BREAUX BRIDGE – Music Director Dot Schexnider announces an “Old Fashion Gospel Singing and Fellowship” is set for 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Teche Baptist Church.
“We’re going to have a good time,” Schexnider said. “The congregation will be joining in to sing a lot of the old favorites that aren’t used so much these days, such as This World is not my Home; I Saw the Light; When They Ring Those Golden Bells; Mansion Over the Hilltop; Precious Memories; and I’ll Fly Away, just to name a few.”
The Ladies Ensemble is to perform, plus additional soloists and instrumentalists, including Rob Burdeaux, pastor of Parks Baptist Mission, as a special guest performer.
“We are especially glad to have the Rev. Burdeaux join us,” Schexnider added. “He is an accomplished musician and I know everyone will enjoy hearing him sing.”
There is no admission fee; the public is invited and nursery care will be provided for younger children.
“I hope everyone who likes good old gospel music will come enjoy this time with us,” Schexnider said. Wayne Lyons, pastor.
BETHANY – First Bossier donated a mobile home to Camp Bethany for use in additional housing. Lumber has been purchased for the 20 bunk beds that will be going in the new mobile dorm.
“Camp Fuego is still overflowing while others are begging to get in,” reports Camp Director Robert Cole. “Next year we will have two weeks of Fuego to give other children the opportunity to come.”
The camp is beginning to show its age, the director said.
“A perfectly good 27-year-old diving board broke last week, along with a large AC unit,” Cole reported to Northwest Baptist Association. “Also our food steamer broke, and our ‘old’ mixer went through some major repairs.”
It’s going to cost about $6,000 to replace everything, he added. But the mixer needs to be working “so our cooks can keep making those famous cookies and rolls.”
NORTHWEST BAPTIST ASSOCIATION – Greenwood: Joe Bob Alexander honored for his leadership as pastor. He was given the title of Pastor Emeritus. Shreveport Times had features on JearlPatrick [Bossier First Baptist] and Wayne Berry [Calvary]. Jearl was featured in the Home & Garden section in her garden. Wayne was featured in the entertainment section. Southside sold its property on Fairfield. They are currently meeting in the gym at Parkview Baptist Church. They are looking forward to relocating.
Cross Point has started meeting at Stockwell Place Elementary School on Shed Road. This is close to where their new property is and will enable to start making their presence known in this area. Sunday morning services only.
Haughton honored Junie Faye Barnes on her retirement from teaching in the Weekday Preschool Program.
Waller: Their Biblical Institute of Discipleship Studies and Seminary Extension Center held its first graduation – Terry Hobock received an undergraduate pastoral ministry diploma.
Kingston Road: Jackie Branscum celebrated 30 years as ministry assistant. She began at Inglesideand is now the pastor’s secretary at Kingston Road (after they merged).
Airline: Senior Adults meet each Tuesday for a Fun Day from 9-12 noon. All kinds of games are offered, along with a light lunch. Other church senior adults are invited to attend.
Three: 32 youth and adults went to Reynosa, Mexico, to build houses for needy families. LifeWay Bookstore: Former Shreveport Manager, Scott Tarver, was named store manager of the year. He is currently at the Huntsville, Ala., store. [Note: The Shreveport store is in the top 10 producing stores in the U.S.] Chinese Mission: Went on a medical mission trip to Saipan, where they ministered to 250 Chinese textile workers and saw more than 40 professions of faith.
NATCHITOCHES – A Ladies Fall Fellowship for churches in the District Eight Baptist Convention – DeSoto, Natchitoches, North Sabine, Red River and Sabine Associations – has been set for 9:30 a.m. through lunch Saturday, Sept. 8, at First Baptist Natchitoches.
Special guests are to include Sheila Breazeale, Precept ministry Bible study leader from Calvary Alexandria; Jinny Henson, Christian comedian and minister’s wife from First Shreveport; KathyMcGrath, pianist from First Natchitoches; and Stacy Stewart Alford, vocalist from Mount Carmel Church in Florien.
Absolute final registration date is Aug. 25. Pick up forms at the District Eight Missions Office, 4278 University Parkway, next door to Sears in Natchitoches. $10/person cost includes lunch.
WEST MONROE – Evangelist Oda Wayne “Tuck” Roberts is to celebrate on Sept. 1 his 50 years in the preaching ministry, which has included pastorates, revivals, Bible studies and conferences, camps, directing tours, interim pastorates and supply work. He and Barbara have been married 46 years.
DUBACH – New Prospect Baptist has set Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 9-11, for vacation Bible school, from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11. Larry Smith is pastor.
OUACHITA BAPTIST ASSOCIATION – A group from Faith Clayton and Oak Grove Rhinehard, as well as one person from Prosperity Baptist in LaSalle Association, recently traveled to Billa Juarez, Mexico, to help the Sun Hills Baptist Mission develop a congregation.
During the week the group went door-to-door handing out tracts and making contacts, and leading in evening services on a grassy hillside.
Associational Director of Missions Ken Gilmore is leading the churches in the association to together plant a church in the U.S. where there is no church. Gilmore is talking with NAMB about this possibility.
RUSTON – More than 50 students with the Baptist Collegiate Ministries at Louisiana Tech are doing some type of organized ministry this summer – camp, church, NAMB, IMB, reports Jonathan Clark, BCM associate director.
So far this summer the LT BCM has contacted with 300 incoming students, about 150 at a late-night pancake fellowship.
About 30 students each week this summer are involved in a summer Bible study, an intensive look at the Old Testament.
RUSTON – The sanctuary choir of Emmanuel Baptist is presenting “Lead Me to That Rock,” a Gaither Homecoming-style concert, at 7 p.m. Saturday Aug. 4 and 6 p.m. Aug. 5 at the church. This DVD-based multimedia concert is to have the choir singing along with Homecoming singers such asVestal Goodman, Jake Hess, J.D.Sumner and Bill Gaither. “Join us for an evening of Southern Gospel favorites,” the choir says.
CHAUVIN – Grand Caillou Baptist sponsored a block party July 14, and Little Caillou Baptist Mission celebrated its 50th anniversary July 15. John Paul Cox is to be ordained at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Grand Caillou Baptist.
For more news of Bayou Baptist Association, see www.adolphestagg.com, which says “We are an association of 32 cooperating churches and mission congregations striving to share the gospel with a population of over 200,000 people in the Terrebonne, Lafourche and Assumption parishes (that’s “counties” for you non-Louisiana folk!) of south Louisiana. Joe Arnold is DOM.
FARMERVILLE – Antioch Baptist is to host a youth revival at 7 p.m. Aug. 17-18 and at 11 a.m. Aug. 19. Sammy Nuckolls is youth evangelist; Steve “Opie” Thomas is to lead in praise and worship. Youth from across northeast Louisiana are invited.
WEST MONROE – Cypress Baptist, revival Aug. 8-12. Dick Paige, preaching; Waylon McCormick, music. Services 7 p.m. Aug. 8-11; Homecoming Sunday morning, with special music byNew Libery Quartet, with lunch to follow. No evening service.
ALEXANDRIA – Calvary Baptist is to host an Adult Sunday School Gatherings Sunday, Aug. 5. All adult classes are to meet together for the Sunday School hour. Gene Ortis, minister of education.David Brooks, pastor.
BATON ROUGE – Joy in the Journey retreat for Jefferson Baptist women is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the church. Nashville, Tenn. author Leighann McCoy is to help travelers explore how Jesus changed the course of life for women. Other speakers: Betty Bain, Tonya Hancock, Gwen Williams, Bverly Myrick, Christy Doyle, Senator Sharon Weston Broome, Janie Bono and Beth Hitt. Please register in advance; large groups welcome. www.Jeffersonbaptist.org; 225.923.0356.
JONESVILLE – Christmas in July, made possible by members at First Baptist, was very successful as school supplies were collected for Jonesville Elementary School. Contributions may still be made and placed in the church foyer. Pre-registration by Aug.12 for the Women of Vision 2007 Conference at Evangeline Baptist Church is $20. Marshall Douglas is pastor.
MANY – First Baptist members participating in a mission trip to First Baptist Chalmette helped with dry wall and painting this past week as part of the reconstruction of the church after Hurricane Katrina. Steve Kelly is First Many pastor.
JONESBORO – Basic school supplies for needy families are being collected by the WMU of First Baptist. The church is also sponsoring a golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 4. Toys to fill boxes for Operation Christmas Child are needed for 2- to 4-year-old girls and 10- to 14-year-old boys and are being collected jointly by the WMUs of Ebenezer Jonesboro and First Jonesboro. Charles Wesley is pastor of First Jonesboro and Randy Lee is pastor of Ebenezer.
KENTWOOD – School uniforms are being collected by the Friendship Circle Sunday School class of First Baptist. School supplies are also being collected by the church to distribute to area schools. A senior adult trip is planned for October 8-13 to Branson and Eureka Springs. Joey Miller is pastor.
BATON ROUGE – Blitz on the Bayou 2007 Sunday School Leadership Training is to be held Saturday, August 18, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Istrouma Baptist.
BATON ROUGE – “Managing your Wealth and Your Health” are the topics for Sunday evening services at Woodlawn Baptist through Aug. 26, at 5:30 p.m. A teacher appreciation banquet is planned for Aug. 25. Tommy Middleton is pastor.
DEVILLE – Philadelphia Baptist is to offer Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, with orientation meetings to be held at 5:15 p.m. Aug. 12, and 6:15 p.m. Aug. 15. Deadline for sign up is August 12.
The fee for church members is $85 and non-church members is $100. Philip Robertson is pastor.
ALEXANDRIA – All about Kids Productions Day Camp is a week-long performing arts camp designed to teach and express Biblical truth offered to children who have completed grades 1-6. It will be held August 5 – 10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday. A performance will be presented by the children August 10, 7 p.m. The camp will be held at Calvary church. The church recently distributed school uniforms and school supplies to 1,121 needy children. David Brooks is pastor.
WEST MONROE – Northeast Baptist School will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for new school facilities Friday, August 10, 9:30 a.m. The school is located at 5225 I-20 Service Road, West Monroe, La. Ret. Col. James E. Rowland is president of the school.
MINDEN – First church will host Harvest Day August 5, 10:15 a.m. Jack Daniels, speaker andThe Lisembys will provide the music.
MINDEN – First church Senior Adult Mini Chautauqua is scheduled for August 12 – 15. The theme is “Make His Great Love Known”. Perry Sanders, evangelist and Price Harris, music. Mission features will include Freddie Arnold of the New Orleans Association, Nelda Seal, retired LBC WMU director and Ron and Alana Greenwich of Brazil.
Wayne DuBose is pastor.
SHREVEPORT – Summer Grove Church: Celebrating 50 years of Louisiana Baptist music, August 3, 7:30 p.m.