But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me in Jerulsalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8
Pearl River Baptist Association
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Kingdom Builders for Christ--The Local Church/Association Working Together

Ongoing Ministries

Facilities/Operations Team Meeting 

The Facilities/Operations Team Meeting for February has been cancelled. Thank you to those on the team for your willingness to serve.



Missionary Commissioning Service

Everyone is invited to attend the commissioning service of Sarrah and Jeremy Willhite as “Missionary of Restoration”. The service will take place on Sunday, February 3, 3:00 p.m. at the LCC.

Sarrah is the Founder/Director of Rescue Army Inc. that has been active in ministry since March 2018 in Pearl River County and surrounding counties. Their services include rescuing individuals from destructive lifestyles, locating ministries/facilities for recover and rehab, organizing/leading counseling and teaching recovery sessions, sharing in evangelism opportunities with individuals. Also, beginning February 1, “The Art of Rescue Store”, located on the corner of Beech and Goodyear in Picayune, shall be opening. This will be a place to do the teaching and rehabilitating of individuals, along with worship opportunities, classes, and crafts/skills.


RA  Racing  Day

The annual RA Racing Day will be held on Saturday, February 9 from 9:30 a.m. until noon.  Trophies will be given for the LAD (1st-3rd grades) and Crusaders (4th – 6th grades) for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  Make plans now to bring your RAs with their Pine Derby Racers to compete for these trophies.  Parents and Grandparents are welcome to come watch.  Lunch will conclude this event. 


Ladies’ Prayer Retreat
The Association will sponsor a Ladies’ Prayer Retreat and Luncheon on Sat., February 16 from 9:00 a.m. until Noon at the Lee Conference Center. Staci Mann will be our special guest speaker. Staci will give her personal testimony and teach us life lessons from the book of Philippians.   Come and be spiritually uplifted and renewed.  We ask that you please contact the Association Office by Wednesday, February 13, to let us know how many women plan to attend from your church.  This is not just for WMU-ALL women are invited to attend!



Do you remember your first love? Oh, the excitement and thrill that you felt. You wanted it to last forever. Then time passes, and the feelings change. Your heart is broken, or you just lose interest in each other. However, there is one Love that will last eternally. That is the Lover of my soul, Jesus.  His love for me was written in red on Calvary’s Cross    (John 3:16). Christ’s love will never fail you. He is the Lover of my soul (1 Cor. 13). 

Happy Valentine’s Day.  Rita

I can’t believe it is already February. This month we are having our Women’s Prayer Retreat on Saturday the 16th. The theme of the retreat will be “No Matter What”. Our guest speaker will be Staci Mann. Come to be blessed.  It will be held 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at the Lee Conference Center. Lunch will be served. Looking forward to seeing you WMU women. God Bless You.


 Thank You!
To Elaine & Jerry Cuevas, and Casey Myers for helping to serve and cleanup at the Pastors’/Deacons’/Wives’ Dinner in January.  Your help was greatly appreciated!!!


Speaker's Tournament

This year’s Association Speaker’s Tournament will be held at the Association Office on Friday, March 1, 4:30 p.m.  If you have Youth in your church who will be participating, please call the Association Office to register them.  Each Speaker is required to submit a draft of their speech to the Association Office no later than Friday, Feb. 22 for the Judges to review.

        The State Speaker’s Tournament will be held this year on March 30 from 9:30 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. at FBC Madison.

     Please Note: Thursday, March 22 is the Deadline for submitting critiqued manuscripts to the Association Office for the State Tournament.  


Church Financial Leader Training

March 1-2, Garaywa Camp & Conference Center

Who should attend? Pastors, Financial Secretaries, Treasurers, Budget/Stewardship Committees

Cost: $40 per person - including overnight and meals

Schedule: Friday Night - Check in:         4 - 5:00 p.m.

                           Dinner:            5:30 p.m.

                          First Session:  6:30 p.m.

Saturday:                 Breakfast:        7 - 8:00 a.m.

                           First Session:   8:00 a.m.

                                            Conclusion:      12:30 p.m.

Speaker: Johnny Rakestraw, CPA/Pastor, Wallerville BC, New Albany, MS

For more information, please contact Lisa Leavell at the following:

lleavell@mbcb.org or 601.292.3347


Heritage Christian Academy

Heritage Christian Academy is a K-8th accredited independent

 Christian school located in Picayune, MS at 21 Richardson Rd.  The school has registration for  K-8th grades currently open.  You may visit our website at hcapicayune.com or call the school for more information at 601-215-6327.   


Thank you to all the churches who came to mow, weed-eat, and all the other grass cutting things last year! We appreciate it so much! The following are the dates for 2019 grass/lawn mowing. If your church would care to volunteer, you can contact the Association office-thanks again! 601.798.2372

 April 19-20; May 17-18,                                             

May 31-June 1;  June 14-15, 28-29;                                           

July 12-13, 26-27; 

Aug. 9-10, 23-24;                                                                     

Sept.  20-21 

Oct. 4-5, 18-19


February 2019

3           Missionary Commissioning Service; 3:00 p.m.; LCC 

7           Facilities & Operations Meeting –CANCELLED

9           RA Race Day; 9:30 a.m. -Noon; LCC  

12-18   Focus on Missions through WMU

16           Ladies Prayer Retreat; & Luncheon 9:00 a.m. - Noon; LCC

22           Speakers Tournament Speeches Due to Assoc. Office

March 2019-Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

1      Association Speakers’ Tournament; 4:00 p.m.; LCC

1-2      Church Financial Leaders Training;   Garaywa, Clinton

2      Beginning Ringers Handbell Fest.; 8:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.; Garaywa, Clinton

4      Minister’s Fellowship; 10:30 a.m.; LCC 

5      Men’s Ministry Meeting; 6:30 p.m.; Juniper Grove

10      DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME (Spring Forward!)

14      Senior Day Luncheon; 10:30 a.m.-12 noon; LCC

17      Substance Abuse prevention

22      Speakers Tournament Critiqued Manuscripts Due to Assoc. Office

22-23    VBS Kickoff

30      State Speakers’ Tournament; 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; FBC Madison

31      Association Bible Drill; 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.; Central Baptist



From Carl’s Desk:                      

     The month of February has the 14th- “Valentine Emphasis” in the middle of the 28 day month.  The focus of Valentine’s Day is recognition of (Eros) Love.  But various definitions of the word LOVE exist.

     In the Gospel of John, the word LOVE is used 57 times- Love, Loved, Lovedst, Lovest, Loveth.  In the 57 verses using love, Jesus is speaking in 38 of the verses.  In Chapter 15, Jesus used a form of the word Love 10 times, the most in any of the 21 chapters.  He expressed God’s love and His Love for mankind strongly through His Word!

     Do you really Understand and Believe- You Are Loved!

“For God so Loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in     

  Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  Jesus’ words!  (John 3:16)

Some quotes about Love:

What is love?

It is silence--when your words woud hurt.  It is patience--when your neighbor's curt.

It is deafness--when a scandal flows.  It is thoughtfulness--for other's woes.

It is promptness--when stern duty calls.  It is courage--when misfortune falls.

   (Author Unknown)    (John 13:34 speaks to this quote)

It is natural to love them that love us, but it is supernatural to love them that hate us.

   (Author Unknown)

   (Jesus teaching about loving your enemies applies to the above saying:  Luke 6:27-35)

Love ever gives.  Forgives, outlives, and ever stands with open hands.

And while it lives, it gives, for this is love’s prerogative – to give, and give, and give.


   (I Corinthians 13- the Love Chapter speaks to the above quote.)

On the whole, God's love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him. 

   (C.S. Lewis)

   (John 3:16 expresses the greatness of God’s LOVE)

Serving Together In Christ,






























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Operation Christmas Child
Debbie Eubanks was invited to go to Uganda in May to participate in shoe box distributions for Operation Christmas Child. She found it a very enlightening experience and would like to share over the summer on Sunday nights, Wednesday nights or during the week for any special groups that might be interested. She has pictures, short videos, and items to display. Debbie can be reached at 228-832-6237 or eubanksdj@bellsouth.net at anytime.