P 0 BOX 247
ONA, WV 25545

Flags outside our Sanctuary on a windy Sunday afternoon.

New website: The Guyandotte Baptist Association
(note: this will take you away from the Beulah Ann Website)

October 22-27
7 pm nightly
Rev. Max Hill
Special Music:
Sun. –   Josh Hutchinson
Mon. –   Antioch Baptist Church Choir
Tues. –  Nick Dailey
Wed. –   26th St. Baptist Church Choir
Thurs. – Lighthouse Baptist Church Choir
Fri. –     Union Baptist Church Choir
Mini-VBS for children Sun.-Wed.
“Fun Run” with special guest, Josh Holley, Boston Marathon runner.
Elevator, nursery, ample parking.
Everyone is welcome!


September 3    123
September 10  183
September 17  158
September 24  159
                     4)623(156 average


Edna Rider Russell, 90, Oct.  22
Charlene Winters, 84, Oct. 25
Anna Wetherholt, 97, Oct. 31
Rowena Bonde, 87, Nov. 3
Beverly Harshbarger, 82, Nov. 6
Verna Woodard Childers, 89, Nov 7
Verlin Butler, 87, Nov. 7
Cleo “Punkin” Johnson, 86, Nov. 9


Walter & Judy Lawson, 53 yrs., Oct. 9
David & Linda Chapman, 52 yrs., Oct 29
Tommy & Juanita Nance, 56 yrs., Nov. 19


Ms. Anonymous         $20.00
Nina Nowlin               $15.00
(In loving memory of Mommy and Daddy, the late May and Homer Nowlin, on Mommy’s birthday, Oct. 31.)


Daily Reading Schedule:
October – Zechariah 1 – Luke 13
November – Luke 14 – I Cor. 5
WVBC ABWM 5-Year Plan:
October – II Samuel
November - Habakkuk
(2017 Bible reading calendars are on the foyer table, courtesy of Evangelistic Outreach.)


In September and October, we are getting ready for Operation Christmas Child, by saving for the shipping costs. For the first time in their many years of operation, Samaritan’s Purse has had to raise the cost of shipping a box from $7 to $9. We gather the boxes here and transport them to Lewis Memorial Baptist Church, our regional collection center, by car or van. The boxes from many churches are then transported from there to Boone, NC, by truck. From there, they are dispersed all over the world by airplane. This is not cheap, but by comparison, sending a typical box by US Postal Service would cost $33.50 per box. We had a little money left over from last year for this cause, and earlier this year we received a generous offering, and in September and October (to date) we have collected $760, for a grand total of $3,828, enough to cover 425 boxes! Praise the Lord! A special thank you to the Willing Workers class for donating the proceeds from a recent Wednesday Night Fellowship Supper.

You can pre-pay the shipping on your boxes and find out what country they will be delivered to by going to Click on “Follow My Box,” and you can print out bar code labels. Then in late December, click on the Look-up tool to find out where your boxes are headed!

DISASTER REFIEF TEAM member Steve Brumfield left this weekend to work with a church in a small town near Houston, TX, and will stay with a friend there who attends the church, where 30 members who were affected by Hurricane Harvey did not have flood insurance. He is taking $1,000 of our Disaster Fund to donate to this church, and he will be helping people repair and rebuild their homes. In September, Jason Salmons and a member of his church traveled to Florida to help victims of Hurricane Irma, and transported personal hygiene supplies to the victims, bought by our fund. Thank you, Jason.

To donate to the Disaster Relief Fund (which has been hit hard by the WV floods last year, and hurricanes this year), make your check to the church, and note “Disaster Relief” in the memo line. THANK YOU to Buddy and Betty Beckett for sending a generous donation.

The preacher told me the other day I should be thinking about the Hereafter. I told him, “I do, all the time. No matter where I am – in the parlor, upstairs, in the kitchen or in the basement. I’m always asking myself, ‘Now, what am I here after?”

If the King Solomon were alive today, what would he be most known for?
Extreme old age!

A good crowd gathered at Camp Ona on Sept. 28 for our sesquicentennial celebration. After a lovely meal, GBA Moderator Tom McComas introduced our speakers, retiring Area Minister Max Hill, Interim WV Executive Minister Michael Stephens, and BCM Director Rob Ely, who all had inspiring words. WV Baptist Historical Society President Dick Hepler presented the Association with a certificate, and was in turn presented a shovel that was recently used at the ground-breaking of Weirton Christian Center’s new building. They are also celebrating an anniversary, 100 years. The commemorative cookbooks were available, and went like hotcakes! Proceeds will go to support Camp Ona. GBA History books were also available, and all were taken home! They were compiled by Mildred Caldwell. If you were not able to get one, Milton Baptist Church will be printing more, but they will be in black and white. Let Jo Ross know if you want one.

A BIT OF HISTORY: The Hamlin Baptist Church was hostess for the first time to the Guyandotte Baptist Annual Association in Sept. 1943. It was a large task for a small church, but plenty of food was provided for all. There were 230 in attendance.  Forty ministers and 40 churches were represented.  One highlight of the day was “the Rev. L. J. Priestley, who for the past eight years had served as Missionary of Guyandotte Association and who had been elected Superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League of West Virginia, was presented gifts by the Women’s Missionary Society and the Guyandotte Association Executive Committee.”  Rev. Priestley was highly regarded by all the churches of our Association for his dedicated service.
(Note:  In 2017, 60 people attended the Guyandotte Baptist Association Annual Meeting, as we celebrate 150 years of working together! We can do better, can’t we?)

Beulah Ann hosted the Guyandotte Baptist Association ABWM Fall Rally on Sept. 19. Thanks to all the ladies who helped in any way with the dinner, most especially to Pat Grass and Lee Ann Beckett, who provided the beautiful fall decorations, and coordinated the meal. Grace Abounds (Debbie Dillon, Jessica Noe, and Sheila Braley) did a wonderful job as our special singers, and the young lady who presented the program was outstanding. Katelyn McGuffin served an internship in northern Africa where the people are mostly Muslim. She shared her faith in a dangerous situation, and she wants to go back! How blessed are we that the Lord is raising up young people who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of Christ.


Bobby Kiff Bowen made her first “short mission trip” to Uganda in 1990, where she worked with orphans and fell in love with the people. On one such trip, she was accompanied by Annie Caldwell. On Oct. 16, she will leave for her 9th trip, but this time it is different. She has retired from her job, and now feels called to be a full- time missionary there. This time she will stay three months on a “vision” trip to make sure of her calling. She will return here in March, then go back for a year. She will be serving with Global Outreach International, and will be witnessing to street people and discipling people, which is what she has been doing through her church here!

Bobby needs our prayers. She will be leaving home, kids, grandkids, other family, friends, church family. But she also needs financing. She will need $3,000 monthly living expenses to rent a home and all the other usual expenses. One-time gifts are appreciated, but dedicated monthly support is most needed. (Among many others, the ABWM and Woman at the Well and some individuals from Beulah Ann have already pledged their support.) To give via internet, go to and go to “donate now.” Or to give by mail, the address is Global Outreach International, PO Box 1, Tupelo, MS 38802. Please reference her account number 5055. Your donation will go directly into her account.

DID YOU KNOW there is a salt water river running underground at Malden, WV? The Widows, Widowers and Singles group took a tour of the J. D. Dickinson Salt Works on Sept. 28. Butch Vititoe drove the bus full of about 12 folks to see the processing plant, which is rows of green-house style buildings where the water is drawn up and put in shallow trays for the sun to evaporate the water, leaving the salt. They clean it and add various flavorings and package it for sale, there at the plant gift shop, but also they sell to restaurants all over the world.


MARY VIOLET ARTHUR, 79, of Culloden, whose funeral was Sept. 25. She was an aunt of Sharon Hayes and Joyce Ryder, and grandmother of Brandi Benedict.
HARRY BURGESS, JR., 80, of Monroe, NC, formerly of Barboursville, who died Sept. 1. He was the former owner of the Snack Shack.
GILMER ODELL CHAPMAN, 77, of Barboursville, whose graveside service was Sept. 22. He was the father of Odell Chapman, Jr. (Brenda Chaney), and friend of Sue Benedict.
KATIE COBB, 14, of Winfield, whose funeral was Oct. 15. She was a former student of Erika Klose.
ELIZABETH BROWN STAMPER DAVIS, 92, of Scott Depot, whose funeral was Sept. 23. She was the mother of Charlie Stamper.
JOYCE YVETTE BELL GILLISPIE, 56, of St. Albans, died Oct. 7. She was a niece of Ray Scarberry.
EDWARD HAUN, 79, of Huntington, whose funeral service was Oct. 5. He was Chief of Security at the Cabell County Courthouse, and formerly resided on Rimmer Lane in Ona.
BILLY JORDAN, 80, of Huntington, whose funeral was Oct. 11. He was the father of Bobby (Mona) Jordan.
JAMES EARL “BO” LOWE, 70, of Huntington, whose funeral was Sept. 19. He was a retired Cabell County Deputy Sheriff, and friend of Tom McComas and Rick Sansom.
BETTY CAROL MORRIS, 74, of Chesapeake, OH, whose funeral was Oct. 5. She was the sister of Barbara Johnson and Ronnie Bledsoe.
MARY LOUISE “WEEZIE” MORRISON, 90, who died Sept 18. She was he mother of Brenda Turley (Dana). She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.
MICHAEL DALE VITITOE, 35, of Barboursville, whose graveside service was Sept. 28. He was the son of Anita Davis, cousin of Mildred Caldwell and Jim Morrison, and nephew of Butch Vititoe and Ray Scarberry.

From Phyllis Woodard Collins:
“I lost my husband, Willard, on Sept. 10. One month from the day he fell he passed away. We still attended church regularly, seldom ever missed, so I am certain where he is. We were married 63 years in May. Please remember us in your prayers. (They grew up in this area and attended here until work took them to Point Pleasant).

Once again the Camp-o-rama at Beech Fork was a big success. They had 28 in attendance at Sunday School on Oct. 1. A highlight was Bill Ryder’s 81st birthday celebration. Happy Birthday, Bill!

Ryan and Julie Thompson of the Salt Rock Community Church have formed a new group called “Shiloh Mountain Band,” and they were privileged to sing and play at the Pumpkin Festival on Oct.  8. Jim Ross plays drums for the band. Great job!

The Sanctuary Choir sang at the revival for 26th Street Baptist Church on Oct. 10. Nineteen of us filled the choir loft, and also enjoyed the preaching by Rev. Mark Finley. It was our choir director Duane Adkins 60th birthday! 26th Street is situated in a drug infested area of Huntington, and have a vibrant ministry to that population.


What a gorgeous day we had for the Pumpkin Festival Parade on Oct. 1. Special Thank you to Rick & Teresa Meadows for allowing us to ride on their brand-new trailer and to Chris & Kayla Wallace for using their truck to pull all of us. The kids decorated cardboard pumpkins to put around the trailer and with a few more added fall items we were ready to be part of one of the largest parade I had ever seen. The Meadows family even fed us lunch before we went. The kids loved our special visitors who rode along with us, Pastor Paul Meadows and Butch Vititoe. The kids sang the old Gospel songs as they passed out candy to the parade watchers. To their surprise they won a Parade Trophy. Thanks again to all who made that possible.

Then on Oct 8 we sang at Midland Meadows. This day was a very rainy day but the kids all came out and sang soooo good for the residents. Madelyn Cooke even chose to spend her birthday with us singing. Happy Birthday Madelyn. Thanks to Brooke Chapman, Meredith Crawford and Sharon Hayes for our evening meal and cleaning up after us. Pray for our Jesus Kids Ministry.
                                         ~~Boo Meadows
BAMBY has been very busy! On Sunday evening, September 10, the youth led the service with a devotion by Garret Wiseman, followed by Rianna Kingery, Jessica Jarvis, Gracie Brumfield and Sarah Weekley singing, “I can Only Imagine.” They did a great job and Levi Wiseman added so much to the song by joining them in signing the song as they sang. Such a great job by all of them!!
On the 16th, we loaded 13 teens and 2 adults into the church van and headed to Camp Cowen for Fall Rally. Wow, what a great day!! The speakers were awesome and the Praise and Worship team led over 400 teens in several praise and Worship services. Our theme was the Great Race from here to eternity. The speakers spoke on endurance and trials that may get in the way and break your focus. There was “training time” where the youth spent time in the vesper area in a quiet individual self-reflection and study. During the day, there were lots of opportunities for the teens to fellowship with others from churches throughout the state and make new friends.
The YMPT planned a scavenger hunt-race aka “the Great Cowen Race.” Churches were given clues and each area or item had to be identified. The church with the best time AND the most correct answers won. The winning team - Beulah Ann!!!!! Thanks to Levi for volunteering to get a clue and take one for the team!
Thanks to Lesha Adkins for traveling with me as an additional chaperone.
Upcoming events:
“Sock-tober” - Youth will be collecting socks for the Huntington City mission throughout the month. Socks are the most needed and least donated item at the mission.

November 11th - Teens will host a Fall Festival for the children at the City Mission.

November 18th -Junior High Convention.
Thanks for your continued support.   ~~ Mitzi Beckett
Youth retreat: “But the Lord is with me Like a Mighty Warrior” Jeremiah 20:11
I am not sure where to start but I think it needs to be THANK YOU!! Thank you to the Faithful Servants class for raising the funds, planning and conducting a retreat the teens will NEVER forget!!! There are truly no words to express the gratitude in our hearts for all of the work each of you put into the retreat both individually and as a group.
It began on Friday evening with some free time followed by a wonderful speaker, Mike Boling and band Reclaim! Both were amazing and blessed us all. Of course, we wrapped up the evening with a campfire with hot dogs and s’mores!
Saturday morning started with a delicious breakfast followed by a wonderful speaker, Markus who spoke on the importance of surrounding yourself with good friends and how friends can and influence the direction you go both positively and negatively. He used the friends of the paralyzed man and the story of Jonah as examples. I love the fact that he sat by the fire with the teens and talked to them
like a friend. What a great example of how a
friend should be. Following the lesson, it was game time! The teens were asked to wear old clothes and I understand why! They kicked it off with a relay race followed by eating ice cream without their hands, pudding cups with hose over their heads and of course an egg toss.
The afternoon was spent with “Camo Christians!!!” They are an amazing group of Christian men and women who used hunting and fishing as a tool to teach the Word. By using hands on activities such as casting, sling shots, cross bows and air rifles, and connecting them to a Bible lessons, the teens received His Word in a way they will not soon forget! To make it even better, they each received New Testaments for themselves and to give to a friend. The class then surprised the teens attending with their choice of a Camo Christian hat or shirt! The kids loved the gifts and it was a nice surprise.
Saturday night vesper services were led by Jason Salmons and Kaden’s band from SRCC. What a beautiful service of singing, teaching, prayer and candle lighting! The lit cross was such a beautiful reminder of our call to light a spark in the world by sharing Jesus.
After Vespers, a little capture the flag and fun ended the night (morning.)
Sunday morning brought rain but it did not dampen the sweet, sweet spirit presence in the camp! JD Dillon taught a wonderful Sunday School lesson followed by Morgan Zerkle as our last speaker.
Again, thank you so very much to all who made this event possible!!!!! It was truly a weekend we will never forget especially the two who gave their hearts to the Lord. Not only were souls saved but seeds were planted and hearts renewed.   ~~Mitzi Beckett


Sept. 22-24 fourteen Beulah Ann'ers traveled to Camp Cowen in Webster Co. for the annual Adult Retreat. We may have been small in number, but we had an amazing and wonderful experience. We used a Max Lucado video series and book called "Before Amen" to study about prayer. He broke prayer down into 5 parts and gave us a very simple prayer to say every day.
1.  Father, You are good.  (Remember to praise Him.)
2. I need help.  (You can't do it on your own.)
3.  So do they.  (Pray for others.)
4.  Thank You.  (Thank Him for what He has done for you and what He will do.)
5.  In Jesus Name.  (Always pray in Jesus name.)

We had many heartfelt discussions about prayer and how it has impacted our lives, and how we need to purposely pray for our pastor, church and each other.

Amidst all the serious discussions, we also had a lot of fun. God granted us a weekend of beautiful weather so we were able to fully enjoy our amazing Camp Cowen surroundings.

Many thanks to Connie Chapman, Duane and Lesha Adkins, Roger and Sandy Kingery, and Greg and Jeannie Lunsford who all had big parts in making the weekend a great success. And thanks to all those who attended and opened themselves up in our discussions. We will be forever bound by our shared experience.
                                      ~~Susan McComas

Middle Age: When your broad mind and your narrow waist trade places.


**Tues., Oct. 17, 10 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.
**Wed., Oct. 18, 7 pm – Quarterly Business Meeting.
**Thurs.-Fri., Oct. 19-20 – WV Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, at New Baptist Church in Huntington. Thursday is Women’s Day and Men’s Day.
Fri., Oct. 20, 9 am – CEOS Homemakers “Sew–In”, Family Center. See Alliene Caldwell for more information.
**Sat., Oct. 21, early – The ABMM will be making apple butter in the picnic shelter. Quarts are $7.00. If you want a pint, you must bring your own jar.
**Sun.-Fri., Oct. 22-27, 7 pm nightly – Fall REVIVAL with evangelist Rev. Max Hill. Mini-VBS for children Sun.-Wed., “Fun Run,” with guest Josh Holley, Boston Marathon runner.
**Sat., Oct. 28, 11 am – 1 pm – Children’s Ministries Fall Fun Run Marathon to raise money for hurricane victims in Texas and Florida. It will be at the Caldwell Farm. (If rain, then it will be in the Family Center & Gym.)
**Sun., Oct. 29 – Fifth Sunday Night Sing. Music will be provided by The Tanner Boys. A time of food and fellowship will follow in the Family Center.
**Tues., Oct 31, 10 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.
**Wed., Nov. 1, 5:45 pm – Fellowship Supper, Family Center.
**Wed., Nov. 1, 7 pm – ABWM Love Gift Devotion.
**Wed., Nov. 1, after Prayer Meeting, Trunk ‘r Treat, in the Family Center
**Sat., Nov. 4 – Children’s Fall Rally at Parchment Valley.
**Sun., Nov. 5, 5:45 pm – ABWM meeting in the Joseph & Mary Classroom
**Sun., Nov. 5, 6 pm – ABMM meeting in the Caldwell Classroom.
**Mon., Nov. 6, 7 pm – The Sanctuary Choir will sing at Glory Way Baptist Church in Salt Rock, where Greg Lunsford’s brother is pastor.
**Mon., Nov. 6, 7 pm – Board of Deacon’s Meeting, Family Center.
**Tues., Nov. 7, 10 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.
**Thurs., Nov. 9, 6 pm - Widows, Widowers & Singles meeting, Family Center.
**Sat., Nov. 11 – Youth Ministries will visit the Huntington City Mission.


It was not a big surprise when my son, Jeffrey and his wife, Lynn, decided to travel to West Africa to assist Southern Baptist missionaries working in Senegal. Lynn is a missionary kid, the only child of Navigator missionaries, Charles and Pat Sillavan, who worked in both Kenya and Zimbabwe. She lived there from age four until she returned to the states for college. She and Jeffrey met at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to being devoted to their two sons, Jeffrey and Lynn are rabid Alabama football fans and world travelers. It was following one of their adventures (possibly December in Iceland) when they were evaluating the trip that they were impressed with the fact that although they had much fun and excitement they really had done nothing that benefitted anyone else. This discussion spearheaded their desire to become involved in missions work.

After much prayer, many phone calls, e-mails, and study, they decided to support the Southern Baptist work in Senegal, a Muslim nation in West Africa. Names of missionaries and their place of residence cannot be revealed due to safety concerns, but it is crucial to know that presently only three persons serve a landmass twice the size of the state of West Virginia. Although some French is still spoken there, most of the natives speak Pulaar or Wolof. Language school is a difficult two-year process.

Needless to say, I was not enthusiastic when Jeffrey initially told me they were going to Senegal. Honestly, I thought they would "get their fill" of that adventure and be ready to look at some place closer where the natives speak English. I was wrong! Each time as they packed their bags to go back, I asked if their will had been updated. From my perspective, the only good to come from the trips to Senegal was that the boys, Michael and David, came to spend the time with me and I got to do things like go swimming, play hide-and-seek, picnic in the woods, and catch lightening bugs.

But - God works in mysterious ways. Our local church, Grace Baptist, had just called a new pastor who has a heart for international missions. Jeffrey, Lynn and the boys were home for Easter and I invited the pastor and his wife to have dinner with us. That meal turned into a three-hour conversation, much of which involved the work in Senegal. (Jeffrey had taken on the task of trying to recruit churches who would support the missionaries in Senegal.) God put the need and the desire at the same dinner table! Soon our church began putting together a small team to go to Senegal on a Vision Mission which would provide the church with a clear idea of what the conditions would be and whether we as a church body could contribute. When asked if I would be a part of that team, I responded "Well, I usually stay at home and take care of the grandsons."

But - God had other plans. The missionaries with whom we would be working requested that the team be there August 1-10. Of course this is when school is starting so Lynn wanted to be at home with the boys. I asked Jeffrey to tell me one good reason I should make the 22 hour flight, eat food I might not like, and suffer in sweltering heat and humidity. He smiled and replied, "Momma, Matthew 28 is all I need."
Soon I was packing, getting required vaccinations, and malaria medication for the journey of a lifetime. The temperature and humidity were very high, even for this Alabama girl. There was no air conditioning. Being outside, walking and talking for about 6 hours a day was difficult. The food was actually quite tasty with various dishes of rice with meat and vegetables. The people were very friendly and hospitable and with a translator we were able to engage them in conversation. Most importantly, the Senegalese were receptive to the stories we shared from the New Testament. Being Muslim, most of the people we talked with knew the name "Jesus" but knew Him only as another prophet like their Mohammed. We shared Jesus as more than a prophet. When we sensed that a person was seeking more, we offered an SD card or a Proclaimer (electronic Bible in their language). Did we see huge numbers making professions of faith during the week? No. Did we see huge numbers that were interested in learning more? Yes. We were most encouraged to see large groups of young people who listened intently while we witnessed to an adult. Personally, I think the difference in Senegal will be these young people who will hear the story of Jesus over and over. Please pray for Grace Baptist as we attempt to partner with missionaries to carry on the work that has begun in Senegal.
                               ~~Reba Clagg Anderson

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
                                      ~~Abraham Lincoln

(an archive of the September 2017 Newsletter follows)

CHANGE IS IN THE AIR. It is evident as the kids are back in school and into their routine. It is felt in the chill of the evening air. It is seen in the turning of the leaves. It is also witnessed in the heart of the children of God. Change is inevitable, and it is good. ROMANS 8:29, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
The lost are encouraged to come to Jesus, “just as you are.” Through God’s grace and mercy, we are not left in that sad and sorry state. We are changed spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. It’s a change that is not complete until we receive that new body like Christ’s, but we can see and feel many of the changes. Our thought patterns are straightened, our desires become less selfish and more about others. The power of the Cross changes men and women in a way that no medicine, self-help book or highly paid psychologist can. It bridges a gap that man cannot bridge through any means apart from Jesus. Mathematics can’t equate it. Engineering can’t build it. And Philosophers can’t imagine it. Jesus Christ bridges the gap between man and God and he paid your fare into the kingdom of God with His own precious blood.
If you haven’t experienced the change that comes with Jesus Christ, why don’t you ask Him to forgive you of your sins? Ask Him to come into your life and be your Savior. Then, come to church and learn about Him. Experience the change of heart, the change of attitude, the change of eternal destination with people who glory in seeing souls saved and lives changed. Man was not designed to live alone. And believers should not worship alone when there’s a God-fearing, Bible-believing, Christ-centered church nearby. Change is in the air.           ~~Greg Lunsford, Interim Pastor

August 6   162
August 13 176
August 20 181
August 27 171
               4)690( 173

Ray Scarberry, 80, Sept 7
Mary Lunsford, 83, Sept. 21
Bill Ryder, 81, Oct. 1
Gladys Burns, 81, Oct. 2
Bernice Payton, 87, Oct. 10

Jim and Marcella O’Lynn, 62 yrs., Sept. 10
(Sorry we missed this one last month.)
Garry & Carol Woody,52 yrs., Oct.8
Keith & Diana Cooper, 51 yrs., Oct. 14


Willing Workers SS Class    $20.00
Joyce McKinney                   $50.00
In memory of her mother, Frances Nelson, who passed away one year ago, Sept. 3.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Weirton Christian Center, celebrating 100 years of service this month!


Daily Reading Schedule:
September – Ezekiel 5 – Haggai 2
October – Zechariah 1 – Luke 13
WVBC ABWM 5-Year Plan:
September – Ephesians
October – II Samuel
(2017 Bible reading calendars are on the foyer table, courtesy of Evangelistic Outreach.)

Dear Beulah Ann Church, THANK YOU so much for generously donating to help further BCM. Because of your support, BCM can continue to “change lives that change the world.” My life has been changed because of BCM. I have grown closer to the Lord and watch Him change my heart throughout my time at Marshall. I cannot begin to thank you enough, this ministry is so dear to my heart and to the hearts of countless others.   ~~Brooke A. Estep
(We give to Baptist Campus Ministries monthly through our church budget.)


In August, we gave $160 for the Salvation Army, operating 7,546 centers across the US, distributing food, disaster relief, rehab centers, children’s programs, etc.

In September, we are getting ready for Operation Christmas Child, by saving for the shipping costs. For the first time in their many years of operation, Samaritan’s Purse has had to raise the cost of shipping a box from $7 to $9. We gather the boxes here and transport them to Lewis Memorial Baptist Church, our regional collection center, by car or van. The boxes from many churches are then transported from there to Boone, NC, by truck. From there, they are dispersed all over the world by airplane. This is not cheap, but by comparison, sending a typical box by US Postal Service would cost $33.50 per box. We had a little money left over from last year for this cause, and earlier this year we received a generous offering, but more will be needed. Let’s give generously so that we can cover our costs. THANKS!

GOOD NEWS!  Susannah Baptist Church has supported Missionary Jack Russell, serving among the Simba Guarina people of Bolivia.  For 16 years, he and his team have worked to complete translation of the Bible. It was dedicated with much joy in Taperillis on May 25-28 with more than 200 attending.

A Special Thank You to the ones who make the church bulletins, church DVD's, and church newsletter at Beulah Ann Missionary Baptist Church. Mike and Brenda Meadows deliver these to me each week in Proctorville, Ohio. I have church at home and I always pray over your prayer list with my hand. Thanks for keeping my name on your prayer list each week. My health is improving. Thanks to my precious friends in Christ. God bless you as you serve our sweet Savior.
              Eloise Wagner (Aunt of Boo Meadows)

CONGRATULATIONS to Easton Petitt, whose 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was named “The Play of the Game” by WSAZ’s Friday Night Football show on Sept. 8, after Cabell Midland’s win over Hurricane. Easton is the son of Ted & Missy Petitt, and grandson of Eddie and Debbie Dillon.

EDNA M. BRALEY, 92, of Huntington, who died Sept. 5. She was the aunt of Ed Braley.
DANNY MICHAEL CHILDERS, 67, of Barboursville, whose funeral was Aug. 16. He was a friend of several in the church.
EDITH CAROL DILLON, 78, of Huntington, whose funeral was Aug. 26. She was a friend and neighbor of Jim and Marcella O’Lynn.
HERBERT S. NIDA, 97, of Salt Rock, whose funeral was Sept. 1. He was a friend to many in the church.
LORETTA CARVER MIDKIFF SWORD, 91, of Ona, who died Aug. 23. She was a member of Beulah Ann Baptist Church. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Reynolds (Kermit); one son, J. Howard Midkiff; two sisters, Pauline Clark and Claudine “Mick” Lovern (Sam); one brother, Walt Carver; 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
GERALDINE WEBB, 85, of Lesage, died Sept. 13. She was a sister of Grover Jordan, and aunt of Alisa (Tracy) Mills.
BONITA JO WILSON, 70, of Milton, whose funeral was Aug. 31. She was the wife of Rev. Gary Wilson, a sister of Joe Hutchinson, and sister-in-law of Harva Lee Elkins.

CHILDREN’S MEDIEVAL GAMES: The family center was bustling with archers, jousters and other types of competitions during Children's Ministry's medieval games Aug. 27. The games were to celebrate our study of the Armor of God. At the start of the service that night, several children were recognized for memorizing the Armor of God. (Any adults who want to brush up on the best defense against Satan can read about it in Ephesians 6:10-17.) The children also sang about being soldiers in the Lord's army before heading to the family center for the games. Children were divided into groups to rotate through each competition -- archery, horse races, jousting, swordsmanship and the javelin throw. The swords might have been plastic, the lances washable markers and the horses and javelins made of pool noodles, but the children all had a great time.

In September, we are studying Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12. Children can earn pins to put on their sashes for learning the month's memory verse, Matthew 5:16.
                                              ~~Kara Litteral

JESUS KIDS ARE BACK! We are back after summer break on our 9th season. Wow, what a group we have this year. Several new members have joined to make a total of 20. Praise the Lord. Garrett Wiseman has joined to do our sound. Thank you. The kids sang in church on Grandparents Day with "Give me that Old Time Religion." Then onto Midland Meadows for the afternoon. The residents were excited we were back from our summer break. One lady said she loved the hugs as much as she loved hearing the kids sing. We have been invited to be in the Pumpkin Festival Parade. So the kids will begin working on that. And yes, they will be singing as they ride along. Special Thank You to Mr. Grass and Loretta Chapman for supporting the kids and traveling with us. Meredith Crawford was the parent who helped out this month. Thank you. Keep us in your prayers.                                 ~~Boo Meadows

CRAZY TIE GUY! On August 26, Children's Ministries had a special Family Day in our Family Center. We invited the Crazy Tie Guy, Nathan Dorrell and his wife Kathy and their awesome 7 kids to share their talents and ministry. Over 86 of us enjoyed hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy before the program. Thanks to the kitchen crew!! Nathan and his family did some face painting and taught the kids how to spin a basketball during this time also. Then at 6 it began. We all were in awe of their talent. Nathan Dorrell holds different world records on juggling. They also walked on stilts and rode unicycles. But the Crazy Tie Guy always brought a Bible lesson and truth with each act. He explained to the kids in simple words on how to get to Heaven. They travel all over the United States and several foreign countries sharing their love of Christ and have been in several mission trips. Please pray for their ministry. And as The Crazy Tie Guy says, “Praise the Lord!”
                                          ~~Boo Meadows

HAVE YOU PRAYED FOR YOUR PRAYER BUDDY today?  Children's Ministries still has the Prayer Buddy Ministry. Several of you have prayed faithfully for our kids. We still need your picture on our prayer board. Come downstairs and bring your prayer buddy for a picture. The children love you and appreciate your thoughtfulness. If you do not have a Prayer Buddy see Boo. Thank you again.


Gene’s Mom, Theo, had lost her husband, Jim, when Gene was 13. Several of her children had had serious childhood diseases. Now she would see four of her six sons drafted for service in WWII. Clyde “Ted” had to leave his wife and three children at home. He would be taken prisoner of war in France, stripped of his uniform, given used clothing and held at Stalag 17-A prison in Germany until the end of the war in Europe. Carl would participate in the Battle of the Bulge. John would serve in the Army later, in peacetime, in Germany.

Inducted on March 8, 1943, Gene spent his first day in Huntington being tested for the Army.  But they were short eight men for the Navy, so he and two others from Ona volunteered for the Navy. Next day he was at Great Lakes, lined up with others for their shots and medical exams, was tested for aptitude and intelligence and was qualified for Radio Operator. After basic training and a short visit at home, he went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, to learn all about radios, Morse Code, advanced typing (he had taken typing in high school), then to Los Angeles for further Radio training.

Shipping out of San Francisco, he was assigned to a Merchant ship. His Commanding Officer greeted him with “I am partial to Radio Operators. I just lost two when a bomb made a direct hit on the Radio Shack” (located above deck). A bit later, the Chief Radio Operator “went crazy” (called PTSD now) and was taken off the ship. Gene took over that position. That made two operators to cover both night and day shifts for the rest of the year.

The ship was loaded with Army equipment, airplanes, 18 trucks, clothing, dental equipment, etc., taking a circuitous route to avoid by 1,500 miles the island of Truk, where the Japanese held a large airfield. They had spent 27 days, traveling about 6,668 miles at 12 nautical miles per hour. They unloaded at Brisbane, Australia, then on to Townsville, Australia, where they picked up 10,000 one-hundred-pound bombs and thousands of barrels of gasoline to deliver to Hollandia for an impending invasion.

The Japanese had about 300 two-man submarines poised along shipping channels to destroy our ships. One was aimed at Gene’s ship, but they were able to turn it sharply to the left, making it a narrower target. Whew!

Gene first saw bombs fall at Ora Bay in Buna.  They flew so low that Gene could see the pilot.  The ship docked at many ports during the day, traveling at night for greater safety.  Eight more shuttle trips were made to Australia for supplies and delivered to many ports.

You never knew when you would encounter a storm. Two of them were Typhoons. He especially remembers one somewhere in the 1,300 islands of Indonesia that caused the ship to go in circles, tipping up on its side. Gene heard many SOS’s from ships that were aground and/or burning.

His typewriter (the lifeline of the ship) was bolted to the wall, but came loose. He held tight to it while his chair rolled back and forth, hitting him again and again. A five-gallon jar of water for the ship’s batteries, encased in a wooden cage, broke and spilled water and glass on the floor. Filing cabinet drawers banged in and out, throwing things out.

When it was over, there were no stars or planets to help them identify where they were.  The ship’s Captain was extremely pleased when Gene was able to use the radio to find their location so they could get back in the shipping channel.

After that year, Gene came home to get married on Dec. 14, 1944, then back out to sea for another year. He spent many months in the “red zone,” the place of highest danger. He earned $78 per month except when on sea duty it rose to $90 per month. The Merchant Marine employees earned double pay while in the red zone. The Merchant Marines had many men who had failed the draft testing but wanted to serve their country.

After the Japanese had been defeated by our Navy, they could not bring supplies to their men on various islands. They were left there to die eventually. They lost about 90% of their pilots during the war. You always had to be on watch for suicide planes that might run right into the ship.

I had graduated from business school in Huntington, and was the first girl hired in the Order and Schedule Office at INCO (now Special Metals.) Men were rapidly being drafted. My first job was to run the ditto machine, copying orders. Very soon, I carried the orders to the different mills for schedule dates; then writing the schedules as I learned the procedures. Last of all, I wrote and received ticker-tape messages to and from the New York office.

We decided I would be a stay-at-home Mom because roads were bad and we had no second car. During the war, I had been part of a five- passenger car-pool. Ration stamps were shared for gas.

Gene was not a Christian during the war, but was saved soon after coming home. He was elected Deacon, was a teacher, youth leader and has been very active in other leadership positions. Thank you, God!
                                      ~~Mildred Caldwell
(I have about 40 pages of Gene’s experiences.  Contact me if you want to read them.)

Tues., Sept. 19, 10 am - Sew Blest, Family Center.

Tues., Sept. 19, 6 pm -  Guyandotte Baptist Association ABWM Fall Rally at Beulah Ann. Dinner at 6 pm in the Family Center, program at 7 pm. Guest speaker will be Katelyn McGuffin of New Baptist Church, speaking on her internship in North Africa. Menu: Casseroles, salads, and desserts, $8.00. Mission Project: Cleaning supplies (such as Windex, bleach, and pine sol) for Camp Ona.

Fri. – Sun., Sept. 22 – 24: Camp Cowen Retreat hosted by Willing Worker’s Sunday School Class. Everyone aged 18 and over is invited. Cost is $70 per person to cover lodging and meals. Information packets are on the foyer table.

Thurs., Sept. 28, 8:45 am – Widows, Widowers, and Singles will be traveling to JQ Dickenson Salt Works in Malden, WV for a tour. On their way home, they will stop for lunch.  If you are interested, please see Alliene Caldwell.

Thurs., Sept. 28: Guyandotte Association Annual Meeting at Camp Ona, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the GBA. Two special publications will be available: GBA History, compiled by Mildred Caldwell, and GBA Cookbook, compiled by Mary Ellen Ball and Nellie Gillispie. Our delegates are: Interim Pastor Greg Lunsford, SS Superintendent Tom McComas, Ed & Chris Watson, Bobby Wheeler, Jim and Jo Ross, and alternates Duane Adkins and Phil and Stella Bartram. Everyone is invited!

Fri. – Sun., Sept. 29 -Oct. 1 - Fall Camp-a-Rama at Beech Fork State Park. See Pauletta Wallace for more details.

Sun., Oct. 1, 11 am – Ordinance of Communion.

Sun., Oct. 1, 2 pm – Jesus Kids will ride and sing in the Pumpkin Festival Parade in Milton.

Sun., Oct. 1, 5:45 pm – ABWM Meeting in the Joseph and Mary Classroom.

Sun., Oct. 1, 6 pm – ABMM Meeting, Caldwell Classroom.

Mon., Oct. 2, 7 pm – Combined Board Meeting, Family Center. (Deacon Board, Trustee Board, Board of Christian Education, and Board of Finance.)

Tues., Oct. 3, 10 am – Sew Blest, Family Center.

Wed., Oct. 4, 5:45 pm – Fellowship Supper, hosted by the Willing Workers Sunday School Class.

Fri.-Sun., Oct. 6-8 – Jr.-Hi/Sr.-Hi Youth Retreat at Camp Ona.

Sun., Oct. 8 – Newsletter Deadline.

Thurs., Oct. 12 – Widows, Widowers, and Singles meeting.

Fri., Oct. 13, 9 am – Newsletter work party. Volunteers appreciated!

Wed., Oct. 18, 7 pm – Quarterly Business Meeting.

Thurs.-Fri., Oct. 19-20 – WV Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, at New Baptist Church in Huntington. Thursday is Women’s Day and Men’s Day.

Sun.-Fri., Oct. 22-27, 7 pm nightly – Fall REVIVAL with evangelist Rev. Max Hill. Mini-VBS for children Sun.-Wed., “Fun Run,” with guest Josh Holley, Boston Marathon runner.

Sat., Oct. 28, 11 am – Children’s Ministries Fall Fun Run Marathon, to raise funds for hurricane victims.

Sun., Oct. 29 – Fifth Sunday Night Sing.

The DISASTER RELIEF TEAM will be sponsoring a team going to Texas and Florida. They will be taking supplies. After the WV flooding last year, our funds have dwindled down. If you would like to help support the Disaster Relief Team or have any supplies to donate, see any of the Disaster Relief Team Members. Thank you.      ~~Mike Meadows


The Sanctuary Choir filled up every seat in the choir loft on Aug. 21, to sing for Mud River’s revival, celebrating their 210th Anniversary!

Russ Perry brought a challenging message Aug. 27, and brought us up-to-date with his and Jan’s work with Distant Shores Media, a partner of Wycliffe Associates. They are thankful for the church’s support. You can keep in touch with them at

Brian Clagg, son of Ebert Clagg, was our guest speaker on Sept. 3, while Interim Pastor Greg Lunsford and his family were on vacation. He is also the Agriculture teacher at CMHS. He did a wonderful job.

Kudos to the Faithful Servants Class, who held a spaghetti dinner on Sept. 10 to continue to raise funds to support the Youth Retreat which will be a Camp Ona in October. They raised $1,400, which added to the pancake dinner they had earlier, will be more than enough to fund this very special function.

We enjoyed many photos of children and their grandparents on Power Point on Sept. 10th, Grandparent’s Day. Thanks to all who worked on this project.

After the resignation (retirement) of Jim Ross, the church was in need of a new Deacon. On Sept. 10, Philip Bartram was duly elected. Phil previously served as deacon at his home church in Beckley before moving here. Let us all keep Phil and Stella in our prayers as they dedicate themselves to the service of the Lord is this office.

Don’t forget that the most effective way you can give to help victims of disasters is to give through your church through One Great Hour of Sharing. No funds are removed for processing your gift, and money is made available immediately to be administered by churches in the area involved. Make your check out to BABC, and write “for OGHS, Texas” (or Florida, or Mexico, etc.)

Blessed are the quilters, for they shall be called piece-makers.


1. Study the BIBLE daily.
2. Study the BIBLE with concentration.
3. Study the BIBLE independently.
4. Study the whole BIBLE.
5. Study the BIBLE as the Word of God.
6. Study the BIBLE prayerfully.
7. Study the BIBLE with definite purpose.
From the October 1964 Newsletter.
Contributed by Luther F. Morrison.


Church Mailing Address  P.O. Box 247, Ona, WV 25545
Church Physical Address  3750 Edmonds Branch Rd
Church Telephone   304-743-5854
Church Home Page
Church Office Hours   Tues. - Fri., 9 am – 1 pm
Interim Pastor Greg Lunsford.
Home phone 304 743-9315
Cell phone 304 638-0276
(Greg also has a Facebook page)
Mail: Rt. 2 Box 54, Milton, WV 25541
Newsletter information can be phoned to Church Secretary Jo Ross at the Church Office during office hours, or e-mailed to by Thursday at 1 pm.

The Guyandotte Baptist Association has a Web site! Check it out at:

(photo taken after Cantata from balcony by Susan McComas)



I couldn't resist including this picture of the grand finale of the Guyandotte Association Day Camp, 2005.
Besides what you see, there were booths set up for the full length of the Dining Hall porch, and the Barboursville Fire Department
brought their "Smoke House" trailer and taught our children what to do in case of a fire.


(note: Pictures of current activities can often be seen on the weekly bulletin page.
Click here to see the current worship bulletin.)