"The Catalyst" 
April 2016     
RCBA Associational Bible Drill
April 7th - 6:30 p.m. at Brandon Baptist

RCBA and CCC wish you and your family a Blessed Easter celebration.

Executive Director's Corner

It is my joy to thank everyone who had a part in planning and participating in my 50 years in the ministry party last month. I especially want to thank Diane Thompson, Don Williams, Rick Henson, Keith Grubbs, Perry Sanderford, and my wife, Omega, for their efforts in making it such a surprise for me and such a joyful occasion for my family and friends. Of course, this event caused me to reflect on the years that I have been on this marvelous journey. I was reminded of a song: "The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows." That is so true! I was also reminded of how many friends have touched my life and how they continue to bless me.
I would like to encourage you to become familiar with our significant ministry, Hands Up Outreach. This ministry is headed up by Roy and Mary Callahan. They are touching lives that our churches are not reaching. Of course, they are reaching out to prisons and the down and out persons in our county on behalf of our churches since they are a ministry of the Rankin Baptist Association. They have averaged 70 persons per year coming to confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. I am sending out letters to some friends of mine asking them to participate with me in helping this ministry. They are about $2,500 per month short of the budget that is needed to carry out their ministry. I am challenging my friends to consider joining me in contributing $1,000 to help overcome this shortfall. If you are able to make a contribution of any size, it would be greatly appreciated and you will be blessed for helping to touch hurting lives. You can make your checks payable to the Rankin Baptist Association designated for Hands Up Outreach.
Reaching out for Christ,

Allen Stephens 

Nursing Home Ministry Annual Golf Tourney
Date:  April 28th - Patrick Farms
Time:  12:30 Lunch - Shotgun Start at 1:00


RCBA winners - 2015  
Brother Allen's Surprise 50th Year of Ministry Party

After months of secret planning, the committee pulled it off....we surprised Brother Allen!! 
Over 200 family members, friends and ministry partners joined in the celebration.  He was presented a framed photo that included pictures of all the churches he pastored and RCBA.  Also, Rep. Ray Rogers presented him with a proclamation for his years of service.

The members of the committee were Keith Grubbs, Perry Sanderford, Don Williams, Rick Henson, and Diane Thompson.

Seminary Classes
Life Christian Seminary 
6:30 PM RCBA building

April 5th and 12th - Amos and Hosea - Dr. Ralph Henson
May 10th and 17th - Life and Letters of Paul - Dr. Wayne Van Horn
Pelahatchie Baptist Church
Does the "Egg Roll"
We just love seeing churches have fun and be creative with their members!!

Egg Roll Winners....
Crossview Note Burning

Five years ago, we moved into our new fellowship center owing $350,000.00.  We, as a church, made pledges to pay it off in five years - we met that goal and we are debt free.
God was really good, and God's people met the challenge.  We are very grateful for what HE has done.

Rev. Don Williams
Palm Sunday Kids at Pelahatchie Baptist

How cute is this?

Meadow Grove Outreach to The Learning Center
Beautiful decorations and Easter goodies were available for the teachers at The Learning Center from Meadow Grove volunteers. Thank you for caring about our teachers.....they so appreciate your efforts!!

Beautiful decor and wonderful food items
Meadow Grove volunteers 
Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery is designed to help hurting people. It is made up of regular folks, who are on a journey toward wholeness; seeking recovery from and celebrating God's healing of life's hurts, habits and hang-ups. Trained leaders provide safe, confidential, Christ-centered groups where people can grow. At Celebrate Recovery we believe that change is possible by the power of Jesus through this Biblical Discipleship program. Celebrate Recovery is for anyone with the courage to be honest about life's hurts, habits and hang-ups and who is willing to open their life to healing and change. West Rankin Celebrate Recovery meets on Thursday nights at 6:00 PM at the Grace Center in Richland. Please join us.

Upcoming Events: 

April 2nd - 20th Annual Flowood Baptist Church Brotherhood Golf Tournament at the Refuge - call church for details 
April 4th - Ministers' Conference at Crossgates - Ricky Blythe will be guest speaker; 10:30 a.m. and lunch will be after meeting; please RSVP for lunch 
April 7th - RCBA Associational Bible Drill - 6:30 at Brandon Baptist Church 
April 13th - Franklin Graham in Jackson at noon
April 21st - Strategy Committee Meeting 10:30 a.m. at RCBA 
April 21st - Administrative Committee Meeting at 11:30 a.m. at RCBA 
April 26th - Digital Outreach Strategies for the Modern Church - 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at RCBA offices; please RSVP is you would like to attend; led by Rev. Floyd Steverson 
April 28th - Nursing Home Ministry Golf Tournament at Patrick Farms - call Dr. Billy Thomas for details at 662-207-3518
CCC welcomes new Counselor
Ryan Dunlap
Ryan was born and attended high school in Bartlesville, Oklahoma where his family raised him in the Southern Baptist Tradition. Ryan attended College in Louisiana, playing college baseball for two years, before joining a Campus Ministry as a student. From there he spent the next 4 years on staff with Campus Outreach before pursing Counseling Ministry at RTS in Jackson.  Ryan has spent the past 3 years providing counseling services to families, teens, and children in the Metro area and is looking forward to providing counseling services with Crossroads Counseling Ministry. He and his wife, Bridget are expecting a  baby girl this upcoming summer.

Metro Grace and RCBA donations

 Rev. Floyd Steverson, Metro Grace, is seen donating this TV to Hands Up Outreach for use in their Flowood Prison ministry. Mary Callahan is accepting the donation.  Hands Up Outreach donated a Blu-Ray player and the TV mount for the same system.  RCBA donated a sound system upgrade to the GRACE Center and Grace Baptist Church.  This is how things work together....
Priscilla Shirer Simulcast
Crossgates Baptist Church

Brandon, MS 

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. / Event begins at 9:00 a.m.

Tickets:  $10 (includes childcare by reservations and refreshments)

Tickets available at simulcast.crossgates.org or at church office

For full information call 601-825-2562

2016 Speakers' Tournament Winners

1st Place Winner is Rebecca Donald from Flowood Baptist Church (Baptist College Division) and 2nd Place Winner is Sarah Lovorn from Cleary Baptist Church (Baptist College Division).

Way to go, girls.....proud of both of you!!
Ministers' Conference
A special thank you to Flowood Baptist Church for hosting our conference this month.  Special guest speaker was Dr. Jim Futral, Executive Director of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board.

Curtis Carter and Floyd Steverson lead praise

Dr. Jim Futral and Brother Allen

Wonderful fellowship

Our Flowood volunteers....wonderful meal!! 
Love these FB posts
What a day in the Lord's service at Oakdale!  We had a teenage boy saved in our second service, 9 saved at the Mississippi children's home worship service this morning and seven saved this afternoon at the walnut grove correctional prison and our Sunday afternoon worship service. God still changes lives!
Dr. Rick Henson, Oakdale

The field is ready for harvest. We just have to be ready, willing, and prepared to go pick it. God allowed me to see another person surrender their life to Jesus tonight in genuine repentance and I have another brother. I'm watching husbands, wives, men, women surrender to Jesus. The impact that this has on the family unit is unbelievable and will impact generations.
Jonathan Sherwin, Clear Branch

What a day! HRBC all over the place. Great group ministered at Opportunity Center to the homeless, another great group of ladies gathered to paint door hangers as a fund raiser/ fellowship, another great group taught or practiced bible drills, another great group worked on wiring at "base camp", and i also got to visit Josh and meet several of his new friends, other kids fighting tooth and nail against cancer. What a day! Colossians Chapter 4 is our time investment today with... our Father, serving Him by serving others is our talent investment, and tomorrow we give our tithes and our "For His Glory" offering to finish the new facility. i'm expecting a miracle as we all do our parts. i can hardly wait to give and to preach the word God has given me!!!  Terry Fant, Hickory Ridge

Encouragement Bags

Ladies and children from Puckett Baptist Church decorated and filled bags for March  

Great group of ladies from FBC Brandon, Believers class, are decorating the Encouragement Bags for April.  There are 300 bags to be given to each new cancer patient at Baptist Hospital.  Thank you, ladies....great job!!
Hands Up Outreach

Children from Hickory Ridge prayed for Grace Center and then completed some projects... 

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