Bethany flock prepares to enjoy Sept. 8 concert
CAPE GIRARDEAU—As part of an annual family days celebration, Bethany Baptist Church, Cape Girardeau, is welcoming Robert Ellison in concert Sept. 8. He also will be with the church in worship Sept. 9.
Ellison is retired from the United States Air Force, where he was a band superintendent and vocalist for the Air Force Band. He has performed worldwide in various settings, appearing as a guest soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, the Bob Coleman Legacy Band, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. He also has sung in “Showboat,” “Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “Godspell.”
Family Days includes a variety of games for children, a horseshoe pitching contest, an appearance by Cape Girardeau’s D.A.R.E. car, an appearance by a Cape Girardeau fire engine, food, fun, fellowship, relaxation and inspiration for all ages.
Birch Tree gets ready for 150th anniversary
BIRCH TREE—First Baptist Church here will be celebrating its 150th anniversary Sept. 14-16.
The first service will feature John Marshall, pastor, Second Baptist Church, Springfield. On Sept. 15 Norman Noble, retired pastor of Broadway Baptist Church, Springfield, will speak. The Sept. 16 service will feature the preaching of Howell Baptist Association Director of Missions Bob Wood.
Included in the celebration will be a men’s prayer breakfast, a ladies’ tea, and a rededication of the original church bell. Artifacts of the church’s history will be on display throughout the weekend.
First Centerville will celebrate 135 years
CENTERVILLE – First Baptist Church here will celebrate its 135th birthday Oct. 14. Services will begin at 10:15 a.m.
Licensing takes place for White in ministry
BOWLING GREEN – Second Baptist Church here recently licensed Ken White to the Gospel ministry.
India Children’s Choir to sing at MBC Chapel
JEFFERSON CITY—The India Children’s Choir is coming to the Baptist Building on Sept. 19 to sing at the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) chapel service in a service that will begin at 8:15 a.m.
The people of the Hmar tribe of northeast India were fierce headhunters. In 1910, a missionary named Watkin Roberts sent the Gospel of John to a Hmar chief. The chief invited Roberts to come and explain the Scriptures. He went, despite a travel ban by the British colonial rulers, and five young tribesmen chose to follow Christ.
The converts grew in faith and became leaders of a new and growing church. Within two generations, the entire tribe was evangelized. They now carry the Gospel to their neighboring tribes and the regions beyond. The members of the India Children’s Choir are the heirs of those who first believed.
Open Door pastor known as chaplain
COLUMBIA—Phil Dooley, pastor of Open Door Baptist Church, Columbia, was recently featured in the Jefferson City News-Tribune for his service as a chaplain for Troop F of the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Sedalia church to host Fall Bible Conference
SEDALIA – Bethany Baptist Church is hosting the Life of Joy Fall Bible Conference Sept. 21-23.
The event will focus on the life of Spirit-filled joy seen in Acts 13:52. Eight expository messages will be preached by Vic Borden, of Red Bridge Baptist in Kansas City; Joseph Braden, of First Baptist, St. Peters; Steve Harden, of Providence Baptist, Ponca City, Okla.; and Douglas Shivers, of Boulevard Baptist in Springfield.
The Life of Joy conference is offered to all – church staff and laity – without charge. To register, notify the church office of your plans to attend at (660) 826-8743) or send an e-mail to Bethany.Baptist@sbcglobal.net. Indicate your name, the name of the church you attend, and if you serve as a pastor or elder.
SBU plunges ahead in creative messaging
BOLIVAR—Southwest Baptist University Vice President of Information and Technology Bob McGlasson announced that the Information and Technology Services area in cooperation with Safety and Security and Student Life has begun implementation of the e2Campus messaging system.
“The e2Campus system will enable us to instantly communicate with students, faculty and staff wherever they are via: mobile phone/text messaging; email; Web page; Blackberry device; pager; or PDA with wireless connection,” said McGlasson.
Maysville church sets apart Burns as deacon
MAYSVILLE – First Baptist Church recently ordained Don N. Burns as a deacon.