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Antioch Baptist Church Newsletter

May 9, 2023


     Today is “Mother’s Day and we should all take time to remember our mothers and grandmothers who dwell only in our hearts.  This is a day set apart to remember our mothers and calling to  mind all they have done for us, all they mean to us, and who we are because of them.  God knit us together in our mother’s womb and place us into her arms at birth.  What a joy and blessing it is for a mother to cradle her newborn child for the first time at birth and then to hold her child’s hand throughout life.

     Remembering our mothers is important, and how we remember them is crucial to a loving relationship that honors God.  There’s no perfect mother, and there’s no perfect child.  All relationships need good forgivers, ready to give grace to each other.  As Christians, we are to love without conditions and with a heart of unselfish desire.  We are to give all that we have because, in Christ, we already have all that we need.

     If you still have your mother, give thanks for her presence in your life.  Make Mother’s Day a grace-filled  day of letting go of life’s issues and take captive every warm and wonderful memory of Mom.  Hide those memories in your heart.  One day memories will be all you have… and beautiful memories will be sufficient to fill your glass to overflowing on Mother’s Day.  Honor God by honoring your mother in your mind and with your actions, and the love that God has given you will pour forth in love for others.  1 Corinthians 13:13 “Now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

                                      M remind me of her     Marvelous love

                                      O reminds me I have    One mother

                                      T reminds me of her     Tender care

                                      H reminds me of her    Heart of Gold

                                      E reminds me of her     Endless service

                                      R reminds me to           Remember her…not only on                                                                                                          Mother’s Day, but every day                                                                                                                      throughout the year. 


Happy Mother’s Day






       1908 Anna Jarvis daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis organized  the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia.  That same day there were thousands of people attended a Mother’s Day event at one of Wanamaker’s retail stores in Philadelphia.  Following the success of her first Mother’s Day, Jarvis – who remained  unmarried and childless her whole life-resolved to see  her holiday added to the national calendar.  In 1912 many state towns and churches had adopted Mother’s Day as an annual holiday, and Jarvis had established the Mother’s Day International Association to help promote her cause.  In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed officially the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.


Baby snake:  Mommy, are we poisonous?  Mother snake:  Yes, son.  Why?  Baby snake:  I just bit my tongue!



Jesus gave us the command to go and share the gospel with the world.   “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered, it is a command to be obeyed.

Antioch Baptist Church is “Stepping out in Faith” in an Building Project.  Our plans are to build a new sanctuary and make the standing building for Sunday school rooms, kitchen, etc.  David Bergman is the contractor.

Thank you for prayerfully considering the opportunity to invest in God’s Kingdom.  We live in a time when a number of people in the United States have no relationship with God.  Looking for help on a building project leaves us wondering how God can do this.   We don’t know.  Some individuals may find they are at a special moment when they can make a generous one-time donation.  Many people might be willing to give a small amount to help with the project.  But whatever the amount is we do want you to know we appreciate and thank you for helping us and ask you to continue to pray for us. 

We believe that God has important plans for our church, and we would invite you to pray for us.  Pray that God would send workers to join our church family in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.  “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” Matthew 9:37-38.

This is a large goal but as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 3:5 “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”

If you are able to partner with us as we impact lives for generations to come and help families find peace with God, we would greatly appreciate your generous support. 

If you would like to make a donation to our “Building Fund” make check out to Antioch Baptist Church Building Fund and address envelope to 1249 East Hwy 22 Centralia, MO 65240

Join us as we are “Steppin out, Steppin out in Faith.”




  Our church’s monthly business meeting was held last night with David Bergman discussing the plan for building expansion.  It was decided to go with a wood frame and do in three phases.  The cost for phase one is approximately $100,000, which will be the shell for a new sanctuary.    Any contributions of any amount would greatly be appreciated.  We are a small church but we are a very caring and loving church.  We trust and pray that this is God’s Will for our church.

     In Genesis 6 tells that Noah did everything just as God commanded; In 1 Kings 18 tells of Elijah calling the fire down from Heaven;   Matthew 14: 28-tells of Peter having the courage of stepping out to walk to Jesus but like so many of us today “When he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord save me!”

     Jim Brady wrote a song several years ago when he left the “Booth Brothers” which is called “Steppin Out in Faith”.  We believe at Antioch that is what we are doing “Steppin Out in Faith”. 

 “Steppin Out in Faith”

  I’m stepping out in faith; I’m walking on the water

Trusting in The Father; knowing He’ll be with me all the way

I’m stepping out in faith though winds will blow against me

I will claim the victory; resting in His all sufficient grace

I’m stepping out, stepping out in faith


Oh, I don’t have to fear what comes tomorrow

Or know what exactly what the future holds

For the God of all creation goes before me

And I can rest assured He’s in control

So I’ll just keep a walkin’ on this journey

Following The One who knows the way

And though sometimes my faith may start to wave

I’ll take the leap.  I’m stepping out in faith.

Pray for “Antioch”!  If you could help in any way

we would appreciate.

“Thank You”

God Bless



 If you would like to give to Antioch you can send checks to to Antioch Baptist Church of Centralia and send to 1249 E. Hwy 22 Centralia, MO, or we do have “online giving.”




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