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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.
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 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:
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,
There was no cost for the meal but donations were accepted with
funds going toward financing the Operation Christmas Child shipping
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,
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
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
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
The Monthly Business Meeting was held on December 10, 2014. (1)
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)
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)
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
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
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
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
"Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead,
bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4
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
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
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!
Special 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:
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
- 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:
Teresa Brockman Veatch
Thomas Leon Wilcher
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
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.
for the picture were (from left to right):
Front Row: McKenzie
Hardin and Jennifer Bland
Lori England, Kelly Wise, Anita Lanham, Shirley Farmer, Carolyn Morris,
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.
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,
led the group in sessions with this marriage
adventure and journey.
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
Adam and Jennifer Bland, Todd and McKenzie
Hardin, Ray and Beth Osborne, Mark and Kelly Carney,
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.
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
Night - Steve and Friends Gospel Quartet
Tuesday Night - Bro.
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.
Our annual Easter Egg Hunt was held on
Wednesday, March 16th at 6 P.M. The children and
adults enjoyed a time of fellowship while sharing sandwiches, snacks, and
favorite finger foods. The children hunted eggs, that were hidden by the
youth, and heard the story of Easter. Nicodemus made a visit and shared
the gospel story that he received from Jesus. Lots of fun for everyone!
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
- 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.
Don Hamlin, on staff here in the ‘80’s as minister of music
& youth, was our guest for the men’s skeet shoot
August 13th which began at 4:00 p.m.. He also
preached in the morning service on August 14th.
The Deacons and their wives
sponsored the Annual Senior
Adult Meal on August 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
All senior adults and their spouses were invited to attend. Ronnie
Benningfield, the long time pianist for the Lincoln Jamboree, was the
guest entertainment. Approximately 60 senior adults and
guests attended the event and 19 carry-outs were delivered
to senior adults unable to attend.
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
“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).
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
Left to Right: Jessica Veatch, Ann Lee,
Karli Veatch, Jean Sallee, Anita Lanham, Michelle Gribbins, and Josh
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
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:
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
- 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:
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
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
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,
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!
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
- 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,
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
- The “Oldest Father Present”: Jim Bob Moore (91
- The “Youngest Father Present”: Dustin Benningfield
- 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”:
- 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.
The Annual "Men and Boys Skeet Shoot" will be held
August 19th at 4:00 p.m. Daniel Raikes was
the guest speaker for the event this year. What a great time of fun,
fellowship, and great food!
The Annual Women’s Luncheon
was on Saturday, August 26th
at 11:00 A.M. Peggy Richardson was the guest
speaker and Melissa Skaggs was the guest vocalist.What a great time fo
fun, fellowship, and great food! Several men participated as the servers.
The Deacons and church officers were installed
for new church year, on Sunday August 27th during
the morning worship service. Also,
Trent Pyles was ordained in a special Deacon Ordination Service. Bro.
Steve Skaggs performed the ceremony. The following deacons participated in the
"Laying of the Hands" Ceremony: Roger Barnett, Larry Bright, David England, Sam Graham,
Jim Sabo, Jr., Jim Sabo, Sr., Mark Speer, Josh Veatch, and Dennis Wise.
Trent’s wife, Carey, stood at his side. His daughters and mother were also
present during the ceremony.
Bro. Steve Skagges presented his resignation as pastor
of Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church to the Chairman of the Deacons,
Mark Carney, and to the congregation at the conclusion of the
Morning Worship Service. His last day will be September 24, 2017.
The Monthly Business Meeting was held on September 6, 2017.
(1) Mark Carney, Chairman of the Deacons, reported that
Debbie Farris cleaned out one of the two small safes and
have moved some of the documents in it that they needed to have stored.
There is a need to have a bigger fire-proof safe for storage of documents
instead of a new small one as was voted on and approved at last month's
Business Meeting. Therefore, as Old Business, he made a motion to recind
the request and approval for the new small safe. This was voted on and
approved. Then in New Business, he made a motion, and it was approved, to
purchase a larger safe for estimated cost of $800. (2) Also, in New
Business, Bob Moore, representing the Trustee Commitee,
made a motion and it was approved per vote to install a railing in an
L-shape around the back patio of the parsonage for costs of $1,900
including parts and labor.