DOERS OF THE WORD

ECBM Circuit of Baptist Churches
P.O. Box 2678  St. John’s  Antigua & Barbuda
E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.baptistantigua.org
Dr. Hensworth W. C. Jonas, Presiding Elder
Vol. XXIV, No. 09
GIVE THANKS!
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ
Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
November 30, 2014
 Pastor Roger Skepple will preach at the
8:00 a.m. service at the Covenant Baptist
Church (Friars Hill Road) .
 Pastor Keelan Atkinson will preach at the
The Spirit of God teaches the souls of believers this
lesson of thankfulness. David’s heart was tuned to the praises of
8:00 a.m. service at the Tyrells Baptist
God, and it is important that thankfulness is encouraged and
Church (Tyrells Main Road) and also at the
practised under the gospel also.
10:00 a.m. service at the Central Baptist
Thanksgiving demonstrates a spiritual and noble frame
Church (Radio Range).
of the soul in the highest pitch of grace. The Lord Jesus taught us
 Pastor Roger Skepple will also preach at the
thankfulness both by pattern and precept, and He thanked God
Joint Gospel Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the
frequently and fervently. Even when He was to eat common
Central Baptist Church (Radio Range).
bread, He gave thanks (Mark 8:6). The nine lepers were reproved
for their unthankfulness (Luke 17:17-18). Thankfulness is the
worship we owe God for all that we have and are (1 Cor. 15:10).
We live precariously, and are always at God’s mercy. God in His
sovereignty might have never made us; or, He could have
crushed us into nothing as soon as we were made, for, ‘has the
potter no right over the clay?’ (Rom. 9:21). Every moment we
depend upon Him, and all we have are gifts from Him (Acts 17:25).
His power over us is absolute and infinite. To this Sovereign we
owe all, and therefore we owe Him our thanks. ‘For from him and
through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever.
Amen’ (Rom. 11:36).
Christians have innumerable and invaluable spiritual
mercies (1 Pet. 1:3-4). The decree to send Jesus for poor sinners,
the opening of a fountain of grace, the making and ratifying of the
covenant of grace, His precious promises, with all other choice
gospel privileges of grace and glory, of God’s all sufficiency, and
the infinite merit and righteousness of the Son upon the cross—
all of these deserve a suitable and proportionate gift of thanks
and blessing from us, both here and in heaven. ‘Because your
steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you’
(Psa. 63:3).
~William Cooper~
Congratulations
Central Baptist Church
49th Anniversary
&
Tyrells Baptist Church
22nd Anniversary
FAMILY NEWS—Vol. XXIV, No. 09
Website: www.baptistantigua.org
November 30, 2014
PASTOR KEELAN ATKINSON

Noonday Prayer Ministry
We meet for prayer at Central from 12 noon to
1 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. All are welcomed
to join us.
 Your request will be the focus of our prayers at
each Noonday Prayer Meeting.
 The e-mail address for this is
[email protected]
Pray without ceasing. —1 Thessalonians 5:17
Sunday School Adult & Youth Reading
Prepare for next week…
Series: “CONNECTED—MY LIFE IN THE CHURCH”
Study # 3—Connected in Growth (Ephesians 4:11-16) [Beginning]
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that
needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.
—II Timothy 2:15
~2nd~
Jordan Lawrence - Central
~3rd~
Sis. Iola Charles - Tyrells
Ridjyna Chery - Tyrells
~4th~
Sis. Adelpher Browne - Central
Sis. Genella Walcott - Tyrells
~6th~
Bro. Edy Amisial - Central
Pastor Keelan Atkinson is
originally from St. Louis,
Missouri, USA. He is the
founding pastor of the Word
Fellowship Reformed Baptist
Church of Greensboro, North
Carolina, USA, a church that
was established eight years
ago. He is a graduate of
Missouri Baptist University and Covenant Theological
Seminary. He and his wife, Brenda, have one child, Kloé.
PASTOR ROGER SKEPPLE
Pastor Roger Skepple was born in
Antigua & Barbuda. As an infant,
his family migrated to Canada. He
moved to the USA for his tertiary
education at Liberty University and
Dallas Theological Seminary. He is
the author of four self-published
books: Doctrines of Grace, From
God to Man, Foundations for Spiritual Growth, and
Overcoming Life's Challenges. He is the Senior Pastor of
the Berean Bible Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
He and his wife, Teresa, have four children: Roger II,
Jennifer, Nathaniel and Sarah.
We are pleased to welcome them to our churches and
nation “where land and sea make beauty.”
The LORD hath done great
things for us; whereof we are glad.
Psalm 126:3
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Website: www.baptistantigua.org
MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS
1. HARVEST GOSPEL MEETINGS
There will be 4 nights of biblical preaching in our series of
Gospel meetings. The first meeting begins this evening at
6:00 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church (Radio Range).
The meetings continue on Monday night at Covenant Baptist
Church (Friar’s Hill Road) at 7:00 p.m., and on Tuesday
night at Tyrells Baptist Church (Tyrells Main Road) at
7:00 p.m. On Wednesday night, we are back at the Central
Baptist Church (Radio Range) at 7:00 p.m. Each member is
encouraged to bring as many persons as they can to each
meeting. The goal is to have at least one guest at each service. Remember, we must attempt great things for God
and expect great things from God.
2. HARVEST DINNER
All members and guests of the ECBM Circuit of Baptist
Churches are invited to a free dinner after this morning’s service of each local church. The dinner begins at 11:30 a.m. for
the Tyrells Baptist Church and also the Covenant Baptist
Church, but it will be served at 12:30 p.m. at the Central
Baptist Church. All are welcomed to this time of fellowship
and thanksgiving.
3. OPEN AIR MEETING
Please be advised that the Baptist Academy Steel Ensemble,
and the Drama & Dance Ministry of the East Caribbean Baptist Mission will be presenting an evening of steel pan music
and sacred dance and drama on Friday, December 5, 2014
at the Ottos Basketball Court (Ottos Village) at 7:00 p.m.
Please pray that the Lord will be glorified and that He will work
mightily in all aspects of this meeting.
4. ECBM FACEBOOK PAGE
All members are advised that a Facebook Page has been
published for the East Caribbean Baptist Mission. Everyone is
encouraged to visit this page and click “like” on the page. You
will receive regular updates on the work of the ministry from
this page.
5. EVANGELISM THRUST CONTINUES
All members are encouraged to pray for and be disciplined
participants in our new evangelistic initiative. The adult Sunday School classes have been divided into teams for evangelism by appointment. The youth Sunday School classes will be
evangelizing by canvassing the island with the assistance of
their counselors and a few young adults. Let us pray for good
success in extending the Kingdom of God.
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We thank all who made an effort yesterday and look forward to
100% participation this coming Saturday
6. CHOIR REHEARSAL
All members of the Voices of Victory and the New Creation
Chorale are advised of a choir rehearsal on Saturday at 5:00p.m.
Please be punctual.
7. DRAMA & DANCE MINISTRY MEETING
All members of the ECBM Drama and Dance Ministry are advised of a rehearsal on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the Central
Baptist Church. Please be punctual.
8. NO YOUTH ACTIVITY ON FRIDAY
Due to the Open Air Meeting that is scheduled for Friday, all
youth activities will be postponed. However, next Friday, there
will be Royal Ambassadors and Acteens meetings.
3 Simple Rules For Listening to
a Sermon
It is not enough that we go to church and hear sermons. We
may do so for fifty years, and be nothing better, but rather
worse. “Take heed,” says our Lord, “how you hear.” Would
any one know how to hear properly? Then let them lay to
heart three simple rules.
1) We must hear with FAITH, believing implicitly that every
word of God is true, and shall stand. The word in old time did
not profit the Jews, since it was “not mixed with faith in those
who heard it” (Heb. 4:2).
2) We must hear with REVERENCE, remembering constantly that the Bible is the book of God. This was the habit
of the Thessalonians. They received Paul’s message, “not as
the word of men, but the word of God” (1 Thess. 2:13).
3) We must hear with PRAYER, praying for God’s blessing
before the sermon is preached, praying for God’s blessing
again when the sermon is over. Here lies the grand defect of
the hearing of many. They ask no blessing, and so they have
none. The sermon passes through their minds like water
through a leaky vessel, and leaves nothing behind.
► Summary:
Let us bear these rules in mind every Sunday morning, before
we go to hear the Word of God preached. Let us not rush into
God’s presence careless, reckless, and unprepared, as if it
mattered not in what way such work was done. Let us carry
with us faith, reverence, and prayer. If these three are our
companions, we will hear with profit, and return with praise.
~ J.C. Ryle ~
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Sun. 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Website: www.baptistantigua.org
Sovereign Grace Hour (ABS TV)
Worship: Tyrells & Covenant
Sunday School: Central
Sunday School: Tyrells & Covenant
Worship: Central
Harvest Dinner: Tyrells & Covenant
Harvest Dinner: Central
Gospel Meeting: Central
Mon. 12:00 p.m. Noonday Prayer Meeting
7:00 p.m. Gospel Meeting: Covenant
Tues. 12:00 p.m. Noonday Prayer Meeting
3:00 p.m. Sovereign Grace Hour (ALR 103.9 FM)
7:00 p.m. Gospel Meeting: Tyrells
Wed. 12:00 p.m. Noonday Prayer Meeting
7:00p.m. Gospel Meeting: Central
Thurs. 12:00 p.m. Noonday Prayer Meeting
6:00 p.m. Drama/Dance Rehearsal: Central
Fri.
9:00 a.m. Sovereign Grace Hour (ALR 103.9 FM)
12:00 p.m. Noonday Prayer Meeting
7:00 p.m. Open Air Meeting: Ottos Basketball Court
Sat. 12:00 p.m. Noonday Prayer Meeting
3:00 p.m. Church-wide Evangelism: All Churches
5:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal: VOV & NCC
ECBM DIRECTORY
Central Baptist Church
Tyrells Baptist Church
Covenant Baptist Church
Baptist Academy
Baptist Retreat Centre
462-2894
460-3557
561-4022
462-2894
463-8801
Eldership
Hensworth W. C. Jonas (Presiding)
Ivor J. Walker (Associate)
Orvin D. E. Paige (Associate)
Joshua M. Jonas (Staff Associate)
771-4888
764-1491
464-1014
728-9556
Diaconate
David S. Jarvis (Chairman)
Earl W. F. Skerritt
Ian J. Blair
John Patrick Tomlinson
464-7477
722-4313
773-1061
786-7957
November 30, 2014
GENERAL MINISTRY NEEDS
Elders, Deacons, and their families
Baptist Academy of Antigua
E.C.B.M. Ministries & Staff
Evangelistic Ministries
“Sovereign Grace Hour” (ABS TV & Abundant Life Radio)
CHURCH FAMILY
HEALTH: Dr. Hensworth W. C. Jonas, Sis. Ann-Marie Pilgrim,
Sis. Jean Edwards, Bro. Nigel Pilgrim, Sis. Rosalind Ferris,
Sis. Paula Skerritt, Sis. Cassilda Williams, Sis. Monica
Gardener, Sis. Pamela Walcott, Sis. Juliette Smith,
Sis. Jasmine Jarvis, Sis. Priya Jattan, Sis. Nelseta Gordon
PRIVATE CONCERNS: Bro. Ernest Davis, Sis. Judy Edwards,
Sis. Genevieve Leo, Bro. Sherwin & Sis. Nicole Parker
THANKSGIVING: Sis. Judy Edwards, Sis. Genevieve Leo, Bro.
Sherwin & Sis. Nicole Parker, Sis. Yvonne Lee, Sis. Chanda
Benjamin, Sis, Shereese Mack, Sis, Dianne Joseph
SAFETY IN PREGNANCY: Sis. Suzette Dowdie, Sis. Jo-Ann Paige
NEW MEMBERS: Bro. Olrich Chery, Sis, Briana Griffith,
Sis. Stacey Hector, Sis. Rickeshia Willock, Sis. Priya Jattan,
Sis. Marian Locker, Sis. Nadine Fils Aime, Bro. Jonathan
Wehner, Bro. Ernst Pierre-Louis, Sis. Benjy Chery,
Sis. Aminata Joseph, Sis. Jenee Henry, Sis. Shinel Leo
WATCH CARE: Sis. Irene Jonas, Sis. Diana Richards,
Bro. Charles Richards
SHUT IN: Sis. Enid Matthew, Sis. Edith McCoy
OTHER CONCERNS
SAVING GRACE: Lynda Davis, Asheka Davis, Vivian Mason,
Dedra Mason, Kezron lewis, Deondre Mason, Lorraine
Mason, Clairfoster Lewis, Jamol Pilgrim, Curtis Paige,
Michelle Paige, Dion Andrew, Vaughn Aska, Jamol Andrew,
Marius Andrew, J’Quan Aska, Desmond Spencer, Xavier
Joseph, Alvin Valcin, Kenmore James, Dian James, Delta
Samuel, Grantley Edwards, Martina Edwards, Ajani Dowdie,
Clibert Hector, Ayesha Charles, Xadrian Joseph, Xena
Joseph, Sinclaire Joseph, George Browne, Khalid Browne,
Hamadi Browne, Chelsea Barlow, Chikaede Barlow, Yvette
Henry, Brian Williams, Latanyce Williams, Kurt Spencer,
Cherisse James, Theo Blair, Art Bazilio, Egan Bazilio
NEW MEMBER APPLICANTS: Esther René (Central), Trishel
Wetherill (Covenant), Jonathas René (Central), Rivert René
(Central—Restoration), Akeel Jarvis (Central)
Pray without ceasing. I Thessalonians 5:17
Pre-school — Ecclesiastes 12:14
Elementary — Deuteronomy 29:29
Secondary & Adults — Hebrews 12:1-2
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