Cherokee Baptist Association - Centre, Alabama
Cherokee Baptist Association
Friday, April 19, 2019

From The Director's Heart

            Wendell Dutton - Association Missionary

                              Partnership Principle:  
              "We work best when we work together
                and we do best what we do together."

April 2019

   I want to briefly highlight and recap some of the wonderful            
     things that happened in our Association this past month.  
First of all, our churches are to be commended and thanked for the heart of generosity to the Children’s Home. On March 6, we delivered 15,300 pounds of food items, collected by all 39 of our churches, to the Children’s Home in Oxford. There were gift cards and checks of $1,800 given also. This is phenomenal! 
Next, our Pastor/Deacon/Spouse Banquet, held March 9 at Friendship BC, was well attended. Bro. Mike Jackson, one of our State Missionaries, did a great job encouraging and challenging us to be servants. We appreciate Bro. Adam Cochran and the folks at Friendship for an outstanding job hosting this event.

Lastly, our Bi-Annual Meeting was held at Unity Hill on March 18.  Bro. Joe Witcher and the members there did a great job hosting. It was a really good meeting as the attendance was up from previous years and there was a sweet fellowship. Our association leaders presented a number of encouraging reports, and the messengers approved the Nominating Committee Report as well as other business matters. A copy of the proposed amended Constitution and By-Laws was presented by Mr. Chad Hopper. This document will be reviewed and discussed at the upcoming May and July Executive Committee Meetings. If agreed upon, it will be voted on at the Annual Meeting in October. Bro. Mark Cosby, pastor at Cedar Bluff First BC, preached our Bi-Annual Meeting message. He did a tremendous job! Preaching from Joshua 24:15, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” Bro. Mark challenged and       reminded us that revival and revitalization begins with our personal relationship with God. Thank you Bro. Mark for allowing the Holy Spirit to use you in such a remarkable way.

On April 21, we as believers, will celebrate the greatest event in human history and the very centerpiece of the Christian message: Jesus is alive! As we celebrate Easter, may we remember that Jesus’ death on that cruel Roman cross was the greatest act of love and sacrifice the world has ever known. The Cross forever stands as the symbol of our salvation and is the only way to get to Heaven. In His resurrection, He conquered death, hell, and the grave. We have this glorious hope, “Because I live, ye shall live also,” John 14:19. Hallelujah, what a Savior! Indeed, we are a people of hope, a living hope found only in Jesus. So, as we celebrate Easter, let us live out and share that hope before a world that is desperately searching for real hope.    
Bro. Wendell
                                              I Corinthians 15:1-4

MARCH 2019

               The month of March is a very busy month with                
          three very important associational events coming up.    

   First, our Pastor/Wife & Deacon /Wife Banquet at Friendship BC, March 9, at 6:00 PM. This will be a wonderful time of instruction, inspiration, and encouragement. Bro. Mike Jackson, one of our State Missionaries, will be speaking, focusing on the critical biblical role of deacon ministry. Bro. Mike has done several events for us across the years and is always well received as he does a great job of encouraging people. Please get your registration in to the associational office and don’t miss this opportunity.

   Secondly, the messengers from our churches will gather at Unity Hill BC, March 18, at 7:00 PM, for our Bi-Annual Meeting. Bro. Mark Cosby, Pastor at Cedar Bluff First BC, will be preaching. His message will center on church revitalization which continues to be the great need of churches, not just in our association, but all across the Southern Baptist Convention. The Nominating Committee will present their report for the election of associational leaders. Also, our By-Laws and Constitution Committee will present the proposed revised copy of the By-Laws and Constitution. This proposed document will be given out to the messengers for viewing as the first step toward voting on them at our 2019 October Annual Meeting.

   Thirdly, I am very excited about an event we have never done before, an Associational Men’s Ministry Breakfast (also known as Brotherhood), at New Bethel BC, March 31, at 7:00 AM. Bro. Scotty Goldman, another one of our State Missionaries, will be with us    sharing about the many mission opportunities that are available for churches of all sizes. This will be a great time of fellowship as we gather to have breakfast and learn how we can be more involved in missions.

   Well, as I said earlier, March is going to be a very busy month, but, it will also be a very good and productive month as we take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that are presented to us.

   Thank you so much for your prayers and support as we serve together in this tremendous partnership of associational missions.
     Bro. Wendell
               II Corinthians 3:18