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, August 21, 2019
Kingdom Builders for Christ--The Local Church/Association Working Together

Ongoing Ministries

Ministers’ Fellowship 

The Ministers’ Fellowship will be held on Mon., Aug. 5, 10:30 a.m. at Oak Hill BC. A meal will be served.  If you are a minister, you are invited to attend!

 WMU:  Rita Bilbo 

I don’t like change. Growing up in a pastor’s home, it was inevitable. We moved on the average about every three years.  Always new schools, new friends, new church families, new parsonage. Now that I look back on those days, I see how it was good for me. All the people I met, the opportunities to travel to new places, and all the lives I have touched and those lives that have touched me. This next week (July 11) I will be going on a mission trip. I will see changes in location, changes in type of ministry that I will be participating, changes in what God will be doing in my life. All good changes as we yield to God. Do you need change in your life? God has a special plan for you. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone in your life to serve your Lord and Savior (Isaiah 6:8). Oh, what blessing you will receive. So, step up, step out, step into those changes that God is calling you. Oh, the places you will go.

Is it school time already? Again changes to new grades, new teachers, and new students. We will be prayer walking the schools. Let us pray for our students, our teachers, our administrators, and our support staff in our public school. Also let us include those parents that home school their children. We lift them up in our prayers. 

God Bless you. Rita



All churches within the Association, and outside as well, are invited to Prayer Walk ALL public schools-Picayune, Poplarville, and PRC–  Wednesday, August 7, from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Churches have been e-mailed guides to help with the prayers for everyone involved with school.


    Attention VBS Directors 

Directors:  Thanks to all who've submitted their reports to us! VBS Reports should be submitted to the Association office, as well as sbcworkspace.com.


ACP due Sept. 13, 2019

ACPs have been mailed or delivered to your church. The MS Supplemental is NOT on the website as of now, however, a generic form was sent along with the ACP. Please feel free to contact the Association office for any questions or help.


One Great Day of Training (Sunday School):

FBC Biloxi, Sunday, August 25

                                                            3:00 - Large Group

                                                            3:15 - Age Group Training (Preschool - Adults)

                                                            4:30 - Fellowship

Ministry Assistants Professional Training Course & Skillshops @ Camp Garaywa Camp & Conference Center

Aug. 20-22, 2019

Begins at 8:00 a.m. on the 20th

Ends at noon on the 22nd

Garaywa Camp & Conference Center

312 Camp Garaywa Rd.

Clinton, MS 39056


 Union Baptist Church School 

Union Baptist Church School is in open enrollment for the fall.  

They offer classes for 3 year olds to 12th grade.  Please contact 

UBK (3 year old - 5 year old)  at 601.798.8999 and UBA (1st grade - 12th grade) at 601.799.2181 or visit them on the Web at www.ubcnet.org.  

“Every day is a great day to learn 

something new!”


Heritage Christian Academy Registration

  Heritage Christian Academy still has openings in 4th through 7th grade for the 2019-2020 school year.                              If you are interested in one of these spots then you can go to our website at www.hcapicayune.com for more information or call 601-215-6327 to set up a tour.  




Have You Joined 

the Mowing Team?? 


 Aug.  9-10; 23-24

Thanks to: FBC Picayune, FBC Poplarville, Union, West Union, Goodyear, Bethel, and Pine Grove for volunteering!

Gas provided or refueled/ Call us to help!


August 2019

3          RA’s Father & Son’s Fishing Rodeo; 6:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Assoc. Lake 

5          Minister’s Fellowship; 10:30 a.m.; Oak Hill

7          Prayer Walking Schools; 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. ; ALL SCHOOL CAMPUSES

20-22   Prof. Training Course & Skill Shops; Garaywa, Clinton; Begins 8:00 a.m. on 20th                                                ends 4:30 p.m. on 22

25        One Great Day of Training (ALL AGES); 3:00-4:30 p.m.; FBC Biloxi

25        One Great Day of Training (ALL AGES); 3:00-4:30 p.m.; FBC Petal

September 2019— All Month:  Margaret Lackey Offering Emphasis

 2 Labor Day; Office Closed

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

 9 Ministers’ Fellowship; 10:30 a.m.; FBC Nicholson

12 Senior Adult Choir Festival; 10:30 a.m. - Noon; LCC   

19 January Bible Study; 9 a.m. -Noon; William Carey, Hattiesburg

25 See You at the Pole

October 2019

7         Association Fall Meeting; 6:30 p.m.; Pine Grove

13      World Hunger Day

17      Fall Adult Fishing Day; 6:30 a.m.-Noon; Association Lakes 

29-30    MS Baptist Convention; FBC, Jackson




From Carl’s Desk:

     A group of us from the Association had the opportunity to visit the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. I was reminded of this article of the challenges and obstacles that Noah met. Here are some obstacles Noah would possibly encounter in today’s world:


     It is the year 2019 and Noah lives in the United States. The Lord speaks to Noah and says:  “In one year I am going to make it rain and cover the whole earth with water until all is destroyed. But I want you to save the righteous people and two of every kind of living thing on the earth.  Therefore, I am commanding you to build an Ark.”

     In a flash of lightning, God delivered the specifications for an Ark. Fearful and trembling, Noah took the plans and agreed to build the Ark. “Remember,” said the Lord, “You must complete the Ark and bring everything on board in one year.”

     Exactly one year later, a fierce storm cloud covered the earth and all the seas of the  earth went into a tumult. The Lord saw Noah sitting in his front yard weeping. “Noah.”  He shouted, “Where is the Ark?” “Lord please forgive me!” cried Noah. I did my best, but there were big problems. First, I had to get a permit for construction and Your plans did not comply with the codes. I had to hire an engineering firm and redraw the plans. Then I got into a fight with OSHA over whether or not the Ark needed a fire sprinkler system with floatation devices.  Then my neighbor objected, claiming I was violating zoning regulations and failed to register the Ark as a recreational water craft.” Finally the ACLU got the courts to issue and injunction against further construction of the Ark, saying that since God is flooding the earth, it is a religious event, therefore unconstitutional. I really don’t think I can finish the Ark for another 5 or 6 years!” Noah wailed.

     The sky began to clear, the sun began to shine, and the seas began to calm.  A rainbow arched across the sky. Noah looked up hopefully. “You mean you are not going to destroy the earth, Lord?” “No,” said the Lord sadly. “The government already has.”


 Serving Together In Christ,     


In Memory of Richard "Mugsy" Davis
     A great minister, and a dear friend, has moved from us.  Richard “Mugsy” Davis, our Association Counselor for the past sixteen years, stepped into eternity July 4.  Mugsy’s last day at the Association was in mid February.  He had a six week hospital stay in March/April, was recovering from various health issues, then had a set back in late June.
A needed foot amputation was done July 3rd, but his heart could not sustain the trauma and added health issues.
     Mugsy had been serving in ministry for the past 45 years.  Early years as Minister of Music & Youth in four churches- Thomas NC, Boron SC, FBC Poplarville, Temple Baptist Hattiesburg; later Minister of Students- FBC Hattiesburg, Minister of Education/Associate Pastor Calvary Baptist Hattiesburg.  Mugsy founded Faith Counseling Ministry in the late 1990’s, continuing to February 2019.
     Mugsy was a unique Christian Minister that touched thousands of lives for Christ during his years of service.  He was greatly loved and appreciated in the years of serving as our Association Family Counselor.

Rev. Richard Lee "Mugsy" Davis





























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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.