Month: July 2018

Service of Commitment for the Groeneveld Family

Immanuel Baptist Church in Newton, IA, would like to extend a Special Invitation to share in a service of commitment for the John Groeneveld family as they send them out to missionary service.  Following the pattern set in Acts 13, having recognized the hand of God upon this family for Medical Missions in Togo, Africa.   Immanuel has commissioned them to Missionary Service and now want to fulfill the remainder of that Acts 13:2-3 example by acknowledging their commitment to them and to God’s work in a special sendoff service.

Please consider joining them for this special time.
When:  Sunday, July 22 at 2:30 PM
Where:  Immanuel Baptist Church, Newton, Iowa, 1300 N. 4th Ave. E.   (641-792-4470)
A free-will love offering will be taken in their behalf.
Refreshments and fellowship to follow.

You can download an invitation to the service (pictured below) here.

Special Service for Missionary Service

Retired Pastors Sunday Recap

It was the delight of the church family of North Court Baptist Church, Ottumwa, to host a “Retired Pastors Appreciation’ Sunday” recently.  They sent us this report of the event:

We are privileged, at North Court, to have four retired pastors & their wives as members of our church family.  These faithful men represent over 133 years of pastoring, preaching, ministry.  We are grateful for the ministries of encouragement & prayer which each of them continue for our church family.  We are thankful to our Father for giving us the fellowship of:

Pastor Ron & Beverly Abbas
Pastor Stephen & Laurie Bartle
Pastor Melvin & Fern Mattox
Pastor Peter & Marian Watt

The focal point of the Morning Service was the joy and  necessity of service to our Lord & one another.  The message centered on the qualifications for & responsibilities of pastors.  The church family shared a wonderful dinner together; the afternoon service was a delight with each man sharing a specific highlight of their ministries.  Gifts were presented to each couple.

We are rich in the blessings of our Lord.

Pastor Roger Hemmings
North Court Baptist Church

The retired pastors and their wives who were honored at a special service by North Court Baptist Church.

Ordination Council & Ceremony for Michael Ryan

A message from Pocahontas Regular Baptist Church:

We here at Pocahontas Regular Baptist Church believe in the liberty of individual local churches as well as the necessity of unity and cooperation among our churches that we may “stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27).  For this reason, we desire that Pastors of the like-minded churches come and examine Michael Ryan to affirm his calling and his doctrinal statement.

Your church is invited to send representatives and pastor(s) to participate.  If you are able to attend, please reply through e-mail to our church deacon ( or call/text our church deacon (712-335-2118).  A copy of Michael’s doctrinal statement will be sent to your e-mail upon reply and presented to you on the day of the council.


Your Fellow Laborers at Pocahontas Regular Baptist Church

Saturday, July 21, 2018
Ordination Council 9:00 AM-12:30 PM
Lunch 12:30-1:30 PM
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Ordination Ceremony 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Des Moines Metro Flooding – Help Needed!

The Des Moines Metro area was overwhelmed with heavy rainfall Saturday evening, with areas of Ankeny receiving ten inches of rain in a few short hours and metro waterways, like Four Mile Creek, rushing out of their banks. As a result, many homes and businesses sustained flood damage as basements were filled with several feet of water in some places. While it was disheartening to see the pictures and receive reports regarding the extent of the damage, it was very encouraging to hear of IARBC church families jumping in to help each other and the community. Among those affected was Faith Baptist Bible College as the apartment buildings on campus sustained significant damage. Faith’s president, Dr. Jim Tillotson, has issued the following request for volunteers to join them in the cleanup efforts beginning tomorrow, July 3rd:

As you may or may not have heard, Ankeny received 10 inches of rain on Saturday night. This caused massive flooding in the entire town of Ankeny. This also caused flooding in all 6 of our apartment buildings and our IT and Maintenance Building. With students set to arrive in 6 weeks, we are in big trouble!

We are in desperate need of the following things:

1. Anyone in the Des Moines area that could potentially house people for up to 2 months. There are 10 tenants (some of which are families with children) that will be displaced until their apartments can be fixed.
2. We need as many people as are able to come starting Tuesday, July 3 at 9 AM to do the following:
Help move tenants’ furnishings into PODS

Rip out carpet and drywall from 24 apartments. If you are able to help in this area, please bring gloves and utility knives with you.

If you have any drywall or flooring experience, we could use your help beginning a week from Tuesday.

If you are able to help in any of these areas, please contact Karis Cole at or 515-964-0601.

We anticipate this taking at least 6 weeks, so any help during this time would be greatly appreciated, but a large group on Tuesday at 9 AM in front of Jordan Hall is especially needed to get us started.

We would appreciate any missions teams or individuals who are able to help.

We cannot do this on our own. We are in desperate need of your help!

Dr. Jim Tillotson

Please pray for those affected and consider helping if you are able.