Columbus Day 2020

October 11 will be our annual Columbus Day – not Christopher Columbus – but Columbus, Ohio!

Each year we take a Sunday in October to celebrate what God is doing with church planting in Columbus, and we take up a one-time offering. The money received during this offering goes 100% to church planting efforts in and around the city of Columbus.

Columbus is the 15th largest city in the nation with only about 12% affiliated with an evangelical church. There is also only one Southern Baptist church for every 15,555 people. The need is great!

But we are making a dent! God is using some incredible men and women to plant His church in this very lost city. You and I get to be a small part of what God is doing by praying, giving, and going.

If you would like to give, we have offering envelopes available for you to place a check in. You can also give online and designate your gift to Columbus Day.

RVCLC Foto Fair

Quick link to get signed up: CLICK HERE

River Valley Christian Life Corps is hosting their annual Holiday Foto Fair at Grand Avenue Baptist Church on Saturday, October 24.

You are able to sign you and your family up for a 30-minute slot to have your photo taken at multiple holiday-themed booths for only $50. At the end of your photo session, you will receive all of your photos on a thumb drive for you to do with as you want.

100% of the proceeds goes to support this wonderful local ministry.

ARCOM Goodie Bags


We are collecting items to go into goodie bags for the 400 students at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM). Feel free to sign up for multiple items!

We will deliver these bags to the students right at the beginning of a major testing week, so we think these bags will be very much welcome.

We will need these items brought to the church no later than Monday, October 12.

The Gospel

This is, in my opinion, the best definition of the Gospel there is. It is concise (only 100 words) and easy to memorize. I would advise you to print out a number of copies and place it in your Bible, tape it on your mirror, put it in your car, post it on your computer, etc.

This Gospel definition was taken from the book, The Discipleship Gospel by Bill Hull & Ben Sobels. I would highly recommend this book to you. In the book they explain each piece of the definition in detail showing you how they Biblically came up with it.

Download a 3″x5″ pdf file: CLICK HERE

The Gospel is: the Kingdom of God has come through Jesus of Nazareth. He is Christ, the King, God’s one and only Son. He died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and was resurrected on the third day according to the Scriptures. In His great love and by His amazing grace, God our Father saves everyone who repents of their sin, believes the Gospel, and follows Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. When King Jesus returns on the last day, the great Day of Judgment, everyone who followed Him will enter the eternal Kingdom of God.
(Mark 1:14-18; 8:27-31; 1 Cor. 15:1-5; John 3:16; Eph. 2:8-10; Matt. 25:31-46)
from The Discipleship Gospel by Bill Hull & Ben Sobels

Go Day 2020

Go Day 2020 will be October 25, 2020. Mark it on your calendar.

Go Day is a day where we celebrate all of our many mission partnerships. We do this by hosting a booth fair with each of our partnerships represented. You will get to …

  • try out exotic food from all over the world
  • find out about upcoming 2021 mission trips
  • see what is available locally with missions
  • sign up to pray for our partners
  • meet missionaries from around the world

Our booths will be open beginning at 9:30am. This will allow you to attend either of our worship services and still get to go through all of our booths.

We will have a fun activity for children where they will be able to get a passport and go around and earn stamps at each of our booths. If your child gets collects all of the stamps, they will earn a prize.

Our Firefighters

Our For The City emphasis for the month of September is “We Love Our Firefighters.”

During this month, we will be assigning each our our Bible Study Departments a particular fire station. We will ask each department to collect snacks, cakes, pies, etc. and deliver it to your assigned fire department. This was requested by our Fire Chief, Phil Christenson. He thought this would be a great way of showing our support to our firefighters.

Be sure and plan your delivery with the fire department and take some pictures. Email me those pictures, if you can (

Here are the Fire Station Assignments…

Station 1 – The Monday Class
Station 2 – College/Adult 4
Station 3 – Women of Heart/Young Professionals
Station 4 – Young Adult 1/Adult 8
Station 5 – Young Adult 2/Adult 10
Station 6 – Young Adult 3
Station 7 – Young Adult 5
Station 8 – Adult 2/Adult 3
Station 9 – Adult 4/Singles
Station 10 – Adult 5
Station 11 – Adult 6/Adult 7

Hurricane Laura Relief

We have been asked by Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief to deploy our chainsaw unit to Lake Charles, Louisiana, in order to provide relief from the devastation of Hurricane Laura.

We will probably be taking multiple teams there over the next few months. Be sure and check back here for updated dates.

We are potentially planning a trip September 13-19. I am currently looking for someone that has a medium or heavy-duty truck that can haul our trailer down. We will be able to reimburse you for your travel expenses. If you are interested in going to work on these dates, please, let me know ASAP…

If you would like to donate financially to the relief effort, the best way is through our Southern Baptist Send:Relief. Click HERE.

Wyoming Mission Clip

Quick link to get signed up: CLICK HERE

Join us on Tuesday, September 1, at 7pm for our virtual mission trip to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Riverton, Wyoming.

We will be joined by Kyle Quiroz. Kyle serves full time ministering to the Northern Arapaho Tribe. We first met Kyle when he called our church from his home in California to find out how he could help us with our work on the reservation. Since that time, he has led numerous short term trips there and now lives there.

Don’t miss this last Mission Clip of the summer! I know you will enjoy it!

Baby Bottle Campaign

All you have to do is grab a baby bottle from the Mission Area in Guest Services, fill that bottle with change and cash, and bring it back by the end of September!

You can also support this great ministry by donating to their virtual baby bottle campaign by clicking HERE.

About First Choice Pregnancy Medical Center
Because all human life is sacred, our vision is to be the first choice for women and families who are concerned about an unplanned pregnancy. We exist to bring compassionate care and hope to these women and their families, to provide opportunities for healing and restoration to those who have been hurt by abortion, and to present Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Diaper Drive

We are hosting a diaper drive for 1st Choice Pregnancy Medical Center. They are in need of diapers, especially sizes 3’s & 4’s, and wipes.

You are welcome to bring them to the Mission Area in Guest Services or to the church offices anytime. We will be collecting them through September 13th and delivering them that next week.

1st Choice Pregnancy Medical Center is an incredible local ministry designed to halt abortions in our area and give people better alternatives.