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   Pastor’s Pen

                September brings the cool breath of autumn and a reminder that the mission of the Church is virtually connected to Missions both here and abroad. It is refreshing to know that the Holy Spirit has the power to breathe life into the Church as we cooperate with Him in the planting of new churches and the support of Mission efforts around the world. Among our churches, we have selected the third Sunday in September as International Missions Day. We also call it Ed Stevens day in honor of a General Baptist missionary who gave his life serving the Lord through our ministry efforts. On that day, we will remind each other that the outreach of our local Church must continue to extend beyond the borders of the United States. For example, we will share some of our resources to help with our new mission effort in Niger. We are praying for the good health and the Lord’s favor and healing for our Missionary Kris Yeomans. We are also looking forward to the time when General Baptist Churches in Niger will be introduced to our General Baptist family. Those new churches will join a growing group of believers that reach around the globe. Pray for our mission leaders in India as they face difficult conditions. Also remember our ministry in Honduras and that we make a difference in the lives of children. We still have much to do to share the gospel with every people group in the world.                                            Also, on a more personal note, this month marks my fiftieth year of ministry. I was licensed to preach the good news by the Presbytery of the Missouri Association in September 1968. It has been a long but wonderful journey and Donna has walked with me every step of the way. I have many wonderful memories that will endure as long as my mind has the ability to remember. I have been blessed with a place to preach every Sunday and people who have trusted me with the responsibility to serve as their pastor. For the past three decades, I have served the Ava General Baptist Church. You all have been so good to me! Thank you! This I can say without reservation, “God is so good, God is so good, God is so good, He is so good to me”. And , I believe He is good to you too. Come, worship Him this Sunday.  




 September 2018

Nursery And Ushers Schedule



8:30am                             Sunday School                          10:45am__________
  02 – Janice Gray                 02 – Heather Dias                          02 – Alisha Jones
  09 – Denise Reese              09 – Carla Denton                         09 – Regina Hampton
 16 – Cindy Wilson                16 – Helen Hoogendoorn              16 – Helen H.
  23 – Theresa Miller              23 – Millie Pellham                        23 – Nance Swofford
  30 – Helen Hoogendoorn    30 – Millie Pellham                         30 – Micca Sims


8:30am Service                                                            10:45am Service________     

02 – Jon Schaff                                                                     02 – James Alcorn                    Keith Pellham                                                                       Leonard Thompson                    Burrely Loftin                                                                        Jim Billingsley       

        Nick Key                                                                               Chris Sims
                                                                                                                                                  09 – Bud Everett 
                                                                                            09 – Jackie Holman       
       Rick Miller     
                                                                                                   Ray Reynolds       
       Kenny Wilson 
                                                                                                  Dave Harpter       
       Paul Kester     
                                                                                                  David Denton
16 – Dean Downs 
                                                                                            16 – Brent Lakey       
       Jim Voyles 
                                                                                                   Eugene Jones       
       Denny Roberts 
                                                                                                   Jr. Heriford        
       Bob Sterling   
                                                                                                   Dale Davis
23 – Jon Schaff   
                                                                                           23 – James Alcorn       
       Keith Pellham   
                                                                                                  Leonard Thompson    
       Burrely Loftin 
                                                                                                  Jim Billingsley      
       Nick Key     
                                                                                                  Chris Sims
30 – Bud Everett   
                                                                                           30 – Jackie Holman      
       Rick Miller   
                                                                                                  Ray Reynolds      
     Kenny Wilson   
                                                                                                  Dave Harper      
    Paul Kester                                                                            David Denton




The Love Of Jesus


John 15:9-17


9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.

Matthew 22:37-39

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.38 This is the first and great commandment.39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

John 14:6 

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me

1 Timothy 2:5 

For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Oren & Members of the Church—

Thank you for your, time, prayers, condolences and serving our needs at a very difficult time. The sandwich & condiments trays were of great assistance and the Gideon contribution. We greatly appreciate all  you do.


The Bill Huffman Family

Wanda, Elaine, Rita, Jayce, Larry and Vayda







 Letter From Tim


It’s good to be back! Lyndsey and I are thankful to you for the time off! These last 2 weeks have been amazing to spend with the 4 of us. Especially since Lyndsey’s blood pressure went way up and after being released after delivery, she had to be readmitted for another day to get that lined out. And all the food/gifts were amazing and appreciated! So, thank you for loving us.


New life is absolutely amazing isn’t it? After little Blayse Jacquelynn came, all the pain, worry, and fear that took to get her here went out the window. I think that can be similar to new life in the Church! It’s refreshing, challenging, and amazing all at the same time. We learn new schedules, new ways to do life together, and it leaves us asking ourselves: “how were we doing life without you? Where have you been?”  I’m excited for what God has in store for this next month for the new lives He is going to bring in our path who will join in the life of Ava GB church! I challenge you to look for those who are far from God who live right across the street from you. Look on the next hillside from your house. Look at those who are in line with you at the grocery store or those who you have had conflict with that God wants to bring reconciliation to your relationship. Whoever it is, love them. Invite them to church, Sunday school, small group, and always share the Word of God with them! It is good for us to be reminded of what Peter learned in Acts 10:34-35 “So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” Going back to the core beliefs of our General Baptist forefathers, Jesus tasted death for EVERY man, woman and child! No matter what they have done, where they are born, what skin tone they have or what language they speak. If they fear God and ask Him to forgive them, as 1 John 1:9  says, He is faithful and just that He will forgive them!


I pray we always look for ways to ENCOURAGE one another and to EQUIP each other so that we can ENCOUNTER the lost in Douglas County and to the ends of the earth with the eternal life giving message of the forgiveness through our Lord Jesus Christ!


May God Bless you this month!





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