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Wednesday Evening Activities: Our Wednesday Evening Meals will start again in the Fall. During the Summer months, we will have Bible study at 6:30 P.M. As usual, the monthly Business Meeting will take place the second Wednesday of the month.
BVC SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH ENID’S GOLDEN OAKS VILLAGE
Baptist Village Communities (BVC) and Golden Oaks Village have announced their plan for BVC to acquire the Enid campus. BVC is Oklahoma’s largest not-for-profit provider of senior adult housing and services and currently operates eleven communities and home health across the state. Golden Oaks Village, a Christ-focused 501(c)3 organization, was founded in Enid in 1988 and is one of the largest providers of senior adult housing in Northwest Oklahoma.
For more information visit baptistmessenger.com/bvc-gov
Online Giving: Our "GIVE" page on this website (http://libertysouthern.org/give) is up and running. Click the link, or click the Give tab at the top of this page.
UPDATE FROM NEW WORK IN WAUKOMIS
Pastor Matt Miles, who is seeking to start a church in Waukomis, says, “A church becomes a church and truly a house of mercy when Jesus is present. Such is the teaching of John 5:1-9, and such is my prayer for the new work in Waukomis called Houses of Mercy.” [Picture above is the newly created logo.]
Matt is still about $5000 short of the funds needed this year for the Waukomis church plant. If you would like to contribute to the work in Waukomis, please contact Matt at (405)612-0863 or email email@example.com. Our association plus several churches and a number of individuals are partnering financially in this endeavor. Funds are being channelled through Liberty Southern BC, primary sponsor church for the new work.
MESSAGE FROM MATT
The above is the title of an article written by Associational Mission Strategist Josh Ellis, who serves the local churches in the Houston area. I'll draw some from Josh's article in giving the answer.
I'll admit that I was surprised when I learned the answer to this question. Though I grew up attending Southern Baptist churches, it wasn't till I was planting churches in Florida and had to put together a church budget that I understood how these things worked. Somehow I had the impression that when our church gave to the Cooperative Program (CP), it was a "catch-all" that would help to fund entities from the local to the international level, from the association to the foreign mission field.
I was surprised to find out that's not the case--the Cooperative Program and associations are funded separately. In other words, Southern Baptist churches generally decide on a percentage of their offerings that will go to the Cooperative Program and a percentage that will go to the local association. I say "generally" because some churches choose to go with fixed amounts rather than percentages.
So what's the background for this pattern of funding? Back in the early 1900s, funding missions in Baptist life—things like sending missionaries overseas and providing training for ministers—was done primarily by individual churches giving funds directly to those causes. There were also state conventions and groups (called societies) that helped finance missions. So each church decided—as they were regularly visited by missionary couples, colleges, societies, orphanages, and any number of other ministries soliciting funds—to whom to give a portion of their offerings. These good causes were generally outside the church's local context.
Missions efforts within the church's local context were carried out by the church and also by cooperating with other churches in the area—through the work of the local association. The local association was where churches engaged their context by working together. That continues to be how things work today.
So how does the Cooperative Program work?
Please Remember in Prayer
Randall Oswald; Clint Thrasher; James Carter; Cody Belcher; Debbie Brock; Robert & Julie James; Kathy O'Hair; Marge Zentner; Brandon Carter; Cleta Shafer; Chris, Elizabeth, & Barbara; Kerry Grisham; Kathy Strohmeyer; Faith; Leah Muhle; Marty & Billie Peckonis; Pastor Matt & Ruth Ann; Milton Jones and mom, Becky; Doug Riggs; Rosalie and son, Tommy; Diane Lasky; Brian Rash; Don Turner; Randall Riggs; Victims of gun violence; Those with Cancer; Nursing Home Bound; Pastors & Church Leadership; Our Church; Our Youth; Missionaries; China's Imprisonment of Pastors; Persecuted Christians; Our Nation; Our Government; Our Military; Firemen and Police Officers; Israel; Unspoken requests.
Summary of September 3, 2023:
General Budget Offering: $282.89