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Monthly Update

MARCH 2024

FROM YOUR MISSION STRATEGIST

 

On March 10th, our clocks will change to reflect “Daylight Savings Time” (DST).  The practice is attributed to Benjamin Franklin, who, in 1784 suggested setting clocks forward one hour in the summer months to maximize daylight and save on candles. This practice benefits productivity  in more industrialized societies, whereas agrarian societies find their benefit in the number of hours they can work.  

 

There is a clear Biblical truth to be noted in the practice of DST.  In Matthew 25:1-13, Jesus tells this parable: “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps  and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

 

No matter how we try to manipulate time, we can never know the hour Jesus will return.  We must be ready at all times to stand before God’s Judgment seat.  Which is why as an Association, serving a population that is over 70% lost, we must never tire.  We must continue to “burn the midnight oil” and broadcast the gospel of salvation for all who will believe.  My prayer is that the opportunities on the horizon will better equip the churches of the Greenup Baptist Association as we move forward together for the Kingdom’s advancement.

 

Gratefully yours, 

 

Brian

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL STILL MATTERS is coming to Ashland on Monday, March 4 from 6:30-8:45 at Rose Hill Baptist Church.  Ken Braddy from LifeWay will lead sessions for adult teachers, Matt Flanagan (KBC)  will lead student leaders, and Ryan Morris (Ninth and O Baptist, Louisville) will lead preschool/children leaders.  Register today at kybaptist.org/SSSM.  The cost for this event is $5 per person or a max of $25 per church.  Questions? Call 502-490-3338.

 

ANNIE ARMSTONG EASTER OFFERING / WEEK OF PRAYER is March 3-10.  100% of the funds received for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering go to help support over 2900 missionaries and church planters.   For resources and to access the daily prayer guide, visit www.anniearmstrong.com.  The daily prayer emphasis will also be posted each day during the week of prayer on the GBA Facebook and X (Twitter) pages.  

 

REACH CONFERENCE 2024.  Be challenged in your personal evangelism and missions by attending REACH 2024 at Severns Valley Baptist Church, Elizabethtown on March 11-12.     You will hear from Herschel York, Jay Strack, and Danny Akin as well as enjoy breakout sessions addressing topics like Evangelize to Revitalize, Partnering with Local Ministries to Do Missions and Reaching the LGBTQ+ Community.  Register at https://kbc.regfox.com/reach-evangelism-and-missions-conference-2024 or 502-489-3576 for more information.

 

VISION ASHLAND TOUR.  The Kentucky Baptist Convention will host a vision tour to Ashland on April 23.  Pastors, AMS’ and other leaders around the state will come and hear how they can partner with the Greenup Baptist Association in church planting/replanting and other mission opportunities.

 

UNHINDERED Childrens and Youth Ministry Workshop.  UNHINDERED is designed to equip leaders in Children’s and Youth ministries.  This workshop will be of particular help for VBS workers, Sunday school teachers, pastors, and other ministry volunteers.  Matt Flanagan (KBC) will lead two general sessions discussing Gen Alpha (7 years and younger) and Gen Z (7-24 years of age).  Attendees will be able to choose 3 breakout session to attend:

 

  • Doing Church Well for Those Who Don’t Church Well:  Recognizing and Accommodating for students  with Neurodivergent learning issues (Autism and ADHD). Led by Brian Horton (AMS)

  • Providing a Safe Ministry Environment.  Led by Jason Lowe (KBC East Region).

  • Moving from Fun Days to Sundays:  Assimilating children and youth from summer activities to Sunday habits. Led by Brad Callaway (Unity Baptist)

  • Teaching Apologetics for Children and Youth.  Led by Mark Phillips (Tri State Bible College)

  • The Importance of Discipleship in Student Ministry.  Led by Paxton Cagle (Fairview Baptist Church)

  • Preparing Students for College Life. Led by Matthew Mofield (Morehead State University BCM)

 

UNHINDERED will be on Friday, May 10th from 6:00 to 9:30pm at Fairview Baptist Church.  Pre-register by calling 606.327.0077 or visit greenupbaptists.org/unhindered.  The first 10 churches that register will receive a copy of James Thacker’s Bible study, “Following Jesus in a Digital Age” (LifeWay).  

 

MEETINGS

 

The Greenup Baptist Association gathers twice a year to celebrate God’s faithfulness in our churches, cast vision and discuss business.  These meetings are the Executive Board (Spring) and Annual Meeting (Fall).

 

The EXECUTIVE BOARD meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 8 at the Send Relief Ministry Center (12127 Midland Trail).  Ron Crow, KBC Disaster Relief Director and Rob Allen, Send Relief Appalachia Director will be speaking.  Our local DR Team and equipment will be on hand also to discuss how our Greenup Association Team responds and how churches can be involved.   The meeting will begin at 6:30 with refreshments and registration, with the meeting called to order at 7:00pm.  

 

The 183rd ANNUAL MEETING is scheduled for Monday, November 4, at Unity Baptist Church.  Details regarding exact times and speakers will be forthcoming.  

 

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM will meet on Thursday, March 28th at 1:30pm at LifeSong Church Office.  

  


 

NEWS FROM THE CHURCHES

To submit information to be shared, please email brianhorton@greenupbaotists.org 

You can also call 606.327.0077 or text 606.899.1226

FBC CANNONSBURG is seeking a part time Minister of Music capable of leading a blended type worship, and leading a choir. For more information call the church at 606.928.8582

LIBERTY BAPTIST is seeking the following positions:  Pastor, Youth Leader and Music Minister.  All three positions are bi-vocational.  For more information, please contact Ken Osbourne at 606-483-2801.

FBC RUSSELL is prayerfully seeking a full-time Worship Pastor. Please email inquiries and resumes to rkfloyd25@gmail.com or mail them to the church office: FBC Russell, Attn: Pastor Ken Gowin, 901 Ashland Drive, P.O. Box U, Russell, KY 41169

FBC RACELAND has called Glen Stephenson as Pastor.  

DANLEYTON BAPTIST has called Jim Forrest as Pastor.

Churches without pastors: FBC Grayson, Liberty, Burnaugh, Crane Creek, Barrett’s Creek.

 

Greenup Baptist Association

Physical Office:  409 Bellefonte St, Russell, KY 41169

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 133, Ashland, KY 41105

606.327.0077

 

greenupbaptists.org

 

Dr. Brian R. Horton, AMS 

606.899.1226 

brianhorton@greenupbaptists.org

Find us also on Facebook and X (Twitter)

 

 

THE CHURCHES OF THE GBA

The Greenup Baptist Association exists as a fellowship of cooperating churches whose purpose is to assist each of its member churches in extending God’s Kingdom on earth by winning the lost, developing believers, and strengthening missions. Our vision is to be a network of missional partners who cooperate strategically toward God’s preferred future for kingdom growth. To accomplish this, we endeavor to revitalize, mobilize, and multiply New Testament churches in Northeastern Kentucky and the world.

BOYD COUNTY

  • Blackburn Avenue (Pastor: Mike Skaggs)

  • Burnaugh (Pastor: VACANT)

  • Central (Pastor: Pete Baker)

  • Chadwick's Creek (Pastor: Chuck McCormick)

  • Christ Covenant (Pastor: Joey Carroll)

  • Fairview (Pastor: Michael York)

  • Faith (Pastor: Gary Newman)

  • FBC Cannonsburg (Pastor: Lee Jackson)

  • Garner (Pastor: Bob Quillen)

  • Hay Esperanza  (Pastor: Henry Garcia)

  • Hyland Heights (Pastor: Jeff Ferguson)

  • Liberty (Pastor: VACANT)

  • New Hope (Pastor: Stanley McDonald)

  • Oakland Avenue (Pastor: Mike Blankenship)

  • Rose Hill (Pastor: Matt Shamblin)

  • Second Baptist (Pastor: Rock Dearfield)

  • Summit (Pastor: Kevin Meenach)

  • Unity (Pastor: Heath Bauer)

  • Wayside (Pastor: John Holbrook)

  • Wildwood (Pastor: Tom Leach)

GREENUP COUNTY

  • Crane Creek (Pastor: VACANT)

  • Danleyton (Pastor: Jim Forrest)

  • Fellowship (Pastor: Warren Kelly)

  • Greenup FBC (Pastor: Tom Melvin)

  • Flatwoods FBC (Pastor: Jim Nichols)

  • FBC Russell (Pastor Ken Gowin)

  • Grace (Pastor: Marvin Boggs)

  • Lifesong (Pastor: Keith Menshouse)

  • Lloyd FBC (Pastor: Russ Foster)

  • Kenwood (Pastor: Dallas Sutton, Jr.)

  • New Life Bible Church (Pastor: David Nees)

  • South Shore FBC (Pastor: Mark Lilly)

  • Wurtland (Pastor: J.R. Gullett)

CARTER COUNTY

  • Barrett's Creek (Pastor: VACANT)

  • Everman (Pastor Gordon Burgess)

  • Grayson FBC (Pastor: VACANT)

  • Kirk Memorial (Pastor: Ely Sagansay)

  • Olive Hill FBC (Pastor: Eddie Barker)

  • Rush (Pastor: Jerry Foster)

  • Willard (Pastor: Steve GIlreath)

  • Wilson Creek (Pastor Joed Rice)

  • Wolf Creek (Pastor: Danny Adkins)

LAWRENCE COUNTY

  • Louisa FBC (Pastor: Chuck Price)

  • Richardson (Pastor: Larry Goble)

ELLIOT COUNTY

  • Horton Flats (Pastor: Brian Bush)

  • Sandy Hook FBC (Pastor: Charles Johnson)

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