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   Pastor John Harms Phone:  620-438-2563
   E-Mail:  fbcburden@sktc.net Ministers:  Members, Family and Friends
  VOL 1,     ISSUE 3   September 2009
 

Look at what God’s done!

124 years ago a group of caring Christians founded a church in the middle of a field here in Burden KS.  I don’t think they ever imagined the impact their congregation would have on literally hundreds of churches and tens of thousands of individuals all across the Midwest and the world.  That humble church, by the grace of God, went on to become the first Southern Baptist Church in the state of Kansas and helped create the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptist.  That church also helped establish our local association, based in Winfield.  “That” church is, of course, our church.
Recently the South-Central Kansas Association of Southern Baptist realized that God was growing our churches and that we needed better office space in order to continue to equip our churches!  By the grace of God, and the hard work of so many; the new building was completed earlier this year.  However there is still a few minor odds and ends to finish up on the grounds (like a parking lot) and a few debts to finish paying on the building itself.  All in all the association needs $26,000 to completely finish and pay off this fantastic new facility.  Since it was our church that established our association I thought you should be made aware of this opportunity to financially free our association in order to focus on God’s Kingdom, rather than a mortgage payment.  If you have any questions on the progress or would like to make a donation please contact Mary Jo at the Associational office at 620-221-3988.
As Christ was faithful, so may we be.
 
 I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.
John 17:4 (HCSB)
 
In Christ,
Pastor John
 

Back Row: Marsha Pate, New Hope Neighbor, Lloyd Stuckey, Brad McMinn, Chris Mackey Walt Pate, Janet Goad, New Hope Member, Pastor Babe Standerfer  Front Row: Riley Bair, Pastor John Harms, Kori Goad, Stephanie and Steve Mackey, Judy Colvin

 

 
 

Lodgepole, Nebraska, on a Sunday in July 2009.
124 years ago a group of caring Christians founded a church in the middle of a field here in Burden KS.  I don’t think they ever imagined the impact their congregation would have on literally hundreds of churches and tens of thousands of individuals all across the Midwest and the world.  That humble church, by the grace of God, went on to become the first Southern Baptist Church in the state of Kansas and helped create the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptist.  That church also helped establish our local association, based in Winfield.  “That” church is, of course, our church.
Recently the South-Central Kansas Association of Southern Baptist realized that God was growing our churches and that we needed better office space in order to continue to equip our churches!  By the grace of God, and the hard work of so many; the new building was completed earlier this year.  However there is still a few minor odds and ends to finish up on the grounds (like a parking lot) and a few debts to finish paying on the building itself.  All in all the association needs $26,000 to completely finish and pay off this fantastic new facility.  Since it was our church that established our association I thought you should be made aware of this opportunity to financially free our association in order to focus on God’s Kingdom, rather than a mortgage payment.  If you have any questions on the progress or would like to make a donation please contact Mary Jo at the Associational office at 620-221-3988.
With confidence in the rightness of our journey, twelve pilgrims and one guest set forth for   Convinced of the rightness of our mission, God’s affirmation of our trip was not long in coming.  Pastor John, Walt Pate, and Chris Mackey were the vanguards of the trip, guiding our caravan up the four-lane highway to Salina.  On the south side of Salina, God called us to make a detour.  It was here that Pastor John’s van lost its transmission, but our South American visitor made connections with a fellow Spanish-speaking, God-fearing family from her own country.  How awesome is that!
The timing was so miraculous we knew it was a God-thing from the moment the family came over and offered our fellow traveler a ride to the truck stop on the north side of Salina.
Before our encounter with the family was over, they had offered our traveler a ride all the way to where she needed to go and to loan us a van for a week.  Pastor John decided if we sat closer together, we might not be as comfortable; but we could all fit into two vehicles.  So after a three hour delay and a supper break, we were off again.
We arrived in Lodgepole around mid-night.  After calling RJ and Marty, we made our way to various locations to spend what remained of the night.  Lloyd Stuckey had set a time of 6:30 for us to meet at the church the next morning and begin our task of tearing off the old roof.  When we got to the church, Babe Sandifer was already there wondering why we hadn’t gotten there sooner.  Quickly we began to tear off shingles from the north and the west side.  Old hands, Babe and Lloyd were the first ones on the peak of the roof as Riley, Chris, Steve, Brad, and Pastor John got their “sea legs” under them.  Much was accomplished on the first day before the entire crew tiredly hit the hay for an even earlier start the second morning.
The second day found the roofing crew painting the cross and shingling the bell tower and the west side of the church.  By the end of the day, the scaffolding had to be moved to the east side, the guttering removed, the shingles torn off the east side, and end board nailed in place on the end of the rafters.  The crew worked until they could see no more so they would be ready to tackle the east side by light of day.  Lloyd and Babe found other things to do as well.  They ran errands for the roofers, fixed electrical outlets and lights for the church, and any other thing they could find to do.  The ladies, except for Stephanie, spent much of the day inside the church sorting used clothing for Marty and the church’s out-reach ministry, or helping Stephanie pick up shingles.
On the third day, the roofing crew finished painting the cross and shingling the bell tower.  They began to re-shingle the east side.  That night RJ and Marty had planned a community hot dog feed to thank the workers, welcome the community, and celebrate the completion of the job.  Just as we were about to finish the job, the roofers ran out of ridge row shingles with only nine feet to go.  There were no more to be had in the country.  One of the locals went to the lumberyard in town and brought the men enough to finish on Thursday morning.  The shingles were not an exact match, but so close no one could tell from the ground.
The Wednesday evening activities were fun.  The music ministry at the Lodgepole church provided music.  The congregants provided food.  We ended up with praise, prayer, hugs, good-byes, thank you's and smores around a bond fire.
We were all excited to be finished on Thursday morning and on our way home, but we had all had an exciting adventure.  The church at Lodgepole is small, and RJ and Marty were feeling discouraged because they could not get the church insured without a new roof.  They were thinking of holding church in their home but that has changed now!  RJ and Marty have a wonderful ministry in Lodgepole as well as with their extended family.  Their lives are not easy, and they work long hours doing what God has called them to do.  We were happy for the opportunity to make life easier for them.  They treated us so well, and we were well fed three times a day.  We became acquainted with several of their members.  All in all, the journey to Lodgepole was a very satisfying experience.  Kori and Riley were valuable members of our team.  Riley saved our men many trips up and down the scaffolding.   Even though Walt couldn’t work on the roof, he was an inspiration to us as we knew he wanted to participate and he taught Pastor John how to determine the pitch of a roof.  Marsha, Janet, and I sorted lots of clothes, picked up shingles and nails.  Stephanie was everywhere, doing whatever needed to be done.  She is truly work brittle.  Brad, Pastor John, Riley, Chris, and Steve worked extremely hard, and Lloyd and Babe were incredible and an inspirational to us all.

By Judy Colvin
You can see the video at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCxVcH-xEOA or search for
“Lodgepole 2009 Burden Mission”
 
BIBLE STUDY TEACHERS FOR FBC FOR THE NEW CHURCH YEAR
Fellowship Class United Effort Sr. High Youth Judy Colvin/Steve Mackey
Homemakers Class Jaurene Lauppe Jr. High Youth Betsy Atkins
Winsom Class Ann Alexander 4th-6th Grade Cheri Colvin
Men’s Class Travis Lowe 1st-3rd Grade Judy Lawson
Young Adults Gaye Mackey 3 yrs – Kindergarten Stephanie Mackey and
      Lorri Lowe
 
SUNDAY NIGHT LEADERS
Youth Group Leader Steve Mackey/Amanda Harms
TeadKID Director Judy Lawson
TeamKID Assistant Mica Bohannan
TeamKID Assistant Autumn Crawford
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND CHURCH OFFICERS AND ASSISTANTS
Sunday School Director --- Music Director Amanda Harms
Sunday School Secretary Mica Bohannan Asst Music Director Gaye Mackey
Asst. Sunday School Dir. Wanda Mackey Organist Wanda Mackey
Church Clerk Betsy Atkins Pianist Denise Wood
Church Treasurer Kim Bair Asst Pianist Gaye Mackey
Asst Church Treasurer Betsy Atkins Trustee, Chair Melissa Fraley
Vacation Bible School Director Amanda Harms and
Lorri Lowe
Trustee
Trustee
Bob Lawson
Ron Cannon
Nursery Director Christen Rierson    
       
Please say “THANK YOU” To these members who will put a lot of time and effort to serve
as they have been called.
 
Mary’s Testimony
The Lord has been with me through so many things in my life. The most recent and powerful one is when I was told I had to have a major six hour back surgery. The morning they were getting me ready for the surgery (I was praying and scared), I told my children and Bert that I loved them. I said to the Lord "Hold my hand through this." I felt it immediately and I felt it when I was fully awake. He has been with me through my recovery and is still with me.
Praise Him.
We have a wonderful and powerful Lord. Let us all Praise and Glorify Him…

Mary Otto
 
New First Baptist Church Members
 
Walt Pate 6-21-09
Emily Mackey 8-23-09
Megan Rierson 8-30-09
 
 
 
 The First Baptist Church of Burden
FBC Burden has a wonderful history. The first Baptist Church was started in 1885 and by the early 1920's we became one of, if not the, first Southern Baptist Church in the state of Kansas.

While at first we were associated with the Perry Association in Oklahoma God continued to move in our state and we were soon able to participate in fellowship with other churches in Kansas. In recognition of FBC Burden's history as one of the founding Southern Baptist churches in the state the Kansas Convention of Southern Baptists held their first meeting in November of 1945 here in the sanctuary. We have a certificate from the convention stating FBC Burden as the "Charter member of the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptist."

By 1962 the growing congregation needed more classroom space and thanks to some generous gifts the Church was able to build the annex to satisfy that need. Even to this day, nearly 50 years later, it is still considered the IInew addition" by some of our members.

My help-mate (Amanda) and I became a part of this storied church just a little over a year ago and what a joy it has been! Our children Quinlynn Sue (3) and Keagan James (2) have been "adopted" by nearly half the church. It truly is amazing to see God moving in our church and to have these wonderful people teach me how to be a shepherd (since this is my first pastorate).

While our history is rich the one thing that truly matters is how we are serving God right now. I will end with a quote that was written about the church back in 1962 in The Burden Times. IIOur church is blessed with zealous workers who are determined to carry out the foundation laid by the early day Baptists. I wonder if we are measuring up to these nobie examples that we may be added to the list of those who have built for the work of our Master."

Pastor John Harms

Friends and Family's Birthdays
September September October November
1 Carroll Harris 19 Megan Otto 4 Ashley Dwyer 3 Travis Lowe
3 Jake Lowe 19 Caitlin Mannon 5 Ruth Osborn 4 Dan Dennis
4 Tiara Baker 22 Ann Alexander 9 John Lawson 14 Dwain Lauppe
5 Melissa Fraley 27 Willeva Van Sickle 18 Levi Lowe 18 Roger Bair
5 Stephanie Mackey 28 Jason Pike 23 David Lawson 26 Kyle Lawson
8 Connie Redford     25 Wanda Mackey 26 Velma Parish
10 Jeannine Bryan         27 Charlene Mannon
14 Charlie Kimple         30 Darrin Rierson
               
M Many scriptures remind us to be about God's work daily as we go through life. James 5:11 tells us, "God is full of compassion and mercy." Ephesians 5:1 says, "Be imitators of God." That covers Missions.
I Included in our update is the Lodgepole, NB trip to put a new roof. God brought that to a successful conclusion by splitting a bad storm around the church roof and supplying enough shingles with 4 left over. Thanks to all who had a part in that. (See story)
S Serving others in time of need is important. The Hospitality Committee served dinners to two families at the loss of loved ones.
S September 26 will be a Burden celebration at the park. Snow cones, cotton candy, Bouncy house, and obstacle course will be manned by our church. Sign up and get in on the fun! Help reach out to others in the love of Jesus.
I In August, the Baptist ladies joined the Methodist group to serve a Teachers' Appreciation Dinner.   Very successful and well attended.
O October is on the way with these special activities. October 2 will be a trip to Bartlesville, OK to the Voice of the Martyrs. October 31 will be Trunk n Treats for the community. Time to pack those shoeboxes for our SHOEBOX ministry!
N Needs in our church and community are met through help in various ways: prayer chain, meal preparation, help in emergencies, helping a person get ajob, visits, calls, and cards.
S Support for Joseph's Storehouse included a monetary gift to be used for school supplies and the food pantry. These programs are distributed in our local schools and communities.
Opportunities to Serve and Fellowship
September 2009
Wednesdays: Prayer Meeting 6:30
Fridays: Quilting 9:00 AM
2nd Saturday: Women's Bible Study
  Starts 9-12-09 (Philippians) 1:00-3:00
Sunday Evenings: Team Kids starts 9-13-09 6:00
  Youth Group 6:00
  Adult Bible Study (Ephesians) 6:00
Sept 11-12: Wonderful Weekend for Women in Salina
Sept 14: Stewardship/Church Tax Seminar Douglas
Sept 23: See You at the Pole @ School
Sept 26: Burden Days
   
October 2009
Wednesdays: Prayer Meeting 6:30
Fridays: Quilting 9:00
2nd Saturday: Women's Bible Study 1:00-3:00
Sunday Evenings : Team Kids 6:00
  Youth Group 6:00
  Adult Bible Study 6:00
Oct 5: Annual South Central Assoc Meeting Augusta
Oct 12-13: KNCSB Annual Meeting Wichita
 
 November 2009
Wednesdays: Prayer Meeting 6:30
Fridays: Quilting 9:00 AM
2nd Saturday: Women's Bible Study 1:00-3:00
Sunday Evenings: Team Kids 6:00
  Youth Group 6:00
  Adult Bible Study 6:00
Nov 11: Fellowship Dinner 6:15
Nov 11: Business Meeting 7:00
   
SCASB Building Fund
Goal $100,000.00
Received to Date $106,799.68
Paid Out on Building $147,641.18
Numbers as of 6-23-09
 
I am giving my $30.00 this week.
Have you given yours?