News & Events
Pastors & Wives Annual Christmas Dinner, December 13
The THBA annual dinner for pastors and wives will be held on Tuesday evening, December 13th at La Pa Restaurant in Kirksville. The meal begins at 6:30 PM. La Pa is located at 2216 S. Baltimore St. Pastors, associate pastors, wives and children are invited to have a Mexican meal with brothers and sisters from around the association. Danny Daniels, the pastor of FBC Winigan, will bring a Christmas devotional There will be gifts for all. Families will order from the menu as they desire.
Please RSVP by December 9 in order that sufficient table settings may be arranged. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 660-342-7658.
Order Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Materials
The week of prayer for International Missions is November 27 – December 4. The 2022 offering goal for the Missouri Baptist Convention is $44 million. The national goal is $190 million.
Newsletter to go to E-mail Delivery
The Messenger will be delivered only by e-mail beginning in 2023. Budget cuts have forced this change. It costs about
$100 for each issue for printing and postage. And of course, an electronic issue delivered by email has no cost.
THBA is encouraging all the printed edition subscribers to send an e-mail address to the association office so they may
continue to receive the newsletter. There are 357 families receiving the printed edition and there are 181 persons
receiving it via e-mail currently.
For those without an e-mail account, is it possible their church could print a copy of the newsletter for them each
month? Send an e-mail address to email@example.com to convert to an e-mail subscription.
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 2020 they shipped 1,746 tons (3,492,000 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 Jim Maxey at 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 https://lovepackages.org/
THBA Revitalization Report Accepted at Annual Meeting
The Revitalization Committee presented its report at the THBA Annual Meeting on September 11.
It was accepted with work on development and implementation to begin.
Click here for a copy of the report.
Grand Oaks Baptist Assembly 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 www.grandoaks.camp
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.
One of our own was a winner in 2021. Ms. Delaney Sawyer, a member of FBC La Plata and sophomore at Southwest Baptist University won the scholarship with a paper on the Oath of Loyalty that was adopted as part of the revised Missouri state constitution in 1865. The MBC Pathway noted that “she gave a strong legal and biblical defense as to why the Loyalty Oath was contradictory to the U.S. Constitution and was unbiblical in that believers should only swear their allegiance to God. And the law was repealed thanks in much part to Missouri Baptist opposition.”