I greet you, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, in the name of the Lord. I am writing concerning the 2020-2021 sessions of the Ministers School.
Twenty-one of our elders met for the December 2020 session of our Primitive Baptist Ministers School using “Zoom” for the first time. While we were not physically united, the Spirit of the Lord brought us together spiritually and we had much joy in the December session.
Most of you know that when we meet in a host church, the host congregation and anyone else interested is normally invited to sit in and listen to the messages and discussions, but do not participate in the discussions we have periodically during the day.
Since we were using “Zoom” for the first time in December we only sent the “Zoom” link to our pastors for that meeting. However, we voted to invite any who might want to listen in to join us for our January and February meetings. The theme for both sessions is “The Minor Prophets”.
This is our invitation to any of you who would like to join in, but to do so you must contact Elder Jason Solomon by email so he can provide you the “Zoom” meeting link. We are limited with the number of people we can host beyond the Elders who are participating. We welcome you and would love to have you join us as we worship the Lord in these two meetings.
Our schedule of times, subjects, and speakers is attached.
If you would like to join us, please contact Brother Jason ahead of time at:
By HIS grace,
Elder Ben R. Nessmith, Jr., Chairman
This is the link to join in on the Zoom meetings for February
FEBRUARY MINISTERS SCHOOL
February 22 - 24, 2021
Monday Morning (9 AM) –Overview of the last six Minor Prophets (in chronological order) – SPEAKER: ELDER CRAIG CAMPBELL
Monday Morning (1O AM) – Zephaniah – ELDER JIM BOWEN
Monday Afternoon (1 PM) – Joel – ELDER LEE CHAMBERS
Monday Afternoon (2 PM) – Discussion
Tuesday Morning (9 AM) – Obediah – SPEAKER: ELDER WALT DELOACH
Tuesday Morning (10 AM) – Haggai – SPEAKER: ELDER BEN NESSMITH
Tuesday Afternoon (1 PM) Zechariah – SPEAKER: ELDER BEN FORDHAM
Tuesday Afternoon (2 PM) – Malachi – SPEAKER: ELDER KEITH HAMILTON
Tuesday Afternoon (3 PM) – Discussion
The Primitive Baptist Foundation has been affected by the COVID-19 virus pandemic in unprecedented ways. First, we had to cancel our 2020 Annual Meeting of Directors, which has never happened before. Next, we had to figure out the legalities of operating the Foundation in the absence of a duly elected set of Officers and Executive Committee Members (EC) as is always done at the Annual Meeting, which also has never happened before. There are no provisions in the constitution or bylaws for such an emergency, nor is there any precedent.
After the meeting cancellation, the Officers and Executive Committee set about exploring options to continue operations, and to develop a plan that is simple and effective in helping us meet our obligations.
We have developed a plan we believe satisfies both requirements. In short, doing two things: 1) Declare this to be a ‘state of emergency’ for the Foundation and implement a temporary management plan, and 2) Request all officers, and EC members whose terms would expire at the 2020 Annual Meeting, to continue serving on an interim basis until the 2021 Annual Meeting, April 27, 2021.
Attached is a document which explains this in more detail. We hope you will read it carefully and share it with others.
We ask Pastors and Clerks, especially, to help us make sure your church’s PB Foundation Director and Alternate Director receive copies of the attachment since we do not have email addresses for many of them.
A final special request: Please remember in your prayers all Officers, Executive Committee Members, special Foundation committees and task forces, and others who assist in carrying out the duties of the Foundation.
At Music Workshop 2018, the Metter Primitive Baptist Church, with the help of members of others of our churches and regular Workshop attendees, presented the musical drama, A Picture of Calvary. This compelling account of the life, death and resurrection of our Lord, through dramatic portrayals of some who were with Him throughout His ministry and at the cross, was truly a blessing for those who attended.
Director of Music, Sister Becky Thrift of the Metter Church, directed our choir in several favorite sacred numbers, including “Behold Our God,” “Mary, Did You Know?” and “Were You There?” supported by the accompaniment of several of Workshop’s finest musicians.
This presentation is now available on DVD! If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this moving program, please contact Mark Simms via email or regular mail at:
117 Elliswood Drive Statesboro, GA 30458 – email@example.com – (770) 315-3433
Be sure to provide your mailing address! There is no charge for the DVD. However, if you can make a donation to help with the expense of producing this video, it will be greatly appreciated. Any amount, large or small, will be very helpful.
We want to express our deep and sincere appreciation to Angelique Harville and Chip Lane, who very generously volunteered to film this presentation. Angelique is a member of Lanes Primitive Baptist Church and plays the role of Mary Magdelene. She and her partner, Chip, have also provided video services for us in previous productions at Music Workshop.
They are owners of First City Films, a production company based in Savannah, GA. Their first feature film, Untouched, was recently distributed to Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and other video-on-demand markets. Chip and Angelique also cast for independent films and regional and national commercials. Together, they have co-written three screenplays and are developing several more.
Chip has written and directed several short films, produced several feature films and is a working actor, guest starring in popular films and television shows. Angelique is a full time actor in TV and film, producer and assistant director. As a 1st AD, she has worked on numerous feature films. Again, we thank them for their significant contributions in making this program available to you.
We also want to give special thanks to Brother Chris Chambers of the Statesboro Church for his many hours of diligent work in formatting and reproducing the DVD’s. Chris chairs the Technology Committee of the Workshop Board and we truly appreciate his dedication to this project and his tireless efforts to facilitate the technology needed each year during Workshop Week.
Let us hear from you if you’re interested in having a copy of A Picture of Calvary. We encourage you to take advantage of this offer and pray that you will be blessed by it!
For everyone who has access to a smart phone or tablet, there is a new Progressive Primitive Baptist App that is now available for download in both the
App store and the Google Play store.
This new app puts all of the information from the website into a convenient place, where you can keep up to date with the many events, announcements, and gatherings of
Progressive Primitive Baptists.
Simply go to the App store of Google Play store on your smart phone or tablet
and download the app for free.
The Primitive Baptist Foundation and the Primitive Baptist Scholarship Foundation are now beneficiaries of the AmazonSmile Foundation. Never heard of AmazonSmile? Amazon, the online shopping giant, established this charitable foundation and donates a portion of its proceeds to the foundation for distribution to eligible charitable organizations. Both of our Foundations are now approved to receive funds from AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile will send 0.5% of the money they receive from our purchases to the charity we designate.
Simply put, these are unrestricted ‘donations’ from the AmazonSmile Foundation to our Foundations. This is an excellent and easy way for those of us who order products from Amazon to help support our own programs and activities.
AmazonSmile offers customers the same selection of products, prices, and convenient shopping features as Amazon.com. The shopping experience is identical and there is no extra cost to the consumer.
The true beneficiaries, of course, will be those involved in our programs for Widows of Ministers, Church Loans, The Library and Archives, Church Growth and Communication activities, the Ministers Retirement Plan, the Scholarship Fund and others.
To take advantage of this opportunity, here’s how to sign up:
> In your web browser, do a search for or go to smile.amazon.com.
> If you are already an Amazon customer, simply sign in as you usually do with your Amazon.com account (same email address and password).
> You can then click on ‘Select a charity’. The website lists five of AmazonSmile’s ‘spotlight charities’. Drop down below that to the block that says ‘Or pick your own charitable organization’, type in ‘Primitive Baptist’ and click ‘Search’. The list that appears will contain numerous Primitive Baptist organizations. Look for ‘Primitive Baptist Foundation Inc. (Roswell, GA)’ and ‘Primitive Baptist Scholarship Foundation Inc. (Statesboro, GA)’. Select one, then follow instructions to complete the signup.
> When you finish these steps, your name and the organization that you selected will appear at the top of the webpage. You’re ready to shop! Bookmark it for quick and easy access in the future.
If you do not have an Amazon account, you can create one from this opening page and follow the instructions to do the same as above.
When you return to this site in the future, your name and the charitable organization you selected will automatically appear. REMEMBER: Use smile.amazon.com rather than amazon.com!
Michelle Harris shares the following comments about her experience: I use smile.amazon.com whenever I shop Amazon, and that is often. After registering, whenever I enter the site, my name and charity are displayed at the top of the page. The shopping experience is identical to what I was doing previously with Amazon. And I especially like the option of direct shipping of gifts to family out of state!
We all have many choices for charitable organizations to support. We hope you will seriously consider designating the PB Foundation or the PB Scholarship Foundation to benefit from shopping that most of us will do anyway.
A note about the ‘amount’ our Foundations could receive. The 0.5% rate is one-half of one percent (not 5%). That translates to 50 cents for each $100 of purchases. While it is not a large percentage, it is in the range of interest that many checking and savings accounts are currently paying. Any amount will be helpful, of course. However, we should not assume this will replace any of our regular church and individual contributions to our Foundations, nor should we allow it to.
Special thanks to Darryl and Michelle Harris for sharing this important information and for making arrangements for the PB Foundation to participate.
God bless, and thanks for your consideration.