Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 2, 2006

Local Church Events

Rev. Vernon Lee to speak at Corinth Baptist

Revival services at Corinth Baptist Church will be at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The Rev. Vernon Lee will serve as evangelist for the four-day meeting. Song services will be under the direction of Bob McMakin, minister of music at Tabernacle Baptist Church, with Paula Moore as pianist.

Rev. Lee is pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville. During his 35 years in the ministry, he has been pastor of leading churches in the Baptist Missionary Association of America, including First Baptist in Taylor, Ark., Farmington Baptist Church in Corinth, Miss.; and 18 years at Wyatt Baptist Church of El Dorado, Ark.

A native of Farmerville, La., he has served as president of the BMA of Mississippi, the BMA of Arkansas and is the current president of the BMA of Texas. He has spoken in more than 300 revival meetings and Bible conferences.

Lee and his wife Rhonda reside in Jacksonville. They have one son, Shannon, and three grandchildren.

Inspirational Writers to meet 

Inspirational Writers Alive! (IWA!) will meet on June 8th at 6:45 p.m. in the activity building of The First Church of the Nazarene, Jacksonville, located on the corner of Beaumont and Bryan Streets. If you are an aspiring or seasoned writer, published or not, come for a fun, purpose-filled time. This is an inter-denominational group dedicated to teaching and encouraging those who love to write. This will be the last meeting before the summer break. For more information contact Maxine at 903-795-3986 or Judith at 903-894-3586.                                                    

St. John’s Bible on display

Beginning June 9, the Tyler Museum of Art opens “Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible.” Touted by Smithsonian magazine as “one of the extraordinary undertakings of our times,” The Saint John’s Bible is considered to be the most significant handwritten and hand-illustrated Bible commissioned since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago. As part of the opening events for the exhibition, one of The Saint John’s Bible illuminators, Diane M. von Arx, will give a free public demonstration of her calligraphy arts on Saturday, June 10 at the museum, 1300 S. Mahon, from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. An opening lecture is also set for June 9 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for this event or for the exhibition can be obtained by calling the Tyler Museum of Art at 903-595-1001. Directions and more information are also available online at www.tylermuseum.org.

First Church of the Nazarene to host youth revival

Jacksonville First Church of the Nazarene, 1709 Beaumont St., will be hosting a “Youth” Revival Sunday through Wednesday featuring Duke and Karla Underwood from Lubbock. Duke and Karla are organizers for REACH Up USA (Raising Eternal And Community Hope) and ROC (Reach Our Kids,) an after school program for children in Lubbock.

The REACH up Revival is an event to encourage the entire church. Although this is a youth revival, all are welcome and are encouraged to attend. It would be wonderful for the youth to be able to look around church and see the older generations supporting them. Revival services times are at 7 p.m. June 5-7. Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m., worship is at 10:45 a.m., and Sunday evening revival services are at 6 p.m. June 4. For more information, contact Pastor Andy Cox at 903-586-8027.

New Generation honors pastor

New Generation Baptist Church, located in the Pine Hill Community, will hold a pastor appreciation day for Rev. H.C. Whitaker at 3 p.m. Sunday. Guest speaker will be the Rev. W.D. Brown of Blount’s Chapel Baptist Church of Rusk and Carter’s Chapel Baptist Church of Jacksonville.

Victory Chapel celebrates remodeling

Victory Chapel Church will have Celebration and Dedication Sunday for the church sanctuary facilities remodeling. A prayer meeting with Pastor Gillen will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by Sunday School from 9:45-10:15 a.m.

The 10:30 a.m. service will focus on “Celebrating God’s Provisions for us,” and will include the remodeling dedication and guest speaker S.D., former pastor. Lunch will be held at 1 p.m., with the afternoon celebration, “Celebrating God’s Present Care for us,” at 2:30 p.m. The Bragg Singing Family will perform at the 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. services. The Gospel Echoes will perform during the 2:30 p.m. service. The evening celebration will begin at 6 p.m., with congregational singing and Holy Communion. Victory Chapel Assembly of God Church is located at 14323 State Hwy. 110, north of New Summerfield. Pastor Michael Gillen, Sr. can be reached at 903-312-3064.

Friendship Baptist Celebrates 133 Years

Homecoming will be celebrated at Friendship Baptist Church in the Corine community near Jacksonville on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. Bro. Phillip Warren, former pastor, will be the featured speaker, and the services will include congregational and special music led by Tracy Terry and will be followed by a covered dish lunch.

Friendship Baptist Church was admitted into the Cherokee County Missionary Baptist Association on Oct. 11, 1873, and has served the surrounding area and supported missionaries from Cherokee County to the far reaches of the world. Worship services have been housed in various buildings from a log cabin to the present modern comfortable facilities. Baptisms have been conducted in the Neches River, Carey Lake, creeks, streams, sister churches in Jacksonville and in the church’s own baptistery for many people beginning a life of worship and service to God. Some members have served as long as 50-85 years at this church.

Many pastors down through the years have been educated at Jacksonville College and BMA Theological Seminary while serving at Friendship and several have become well known in all areas of BMA work, particularly in missions and evangelism. A large number of present and former members attended the Corine School, which was located near the church. Friendship has been the starting place for many marriages during its history. Corine Cemetery documents family names from the early days of the community and upkeep of the cemetery is provided by donations and memorials.

Sweet Union plans Vacation Bible School

Horace Williams, pastor of Sweet Union Baptist Church, will hold a Vacation Bible School from 6-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the church, 302 N. Main St. in Jacksonville. The theme of the week will be “Power on with Jesus,” based on Acts 1:8. Kindergarten through adult classes will be held, and everyone is welcome. Family night will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 9. For more information, call 903-586-4578.

Rocky Springs celebrates 158th year

Rocky Springs Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 158th Anniversary Homecoming with services from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. Dinner will be served under the arbor at noon, following by singing in the sanctuary. Vacation Bible School will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 12-16.

‘Purity’ study offered for pre-teens at Sunset Baptist

A special study on “purity” for all children grades 3-6 will be offered at Sunset Baptist Church, 1720, S. Bolton St., Jacksonville, beginning Wednesday evening, June 7, at 7 p.m. and concluding Aug. 30. The study is based on two books that address this very important topic — “The Princess and the Kiss” and “The Squire and the Scroll” written by Jennie Bishop and Susan Henson. The girls will be taught by Mrs. Judy Dykes and Mrs. Glenda Hutcheson, and the boys will be taught by Jerry Watters, minister of music and education. All parents interested in enrolling their children in this study will have to indicate their permission for this study. They do not have to be a member of Sunset. The study is open to all children grades 3-6 (this past year.) For more information, call the church office at 903-586-9431.