October, 2021 Fall Meeting at Bethany Church

Hi! Hope this finds you and your family doing well, and enjoying the peaceful and comforting grace of our Lord.

On the third weekend of October (15, 16, 17), Bethany Primitive Baptist Church – Elder Silas Ford, Pastor, hosted its annual Fall meeting.

The invited ministers were Elder Michael Gowens, pastor of Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Calabash, North Carolina, and Elder Josh Coker, pastor of Vestavia Primitive Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Each service was preceded by a song service, led by song leaders, and sung by the congregation “a Capella” (without musical instruments).

Bro. Silas leading singing

Friday Evening, 10-15-2021

Eld. Marty Smith, pastor of Union Primitive Baptist Church, Roswell, GA opened services with comments and prayer.

Eld. Mike Gowens preached from Genesis 16 on “God’s Eye is Upon Us”.
Other references used included:
Psalm 11
– Psalm 34
– Psalm 138

From this message:
– God has been revealed gradually: Creator, Great Creator, Almighty God
– God sees His children
– Doctrine is meant to lead our praise

Eld. Josh Coker preached from John 1 on “John the Baptist”
Other references included:
1 Peter 1
From this message:
– We are redeemed by Jesus.

A fellowship ice cream social followed the Friday night services.

Saturday Morning, 10-16-2021

Eld. Josh Coker preached from John 3, continuing with the subject of “John the Baptist”.
Other references included:
Matthew 3
– John 1

From this message:
– Jesus was above John the Baptist
– He (Jesus) must increase, we must decrease
– We must:
1. Be born again of the Spirit
2. Make Christ above us
3. Make time for Jesus in or lives

Eld. Mike Gowens preached from Psalm 115 on “Glory to God Alone”.
Other references included:
John 3
– 2 Corinthians 10

From this message:
– Not unto us, but to the Lord
– Give glory to God, and not to men
– Our God is in the heavens

Morning services were followed by a fellowship lunch.

Saturday Afternoon

Eld. Josh Coker preached from Luke 7, on the subject of “Doubting”.
Other references included:
– Matthew 11
– Matthew 28
From this message:
– Witness to others on what God has done for us

Saturday evening, a fellowship chili supper was held in the lunchroom.

Sunday Morning, 10-17-2021

Eld. Mike Gowens preached from 2 Corinthians 5 on “A New Beginning”
References included:
Galatians 6
From this message:
– After being born again, we are a new creature in Christ
– Jesus loves us with an everlasting love, and He deserves our best
– The motivation for living is the love of Christ
– While our body (earthly home) may go away, our heavenly home was made by Jesus and will always stand

The meeting concluded with a fellowship lunch.

Left to Right: Eld. Josh Coker, Eld. Silas Ford, Eld. Mike Gowens
Thankful the meeting was so well attended

Church Information
For more information on Bethany Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:

For more information on Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:

For more information on Vestavia Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:

Praise God for providing such a wonderful time of preaching, worshipping, and fellowship!

God Bless!!!


2 thoughts on “October, 2021 Fall Meeting at Bethany Church

  1. Thank you so much for sending this, Brother Ken! I love reading about the meetings you and Sister Sandra attend. What a blessing! We look forward to visiting with you on Sunday, Lord willing. God bless y’all!



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  2. Thank you dear Sister Emily! Thankful for your kind comments and viewing the report, and for your family’s service to God’s people. Look forward to our time together on Sunday.


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