2017-03-16 / Personalities

Annie Armstrong Luncheon held March 11 at First Baptist

Kay Nelms (left) welcomes guest speaker, Coy Pierce, to the luncheon. Kay Nelms (left) welcomes guest speaker, Coy Pierce, to the luncheon. With the theme “Together for His Kingdom” the Woman’s Mission Union of First Baptist Church celebrated its season for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Offering at the annual Annie Armstrong Luncheon Saturday, March 11, in the Mary Callaway Burton Fellowship Hall.

WMU Director Julia Palmer welcomed everyone and after a blessing by Alicia Madden, all enjoyed a delicious luncheon of chicken salad, copper pennies, pasta salad, fresh fruit, rolls, prepared by Vonice Wells, and a buffet of homemade desserts.

Mrs. Palmer introduced guest speaker Coy Pierce from the Endeavor Church in Atlanta, a new church plant on Howell Mill Road that First Baptist helps through its giving.

Mrs. Pierce was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and was a musician in the churches and missions her parents served in Texas and Mexico. After leaving Texas she found herself in Atlanta working in the legal field for churches. She and her husband Keith were driving through Atlanta one day praying for direction when they were prompted by the Holy Spirit to stop at a home in the Hispanic trailer park inside the Atlanta perimeter. After leading a woman who lived there to faith in Christ, the Pierces decided to travel from their home in Tennessee every weekend and disciple this lady and her family. That small Bible study has developed into the Endeavor Mission Church inside the city of Atlanta. Mrs. Pierce related many stories that included struggles and joys, and mostly of God’s faithfulness.

A love offering was taken for Mrs. Pierce and envelopes were also available for the Annie Armstrong Easter offering.

A the close of the program, Mrs. Palmer conducted a drawing for door prizes for the ladies that consisted of two devotional books in addition the Wilkes County plate, donated by Rosemary Hopkins, depicting many of the county churches.

Alicia Madden shared with the group impending plans to take a group to Atlanta to Endeavor Church in the summer to work where needed.

Mrs. Palmer closed in prayer.

The fellowship hall was beautifully decorated for the occasion. The round tables were decorated by numerous ladies of the church in keeping with the theme “The Kingdom of God is like…..”. Tables depicted numerous parables of the Bible, i.e. the Net Cast into the Sea, Pearl of Great Price, the Unproductive Fig Tree, the Sower, Buried Treasures, Lost Coin, Mustard Seed, some choosing the same theme with different interpretations, all lending to beautiful and interesting settings.

Inside the entrance to the hall was a table focusing on Annie Armstrong for whom the North American Mission offering is named. Annie Armstrong was a woman of prayer, folding her hands in prayer to intercede for the missionaries and for those they were helping discover Christ. She led women to unite in mission endeavors that ultimately led to the formation of the Woman’s Missionary Union.

The buffet held a beautiful arrangement of mixed flowers.

Kay Nelms was coordinator for the luncheon.

About 68 ladies attended.

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