Monday, September 28, 2015


DEXTER, MO. – Living Water Worship Center (LWWC) will be hosting the Shine Effect at the October 7th Celebrate Recovery meeting. The Shine Effect is an energetic 3 piece Christian rock band from Jacksboro, TN striving to serve God and minister to others through music. The band consists of Josh Roberts (vocals/guitar), wife Christa Roberts (drums), and brother Ben Roberts (bass/vocals).

The band released their first full length self-recorded album “The Life. The Hope. The Journey.” in May 2011 and since then they have played over 400 concerts with many great bands. In March of 2013, The Shine Effect released their new 6 song album “With Open Eyes” which was recorded at The Sound Lair in Knoxville, TN. As of January 2015, The Shine Effect started playing acoustic concerts as well!

The Shine Effect gets their name from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:14-16. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

The Shine Effect has taken this verse to heart and tries to truly be that shining light in a dark world. Their passion is to encourage the church and reach out to the lost through music and love, while making many new friends along the way!

They have performed at over 60 Celebrate Recovery gatherings and Bryan Gentry the Stoddard County Celebrate Recover director said, “We are really excited to have the Shine Effect coming to our Celebrate Recovery meeting and want to invite anyone who needs God’s redemption along with those struggling with addictions as well as our young people in the Stoddard County region to come and hear their redeeming message in music.” 

Who: The Shine Effect
What: Celebrate Recovery
When: Wednesday October 7th at 6:30 pm
Where:  Living Water Worship Center 18094 Hwy 25 Bloomfield, MO  63841

Info: Bryan Gentry at 573-820-3284 or

Friday, September 4, 2015


Forever-Why You Can't Live Without It

DEXTER, MO- The Sweet Prospect General Baptist Church young adult Sunday school class will be starting a new study titled, Forever, why you can’t live without it.  

In this new study Paul David Tripp will answer questions such as: 

Why is it so hard for us to be satisfied? What do so many of our marriages struggle? Why do we have such a hard time getting along with family and friends? Why are we in so much debt? Why do we stand in front of full closets and say we have nothing to wear?  Why do we look into fully stocked refrigerators and say we have nothing to eat? Why do so many of us spend more than we earn? Why do we struggle with envy? Why do people disappoint us so much? Why does life in the here and now never seem to deliver what we hoped it would? Where do you go to find answers to questions like this? What helps you understand life?  

Tripp says, "We are all looking for meaning and purpose in our life. No matter who you are, where you are, and how old you are, you long for the perfect world and struggle with the fact that the address where you live is anything but perfect."

In Tripp’s video and book he points out that we can find the answer to these questions by focusing on eternity or forever. The class will study and explore the possibility that maybe this present life is not a destination, but a preparation for our final destination.  Young Adult class leader Rod Jetton said, “We will consider that how we live our lives has real consequences in the next. We will learn that God created us to live forever and that we can't make sense out of our present life without considering eternity.”  

Pastor Ray Rowland mentioned, "The first class will start this Sunday at 9:45.  A light breakfast with donuts, coffee and orange juice will be available.  We also have children's classes for those who have kids." There is a $10.00 charge for the class to help defray the costs of books and videos.  If you cannot attend the first week don't worry, this is a study you can drop into anytime and not miss a beat.

It is a ten week study and each Sunday participants will watch a short video then join a group discussion on the key points.  During the week students will also be reading the book, "Forever, Why you can't live without it." 

Jetton added, "I've enjoyed reading the book, and watching the videos.  It really helped me reflect on my life and what is really important.  I'm looking forward to going through the class with others were we can talk about life's big issues and encourage one another."

Sweet Prospect is located at 1201 E. Elk St. in Dexter across from Tyson.  The class starts at 9:45 am on Sunday Morning's before their worship service at 11:00 am.  The "young" adult class is for married couples or singles ages 20 to 50.  For more information call, text or email Rod Jetton at 573-225-4444 or               

Jetton concluded, "If you are looking to join others who are searching for the right answers to the big questions in life while trying to make a positive difference, then I hope you will consider attending our class.  We are far from perfect, but we are a small and friendly bunch that cares greatly for one another."