Monthly Newsletter


Greetings Elam,

As we start this new church year, I want to encourage you to stay focused on the Lord and the goals that we have set for Elam.  I am excited about seeing the Lord work in new ways this year as we seek to Gather, Grow, Give and Go. I know that change and a new direction can be hard at times, but I believe with all of my heart that we are about to see God do some extraordinary things at Elam.  We have already seen Him work in wonderful ways over the last several months and it is only the beginning.  I pray that each one of you will catch the vision to reach 1% (66 people) of Jenkins County with the gospel of Jesus.  We are going to have to stretch ourselves, we are going to have to go beyond our current limits, and we are going to have to leave the campus, but we will do it.  We will see God change the lives of 66 people this year!  I pray that you will join me on this mission to have meaningful gospel conversations and give people what they truly need in life, and that is Jesus. I love you church and it is a privilege and an honor to be your Pastor! Blessings,  Pastor Jody


“Labor Day brings to mind a statement found in the Presbyterian Church's Book of Order,which addresses God's call to people of faith: God calls a people to use the gifts and abilities God has given honoring and serving God in personal life, in households and families, in daily occupations, in community, nation and the world. . ..Persons respond to God's call to honor and serve God in every aspect of human life:  in their work and in their play, in their thoughts and in their action, in their private and public relationships.  God hallows daily life, and daily life provides opportunities for holy living.  As Christians honor and serve God in daily life, they worship God.  For Christians, work and worship cannot be separated.”


Deacons:  Norman Parker, Chairman; Nick Johnson, Kenny Wiggins, George Dudley, Eddie Hodges, David Newton, Marty Orvin, Harry Gay, Mitchell Johnson, Jerry Henry, Sean Brannen

Trustees: John Roy Clifton, Chairman: Jerry Henry, Eddie Hodges,  John Newton, Dobson Gay, Jr.

Clerk:  Nancy Baird (2020)

Treasurer:  Kay Proctor (2020)

Assistant Treasurer:  Will Gay, III (2020)

Sound System Operators:  John Paul and Renee' Hearn, Marty Orvin


Bible Study:  Dorothy Gay

Senior Adults:  Anne Proctor

Men's Ministry:  Mitchell Johnson

Women's Ministry:  Veronica Cowart

Student Ministry:  John Paul Hearn

AWANA:  Nancy Baird and Lynne Bennett

VBS:  Beth Bell and Renee' Hearn


Last Sunday we sang hymn # 43 in our pew hymnals, “This Is My Father’s World”.  Maltbie D. Babcock, a minister who lived from 1858-1901, wrote the lyrics after the death of his two infant sons. Only the Holy Spirit could revive his broken spirit and inspire him to respond by writing the lyrics to this song. Our God is still in the heart changing business!

Our Adult Choir will begin Sunday night rehearsals on Sept 9th at 7:00 pm. This will be immediately after Children’s Choir that meets at 6:00 pm on Sundays. 

Now is a wonderful time to join choir as we will begin rehearsing Christmas music soon and plan to present a musical on the second Sunday morning in December.     --Tony

To get anywhere, strike out for somewhere, or you'll get nowhere.            --Martha Lupton


God blessed Elam Baptist Church the past year.  We renovated our Sunday School wing, baptized 16  people, birthed a Sunday School class, had an outstanding AWANA year in spiritual growth and attendance, increased in attendance in Sunday School and worship service (outstanding preaching and singing), averaged 40 in Sunday night Bible Study, met or surpassed all mission goals, increased our monetary giving.

What a year!! God Is So Good!! We invite all former members, friends, and relatives of Elam to come home for Homecoming, Sunday, September 16.  

The musical group Grace Abounds will be presenting special music.  Following the worship service, Homecoming Dinner will be served in the FLC.   The main menu will be fried chicken.  Ladies on the Benevolence Groups are asked to bring a dish from their groups.  Ladies not on a Benevolence Committee group are asked to bring a dish of their choice. 

Hospitality Committee is in charge of the meal.  Circle the date, Sunday, September 16, 2018. 


Norman Parker, chairman of the deacons, presided over our quarterly business meeting, which was held on Sunday evening, August 26.

The church approved the following items:

Nominating Committee report,  the 2018-2019 budget, and an Outreach Committee.

The approved budget is $205,287, which is an increase of $9,400.  The Outreach Committee will coordinate and oversee all activities relating to outreach and missions.

Following the business meeting, Pastor Jody gave a presentation on our vision for the new church year.   One goal is to reach 66 people for the Lord in 2018-2019.  He encouraged us to become a church that Gathers, Grows, Gives, and Goes.


Drew Bryant, nephew of Pastor Jody, was baptized on Sunday, August 5.  Mandy Williams was baptized on Sunday, August 12.  Mandy and her family are involved in AWANA and Sunday School.




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5199 ELAM ROAD, MILLEN, GA 30442









  2 Lord's Supper

  9 Cricket Miller

16 Christine Gay & Family

23 Polly Cowart

30 Open


Undesignated tithes and offering: $16,596

Budget needs for August:     15,068

Over for August:            1,528

Designated and special offerings:

State Missions:  545

Children's Home:                 200

Savings Accounts:

Building:    10,700

  Cemetery:     200

His Heart     450


IS $1,500

Our State Mission Goal for this year is $1,500.  September is designated as State Mission month.  Let's reach our goal.  Place your money in an envelope marked for State Missions.

Please Pray For


Montine Cowan, Chris Gay


Susan Barber, Shirley Brown, Daisy Clark, Margaret Clifton, Becky Dye, Wilma Gainey, Don Gay, Susie Hefner, Betty Johnson, Wanda Killoran, Martha McMillan, Anthony Martin, Sr., Brenda Mathern, Danny Moore, Ansley Moxley, Brenda Newton, Bobbie Olson, Robert Thompson


 Dale and Elizabeth Anderson, Jack and Mary Burke, Tommie Canady, H. T. Clifton, Jr., Barbara Gay, Perry Hearn, Diane Hickman, W. A. and Margaret Hooks, Bobby Johnson, Walt Landing, Bill and Patricia Mincey, Frankie Sapp, Helen Spence, Jeanette Weathersby


  2 George and Brenda Dudley

  9 Eddie and Retha L. Hodges

 16 Walt and Carol Landing

 23 Anthony and Gloria Martin

30 Stewart and Kay Hooks


  2 Eddie Hodges and Nick Johnson

  9 Marty Orvin and David Newton

16 George Dudley and Mitchell Johnson

23 Jerry Henry and Kenny Wiggins

30 Harry Gay and Sean Brannen


The Annual Meeting for the Middle Baptist Association will be Sunday, September 23, 6:00 p.m. at the Millen Baptist Church.

Dr. Anthony George, associate pastor of FBC in Atlanta, will be the speaker.  A 70-voice choir will be presenting the music. 


We are excited about a new year of AWANA and thanks to all who have committed to work in any capacity. You have made this commitment because kids matter to God and He has given us the privilege to train and equip them.

Our theme for opening night is “Big Top Faith” with a carnival atmosphere including games and food!

What:  AWANA Opening Night

When:  September 5, 2018 

              Registration and Food at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Elam Baptist Church 

Who:    Ages 2 years-12th grades

              Join the Fun!



Standing Committees will have their quarterly meetings on Sunday evening, September 9, at 4:30 p.m.  Standing Committees are grounds, hospitality, maintenance, music, recreation, and transportation.  Committee chairpersons need to give a copy of minutes of the meeting to Dorothy.  Copies of the minutes will be made available to the church to review.

Church Council will meet at 5:00 p.m. in the Thrive Sunday School room.  Council members should have dates for the quarter to place on the calendar.  Council members are Pastor Jody, Tony Prescott, Dorothy Gay, Anne Proctor, Mitchell Johnson, Veronica Cowart, John Paul Hearn, Nancy Baird, Renee' Hearn,  Gloria Martin, Margaret Hooks, and Michelle Orvin.

By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.      Latin Proverb


The Women’s Ministry planning team met Sunday, August 26, 2018 in the Family Life Center Library for the purpose of developing a plan for the new church year.  The Women’s Ministry Team consists of the Women’s Ministry Team Director (Veronica Cowart) “Ean” Taylor WMU/WOM Director (Cathrine Chesnut), Ladies Bible Study Director (Paige Lee).

               Women’s Ministry is designed to meet the complex needs of today’s woman, providing encouragement, prayer, and guidance.  Our goal is to bring together women of all ages and stages for edification and service opportunities.  As women grow and mature in godliness, they are better equipped to nurture and serve in their families, to enrich the church, and to evangelize their communities.

           Team members agreed to use funds allocated in the $500 budget for leader book study materials, childcare workers, and speaker expenses.  Refreshments and books will be purchased by book study participants.

          Suggested monthly Southern Baptist calendar dates already in place were discussed along with Elam Baptist Church activities. September includes the State Mission Emphasis.  Elam budget is $1500.  The Women’s Ministry will be supporting the Backpacks for Appalachia and will encourage church members to begin purchasing items for the Samaritan’s Purse Shoeboxes. 

     The Women’s Ministry Team is eager to provide Christian service to others and encourages other women to get involved in mission opportunities! --Veronica Cowart


The first meeting of the Women on Mission will be held on Tuesday, September 18, at 9:30 a.m. in the Family Life Center.  All women 18 years old and older are invited to attend.

Catherine Chesnut is the Women on Mission director.


  The women’s ministry will start two  Ladies' Bible Study on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. The study is 1 Peter: A Living Hope In Christ by Jen Wilkin.  Paige Lee will lead the evening sessions. Refreshments and childcare will be provided for the evening session. Please invite whoever you want to join us. 

Anita Motes will lead the morning study  for ladies unable to attend the evening sessions.  The morning session will be held in her home which is located in Bulloch County with an address of 5373 Old Dill Road.  It begins on September 11th from 8:30am-10:30pm. 


We will be packing our boxes in November, but now is a great time to stock up on school supplies and summer clearnace items.  So check out those clearance racks when you are shopping!

--Michelle Orvin


Sean Brannen will be ordained as a deacon on Sunday morning, September 9, during the morning worship service.  He was recently elected by the church to serve a four-year term as deacon.

Sean and his wife, Jessica, are expecting a baby girl.  Sean and Jessica are actively involved in all ministries of  the church.  Please pray for this young couple as they begin a new walk with the Lord.


The August  meeting of the Merrmakers was a huge success.  We had between 75 to 80 people present.  The barbecue prepared by Raymond Blackburn with the help of George Dudley and others was delicious, as were the side dishes prepared by the captains and their groups.

The singing group, Jordan's River, blessed us with their singing.

We have a lot to look forward to as we embark on our new church year.

Don't miss Homecoming Day, September 16.  We have a gospel group called Grace Abound coming to bless us with their singing.

Our annual  low country boil/steak supper is Thursday, September 27.  Your captains will be calling you to get your order.  Put the date on your calendar!

We have two new captains—Debbie Parker and Brenda Mathern—replaced Carol Landing and Patsy Henry.  Groups are the same.

--Anne Proctor


What a great way to begin a new church year!  Attendance was record-setting.  We ranged from 130 to 150 in weekly attendance.  

Nursery, preschoolers, children, and youth classrooms were buzzing with eager learners.  It is so gratifying to see our Sunday School rooms filled with children and youth being taught by excellent teachers who have hearts for their pupils.

The Thrive Sunday School class is over-flowing.  Points of Grace had one vacant seat last Sunday.  

We have several new teacheers this year.  Jared Orvin and Eddie and Retha Hodges are teaching the younger youth.  Rachel Smith is helping with the T & T class.  Jennifer Gay is working with the Cubbies.  Please pray for these teachers and others as they work in Sunday School.  

There is no higher calling than to serve as a Sunday School teacher, especially with our precious children ad youth.  Judy Taylor, Point of Grace teacher,  stated that she was so greatful that she was asked to teach that class—a real love affair.

Let's continue reaching the lost in our community for Christ



It is hard to believe we are heading into September and a new church year. I can't wait to see what God has in store for Elam in the coming church year. Our children's church ministry continues to grow. We currently average 21 each Sunday morning in Children's Church. It is a blessing to teach and worship alongside our children. If you would like to serve in this ministry, please talk to Jared Orvin or myself. I would like to give a special thanks to Norman and Kris Parker, Dusty and Anita Motes, Jared Orvin, Tripp Parker, and Kendall Wiggins. They each serve multiple Sundays per month in this ministry.

Our youth also continue to grow. We started a new SS class for grades 6-8. We are currently running 11-12 in each class. Thank you to Eddie and Retha Lynn Hodges and Jared Orvin for teaching the class. We are starting a new 3-year walk through the Bible using The Gospel Project Curriculum this Sunday. We would love to have your youth-age child meet on Sunday mornings with us. We also meet on Sunday nights at 6 p.m. as well as on Wednesday nights during AWANA. Please continue to pray for our student ministry at Elam. God Bless,    JP


The Brotherhood kicks off its new church year with a fish fry on Thursday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m.  All men and boys are encouraged to attend.  

Let's make 2018-2019 a great year for the Brotherhood!!

--Mitchell Johnson, Director

Whether you think  you can or think you can't, you are right.      --Henry Ford

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. . . .

       --Psalm 33:12