Carl took me shopping for a new wardrobe for my birthday that is coming up this month. We went to Russellville with the thought to stop in at the Lefler’s dress shop. Unfortunately, they have closed that store down and moved everything to the Conway store. So we just made the circle and went to the Conway store. Of course I found something I liked and so I have a new outfit for my birthday.
Jerry and Janice Harris shared the Christian Motor Cycle Ministry’s mission with us at Restoration Life Fellowship last Sunday morning. They have an awesome ministry of spreading the gospel of Christ throughout the world. They partner with other ministries in foreign countries as well as those here in the USA. They supply motorcycles to those pastors in remote places who would otherwise have to walk to visit their churches and their people. CMA has also provided various other transportation means as well, as boats to go by water and even supplied a camel to one pastor. CMA is an awesome work.
Batavia Assembly of God recently hosted a Spring Youth Retreat at the church. Twenty students attended the retreat which began Friday, May 3, and lasted until Sunday morning, May 5. There were special guest speakers, small groups, games and community service. On Saturday Clayton Journagan, youth pastor, took the students to Bergman to help with the cleanup from the tornado damage. To close the retreat, Arkansas Assemblies of God, district youth director, Ben Andrews was preaching during the morning worship service. Pastor Journagan and Pastor Collie want to express their appreciation to all of the volunteers who made the retreat possible.
Pastors Phillip and Rachel Collie and their boys, Conner and Carson and Pastors Emeritus, Tollie and Sue Sutterfield attended the Arkansas Assemblies of God District Council Monday and Tuesday, May 6-7, held at First Assembly of God in North Little Rock. The Rev. Tollie Sutterfield, pastor emeritus at Batavia Assembly of God, was honored by the Arkansas Assemblies of God District Council for 50 years of ordained ministry during the annual district council meeting in Little Rock on Tuesday, May 7. The Sutterfield's children and several grandchildren were in attendance at the service. The Sutterfield's pastored churches in Searcy County prior to moving to Batavia to pastor Batavia Assembly of God in 1975. They pastored Batavia for 36 years until their retirement from full time pastoral ministry on August 31, 2011. They continue to serve in many different ministerial roles and are active members of Batavia Assembly of God.
Batavia Assembly of God will celebrate Mother's Day with a special service Sunday, May 12. All the mothers will be honored and receive a special Mother's Day gift. There will be no evening service at Batavia A/G on Mother's Day to give everyone time with their families.