The Lighthouse
May 2022




Bi-Vocational Pastors Gathering
May 19th
Mission Center
6:30pm
Dinner provided

Please RSVP by calling or clicking!
We’re planning
Children’s Camp,
July 18-21
Need campers
(finished 1st thru finished 6th grade)
& WORKERS!
Call for info or to volunteer
(912)564-2884

From the Desk
of the AMS

by Russell Lyle
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
(1 Corinthians 11:26, CSB) 
Occasionally, as a child, I would walk into church on a Sunday morning and think to myself, “Oh no! We are going to get out late today.” The reason for this childish consternation was laid out before me in the front of the room. The table before the pulpit, which usually held the offering plates and fresh flowers, was filled with trays of bread and grape juice covered by a white cloth. However, my attitude changed as I got older and understood the importance of observing the Lord’s Supper. 

Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is one of two ordinances, we as Baptists observe (the other ordinance is baptism by immersion). As Baptists, we recognize the Lord’s Supper as an ordinance (a command given by the Lord to be observed) rather than a sacrament (a means by which God’s grace is dispersed) as some other denominations view it. The Lord’s Supper is a wonderful time in which the church can come together united around the body of Christ. 

The Supper is an opportunity to look at the past. We are able to reflect on the atoning work of Christ for our sins. We recognize that the sacrifice he made was that of his own body and the shedding of his own blood for our redemption.

The Supper is a time to reflect on the present. It is a time to examine our own walk with the Lord. It is a time to recognize our desperate need for Jesus. Just as we find ourselves dependent upon physical food and drink to live, we also note that we are dependent upon Jesus. Communion reminds us that not only do we need Jesus for salvation, but we find in him the sustenance we need for daily living. 

The Lord’s Supper is also a time when the church comes together to focus on the future. This is a meal that is temporary in nature. We are to “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” It is easy for all of us to get bogged down in the busyness of life. We can quickly forget that time is in God’s hands, and that includes our future, which includes the return of his Son. At the Lord’s table, we remember that Jesus is coming again.  
Whether your church observes the Lord’s Supper weekly, monthly, quarterly, or “as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup” I hope you will reverently and joyfully “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
Pastor Peer Learning
All counties together….
(final before summer)
May 17th-10am-Lunch provided
Mission Center

Studying “Gentle and Lowly” by Dane Ortlund
Please RSVP to Closed Group on FB
Call Russell or Email middleba@windstream.net
Big Horse Creek Baptist Church welcomes Rev. Larry Geiger from Florida as Interim Pastor.
 
Middle Ground Baptist Church welcomes Rev. Charlie Cooper as their interim pastor on May 1st!
 
Farmdale Baptist Church will celebrate Homecoming on May 15th. All are invited to join them for service & covered dish dinner to follow.
 
Friendship Baptist Church will host their 8th Annual Camo Sunday on May 22nd. Rev. Max Alderman will bring the message. Dinner follows with fish and game dishes. There will be a Jerky Shoot afterwards for the kids and a time for fellowship and sharing this year’s hunting stories. Wear camo, bring your favorite dish and join them!
 
Little Horse Creek Baptist Church will have VBS June 1-5 from 6-8:30pm. The Sunday Morning finale will be followed with fun events!
 
Rocky Ford Baptist Church will have VBS June 5-9 from 6-8:30 for Pre-K3 thru 8th grade. Come!
 
North Newington Baptist Church will have VBS the week of June 6-10. Check with the church for time and nights.
 
Memorial Baptist Church will have VBS June 20-24 from 6-8:30pm. The theme: Jerusalem Marketplace. All invited!
 
Bay Branch Baptist Church is interested in contacting piano teachers about possibly scholarshipping students. Call Annora at (912) 564-2884 for info. Central location/piano provided!
 

Happy Birthday to:
Christi Lyle-6-Middle Ground
Bob Holsten-26-retired
 
Happy Pastor Anniversary to:
John Paul Hearn-99-Elam Millen
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…

►SUPPORT MISSIONS WITH EMPTY INKJET CARTRIDGES. THERE’S A COLLECTION BOX AT MISSION CTR. CAN LEAVE BY DOOR IN CLOSED HOURS. PROCEEDS SUPPORT MISSIONS. RECYCLE! 

Food Pantry Needs :  
Pasta sauces, 1-2lb rice and grits,
Canned :pasta, mixed vegetable, pork and beans, spam...

Training available thru MBA:  Deacon Training
Pastor SearchTeam Training

Beginning in May, Russell will be available for Pulpit Supply!
Call Russell to schedule!
(912)564-2884

Check out our FB page for a weekly prayer focus on one of the churches of the MBA! Then be a PRAYER WARRIOR!
MBA Summer Mission Trip
Destination: Cleveland, TN
Ministries: Roofing, Ramps, Boys & Girls Clubs
Cost: Approx. $300.00
Dates: June 26-July 1
Call us to sign up or for details (912)564-2884
Love Packages
With the efforts of many of our churches, we packed the Love Packages truck with used literature for recycling to foreign countries!
2022 Truckloading for the
Children's Home at Baxley
We had a GREAT amount of supplies donated for the Georgia Baptist Children's Home at Baxley! Thank you to all who donated and promoted this mission project!
Jubal Chorus in Concert
Your chance to hear the Jubal Chorus in Concert!
May 12th
7pm
FBC Statesboro