"The Catalyst" 
June 2016     

Executive Director's Corner
June is always an exciting time in Rankin Baptist life! Vacation Bible Schools are in full swing in our churches, people are going on mission trips and many of our folks attend the Southern Baptist Convention. Also, mission activities are going on with our Hands Up Outreach Ministry as we have teams of teenagers coming in to work with us.
Formerly, the third Sunday of June was the number one day for collect phone calls in the U.S. (Fathers' Day), but with the advent of cell phones that is not a problem anymore, so hopefully you dads out there will get a phone call (and maybe a gift).  
So far, 2016 has been an interesting year for the Rankin Association personnel-wise. At the beginning of the year we hired Floyd Steverson as our Facilities Manager. Then, upon the retirement of Hassel Johns, we hired Jan Guyse as our Ministry Assistant. Now, we are facing the last month with Diane Thompson as our Executive Assistant. She will be leaving us at the end of June. Her husband, Roy, retired at the end of March and they will be moving to Corinth to be near their children and grandchildren. They hope to sell their house in Pearl before they move, so if you know of someone looking for a nice home, give her a call. Diane has been a wonderful asset to our ministry here at RCBA. We will miss her greatly! Recently Diane and I interviewed her potential replacement, and upon our recommendation the Administrative Committee voted to hire her. We are not ready to reveal her name as she is still employed. However, I can say that we are excited about her coming and she is excited about joining our team.
In Christ,
Allen Stephens
Executive Director

In HIS Service,
Allen Stephens 

Mom, Me and My Purity

Awesome event....take your young ladies and Moms to this....  

Nursing Home Ministry Golf Tournament

The registration team 

The golfers get ready
Lunch is served

  God interrupted a storm and gave us a beautiful day for The Nursing Home 5th Annual Golf Classic.  God blessed us with the best tournament ever.

Seventy-seven golfers participated.  Buffalo Wild Wings served the best food for the event.  Great prizes were won and the winning teams received a combined $1800.00.

On behalf of countless residents in nursing home whom will receive ministry because of those teams, our wonderful sponsors and NHM Staff say "Thank You!!" 

Boley Kent, Allen Stephens, Billy and Sandra Thomas
Senior Adult Luncheon

Men and women from six association churches enjoyed fun, food and fellowship at the Celtic Senior Adult Luncheon sponsored by Rankin WMU at Lake Harbor Baptist Church on Saturday, April 2, 2016.  It was like stepping back in time.  The fellowship hall looked like a medieval  castle with black and gold accents and plaid table runners down the center of each table.  As they listened to Celtic music, guests dined on a feast fit for a king and everyone got a door prize before the afternoon was over.  We were all challenged by our special guest, former MBCB Senior Adult Director, Glenn Shows to continue to serve the Lord no matter how old we are; it's all a matter of perspective!  Barbara Sanchez led in prayer for all our missionaries who were having birthdays that day.  
Thank you to Lake Harbor Baptist Church for allowing us to use their facilities; Penny, Frank & Krista Perry for a wonderful meal, Frank for making sure everyone had their picture taken, Brother Shows, and everyone who attended.  We all had a memorable time and look forward to next year!  Hope you can join us.

Puckett Bible Drillers

Great job everyone!!
National Day of Prayer
Brother Allen Stephens leading the group in prayer at Park Place Baptist Church.

Union Baptist
New Pastor at Union Baptist Church, Brooks Porter, is seen receiving a letter of recognition from the Mississippi Baptist Historical Commission for the 150th Anniversary celebration.

By the way, welcome Rev. Porter to RCBA!! 

Ministers' Conference - Star

Thank you to David Michel, for being our guest speaker 

The awesome kitchen crew 

Great turnout 

The Young Pastors table....haha
Jacob Harthcock, Youth Pastor at Star; Brad Randall, Pastor at First Florence; Lee Brewer, Pastor, Star; Floyd Steverson, Pastor at Metro Grace; Donatello Pittman, Youth Pastor at Metro Grace 
Christian Action Commission
          Resumes and inquiries are being received for the position of executive director-treasurer of the Mississippi Baptist Christian Action Commission (CAC), according to search committee chairman Wayne Kimbrough, pastor of Salem Baptist Church, Raymond. The CAC, an agency of the Mississippi Baptist Convention, provides biblical perspectives on moral, social and ethical issues. Jimmy D. Porter retired April 30, 2015 after serving as CAC executive director-treasurer for 15 years.
          In addition to Kimbrough, members of the search committee include:
  • Tammy Pearson, member of First Church, Jackson.
  • Dan Robertson, pastor of Friendship Church, Sturgis.
  • Diane Thompson, member of First Church, Brandon.
  • Roy Dabbs, pastor of Oak Grove Church, Meridian.
  • Rodney Anderson, pastor of First Church, Mendenhall.
Resumes and inquiries should be mailed to Rodney Anderson at PO Box 263, Mendenhall, MS 39114 or emailed to rodneyanderson@bellsouth.net.

Pinelake report
It has been a great spring here at Pinelake Reservoir, and I can hardly believe it's almost summer. We had a packed house on Easter, with hundreds of servant leaders welcoming guests. Over 250 students gathered for DNow weekend, and 70 (yes, 70!) students stood up in front of all their friends on the first night to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior! 75 people joined a new small group at GroupUP, and over 80 people took their next step in becoming a disciple-maker at re:DISCIPLE. Throughout the month of May, we have a full slate of baptisms scheduled. We have much to celebrate!

-Chad Lunsford, Campus Pastor


12 Step Classes

There are several of these classes meeting in our area....please contact Roy Callahan at 601-826-0449 or Floyd Steverson at 601-624-4280 for more information.
Alzheimers Support Group

Brandon Baptist Church
Meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Room 134.  This meeting is open to all members of BBC and the community.

Information for Newsletter:
If your church has an event or has had a special event you would like to share in The Catalyst, please email to dthompson@rankinbaptists.org.  One or two pictures only in jpg format can be accepted. 
Also, if you like our newsletter and know someone that would also enjoy the information, at the end of the newsletter is a link you can use to forward to a friend.  Please share our GOOD NEWS!  
Dates to Remember:
May 29th - 5th Sunday Park Ministry - Smith Park, Jackson, MS; sponsored by Metro Grace at 12:30 p.m. 
June 9th - Order of Business meeting at 10:30 a.m. and Nominating Committee at 11:30 a.m. at RCBA offices

July 1st - God and Country, City-wide Patriotic Celebration at Shiloh Park 

VBS in Rankin County

Pearson - (Sports Camp) May 30th - June 3rd - 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Bethel - June 5th - 9th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Brandon Baptist - June 13th - 17th - 9:00 a.. - 12:00 p.m.
FBC Brandon - Sports Camps - June 12th - 15th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Briar Hill - June 6th - 10th - 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Clear Branch - June 1st - 4th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Crossroads - June 6th - 10th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Crossgates - June 6th - 10th - 9:00 a.m. - noon
Eastside Pearl - June 5th - 9th - 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Fannin - June 5th - 9th - supper at 5:00 and VBS from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
FBC Florence - June 6th - 10th - 8:30 a.m. - noon
Flowood - June 26-30th  - 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Grace Brandon - June 20th - 24th - 9:00 a.m. - noon
Liberty - June 5th - 9th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
McLaurin Heights - June 6th - 10th - 8:30 a.m. - noon
Meadow Grove - June 5th - 9th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Metro Grace - Every Wednesday night in June at Bounce Palace in Pearl - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Mt. Pisgah - June 6th - 10th - 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Oakdale - June 12th - 17th - 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Park Place - June 6th - 10th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Pinelake - Sports Camp (Brandon Campus) June 13th - 16th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Puckett - June 13th - 17th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
FBC Richland - June 13th - 16th - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Rock Hill - June 5th - 9th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Star - June 5th - 9th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Truitt - June 20th - 23rd - 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Union - June 20th - 22nd - Supper at 5:30 p.m. and VBS from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Crossview - July 10th - 14th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Mt. Zion - July 10th - 15th - 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
FBC Pearl - July 17th - 21st - 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

CWJC & CMJC Graduations
The CWJC & CMJC Graduation - Celebration Theme for the Spring Semester was Love Out Loud, Mark 12:30 -31, Loving our neighbor.  The Inside Graduation was held at the Flowood Satellite with 125 inmates receiving certificates for classes taught by local volunteers. The classes range from Celebrate Recovery to Etiquette,  Manners and Purity. Our Outside Graduation was held at FBC Richland with five finishing their First Semester Requirements and six finishing their Second Semester Requirements. Our English as a Second Language (ESL) Group had six complete their requirements. Also, we had four  participants complete all their requirements for their GED Diploma this semester. God is blessing this ministry with volunteers, teachers, cooks, encouragers and mentors. We praise Him for 31 decisions made for Jesus Christ this semester.  Thank you for your support during this Spring Semester!
The attached picture is from the Graduation at FBC Richland.

Benefits of Retirement
Bored with retirement?  RCBA can put you to work.  We always have projects that we need help with.  Seen below are Clyde Guyse and Roy Thompson pressure washing our walkways.....thanks, Roy and Clyde!!

RCBA hosts Kiwanis Scholarship Luncheon

In the following pictures are the winners of the Rankin and Flowood Scholarships for 2016.

Encouragement Bags
Flowood Baptist
Thank you so much to Flowood Baptist Church and volunteers for providing the Encouragement Bags this month for Baptist Hospital and St. Dominic.  Appreciate you and your service to others!!


Note this month from patient:

Dear Sir, Madam or Children,
I was at the Baptist Hospital this afternoon getting a blood transfusion.  Upon arrival at the area I was told by the nurse that this bag was for me to take home.
To my surprise, I was a given a bag filled with items of food, candy, literature, a Bible and others items from the Associational church.  I can only say, Thank you very much.

Upon leaving the note he turned and said - "You Baptists sure know how to take care of people!"
Men's Breakfast - Tuesdays at 6:00 a.m. - all invited

 Hickory Ridge - young men, professional men, retired men, and all those in between are invited....membership is not a requirement
Meadow Grove treats the
Teachers at the Learning Center


Kids, Kids and more kids...

Outside RCBA offices - for their 4 year old graduation, they were awarded the opportunity to find treasure in our dirt.....glad to be of service to these cuties!!
This article was written by Floyd Steverson, Pastor of Metro Grace Community Church for the 242 Church Planting Network.

Pro-Life Walk for Life

JUNE 4th - 7:30 a.m. registration - walk at 8:00 a.m.
St. Richard's Catholic Church
Jackson, MS 39206

Prizes will be awarded to the top three fundraisers
First Come, First Serve
RCBA has a folding machine we will donate to the first church that calls.  FREE for the asking..........