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       The Pastor’s Pen

Here we go! What a month! There has been a lot going on in May and will continue as we kick off the summer. This is my first newsletter as your senior pastor. That brings mixed emotions for me as it does for many of you. I’m humbled, excited, scared, filled with expectations of not knowing what to expect, and am thankful that we get to embark on this journey together. We will get to figure out these new roles together as we walk through this transition and grow with each other. The installation service is June 9th, and that is when I will preach my first sermon as senior pastor. I see this as a handing off of the baton for Oren and myself from the great, faithful work he has done over these past 32+ years. We all have been impacted through his ministry and him answering the call to pastor years ago and for that we can’t say thank him enough.

This new role is not something that Lyndsey and I have entered into flippantly or carelessly. I hold to Paul’s reminder of pastoring/shepherding: Acts 20:28 ESV “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” The body of Jesus, the Church, is something that is very special and precious as He died for us to become part of it. It is not an easy task to lead a local congregation of believers as we are all unique and come from very different backgrounds. But, we are all together and I believe that you and I together can do far more than we could ever do alone! We need the Encouragement from each other. We need to Equip each other with the Word of God for the work of God. And that work: to Encounter those far from God with the salvation message of forgiveness through Jesus Christ alone.
We will be looking forward to our Father’s Day fish fry where all are invited to attend and partake the fun and fellowship. This summer I know God is going to do some great things. Will you join in His work in this community and around the world?
May God bless and lead you this month!
Our day to bring desserts to Youth Camp will be on Wednesdays, during the month of June, this year. Please, have desserts at the Church by Tuesday. Thank you so much and God Bless!


 June 2019
Nursery And Ushers Schedule



8:30am                             Sunday School                          10:45am__________
02 – Janice Gray                   02 – Millie Pellham                         02 – Alisha Jones
09 – No Servcie                    09 – Helen Hogoendoorn                09 – Helen Hoogendoorn
16 – Cindy Wilson                16 – Helen Hoogendoorn                16 – Helen Hoogendoorn
23 – Theresa Miller               23 – Heather Dias                           23 – Lauren King
30 – Kristen Fleetwood         30 – Helen Hoogendoorn                30 – Nance Swofford


8:30am Service                                                            10:45am Service________     
02 – Jon Schaff                                                                    02 – James Alcorn
       Keith Pellham                                                                       Leonard Thompson
       Burrely Loftin                                                                        Chris Sims
       Nick Key                                                                               Dave Harper
09 – Sr. Pastor’s Installation Service                                    09 – David Denton
       One Large Service                                                               Brent Lakey
       At 10:45 a.m.                                                                        Eugene Jones                                                                                                                          Jr. Heriford
16 – Jon Schaff                                                                      16 – Dale Davis
       Keith Pellham                                                                        James Alcorn
       Burrely Loftin                                                                          Leonard Thompson
       Nick Key                                                                                Chris Sims
23 – Bud Everett                                                                      23 – Dave Harper
       Rick Miller                                                                                David Denton
       Kenny Wilson                                                                           Brent Lakey
       Paul Kester                                                                               Eugene Jones
30 – Dean Downs                                                                     30 – Jr. Heriford
       Denny Roberts                                                                          Dale Davis
       Jim Voyles                                                                                 James Alcorn
       Calvin Cox                                                                                 Leonard Thompson

Special Events

  • Monday Morning Men’s Prayer Group At 7 a.m. ~ 03, 10, 17 & 24
  • Adult Bible Study At 7 p.m. ~ 05, 12, 19 & 26
  • FILLED YOUTH At 6:30 p.m. ~ 05, 12, 19 & 26
  • Jim & Virginia Thurman’s 60th Wedding Anniversary 2-5 p.m. ~ 02
  • Sr. Pastor Installation Service~ 09
  • Reception For Tim At 6 p.m. ~ 09
  • Flag Day ~ 14
  • Father’s Day ~ 16 (The Evening  Service Is Dismissed)
  • Nursing Home Service At 2 p.m. ~ 16
  • Father’s Day Fish Fry( The Evening Service Is Dismissed) ~ 23
  • Family Sunday ~ 30
The just [man] walketh in his integrity: his children [are] blessed after him.
The just [man] walketh in his integrity: his children [are] blessed after him.
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Fathers, provoke not your children [to anger], lest they be discouraged.
Like as a father pitieth [his] children, [so] the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

Watergate Salad

(From The Kitchen Of Lula Mae Denny)

9 ounce tub of Cool Whip

1 small can of crushed


1 cup mini – marshmallows

1 small box pistachio pudding

1 cup of nuts


Do not drain pineapple. Mix cool whip and pudding together. Add the rest of the    ingredients. Keep in the refrigerator and let set.



Welcome Pastor Tim Reese and Family

  It is with a joyful heart that we would like to announce that Pastor Tim Resse has been elected senior pastor of the Ava General Baptist Church. Tim, his wonderful wife Lyndsey and their beautiful girls, Emmalynn and Blayse are such incredible blessings to our Church family. We feel truly blessed to have Tim as our new senior pastor. It is with great joy, excitement and anticipation that we look forward to the future and know that our Lord’s hand and blessings are with us. Tim’s installation service will be on Sunday, June 9th. There will only be only one service that day, beginning at 10:45 a.m.  Sunday School will be held as usual. There will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall, that night, at 6 p.m.

We Hope You Can Join Us For Services This Sunday!


The Ava General Baptist Church

With Heartfelt Love And Gratitude


There are no words to express the magnitude of the love, gratitude, affection and appreciation, we all have in our hearts for our beloved Pastor Oren and this beautiful wife Donna. Thank you isn’t enough for over 3 decades of dedicated and devoted service to our Church. Thank you for all of your unselfish sacrifices, sleepless nights, dedication, hard work and unending prayers. We hope and pray you both enjoy your much deserved retirement. We wish you both all the happiness, joy and relaxation that can be found. We look forward to many more years of serving together.


God Bless You Both


The Ava General Baptist Church







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