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The History Of
MULDRAUGH HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
(September 2014 through August 2019)


Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church had the second annual "Women’s Day" on September 7, 2014. The women led most of the services during the Morning Worship Service. The choir, comprised solely of women, was directed by Anita Lanham. Donna Wicher gave her testimony. Margaret Pyles and Catherine Sabo performed special music. Shirley Skaggs delivered the message. She talked about opportunities, whether they are acted on or missed, as they relate to sharing God’s love or sharing the importance of a relationship with God. After the service, the women who took part in the service were shown their appreciation by the congregation. See pictures.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on September 10, 2014. (1) Bro. Steve reported that the Women's lunch has been moved to October 25th after being postponed on September 6th due to the death and funeral of Sam Farris. There are approximately 150 women signed up to participate. He reported that they received notification that the Jefferson  Street Center has been renamed to Louisville Rescue Mission which identifies their location and service a little better. On October 12th "Brotherhood", a black men's choir, will be performing at 6:00 p.m. in the Sunday Evening Service. (2) Larry Bright, the new Chairman of the Deacons, reports they met for their regular meeting and elected officers. Dennis Wise will be serving as Vice-Chairman, Josh Veatch as Secretary, and Steve Morris will serve as Assistant Secretary. (3) The History Committee is continuing preparation for the upcoming 140th Anniversary Celebration on November 9th. Josh England and Kaylene Poff video-taped several members about their memories and it will be shown at the conclusion of the event. Joan Stansbury has accepted the invitation to be the guest speaker, Bro. Steve Skaggs will be speaking and singing an assortment of past and present songs. There will be a Thanksgiving potluck meal, including chicken and ham, and the youth and AWANA children will be participating. The theme for this event is "Giving Thanks: For the Past, Present, and Future!" (4) David England, representing the Elevator Committee, reports that due to new state requirements, there has to be special inspections by a Testing Agency which will cost an unexpected additional amount of $2,500. The drawings had to be revised by the architect and presented for approval by the state. The plans have been approved for the fabrication of the elevator. The Testing Agency, located in Bowling Green, will do inspections at 4 different times during the process of installing the elevator (5) Bob Moore, representing the Parsonage Committee, reports that they had several recommendations of remodeling by several members in the suggestion box. They will give a report to the next Business Meeting regarding the plans and bids based on these recommendations. (6) In New Business, Bro. Steve reports that the Central Association Meeting is scheduled for October 6th at Bradfordsville Baptist Church at 3:30 p.m. Four members were nominated, voted on and approved to be messengers of Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church. They are Arlene Mullins, Josephine Holderman, Elizabeth Farmer, and Bro. Steve Skaggs. (7) Also in New Business, Larry Bright made a motion for the deacons that a new committee be formed to look into expanding the church parking lot and re-surfacing the existing blacktop. It was voted on and approved. As a continuation of this, the following people were nominated to serve on the committee and were approved as follows: Tom Moore, Bob Moore, Burnam Lanham, and Dennis Wise. In discussion, it was suggested that the blacktop not be done until after the elevator is installed so the big trucks will not damage the area.

Perfect Attendance 2013 Church YearSunday School Perfect Attendance Awards for the Church Year of September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014 were presented during the Morning Worship Service on September 14, 2014 for the following: Karli Veatch (2 years), Jean Sallee (3 years), Allison Sallee (7 years), Helen Mays (11 years), Michelle Gribbins, (12 years), Jessica Veatch (13 years), Josh Veatch (26 years), and Elizabeth Farmer (28 years).

During the church year of September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014 there were:

  • 3 additions by baptism and 3 by letter
  • Total recorded members was 573 with 524 being resident members
  • The Sunday School Attendance average was 124
  • The Sunday Morning Worship Service average was 259
  • Vacation Bible School Enrollment was 162
  • Total Mission Project Participation was 112
  • Organizational Structure for 2013 - 2014
  • The recorded deaths were:
    • Joyce M. Payne
    • Roberta Battcher
    • Exie W. Shively
    • James Rogers
    • Tommy Smith

A Special Called Business Meeting was announced on September 29, 2014 to take place on October 5, 2014 during the Morning Worship Service for the purpose of voting whether or not to offer the Youth Minister position to Erin Cox upon recommendation of the Personnel Committee. The vote was taken with the majority of yes votes to 14 no. Erin was asked to fill the position by Bro. Steve Skaggs and she accepted.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on October 8, 2014. There was no Old Business to discuss. In New Business, Josh Veatch, as a representative of the Deacons, made a recommendation that the time of the Sunday Evening Service be changed from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. from the 1st Sunday in November through the last Sunday in February, coinciding with Daylight Savings Time. The original time of 7:00 p.m. will resume on the first Sunday of March. This was voted on and approved for this year only. It will be determined later if this will be a change made each year.

The Fall Renewal Weekend was October 18 &19. Bro Rickey Letson, from Laurens, South Carolina First Baptist Church was the speaker. He led a Saturday morning session for teachers and leaders with a 10:00 brunch, and preached the Sunday morning and night services. Operation Christmas Child sponsored lunch on Sunday, October 19th. There was no cost for the meal but donations were accepted with funds going toward financing the Operation Christmas Child shipping expenses.

The Women’s Lunch was held Saturday, October 25th at 11 A.M. “Godly Women: Faithful from Generation to Generation” was the theme that Kim Shumate, a family court judge from Hardin County, presented. Laura Cook Gordon of Lebanon provided the special music. Over 140 women attended the event and enjoyed a fun time of fellowship with family and friends, a great message, and entertainment. The food was served by men of the church in white shirts and black pants. The service and the food was great!

The Annual Halloween "Trunk-N-Treat" activity was held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the church parking lot. Over 120 children and their families participated in the Trunk-N-Treat activities this year. It was a cold and windy evening but everyone had a great time of fun and fellowship! Thank you to all the families who brought their children to the event. Special thanks to everyone who set up a "trunk" full of goodies.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on November 5, 2014. (1) The deacons made nominations and it was approved for the following members to serve on the upcoming 2014-2015 Stewardship Committee: Mark Speer, Carolyn Morris, Debbie Farris, Adam Poff, Josh Veatch, and Curtis Tindle. (2) Members and frequent attendees began receiving the Western Recorder today. Our Church newsletter will be published in it once per month. (3) Our January Bible Study will be Deuteronomy: Challenge to New Generations. Dr. Mike O’Neil will be our guest teacher. The sessions will be held on two Sundays, Jan. 11th and 18th, with the 25th as a snow day makeup, if needed. There are 8 sessions in the study guide. The schedule will be 4:00 – 5:30, Bible Study Session, 5:30 – 6:00, Pot Luck, and 6:00 – 7:30 Bible Study Session. (4) Bob Moore, as a representative of the Elevator Committee, reported that the air conditioner units have been moved and that Barry Blevins will start moving dirt any day now. (5) Bob Moore reported that there was concern about the appearance of the balcony. Morris Carpet will carpet the floor for $1,438, or do the floor and pews for $2,008. Ernest Taylor suggested they keep looking at options and report back.

MHBC Youth Reunion 2014 was held on Saturday, November 8th from 2:00-4:00 P.M. in the old fellowship hall in the church basement. Former youth members and youth leaders who were in youth from the years 1980-2000 came to the event.  

The 140th Anniversary of Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church was held on November 9, 2014. The theme for the event was "Giving thanks: For the Past, Present, and Future!" Joan Stansbury was the guest speaker in the Morning Worship Service. There was a potluck Thanksgiving Meal after the morning service in the Fellowship Hall. The Afternoon Service, immediately following the meal in the sanctuary, featured children, youth, and a video produced especially for the anniversary of members talking about their memories of MHBC and hopes for the future. It is estimated that approximately 225 people stayed for the meal and even more were in attendance during the Morning Worship Service. What an enjoyable day of fellowship with family and friends! 

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on December 10, 2014. (1) Bro. Steve reported that Alan Witham will be here on Jan. 11th at 8:30 to do a session with the deacons on expanding our ministry. Also, if there is inclement weather, a decision will be made by 8:00 A.M. as to whether we will cancel Church. The decision will be broadcast on the Church website, Facebook, and local radio stations. A January Bible Study, which will be led by Dr. Mike O’Neil, is scheduled for Jan 11th and 18th. The book for the sessions will be $7. The Thanksgiving Outreach on Nov. 23rd was well received. Forty meals were delivered to people in the community. The White Christmas Offering will be collected on Dec. 21st, the choir musical will be presented the 14th, and we will go Christmas caroling on Wednesday, Dec. 17th, at 6:00 P.M.
A Leftover Pot-Luck will be held on Dec. 28th at 6:00 P.M. We will share memories that night after the meal. Bro. Steve reports that he has been diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, which causes numbness, and is taking medicine. He would appreciate prayers. A Marriage Retreat will be led by Dr. Scott Wiggington at Barren River State Park on Feb. 6 – 7 , Friday night and Saturday morning. Married couples of all ages are encouraged to participate, with the rooms costing less than $60 per couple. (2) Bob Moore, representing the Parsonage Committee, reported they are still collecting bids, but are getting closer to the cost. (3) David England, representing the Elevator Committee, reported that the excavation of the pit is done and the walls were poured on Nov. 26th. The architect visited on the 28th and inspected the progress. The concrete blocks are going up and the rough openings for the doors have been cut in the walls. The roof shingles have been ordered, but the contractor is still working on finding a match for the brick. We have asked for a delivery schedule of the elevator equipment from Able elevator, but have not received it yet. There have been a couple of problems with water leaks and heat, but they have been fixed at a minimum cost or at no cost by the construction company. (4) In New Business, Josh Veatch presented the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Church Year 2015. It was voted on and approved. It was noted that the 2015 budget is up approximately $3,000 from the 2014 budget. There was discussion about adding term life insurance for the Pastor. (5) Bob Moore made a motion we carpet the balcony at a cost of $2,008. The carpet will cover the floors and under the pews. It was voted on and approved. Morris Carpet will install the carpet. (6) David England made a motion that the Stewardship Committee find the cost of purchasing a straight term life insurance policy for $100,000 for the Pastor and bring quotes back to the Church. It was voted on and approved.

The Annual White Christmas Offering was collected on December 21st during the Morning Worship Service. A final total of the money given was $16,931.00. Of this, $10,913.00 was deposited to the regular church fund and the rest was specifically designated per wishes of the individual to other funds such as: (1) Reimbursement for the Western Recorder, (2) Backpack Food Program Offering, (3) Balcony Carpet Offering, (4) Operation Christmas child Shoebox Offering, (5) New video Camera System Fund, (5) Love Offerings, (6) Book Link International Postage Offering, (7) Sunrise Children's Home Offering, (8) MHBC Expansion of Parking Lot/Resurfacing Blacktop, (9) Cemetery Fund, (10) Lottie Moon Christmas Card Postage Offering (11) Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions and (12) Elevator Fund. Thank you to everyone who participated in this annual offering.

On Wednesday, December 24th, we had our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and observed the Lord's Supper at 6:00 p.m. It is felt by many to be the most favorite service every year!

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on January 7, 2015. (1) Everyone was reminded that if church is to be cancelled due to Inclement Weather, it will be announced by 8:00 a.m. on the Sunday in question on the following places: The Church Website, The Church Facebook Page, The Ron Rafferty Morning Show on Q-104, and per Jim Reed on the Lebanon station. (2) David England reported updates on the progress of the installation of the elevator. The first payment has been made ($32,607.18) along with cost of some supplies ($29,631.60 for ALS Elevator Equipment Package) that saved taxes over $1,900 by using the churches tax exempt status. Other payments are listed on the Treasure Report for December 2014. Also, there has been an added expense of which Barry Blevins has agreed to pay half the cost (each pays $1,423.82). (3) Mark Speer reported the Parsonage Committee will be bringing to the church body, on January 25th, ballots to vote on how the majority wants the parsonage to be used so can determine exactly what remodeling needs to be done to fit the need. (4) Josh Veatch, representing the Stewardship Committee says they are still looking into Term Life Insurance for the pastor as discussed at last month's meeting. (5) In New Business, The Nominating Committee made a recommendation, it was voted on and approved, to add Jim Sabo, Jr. to the Financial Advisory Committee due to Adam Poff being unable to fill this position due to conflict of interest.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on February 4, 2015. (1) David England reported that the elevator should be functional in a few weeks. (2) Josh Veatch made a motion and it was approved, upon the recommendation of the Stewardship Committee, that we accept the bid on a life insurance policy on the pastor from Brotherhood Mutual, our current Church insurance company, for the coverage amount of $15,000 at an annual premium of $12.

Eighteen couples participated in the Marriage Retreat on February 6th and 7th at Barren River State Resort Park. There was an evening session on Friday night and two session on Saturday morning. Dr. Scott Wigginton and his wife, Elizabeth, led the couples in this time of celebrating marriage.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on March 11, 2014. (1) In New Business, Larry Bright, Chairman of the Deacons, made a motion upon the recommendation of the Deacons, to continue the current time of 6:00 p.m. for Sunday Night Services until the first Sunday after Easter (April 12, 2015). The motion was seconded, voted on and approved. (2) In New Business, Anita Lanham presented a proposal from Coit Cleaning Service of $773.00 to clean and scotch guard the carpet, clean and wax the tiles and clean some closets and classrooms as a result of the debris acquired during the process of installing the elevator. She made a motion to accept the proposal. It was voted on and approved. (3) Also in New Business, Mark Speer, representing the Parsonage Committee, presented the "Parsonage Remodeling Project" as recommended by the committee after several weeks of research. He made a motion to enter in an agreement with Howard Osborne Construction to proceed with the remodeling with the expenses not to exceed $55,000. Once voted on and approved this would be brought before the church body at an announced time, according to parliamentary procedure, during a Morning Worship Service for a yes or no vote. Much discussion was noted by those present, including problems with the basement that are not addressed in the remodeling. A motion was made by David England to amend the motion to add the cost of the dead-man anchors as estimated by Blevins Construction to make the structure of the house more sound. More discussion was noted, including questions about paying for the remodeling. It was discussed that $103,000 have been paid in two installments for the payment of the elevator. An estimated $47,000 is still left to be paid and there is no more money in the designated fund for this so it will have to be paid out of the regular funds or by loan. It was also discussed that the Blacktop Resurfacing and Parking Lot Expansion Committee are estimating a cost of $37,000 to resurface the existing blacktop but there is not a proposal for the costs of expanding the parking area. After much more discussion it table this agreement with Howard Osborne Construction until the May Business Meeting. (It was later determined that, according to Robert's Rules, the tabling could only be done a month at a time.)

Men's Day was celebrated on March 15, 2015. Special music was provided by the men participating in the choir and Mark Carney was the speaker during the Morning Worship Service. Bro. Steve Skaggs and Paul Helm provided special music and Josh England was the speaker during the Evening Worship Service.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on April 8, 2015. (1) David England, representing the elevator committee, reports that a miscommunication between the elevator company, Abell Elevator, and the contractor, Barry Blevins Construction, has been resolved and the delayed inspection has been scheduled for tomorrow. Hopefully the elevator will be approved to be functional soon. (2) David Veatch made a motion to increase the salary for Burnam Lanham to mow the cemetery from $35 to $45. This was approved by those present. (3) the agreement with Howard Osborne Construction is continuing to be tabled until next month until more information known about the costs of the other proposed or ongoing projects.

On Sunday, April 12, 2015, the elevator was put in use and several tried out the new service. It will be dedicated at a later date.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on May 6, 2015. (1) In Old Business, David England, representing the Elevator Committee reported the final totals for the costs of adding the elevator which has been operational for 4 weeks. The total costs, including the construction, supplies, testing services, Engineering Services, Fire Alarm Box Expansion, and Kentucky State Treasurer Permit Fee was $147,212.68. The Architectural Bill was waived by Brian DeMers which would have amounted to about $3,000 more. (2) Bob Moore, representing the Blacktop Resurfacing and Expansion Committee, reported that they have three bids and are considering several possibilities for the placement of the expansion (120 foot x 50 foot) which will support an additional 24 cars. The estimate for resurfacing the existing blacktop is $37,583.24; the estimate for re-striping the area is $750; and the cost to expand the parking area is $15,400. No motions or recommendations are done at this time. (3) In New Business, David England made a motion, it was voted on and approved, to draft a letter of thanks to Brian DeMyers for waiving his architectural fees. (4) The motion regarding the parsonage was re-tabled from last month and, after some discussion, it will now be presented to the church body for a vote as per the motion at the March, 2015 Business Meeting. The announcement will be in the bulletin and announced to the church Sunday morning, May 10, 2015 with the vote to take place on Sunday, May 24, 2015 during the Morning Worship Service.

Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church showed appreciation to all the mothers attending the Morning Worship Service on May 10, 2015 by presenting each of them with special gift and making a donation in their honor to the Relay for Life. Bro. Steve Skaggs provided special music. Special recognition was given to: The Oldest Mother Present (Evelyn Burress), The Youngest Mother Present (Jessica Paris), The Mother with the Most Children, Grandchildren, and Great-Grandchildren present (Helen Mays), and Mothers with the youngest babies present (Savannah Browning with Karris Ailene Browning born December 16 and Kristen Cox with Jase Tucker Cox born March 30), Babies born since last Mother’s Day (Kristen Cox, Savannah Browning, Sydney Cox, Ashley Brady, and Allison Benningfield). Clara Evans is the oldest Homebound mother at Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church. She is 95 years old. A vase of flowers was given to her daughter, Judy Farmer, to take home in her honor. See pictures of the event.

The Senior Adults (Bro. Steve & Shirley Skaggs, Kathi Barnett, Carroll & Judy Benningfield, Judy Benningfield, Shirley Farmer, Betty Inman, and Ernest Carol & Evelyleen Taylor) made a trip to Virginia May 11th-15th. Sites included Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Monticello and Appomattox.

A special called meeting was held during the Morning Worship Service on May 24, 2015 in order for the members present to vote yes or no to enter into agreement with Howard Osborne Construction to do the church parsonage remodeling at a cost not exceeding $55,000 plus $3000 for the dead man anchors. There were 82 (yes) votes to 26 (no) votes so the remodeling of the parsonage will go forward as discussed at the March 11, 2015 Business Meeting.

The elevator was dedicated during the Morning Worship Service on May 24, 2015. Jon Stansbury spoke before the congregation about what the elevator project meant to his father, Bro. Vic Stansbury, and how proud he and the rest of the family are that the project has been completed.

Youth Vacation Bible School was held on Sunday, May 31st through Friday, June 5th from 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. nightly.

Our Vacation Bible School was held on June 7 - 12, 2015 (Sunday through Friday) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. "This is the way. Walk in it" was the motto this year as children learned the importance of trusting Jesus as our Guide in life. Friday night was our family night as the kids demonstrated what they learned during the week and then finished the night with food, fun, and games.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on June 17, 2015 (it was delayed a week because of VBS activities). (1) Noted the final payment was made to Blevins Construction for the elevator ($37,008.80) this month. The Elevator Committee has been folded as no longer needed. (2) Sam Graham (Sunday School Director) reported that the Sunday School Appreciation Picnic will be this Saturday, June 20, 2015 beginning at 5:00 p.m. (3) Bro. Steve reported that there were 14 youth participating in Youth VBS with one Profession of Faith decision being made. There were 113 children registered for VBS with an average attendance of 94 this past week. There were 60 teachers/workers. The "Young at Heart" Sunday School Class will be taking over "Operation Christmas Child" activities. (4) Trent Pyles, representing the Parsonage Committee, reports that demolition work has been started this past week. Many of the men helped to take down the old deck and the women removed the old wallpaper. (5) In New Business, Josh Veatch, made a motion, it was voted on and approved, for the Deacons to have the following members serve on the Nominating Committee for the upcoming church year: LeeAnn Moore, Trent Pyles, Carolyn Morris, and Charlotte Benningfield. They will serve, per our Constitution and By-Laws, with the Pastor, Sunday School Director, WMU Director, and Chairman of the Deacons. (6) In New Business, Josh Veatch, made a motion for the Deacons (it was voted on and approved) to have the Constitution and By-Laws Committee meet to do a review and make recommendations for any changes. (6) In New Business, Bob Moore, representing the Parking Lot Committee, made a motion (it was voted on and approved) to present to the church body a vote whether to proceed with the blacktopping and resurfacing and extension of the parking area. The vote will be designed in a way that the member can vote either for either (A) To renovate the existing parking lot for a cost of $37,583.24; (B) To renovate the existing parking lot and add additional parking for a cost of $63,933.24; (C) To leave parking lot as is with no work. The notice will be placed in the bulletin with the vote being taken on July 12, 2015.

All the fathers present at MHBC were honored during the Morning Worship Service, on June 21, 2015, with the presentation of a gift of appreciation. Special recognition was given to: "The Youngest Father Present" (Jesse Cox), "The Oldest Fathers Present" (Jim Bob Moore and Billy Veatch), and "The Father with the Most Children, Grandchildren, and Great-Grandchildren Present" (Ernest Carol Taylor).
"Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on July 8, 2015. (1) Trent Pyles, representing the Parsonage Committee, reports that everything on track with the remodeling. (2) Ernest Carol Taylor, representing the Constitution and By-Laws Committee, reports they will be meeting on August 6th. (3) The Parking Lot Committee is waiting the results of the church vote to take place on July 12th. (4) In New Business, Josh Veatch, representing the Deacons, made a motion, it was voted on and approved, to change the Sunday Evening Worship time to 6:00 p.m. starting the first Sunday in August and continue until the last Sunday in May which will align with the school season and AWANA. He noted AWANA starts back August 16th.

There was a special called Business Meeting on Sunday morning, July 12th for the express purpose of voting on parking lot renovation and expansion. There was three options with a total of 98 votes placed as follows:
1. To renovate the existing parking lot for a cost of $37,583.24 (51 votes); or,
2. To renovate the existing parking lot and add additional parking for a cost of $63,933.24 (39 votes); or
3. To leave parking lot as is with no work (8 votes).
Therefore, only the existing parking lot will be resurfaced and striped. 

The 3rd Annual Back to School Bash was on Friday night, July 31st at 6:00 p.m. We enjoyed a time of fellowship with the youth, children, and families while camping out, watching a movie, playing games, and  listening to a sermon illustration from Buck the Golden Retriever. It's was a great night to gather as a church and share God's blessings and our support for families as kids get ready to return to school.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on August 5, 2015. (1) Jim Sabo, Sr. reported that the Adult Choir will be participating in the Music Sing at Lebanon Baptist Church on September 20th. (2) Mark Speer, representing the Parsonage Committee, reports that the remodeling is at a point that it is now ready to be painted and they are inviting Sunday School Classes or individuals to help with this project in order to save some money. This and the trim work are two things that volunteers can help with. (3) In New Business: Josh Veatch, Chairman of the Deacons, made a motion that the church continue to provide a copy of the Western Recorder for every church family as has been done in the past year. (4) In New Business: Josh Veatch, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, submitted a report of recommendations for the upcoming church year. This new Organization Structure for the church year 2015 to 2016 was voted on and approved. (5) In New Business: Bob Moore, representing the Trustees, made a motion to purchase 3,500 gallons of fuel for the coming season at a locked amount of $1.90/gallon. The motion was voted on and approved as presented.(6) Also in New Business: Josh Veatch made a motion to extend the pavement of the parking lot to include 12 more feet of new paved area to the existing 41 feet in the front of the church that parallels the highway. The paved area would include the church sign and extend to the front edge of the sign. This would be an additional estimated expense of $7,500 to the voting on amount of $37,583.24. It was voted on and approved.

The Annual Men’s Skeet Shoot/Fish Fry was on Saturday, August 15th at 4:00 p.m. All the men participating in or watching the event had a great time of fun and fellowship! What great weather and great food!

Elizabeth Farmer Recognition of ServiceElizabeth FarmerSpecial recognition was given, during the Morning Worship Service on August 30, 2015, to Elizabeth Farmer for over 50 years of service as the WMU Director of Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church. She was presented a plaque and pin documenting her years of service by Josh Veatch and Shirley Skaggs.

During the church year of September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015 there were:

  • 6 additions by baptism and 1 by letter
  • Total recorded members was 572 with 522 being resident members
  • The Sunday School Attendance average was 113
  • The Sunday Morning Worship Service average was 208
  • Vacation Bible School Enrollment was 251
  • Total Mission Project Participation was 75
  • Financial Giving
    • Cooperative Program = $23,949
    • Annie Armstrong Giving = $1,733
    • Lottie Moon Giving = $3,364
    • Association Missions Giving = $3,992
    • Great Commissions Giving = $38,333
    • Total Missions Giving = $51,756
  • Organizational Structure for 2014 - 2015
  • The recorded deaths were:
    • Pearl Jacobs
    • Teresa Brockman Veatch
    • Thomas Leon Wilcher
    • Sam Farris
    • Lennie Pike
    • Hazel Livers

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on September 9, 2015. (1) Bro. Steve Skaggs reports that the theme for this church year is "Tell Your Story". (2) Mark Speer, representing the Parsonage Committee, reports that, after expert consultation, it was decided that the Dead Man Anchors were not good enough and more in depth work is being done over a two day period to fix the basement before proceeding with the other repairs on the house. (3) Bob Moore, representing the Resurfacing of Blacktop Committee, reports that the resurfacing has been completed and part of the striping has been done. The reset of the restriping will be completed on Friday, September 11, 2015. (4) No New Business at this time.

The Third Annual Women's Luncheon was held on September 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. This year the luncheon featured “Bruce and Lisa,” a husband and wife team of internationally acclaimed classical musicians. They shared their testimony of how God changed their lives and the power of prayer and God’s healing as Lisa has struggled with brain tumors. They played Christian music in a wide variety of styles as they shared the story of God’s love. Bruce has toured with many of the biggest names in Christian music such as Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, and Casting Crowns to name a few. Everyone that attended the event recieved a blessing. There was also lots of good food and fellowship with friends and family.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on October 7, 2015. (1) Bro. Steve Skaggs reports that the Women's Bible Study began tonight with approximately 26 women in attendance. Various women are leading the discussion weekly over the next 9 weeks and they are studying the women of the Bible. Bro. Steve also reports that a Revival Service is planned for February 28th through March 2nd of next year with Bro. Barry Fields as the evangelist. Bro. Steve also reports that the January Bible Study will reference II Corinthians and it will be completed every Sunday and Wednesday night in January except for the first Wednesday which will be Business Meeting night. Bro. Steve also reports that they have tentatively scheduled the next Couples Retreat for the last Friday and Saturday of February. (2) Mark Speer, representing the Parsonage Committee, reports that Case Foundation has completed their work on the basement walls this week and now they are ready to continue with the rest of the remodeling, including painting. (3) In New Business, David England, representing the Deacons, made motion to have the following members serve as Messengers for Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church to the Associational Meeting: Arlene Mullins, Josephine Holderman, Betty Jo Inman, Betty Helm, and Bro. Steve Skaggs. This was voted on and approved by those in attendance. (4) In New Business, Bro. Steve presented to the church that Robin Humphress, Centre Square Director in Lebanon, would like to show Christian movies to the youth of Marion County. The first one is called, "23 Blast" (information is available at outreach.com) which she would like to show to the football team next month. She is not able to do this on her own. It has to be affiliated with another organization such as a church. Bro. Steve would like for Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church to underwrite the movie at a cost of $199, which would provide legal rights to view the movie over a period of time to these football players and may include viewing at Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church too. The motion was made by Jim Sabo, Sr., it was voted on and approved.

Thankfully the weather cooperated and we were able to have our Annual Trunk or Treat Activity outside on the church grounds on October 28, 2015. Various sources report estimates of 160-170 children in attendance.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on November 4, 2015. (1) Bro. Steve reports that there have been an average of 30 women attending the weekly Bible Study. (2) Mark Speer, representing the Parsonage Committee, reports they the drywall is finishing and they are about ready for painting to begin. The total amount spent on the Parsonage Remodeling Project is $29,627.32. (3) In New Business, Josh Veatch, Chairman of the Deacons, made a motion (it was voted on and approved) to elect the following people to the Stewardship Committee: Charlotte Benningfield, Jennifer Bland, Nick Cobb, John Sparrow, and Ernest Carol Taylor.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on December 9, 2015. (1) Mark Speer, representing the Parsonage Committee, reports they are about done with the priming of all the walls (only one room left) and then the rooms can be painted. The flooring and cabinets are ready to be done after the painting is completed. The total amount spent on the parsonage remodeling as of November 30, 2015 is $29,816.38. (2) Ernest Carol Taylor, representing the Stewardship Committee, presented a detailed list of the new budget for the new year beginning January 1, 2016. In comparison to last year, there is an increase of $1,053.12 for the year with the total budget now $213,576.11. An average of $4,107.26 would have to be collected per week to meet the budget. He made a motion to accept the budget as presented, it was voted on and approved.

The Annual White Christmas Offering was collected during the Morning Worship Service on December 20, 2015. A total of $23,120.00 was received ($17,451.00 was placed in the general fund with the rest placed in designated funds according to specifications made by the gifter). Thank you to everyone who participated in this special service.

Our 9 week Women's Bible Study group began on October 7th. The study was taught by different women from our church and each week it was about important women of the Bible. The group's last session was on December 30th. A group picture was taken of those at the last meeting. An average of 25 women attended each session. Bro. Steve served as babysitter and entertainer during the study sessions. The women are planning another Bible study in the spring.

Women's Bible StudyThose present for the picture were (from left to right):
Front Row: McKenzie Hardin and Jennifer Bland
Center Row: Lori England, Kelly Wise, Anita Lanham, Shirley Farmer, Carolyn Morris, Shawna Richerson,
Faye Porter,
and Judy Benningfield
Back Row: Barbara Jean Benningfield, Catherine Sabo, Charlotte Benningfield, Gayle Kelly, Linda Sabo,
Kim Skaggs, Michelle Yocum, Jill Montgomery, Rhonda Cobb,
and Shirley Skaggs

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on January 6, 2016. (1) Mark Speer, representing the Parsonage Committee, reports that the painting is done of the walls. The flooring will be done in about 2 weeks and cabinets are ready to be installed after the flooring is down. Then they will be ready to paint trim. The total spent on the parsonage as of December 31, 2015 is $30,298.81. No other business discussed.

The annual Couples Marriage Retreat was held on January 29-30th at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown, KY. There were 16 couples that attended the event. Carolyn and Steve Morris, along with Bro. Steve, led the group in sessions with this marriage adventure and journey.

Annual Couple's Retreat
From Left to Right: Christopher and Andrea Morrison, Bro. Steve and Shirley Skaggs, David and Lori England,
Don and Betty Witham, Tommy and Wanda Buckler, Jason and Jessica Benningfield, Trent and Carey Pyles,
Adam and Jennifer Bland, Todd and McKenzie Hardin, Ray and Beth Osborne, Mark and Kelly Carney,
Josh and Jessica Veatch, Tony and Michelle Yocum, Joe and Kim Skaggs, Nick and Rhonda Cobb,
Steve and Carolyn Morris. 

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on February 10, 2016. (1) Josh Veatch, Chairman of the Deacons, reports that Men's Day has been scheduled for April 17th. (2) Ernest Carol Taylor, representing the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, reported the suggested changes or amendments by the committee upon review, a motion was made and approved by vote to accept the suggestions as noted. The amended document will be available at the next Business Meeting and will take affect at that time. (3) Mark Speer, representing the Parsonage Committee, reports that the tile has been completed and the hardwood and cabinets are to be done this week. Then more painting needs to be done and would like volunteers to help with that project.

Barry FieldsRevival Services were held February 28-March 2, 2016 with Bro. Barry Fields, pastor of Hawesville Baptist Church (located in Hawesville, Kentucky), serving as the Evangelist. There was a good attendance each night and some very inspirational, encouraging, and challenging messages. Special Music Schedule each night included:
Sunday Night - The Sabo Family
Monday Night - Steve and Friends Gospel Quartet
Tuesday Night - Bro. Steve Skaggs
Wednesday Night - The Grimes Family

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on March 9, 2016. (1) Ernest Carol Taylor, representing the Constitution & By Laws Committee, made available for review by those present the amended and updated Constitution & By Laws document. A motion was made to accept these change; the motion was voted on and approved. (2) Josh Veatch, Chairman of the Deacons read the Hiring Policy. He made a motion, it was voted on and approved, to accept the Hiring Policy as read.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on April 6, 2016. (1) Bro. Steve reports that McKenzie Hardin, Jennifer Bland, and Donnie Veatch participated in the "Operation In As Much-Kentucky" training that was held on March 19th at Harvestland Community Church in Hodgenville. “Operation In As Much-Kentucky” is a ministry to reach out into the community that utilizes lay volunteers to assist in coordinating the ONE-DAY event that takes place in September. (2) Bro. Steve also reports that MHBC will host the Central Association Meeting luncheon that will be held on October 3, 2016. (3) Ernest Carol Taylor, in New Business, reported to those attending that the elevator requires annual inspections by the state. In order to keep the elevator in good condition the members of the previously formed Elevator Committee have accepted some bids with companies in order find the best fit to maintain the good function of the elevator. They now make a recommendation and motion to the church to establish a contract with DC Elevator for a sum of $155 per inspection (1 time each quarter and annually) with limited maintenance of the elevator as part of the contract. Special parts or labor would be an additional cost. The church voted on and approved this motion. Ernest Carol Taylor also made a motion to establish an ongoing Elevator Committee to be filled by the Nominating Committee annually and to be made up initially of the original Elevator Committee members that was dissolved after the installation of the elevator was completed last fall. Those members would be: David England, Ernest Carol Taylor, Donnie Veatch, Roger Barnett, and Bob Moore. This motion was voted on and approved.  

Men's Day was celebrated on April 17, 2016. Special music was provided by Bro. Steve Skaggs and Don Witham. The men made up the choir and provided special music as a group. Dennis Wise was the speaker during the Morning Worship Service and Donnie Veatch was the speaker for the Evening Worship Service. Bro. Steve Skaggs served as the pianist and David England served as the organist.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held May 4, 2016. (1) Trent Pyles, representing the Parsonage Committee, reported that 90% of the electric is complete; they had to install a new electric box that wasn't part of the expected expenses; the trim should be done this week and insulation next week; there is some work on the porch being done. The project is close to being completed. Bro. Steve reported that Shirley will be having her bilateral knee replacement surgery May 9th and will be out of commission for a few weeks. They have furniture in storage that is ready to move into the parsonage as soon as Shirley is back on her feet and able to proceed with the move. (2) Bro. Steve reports that the Trustee Committee has planned a "Cleanup Day" on the 21st and if anyone knows of anything in particular that needs to be added to the list to be completed that day to report it to either one of the members of the Trustee Committee or to Bro. Steve. (3) Ernest Carol Taylor reports that he has heard that the individuals that have made recent Profession of Faith Decisions have not been getting their gifts of a Bible from the church as per a previous vote. Bro. Steve said he would follow-up on making that happen.

On May 8, 2016, Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church showed appreciation to all the mothers attending the Morning Worship Service by presenting each of them with special gift of a Mother’s Day MHBC tote bag. Martha Whitehouse provided special music. Special recognition was given to (See Pictures):
  • The “Oldest Mother Present”: Pauline Wise
  • The “Youngest Mother Present”: Jessica Paris
  • The “Mother with the Most Children, Grandchildren, and Great-Grandchildren present”: Helen Mays
  • Mother with “A Baby Born Since Last Mother’s Day”: Amanda VanHook (daughter, Kinsley)
  • Clara Evans is the “Oldest Mother at Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church (present or not present)”. She is 96 years old. A vase of flowers was given to her Granddaughter, Sharon Reed, to take home in her honor.

On May 22, 2016, Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church recognized all new graduates. They included: Adam Bland (represented by his wife, Jennifer), Austin Sabo, MaKayla Sabo, and Kelsey Veatch (represented by her father, Donnie Veatch). Each graduate, or representative of the graduate, was asked to describe to the congregation where the graduate went to school, the level of of education obtained, and what they will be doing with their life as a result of graduation. Each graduate was presented with a book entitled "The End of Me: Where Real Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins" (Kyle Idleman, Author) by Bro. Steve Skaggs.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on June 8, 2016. (1) Bro. Steve gave a "Pastor's Report" listing upcoming events/activities such as: (a) participating in the "Operation In As Much-Kentucky" by helping to add school supplies in the backpack programs in Marion and Taylor Counties (b) the upcoming Sunday morning sermons will be of the subject "Close Encounters with Jesus", (c) he will have the 3rd Mayberry Bible Study series on the last four Sunday evenings in July, (d) Father's Day will be observed on July 19th with no Evening services that day so families can enjoy being together, (e) the "Back to School Bash" is tentatively being planned for July 29th, (f) the annual Men's Skeet Shoot is tentatively scheduled for August 19th with Bro. Don Hamlin (a former Minister of Music and Youth in the mid to late 1980's) providing the message and planning to look up the "Time Capsule" buried when he was here, with the help of the youth of that time. (2) Jim Sabo, Sr., as a representative of the Deacons, made a motion that a "Focus Group" be organized in order to plan for and proceed with renovation of the Old Fellowship Hall with the following names being submitted that have agreed to form this group: McKenzie Hardin, Josh Veatch, and Donnie Veatch. The motion was discussed, voted on and approved. McKenzie Hardin made a modion to add the following people to the Focus Group in order to have a representative of all groups that would be using the renovated area: Tracy Cochran (AWANA), Kim Skaggs (GAs), Shirley Skaggs (Mission Friends), Nick Cobb (RAs), Erin Cox (Youth), and David England (Deacon). This was discussed, voted on, and approved. Ernest Carol Taylor added a comment that the Trustee Committee can approve spending up to $2,000 without bringing it before the church for approval.

Youth Vacation Bible School was held June 5th-9th.

Vacation Bible School 2016 - June 12 - June 16th from 6:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. This year's theme was "Submerged: Finding Truth Below the Surface". As kids submerged themselves in God's Word, they discovered that Jesus saw people differently. He didn't just see what's on the outside; He saw who people were down deep. The Bible verse to remember was: "Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way. Psalm 139:23–24". Parent Night was on June 17th at 6:00 p.m. There was a Bouncy House and Slide, a Dunking Booth, Food, Sno cones, Popcorn, and Cotton Candy. Money collected during Bible School was directed to two special causes: (a) The Bucket Project Hospice KET through Kentucky WMU and the Baptist Global Response, (b) Operation InAsMuch - Kentucky (this is a local project).

Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church showed appreciation to all the fathers attending the Morning Worship Service on June 19, 2016. A gift in honor of them will be given to the Taylor and Marion County Relay for Life Organizations. Nettie Brown provided special music with the song, "Daddy's Hands". (See Pictures) Special recognition was given to:

  • The “Oldest Fathers Present”: Jim Bob Moore, Howard Farris, and Billy Veatch
  • The “Youngest Fathers Present”: Dustin Benningfield and Jonathan Bright
  • The “Father with the Most Children, Grandchildren, and Great-Grandchildren present”: Smith Mays

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on July 6, 2016. In New Business: (1) Bob Moore, representing the Trustee Committee, says he met with Steven Lee about replacing the Exit lights with LED lights for costs of $487 (labor donated by Steven Lee and friends) and some of the exterior lights plus some in the hallway at cost of $500 plus labor with total estimated costs for all of $987. Bob presented this as a motion to the church to do as described. The motion was voted on and approved. (2) Josh Veatch, Chairman of the Deacons, made a motion to appoint the following people to the Nominating Committee for 2016 - 2017: Margaret Pyles, Roger Barnett, Jennifer Bland, Kim Skaggs, and Barbara Jean Benningfield (plus the three automatically assigned: the Pastor, Sunday School Director, and Chairman of the Deacons). The motion was voted on and approved.

Our 4th annual “Back to School Bash” was Friday night, July 29th at 6:00 P.M.. The church furnished the the hot dogs and buns for the wiener roast.  The weather was perfect for camping out, watching a movie, playing games, and enjoying the fellowship with everyone as God's Blessings were shared in preparation for the beginning of a new school year.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on August 10, 2016. (1) Bob Moore, representing the Trustee Committee reports that Stephen Lee fixed all the emergency exit lights with LED bulbs and fixed other lights as discussed at the last Business Meeting. (2) Bob Moore, representing the Parsonage Committee, updated the progress of the remodeling. He reported that they are needing volunteers to do some touch up painting and start cleaning windows and rooms. Then it will be ready for Bro. Steve and Shirley to move in. (3) Josh Veatch, Chairman of the Deacons, reported that David England will be the Chairman beginning in September; Mark Carney will be the Vice Chairman, and Jim Sabo, Jr. will be Assistant Secretary. (4) Sam Graham, representing the Nominating Committee, presented their recommendations for the coming church year. It was voted on and approved to accept the report as noted. (5) In new Business, Bob Moore, representing the Trustee Committee, made a motion to purchase 3,000 gallons of fuel for the coming season at a locked amount of $89.9 cents/gallon. The motion was voted on and approved as presented.

The Women's Bible Study Group met from August 10th at 6: 00 p.m. and continued every Wednesday through September 14th. The book studied was "The Family of Jesus" by Karen Kingsbury.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on September 7, 2016. (1) Bob Moore, representing the Parsonage Remodeling Committee, reports that all they have left to do is to hang towel racks and window blinds. Bro. Steve and Shirley are preparing to move in. (2) Ernest Carol Taylor reports that they are looking into getting various quotes for insurance coverage of the church and grounds, vehicle, and parsonage. They have had a locked in 3-year policy but that is no longer an option so are looking at getting estimates from various agencies for annual coverage. They are up against a deadline for the vehicles (buses) as their policy expires the middle of October. The church building does not expire until December. They hope to have finalization by the next Business Meeting and may have to call for an emergency meeting if necessary. (3) Bro. Steve reports that MHBC will host the October Central Association Meeting.

“Operation In As Much-Kentucky” is a ministry to reach out into the community in a  ONE-DAY event in September. MHBC joined other KY Baptist Churches in doing outreach ministry right here in Marion and Taylor counties beginning with prayer at 8:00 a,m. on Saturday, September 10th before beginning the day of service. There were about 55 folks, according to Bro. Steve, from MHBC that participated in Inasmuch Muldraugh Hill.
(Click to view details about the Day of Service).

Sunday School Perfect Attendance Awards for the Church Year of September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016 were presented during the Morning Worship Service on September 11, 2016 for the following: Karli Veatch (3 years), Jean Sallee (4 years), Anita Lanham (12 years), Michelle Gribbins, (13 years), Jessica Veatch (15 years), Annette Dennison (16 years - absent for the photo), Ann Lee (18 years) and Josh Veatch (28 years).

Perfect Attendance_20160911
Left to Right: Jessica Veatch, Ann Lee, Karli Veatch, Jean Sallee, Anita Lanham, Michelle Gribbins, and Josh Veatch.

The Fourth Annual Ladies Luncheon was held on September 17th at 11:00 a.m. The ladies gathered purses for women at the Louisville Rescue Mission in a project they call “Purses with Purpose.” They also heard from a dynamic speaker, Susan Bryant who is president of the Kentucky WMU, about the Bucket Project, a ministry through the KBC and Baptist Global Relief for women in Africa who are dying from Aids. Melissa Skaggs, daughter-in-law of Bro. Steve and Shirley Skaggs, provided special music.

Church-Wide Hayride was on September 25th. There were multiple wagons with about 80 people riding that left the church at 5:00 P.M. and then returned for a bonfire and wiener roast. The church provided the hot dogs and buns. Individuals attending brought chips, drinks desserts, snacks etc. to complete the meal. What a great time of fun and fellowship!

During the church year of September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016 there were:

  • 8 additions by baptism and 6 by letter
  • Total recorded members was 548 with 485 being resident members
  • Sunday School/Bible Study/Small Group Total Enrollment 169
  • The Sunday School/Bible Study/Small Group Average Attendance was 112
  • The Sunday Morning Worship Service average was 187
  • Vacation Bible School Enrollment was 188
  • Total Mission Project Participation was 89
  • Financial Giving
    • Cooperative Program = $23,270
    • Annie Armstrong Giving = $2,017
    • Lottie Moon Giving = $4,114
    • Association Missions Giving = $3,878
    • Great Commissions Giving = $39,525
    • Total Missions Giving = $45,468
  • Organizational Structure for 2015 - 2016
  • The recorded deaths were:
    • Gerald Moore

Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church hosted the Central Association of Kentucky Baptists Annual Fall Meeting on Monday, October 3rd from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. A potluck meal was provided for the event. Approximately 100 people attended the event.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on October 5, 2016. (1) Bro. Steve reports that Darryl Wilson, with KBC, will be here October 16th for "Christian Education Faithfulness Sunday". He will be preaching in the Morning Worship Service and be issuing a challenge for us to be serious about teaching/discipleship, etc. He will emphasize education such as Sunday School, AWANA, and Wednesday Evening activities with children/youth. Brother Steve urged everyone to look at their class rolls and invite people to come. This day will is like a "mini revivial service". There will be a meal after Worship Service. Bro. Steve reported that there were just under a 100 attendees at the Central Association Meeting last Monday, hosted by Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church. The church provided a potluck meal. (2) Shirley Farmer, representing the Parsonage Committee, reports that the blinds are now hung. Bro. Steve and Shirley plan to stay there after they return from vacation next week. (3) In New Business: (a) David England, representing the Deacons, brought forth a recommendation from the Deacons to have the following people serve on the 2017 Stewardship Committee: Betty Joyce Witham, Margaret Pyles, Josh Veatch, Jim Sabo, Jr. and Andrea Morrison. It was voted on and approved. (b) David England, representing the Deacons, made a motion to have Brotherhood Mutual Insurance carry the insurance for the church at a cost of $6,691.33. The deductible will increase from $1,000 to $2,500, saving the church $932 annually. This will be a one year contract. The motion was voted on and approved. (c) Bro. Steve made a motion to have the church order a witnessing tool in the form of a pamplet or fold-out brochure published by Billy Graham Evangelism Association entitled, "Knowing God Through His Word". They cost $149 per 100. He'd like to have them in time to use them at Trunk-N-Treat coming up in a few weeks. The motion was made to order 100 and approved.

Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church hosted the Central Association of Kentucky Baptists Annual Fall Meeting on Monday, October 3rd from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. A potluck meal was provided for the event. Approximately 100 people attended the event.

October was Pastor Appreciation Month. So on October 23, 2016, at the conclusion of the Morning Worship Service, the Chairman of the Deacons, David England, presented Bro. Steve and Shirley a monetary gift and an autographed picture from the congregation to show appreciation and thanks for their years of service and dedication at Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church.

We had our annual Trunk N Treat activity on October 26, 2016. The weather was beautiful! There was an estimated 181 children in attendance according to one source after she counted her leftover bags. Bro. Steve reported that there were at least 100 families represented. What a wonderful time of fun and fellowship for all!

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on November 9, 2016. The Assistant Moderator, Ernest Carol Taylor, led the meeting as Bro. Steve was in Revival Services in Danville, Ky. (1) Bob Moore, representing the Parsonage Committee, reported that Bobby Veatch will be doing to outside work. They are finishing the porch and landscape. There is an Open House scheduled for this Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (2) Tracy Mays Cochran reported that AWANA will be visiting Bradfordsville Baptist Church next Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (3) Catherine Sabo reported that the WMU had a good meeting last month with Diana Deeringer at the guest speaker. WMU will meet again on November 15th at 10:00 a.m. All women are invited to attend and  participate.

Bro. Steve and Shirley hosted an Open House at the parsonage on November 13, 2016 to show off the renovation that has been done over the past several months. There are still plans to repair some guttering and add storm doors but everyone seemed pleased with the changes and improvements.

Our Annual Hanging of the Greens Service, a traditional service that helps us kick-off the Advent and Christmas seasons, was held on November 27 at 6:00 p.m. Non-perishable food and misc. items was collected during the service for the Brookhaven Mission during this service.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on December 7, 2016. (1) Bro. Steve reported that he has been elected to serve on the Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board. He will be attending the meetings next Monday and Tuesday. He reported that there will be no evening services on December 25th, January 1st, or January 28th. The 3rd Annual Marriage Retreat will be held on January 20-21, 2017 at Cumberland Falls Resort Park. The cost for each couple is $70. (2) Andrea Morrison, Chairman of the Stewardship Committee, presented the report with recommendations for the budget for the church year beginning January 1, 2017. The budget was voted on and approved. (3) Mark Speer, Chairman of the Parsonage Committee, reports that the remodeling is essentially done but the approved budget of $58,000 is short $776 to pay the contractor. He made a motion to increase the approved budget by $2,000 in order to pay the $776 for the contractor and add storm doors and guttering to the parsonage to complete the project. After some discussion, the motion was voted on and approved with the anticipation of receiving donations to the White Christmas Offering that can be used to cover the expenses.

On Saturday, December 24th, we had our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and observed the Lord's Supper at 6:00 p.m.

The Annual White Christmas Offering was collected during the Morning Worship Service on December 18, 2016. There was low attendance due to bad weather. However, a total of $18,835.00 was received ($13,885.00 was placed in the general fund with the rest placed in designated funds according to specifications made by the gifter). Thank you to everyone who participated in this special service. Note: $1,670 was also donated to the White Christmas Offering with $100 of the total donated on the December 11th and the rest on December 25th.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on January 4, 2017. (1) Mark Speer, representing the Parsonage Committee, presented a final statement of the money made available for the remodeling of the parsonage and expendatures as per requested at the last Business Meeting. $58,000 was initially allotted to be used for the renovations. Prior to that $3,270.00 had been designated by individuals and $2,000 was added last month during the December Business Meeting (A total of $63,270). Of this total, $1,923.93 is still available to be used. Storm doors still need to be installed and the guttering is almost done. (2) David England, Chairman of the Deacons, reported that they are tentatively planning the Annual Men's Day on April 23rd. (3) Bro. Steve reported that during the month of December the goal of the Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions was $3,500.00. The donations far exceeded this as $4,934 was collected.

The 3rd Annual Marriage Retreat was on January 20-21, 2017 at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Fourteen couples attended the event: Bro. Steve and Shirley Skaggs, Donnie and Beth Veatch, Josh and Jessica Veatch, Steve and Carolyn Morris, Steve and Shannon Lee, Tony and Michelle Yocum, Jason and Tiffany Underwood, Trent and Carey Pyles, Tommy and Wanda Buckler, Ray and Beth Osborne, Mark and Kelly Carney, Nick and Rhonda Cobb, David and Lori England, Adam and Jennifer Bland. Everyone had a great time of fun and fellowship. The weather was awesome!


Couples Retreat   Couples Retreat

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on February 8, 2017. (1) Bro. Steve reports: (a) the church will start having an opening assembly at 10:00 each Sunday Morning for children and anyone else interested. (b) Once per month he will host "Breakfast with Bro. Steve" just prior to Sunday School. This will begin February 19th with heart-shaped pancakes. (c) The youth are hosting their annual Valentine's Luncheon fundraiser on February 12th. (d) We will have a Gideon speaker on April 23rd. (e) April 30th has been set aside for Men's Day. (2) McKenzie Hardin, representing the Women's Ministry Committee, reported that they will be starting a Bible Study on Wednesday, March 1st, as they study the book of Ruth.(3) Tracy Cochran, representing AWANA, reports they are averaging 20 children each Sunday evening and they are working on an interpretive movement perormance for Easter morning. (4) McKenzie Hardin, representing the Christian Education Revitalization Focus Group, reported on the goals of the group with a detailed outline of the plans thus far for revitalization of our Sunday School Program. They will have a recommendation at the March Business Meeting for setting up a special fund for this project. (5) Barbara Jean Benningfield reported that there will be a Children's Ministry Day at Lebanon Baptist Church on February 18th from 12 to 2 p.m. with many activities for children. Those attending should bring Hershey Kisses to help fill bags to distribute along with the tracks. (6) On May 20th, there will be training for Sunday School teachers, with the location still to be announced.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on March 8, 2017. (1) Bro. Steve updated everyone on uncoming events: (a) The KBC All State Chorus will be held April 21-23. Jacklyn Farmer and Maddie Hardin were both selected to participate. (b) The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be on April 12th. (c) Sunrise Easter Service will be on April 16th. (d) A Gideon speaker will be here April 23rd, and (e) Men's Sunday will be April 30th. (f) Wesley Paul will be here May 7th reporting on his missionary trip to Africa. (g) A Revival will be at the Village Sunday through Wednesday in the afternoons during Family Fest July 22-27th. (2) In New Business: (a) McKenzie Hardin made a motion (it was voted on and approved) that we establish a designated fund, "Education Area Revitalization Fund" (EARF) for future projects developed and adminstered by the Focus Group (which includes leaders of Youth, R.A.'s, G.A.'s, Mission Friends, AWANA, and Sunday School). The Focus Group has developed a plan of projects to improve the education and facility for education of the children and youth such as: recently starting "Mountain Movers" Sunday School Opening Program for school age children prior to Sunday School classes; improving lighting; adding a new 55-inch television to the education area; and having an upcoming "Cleanup and Declutter Day" on March 11th. More to be planned later. (b) Bob Moore made a motion (it was voted on and approved) we change the locks on the doors. There are 11 locks at a cost of $897. (c) David England, representing the Deacons, presented the Audit Committee's 2016 Report recommendations for a system of checks and balances for safeguarding personel and the handling of cash. The Deacon Body, after consulting with the Audit Committee and the Church Treasurer, made a motion that the church accept the Audit Committee's recommendations. Further, that a "Counting Committee" be formed and initially be made up of the Deacons, who will rotate weekly, with a minimum of two unrelated committee members doing the counting. Since confidentiality is paramount while dealing with church contributions, each member of the "Counting Committe" will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. David, as a matter of summary and clarification, also reported that the Deacon Body wants to make it clear that no problems have been found or suggested. He went on to say that "We, as a Church have the responsibilty to protect the integrity and the reputation of the church, the church Treasurer, and those who are asked to handle money. The implementation of these procedures are part of standard and accepted accounting practices for being fiscally responsible in the handling of cash, and we want to be the best stewards of each member's contributions by practicing acceptable accounting standards." The motion was discussed, voted on, and approved.

The MHBC Women’s Ministry six week Bible study concluded on Wednesday, April 5th at 6:00 P.M. "A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit" by Nicki Koziarz was the study guide. The study offered “5 Practical Habits to Keep Your Eyes on God” from the book of Ruth. “Every woman will eventually face it: the temptation to give in and give up. But something transformative happens when a woman decides to persevere in the face of difficulty and pain. A woman who refuses to quit influences her world in ways she could never have imagined.” Jennifer England Bland and Carolyn Morris led this study for women of all ages. Over thirty women participated in the Bible study.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on April 5, 2017. Due to extreme storms in the region and many being on vacation during Spring Break in the school systems, the attendance was considerably less than normal. Linda Sabo, Assistant Clerk, read the old minutes and served as recorder. In New Business: (1) Mark Carney, representing the Deacons, made a motion for MHBC to pay the registration fee of $25 each for the two girls, Maddie Hardin and Jacklyn Farmer, who will be participating in the KBC All State Chorus competition April 21st to 23rd. The motion carried. (2) Mark Carney, representing the Deacons, made a motion (after presenting a quote from Purcell's Products to members present) to enter in an agreement with Purcell's Products for a 60 month FMV buyout lease for a refurbished copier with costs of $40.32 per month for the copier plus $30.00 per month for the maintenance agreement (covering all parts, labor, travel, developer, drum, and toner for 2,500 copies per month). Total cost would be $70.32 per month ($4,219.20 for 60 months). THe new copier will be placed in the secretary's office. Because her office will be locked up when she is not in the facility, the old copier will be moved to a location accessible by members of the church. The exact location to be determined. The motion was voted on and motion carried.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on May 10, 2017. (1) Bro. Steve reminded everyone that on June 4th the Sunday Evening Services will return to meeting at 7:00 p.m. He also reported that 2 of our young adults, Brittany Speer and MaKayla Sabo, are going on separate mission trips to Haiti in the coming weeks. In New Business, David England (Chairman of the Deacons), upon recommendation of the Deacons, made a motion to match the donation of $100 by the Baptist Association to be given to each of the two girls going on the mission trips to Haiti to assist with their costs. The motion was voted on and approved.

Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church showed appreciation to all the mothers attending the Morning Worship Service on May 14, 2017 by presenting each of them with special gift of a “Godly Women Are a Treasure Beyond Measure” bookmark. Also, a $250 donation was given in honor of the mothers to Sunrise Children’s Services . Amanda and Jacklyn Farmer provided special music. Special recognition was given to (see pictures):
  • The “Oldest Mother Present”: Janet Moore
  • The “Youngest Mother Present”: Jessica Paris (represented by her mother, Janice Chappell)
  • The “Mother with the Most Children, Grandchildren, and Great-Grandchildren present”: Helen Mays and Phyllis Wise (8 descendants each)
  • Mothers present with “A Baby Born Since Last Mother’s Day”: Shane and Katie Morris with daughter; Jill Montgomery with daughter; Mindy Bright with daughter and son; and Judy Benningfield, representing Tiffany Underwood, upon the birth of a son.
  • Bro. Steve recognized Clara Evans as being the “Oldest Mother on the role of Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church”. She is 97 years old.
Congratulations to our graduates for 2017:
  • Erin Cox (Campbellsville University)
  • Kaitlynn Farmer (Marion County High School )
  • Micah Franklin (Taylor County High School)
  • Mat Livers (Marion County High School)
  • Taylor Nelson (Marion County High School)
  • Danielle Pelphrey (Marion County High School)
  • Caroline Reed (Marion County High School)
  • Allison Sallee (Marion County High School)

William Maurice "Billie Veatch passed away at age 90 on June 1, 2017. He was a Deacon of Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church.

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on June 7, 2017. (1) Bob Moore, representing the Trustee Committee, made a motion, it was voted on and approved, to have Steven Lee replace the 8 lights in the Fellowship Hall with LED lights per estimate of $2,400 for parts and labor. (2) Barbara Jean Benningfield reported on the recent Association Executive Board meeting. She reported the because of a resignation of the Moderator, Bro. Steve will be serving out the rest of the year in this position. She reported that Bro. Jay and Cheryl Hatfield will be serving on a mission trip to Swaziland August 10-21, 2017. September 17, 2017 has been scheduled for Music Night for the Association and she passed out leaflets about FamilyFest event to be held July 22-27, 2017.

Youth Vacation Bible School was held from June 4th to June 9th, 2017.

Children Vacation Bible School (for children from Nursery age to 6th Grade) was Sunday, June 11th through Friday, June 16th fro m 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. The number of children present ranged from 81 to 106 with an average of 96. The numbers of teachers/workers present was between 56 and 76 each night. The theme this year was “Galactic Starveyors....Discovering The God of the Universe”. Friday night was Parent's Night. There was a Bouncy House and Bouncy Slide, a Dunking Booth, Hot dogs, sandwiches and other food, Sno cones, Popcorn, and Cotton Candy. A total of $805.15 was collected during Bible School was given to The Backpack Program in Kentucky.

Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church showed appreciation to all the fathers attending the Morning Worship Service on June 18, 2017. A gift in honor of them will be given to Sunrise Children’s Services. They were also each given a mini tire gauge. Special recognition was given to (See Pictures):

  • The “Oldest Father Present”: Jim Bob Moore (91 years)
  • The “Youngest Father Present”: Dustin Benningfield (29 years)
  • The “Fathers with the Most Children, Grandchildren, and Great-Grandchildren present”: Charlie Poff and Ernest Carol Taylor (7 each)
  • The “Father with a Child Born Since Last Fathers Day”: Jason Underwood
  • The “Oldest Father not Present”: Howard Farris (represented by son, Mark Farris)

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on July 5, 2017. (1) Bob Moore, representing the Trustees, reported that the lights in the Fellowship Hall have been replaced with LED lights. Even if only half of them are on now, the area is brighter than with the old lights. (2) Donnie Veatch, representing the Transportation Committee, reports that the van that was given to Stewarts Creek Baptist Church back in September, 2010, when we upgraded to 2 buses has now been given by Stewarts Creek as a gift to a church in Bradfordsville because Stewarts Creek has since upgraded their method of transportation. The van is "the gift that keeps on giving"! (3) Bro. Steve reports that he will be on vacation for a week beginning July 9th and Bro. Coffman will be covering the pulpit in his absence. (4) David England, Chairman of the Deacons, made a motion for the following people be added to the Nominating Committee for the new church year: Mark Carney (Chairman of Deacons for new church year), Josh Veatch (Sunday School Director), McKenzie Hardin, Trent Pyles, Shannon Lee, Dennis Wise, and Catherine Sabo. As pastor, Bro. Steve will be involved with the committee as it moves forward to fill positions for the new church year. The motion was voted on and approved.

National WMU, Kentucky WMU, and Central Association of Kentucky Baptists partnered together for FamilyFest in Lebanon and Springfield for family service projects, backyard Bible clubs, Vacation Bible School, block parties, and other ministries July 22-27, 2017. More than 150 volunteered from all across the country. They conducted 46 different ministry projects at 18 locations. MHBC was in charge of projects at The Village of Lebanon. The results of the week were four professions of faith decisions. 

The Monthly Business Meeting was held on August 9, 2017. (1) David England, Chairman of the Deacons, reports they had their August meeting on August 6, 2017 and elected Sam Graham to serve as Vice Chairman and Josh Veatch to serve as Assistant Secretary in the church year beginning September 1, 2017. (2) Noted AWANA will resume August 27, 2017. The time will be changed to 6:00 p.m. for Sunday Evening Services to coincide with the AWANA church year. (3) The Nominating Committee members presented their recommendations for church positions in the new church year. The recommendations were voted on and approved, including adding Trent Pyles to the active deacons for the new year which will require him to be ordained at a later date. (3) In New Business, David England reports that the two safes that are used to store important documents are full. He made a motion for the church to purchase another small safe. The motion was voted on and approved. (4) Also in New Business, Joe Skaggs, representing the Trustee Committee, made a motion for the church to purchase 3,000 gallons of fuel for the coming season at a locked amount of $1.09/gallon. The motion was voted on and approved as presented.

 

Updated 08/11/2017