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11/23/07 ARCHIVE

Illinois Baptists celebrate 100th anniversary, increase CP giving and witness missionary appointments
By Martin King, editor

SPRINGFIELD | Nearly 2,000 Illinois Baptists’ gathered Nov. 6-8 to celebrate the state association’s 100th anniversary, increase Cooperative Program giving, witness appointment of new Southern Baptist missionaries, and commit to the Illinois Baptist State Association’s second century of cooperative missions.
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Anniversary Celebration highlights past, looks to Second Century
By Martin King, editor

SPRINGFIELD | The opening session of the 2007 Illinois Baptist State Association annual meeting was a celebration of the past as well as a commitment to the future.
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Illinois Baptist among 82 SBC missionaries appointed in historic Illinois service
By Staff and wire reports

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) | Eighty two new missionaries, including one Illinois Baptist, were appointed by the International Mission Board (IMB) Nov. 7 in Springfield, Ill., during the annual meeting and 100th anniversary celebration of the Illinois Baptist State Association. It was the first IMB Appointment Service ever held in Illinois.
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A good time to be an Illinois Baptist
By Nate Adams, Executive Director, IBSA

It’s been a few days now since hundreds and hundreds of Illinois Baptists gathered in Springfield for IBSA’s Annual Meeting. We celebrated a century of cooperation as IBSA churches, and we joined the International Mission Board in celebrating the appointment of 82 new missionaries. We heard inspiring preaching and encouraging reports. We united our hearts in worship. And through hallway conversations and mealtimes and receptions honoring old friends, we found ourselves saying over and over again, “What a good time to be an Illinois Baptist.”
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IBSA at “pivotal point” in history
By Kevin Kerr, President, IBSA

Several years ago I noticed a cartoon depicting a deer with a bull’s eye target on its side. Another deer standing nearby remarked, “Wow! What an unfortunate birthmark!”
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BCHFS: Serving Christ yesterday, today and tomorrow
By Lisa Sergent, assistant editor


SPRINGFIELD | The Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services (BCHFS) report to messengers at the Illinois Baptist State Association Annual Meeting began with a look at its past. Arthur Tayon, a BCHFS resident 69 years ago, shared how much BCHFS, which was then an orphanage, had meant to his life.
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IBSA Board: Recommends increasing CP giving, reports Second Century commitments
By Martin King, editor

SPRINGFIELD | “These are exciting days for Illinois Baptists. Strong giving through the Cooperative Program will allow us to do some things next year we haven’t done before,” Roger Marshall, chairman of the IBSA board of directors, told messengers at the Association’s annual meeting.
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Fish, Munton and Winters bring powerful messages at annual meeting
By Lisa Sergent, assistant editor

SPRINGFIELD | Roy Fish led the IBSA Annual Meeting Bible study on Nov. 7-8. Fish, a distinguished professor at Southwestern Seminary, taught “what God is like” based on verses taken from Exodus 33 and 34.
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BFI: No mission is impossible
By Lisa Sergent, assistant editor

SPRINGFIELD | On Wednesday afternoon of the Illinois Baptist State Association Annual Meeting, Baptist Foundation of Illinois (BFI) Director Rick Heironimus began his report to messengers to the theme music from the 1960s television program, “Mission Impossible.” Dressed in a trench coat, Heironimus asked, “Which BFI Force members should help with this mission?”
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Pastors’ Conference offers advice and encouragement
By Lisa Sergent, assistant editor

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Baptist State Association Pastors’ Conference was held Nov. 6-7 at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield. Its theme, “That Illinois May Know Christ,” was taken from the Matthew 4:19.
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