Thousand Hills Baptist Association
Saturday, April 10, 2021

Baptist News & Events

Monthly Pastors & Ministers Lunch 

Meet on the third Tuesday of the month at La Pa Mexican Restaurant in Kirksville.
Next one is April 19, 11:30-1 pm  (Note: That is a Monday!)
Special guest:  
Willie McLaurin, Southern Baptist Executive Committee, Nashville 

Willie McLaurin, Revival Services @ Lancaster Baptist Church
Sunday and Monday, April 18 & 19

Willie McLaurin, VP for Great Commission Relations and Mobilization at the SBC Executive Committee will be the preacher at revival services at Lancaster Baptist Church, located at 111 S. Green St., Lancaster. He will preach on Sunday and Monday, April 18 & 19. The services are at 10:45 AM on Sunday morning, 6:30 PM on Sunday and Monday evenings. The theme is “Christ for the Crisis.” He will also be the speaker at a luncheon for pastors on Monday, April 19 at 11:30 AM

THBA Training for Church VBS Workers
April 24, 9 am - Noon, Fellowship Baptist Church, Kirksville 

Training for church VBS workers will be offered by the THBA VBS team in Kirksville on April 24th at 9 AM to noon. The Fellowship Baptist Church, 1701 Jamison, welcomes all to come and experience a preview of both last year’s and this year’s VBS curriculums. “Destination Dig” (VBS 2021) and “Concrete and Cranes” (VBS 2020) will be featured.
There will be training for workers with preschool, children and adults and there will be many other skill development breakout sessions. Crafts, snacks and decorations will be featured. So churches that saved back last year’s curriculum can get trained as well as those using the 2021 curriculum.
More info. will be sent to each church in late March. Contact VBS Coordinator Bobbie Bansal with questions at: 660-665-0633

Pastors, Alert your Students!  Missouri Baptist Heritage Scholarship 

Southwest Baptist University, Missouri Baptist University, and Hannibal-LaGrange University are cooperating with the Missouri Baptist Historical Commission to offer three $2,000 scholarships annually to students attending SBU, HLGU, or MBU.  Applicants must do research and write a paper on some aspect of Missouri Baptist history.  All papers must be submitted no later than April 1 for the fall semester of the same year.
Click here for more information and application form.

Pastor Walter Griffin Retiring after 40 Years of Ministry

Pastor Walter Griffen, Broadlawn Baptist Church, Unionville, has announced his upcoming retirement effective April 4—Easter Sunday.  Walter has been in the ministry for over 40 years, mostly serving in our association.  He and Kathy (and their daughter Rachel) plan to stay in the area and he will be available eventually for pulpit supply and interim pastor work. 
The Broadlawn Baptist Church will have a cake reception in honor of Pastor Walter Griffen and his wife, Kathy, for their 15 years of faithful service to the church and community of Unionville. It will be held on Saturday, April 10th at 2:00 pm. The church is located at 419 S. 19th St., Unionville.  We congratulate Bro. Walter on this milestone. 

Bible Courses Monday nights, 6:30 pm
Fellowship Baptist Church, Kirksville

Pastor Tom Rowland and Bro Richard Nations are offering two Bible courses called “Preaching Biblical Messages and Pastoral Ministry” and “Teaching Methods and Principles.” The courses cost $20. They are on Monday nights at Fellowship Baptist Church, Kirksville.  They will continue until mid-May.  Call or e-mail the DOM to sign up.

Association Churches Urged to Give Used Literature to Love Packages

Love Packages is a ministry in Butler, IL which collects Christian literature and ships it to English-speaking countries around the world.  In 2018 they shipped 1,592 tons (3,184,000 pounds) of literature to countries like the Philippines, South Africa, and Ghana.  It is estimated that every piece of literature on the mission field will have an average of 20 reads.  We can help by collecting our used Sunday School literature, magazines, books (non-fiction), Bibles, tracts, devotionals, etc.  Giving Hope Ministries in Kirksville will come to your church and collect the materials that you collect.  Call 660-216-4183 for pickup.  This won't cost you anything and is a great way to recycle materials for the Kingdom!  You can learn more about Love Packages at 

NEMO Cowby Church Plant, Kirksville Livestock Market

Pastor Tom Rowland and Caleb Perkins are planting a cowboy church in the facilities of the Kirksville Livestock Market.  Services on the first and third Thursday nights of the month at 7 pm.  The Kirksville Livestock Market is located just north of Kirksville just to the west of Highway 63. 

Grand Oaks Baptist Assembly Reactivating Strong Roots New Branches Campaign

Their Strong Roots New Branches campaign is to raise funds for the construction of a storm shelter and multipurpose building to replace the outdated Parker Hall. Pastor Rodney Dorr and Caleb Perkins are representing THBA on the fund raising committee.  They hope to raise $675,000.   For more information on Grand Oaks and the campaign go to

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Association Calendar at a Glance     

5-6 Disaster Relief Training, Calvary Baptist, Hannibal
6   VBS Early Training for VBS Directors/Pastors, Fellowship Baptist, Kirksville 9 AM-Noon
9   Camp Team Meeting, Fellowship Baptist, 5:30 PM
14 Daylight Savings Time Begins
16 Pastors/Ministers Lunch, La Pa, Kirksville, 11:30 AM
23-24 DOM Retreat, Baptist Building, Jefferson City
28 Palm Sunday
1   Grand Oaks board meeting, Chillicothe, 12:30 PM
2   Good Friday
4   Easter Sunday
5   Office closed (Easter Holiday
10  Retirement Reception - Walter Griffen, Unionville, 2 PM
14-18 DOM on vacation in Des Moines - Son’s wedding
19   Pastors/Ministers Lunch, La Pa, Kirksville, 11:30 AM
22   Exec. Bd. Mtg., Rehoboth, Kirksville 6:30 PM
24   VBS Training, Fellowship Baptist, Kirksville 9 AM 
26   DOM to MBC Historical Commission Mtg, Jackson
4   BSU board meeting, Kirksville, 7 PM
9   Mother’s Day
17 Youth Camp Registration Forms Due
31 Memorial Day (office closed)