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Vol. 60 No. 11

Newsjournal Of Kansas and Nebraska Southern Baptists

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November 2016

Changes Set
For The Digest

The Baptist Digest will discontinue its printed
version at the end of this year. The last printed
edition will be December 2016. Beginning
in 2017, we will publish an 8.5” x 11”, more
frequent, electronic version on a weekly basis.
You can receive this electronic version by
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org. The weekly version will also be embedded
on the front page of www.baptistdigest.com
You can read it there or download it to print.

Campers on Mission
Serve At Weir
Baptist Camp

Kansas-Nebraska Campers on Mission contributed
850.5 volunteer hours to Weir Baptist Camp, Weir, Kan.,
during their September work project.
The work project preceded the COM fall rally held
Sept. 23-25 at the camp. COM members helped the camp
prepare for future events, stored items for the winter
and tackled many other tasks.
A four-school, cross-country track meet was held at
the camp on Thursday evening, Sept. 22. COM members
helped with preparing for the meet, assisted with parking and operated the canteen. The meet was a huge success, and the local schools are looking to use this track
for a district-wide meet in the future.
Kansas-Nebraska Campers on Mission will host the
2019 National COM Rally. It will be held June 5-7 at
the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kan. The
theme will be “Harvesting with Jesus in the Heartland.”
The theme verse will be Matthew 9:37-38— “The harvest
is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray
earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into
HIS harvest.”
Upcoming COM events include:
n Dec. 3 — Christmas party at the Baptist Building in
Topeka, Kan.
n April 28-30, 2017— Kansas-Nebraska COM spring
rally at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.
n June 20-22, 2017— Campers on Mission National
Rally, National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds, Dothan,
Ala.
For more information about Kansas-Nebraska Campers on Mission, contact Gary Shaw, COM president, at
GSHAWSSS@aol.com

John Craighead, pastor of Jefferson Street Baptist Church, Eureka, Kansas, prayed with the re-elected
KNCSB officers as they concluded the annual meeting. See page 4 to read more.

Northern Heights Baptist Church, Norfolk, Neb., is constructing a new building where it will eventually relocate. The church held its annual Harvest Dinner/Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 18. (Photos by
Adam Lichty of Eagle40 Photography — look for Eagle40 Photography on Facebook)

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The Thought Occurred to
By Bob Mills

KNCSB Executive Director
bmills@kncsb.org

This is the time of year when we focus specifically
on thankfulness. As I am sitting at my computer, there
are so many things I am thankful for. I am thankful
for our pastors and their families, all 445 of them. I am
thankful for our Directors of Missions and Area Coordinators. I am grateful for our Church Planter Catalysts. I am thankful for our state convention staff and
their commitment to the purposes of the convention. I
am thankful for each of you, the readers, for your faithfulness to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Spend time
right now to pause and remember to be thankful.
One area of our convention ministry we should all

having the money to pave
the driveway into the conference center all the way to
the dining hall.
If you have been to Webster lately, you know the
condition of the driveway
is terrible. I know giving
money for a road is not
exciting and yet it is essential to the operation of the
facility. Thank you for your
prayerful consideration.
Happy Thanksgiving!

that adults say to kiddos, and it gives the feeling that
gratitude is a juvenile issue.
I think that is a trick of the devil.
What if I suggested that sincere gratitude was actually a mark of deep spirituality and a litmus test for
Christian maturity?
Instead of being a moral lesson from a bed time
story, what if genuine gratitude was a graduate-level
study in theology?
The Apostle Paul, obviously a fairly mature believer,
would be a good case study.
Ephesians 1:16 is a good example of language you
can find in nearly every New Testament letter Paul
wrote: “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.”
This may sound like a trite intro or sign off in one
of our emails, but Paul included these sentiments to
individuals he loved, churches he struggled with and
factions that were directly opposing him.
You get the sense that this spiritual giant had
somehow grown to a place that he had a peace that sur-

passes understanding (Phil. 4:7) and realized the grace
of God was sufficient in all things (2 Cor. 12:9). It was a
mark of maturity that expressed itself in bold, loving,
dumbfounding thankfulness during his good times,
bad times, moments of blessing and times of want.
Thankfulness is expressed in Paul’s writing no less
than 43 times! Yeah, that qualifies as a recurring theme.
As we are entering into the holiday season and even
have a day dedicated to thankfulness just around the
corner, let’s steal this lesson back from the kiddos. Let’s
not instruct them to be thankful, let’s model it.
Take a moment to lay hands on family and friends
with prayers of thanksgiving.
Use holiday meals as a platform to shed a tear,
express gratitude and give God glory.
Create a journal of all the reasons you have to be
thankful.
Let’s take this grade school lesson and transform it
into an adult concept that we shout from the rooftops.
Just remember to raise your hand first —you
weren’t raised in a barn, were you?

The Cross-Eyed Life
By Andy Addis

Senior Pastor, CrossPoint, Hutchinson, Kan.
E-mail: andy@crosspointnow.net

NOVEMBER 2016

Everything you need to know you learned in
kindergarten … yeah, right.
If that’s right, why did
I waste all those years in
grad school? If I could have
avoided finals, oral comps
and a thesis by replacing
them with half days, nap
time and recess, I’d be all
over that.
There are deeper things
we need to learn even
though those grammar
school day rules are foundational:
Saying please and thank
Andy Addis
you is the first step down
the road of good manners
and avoiding sociopathic tendencies.
Learning to tell the truth and be nice will help you
function in society and keep you from becoming a
politician (sorry, too easy).
Don’t hit and don’t bite are absolutely necessary
life lessons that should be applied at each and every
church business meeting.
I am not knocking those kindergarten rules, they are
good stuff.
But I do think we have gotten a little mixed up on
a couple of our lesson plans. What if we got shortchanged on one of the most important lessons we ever
needed because we thought it was a kiddy issue?
I am talking about gratitude. Please read the following lines in the voice of your parent or grandparent:
“Say thank you.”
“You should just be glad you got anything. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.”
“Eat your food, there are starving children in (insert
country of your latest missionary speaker here) that
would love to have what you have.”
These are all good lessons, but they smack of things

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Me

be thankful for is our Webster Conference Center. This
is a place where lives have been changed and commitments made for many years now.
WCC has been and continues to be a place where
individuals can pull away from the routine of their
busy life and reflect on God’s purpose for each of us. In
my own family experience, Webster Conference Center
has had significant impact.
I want to make a special request of you and your
church. I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider
making Webster Conference Center a line item in your
2017 budget. If each church made a modest commitment each month, we would not have to do as many
capital campaigns for new buildings or remodeling.
For example, currently we are within about $6,000 of

Bob Mills

Thank You for Supporting the Cooperative Program
Find resources to promote CP at http://www.sbc.net/cp/default.asp
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Sharing & Strengthening

God’s Plan for Sharing

By Jon Sapp

KNCSB Director of Evangelism

I can’t believe it’s here! Now I don’t mean the national election. I’m thinking about the holiday season.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are right upon us, and
this year has flown by so quickly.
As I enter this holiday
season, “hope” has been
one of the topics I have
reflected upon. This year
my thoughts have been
encouraged regarding
hope as I’ve recently read
“Surprised by Hope” by
N.T. Wright.
“Surprised by Hope”
topped my reading list
during our recent visit to
see our daughter in Central Asia. The long hours
Jon Sapp
of travel and our quiet
evenings together allowed
me the opportunity to reflect on hope in life.
Wright explains his thoughts of the Christian life
as one lived after the ascension and before the second
coming as the “in-between” age. As a result of Jesus’
work, he defeated the pain of sin and death and overcame all that the Jewish and Roman leaders could bring
against him.
This reality of our Lord Jesus and his completed
work is the beginning of our season of hope. During
this season of “in-between,” from the ascension to his
return, we have both a privilege and responsibility of
living, seeking and telling of our new life in him.
His promised presence through the Holy Spirit and

his return set us free from two attitudes or lifestyles
that can commonly be found in the church. The first
attitude Wright mentions is “the self-driven energy that
imagines it has to build God’s kingdom all by itself.”
That is opposed by a second attitude of “the despair
that supposes it can’t do anything until Jesus comes
again.”
Rather, our belief should be that we are not building
the kingdom all by ourselves. The reality is we are not
working to build a kingdom for us but we are working
“for” his kingdom. The Holy Spirit is our guide and
power as we live this new life of being “kingdom citizens.” II Corinthians 4:5 states, “For what we proclaim
is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.”
The Christian life is not us building up a kingdom
for us, for our church or even our family of churches as
the convention. No, it is all about him. He is the Lord,
the leader, the “worthy king” of this new life we are
living. We are working for his kingdom. In that process
he receives the glory, the praise and the honor from
all of us and those that meet him in the future as his
kingdom grows under his Lordship.
This is the message of his victory over sin and death.
As we grow in hearing his voice and doing his will,
we experience his salvation and we hope for his future
coming. Our giving thanks and our celebration of God
sending his Son can be centered in this truth during the
upcoming holiday season. We have hope! As the holiday season gets started in this conflicted and broken
world, His Hope is our message.
I trust your holiday season allows you time to reflect
on all we have in him, and may his hope be your message as you live out “God’s Plan for Sharing.”

The KNCSB Fall Conference for college students
attracted about 500 people. The crowd included
the group from Barton Community College,
Great Bend, Kan. Brian and Abby Howe lead
the Southern Baptist campus ministry there.
Read about the Fall Conference at http://bit.
ly/2e9DnY1

Plan Now to Promote
Lottie Moon Offering

NOVEMBER 2016

“The Main Thing” was the theme of the 2016 KNCSB Fall Conference for college students. It was
held Sept. 23-25 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan. Students were challenged to make
Jesus Christ their “Main Thing” and reach and disciple others for Christ.

The Cooperative Program and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® support Southern Baptist international
missionaries.
Week of Prayer for International Missions will be
observed Dec. 4-11. Many Southern Baptist churches
collect the Lottie Moon Offering during this time.
KNCSB will mail Lottie Moon materials (offering
envelopes, prayer guides and posters) to Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist churches.
Look for resources to promote the Lottie Moon Offering® on the International Mission Board website at
https://www.imb.org/lottie-moon-christmas-offering
The IMB website store offers free Lottie Moon materials that may be ordered. Find more information at
https://store.imb.org/LMCO/
Among the free resources is a brochure “2016
LMCO Your Gifts at Work.”
Find stories from workers with Kansas-Nebraska
connections at http://bit.ly/2dfYEkZ
These stories have been formatted to use as bulletin
inserts.

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ANNUAL MEETING 2016

LifeSpring Church Hosts KNCSB Meeting

Participants in the 2016 KNCSB annual
meeting had the opportunity to learn about
planned-giving services offered by the KansasNebraska Southern Baptist Foundation. Bob and
Marie Clark are the Foundation’s planned-giving
consultants. To learn more about planned giving
through the Foundation, send e-mail to bclark@
kncsb.org.

us to work together toward Kingdom causes,” KNCSB
Executive Director Bob Mills said as he began the 2017
budget presentation.
Mills thanked the crowd for supporting the
Cooperative Program. “It is our lifeblood.”
Messengers approved the 2017 KNCSB budget of
$4,444,056. This is a decrease of slightly less than 1
percent from the 2016 budget.
Cooperative Program giving for 2017 is projected
to be $2,730,000. Giving to the national Cooperative
Program was increased by 3 percent to 27 percent.
Fifty percent of CP receipts above the budget will be
sent to the national Cooperative Program.
Mills expressed his desire for KNCSB to keep
increasing giving to the national Cooperative Program.
He cited great challenges in Nebraska and Kansas.
In Nebraska, 55 counties do not have a Southern
Baptist presence. Kansas has 33 un-entered counties.
Evangelical work exists in some of these counties.
“I want to challenge the churches in Kansas to think
about planting something in Nebraska,” Mills said.

NOVEMBER 2016

Kansas-Nebraska
Southern Baptists
voted to increase their
giving to the national
Cooperative Program
by 3 percent.
The action came
during the annual
meeting of the
Kansas-Nebraska
Convention of
Southern Baptists
held Oct. 10-11 at
LifeSpring Church,
Bellevue, Neb., on the
south edge of Omaha.
The meeting drew
214 messengers and
22 registered visitors.
“Better Together,”
based on Ecclesiastes
4:9-12, was the
KNCSB President Joe Stiles used a “trust fall” to demonstrate the KNCSB
meeting theme.
annual meeting theme of “Better Together.” Stiles demonstrated the “trust
“It is important for fall” during his president’s address on Monday night, Oct. 10

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LifeSpring Church, Bellevue, Neb., played host to the KNCSB annual meeting. The LifeSpring
Worship Team led worship during the Monday evening session.

All KNCSB officers
were re-elected by
acclamation:
n President: Joe Stiles,
pastor of First Southern
Baptist Church, Lawrence,
Kan.
n Vice president:
Derrick Lynch, pastor
of Blue Valley Baptist
Church, Overland Park,
Kan.
n Recording
secretary: Bryan Jones,
Voyt Lynn delivered
pastor of Tyler Road
the annual sermon
Southern Baptist Church,
during the KNCSB
Wichita, Kan.
annual meeting. Lynn is
n Assistant recording
pastor of First Baptist
secretary: Susan Pederson,
Church, Douglass, Kan.,
member of Prairie Hills
on the southeast edge of
Baptist Church, Augusta,
Wichita.
Kan.
n Historian: Tony Mattia, pastor of Trinity Baptist
Church, Wamego, Kan.
In other activity:
n The crowd prayed for Haiti in the aftermath of
Hurricane Matthew. This came at the request of Kesner
Guillaume, pastor of Haitian American Baptist Church,
Kansas City, Mo. The church was voted into KNCSB
during the 2015 annual meeting.
n Mills told of changes being planned in KNCSB
communications. The Baptist Digest, the convention’s
newsjournal, will end its print publication with
the December edition. The Digest will switch to an
electronic format in 2017.
n Messengers adopted only one resolution — a
resolution of appreciation to the host church.
Future KNCSB annual meetings will be:
n 2017 — Oct. 9-10 at Webster Conference Center,
Salina, Kan.
n 2018 — Oct. 8-9 at First Southern Baptist Church,
Pratt, Kan.
n 2019 — Oct. 14-15 at Parkview Baptist Church,
Lexington, Neb.

Beto Silva was one of the featured musicians
for the KNCSB annual meeting. He is worship
pastor for the Hispanic congregation at Northern
Heights Baptist Church, Norfolk, Neb.

KNCSB ON MISSION

Local Mission Trip Shows Community Needs

By Virginia Mixer

Housing Opens for SBC 2017 in Phoenix
Housing reservations are now open for the 2017
SBC annual meeting June 13-14 in Phoenix. Find
more information at http://sbcannualmeeting.org/
sbc17/generalInformation

College Heights Baptist Church, Manhattan, Kan., took a summer mission trip in its own community.
The project focused on three areas: a comfort station at the local county 4-H Fair; (below) painting
a concession stand at one of the city’s baseball diamond complexes; and playing games with children in City Park. (Submitted photos)

Plan Now to Promote Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®
The Cooperative Program and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® support Southern Baptist international
missionaries.
Week of Prayer for International Missions will be
observed Dec. 4-11.

Look for resources to promote the Lottie Moon Offering® on the International Mission Board website at
https://www.imb.org/lottie-moon-christmas-offering
Find stories from workers with Kansas-Nebraska
connections athttp://bit.ly/2dfYEkZ

NOVEMBER 2016

Rather than traveling to another city or state for a
church mission trip, College Heights Baptist Church,
Manhattan, Kan., took a mission trip in our own city.
Our pastor, Lentz Upshaw, organized a “mission
trip” to our own city with 32 participants.
Our planning committee came up with three projects for our five-day “trip:”
n Setting up a comfort station at the local 4-H
County Fair
n Painting a concession stand for one of the city’s
baseball diamond complexes
n Playing games with children in City Park.
The comfort station at the fair included free cups
of ice water (a popular item when temperatures were
above 100 degrees!), fans and camp chairs for relaxing,
a baby-changing station, face painting, registration to
win a Fun Night for two with dinner and a movie, and
refillable water bottles for a $1 donation to Life Choice
Ministries, a local pregnancy testing center.
Our goal for the booth was to make 200 contacts,
see 20 new people attend our church and for at least
two people to come to know Jesus Christ. Although
we are waiting for the results of the last two goals, we
had more than 200 people stop by the booth with 123
registering for the free drawing. Thirty-seven registration cards included requests for prayer, seven cards
wanted to know more about our church and seven
cards wanted to know more about Jesus. A total of $76
in donations was raised for Life Choice Ministries.
Although thwarted by weather — temperatures
above 100 degrees and rain — our 10-person painting
team, ranging in age from 10 years to 69, completed
most of the painting project in two half-days with a
combined 52 hours of volunteer time.
One morning another team set up games and activities in City Park:
n Making gigantic bubbles with large bubble wands
n Creating bubble wands with pipe cleaners
n Playing pool-noodle baseball
n Chalking sidewalks
n Racing in water bucket relays
n Playing lawn games — corn-hole toss and ladder
ball
Twelve kids in the park joined the nine kids from
our church and extended family. The six adults in
charge were able to engage in conversations with the
parents as the children played.
We look forward to following up with the registrants and others with whom we were able to connect
through these Manhattan Mission activities. Were the
booth, the painting and the games worth enduring the
heat and the long hours? Yes, indeed! To God be the
glory!

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KNCSB ON MISSION

WWW Helps
Women Find
Joy in Trials

NOVEMBER 2016

“I like to be in control,” Janelle Irwin said. “But God
put me in a situation where He said, ‘The control’s not
yours.”
During Wonderful Weekend for Women 2016, Irwin
shared her story about how God brought her son,
Grayson, now 4, through a near-fatal battle with leukemia. Grayson was given a 10-percent chance of survival
when he was diagnosed with leukemia in August 2013.
“Beautiful Mess,” based on 1 Peter 4:12-13, was the
WWW theme. It was held Sept. 16-17 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan. Irwin grew up in Topeka,
Kan., and now lives with her family in Tallahassee, Fla.
“We shouldn’t be surprised when the storms come,”
Irwin told the women as she spoke from the Book of
Jonah. Like Jonah, “we shouldn’t be surprised when we
end up in the belly of a large fish.”
Women have a variety of choices when they face a
crisis, she continued. They can wallow in self-pity, run
away, or try to sleep the crisis away. But the best choice
is to seek God and rely on His strength to face the trial.
After two years of intensive chemotherapy, Grayson
is now in remission and is thriving.
Grayson’s health ordeal showed Irwin the need for
an organization in her community that will support
families with children who are battling illnesses or
have other special needs. The Hang Tough Foundation
was formed in early 2015. Irwin serves as the president
and co-founder and chair of the Hang Tough family-

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Ellie Holcomb, a Christian musician from Nashville, was the worship leader for Wonderful
Weekend for Women 2016. Visit her website at
http://www.ellieholcomb.com/

relations
team. Visit the
Hang Tough
website at
http://www.
hangtoughJanelle Irwin (left) from Tallahassee, Fla., was the featured speaker for Wonderful
foundation.
Weekend for Women 2016. It was held Sept. 16-17 at Webster Conference Cenorg/
ter, Salina, Kan. She and her sister, Jamie Simmons (right) re-connected with their
WWW
friend Mildred Smith during the retreat. Smith is a retired WCC staff member. (BeLife Sessions
low) Participants in WWW 2016 had the opportunity to learn how to share Christ by
gave women
using their life story. Brenda Lee, a hospital chaplain from North Platte, Neb., helped
training and
women learn how to use the “3 Circles Life Conversation Guide” to share Christ. “3
encourageCircles” is available as a paper booklet or it may be downloaded as a free smartment for facing phone app.
the issues in
their lives.
Topics ranged
from “Crafts as a Church Outreach” to “What Husbands Wish Their Wives Knew about Men,” led by
Mark Slattery, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church,
Larned, Kan.
Slattery based his session on the book “For Women
Only,” by Shaunti Feldhahn.
He stressed the need for wives to respect their
husbands.
“In the same way you need to feel loved, your husband needs to feel respected,” Slattery said.
“Respect is vital in any relationship, especially with
your husband.”
But, “you have to show your man respect” and not
just say it, Slattery continued.
In another Life Session, women learned how to
share Christ by using their life stories. Brenda Lee, a
hospital chaplain from North Platte, Neb., led the session.
Everyone’s story is unique, she said. “You always
Sapp at KNCSB — jsapp@kncsb.org
have your story. No one can argue with that.”
Lee urged women to look around and see how they
Sharing the story of your life with Christ should
can share Christ with people.
focus on:
“The world has moved right next door to us.”
n Life before Christ
Another Life Session leader echoed Lee’s remark.
n How you met Christ
“D” and her husband “J” recently returned to Nebrasn How Jesus makes a difference in your life
ka after serving 17 years as International Mission Board
Lee showed women how to share Christ using the
missionaries.
“3 Circles Life Conversation Guide.”
D urged her listeners to make friends with Muslim
Learn more about “3 Circles” at http://lifeonmission- women.
book.com/conversation-guide
“Ask God to open your eyes to see where they are.”
“3 Circles” is available as a paper booklet or it may
In other activity, women were urged to put WWW
downloaded as a free smart-phone app. For more infor- 2017 on their calendars. It will be held Sept. 15-16 at
mation on obtaining “3 Circles” booklets, contact Jon
WCC. Information will be mailed to Kansas-Nebraska
Southern Baptist churches and posted on Facebook.

KNCSB Women’s Leadership

Asking God to Fight
Your Battles!

Recently I watched the 2015 movie War Room for
the second time and discovered a couple new concepts that I had missed the first time I watched it.
War Room is a great movie and the concept of
finding a prayer room is very important in my
prayer life. Sadly though, I focused on the wrong
thing in the movie because immediately I was
discouraged when I realized that I did not have the
luxury to dump my closet out so that I could make
room for a chair and be free of distractions for
prayer.
This time when I watched the movie, I noticed a
statement made by a character in the movie.
Michael Jr. tells Tony, “If God is fighting her
battles, man you are in trouble.” What a powerful
statement that is when you stop and visualize the
imagery behind it. How many times do we go to
God and ask him to help us with our troubles and
expect Him to back us up from behind rather than
allowing Him to take the frontline of the battle? Ask
God to take the frontline next time you seek His
help and watch as He takes care of your troubles.
When God is fighting our battles, watch out world!
Maria

Keeping Intimacy Alive in our Marriage

This year we have been intentionally focused on “doing”. We know God created everything, and it was GOOD!
We have begun to face our fears and figure out what is hindering our intimacy in marriage. Now let’s put our
efforts into action.
Begin by setting the environment. Fix up the bedroom and remove the laundry and other clutter. A candlelight
dinner, relaxing bath and essential oils help set the mood. It may take some planning, but we have to put forth
the effort to create intimacy in our marriages, otherwise we let our daily routines take over and we feel less than
special.
God intended our intimate lives to be pleasurable and exciting. Let’s do this for ourselves and for the enjoyment
of our spouse.
Debra Bonds

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

At the age of 32, Lottie left behind a job, home, family and proposal to follow God’s calling to China. For 39
years Lottie worked in the Tengchow and P’ingtu areas. She adopted Chinese traditions, dress, language and
customs. She didn’t just serve the people of China, she identified with them. She drew people in with fresh
baked cookies, where she would then share the gospel with them. She was rejected on many occasions but
never gave up or left.
While serving in China, she began writing letters about the Chinese culture, missionary life and physical and
spiritual needs of the Chinese people. She challenged the Southern Baptist to send and support more workers
to the field. In 1918, the Women’s Missionary Union named the annual Chirstmas offering for international
missions after Lottie, the woman who urged them to start it.
God might not be calling you to China, but He could be calling you to give and support. Lottie Moon set a
great example of how we are to serve others, whether that be in a different country and culture or in our own
neighborhoods. Go ahead and draw people into your home with cookies to share the gospel but also challenge yourself to give this season!

“Hallelujah!

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!
Mari

Additional material may be found on the International Mission Board website:
https://www.imb.org/lottie-moon-christmas-offering

Lottie’s Tea Cake Recipe
Plain Tea Cake (As made by Lottie Moon)
3 teacups of sugar
1 teacup of butter
1 teacup of sour milk
4 pints flour
3 eggs, well beaten
1/2 teaspoon of soda
Flavor to taste, roll thin, bake in a quick oven.

Adapted recipe:
2 cups flour
½ cup butter
1 heaping cup of sugar
1 well-beaten egg
1 tablespoon cream

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix well. Add the flour and cream. Dust a board with flour. Roll
the dough very thin. Cut cookies with a round cookie cutter. Place on a buttered or nonstick cookie sheet.
Bake at 475 degrees for about 5 minutes.

November 2016

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful
love endures forever.”
There’s something about making a holiday a
celebration with a beautiful table setting and the
presentation of food. Those extra touches turn an
annual gathering of eating too much into a celebration
of thankfulness!
“Give of your Best to the Master” is an old hymn of my
childhood that impacts my life still today.
Give of your best to the Master; Give Him first place in
your heart; Give Him first place in your service;
Consecrate every part.
If as a Christ follower we are to reflect Christ, then we
should give of our best. Make this holiday season the
best reflection of Christ, beginning with those who will
gather around your table and fill your couches and floors!

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WWW.KNCSB.ORG
Upcoming KNCSB Events
Webster
Worship Leader & Family Retreat
Jan. 13-14, 2017
Capitol Plaza Hotel, Topeka, Kan.

Featured speaker: Kenny Lamm, senior consultant for worship and music for the
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
Registration deadline: Jan. 3, 2017
Cost is $50 for individuals and $65 per couple or family. Make checks payable to
KNCSB and mail them to KNCSB, Attn: David Manner, 5410 SW 7th St., Topeka, KS
66606. KNCSB will make hotel reservations upon receiving your registration.

Update

Small Church Leadership Conference
Feb. 24-25, 2017
Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.

Featured speaker: Emil Turner, retired executive director for the Arkansas Baptist
State Convention
This event is aimed at leaders in churches that have fewer than 150 in worship.
Registration deadline: Feb. 10, 2017
The cost is $40 per adult and $75 per couple. This includes one night’s lodging at
WCC and two meals. We will also block motel rooms in Salina if you prefer to stay
off campus. For more information call Jana Gifford at KNCSB, (800) 984-9092 ext.
840, or send e-mail to jgifford@kncsb.org

“Man Up” Men’s Retreat
March 10-11, 2017
Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.

Featured speaker: Owen Strachan, associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Seminary, Kansas City, Mo.
Registration deadline: March 3, 2017
This event is also open to boys in grades 7 and older.
Look for KNCSB Men’s Ministry on Facebook. More details about the retreat will
be announced soon.

NOVEMBER 2016

Sylvia Kneisly Goes to Be with the Lord

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Sylvia A. Kneisly, 78, of Burlington, Kan., passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, at
Sunset Manor in Waverly, Kan.
She was born Jan. 9, 1938, on a farm west of Burlington to Roy and Rosa (Knapp)
Schif.
On Nov. 14, 1954, she and William B. Kneisly were married in Gridley. She served
at her husband’s side as he pastored churches and served as a director of missions in
Kansas. They also did a variety of other ministries, including holding a weekly worship service for campers at Melvern Lake in the summer.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Marilyn Greer; and her
brother, Marvin Schif.
She leaves Bill, her husband of more than 60 years, of the home in Burlington;
her son, William David Kneisly and wife, Londa, Lebo, Kan.; her daughter, Lori Sue
Kneisly, Austin, Texas; a grandson, Brand Kneisly and wife, Angela, Blue Springs,
Mo.; a great-granddaughter, Leah Kneisly; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Schif, Berryton,
Kan.; and other relatives and friends.
The funeral was held Monday, Sept. 19, at First Baptist Church, Burlington. Burial
was in Graceland Cemetery, Burlington.
Memorial may be sent to Samaritan’s Purse, the Topeka Rescue Mission, Topeka,
Kan., or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Jones Funeral Home in Burlington was in charge of arrangements.

Arkansas Church Seeks Youth Pastor

First Baptist Church, Siloam Springs, Ark., is seeking candidates for
the position of full-time Youth Pastor. Candidates should be Southern
Baptist and licensed (preferably ordained) and preferably have a college
degree and 1-5 years of related experience. Cover letters and resumes
should be mailed to: First Baptist Church, Attn.: Youth Pastor Search
Committee, 2000 Dawn Hill Rd., Siloam Springs, AR 72761. Or send email to searchteam@fbcsiloam.com

Time alone with God was an important part of the KNCSB Fall Conference for college students. It was held Sept. 23-25 at Webster Conference
Center, Salina, Kan. Here some of the students read their Bibles at the
new picnic pavilion now under construction at WCC. The new pavilion is
attached to the Rec Shack south of the Dining Hall.
1. Last year Webster Conference Center set a new record for User Days at 49,811
User Days. At the end of September, User Days totaled 41,613, up slightly over the
2015 totals for the same time.
2. Three new WCC Board of Directors were elected at the KNCSB annual meeting:
n Dick Dearwester: Kansas City, Kansas Baptist Association
n Michaela Schoenthler: Heart of Kansas Baptist Association
n Randy Smith: Flint Hills Baptist Association
Rotating off the WCC Board are Jim Garner, Bryan Jones and Bob Leeka.
3. WCC received $217.75 from Dillon’s for the third quarter of 2016 because a few
individuals registered WCC as their charity of choice in the Dillons Community
Rewards program. If you choose to register your card, at no cost to you, the NPO
Number for WCC is 28483. Thank You!
4. In the October WCC Board Meeting, the new operation budget of $1,071,156 was
approved with slight increases in the fee schedules for 2017 to keep up with inflation. Call Sarah at 1-877-WCC-RESV for more information and to schedule your next
event at WCC.
5. As stated in the WCC By-Laws, WCC gives preference to KNCSB entities in fee
schedules and opportunities to reserve the conference center:
n Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, KNCSB events may be scheduled for 2019.
n Beginning Feb. 1, 2017, associational events may be scheduled for 2019.
n Beginning March 1, 2017, church events may be scheduled for 2019.
n Beginning March 16, 2017, anyone may schedule events for 2019.
6. Work projects continue to finish detail work on the Dining Hall and the Picnic Pavilion. Volunteers are needed to assist with these projects. Could your church send
a team of two or three people to help for a day or two? Call Bill Cooke for more
information: 1-785-827-6565.
7. Praise God for the life changes that are being made in the lives of people at every
event at WCC.

Missouri Church Seeks Bivocational Pastor

Cross Keys Baptist Church is prayerfully seeking a bivocational Senior
Pastor. We are poised to follow a godly and dynamic shepherd who
understands and upholds 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. We are accepting resumes through Dec. 1, 2016. Respond online at pastorsearch@
crosskeysbaptistchurch.org. Or send hard copies to Cross Keys Baptist
Church, 14255 New Halls Ferry Rd., Florissant, MO 63033