The Lighthouse
August 2022

MBA Annual Meeting
August 28, 2022
FBC Sylvania
36 Churches Together: Be Represented!

From the Desk
of the AMS

by Russell Lyle

It is getting to be that time again when churches will be filling out their ACR (Annual Church Report). While the ACR does not tell us everything about the health of the church (in fact, some churches may look very healthy on paper and in reality, be dying, and others may not look great on the ACR and be in a time of growth), the ACR does provide a roadmap to see where the church has been and where it is going. 
The ACR also reminds us of one of the underappreciated and yet important roles in the church, and that it the church clerk.  A good church clerk serves a vital function for the church. The clerk is the official keeper and maintainer of church records. The clerk keeps the official record of church business meetings, which is important for legal and financial reasons. The clerk has the record of the will of the church regarding how money is to be spent by the church, and who is authorized to spend it. The clerk will keep the record of the will of the church regarding disposition, use, and maintenance of property. A good church clerk will keep a record of membership which is important to determine who is able to vote on church business. As the keeper of the official church record, the clerk’s work is vital to maintain the history of the church.
Praise the Lord for the many gifted clerks with which he has blessed his church. Often their vital work goes unnoticed, but a good clerk is a valuable asset to the church. The Middle Baptist Association exists to support our churches and our church clerks. 
2022 Annual Church Reports
Are going out this week by email! If your clerk or pastor does not receive, call Annora at Mission Center!
 The Shirah Brothers

Big Horse Creek Baptist Church is preparing for their 175th year with Homecoming on August 21st and a concert by the Shirah Brothers. All invited to come celebrate and enjoy!
Double Heads Baptist Church is studying the book of Revelation on Wednesday nights at 6:30. All are welcome to come and see our Savior revealed in this glorious book of hope. 
Memorial Baptist Church will have Homecoming and Revival Services September 18-21. Pastor Bill Kent will preach Sunday morning. Paul Moore, Pastor of Cobbtown Baptist Church, will preach Sunday night through Wednesday night. Sunday evening at 6 PM. Monday-Wednesday 7 PM. Special Music planned for all services. Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Bill Kent announces his upcoming wedding to Cathy Bishop of Burke County on October 8 after being a widower for 12 years. Cathy is an teacher in Burke Co. Congratulations! 
Elam Millen Baptist Church celebrates 180 years on September 18th. Church services will begin at 10:30 am. After church service a meal will be served in the fellowship hall. Former members, please circle the date! Please help us make Homecoming special! 

Friendship Baptist Church will be hosting Eternal Vision in concert on October 16 at 5:30pm and invites all to come enjoy music then finger food!

Pastors and Church Leaders in Screven Co: Tanissha Major of Pineview Nursing Home is seeking to restart services for their residents. If you are available and willing, Sundays, Tuesdays or Thursdays please contact her at (912)564-2015 ext 104. They are a most grateful group!

McDonald Baptist Church is seeking a church pianist. Call (912)564-7525 or (912)425-9369 and leave a message if interested.
Hiltonia Baptist Church’s member, Georgia Boswell, has joined Evergreen Counseling Services in Sylvania. A much needed service, Christian counseling, for all ages and challenges, is offered at the 316 W. Ogeechee St. location. Info at (912)504-1210.
Check out our FB page for a weekly prayer focus on one of the churches of the MBA! Then be a PRAYER WARRIOR!

Happy Birthday to:
Casse Bragg-12-Rocky Ford
Bryce Jeffcoat-20-Farmdale
Kay McElveen-25-Pineora
Jessica Horne-31-Double Heads
Happy Pastor Anniversary to:
Chad Wall-14-Friendship
Wayne Bragg-20-Rocky Ford

Event Trailer request form is on our website for our member churches. 
First come, first serve basis. Call (912)564-2884 for calendar check!
► The Mission Center is open for help, info, food pantry, literature recycling…


Food Pantry Needs :  
Pasta sauces, 1-2lb rice and grits,
Canned : pasta, mixed vegetable, pork and beans, spam, fruit…
Potato flakes, ramen noodles, peanut butter & jelly
Training available thru
MBA:  Deacon Training
Pastor SearchTeam Training

Russell is available for Pulpit Supply as calendar permits. Call to schedule!
Office# (912)564-2884 or Cell# (813)466-9311.

Check out our FB page for a weekly prayer focus on one of the churches of the MBA! Then be a PRAYER WARRIOR!
Great Needed Training: Call Russell to car pool!
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 For pastors, teachers, clerks, leaders, workers...
BIG THANK YOU to all our Children’s Camp workers!
Great teamwork for a great 2022 camp!