September 16

The Harmony Baptist Association Share Report for September 16, 2018

FBC Dumas

122 for Sunday school and 203 for the morning worship.

Three were baptized by Pastor Dubs Byers.

 

Shannon Road

91 in SS and 121 to hear Pastor Josh Blevins.

Special music by Steve Church.

One adult male was baptized.

Jim Wilson

 

Yorktown

48 in SS and 75 to hear Pastor Robert Greene.

Total of 53 youth and adults Wednesday night.

One woman was baptized.

 

First Baptist Church, White Hall

Sunday School: 266

Worship Services: 415

One new member by letter.

 

Watson Chapel

362 in SS. 1 adult male joined by letter.

What an exciting day among the Lord’s people. Exciting times at Watson Chapel Baptist. Last Wednesday night we had one hundred seventy-six involved in our AWANA ministry to the kids.

Across the street we had fifty-eight youth plus another nine adults helping Bro. Garrett disciple the youth. I’m not sure how many were in choir but it was full Sunday morning (wow that was incredible!) and of course we may have had another seventy-five in the adult prayer meeting and Bible study.

Fall is a busy time around WCBC and I’m excited as various ministries crank back up.

Todd Howard, Pastor

 

Humphrey

Wonderful service with 30 for Sunday School and 53 for Worship. The message came from Judges 6 and 7. We are also excited about the purchase a 15 passenger van. God is truly blessing us and we are very grateful. Sometimes I wish I could go to church 7 days a week just to see what God has got planned next.

Pastor Bobby McPherson from Dewitt

 

River Road

We had great services with 30 in worship to hear a great sermon from Pastor Shelby Andre on the need for salvation. Then, we had 13 back Sunday night to hear about our responsibility now that we are saved.

Special music this morning by Deborah Andre, “Through the Fire”.

Friday evening we had 26 at our fellowship and singing and everyone had a great time! Join us – not this week but the 14th. It’s the second Friday of the month!

Deborah Andre

 

Plum Bayou

Sunday School Attendance – 18

Worship Attendance - 27

Special Music was “Victor’s Crown” sung by Melanie with Bro. Jimmie at the piano. Magnificent!

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-13 Sermon Series: Walking in Victory. Sermon Title: A Worthy Walk

An Active Walk with humility, gentleness, patience - don’t think about yourself - put OTHERS FIRST!

A Walk Established in harmony. One Lord, One Faith and One Baptism!

This results in a Ministry of GRACE. Christ Jesus is The Overcomer – THE VICTOR over death!

We must be busy about God’s work. If we are not working we are out of favor with HIM!

...80TH HOMECOMING on October 14, 2018 @ 11am! Come join the Celebration!

Dianne Aiken – Reporting

Jimmie Hefner – Interim

James Bost -- Moderator

 

Rison Baptist

We had 77 in Sunday School and 131 in morning worship. Bro. Danny Allen began a series on marriage.

Pat Boyd

 

Star City North Side

SS – 13

MW – 19

NW – 9

People are returning to church that have been out for awhile.

Linda Bailey

Matt Watson

 

Hickory Grove Baptist Church, five miles South West of Star City, Hwy 11.

Fifteen attended Sunday School (Bible Study) and ten others joined with them for a total of twenty-five for the Praise, Prayer and Preaching service. Peggy Sue Bulter sang and played the piano as a special. And we had three first time guest at attend the services. Only eight returned for the evening services. The morning Offering was given to the Dixie Jackson Offering for State Missions.

Bill D Hilburn

 

Claud Road

18 at Claud Road to hear a great message by Bro. Leonard Russell. God Word Is: 1. Active, 2. Alive, 3. Authoritative, 4. Always.

Morris Conrad

 

Kingsland First Baptist

17--Sunday School

23--AM Worship

11--PM Worship

.Bro. Mike Manning preaching for the AM & PM services. His wife, Leslie accompanied him for the AM service. We love having Bro. Mike preach for us.

AM – I Thessalonians 4:13-18 scripture used.

PM – Habakkuk 1 scripture used.

Jo Ann Johnson

 

Anderson Chapel

44 for morning worship,

Message “Jesus Stood Still” from Mark 10:46-52.

Had 27 for Sunday evening, message “A Moment with the Master” Mark 5:21-43. God Bless!

Monta Kellebrew, Pastor

 

Altheimer First Baptist Church

Sunday School...…………...11

Worship Service......….........38

Bro. Travis Thompson continued with 2 Peter: Knowing and Growing, Part 2: Reminder to Remember from 2 Peter 1:12-21. Special music was " Til the Storm Passes By", sung by Adelle Taylor.

Evening Service....................18

Continuing with the life of Joseph in our Genesis Study.

Adelle Taylor, reporting

Travis Thompson, Pastor

 

Bethel

was blessed with 18 for Sunday Services.

Fran Flowers

Chris Baxter

 

Hardin

The Lord blessed us with good services on Sunday; plenty of joy.

Sunday School was 94 and Morning Worship was at 149.

Still having 40+ kids on Wednesdays.

God is good, all the time.

Bro. Johnny Taylor

 

South Pinewood

We had a great Sunday at South Pinewood. 45 were present for morning worship and we enjoyed some fantastic special music by Toni Horton. It is always a treat when Toni has a song prepared to share.

By way of announcements I want to remind everyone that our Ladies Group meets each Tuesday at 1000 in the fellowship hall for their Tai Chi Class. This is a good exercise program designed to maintain strength and balance for older people. It is open to the public and the community, so anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

...Rebecca and I are also planning our Fall Church BBQ Social at our house. I'm going to smoke some pork butts and we're looking forward to an evening of fellowship and food with our church family on October 20th.

God bless,

Chris McGee

 

Immanuel

Sunday School - 23

Contacts - 103

AM Attendance - 23

PM Attendance - 16

Sermon - A Good Exchange

Dr. Don Taylor, Pastor

 

Whispering Pines Cowboy Church

75 to hear Pastor Wes Sparks

 

Green Meadows

15 in SS and 22 to hear Pastor Russ Jasper.

James Naron

 

Dollarway

Pastor Eddie Harrison continues his rehab in Baptist NLR. He is in room 146.

 

Kearney

Bro. Larry Heird rejoiced at the 21 for services.

He preached fro, Exodus 16 and John 6 about the Manna from Heaven.

 

Oak Grove

30 in SS and 43 for church,

 

Rankin Chapel

Pastor Monty Meek says they felt the glory of the Lord in the services Sunday,

Attendance was the typical low 30s. The message was from John 12:12. Jesus made his entry to Jerusalem on a donkey to begin the Passion Week.

 

Star City First Baptist

Attendance of 112 in SS was encouraging.

 

Pine Bluff First Baptist

A good typical Sunday – not up, but neither down in attendance.

...Sunday Morning’s sermon was on the second coming of Christ from Corinthians.

...Sunday night’s was about the cleansing of Naaman.

...Pastor Ken Thornton especially wants to remind everyone of the 165th anniversary of the church on Oct. 7th. Gordon Topping will preach.

 

Greenlee Memorial

A somber day for Pastor James Watson and the congregation as they reflected on the deaths of two members.

Donald Hunter, 71, of White Hall, Arkansas, left his brain cancer behind and went to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

He was born March 29, 1947, in Pine Bluff, to Ross Chester and Lula Baugh Hunter.

He graduated from University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Donald was a faithful member of Greenlee Memorial Baptist Church and enjoyed being part of the Jefferson County Genealogy Society. He had worked at Sears as a Sales Associate in Electronics.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Carol “Ginger” Hunter, whom he married on July 3, 1976. One would often encounter the couple walking in Wal Mart or in McDonald's. Then, a few years ago, as Don was turning into Chapel Village, they were struck by a truck and Mrs. Hunter was killed.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Hunter of Fayetteville; a daughter Maranda Yates (Mike) of White Hall; grandchildren, Skylar, Daniel, Elijah Yates, Dorian Hunter; his brother, Paul David Hunter M.D. (Dianne) of Edmond, Oklahoma;

``Don’s funeral service was Monday, September 17, 2018, at Greenlee Baptist Church with Reverend James Watson and Reverend Mike Yates officiating. Burial was in Bellwood Annex

 

Judy Ann Kittler, age 76, of Pine Bluff passed away September 12, 2018. She was born July 12, 1942 to Stein and Ann Welch of Pine Bluff. Judy was a member of Greenlee Memorial Baptist Church.

Judy is survived by her husband of 56 years, Doyle Kittler; daughter, Kim Glover (Brad) of Benton; son, Kyle Kittler (Amber) of Pine Bluff; three granddaughters, and two grandsons. She is also survived by her brother, Bill Welch (Sue) of Austin, TX; sister-in-law, Helen Kennedy; two brothers-in-law, Billy Kittler (Linda), James Kittler, all of Pine Bluff and many nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Dollarway High School in 1960, she graduated from Baptist Health School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse in the operating room for 16 years.

In 1974, she and her husband established D&J Steel .

She was a member ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) DuBocage Chapter where she served as president in 1988 and was elected Woman of the Year in 1992. Judy was also a past Girl Scout troop leader, Laubach Literacy teacher, secretary for Child Center for Abused Children and volunteered for many other organizations.

Her Memorial Service was Saturday, September 15, 2018, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son. Pastor Matthew Watson, whose wife Sandra was a dear friend of Judy’s, preached the service.

 

Gould First Baptist

Several of our churches have had to deal with the death of their pastors. It never gets easy.

Rev. Harold Wesley Chandler, 67, of North Little Rock, passed away suddenly Thursday, September 13, 2018, while visiting at Greers Ferry. He was born on November 18, 1950 in Little Rock to the late Albert and Jessie (Creek) Chandler.

Harold is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Betty Chandler; daughter, Windy Campbell (Steve) of North Little Rock; granddaughter, Jessica Crow of North Little Rock; and a brother, Jessie Franklin Chandler of Little Rock.

Bro. Harold became pastor of Gould First Baptist Church after serving for quite a while as interim pastor. A stroke had led to his retirement. He had previously served as pastor at Shepherd Hill Baptist near Pine Bluff, coming there from Augusta. He was very active in the activities of Harmony Baptist Association. He began his ministry at age 18. Recruited to play major league baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals, that opportunity passed after a knee injury during a ballgame.

Pastor Chandler was an inspiration to other pastors who were battling obesity. A feature newspaper story told of him losing half of his body weight.

His funeral service was held on Monday, September, 17, 2018 at Roller-Owens Funeral Home in North Little Rock. Many notable pastors were present to show their respects. Burial was at Orion Cemetery between Redfield and Sheridan.

 

We mourn the death of Sue Grice Lisemby Brown of New Edinburg, AR, (1933 – 2018). She left her temporary home for her eternal home in heaven on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. She was a Singer, Songwriter, Author, and Artist. She loved to play the piano, viola, violin, and auto-harp. She loved to paint God's beauty on canvas and loved to read and study God's Word. She had an earned Doctorate , a Master of Div and an Honorary Doctorate of Music. She Ministered on 3 Continents, 42 states, and just about every Church in Louisiana. The are several videos of the Lisembys on You Tube. Here is one,

https://youtu.be/UEnUXZKOy8E

Sue’s first husband was James Travis Lisemby of New Edinburg (out from Kingsland). He once shared with Pastor Bob Lamb during a revival at Oak Grove Baptist that he had common family ancestry with Johnny Cash on a grandmother’s line. James died 26 Jul 2007 at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock. He was 77. Sue and James were founders and directors of the Lisemby Family Evangelistic Ministries and of the Psalms Bible and Music Camp at New Edinburg. The Psalms Camp is located at 4200 Mt. Elba Road near New Edinburg.

James and Sue had four sons, Ricky Lisemby and Joel of New Edinburg, Reginald Kent of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Darry Lisemby of Branson, Mo..

After the passing of James, Sue became acquainted with Don Brown from Yorktown Baptist. Having led the music at Yorktown for many years, Don shared the Lisemby’s love of music. Don had also lost his wife to cancer. They married and went on the road together. When Sue was diagnosed with cancer, she chose to live with it as long as she could. She stopped going on the road with the family about a year ago.

Sue and James were blessed with some wonderfully talented children and grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Psalms Camp or Lisemby Family Evangelistic Ministries, P.O. Box 7, Kingsland, AR 71652.

A private memorial service was held at Psalms Camp on Saturday.

 

Linda Sue Soffar Williams, 71, of White Hall, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 21, 2018, at her home surrounded by family. Linda was born February 17, 1947 in Pine Bluff, to H.S. and Dorothy Soffar. She graduated Pine Bluff High School in 1965.

Linda married Clayton Williams on July 29, 1965. They enjoyed a wonderful marriage for 53 years. She was the city girl who married the country boy.

Linda gave her life to Jesus in the Spring of 1958 at age 11, and was baptized two weeks later. She was a member of First Baptist Church White Hall, AR. She was a teacher of children, adults, and ladies’ classes. Linda served on many committees and ministries. She served on the Building Committee for the relocation site of which she helped design the stain glass window. She was active in Bible Study Fellowship for a number of years. Linda loved to read and study God’s Word. She was strong in her faith and not ashamed of her Christian values.

Linda worked and retired from the White Hall School District serving as receptionist at the Julius Brown Administrative Building for over 20 years. She loved watching her boys in sports, choirs, and church activities. She volunteered along side her husband for countless hours in school and church. Linda loved to serve others and show love to everyone.

Linda and Clayton served on the Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief Team of the Harmony Baptist Association. They also volunteered on many trips with the Arkansas Nailbenders for Jesus; a ministry partner with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention that provides construction volunteers for churches across Arkansas.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Linda is survived by her husband, Clayton; three sons, Brian C. Williams (Jessica), Paul H. Williams (Missy), and Kelly L. Williams (Ashleigh) all of White Hall; two sisters, Sylvia Graves (Roy) of Fordyce, and Sherry Wilson (Robert) of Tyler, TX. Linda was “Nana” to eight grandchildren, Cody Williams (Cobie), Cady Roberts (Cory); MiKayla, Noah, Hannah, Lindsey, Camryn, and Jack Ryan Williams; and 2 great grandchildren, Cason Williams and Caroline Roberts.

Visitation will be Monday, September 24, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of White Hall.

A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at First Baptist Church of White Hall with Reverend Jim Monroe officiating.

Memorials may be made to the church she loved and served in for over 40 years, First Baptist Church White Hall Building Fund, PO Box 20307, White Hall, Arkansas 71612.

Arrangements were handled by Robinson and Fuller White Hall Funeral Chapel (online register: www.rfwhitehall.com)

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