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March 10, 2019, 4:00 PM

Association VBS Clinic


Becky and Steve Marcereau will be giving a 2-hour overview of VBS 2019 from what we learned at the State VBS Clinic in February. We have copies of Lifeway's In the Wild materials to display, including music CD's and DVD's. We will give highlights of what we learned at the Director's and Children's sessions.We will explain Lifeway changes in its business model beginning this year that will affect how you can obtain materials for your church's VBS. Catalogs for those that need them to order materials will be available. Doughnuts, coffee and drinks will be provided. Door prizes of In the Wild materials  will be given at the end of the clinic. Hope to see you there!




March 6, 2019, 4:33 PM

Gilbertown Praise Fest


Gilbertown Praise Fest
The Gilbertown Praise Fest Committee is happy to announce the 6th annual Praise Fest will be held on May 18, 2019 @ 6pm at the Gilbertown Sports Complex in Gilbertown, AL. Our artists are Jason Crabb with his band and our solo artist is Josh Wilson. Our speaker will be Bro. Terry Long. Also our opening group is the JD Lewis band. Food vendors will be on site. The night will be a great event for the whole family with great food, music, and most of all, praise and worship. This is an outdoor event at the amphitheater, so bring lawn chairs or blankets. We encourage all youth groups, churches, and families to attend. The Gilbertown Praise Fest Committee promotes Christian Events in our county. We cannot make these events possible without the support of our sponsors. If you would like to sponsor this Christian Concert, please give donations to a Gilbertown Praise Fest Committee member or mail donations to:
Mark Roberts ​          Cole Floyd
P.O. Box 63.             P.O. Box 282         
Gilbertown, AL.        Gilbertown, AL.
36908​​​                      36908
 
Please make checks payable to Gilbertown Praise Fest. All donations goes ONLY to the Praise Fest Committee to pay its expenses. Also Gilbertown Praise Fest Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible. Like the past years, we are stepping out in faith to sponsor this event. We have  watched God bless this event in more ways than one. We thank you for your support and most of all your prayers. For more info call;
Mark Roberts 251-843-5873
Cole Floyd 251-843-2400
Thank You and God Bless!



July 6, 2018, 6:49 PM

A God Appointment During Fun in the Field Preparation



On July 5th my wife Becky & I were in the Lisman community making preparations for the upcoming July 18-20 Fun in the Field Mission VBS from 9-12 each morning. We were erecting an advertizing banner in front of the old Lisman school where the event will be held. Suddenly a lady named Cynthia came up to us thanking us and saying "God bless you." She explained that her daughter had received a flyer at CCES from Bro. Terry but had lost it and was sad because she wanted to come, but had forgotten the date. Of course our banner had the time and date. She was so happy to get the date and asked if we had any more flyers. We had a whole bunch in the car for distribution so I asked her if she needed more than one. "Oh yes, I want some to pass out to my neighbors, and if you have enough, I want to get some for my church, Mt. Nebo. " I gave her 30 or 40 and she gave me a big hug.  Here is a picture Becky took of Cynthia and I with one of the flyers in front of the old school. Is this wasn't a divine appointment, I have never seen one.




January 20, 2018, 12:00 AM

Mixtec Indian Construction Trip to Montgomery January 20, 2018


 On January 20, 2018, our Association sent a team back to Montgomery to continue our assistance to the Mixtc Indians who live there. This is part of our continuing effort to help reach this indigenous Indian people from Mexico with the Gospel. The participants were: Don Giles, Brent Manasco, Billy Douglas, Ervin Mooney, Chris and Tammy Childers, Jamie Simms, Elyssa Sims, and Terry Long. This is the fellowship hall of the education building of Highland Gardens Baptist Church in Montgomery, who are working with the Mixtecs.  They have donated this unused building for the Mixtec church to meet in.  We painted the entire fellowship hall, replaced several toilets and installed two sinks with cabinets.  We rebuilt their entrance complete with door and hardware.  It was a great experience, with one man from the community being led to Christ while we were working.  This room is where the Mixtecs will worship. 




December 7, 2017, 7:56 PM

Alabama Baptist Children's Home 2017 Visit


Each year the Children's Home in Mobile holds an open house to let area church members and other interested people visit and see first-hand where the children placed in their care live and learn. This year it was on December 3. At least 4 churches from the Choctaw Baptist Association attended: FBC Butler; Chappell Hill; Silas First; and Spring Bank. For many of us, it was the first time on the campus and were we impressed! Here is the group from Silas First and Spring Bank.

This is the entrance to the Home, with the office/ admin building in the background. The hospitality of the staff and children was fantastic. We were served HEAVY snacks in all 3 buildings (the admin building, the boys' home and the girls' home). Not only was the food delicious, it was plentiful! At the admin building we were assigned to one of the children who took a group to his/ her home for a tour. Currently there are 6 boys and 8 girls there, with a capacity of 10 and 12 respectively. This number can change at any time. The children are bused to local public schools daily. Each child we met was eager to show us their room and introduce us to the others, particularly their roommates. Most of the rooms sleep two and are connected by jack and jill bathrooms. There is a common living/ dining room and a kitchen. There is also a laundry room, and each child is expected to do their laundry if they are old enough. They also have posted lists of daily and weekly chores, including cleaning the their toilets and showers. The homes each have a family of house parents, who have their own private living quarters. The children are usually referred by the Alabama Department of HRS, although occasionally there are private placements. The HRS works with the parents while ABCH works with the children and both agencies work together to reunite the children and their parents. The Gracie Home for mothers and children which we learned about at the Choctaw Annual Meeting is located at a different site and will have an open house sometime in 2018. Brother Justin from Spring Bank can be seen in the living room of the boy's home, an example of the beautiful Christmas decorations and tasteful furnishings. Nest we have Bro Tim Mathis, the new Chappell Hill pastor, with Don Giles. In the background is part of the great recreation facilities, including an outdoor pool and basketball court. The building you see is the back side of the Amin building, looking down the hill from the girls' home. The final picture is Celina Doggett, Choctaw County's volunteer coordinator with the ABCH in Mobile, with Steve and Becky Marcereau (your Choctaw Association VBS director.)  Altogether we all had a great time and came away with several positive impressions: our support is needed and the money is well-spent; the children are generally happy to be there and seem to get along well with each other; and everyone ought to go see this in person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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