowboy preacher and singer who now lives in Nixa.  This service begins at 7:00 pm for those who may want to come for the worship time only.  Rev. Spalding will also sing and preach at the Sunday morning service starting at 11:00am.

Evening services through March 23 begin at 7:00pm  Preachers and musicians are as follows:  Sunday—Pastor Robb Hodson with the men’s quartet from FBC Lamar; Monday—Pastor Kurtis Estes with musicians from Main Street Baptist Church; Tuesday—Pastor Mike Tull with the worship team from First Baptist Dadeville; and Wednesday—Pastor Rick Sharp.  Musicians and the congregation from Liberty Baptist Church will join us for the closing service.

Because of this special emphasis, Sharon Baptist has moved our North American Mission Board emphasis to begin on Easter Sunday to continue through the next Sunday.  On Sunday, April 3 Ken McCune, a Missouri State Missionary will preach and give special attention to the need for reaching out to the millions in need of Christ on this continent.

Liberty: Liberty will hold its annual men's retreat March 12th 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. This years theme is "Leading the Family". We have some great music planned. Steve Livingston from FBC Lamar will lead worship. Local speaker Dwight Steeley, of Everton, will lead off the messages. Speaker and Pastor, Gary Mathes, from the Missouri Baptist Convention will be our keynote speaker. Let's learn to take our families into the future with Godly standards. Invite friends, this is for ALL denominations to enjoy. BONUS: THE FOOD WILL BE AMAZING!! We also look forward to hosting another Conceal & Carry Weapon class on April 30th.

Golden City:  God continues to bless our church with such dedicated and faithful members.  We have been having visitors in our Worship Services and Midweek Bible Study.  Our First Sunday Night Fellowship Suppers are seeing new people coming each month.  Our pastor has been bringing messages on the life of Moses.



Continue to Pray for our Churches seeking a Pastor

First Baptist Church, So Greenfield      Iantha Baptist Church        Fairview Baptist Church




WMU April Meetings on Thursday, April 14

To feature Nicole Brown from Blue Springs, MO

Dade County WMU will meet at Arcola Baptist Church at 12:00 noon with a luncheon provided by the host church.

Barton County WMU will meet at Iantha Baptist Church at 6:30 pm with a carry-in supper by all who attend.







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