As pastor of Versailles Baptist Church, it is a joy serving with an exceptional congregation. We have been blessed with uplifting worship services and witnessed some amazing goals accomplished. As we started the New Year with exciting activities and ministries, it continued throughout the year. Brenda and I are so thankful for the opportunities we have serving with you at Versailles Baptist Church. The Lord is truly blessing our lives and we are truly grateful for all the ministries the Lord is providing and those that we look forward to see starting in 2018. The following are examples of 2017 activities and accomplishments:
A highlight of this year was adding new members to our church family by profession of faith and baptism. The following people include: Silvia Baker, Eliza Monroe, Kaidyn Rena’ Gilpin, Eli David Gilpin and Ethan Schmaltz.
Another highlight of this year was starting the Senior Adult Activities Ministry in April. The Senior Adult Ministry provides a lunch, fellowship time, games and activities to all that come. We meet every fourth Wednesday each month from 12 noon – 3:00 PM. This ministry is an outreach to our church family and everyone in the community. We have had 45 to attend and all that come truly enjoys their time together.
Provided devotions for the preschool children and interacted with them during their activities and programs. We had three year olds and four year olds children and this was our last year for preschool ministry. They were a fun group of children and Katie Davison, Faith Lafary, and Cheryl Welch did done a wonderful job working with and teaching the children skills, lessons and the love of Christ.
Served as a teacher for the Good News Club along with other team members of Versailles Baptist Church. Met on Monday at the South Ripley Elementary School. Taught the third and four grade children Bible lessons and presented the gospel message for salvation in each session. The six lesson series were “Jesus: God Who Cares for People” and the focus is “Helping children know God.”
Participated in the agape meal & communion service held on Maundy Thursday, April 13th. We had a good representation from our congregation and others here that evening.
Participated in the Good Friday Service at Osgood 1st Baptist Church Friday, April 14th at noon. The service was well attended.
Met with the Women’s Prayer Shawl Ministry to pray over shawls. This ministry touches so many lives of our church families and community. I appreciate meeting with the prayer shawl ladies and praying over the shawl they make.
Wrote a Christmas news article for the South Ripley Ministerial Association to the Versailles Republican entitled “The Real Meaning of Christmas.”
Participated in the Preschool Graduation May 20th @ 10:00 AM in the Family Life Center. It was a great program and well supported by family and friends.
Attended New Church Planting Council meetings at the regional office in Indianapolis. The NCPC is financially supporting New Church Plants in Northern Kentucky and Indiana.
Versailles Baptist Church hosted the scholarship recipients for the American Baptist Brotherhood Monday, June 4th. There was a good turn out with an excellent program with refreshments following the program. There were good representations from the Laughery Association of Churches.
Served as Camp Pastor at Jr. Camp – Grades 4-6 at Southeastern Baptist Youth Camp during June 10-15th. There were 23 decisions made – 14 profession of faith, 7 prayer concerns and 2 of these for baptism. It was a great week at church camp.
Attended Laughery Association Brotherhood (ABM) meetings at our local churches.
Participated in a one day Vacation Bible School Friday, July 14th. This was a combined effort with the Tyson United Methodist Church. We had around 56 kids along with workers. Served wherever needed for all ages and participated in the activity games with the children.
Planned and participated in the Laughery Baptist Association Easter Service held at various churches in Laughery Association. There were six pre-Easter services and they were all well attended.
Participated in the graduating seniors’ breakfast, recognition service and gift presentation Sunday, May 21st during the morning worship service.
Participated and officiated the Christmas Eve Service held Thursday, December 24th @ 5:00 PM. It was well attended and the worship time and sharing of the Lord’s Supper was a highlight of the service. We concluded the service with lighting of candles. It was a wonderful time of celebration the birth of Jesus Christ.
Participated in celebrating and honoring the 50 years members Sunday, September 24th by handing out the awards in the worship service.
Helped plan the Laughery Association Baptist Annual Celebration at Aurora 1st Baptist Church, Aurora, IN. The workshops were presented by Bruce Cochran, Region Minister from Fishers, In. will lead a workshop called “Fresh Wind on Stewardship” seeking to discover applications that will encourage a healthier practice of stewardship both for individuals and congregations; Adriana Chaney, the Transitional resource Minister with ABC IN/KY will lead a workshop called “Overcoming Resistance to Change”; Phyllis Goodyear will lead a workshop called Disciple/Relationship: “How Does Your Church Do Discipleship?” and Dan Chadwick, the new Region Minister will lead a workshop called “A Christian Response to Poverty.” We had excellent meals and everyone enjoyed their fellowship time together.
Brenda and I helped with the props and made the background scenery for Vacation Bible School, drama dinner and the children’s Christmas Program, “A Country Christmas with a City Twist-Mas.” We enjoyed doing this because it’s a great ministry for Versailles Baptist Church.
Met with our special prayer service at 5:30 PM on Wednesday and Bible study which is another highlight of the ministries of Versailles Baptist Church. Our participation has been fairly good and the Lord is truing blessing our time together. We encourage our church members to come and participate in praying for special needs in our church, families, community and our nation.
Participated with the deacons by taking fruit baskets to widows, widowers, and shut-ins of Versailles Baptist Church Saturday, December 16th. This is a great ministry and it is an enjoyable time visiting and praying with each person that is given a fruit basket.
Officiated the funerals of Roscoe Elmer Moody, Michelle Hountz, Lucille Warfield, Merrill Bruce, Robert E. Lafary, Bonnie Franklin, Carol Caswell, Ray Sanders, Nancy Waldbillig, and Ruth L. Hamilton.
In addition to conducting regular worship services, and attending meetings of various types such as Church Boards and Committee, Communities, State Regional meetings, and Westport Camp meetings, I attended church/organizational meetings, visited in the homes of our church members, and visited shut-ins, nursing homes, funeral homes and new prospective church members.
Year 2017 was a good and productive year ministering to the needs of our congregation and providing activities and ministries were well worth the time and effort as we witnessed additions to our church family.
As the Lord continues to lead, the year 2018 can be even greater as we to serve, and seek God’s Will for His kingdom. Brenda and I are truly thankful for everything you have done in expression of Christian love, for your prayers and support of us as your pastor. All things are possible through Christ our Lord. Let us prayerfully make 2018 another great and exciting year in the LORD!
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Mike Baptizing Eli Gilpin
Pastor Mike Baptizing Sylvia Baker
Pastor Mike Baptizing Eliza Monroe
Pastor Mike Baptizing Kaiidyn Gilpin
Pastor Mike Baptizing Ethan Schmaltz