Elkin Baptist Association
Sunday, April 14, 2024

A Missionary's Corner

 

   What a beautiful season we are currently in! Trees and flowers are blooming, grass is growing, and everything is just beautiful.  This season reminds us of the new life we have in Jesus Christ.  Isn’t it wonderful how God has laid all this out.  Everything is blooming and coming to life as churches are celebrating the resurrected life of Jesus Christ.  Jesus became the prefect sacrifice for the sins of man.  What LOVE!  The cross that Jesus died on is a major part of what Easter is about but it is not the only part.  Yes, Jesus intense punishment and suffering He endure because He willingly paid the price for our sins shows us how much God loved us.  Our victory has come because God called His Son out of that grave three days after His death on the cross.  As we view with our eyes this beautiful season, we call spring, it reminds us of the new life we have in Christ Jesus.  Because He lives, for those who place their faith in Christ Jesus as God’s Son, has received new life in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).  Every year God reminds us who we are in Christ Jesus as we see everything coming to life and blooming out.  We are reminded we have a new life in Christ.  Just as the flowers and trees have a purpose and season so does each believer in Jesus Christ have a purpose.  This new season that has now come upon each of us may we live out our purpose in Jesus Christ for God’s glory. 

    Allow me to take a moment and express my gratitude and thanks to Rev. Larry McCoy and his wife Charlot.  We are most grateful for the work they both have done as leading our churches of Elkin Baptist Association.  As we shared with you in our last newsletter Charlot has been facing many health issues over several months.  As these health issues have continued to increase Rev. Larry McCoy made the Administrative Leadership Team aware of his retirement on March 5 and to become effective on March 7, 2024.  Larry realized his most important ministry at this current time is the care and treatment his wife needs to receive.  Charlot’s health has continued to decline and Larry needed to decade his time and love to his spouse.  Our hearts were sad to hear he was stepping aside but we all fully understood and support his decision to step aside and focus his attention on his bride.  I do ask if you would continue to pray for both Charlot and Larry during this season of their life. 

   Finally let me encourage you to put on your calendar our Semi-Annual Associational Meeting on April 25, 2024 and make every effort to be present.  We are grateful to Elkin Valley Baptist Church for hosting this meeting.  We have many exciting things to share with our churches and inform you of our process of moving forward as an Association of churches.  God is doing some great things among our churches and we want to celebrate that together.

   Remember Elkin Baptist Association is a group of church ON MISSIONS TOGETHER to grow the Kingdom of God and bring Him Glory.

 

Respectfully Submitted

Rev. Jeff Collins – Moderator