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
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Kingdom Builders for Christ--The Local Church/Association Working Together

Ongoing Ministries

Association Fall Meeting 

     The Association Fall Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7 at Pine Grove Baptist Church located at 34 Pine Grove Rd., Picayune. Guest Speaker will be Greg Barker, Pastoral Ministry Consultant with MS Baptist.

     Each church is entitled to four messengers for the first 50 members, and one additional messenger for each 50 members.  Example:  A church having 125 members is eligible for four (the first 50 members) + two (one for the additional 50 members and one for the 25 members) = six messengers.  You may also bring members as guests who would not be eligible to vote in the business session.  Please enlist your full slate of messengers and more to experience the Mission reports and great worship service.

Fall Adult Fishing Day

     Fishing Day is scheduled for Thursday, October 17 beginning at 6:30 a.m., and will go until noon at the Association Lakes.  Come early and stake out your favorite spot - enjoy a biscuit/sausage/coffee – lake side.  We will be giving out prizes for the largest, smallest, and most fish caught.  Bring a sack lunch, the Association will provide the drinks.


WMU:  Rita Bilbo 

     October is here. Birthday month for me. As I pen these words, I am sitting in Surgery waiting room. My son is having his gall bladder removed. The Surgeon has come to give me details of surgery. Gall bladder removed successfully, but found something of concern. If gall bladder had not been removed, the new medical situation would not had been exposed to be addressed. Now another challenge to face. Sitting in waiting area, I am reflecting on all the challenges I have faced with life. I totally surrendered my life to Christ on Mother’s Day in 1970. God has always been with me guiding, guarding, and guaranteeing me eternal life. I hear the words of the song “God Leads His Dear Children Along” in my mind. We can trust and know that God has us in all situations of Life (Jeremiah 29:11).. God goes before us to make the crooked places straight (Isaiah 45:2). I am ready for another year of following God and trusting Him in all I say and do. By the way, I will be 68.

God Bless you, Rita

     October is bringing cooler temperatures (hopefully), Fall activities in our churches, and State Convention. Many activities that our WMU women can participate. I want to encourage our WMU women. I would like to visit your WMU meetings. You can contact me through the Association office. Also, set your date to attend the Baptist Women’s Day of Prayer on Monday, November 4th, 10 a.m., at Lee Conference Center. Lunch of soup and sandwich. Bring a favorite dessert. Mark your calendar.


  Special Thank-You!

     Thank you so much to Bro. Carl Myers and Linda Alexander for preparing the wonderful meal for the Senior Adult Choir Festival! Many thanks, also, to the same people, plus David Alexander for serving, and Jerry and Elaine Cuevas for serving and helping with the cleaning!  Your help is invaluable!


Mississippi Baptist Convention 

First Baptist Church - Jackson, MS


October 29-30, 2019


ACP Update

     So far, 24 out of 40 churches have completed their ACP. Please remember that all this information is not only information for the Association and State, but more importantly it is for historical purposes for your church! If you need help completing it, please contact Linda Fay at the Association office at 601.798.2372, or by e-mail: prbapt@wilblue.net

     She is in the office Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., and on Fridays 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. She is very willing to help!    www.sbcworkspace.com

2020 Bible Drills and Student/Youth Speaker Tournament 

      Churches are encouraged to seek out leaders to begin planning for the 2020 Bible Drills and Speaker Tournament.  Materials are available from the MS Baptist Discipleship Training Department at no charge.  Associational Drills will take place at Central Baptist Church on WEDNESDAY, April 15, 6:30 p.m.  Children's Bible Drills are for Grades 3-6 and Student/Youth for Grades 6-12.  Bible Buddies is an introductory program for younger children Grades K-3.  The purpose of Bible Drills is to help young people increase their knowledge of God's Word through scripture memorization, develop skills in using their  Bible, and apply the Bible to their lives.  The Association Student/Youth Speaker Tournament will be held on March 6, 4:00 p.m., at the Associational Office for youth in Grades 10-12.  For further information, contact the Associational Office, or Bible Drill Co-Leaders:  Lavonne Henley (601.798.2372) or Bro. Danny Johnson (601.798.5147). 


Operation Christmas Child

     Countdown meetings will be held on Thurs., Oct. 3, at Goodyear (2710 Hwy. 43, S.) at 6:00 p.m., and on Sat., Oct. 10 at FBC Poplarville (203 S. Main St.) at 10:00 a.m. Each church will receive information, materials, and 25 shoeboxes. Cynthia Fitch will share her South Africa trip. Everyone is invited. Call 985.855.2850 for more information.


Central Baptist Invites You To:

October 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

For Trunk or Treat! 


Everyone is welcome!


Bethel Baptist Church invites you to Revival!

Sunday, November 10-13

Bro. Gary Bowlin, Evangelist and Bro. Benjy Rigney, Worship Leader

Sunday, November 10: 9:15 a.m.-Morning Prayer; Sunday School-9:45 a.m.; Morning Worship-11:00 a.m.; Evening Worship-6:00 p.m.


Monday-Wednesday-7:00 p.m.


October 2019

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

13          World Hunger Day

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

29-30     MS Baptist Convention; FBC, Jackson

November 2019

3          Daylights Saving Time Change  (Fall Back!)

4          Ministers’ Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. -Noon; New Henleyfield

4          Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer; 10:30 a.m.; LCC

7          Facilities/Operation Meeting; 6:30 p.m.; Association Office

28-29   Thanksgiving;  OFFICES CLOSED



From Carl’s Desk

     October begins the new church year 2019-20.  The theme for the new year is a continuation of the Acts 1:8 emphasis accounted in the Book of Acts 1st Century New Testament Movement-

“Taking the Gospel from House to House.”

“You know that I have not hesitated to preach…from house to house.”Acts 20:20

         Since 2004, the annual theme has been focused on the Book of Acts, beginning with Acts 1:8 commission of Jesus, and the establishing of the 1st Century Church- its beliefs, principals, practices, & movement beyond Jerusalem to the ends of the earth, which had been lived out in the early decades of the New Testament Church. This year brings us to the year 2020 with the scripture theme Acts 20:20, signifying the conclusion of the Acts journey connection.  Yet, this is not completed or over, but acknowledging the Apostle Paul’s words to the leaders of the Ephesus Church to continue moving forward, even being persistent in sharing and spreading the Good News “Gospel” of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Paul shared how he had been faithful in his call to share the Gospel, and planned to be faithful in being a messenger for Christ wherever life led him or whatever circumstances he was to be in.  (Acts 20:17-23)

     From this Acts 20:20 theme, the Goal is that every house in our communities, counties, and, yes, State – Mississippi, has opportunity to hear and experience the life transforming truth of Jesus Christ in the months ahead.                                              

     Dr. Jim Futral, Executive Director of Miss Baptist Convention, wrote about the Acts 20:20 example of Apostle Paul proclaiming Christ publicly and house to house:  

     "From a biblical standpoint, what a wonderful thing to think about how God used Paul, and can use you and your church to proclaim Christ in a public way, maybe an approach you have not used before or even thought about.  It may be that you will be celebrating with the entire community about some event that took place, whether a great celebration or even a tragedy that you would bring to bear in that moment.  A public moment that everyone could participate in honoring God and lift up our wonderful Savior, Jesus.  The year 2020, may it be the best year for you and your church as Jesus is publicly shared.

             And Christ was presented house to house:  Maybe as 2020 arrives, you could think about how many homes in the surrounding area of your church have not had anyone to come to share the love of Jesus.  No doubt, every house would be an opening to needs that have not even been thought about or discovered.  Just by going house to house with the love of the Gospel of Jesus.”

                           Messengers of the Gospel Of Jesus Christ                                 

Acts 1:8                                                                                   Acts 20:20

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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.