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Wyo. Baptists increase CP

MILLS, Wyo. (BP) — Messengers to the 28th annual meeting of the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention increased Cooperative Program giving to national and international causes by .25 percent of their CP budget for the coming year.

A total of 107 messengers and their guests gathered at the Casper-area Mountain View Baptist Church in Mills Nov. 10-11.

A 2012 budget of $1,449,011 was approved, down from $1.54 million in 2011. Wyoming Baptists will forward 32.75 percent of an anticipated $142,527 in Cooperative Program giving from the convention’s churches.

Quin Williams, pastor of Boyd Avenue Baptist Church in Casper, was elected president; Mike Cooper, pastor of College Heights Baptist Church in Casper, first vice president; Clay Alexander, pastor of Big Horn Baptist Church in Buffalo, second vice president; and Hope Reynolds, a member of Heart of the Valley Baptist Church in Mountain View, recording secretary.

Mike Smith, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Riverton, delivered the annual sermon. Lynn Nikkel, the Wyoming convention’s executive director, and Buddy Hanson, president of the convention, also preached.

Dean Switzer, pastor of Wamsutter Baptist Church in Wamsutter, gave a testimony about God’s activity in his community. David Martin, director of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on the University of Wyoming campus, told how God is moving among students, especially internationals. Marty Roark, pastor of Circle G Cowboy Church in Glendo, told messengers about their unique ministry opportunities and church planter Zach Edwards of Life Point Church in Cheyenne gave a progress report.

For many, fellowship and worship were the highlights of the meeting.

Next year’s annual meeting of the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention will be Nov. 8-9 at Big Horn Baptist Church in Buffalo.
Based on a report by Lynn Nikkel of the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention.

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