Gearing up for Volunteer Groups

Summertime is finally here, and what a way to kick the season off than by welcoming in our first group of Volunteer Builders?! We are delighted to be hosting the Bennett Group this week, and have received such a special blessing by having them here.

The next few months are sure to be a whirlwind, and we want to make sure both the building committee, the volunteer groups, and the congregation are on the same page about a few things, like...

1.) How many groups are coming

2.) When the groups will be here

3.) What our obligations are to them

4.) Where they will be staying

5.) What they will be doing

1 and 2.) So, to start off, there are a total of five groups coming to work at HBC this year. Their individual dates are as follows: Bennett and Elm Springs Groups-- June 3-7, Blackwell Group-- July 1-5, Mel Callahan and Long Lane Groups-- July 8-12.

3.) Our obligation to the Bennett and Elm Springs Groups are one meal, on the Sunday of Homecoming. To the rest of the groups, we will provide one meal (an early dinner) each night that they are in attendance. The Blackwell Group will also be volunteering a VBS Ministry while they are here, and we have agreed to be their helpers.

4.) The volunteers from these groups are each a little bit different. Some will haul their Campers or RVs or Motor Homes down, others will pitch tents, and some will need hosts.

As we have learned with the Bennett Group, our church's acreage is simply not enough to be able to hold the hundred and some people that will all be here at once later in July, so we are looking for members of the church who have enough space and would be willing to allow one or more volunteer Camper/RV/Motor Home to park at their residence. This will allow for the volunteers to not be on top of each other as they spend their one week of vacation this year to come and build our church.

In addition, some families will be arriving with no place to stay. We will be sharing our Sunday School rooms with those that have children, but some couples and singles will be looking for somewhere to rest. If you have a Camper/RV/Motor Home or a room to spare in your house, we need you! Please get in contact with us and let us know! We DO NOT want our volunteers to arrive and have nowhere to sleep!

5.) Building our church! ? From top to bottom, this church will be FINISHED except for the interior furnishing when the groups are through!

We are so excited to share the summer with these groups and receive the blessing of not only this new building, but the fellowship that will come along with it. What an awesome thing God has orchestrated. All the glory be to Him.

Proverbs 24:27 "Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house."


For any questions regarding the volunteer groups, the construction of the building, or the housing of volunteers, please contact Cody Kanan.

For any questions regarding the meal preparation, please contact Sharon Mahurin.

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May 23, 2019

Sunday School/Children's Church Meeting

Thursday, May 23, 2019, there will be a meeting for those that are involved in Sunday School and Children's Church. A brainstorming session, an update, and goal setting will be the outcome of this meeting, and we highly encourage any teachers or helpers of both Sunday School AND Children's Church to be in attendance. 

Jesus loves the little children,

All the children of the world

Red and yellow, black and white,

They are precious in His sight,

Jesus loves the little children of the world


For any questions, contact Lydia Smith.

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RESCHEDULED- May 19, 2019

Sunday Drive LIVE and in Concert!

We are excited to announce that Sunday Drive will be performing at HBC on Sunday, May 19, at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you've been to our church before or have only passed by! We would love to have you there, worshipping the Lord with us as we soak in the music of Sunday Drive. Come on out for a great time, and be sure to bring a friend or two!

We will NOT be having regular evening services.

If you haven't heard of Sunday Drive before, here are some ways you can discover them before they make their appearance!

Sunday Drive's: Website Facebook YouTube

Psalm 95:1 "O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make joyful noise to the rock of our salvation."


 For any questions, feel free to stop by or call Pastor Kenny at (417)-536-8367 

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May 15, 2019

Celebration of Life: Nikki Starkey

This Wednesday evening, in place of our usual Bible Study, we will be having a memorial, or Celebration of Life, for Nikki Starkey. Nikki's parting from this world last week has affected us all, but has left her three children in the area reeling. In this difficult time, her kids need all the support they can get, and so we ask those of you who loved Nikki, and continue to love Jessika, Aslin, and Blian, to come to the service and give them big hugs. 

The Celebration of Life will take place Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 7pm at Harold Baptist Church. Any and all are welcome.

Psalm 23:1-6 " The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever."


With any questions, please call Kenny Killingsworth!


May 14, 2019

Food Meeting

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, we will be having a food meeting at the church to coordinate meals for the first group of volunteer builders heading our way this summer. There will be around 70 volunteers-- including men, women, teenagers, and children-- and we are responsible for providing an early dinner for them each night they are here. This will require the entire congregation to pitch in, so we're asking for everyone available to come to the meeting and do what they can to lend a hand. 

The main objective of this meeting is to determine what meals we will be making, which days we will be making them, and how we can use each person's individual talents to make this as successful and efficient as possible.


Matthew 14:16-20 "But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me.  And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full."


For any questions, please contact Sharon Mahurin!

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July 5-8, 2019

Church Camp is Coming!

Spring is here, and that means summer is just around the bend! We don't know about you, but Summer means Camping Trips and Church Camp at Harold Baptist! We are excited to send another group of kids to Baptist Hill for camp this year, and wanted to get the word out before everyone makes up their minds about their summer plans!

Registration will begin in May, so here's what you need to know...

When?: July 5-8, 2019

Where?: Baptist Hill Campground

               9519 State HWY V

               Mt. Vernon, MO 65712

Host?: Ozark Prairie Baptist Association

Cost?: The cost is $100 per camper, taken care of by the church if you are a member with us.

Transportation will be provided for all campers!

We can't wait to go back to camp and have incredible fun with our HBC kids. If your child or a child you know would like to attend, we would love to have them! Just let us know and we can get an application to you when we have them in-hand. As always, don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he shall not depart from it."


For any questions you may have, feel free to contact Stephanie Jolly at and type "Church Camp" in the subject line!

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June-August, 2019

Clothing Room: PLEASE READ

At Harold Baptist Church, our clothing room is usually open from 8-10:30am on the first Saturday of the month. The items you find in the clothing room are donated by members of our congregation, or members of our community, and all clothing is FREE to those in need. 


HBC is about to undergo some major changes and congestion! Our old sanctuary has been completely torn down, the ground has been leveled, and we are gearing up to  pour the slab for our new building. After that, the volunteer construction groups will be here before we know it!


The clothing room will be open as it normally is for April and May, but will be CLOSED from June to August as we host these volunteers and get out brand-new sanctuary up! If you think you will need the clothing room during the summer, we encourage you to stop by in either April or May, before we shut it down for a while! In addition, we will no longer be accepting clothing donations until we reopen the clothing room.

We at Harold appreciate your patience as we navigate this new construction period. 

Matthew 6:28-34  " And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

     And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

    Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

    Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

    (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 

 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."


Fr any questions, feel free to contact Debbie Parnell or Janice Chainey.

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April 10, 2019

Wednesday Evening Child Care

Harold Baptist Church is growing, and we are starting to see it in many ways. Not only are we expanding, but we also have the sound of little feet running around our fellowship building! We know that everyone (even Mommies and Daddies!) needs their mid-week fill up, but that some of our congregation are finding it more and more difficult to study with us on Wednesday evenings when they also have to tend to their children. 

We don't want anyone's Word tanks to get too low, so starting April 10, 2019, we will be providing a child care service during our Wednesday Evening Bible Studies. The teachers and caretakers will be volunteers from our church that are willing to sacrifice one of their own mid-week fill-ups so that someone else can have theirs. Teachers and caretakers will change weekly as we rotate through all of the volunteers, and we will not say no to anyone who wishes to volunteer their time to take part in this brand-new service. 

Sign-Up sheets for volunteers will be located at the table in the back of the "sanctuary", and we can't wait to see our nursery full of little ones!

Matthew 14:19 "But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."


For any questions or to sign up to volunteer, don't hesitate to reach out to Angie Jolly!

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Thursday, March 21, 2019


Swing by and join us for a CRAFT NIGHT, hosted by Cindy Lee! This event will be held Thursday, March 21 at 6:30, and we invite you to not only come down, but to bring your craftiest friend! 

We are so excited to be making wreaths on our craft night! Sadly, at this time, all slots are filled. But feel free to shoot us an email or contact Cindy Lee if you'd like to check for cancellations!


For any questions, feel free to contact Cindy Lee, or call Pastor Kenny at (417)-536-8367

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Last Service in the Sanctuary...

The Sanctuary has been our home for many years now. We've seen more weddings, funerals, acceptances of salvation, birthday parties, and Vacation Bible Schools than we can count, all in that little white church. But, like all good things, the Sanctuary's time must come to an end. And this is a good thing! Our church is growing, the old building has fallen to a state of no-repair, and we've met our goal for the building fund-- it is time. 

Sunday, February 24, will be our last service in the Sanctuary we have all come to know and love, and while we are all excited, we acknowledge the many, many memories there are in that building. On our last day in the old building, come down and say your last goodbyes. Enjoy your final Sunday service as Harold Baptist Church welcomes in a new era. Some of our congregation has grown up in this church, while some have only seen a few years of its life. Though it means something different for everyone, something we can all agree on is that church is not made up of a specific building. It is made of the family that gathers inside, and the Holy Spirit surrounding them each Sunday.

We ask you to pray for our church at this time. Pray for strength and stability, excitement and wonder, and an openness to the change that is fast approaching. Please also pray for everyone who will be working to help us achieve our goals-- the inspectors, volunteer church members, and the Blackwell Builders, just to name a few-- that they would have the knowledge and the wisdom and the endurance that they will need to get their respective jobs done.

1 Corinthians 3:11 "For no other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, Which is Jesus Christ."


For any questions, stop by or call Pastor Kenny at (417)-536-8367

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February 17, 2019

Ground-Breaking Ceremony!

After all of our hard work in saving and planning for the new building, the time has finally come! We are so humbled to announce that we will be holding a ground-breaking ceremony during services on Sunday, February 17th to mark the construction of the new building. Cal Blackwell of Blackwell Builders will be with us, and it will be our second-to-last service held in the Sanctuary before its removal.

The Sanctuary will be completely emptied out by Sunday, February 24. This will be the last service to be held in the old building.


Demolition of the Sanctuary is expected to begin during the first week of March, with March 3 being the first service held in the Fellowship Building. 

The Blackwell Builders will be here the first week of July to put the new building up, so we are excited that he will be with us to break the ground, pray over the process, and officially get things started.

Matthew 16:18 "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."


For any questions, feel free to send us a message or call Pastor Kenny at  (417)-536-8367.

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February 16, 2019

Wild Game Feast!

Are you ready for a meal with your church family? If so, stop by the Wild Game Feast on Saturday, February 16, for a fun evening that will delight the hunter in your family. We ask that everyone in attendance bring either a main dish of game, a side dish, or a dessert. Themed desserts will score extra brownie points!

Hunters: Be sure to come prepared to tell the story of how you were blessed with the animal, just in case someone asks!

Cooking will start at 4 in the Fellowship Building, and the feast will begin at 6. It is expected to end around 8, but if you know our Preacher...

Acts 2:46 "And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,"


 For any questions, feel free to stop by or call Pastor Kenny at (417)-536-8367 

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February 2, 2019

Church Clean-Up Day!

Exciting things are happening at Harold Baptist Church! Last Sunday, we had a special business meting to vote on whether to go ahead with the plans for the new building, and you, the congregation, said YES! We're getting the ball rolling, but the work starts now! Saturday, to be exact.

Saturday, February 2, 2019, we're having a Church Clean-Up Day from 8am to 12pm. Bring your work gloves and jackets and come join your church family as we get things cleaned up and ready for demo day! Be prepared to get your hands dirty, and make sure to wear clothes that you don't mind getting stained.

We can't wait to see you! 

Psalm 100:2 "Serve the Lord with gladness: Come before his presence with singing."


For any questions or concerns, stop by on Saturday morning! We'd love to put you to work while we chat!

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January 19, 2019

Special Business Meeting

All members, please join us January 27, 2019 for a special business meeting directly after morning services. We will be voting towards the use of the available monetary balances of the Building Fund to start the building project. Plans for this project have been prepared by Harold Baptist Church and GHN Architects.This will allow the congregation to commit to volunteer building groups and sub-contractors. The building project would start immediately, but would not allow the church to exceed the balance of the Building Fund without another vote.


All questions will be answered at the meeting. For anything imperative, please contact us.

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December 7, 2018

Christmas Food Baskets

It's that time of year again! Christmas is just around the corner... we're trimming the tree, buying the last few presents, and making sure we have everything ready for Christmas Dinner. Which probably reminds you... Harold Baptist Church's annual Christmas Food Basket Drive is here!

This year, we have five families in need of a little help putting together a nice holiday meal for their family. Be sure to add them to your list when getting your groceries the next few weeks-- think of things you like to have at your Christmas Dinner, but also think of some non-perishable items that can be saved for later. That said, we have had a few requests for kid-friendly foods! Macaroni and cheese! Spaghettios! Frozen chicken nuggets! Tater tots! Anything goes, and don't forget dessert...

Have fun with your shopping, but be sure to have all items for donation to the church by the end of services on December 16th, 2018! Don't forget to continue to keep these families in your prayers throughout the rest of the New Year.

Hebrews 13:16 "But to do good and communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased."


The Benevolence Committee is in charge of our holiday baskets. If you have any questions or would like more information, please email or stop by during one of our services.