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Nevada Baptists again raise Cooperative Program giving

HENDERSON, Nev. (BP)–Nevada Baptists continued to expand their Cooperative Program giving for national and international missions and ministries during their Oct. 24-25 annual meeting.

A .25 percent increase in the percent-of-budget allocation to Southern Baptist causes was approved by the convention, raising its mark to 27.5 percent. The coming year’s budget anticipates nearly $905,000 in Cooperative Program giving from the state’s churches.

The overall budget for the coming year was approved for $2,382,627, nearly $27,000 above the current budget.

The theme for the annual meeting, held at Highland Hills Baptist Church, Henderson, was “For Christ compels us …” based on 2 Corinthians 5:14. Registration totaled 134 messengers and 40 visitors.

Elected as the convention’s new president was John Mark Simmons, pastor of Highland Hills Baptist Church, Henderson, in a ballot with one other nominee. The first and second vice presidents, respectively, were re-elected, Sam Stanton, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, Fallon, and Eddie Hancock, pastor of Grass Valley Baptist Church, Winnemucca.

A resolution adopted during the convention’s closing session called for support for the Strategic Focus City campaign, “Loving Las Vegas,” scheduled for 2001. The campaign is a joint effort of the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board, the Nevada Baptist Convention, the Southern Nevada Baptist Association and local Baptists.

Next year’s annual meeting will be Oct. 23-24 at Shadow Hills Baptist Church, Las Vegas.

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