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
Monday, December 17, 2018
Kingdom Builders for Christ--The Local Church/Association Working Together

Ongoing Ministries

Minister’s Fellowship 

The December Ministers’ Fellowship will be held on Monday, Dec. 3rd,  at the LCC .  It will begin at 10:30 a.m., and go until lunch.  A meal will be served.


Men’s Ministry Meeting 

The Men’s Ministry Meeting will be at Union on Tues., Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be Faye Pind and RT Buckley.   


  WMU:  Rita Bilbo 

Home for Christmas. As children, Christmas was anticipation of Santa and presents. As adults, we travel miles to take our children to Grandparent’s Home where we are welcomed with hugs and kisses. Now as I grow older, I journey to my son’s house where I am greeted with love and warmth from my children and grands.

The first Christmas was a grand event. The Angels announced Jesus’ Birth to the shepherds, who then went to  the manger to worship Jesus. Our Savior, Christ Jesus, was born (Luke 2:8-20). Wherever you spend Christmas this year, be sure and read about the first Christmas. Because of Jesus, we have Salvation and Hope Eternal. Joy to the World.

Merry Christmas. Rita

December is our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering to support International Missionaries. These special people are totally surrendered to God’s Calling to the mission field. They are sacrificing to reach the world for Christ. We can be a part of their mission efforts by giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  God will bless your gift so souls can be told of Jesus. Give generously. Thank you.


 Bible Drills 

Churches are strongly encouraged to begin Children & Student/Youth Bible Drills in the fall, but can be successfully begun as late as the first of January to be prepared for the Church/Associational/State Drills in March.  Brochures, Power Points, and other helps are available to view and download at www.mbcb.org/bibledrills or call 800-748-0651, ext. 284. Youth Speaker Tournament Brochures are also available.  Bible Drills are designed to help young people increase their knowledge of God's Word through   scripture memorization, and to develop Bible skills by learning to name and locate books of the Bible.   For further information, contact the Associational Office, Lavonne Henley (601.798.2372) or Danny Johnson (601.798.5147).

Mark your calendar with these two important dates:  

     *  Association Bible Drills will be held March 31, 2019 at Central Baptist    Church beginning at 2:00 p.m.

     *  Association Speaker’s Tournament will be held on March 1, 2019 at the 

Association Office at 4:00 p.m.



The Association Offices will be closed beginning Friday, December 22.  We will re-open on Tues., Jan. 2.  Have a blessed and safe Christmas and New Year!


You are invited . . .

Jackie Stewart “Women on Mission” of First Baptist Church, Picayune, will be hosting the 4th Annual Cider Circle Café in conjunction with the Picayune Christmas parade on Monday, December 3, from 4:00 p.m. until. Serving pizza, sandwiches, and steaming bowls of red beans/rice, and jambalaya, topped off with delectable homemade sweets! All proceeds will be donated to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. Won’t you join us for dinner?

First Baptist Church, Front of the LINK, 


401 Goodyear Blvd., Picayune


Youth Evangelism Challenge

Dec, 27-28

MS College, Clinton

Begins at 1:30 p.m. on the 27th, and ends at


12:30 p.m. on the 28th!  Mark your calendars!


Thank You!!!

Thank you, Association churches, for your generous giving this past year.  It is so greatly appreciated!

Also, we’d like to thank all of you who have given of your time or helped prepare meals here at the Association.  If you, or any of your church members, would like to help, please contact the Association office.  601.798.2372



December 2018-Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions (All Month)

2-9         Inter. Missions (WMU Emphasis) Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

3         Ministers’ Fellowship; 10:30 a.m.; LCC

4         Men’s Ministry Meeting; 6:30 p.m.; Union

21-Jan 2   Christmas Holiday; Offices Closed

25         CHRISTMAS

27-28 Youth Evangelism Challenge; MS College, Clinton; 27th-1:30 p.m.

        28th-12:30 p.m.

31         New Year’s Eve

January 2019-  January 1-6 Deacon Emphasis Week


7   Minister’s Fellowship; 10:30 am; Ozona FBC

10   Pastors’/Deacon s’/ Wives’ Supper; 6:30-8:30 pm; LCC

  Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

27-28  State Evangelism Conf.; Country Woods BC, Byram (6pm 27th; 9:15 am-7:30 pm)

February 2019

7 Facilities/Operations Team Meeting; 6:30 pm; Association Office

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

16 Children’s Ministry Day (WMU Emphasis)

16 Ladies’ Prayer Retreat/Luncheon; 9 a.m.-Noon; LCC

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



From Carl’s Desk

     December 2-9, is the Week of Prayer for International Missions, and the beginning of celebrating the Annual Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.  The SBC goal for 2018 is $160 Million to continue telling the Good News of Christ to peoples around the world.   

     We, as Southern Baptists, have sent and supported over 3,500 International Missionaries through the International Mission Board.  From these missionaries’ on going ministry in their assigned country, 108,2714 people became New Believers in Christ; 46,495 people baptized; 14,817 pastored received training for their ministry; 811 people groups engaged; and 12,005 new churches were planted. 

     The Week of Prayer for International Missions recognizes the types of various ministries of the IMB and the Missionaries carried out in the many nations of the world.   

        Training & Sending- When God calls missionaries to share the gospel in a different culture, they must prepare for this challenging new vocation.  IMB’s rigorous 

Training and preparation process helps new missionaries begin their journey well.

         Language Education- Language proficiency is key to cultural understanding.  As Learning progresses, missionaries’ ability to become part of the community  deepens, as does their ability to communicate Scripture and apply it to people’s lives. 

         Security Training- The challenging security situation across the world threatens the basic presence of missionaries. Security training equips missionaries and their families to live as safely as possible in some of the most dangerous areas of the world.

         Church Planter Training- Training national church planters in evangelism,  discipleship, and biblical strategies is key to empowering more partners and bringing Christ’s salvation to where it is most desperately needed.

         Training National Believers- God’s most precious resource is His people.  In  many countries, national believers can access remote or restricted areas where outside missionaries are not allowed.

         Medical- Unreached communities can often be accessed through medical workers providing desperately needed healthcare in hard-to-reach places. 

         Many other types of Ministries- 

     Southern Baptist Churches partner with their Association, State Conventions, and the SBC to do more through the Cooperative Program than they could ever do alone.  The Cooperative program provides 30 percent annually of IMB’s income.

     The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering provides the largest portion of IMB’s income—59%--and gives Southern Baptist an opportunity to support their missionaries through 100 percent of the offering going directly to IMB missionary support.

     Hunger and relief funds, field-generated funds, and investment returns, constitute the remaining 11% of IMB’s annual income.

     Consider your personal offering  goal or your church’s goal based on the average cost to support an individual missionary:

  $ 50,800  a year (average)

                    $   4,233  a month

                   $      977  a week

                $      139  a day

      Let us diligently Pray, and sacrificially Give to support IMB Missionaries!

              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.