Thanks to the efforts of John & Anne Scoggins the 2013 MSC Retreat was a great blessing!
The two day retreat in York, ME was well represented by Vermont, as… Dwain & Sarah Killough, Jerry & Cheryl Frey, Johnnie & Lahoma Loar, Frank & Terry Rothe, Doug & Carol Parker all attended. The accommodations were great at the Union Bluff hotel. The Lord is doing great things in New England! It was great to spend time in prayer and hearing the reports of those who serve in various ministries.
Frank and Terry Rothe enjoy breakfast.
Nubble Light House at York, ME
Introduction to Christian Ethics:
A study of the ethical principles of the bible and Christian responsibility in contemporary society, focusing on such issues as human sexuality, economics, human relations, politics, abortion, euthanasia, world hunger, capital punishment, and medical issues. One unit deals with ethical decision making.
Textbook: Ethics for a brave, new world, John S. Feinberg, and Paul D. Feinberg.
Cost for course credit (with books) $179.00
Cost for course credit (without books) $144.00
Cost without course credit – cost of textbook
Starting the first week in May – Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Class consists of eight sessions and will meet at The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph.
Contact Pastor George Sweet for more information on these courses,
(802) 728-5318, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Johnnie and Lahoma Loar
Johnnie and Lahoma Loar, MSC Missionaries with the North American Mission Board celebrated 60 years of marriage on February 27. They are natives of Texas and have been serving on the Staff or the Green Mountain Baptist Association since 2001.
Their interest in Vermont began in 1984 on their first vacation trip to the Green Mountains. Between 1984 and 2001 they continued to serve in their home church, Wedgwood Baptist in Fort Worth although they returned year after year to vacation in Vermont as their hearts were drawn to Vermont’s people and the beauty of the state. As they left after each vacation, they would comment to each other, “wouldn’t it be great after we retire, that God would allow us to come up here to do some kind of ministry.” They retired from their secular jobs in 1996 and 1999. After Johnnie’s bout with cancer in 2000, the Lord gave them the desire of their hearts and He called then to serve as Mission Mobilization Coordinators with the GMBA.
The Loars have two grown children; a daughter, Cyndi who lives with her husband, Walen in Buckeye, AZ. He is the Associate Pastor and Church Administrator of First Southern Baptist Church in Buckeye. They have three children; two of which have families and have given Papa John and Gram, as they are known, seven great grandchildren. Cyndi and Walen’s third son is a college student in Arizona. The Loar’s son Scott is the Associate Pastor and Music and Student Minister at Central Baptist Church in Evadale, TX. He and his wife Jill have two sons, both in the military.
Since coming to Vermont Johnnie and Lahoma have worked with the pastors and their congregations to help them make contacts with churches around the country to provide needed resources for outreach, construction and other needs. Visiting and encouraging pastors is another part of their assignment they love to do. “What a wonderful gift God has given us, not only to be a part of the wonderful Christian community in Vermont but the great, long time friendships God has allowed us to have over the years with the churches in other parts of the country,” Johnnie said. Lahoma comments, “We continue to be excited about what God is doing in and through His faithful servants in the Green Mountain Baptist Association and are blessed to be a part of them.”
Pastor Matt Dunavant and Family
A brief family bio…
Matt began his ministry at Faith Community Church in Barre on March 3. Matt and Stacey Dunavant have been married for 21 years. They have three children; Meredith, 16, Madison 10 and Matthew Ray 9. Matt and Stacey met in an Arkansas high school and became high school sweethearts in 1986. Both attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and married while sophomores. They have been in the ministry since the beginning of their life together. Matt served as pastor of several churches throughout college and seminary. After completion of seminary at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary they moved to Pensacola, Florida, where Matt pastored Calvary Baptist Church for 7 years. The Dunavant family has spent the last 6 ½ years serving as International Mission Board missionaries in Cairo, Egypt. Through a series of God ordained events, He has brought them back to the United States. Faith Community Church is thrilled that God has placed them here.
Greetings from the Streets!
We had a great time of ministry over the Christmas season. Quite a few of the homeless folks we have been ministering to had a chance to go home and be with family, many of them for the first time in years. Nine of our folks have been clean and sober for over a year, and have given God the glory for this.
We gave out 400 Bibles
We gave out 812 $10.00 Bruegger Bagels gift Cards and over 500 McDonald’s gift cards.
We also gave out 202 bags of groceries.
100 pairs of new underwear, 200 pairs of gloves, 300 pairs of new socks.
Some of the most exciting thing for me was to see the amazing Bible discussions regarding the birth of Christ, why Jesus had to come and what God means to us. Quite a few expressed gratitude that they experienced God’s love and guidance this past year.
We are coming into the coldest and worst part of winter, and we will continue to be available to those who call the streets home. I want to thank everyone who has supported us this past year, we can’t do this without you.
Your Missionary to the streets,
Rev. David Russell, Pastor/Director
Burlington Street Ministries
112 Northgate, Burlington, VT 05408
Lyandon Warren has been appointed by NAMB to fill the newly created position of Church Planting Catalyst for the state of Vermont. Lyandon continues to serve as lead pastor / elder of the new church plant in Poultney. Lyandon is a graduate of North Greenville University and is currently completing his Masters at Southern Seminary.
Lyandon has been serving in Vermont since 2007 and initially planted a new church in West Pawlet, VT and has assisted in church plants in Arlington and East Hubbardton.
Pray for Lyandon and Kim as they adjust to this new position and move to their new home in Poultney, VT where their latest church plant is located (1232 Eat Main St Poultney, VT 05764). Visit vermontchurchplanting.com for more info about church planting in Vermont!