Month: October 2017

Pumpkin Give Away

Slater Baptist Church uses a field of pumpkins as an outreach opportunity.

All summer Ron Stone, a member of SBC, tended his pumpkin patch with help from people from the church.  Jay A. helped plant thousands of seeds. As the plants grew, so did the weeds.  Weeds are a big deal—let them grow and they take over. Friends showed up to pull weeds, hoe weeds, and spray weeds. Then there are bugs that make holes in the pumpkins; they must be sprayed. The drought in July meant the end of the pumpkins until Ed S. and Marvin N. carried 2200 gallons of water to the patch and saved the crop. Lastly came raccoon attacks; they would come every night and take a bit out of the best specimens.  But finally the pumpkins were ready for harvest. Church members became pickers who arrived to pick and sort pumpkins; soon pickups moved slowly into the patch to be loaded with beautiful orange and green, large and small pumpkins which were hauled to storage in a garage in Slater. The pumpkins were ready for the big day.

On Saturday morning, October 14, villagers and country folk arrived on Slater’s Main Street for the Firemen’s Breakfast, and down the street Slater Baptist Church was giving away pumpkins of every size and shape one could imagine.  True, it was a drizzly morning but with tarps and umbrellas and happy faces and a determination to meet and greet new faces, church members  young, old and in between helped folks pick out the perfect pumpkin and get it to a vehicle.  It was fun to watch children try to carry away pumpkins that weighed more than they did.

We gave sacks to all visitors to our Pumpkin Give Away.  All adults and children received in a tract; children received information about Awana, candy, a ball, a bracelet; adults were given general information about the church services, lotion, lip gloss, and candy. After all, everybody likes candy.

The Pumpkin Give Away was a bonding experience for the church members and friends and a successful opportunity to connect with the community.    We thank God for a bountiful harvest.

Ordination Council for Pastor Matthew Froah

The First Baptist Church of Bloomfield invites you to participate in the Ordination Council for Pastor Matthew Froah. The council will convene on Saturday, November 4th at 9 a.m. and will conclude with a luncheon. Upon favorable recommendation by the council, an Ordination Service will be held at First Baptist Church on Sunday, November 5th at 3:00 p.m. with a dinner to follow.

If you can attend, please respond by emailing For further information about the First Baptist Church of Bloomfield or Pastor Froah please visit their website:

Nevada Baptist Church Welcomes Englands


Nevada Baptist Church welcomed Pastor Kevin England and his wife, Michelle, to their church ministry on October 1st. Kevin and Michelle are both recent graduates of FBBC and were married this past August. Kevin will serve as the Associate Pastor with an emphasis on youth ministry. Congratulations to the Englands and NBC!




Ordination Council and Service for Andrew Gonnerman

The people of Maranatha Baptist Church invite you to participate in the ordination council for Andrew Gonnerman. The ordination council is scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2017. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will be followed by a luncheon around noon. Assuming Andrew passes the examination, which we fully anticipate, the ordination service will take place on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Both the ordination council and service will take place at Maranatha Baptist Church, 877 SE 19th Street, Grimes, IA 50111.

Please let Maranatha know whether you’ll be attending by Wednesday, November 1 so they can prepare accordingly for the council luncheon. You may RSVP by email to or by phone at 515-986-9202.

To read more about Andrew Gonnerman or to view/print the ordination invitation, please click here: Ordination Invitation.

FBC of Monroe Launches Bible Institute

First Baptist Church of Monroe has launched its new FBC Bible Institute For Building A Christian Worldview! Each Sunday evening, from 6-7, Pastor Jeriah Shank will be lecturing on various areas of theology, Bible survey, church history, philosophy, apologetics, and counseling. This is a 2 ½ year education for non-Bible college students aimed at the Bible college level to equip Christians to think seriously, deeply, and practically about how our beliefs impact our lives. Each night includes a 50-minute lecture and brief assigned readings from the Moody Handbook of Theology (2014).

To aid as a resource for both those in the class and for our sister churches, each lecture is being filmed and posted to the church YouTube account (First Baptist Church of Monroe, IA), to the church facebook page (, and to Pastor Jeriah’s personal website ( These talks are free and can be used for Bible Studies, small groups, Sunday School classes, and more. If these videos can be a blessings to your church, please feel free to use them and let the church know if you have any questions!

The first video in the series can be viewed by clicking on the link at the top of this article.

LeClaire Baptist Church Calls Nick Oliver

In September, LeClaire Baptist Church called Nick Oliver to be their senior pastor.  Pastor Oliver candidated August 11-13 and was called by unanimous vote!  The Oliver’s were excited about their move to LeClaire on September 29 and 30 and Pastor Oliver’s first Sunday preaching was October 8th.  We are looking forward to seeing God work through the Oliver’s in LeClaire.  Congratulations!