Cherokee Baptist Association - Centre, Alabama
Cherokee Baptist Association
Thursday, June 29, 2017

From The Director's Heart

            Wendell Dutton - Associational Missionary

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

 June/July 2017

   . . . Connecting with families through VBS! . . .   

     Another school year has come to an end and summer is just around the corner.  That means it is time for Vacation Bible School!  Across the years, VBS has changed quite a bit and the way we do VBS has changed as well.  However, there are some things about VBS that have not changed and must never change — the core principles of VBS:   it is a full-filled activity provided by the local church    designed for kids of all ages; to teach the Bible, share the Gospel, and connect with families.          
     The LifeWay theme this year:  “Galactic Starveyors,” is so relevant, timely, and  personal.  Based on Colossians 1:15-16, children, youth, and adults will be “Discovering the God of the Universe.”  Each day’s lesson will teach us about the character of God and that He desires to have a personal relationship with each individual.      
Day 1 The Relationship Began - tells us the God who created everything wants a relationship with us.
Day 2 The Relationship Broken - reminds us that sin messed everything up, but God is still in control.
Day 3 The Restoration Promised - points out God sent His Son, Jesus to be the Savior of the World.
Day  4 The Relationship Restored - we  learn  the  wonderful  news  that Jesus gave His life to save us from our sin.
Day 5 The Relationship Continues - teaches us that even though we mess up, God still loves us and will never leave us.         
These are tremendous life changing lessons!
     It is my prayer that whatever curriculum you choose to use, that you will give your best effort, and God will certainly bless it.  If I, or any of our Association VBS Team members can help you in any way, please contact me.  Thank you for all you do to reach kids, teens, and even adults through the wonderful ministry of VBS.                    
                                              Bro. Wendell    
                                               Colossians 1:15-16



May 1, 2017

I want to thank all of our churches who participated in “Sharing Across Cherokee County.”  The reports we have received from our churches have been very positive.  Through this evangelistic effort, more than 7,000 gospel packets were distributed to homes all across our county. 

    The goal of “Sharing Across Cherokee County:”
1) Praying over every home in our community 
2) Sharing a gospel witness with each of those homes 
3) Harvesting, seeing many of those people come to our
churches       on Easter, and most importantly, see people trust Christ as their     Savior. 

An important component of this effort was seeing our churches
re-engage their communities with the gospel.  It is an absolute must that our churches identify with and engage our communities in order to win them to Christ.  So, we must now continue our efforts by following up with those folks we prayed for, shared with, and attended our churches.    
During the month of May there are three very significant days we focus on:  Mother’s Day, Graduation Day, and Memorial Day. 

On May 14, we will honor our mothers.  I believe that godly mothers are a treasure from the Lord and a real anchor in the home.  We should thank God every day for
our mothers and pray for them. 

Another very important day this month is Graduation Day.  All across our area, hundreds of young individuals will be graduating from high school and college.  It is important that we pray for them as they move into the next chapter of their life. 

Then, on May 29, we will observe Memorial Day.  This is the day we remember and pay tribute to those veterans who served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can continue to experience the great freedom we have. 
Finally, the week of May 21-28, is Associational Missions Emphasis Week. This is a time when we focus on the ministry and great value of our local churches working in partnership to expand the Kingdom of God.   
The days ahead will have many challenges; but, they will also provide us with far more opportunities to work together to accomplish great things for the glory of God and the good of our churches.  Thank you for giving me the tremendous privilege of serving as your associational missionary. 
                                                     Bro. Wendell         
                                                     Habakkuk 1:5