Run For God 5K Challenge
Have you ever thought about running/walking a 5K? A 5K is 3.1 miles in distance. It takes some endurance and some determination. Hopefully, you have thought about it and are interested. Starting in February you will have TWO different classes you can choose from. These are Run For God classes. The class is 13 weeks long and includes run instruction and a weekly bible study. The class meets once per week for accountability. Kent Jackson will be teaching a class at Fairview Baptist Church on Bryant Road near Boiling Springs and Ken Kirkley will be teaching a class at West Spartanburg Baptist Church in Duncan. If you are interested in the Fairview class, please contact Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org (864-381-9972) and if you are interested in the West Spartanburg class contact Ken at email@example.com (864-590-4759).
Little is Much...
At our Annual Meeting the focus was upon the phrase "Little Is Much When God Is In It." Historically, the Southern Baptist Convention has been made up of smaller membership churches. The same still holds true. It seems we hear about the mega church and mega church pastor from all corners, but in reality, without the smaller membership churches the Southern Baptist Convention would cease to be. Smaller membership churches are the backbone of giving to the Cooperative Program and our special mission offerings. God in His infinite wisdom has blessed the ministry of such churches throughout time. No church should feel like a second class citizen due to their size. But, at the same time, no church should be boastful of being a smaller membership church. Likewise, a smaller membership church does not get a pass when it comes to reaching their community. Many smaller membership churches continue to be small simply because they don't reach the community around them. My challenge is to minister to the community and then allow God to add to the church as He sees fit.
"Little Is Much When God Is In It"
Haiti Church Building
Thanks to the generosity of the North Spartan Baptist Association churches, we were able have the church building completed in Haiti in time to dedicate it while there in October! Over a period of about 4 years our churches donated approximately $50,000.00 towards this project. Thank you for your generosity! The next step in this project is to build an outside shed that can be used for cooking. There will also be a need for some cooking utensils. The building will then be able to house a school for the students in that area. More details will be given in the next few months concerning this project.
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Summer Mission Trip 2018
Frankfort, Ohio, is the destination for our summer mission trip. The dates are Saturday, July 14-Thursday, July 19. The cost per person will be $125.00. This includes all meals (except for travel days), a meal at Ribbers Steak House, lodging, and snacks. A planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 3, at the North Spartan Baptist Association office at 7:00pm. Come for the meeting and see if you and your church would be interested.
Pastor's & Wive's Retreat 2018
Our 4th annual pastors and wives retreat will be Friday, September 28 - Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Bon Clarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC. Dr. Gary Rogers, pastor of East Gaffney Baptist Church, Gaffney, SC, will be our guest speaker. There is NO cost for the pastor and his wife. If you have any questions, please contact me at 864-599-0843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is always a GREAT time of fellowship, food, and encouragement. Put this date on your calendar!