part of commissioning
NEW ORLEANS—Four of the 108 missionaries and chaplains commissioned Oct. 6 by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) at First Baptist Church here have Missouri connections.
John Little, who was born and raised in Marshall, Mo., and his wife, Connie Marshall Little, who was born and raised in Greenfield, Mo., were appointed church planting strategists in western South Dakota.
Rick and Stacy Seaton of the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) staff were appointed Disaster Relief specialists for Missouri. Rick is also men’s missions and ministry specialist for the MBC, working with Baptist Builders, Campers on Mission and Church Renewal.
New Salem observes 180th, calls youth pastor
Ashland – New Salem Baptist Church recently celebrated its 180th anniversary with a special service. The guest speaker was Bill Victor, Collegiate Ministries Coordinator for the Central Region, and Paul Larimore, former pastor, brought special music.
Jay Rosenberg was called to serve as the bi-vocational youth pastor.
Second Bowling Green ordains two deacons
BOWLING GREEN – Second Baptist Church of Bowling Green held an ordination service on Nov. 2. Chris Peterman and Joe Talkington, both of Bowling Green, were ordained to serve as deacons for the church. Don Amelung is the pastor of Second Baptist.
SBU community keeps
Dutile on job as interim
BOLIVAR—Gordon Dutile, who is retiring as provost of Southwest Baptist University (SBU) on Dec. 31, has agreed to serve as interim provost until the university can find a replacement.
SBU President C. Pat Taylor said that Dutile’s willingness to serve in this capacity will give the Provost Search Committee plenty of time to find the person that God is preparing to be the next provost.
Dutile is finishing his 28th year of service to SBU.
SBU Phi Eta Sigma
gets 82 new members
BOLIVAR—The Southwest Baptist University (SBU) chapter of Phi Eta Sigma recently inducted 82 new members. Bob Derryberry, senior professor in the Bob R. Derryberry School of Communication Arts, was the keynote speaker.
Phi Eta Sigma was founded at the University of Illinois in 1923 to recognize and promote superior scholarship among freshmen. It has held membership in the Association of College Honor Societies since 1937. The SBU Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma was chartered in 2007.
Bethel Baptist Church tops attendance goal
WEST PLAINS – Bethel Baptist Church set their attendance goal high for Show-Me Sunday, but the pews were even more packed than they expected. The church had been averaging 75-80 in Sunday School over the past two months, and had set a goal of 115. When the attendance was tallied, the number reached 119. They then set a record for attendance in the worship service, with 156. The old record was 138.
First Bonne Terre marks 120-year anniversary
BONNE TERRE – Organized in 1888, First Baptist Church of Bonne Terre recently celebrated its 120th anniversary. During the Oct. 25-26 celebration, the church had activities for all ages including inflatables, hayrides, face painting, crafts, hotdogs and clowns. The Sunday service included a message by former pastor Raymond Laramore and a Gospel music program.
Cape association gets Bill Jetton as new DOM
CAPE GIRARDEAU—William “Bill” Jetton began working in late October as director of missions for the Cape Girardeau Baptist Association, which has 32 member churches, all singly aligned with the Missouri Baptist Convention and Southern Baptist Convention.
Bill and his wife, Judy, have four children and 11 grandchildren. He was ordained in 1977 and holds a bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University. He is currently working toward a master’s degree.
His ministry experience includes time with the International Mission Board in Africa as a team leader in sports evangelism. He also served with the North American Mission Board in Colorado as a director of missions and was pastor of Ozark Baptist Church in Houston, Mo.
JEFFERSON CITY – The 2009 Disaster Relief training schedule published in the most recent issue of Missouri Baptist Life magazine is incorrect. The following schedule has been updated. For more information, contact Gwen Martin at 1-800-736-6227 or go to www.mobaptist.org/mmm.
· Jan. 16-17: FBC, Kirksville
· Feb. 6-7: Baptist Hill Campground, Mt. Vernon
· March 20-21: Pleasant Valley Baptist Church
· March 27-28: Camp Baptist Ridge, Warsaw
· Aug. 14-15: Southeast Region (site to be announced)
· Sept. 18-19: Camp Cedarcrest, Mexico
· Oct. 2-3: FBC, Herculaneum-Pevely
· Oct. 16-17: FBC, Bethany
· Nov. 6-7: Second Baptist, Cabool