Thousand Hills Baptist Association
Monday, March 08, 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 March 16, 11:30-1 pm
Special guests:  
Carol Fouse, Mo. Churches for Life and Allen Caukins, Mo. Baptist Children’s Home
*****Mark your calendars for the April 19 lunch coming up with special guest  Willie McLaurin, Southern Baptist Executive Committee, Nashville 

Men's Initiative, February 26, Putnam County Middle School. 6 pm

THBA is one of several organizations supporting the annual “Men’s initiative” at Unionville Middle School. This is sponsored by Hartford Baptist Church and they invite men and boys to come learn how to move forward (rather than retreat…as men have been doing for far too many years). The school address is:  801 20th Street, Unionville.  For more info contact Bro. Tom Rowland at 660-216-3111. 

Omaha Baptist Church CO-ED PINEWOOD DERBY
March 7, 1:30 pm @ Omaha Baptist Church, Unionville 

The Omaha Baptist Church is inviting association churches to their Pinewood Derby, Sunday afternoon, March 7 at 1:30 PM.  There will be a soup and sandwich lunch prior to the derby and all are welcome to come and eat or just arrive for the derby. The Omaha Baptist Church is located at 40056 Petty Mill Tr, Unionville.  It is in the village of Omaha which is located on Hwy 149 north of Hwy 135 just a mile or so south of Iowa/Missouri border.  

The church said kids are welcome to bring a car from a previous year derby or they can build a new one. Derby car kits are available to purchase from THBA by calling the director of missions and arranging a pick up time.  The car kits are $6.  You don’t have a lot of time to build a car between now and the derby so make car kit purchases soon. 

If you have more questions  please contact the Omaha pastor:  Kevin Collins at 660-216-3465 or email 

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. 
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     

February 2 BSU Board Meeting, Kirksville, 7 PM
14 Valentines Day
16 Pastors/Ministers Lunch, La Pa, Kirksville, 11:30 AM
26 Men’s Initiative, Unionville Middle School, 6 PM
27 NEMO Disaster Relief Rally, FBC Shelbina, 9 AM
March 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
2 Good Friday
4 Easter Sunday
5 Office closed (Easter Holiday)
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