March 2012 Beacon Newsletter

First Baptist Beacon

801 Ward Ave.
Caruthersville, Missouri 63830
March, 2012

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
Goal: $3,000.00

Week of Prayer for North
American Missions

March 4 - 11


"Come Home" Revival

Evangelist: Ron Shrum

Music: Gary Nolen

March 11 - 14


Notes From Bro. Doug:

Revival Time! Are you ready? Revival starts in us, then we see people come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Please Attend.

I hope you listen to the Lord and use the material from Sunday Feb. 26th to lead 1 person to the Lord, before or after Revival. Wouldn’t it be great to baptize 10 -15 people on Easter Sunday April 8!!! Pray and witness and go.

I want to thank the Gideons and the Women On Mission and Dr. Doug Fitzwater for filling in for me during my absence.

Peggy and I want to thank the church for sending us to the conference in Sikeston on March 9th.

Move your clocks up 1 hour on March 11th or you will be late for Revival!!!!

We will take up our Annie Armstrong Easter offering on March 25th during the morning service.100% of the donations goes to our North American Missionaries. I hope and pray all our women will turn out for the Beth Moore Conference on the 24th , led by Christy Mercer. It will be great!!!

Great things are happening and even greater things are coming for the glory of the Lord.

In Christ,

Bro. Doug

If you have any announcements to be on the Sunday morning power point, please have your information turned in by Thursday noon. Thanks!


Free Women’s Exercise Class: Every Tuesday & Thursday at 6:30 pm they meet on the 2nd floor above the office. Enter the door next to the office door by the van. Class is led by Dana Constant.


Please begin praying now for our Revival

Revival Schedule:

March 11 - 14 with Evangelist Ron Shrum

and Gary Nolen; music director.

"Come Home" Revival Schedule:

Sunday 10:30 am "Come Home" Revival service

Sunday 6:00 pm "Come Home" Revival service

Monday 6:00 pm "Come Home" Pizza Party (this is for everyone, please invite family & friends)

7:00 pm "Come Home" Revival service

Tuesday 7:00 pm "Come Home" Revival service

Wednesday 6:00 pm "Come Home" Heavenly Delight Diner Family Meal

(burger & fries)

7:00 pm "Come Home" Revival service


First Baptist Youth News:

Your First Baptist Youth Group has been staying very busy with many different activities. A supportive Pastor, Deacon Body, and Youth Committee along with a very loving congregation have a lot to do with the success and growth of our youth group.

We have been having around 20 youth on average for church and church related events. Activities are being planned by the Puppet and Drama ministries to provide a presentation during our Easter service.

On February 11th we took part in the 30 hour famine with 14 of our youth taking part. This event was a period of doing without. Our kids were open minded and stayed positive. The knowledge of how fortunate we are compared to other parts of the world is now understood by those involved. These youth now have a new appreciation of the lives they live. We want to thank the Brotherhood for cooking the breakfast before the famine started and the Women On Mission group for the lunch after Sunday service to break our fast. The food was great and we appreciate all of the support. The youth raised $985.00 which will be sent to India through World Vision. This money will provide enough food and health care to one needy child for around 34 months. GOOD JOB YOUTH!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!

On February 18th our youth participated in a regional Baptist Youth Valentines Banquet held at First Baptist in Portageville this year. Thanks to Bro. Jim DeReign for driving the church van.

On February 26th we headed south to Tupelo, Mississippi the birth place of Elvis for Winter Jam 2012. We took 12 of our youth and this was a blessing to all who went. Thanks to Pam Bullington for driving her car and getting the concert information together. To see almost 20,000 people with most of the crowd being young adults who were praising God and showing their love for our Lord Jesus was breathtaking and overwhelming. The talent of the bands was awesome and it was evident that God’s hands were all over this event. If you have never attended one of these events you have missed out. We had four of our twelve youth stand up to accept Jesus for the first time or to rededicate themselves to serving the Lord while at this event. AMEN!!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!! Definitely worth the long trip!!!

Some recent improvements have ben made to the youth room. A new ceiling fan and new light fixtures has made a big difference in the appearance of the room. Thank you to the ones who provided the funding for us to be able to make these improvements. We are currently working on updating the youth section of our church website . Look for upcoming activities and photos at

We are now focused on FUNDRAISING for church camp this summer. We have 15 spots reserved and will not have any problems finding the kids who want to go. Money is the issue! Each youth is required to make a $150.00 deposit for their spot then we will try to raise the rest of the 350.00 it cost for each to attend camp. We are selling/renting wooden crosses for your yards through Easter at $10.00 each (what a great deal). We are doing the Nails for Service again for Easter. The forms will be in your Sunday bulletins & will be on tables around the church. You will be asked to buy Krispy Kreme doughnuts, etc. please support these fundraising efforts. Keep praying for our Youth Group.

Chris & Kristy Riggs


Pot-Luck Meal

Wednesday March 7th will be a pot-luck meal the church will provide the bread & drinks, you bring the meats, sides and desserts.


Beth Moore Study: "Get Out of that Pit"

First Baptist church Chapel

Saturday, March 24th 2012

12:30 - 4:30 pm if the afternoon session fills up we will add a morning session from 8:30 am - 11:30 am cost is $15.00 per person this includes Bro. Doug’s famous snacks/$20.00 per person if you’d like a copy of the Beth Moore book.

*A portion of the proceeds will go toward Peggy Boyd’s mission trip to India this summer.

*Register today! Space is Christy Mercer at or call 573-333-1937 & leave a message.


Remembering our Fallen from Missouri

The Photo exhibit of Missouri’s fallen heroes who have died in the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan will be on display at the Hayti VFW building located in the Hayti City Park, March 10th thru March 19th from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm each day. There will be an opening ceremony on Saturday March 10th at 10:00 am.

Our Christian Sympathy is extended to the families of: Joye Treece Broderick, Buddy James, Janice Doan, Bobby Joe Holland, & Frank Hartung.

Women on Mission will be promoting the Annie Armstrong Mission Emphasis, please contact Susan Pinkerton for more information


Deacon of the Week: Feb. 26 - March 3 Doug Fitzwater 333-4029

March 4 - 10 Charlie Jones 333-4029

March 11 - 17 Mel Gale 359-1897

March 18 - 24 Frank Morgan 333-1128

March 25 - March 31 Fred Boyd 333-2319


Nursery Workers:

March 4 - Amanda Maclin

March 11 - Marilyn Strawn

March 18 - Susan Pinkerton

March 25 - April Davis

Heavenly Delight Family Diner:

Wednesday nights 6:00 pm. Please come and eat with your church family. The cost is $4.00 per plate and kids 10 & under eat for $2.00.

The Heavenly Delight Family Diner Menu:

March 7: Pot-Luck (church provides bread & drinks, you bring meats, sides & desserts)

March 14: Revival Meal/Burger & Fries

March 21: Lasagna

March 29: Mr. Clark’s Pepper Steak*every Wednesday night we will have a Salad Bar

*every Wednesday night we will have a Salad Bar


Thank you for all your prayers for me after recuperating from my fall.

Jane Ellen Lazenby

Special Thanks to:

Bill & Christy Mercer for the new microwave oven for the church kitchen and to Ewanda Young for the donation of a second microwave for the church kitchen.

Pray for our Youth Council

Pray for your youth council as they lead our youth group. Emma Fitzwater, Sara Riggs, Dylan Treece, Jo Beth Moses, Duane Storey, Pam Bullington, Dana Constant, both Riggs Families.

Puppet Ministry:

Chris & Christy Riggs are in charge of this ministry, if you are interested in helping, contact Chris or Christy or if you would like to donate, we have a special fund for this ministry.

Newsletter Articles are due by the 20th of each month



No children’s church on March 4 or March 11. Children’s Church workers for March 18 - Ewanda Young and for March 25 - Jonna Green


March 11th 2:00 - 4:00 pm Baby Shower for Leslie Gale Cunningham in the church fellowship hall. Everyone is invited

Drama Ministry:

Vickie DeReign is leading a drama ministry for youth 7th - 12th grade, practice is every other Sunday night at 5:15 pm.

Youth Camp Jonathan Creek

If you are going to Jonathan Creek Camp this summer, your cost is:

$150.00..........NON REFUNDABLE

your deposit must be turned in NOW! Valentine’s Day on February 14th. The first 15 to pay goes. You also must be ACTIVE in youth group events and Bible studies. Attendance will be taken in Sunday School and both nights of youth group. WHY??? because we believe you need to be studying God’s Word, because we would not be very good ministers if we let you come to only the activities and not expect you to come to Bible Studies.

Children’s Group

Our children meet every Sunday evening at 6:00 pm under the direction of Morgan Treece, our kids are learning, serving and having fun. All kids are encouraged to attend. We are practicing on the Easter program for April 1st at 6:00 pm

Cookbooks on Sale !!. Cost is $18.00 each.

All money collected now goes to the
Annie Armstrong Offering

Basic Christian Class


We are having a basic Christian class for kids 1st - 4th grades on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm , the class is led by Amanda Maclin.



A memorial was given in memory of Joye Treece Broderick given by: Bill & Christy Mercer, and Ray & Marilyn Strawn

A Memorial given in memory of Tom Porter; given by: Fred & Janice Boyd

Memorials given in memory of Buck Ferrell, given by:

Bill & Christy Mercer and Pat Ferrell

A memorial given in memory of Jeannie Fitzwater, given by: Pat Ferrell

Memorials given in memory of Buddy James, given by: JoAnn Morgan, Ray & Marilyn Strawn, Fred & Janice Boyd, Bill & Christy Mercer, Earl Bullington, Joe & Dorothy Watkins, Lee & Anna (Watkins) Huff, Bernard Insurance Agency, Jim & Ewanda Young.

Memorials given in memory of Janice Doan, Nancy Cagle’s sister, given by: JoAnn Morgan, Vela Ledford, Ray & Marilyn Strawn

A Honorarium given in honor of Bro. Doug & Peggy Boyd, given by: Fred & Janice Boyd



We are sending our heartfelt gratitude to all of you who came to the visitation Tuesday evening and to the funeral of our beloved sister-in-law, Joye Treece Broderick on Wednesday morning. A special thanks to your minister who sang and shared the special arrangement of Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone). We left warm weather in Florida to come to cold Missouri - however the warmth of your love and hospitality made our journey eaiser.

Va Com Deus (Go With God)

Carole (Broderick) Simon


P.R.A.I.S.E. Report:

The FBC p.r.a.i.s.e. Team is back!! As I stated before, (kindergarten through sixth grade) will be using the gift of music and drama to bring people into the church. Last week began our "first" rehearsal for the Easter program. " ’Twas the Time Before Easter:

The Musical," coming in April 2012! We had quite a few attend, but several were absent due to illness. Please pray for the children as many in our schools are sick with the flu.

Thank you so much for praying for Vaughn and our family during the month of January. It has been hard and we don’t always know why we go through things-except to strengthen us in the Lord; however, we could not have made it without the prayers and support of you at FBC. (James 1:2, 3, 4) "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (V. 12) Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." Once again, thank you so much for being there for us.

The FBC p.r.a.i.s.e. team is looking forward to planting more seeds for the Kingdom of God. We have not yet decided on individual parts for the musical as of yet, but as usual, there will be parts for EVERYONE.

God continues to bless my life through these children. We CAN change the world by influencing these young lives and by trusting God will work through them. Please continue to pray for the children on the FBC p.r.a.i.s.e. team. Thank you again for your support and Praise the Lord!

In His Service,



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