May 2012 Beacon Newsletter


First Baptist Beacon

801 Ward Ave.
Caruthersville, Missouri 63830

May, 2012


Notes From Bro. Doug:

We had a great month in April at FBC. The Good Friday service was a great time in the Lord. Bro. Chad preached a great sermon. Easter was awesome with one of the biggest crowds we have had in a long time.

We had a baptismal service in April and that always is a great thing to see. Hopefully, we can see more of that in the future.

We had a successful Vacation Bible School meeting. Most of the jobs are filled but we still need support staff. There is no better time spent for the Lord than at VBS.

We had 9 to take the class on how to Share Jesus Without Fear. It was a great day of hearing from the Lord and learning how to share Jesus with others.

Salvation Sunday was a great day too. There were no responses but maybe a seed was planted. That day is a great time to bring someone who needs to hear about Jesus. It is my prayer that you take advantage of it more. It is the Sunday morning service on every 5th Sunday. Our Praise and Worship Team "Common Ground" did a wonderful job too. I love and support this group 100%. I keep getting more and more comments for ALL ages that they appreciate the group and their ministry, and many are saying they love the contemporary style of music. I do acknowledge there are some that it might take awhile to get used to it, but it is going in the right direction. Common Ground will be singing and leading worship the last Sunday of every month. We have been given an almost Brand New drum set for the group to use, thanks for the anonymous donation.

May is going to be great too. We have Senior Graduation Day this Sunday. Bro. Steve Babcock from the Humboldt First Baptist Church in Humboldt, TN will be speaking about the mission trip that our graduate, Emma Fitzwater will be going on.

Emma Fitzwater is the recipient of the J.F. "Pat" & Mary Belle Patterson $500.00 scholarship. She has been a great influence and ministry help here at FBC.

On Mother’s Day May 13th, we will be honoring our mothers but also we will be dedicating Andrew Cunningham to the Lord on that day. This should be a great service!!!

Everyone is invited to the Alex Morgan and Whitney Cannon wedding on May 19th. They will rehearse on Friday May 18th.

May 20th is our annual Memorial Day Offering. This offering is split four ways between Spiritual Development, Vacation Bible School, Roof repair and the Youth Dept. our goal this year is $5,000.00. The committee has set up a memorial/honorarium form for you to use, the donation for each person is $20.00. A wonderful roast beef meal will be provided to everyone after the morning worship service. The brotherhood department is donating the meat and you will have the opportunity to sign up to bring the sides and the desserts. Bro. Gary Nolen will lead us in a song fest at 1:00 pm after the noon meal.

We will have a special Memorial Day service on Sunday May 27th. Bro. Frank Morgan will have the flags out and you need to be prepared to say who we need to remember. If not too many of our kids go out of town, our kids P.R.A.I.S.E. group will be singing.

Great things are happening slowly but surely at FBC. Come join this unified band of believers.

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!


Please contact us: If your children or grandchildren have received any honors in school, let us know so we can announce it in the newsletter.

Welcome to our Newest Members:

by Baptism: Conner Barksdale and Erin Barksdale and Alyssa Odell


There is No Report for May from the First Baptist Youth

The Heavenly Delight Family Diner Menu:

May 9 - Pot-Luck

May 16 - Hot Potato Bar

May 23 - Meatballs and Gravy

May 30 - Sloppy Joes

Deacon of the Week:

April 29 - May 5 Charlie Jones 333-4029

May 6 - 12 Mel Gale 359-1897

May 13 - 19 Frank Morgan 333-1128

May 20 - 26 Fred Boyd 333-2319

May 27 - June 2 Jim DeReign 333-4570


The children's church workers:

May 6 - Melissa & Amber McClain
May 13 & 20 NO Children’s Church
May 27 - Bill & Christy Mercer

Praise & Worship Service:

Come join our praise & worship service at 9:00 am every Sunday morning. It is a great way to kick off a wonderful day of Glorifying Jesus.

The Baptist Hour:

Every Sunday morning at 8:00 am on KCRV 1370 Radio

Check out our Website

Nursery Workers:

May 6- Dorothy Watkins

May 13 - Ashlea Riggs

May 20 - Shelia Baird

May 27 - Amanda Maclin


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.

 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, Kevin & Ashlea Riggs & Chris & Christy Riggs.

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.

Children’s P.R.A.I.S.E. 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.

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

Newsletter Articles are due by the 20th of each month


Scriptures for Salvation:

Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23

John 3:3 and John 14:6

Romans 10:9-11

2 Corinthians 5:15

Revelations 3:20

Scriptures on Assurance of your Salvation:

Job 19:25-27

Romans 8:16-17

I John 4:13-16

I John 5:13

2 Timothy 1:12

I John 3:1-3

I Peter 1:3-5


A Mother’s Love

There are times when only a mother’s love

can understand our tears,

can soothe our disappointments

and calm all of our fears.

There are times when only a mother’s love

can share the joy we feel

when something we’ve dreamed about

quite suddenly is real.

There are times when only a mother’s faith

can help us on life’s way

and inspire in us the confidence

we need from day to day.

For a mother’s heart and a mother’s faith

and a mother’s steadfast love

were fashioned by the angels

and sent from God above.
Author unknown



A Memorial given in memory of Buddy James, given by Mary Miller.

A Memorial given in memory of Dorothy Baird, given by William Baird


Annie Armstrong Easter Offering Goal: $3,000.00

Offering $3, 700.25

House & Grounds Meeting May 6th , 5:00 pm

Deacons meeting May 6th , 7:00 pm

Youth Choir

Phillip Barksdale will be leading the choir on every other Sunday at 5:00 pm.

VBS 2012: June 18 - 22 will be the date of our VBS this year. The title is " Amazing Wonders Aviation" Encountering God’s Awesome Power, Start praying now!

Alex Morgan & Whitney Cannon


May 19, 6:00 pm

First Baptist Church

*Church members are invited

Share Jesus Without Fear

We had 9 people to take the class, we learned much and were inspired to share Jesus more. Thanks to everyone who helped & who came to class.


Thursday, May 3rd

12:15 pm - 12:45

Caruthersville Courthouse Lawn

Memorial Day: (formerly Harvest Day)

May 20th, 2012

You may give a $20.00 donation to The Memorial Day offering in honor of or in memory of a family members or will find forms on tables throughout the church

Saturday In The Park May 26th at England Park

Our Youth will have the Jumper at this event.

Flag Day at Church

We will have a special Memorial Day Service at FBC on Sunday morning, May 27th, during the morning worship service. Commander Frank Morgan of the American Legion will have the flags out during the service.


Thank you so much for your support and for giving me your blessing to go this summer to South Asia. The mission trip will be a lot of work but I will get to see Laura and minister to her, that will make it worth it. Thanks for your personal donations and for buying the casseroles.

Peggy Boyd


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