Current News – 7-8-2020

*SMM to Expand “Reach and Vision” (pg. 1)

Dan Carson -Calling all student ministry workers — whether you are a full-time, part-time, bi-vocational, or volunteer student ministry worker, we want to connect with you. In 2016, when I took on the role of executive director for the BMA of Arkansas Youth Department, I wondered what God might have in store for us. Would we again focus on activities or would it be something else? I am so thankful for our state youth departments that offer camps and retreats for our students, but I knew we needed to become something a little different. We have come to a place where we want to expand our reach and vision. Our heart is to see student ministry workers connected throughout all of our work, not just in Arkansas. Our desire is to partner with you and help you as you seek to impact the next generation for Jesus Christ.

*Hebron Hills Dedicates Facility (pg. 1)

Editor – Excitement and anticipation was in the air last Monday, June 29, as about 45 supporters gathered to dedicate We Are FREE’s new restorative care facility, Hebron Hills, which is located on 45 acres in Nevada County. Although there is still some finishing work to be done, and three staff positions that need to be filled, before clients (victims of human trafficking) can be received for in-house treatment, Director Angelyn McMurray stated that they “want to be ready” so they “held the dedication service sooner rather than later.” (Photo collage, pg. 6)

*Updates Requested On Fall District Meetings (pg. 1)

Editor -The following is a list of the Fall 2020 Arkansas district meetings, according to my records. Ordinarily, they would be “inked” into my calendar by now; but with the current pandemic, plans have been known to change. District clerks and moderators, would you please let me know if your district still plans to meet, and if the information that is shown below

*Picking the Right Volunteers (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – As we look ahead at the fall, you may need to consider filling some spots on your volunteer student ministry team. COVID-19 may have pushed a few workers away due to medical concerns, while others may have simply faded away during this unusual time. Whatever the reason, you don’t want to tackle student ministry all by yourself. You may be the volunteer youth director at your church or the full-time student pastor, but neither title calls for us to do the work alone. We need others standing with us as we work with some of the difficulties that students encounter.

*Dr. Thomas, CBC Professor, BMA Minister Dies

Dr. Jesse Thomas, 83 of Conway, passed away July 3. He was a member of East Side Baptist Church and had been a minister for 65 years, pastoring 12 churches in Arkansas and 1 in St Louis, Mo. He earned an AA degree from Central Bible College, BSE degree in Biology from UCA, MSE degree in Biology from UCA, MS in Biblical Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University. Dr. Thomas was a public school teacher for nine years before joining the faculty of Central Baptist College in 1969. He served as professor of Science and Bible at CBC for 46 years, chair of the Bible department for 21 years, and also served as an assessment officer and vice president for Academic Affairs. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Betty McCoy Thomas; a brother, Clifton Thomas; two sons, Gary Wade Thomas (who serves as the Baptist Trumpet cartoonist) and David Mark Thomas; a daughter, Julie Ann Thomas; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A graveside service was scheduled for July 8 at 10 a.m. at Crestlawn Memorial Park, with social distancing required. A memorial service is being planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Jesse Thomas Endowed Scholarship at Central Baptist College, 1501 College Ave., Conway, Ark. 72034; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

2020 Alpha Chi Inductees Announced (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – I am is pleased to announce students who were recently inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor society representing Central Baptist College. Alpha Chi is a national, interdisciplinary organization that recognizes excellence, character, and service. Over 300 institutions across the nation hold Alpha Chi charters. In order to be inducted, students must be invited, have junior or senior status, have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours at their home institution, and have a grade point average (GPA) in the top 10% of GPAs in the institution. The 2020 Alpha Chi inductees are as follows…

New Asst. Coach (pg. 2)

Kory Westerman, a Greenbrier native who just ended her career this past semester, will join the CBC women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach on Aug. 1. She will be a student assistant until December when she graduates and will move into a more full-time coaching role while also being in charge of compliance and eligibility. She has been coaching players at the youth level of Amateur Athletic Union since 2018.

Embrace Your Weaknesses (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Everybody wants to be strong. We all look up to Superman, the man of steel, as the epitome of strength by admiring and even idolizing what he represents. Personally, I do not like admitting when I am overwhelmed, tired, or in over my head. But Paul David Tripp, in New Morning Mercies, reminded me that: “Weakness is the window to strength. Confessing your inability produces hunger for the power that is only ever found in Jesus.” This truth came at a very needed moment, having just cried out to the Lord in desperation over my inabilities.

Gambills Mark 73rd Anniversary

Gene and Arlyn (Mitchell) Gambill, of Greenbrier, recently celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary. The couple first met shortly after Gene returned from service in World War II, but Arlyn didn’t take too much notice of him then, regarding him as just one of the “older men.”  But their paths would continue to cross at church and romance began to blaze. They were married on June 20, 1947, at the Chambers Park Baptist Church in St Louis, Mo. 

Now is the Time To Take a Stand (pg. 3)

Tom Mitchell – We just celebrated another anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. I love America! I am honored to have served under our flag for 4½ years in the United States Army. I love our National Anthem! I have often said, “Cut me, and I will bleed red, white, and blue.” And I know that I am not the only one who has these feelings for our nation. But I was just thinking about what’s going on in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave… and it’s so incredibly sad. I am reminded of the last verse of the Book of Judges. “In those days Israel had no king: everyone did as they saw fit” (Judges 21:25 NIV). I am deeply concerned about the future. I refer to the future of the United States of America, the New Testament churches of our country, and to the future of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

But God… Through You! (pg. 4)

Editor – Some of you may have heard this “good little Baptist girl” shouting all the way to your house last week when we hit (and surpassed) our Special Emphasis goal, and when we immediately paid off the Trumpet’s SUV! I have to be honest and tell you that I had my doubts, especially in light of the pandemic that hit a few days into our emphasis… But God!

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Court Disappoints Pro-Lifers, Ohio Expands Students’ Religious Liberty, Archaeologists Discover Ancient Christian Settlement, Travel Ban Over Laws About Boys in Girls’ Sports, Order Helps Christians Promote Adoption/Foster Care

Garrett Honored (pg. 4)

On Father’s Day, Caney Valley Baptist Church in Plumerville presented Charles Garrett with a plaque to mark his 76 years of membership there.

Gene Mathis Called Home (pg. 5)

Dr. Alton Gene Mathis, 64 of Jacksonville, Texas passed away June 23. He was the firstborn of 29 children born to Alton Lee and Dolores Jean (Cupit) Mathis. They lived in Houston, Texas, and traveled to Arkansas for many summers in his youth.  He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and, at age 16, he surrendered to preach. He was licensed at Bayou Drive Baptist Church in Alvin, Texas, and ordained at Heights Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. After high school, he attended Jacksonville Baptist College where he met the love of his life, Maryjane Arrington, daughter of BMA missionaries to Bolivia M.S. and Katherine Arrington… In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jacksonville College, 105 B.J. Albritton Dr., Jacksonville, Texas 75766; or Tyler Street Baptist Church, 910 Tyler St., Jacksonville, Texas 75766.

Cashion, Texas Minister, Dies (pg. 5)

Lloyd Cashion, 83 of Sulphur Springs, Texas, passed away July 4. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves for 2 years, and was a BMA pastor for over 50 years, serving four churches. Survivors include his wife, Carol; two brothers, Kenneth Cashion and Grady Cashion; four daughters, Sonjia Burgess, Tisha McLemore, Stacie Shelby, and Joanne Wylie; 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren… A family graveside service was held July 7 at Greenpond Cemetery, followed by a celebration of life at South Jefferson Baptist Church at Mt. Pleasant, Texas under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Greenpond Cemetery Association, 2283 FM 1567, Como, Texas 75431.

The Parable of the Game (pg. 5)

Valarie Fish – “No, mom, you can’t go that way. Come over here to the other side of the castle.” My youngest son was holding his game controller with both hands, and I wasn’t sure which way was “here” or which moving character on the big screen belonged to me. I had no idea which buttons on this device in my hands would even allow me to move my character from one side of the screen to the next. I was completely lost. “Honey,” I told my son, “you are going to have to back up and teach me some basics if you want me to even begin to understand what you are talking about.

Spotlight on Missions (pg. 6)

Michael & Laura Strong, Minneapolis; Stan & Donna Scroggins, Philippines

Not in our Lifetime (pg. 7)

Paul White – I spoke with my brother this week concerning the pandemic that our country and the world are experiencing, and he mentioned that his father-in-law, who is 95, has never experienced anything like this in his lifetime. Very few who are alive today have lived through a pandemic like this one, but how we handle it will determine how well we will come out on the other side. Over these past few months, have you formed a misconception that we must deal with life’s troubles, thinking it is wrong to ask “Why?” After all, being a Christian means we should simply accept and never question, right? Wrong.

Israeli Alliance and the Hand of God (pg. 8)

Chris Gonthier -One might ask the question, “Why is our position on the state of Israel important?” How does it affect our operations? (Gen. 12:1-3)So according to this passage, we see that our position on the nation of Israel, the descendants of Abram, can either invoke the blessing of God or God’s wrath. (Zech. 12:9-11). So the destruction of nations that come against Israel is a very real danger. It is very obvious that God is very favorable toward those who support Israel, but not toward Israel’s enemies.

A Monument has Never Been Erected to Honor a Critic (pg. 8)

Jeff Swart – Two baseball coaches were having breakfast together and bemoaning the difficulty in finding quality players. One coach dreamingly said, “If I could only find a man who plays every position perfectly, always gets a hit and never strikes out and never makes a fielding error.” The other coach nodded his head in agreement and replied, “Yeah, if we could just get him to lay down his hot dog and come down out of the stands.” Every coach knows that almost everyone in the stands thinks he or she can do his job better than he can. As a minister, I am also the recipient of my share of criticism. I often say, “I get criticized when I get up in the morning. Some people think I get up too early and some people think that I get up too late.”

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