Bethel General Baptist Church

Bethel General Baptist Church


I'm writing this post in hopes that someone can help me with some church history. I am searching for a friend's family. I will start with his Great Uncle Truman Hopkins. He built the church with Virgil Hendrix. Truman's wife Margaret deeded the land & she named the church. She was church clerk & treasurer. Truman & Margaret were charter members. Truman was a deacon & later church pastor. I'm confused with the Bethel Churches. This one is up on Hwy C & the other one is on County Road 628. Are these 2 churches one and the same? Is the old church still standing? Does anyone remember Truman? Thank you & sorry for going on with my family history questions but I have been searching for Truman's paternal Grandparents for years. Mary Saltzman, Sullivan, MO
I was born in Advance, Mo in 1948. You may know my cousin, Wanda Johns. Her and her husband James Johns Pastored the Assembly of God Church in Greenbrier, he is deceased. Her Parents were Bessie and Walter Talbert. I think your recently had our friends singing at your church, "The Wanda Mountain Boys". Know them well.

Sunday School: 9:45 am Morning Worship: 10:45 am Sunday Night Services: 6 pm Wednesday Night Services: 6:30 pm Pastor: Fred Ritter You can catch Bethel Church's Morning Worship on KMHM 104.1 FM every sunday morning at 9:30 am

This is a page of Bethel General Baptist Church. We encourage both members and those who are not members to follow this page. We hope this page will keep you up to date with Bethel Church. May this page more importantly encourage you with your walk with the Savior.

Mission: "Serving Christ in the 21st Century"

[03/09/20]   We had a wonderful night at Bethel. We enjoyed all the music at our "Open Mic Night" and the wonderful food and fellowship afterwards.

It's About The Cross

It's About the Cross by The Reflections Quartet

[03/05/20]   March 8 is Open Mic Night at Bethel. It starts at 6 pm, so come join us in praising God in song and testimony. Everyone is invited to participate. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall afterwards. Hope to see you there!!

I didn't see Him go up, but I will see Him when He comes down! Sung by Deloris Ritter this morning in the morning worship service. Praise the Lord!

[02/03/20]   It's Open Mic Night at Bethel next Sunday, February 9, at 6 pm! Everyone is invited to participate. Refreshments served in the Fellowship Hall afterwards!

I Remember The Day.....

Open Mic night at Bethel. The Reflections came and blessed us with some good old southern gospel quartet singing! Thank you to the Reflections and to all those that participated!

The one 'He Sees' by Dancing Dove

I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary

Sung by Sis. Deloris Ritter on Sunday morning, Jan 5, 2020

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Church Building

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[01/01/20]   Here's wishing that everyone has a Happy and Blessed New Year!

Give Thanks

"Give Thanks" by Carol Blanton. Happy Thanksgiving!

[11/04/19]   Thanks to everyone attending our Spaghetti Dinner and Benefit today at Bethel. It was a great success and we really appreciate all those that attended and donated to the Philippine Mission. "Thank you" to all those that helped with the food, the silent auction, and the clean-up, too! May God bless each and everyone of you!

Everyone is invited!!

Because He Lives

[10/03/19]   It's "Open Mic Night" at Bethel on Sunday, Oct 13th at 6:00 PM. Everyone is invited to participate, so bring a special or a testimony to share. The "Reflections Quartet" and another group will also join us for a few songs that night! Don't miss out! Come join us as we sing to the Lord! Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Fellowship Hall!
Correction.....The Reflections won't be able to make it after all. Sorry about that, but there is another group coming, I'm just not sure of their name.

Imogene Dickison Bollinger, our last living Charter Member of Bethel, passed away Monday, September 2 at the age of 96. Her services are tomorrow at Ford and Sons on Mt Auburn in Cape. Visitation is from 9 to 11 am and the service is at 11 am after the visitation. Burial will be at the Morgan Memorial Park Cemetery in Advance. This photo is from the Bethel Homecoming in 2010.

[08/25/19]   What a wonderful and blessed evening with the Talleys tonight! They are so talented and they love the Lord!

[08/18/19]   Just a reminder that the Talleys will be in concert at Bethel next Saturday night at 6:00 pm! Bethel is located 6 miles west of Advance on State Hwy C. Hope to see you there!

KJV 1611

[07/30/19]   God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

Everyone is invited to come and hear the Talleys as they minister to us with their stirring praises to the Lord with their beautiful harmony! Come and be blessed!

Come join us!

It's Open Mic Night once again this Sunday night (July 14) at Bethel. Come join in and enjoy the evening with us as we sing to the Lord. Everyone is invited to participate! Sing, play an instrument, or share a testimony! Plus, there will be refreshments afterwards! Come fellowship with us! It all starts at 6:00 pm!

We often hear that patriotism in the United States has decreased since the Vietnam War. One example is people failing to stand for and salute our flag. But we can teach our children and grandchildren respect for our country's flag, even before they start school. We can supplement and reinforce what they learn in classrooms later on.
But instead of just teaching our children the Pledge of Allegiance, we should teach them what it means.

Allegiance: The pledge is a promise to be loyal to our country.
Republic: We can decide whom we want to be our leaders.
Under God: God is sovereign and ultimately controls our government.
Indivisible: As our country's citizens, we stick together.
Liberty: Our goal in this country is for all of us to be free.
Justice: We believe everyone should be treated equally.

We ought also to teach our children the meaning of our national anthem and how to show respect when it is sung, as well as when the Pledge of Allegiance is recited or when the flag passes by in a parade. We stand at attention and face the flag, men and boys remove their hats, and we hold our right hands over our hearts.

Teach our children that we celebrate our nation's birthday because it is the day our forefathers declared that no other country could rule over us, and they risked their lives to do so, as have many others striving to preserve our freedoms since then. We have made mistakes, but we have learned from them, and we can rebuild patriotism by teaching our youth the rich history we have.

Thoughts from a newspaper column by Lois Schaefer.

Join us Sunday night, June 9th, at 6:00 pm for Open Mic Night! Everyone is invited to participate. Come and sing a song, play an instrument, or give a testimony, and invite someone to come with you! Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Fellowship Hall.

[06/07/19]   Services for Junior Wade: Visitation, tonight, June 7, from 5 to 8 pm and service is tomorrow, June 8, at 11:00 am at Morgan Funeral Home.

James Junior Gandy Wade, Jr., 84, of Bloomfield, passed away June 6, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born April 15, 1935 in Hayti, MO the son of James and Sarah Hobbs Wade, Sr.

Junior worked for the Mississippi Highway Department for 25 years. He was also a minister at the Sturdivant General Baptist Church. He was a man of deep faith. His church and family were always number one in his life.

Junior and Ilene Wheetley were united in marriage on November 14, 1953 at Zalma and she survives of the home.

Loving survivors include: his wife, Ilene, four sons, Daryl Wade of Sikeston, David Wade of Advance, Larry Wade of Advance and Craig Wade of Bloomfield, two daughters, Sue Holder of Advance, and Barbara Chiles of West Plaines, MO, two sisters, Robbie Napier of DeSota, and Shirley Owens of Chaffee, 14 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, James Wade, two great-grandchildren and a sister, Elmedia Napier.

Visitation will be held on Friday June 7, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Morgan Funeral Chapel in Advance. A funeral service will be held on Saturday June 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the chapel with Rev. David Gargus and Rev. Gary Cooper officiating. Burial will follow at Morgan Memorial Park in Advance.

[05/12/19]   Kevin Leadbetter
02/25/1961 - 05/10/2019
Jackson, Missouri
Visitation: 05/14/2019
Service: 05/15/2019

Kevin E. Leadbetter, 58, of Jackson, MO formerly of Sturdivant, MO, passed away May 10, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at his home. He was born February 25, 1961 in Cape Girardeau, MO the son of Cletus and Mary Lee Robins Leadbetter.
Kevin had worked at Nestle Purina for over 14 years as a Control Specialist. He was co-owner with his wife of Florals By Valeria in Advance. He was a member of Bethel General Baptist Church near Advance and was a former member of Connection Point Church. Kevin enjoyed woodworking and had a love for working on electronics. He had a passion for music and loved playing guitar.
Kevin and Valeria Shrum were united in marriage on December 6, 1997 at Greenville, MO and she survives of the home.
Loving survivors include: his wife, Valeria Leadbetter a son, Trenton Rogers of Jackson two daughters, Angela Burnett of Jackson and Rachel Leadbetter of Jackson a brother, Stanley (Angie) Leadbetter of Advance and four grandchildren, Aly Morris, Vyncent Burnett, William Burnett and Landon Rogers.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Vester and Ethel Robins and Paul and Myrtle Leadbetter.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday May 14, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Morgan Funeral Chapel in Advance. A funeral service will be held on Weds. May 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the chapel with Rev. Fred Ritter and Rev. Kevin Mann officiating. Burial will follow at Morgan Memorial Park in Advance.

Tate Hanners

Tate Hanners playing the piano at our "Open Mic" night at Bethel on April 14. What a talented young man. I'm sorry we didn't get more video before the camera ran out of battery!

[04/21/19]   Tate Hanners playing the piano at our "Open Mic" night at Bethel on April 14. What a talented young man. I'm sorry we didn't get more video before the camera ran out of battery!

[04/21/19]   Tate Hanners at Bethel...what a blessing to hear him play!

The Wanda Mountain Boys will be singing at Bethel General Baptist Church on April 28 during the morning worship service at about 10:45 am. Everyone is invited!

Wore Out

The Hovis family playing and singing "Wore Out" at Bethel last night. We enjoyed them so much! Thank you for coming!

[04/16/19]   The Hovis family playing and singing "Wore Out" at Bethel last night. We enjoyed them so much! Thank you for coming!

Great night at Open Mic Night. God is Good! We had a blast! Look forward to next one. Thanks to all who came, and all who performed. (including Tate Hanners in this video).

[04/12/19]   This Sunday evening, April 14, at 6:00 pm, we’ll have a special time of Gospel Singing, Testimony Service, and Fellowship. It’s “Open Mic” night so everyone is invited to sing a special or play an instrument or share a testimony! Come and bring someone with you! Finger Foods will be served.

[04/12/19]   Please pray for Kevin Leadbetter. He's at Saint Francis ER right now and in a lot of pain. They are admitting him so pray that they can do something to alleviate his pain. Keep Valeria in your thoughts and prayers as well.

[04/02/19]   Chris Roark reports that Chanda's surgery went well today. She will be in the hospital for several days, so pray that her recovery goes well! Thank you Lord!

Please pray for one of our missionaries, Chanda Roark. She and her husband, Chris, and their young son, Owen, are on the mission field in Thailand. She has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be having a mastectomy on April 2 in Thailand. Pray for the family as they face this challenge.

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Videos (show all)

It's About The Cross
I Remember The Day.....
I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary
Give Thanks
Because He Lives
Tate Hanners
Wore Out
Hallelujah Square
The Haven of Rest
I Didn't See Him Go Up




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