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Spring 2017 “To know Jesus as Savior and Lord and make Him known”

Spring  Great   Banquet  Dates:

Men’s Hopkins Co Jail  GB #25         March 9-13 Nathan Richey

Women’s Muhlenberg Co Jail GB #12 March 23-26 Joy Hampton

Men’s Great Banquet # 176 April 20-23 Eric Brown   

Green River CC GB #12 April 27-30 Derrick Bannister

Women’s Great Banquet #177 May 4-7    Marilyn Locke

West Ky CC GB #18 May 12-13 Alan Menser

Women’s Great Banquet #178    May 18-21 Kim Higgs

Chrysalis #56 March 24-26 Mack & Brittany Wells


Sponsors: Have you been thinking about sponsoring someone on the Great Banquet? Now is the time to ask and Now is the time to ask and have applications completed and turned in. If you have any questions contact Dawn

questions, contact Dawn at First Presbyterian Church 821-6426.


Monday April 10th at 6 pm — IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING WORSHIP SERVICE.   Join us for the worship service at First Presbyterian Church and then help to prepare “agape” in the gym for the Great Banquet weekends.

POTLUCK !  April  17th at 6:00 pm

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Greetings Madisonville Great Banquet Community!

The 2017 Spring Banquet season has arrived.  The Men’s #176 and the Women’s #177 & #178 teams are formed and ready to begin their nine week team meetings in preparation for their weekends.  God has chosen these team members to share His love and minister to our guests during these weekends.  These are God’s teams.  He molds these teams.  We are merely being His hands and feet as we share His love with our guests. 

Please pray for these teams.  We all believe in the power of prayer, and that’s most important way we can show our love and support for these weekends…..teams and guests…..is through our prayers!

If you are not on a team this Spring, you can still find many ways to serve our guests during these weekends. You can help setup or take down beds on Wednesday night (before the weekend) and Sunday mornings, hold a candle at the Candlelight on Saturday night, help clean up the church on Sunday afternoon, serve meals, make snacks and salads, write letters to the guests, help agape team members, attend the Closing, and most of all…PRAY! So, come on out and be a part of these weekends and make them special for our guests.

Don’t forget the prison and jail Great Banquets. This ministry now has eight weekends per year. The Holy Spirit has no problem getting through the fences and razor wire at these places. These weekends are powerful. If you think you would like to be a part of one of these or any of the future weekends contact Jason Eastwood (270) 452-1313.

I want to thank each of you who faithfully support the Madisonville Great Banquet Ministry.  We share a love for these weekends.  They are truly special.  They are without a doubt pleasing to God.

Thank you First Presbyterian Church for hosting our weekends, weekend after weekend and year after year.  Thank you First United Methodist Church for us using your Sanctuary for our Candlelight Services.  Thank you First Baptist Church for transportation to these services, and thank you to the churches who allow its members to participate and serve in the Great Banquet ministry each season.  God is at work through the Madisonville Great Banquet.    

So, as we worship together, fellowship together, disciple together, minister together, and most importantly pray together for these weekends, may we never forget the Holy Spirit  is what makes these weekends work.

So……Come Holy Spirit…..let the Spring season begin!

May God bless you all!


Dave Hendrix, Community Lay Director

P.S. Please  don’t forget to pray for me, Kelly, and Lon

Dear Great Banquet Community,

“Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable…they may see your good deeds and glorify God…” [1 Peter 2:12]

Is there anything in your life, anything about your faith in Jesus Christ, anything about what has happened to you since you encountered the Son of God…that makes people stop and say, “Wow!  What on earth happened to you?  Why are you such a different person?”

I’ve heard enough of your stories to know the answer is YES!

There are other good Christians, though, who live so blandly (and blindly?) that people often don’t even know that anything has happened between them and Jesus.  Some folks’ Christianity is so hidden and their faith so shut up that nobody would ever think for a moment they had something good enough to share, let alone even ask about their faith.

We are challenged in the Great Banquet community to be bold in sharing our faith, right?  So then, let me ask you to think today about one person you know who needs the love of God, maybe the grace of Christ Jesus or an infusion of Holy Spirit vitality…Just one person!  Maybe it’s a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker or relative…anyone.

Now, what is one way you can intentionally reach out to that person in the coming week with a simple goal of showing and sharing Christ with them?  Does your friend need an encouraging word?  Does your neighbor have any work that needs to be done around the house or yard?  Does your co-worker need some support with their load?  Does that relative need to just be reminded that you are there for them?  Whatever you come up with, just do it.  And then when they ask why you are doing what you’re doing, share with them the motivation you have from the Lord…and even offer to pray with them.

Consider what others could see coming out of you that might cause you and them to glorify God.  We are into the Spring Banquet season – live your days anticipating the good things God is calling you to invest eternity in!  Like the kids’ song says, “If you’re happy and you know it, your life will surely show it!”


RevLon, Community Spiritual Director

Dear Madisonville Great Banquet Community

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13

My favorite verse. The verse I kept saying over and over to myself

after I was ask to be Lay Director. I felt like I was the least likely

to be ask. I was truly humbled by this experience and I thank you

for the opportunity to serve.

I knew it would be a lot of work, but I also knew that nothing is

impossible for God.

I could see God’s presence working in the room from the first talk.

I was in awe of these ladies and what I was observing. They came

hungry for God’s word. They immediately participated and by the

end of the weekend they were changed. Best of all, I got to sit and

observe this transformation.

Thank you to my awesome team. Thank you for your confidence in

me. I will cherish this weekend forever. I knew after a few hours that

“God’s Got This”!!


Betty Hendrix

Lay Director Great Banquet #175

Dear Madisonville Great Banquet Community,

I am so honored to have been selected to be the Lay Director of Great Banquet 174.  It was an amazing experience.  Looking back now and seeing how God was in control from the first person that was picked to be on the team to the last guest to share at closing, I am just in Aww of his goodness.  The Great Banquet has meant so much to me for a long time.  Thank you to all of you who have poured God’s Love into my Life. I Pray that God continues to bless our community with these Banquets. Thanks again for the chance to serve.

Lay Director,

Cameron Mitchell

Great Banquet 174 

Check the Madisonville Great Banquet website (www.greatbanquet.com) to see the list of guests who have confirmed. The list is updated weekly to show the latest confirmations



Prayer is a key part of the success of each Banquet. Please keep the team and guests in your prayers during each of the Great Banquet weekends. Attend the events throughout each weekend and sign up on the 72 hour prayer charts.


If you can help with bed setup and take down please contact Elijah Caine (270) 635-0361.

Make this a sacrificial offering for guests and team!  Bed setup is at 6:00 pm on Wednesday prior to each weekend.  Bed take down is at 7:00 am on Sunday morning of each weekend.


Clean-up will take place on Sunday afternoons of each weekend beginning at 2:00 pm on Sunday; with many hands this should go very quickly. Call Brianna Sutton (270) 836-0475.


We are okay for the time being, but if you have a CDL license and desire to drive the bus for one of the weekends give Dawn a call at the First Presbyterian Church (270) 821-6420 or (270) 821-6426.


If you can bring a snack or help serve a meal at the Banquet, please contact Betty Hendrix (servers) (270) 824-9749 or Stephanie Wallace (snacks) (270) 584-2554. Please remember your amazing weekend. Providing snacks and helping to serve are important areas of help.  Snacks on Friday are especially needed.


Remember what an important impact the banners had on you when you attended? Make BANNERS for the upcoming Great Banquets. Banners made for previous weekends here in Madisonville have been mailed to other communities, so make new ones! Reunion groups, if you are looking for something special to do make a banner as a group for the upcoming weekends. The Agape Party is held before the weekends of each Banquet season. Call Teresa Lee (270) 977-2148 if you are interested in helping to make agape for the upcoming Banquets.


One of the many blessings at the Great Banquet is the opportunity to sow God’s word into the lives of our guests by offering free Christian literature and media. If you have Bibles, Christian books, CDs, DVDs, or devotions you would like to donate please take them to First Presbyterian Church or call Karen Solice (270) 871-1838.


Call Betty Hendrix

(270) 824-9749 to sign up to serve a meal. Leave your name and number and she’ll get back to you. It is very important that you are prepared to spend 2 to 2 ½ hours serving, cleaning up, and setting up for the next meal.


Sponsor’s hour for each Great Banquet is held on Thursday before each Banquet (except the jail/prison weekends); at 7:30 pm. Everyone is encouraged to stay through the entire Sponsor’s Hour to lend strength and prayers to God’s people.


Please be sure to sign-up to pray for the guests and team members during the Banquets. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16


Your presence at Candlelight adds to the Body of Christ and the impact the Lord has on His people as He uses our worship, prayers and sacrifices for the guests and team. Candlelight will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 8:30 pm on the Saturday during each Banquet.


Closings will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 5:00 PM on the Sunday of each Banquet.


Snacks and salads are needed for both weekends.  Call Stephanie Wallace (270) 584-2554 sign up to bring them. If she is not home, please leave a message.


Individual and group agape letters are always needed. Please mark family letters with an “F” on the envelope. Be sure your guest’s name appears on the outside of the envelope. (PLEASE NOTE: Gifts are better given before or after the Great Banquet. Please do not bring gifts to the Great Banquet for your guest.)

Call Jeff Bell (270) 584-3097 for more information about Great Banquet agape.


An “Agape” chart is available for you to sign-up and assist the agape team members on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of each weekend. Go to the Great Banquet website for the name of the agape person to contact for each weekend.



Help make agape for the weekends! Contact Teresa Lee (270) 977-2148 for the time and date of our next Agape Party at the First Presbyterian Church.

2016 Great Banquet Board Members

Dave Hendrix Community Lay Director

Kelly Crowley Shadow of Community Lay Director

Brianna SuttonSecretary/Clean up/Facility Restoration

Jeff Bell Agape Coordinator

Tanya Bowman Clergy

Mandy QuallsAssitant Kitchen Coordinator

Suzanne WeirKitchen Coordinator

Robert Clemmons    Clergy

Jason EastwoodShadow of Director of Jail and Prison Ministries

Brian Higgs Music

Lon Lorton First Presbyterian Church Liaison/Community Spiritual Director 2016-2018

Karen SoliseBook Table

Teresa Lee Agape party

Steve Dame Clergy

Barry McGaw Director of Jail and Prison Ministries

Mike Eubanks Assitant Book Table


Eric Anderson  Sponsors’ Hour

Andy Bell/Jason Richards Bus Drivers

Matt Bell Website

Betty Hendrix Servers

Penny Pleasant Registration

Amy Menser Candlelight at First United Methodist Church

Amy King Agape letters to the communities

Stephanie Wallace Snacks

Tod & Michele Hill 4th Day Meeting

Eric Brown Newsletter/Email Address Database

Elijah Caine Bed Set/Takedown

Talks and Times


Pray in: Talk time: Title of Talk

9:00 a.m. 9:15 a.m. Discovering Priorities

10:45 a.m. 11:15 a.m. God’s Gift of Grace

1:15 p.m. 1:45 p.m. Ministry of All Believers

2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Our Response to Grace

6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Way of Relationship


Pray in: Talk time: Title of Talk

7:45 a.m. 8:15 a.m. Truth Through Study

9:15 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Sacramental Grace

2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Life of Christian Action

4:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Obstacles of Grace

7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Disciples


Pray in: Talk time: Title of Talk

8:20 a.m. 8:50 p.m. Life of Grace

9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Changing our Environment

10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Body of Christ

12:45 p.m. 1:00 p.m. Staying Power

1:45 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Establishing Priorities


Meal Times for Serving

*If you signed up to serve a meal and cannot make it please call Betty Hendrix (270) 824-9749 as soon as possible.

WHEN SERVING ANY OF THE MEALS: Plan to arrive on time, help serve, clean up and setup for next meal. When you arrive wash your hands, grab an apron, ask the kitchen crew where you can be of help, and let the joy of the Lord shine in and on you as you become the hands and feet of Christ!

Be at the church by:

Friday morning breakfast-   7:00 a.m.

Friday lunch- 12:00 p.m.

Friday supper-    5:00 p.m.

Saturday morning-   7:00 a.m.

Saturday lunch- 12:00 p.m.

Saturday supper-   5:00 p.m.

Sunday morning-   7:30 a.m.

Sunday lunch- 11:30 a.m.


Agape Ideas

Quick, easy, and inexpensive agape ideas . . . from The Upper Room Discussion Group . . .

Rainbow mechanical pencils:

Write this down: Jesus Loves You!” or “Jesus has signed your heart with his blood.”

Mending kits:

“God fixes everything.”

Jigsaw Pieces:

Jigsaw puzzle pieces either hot glued to a pin back or a card (You can put a piece of magnet strip on the back of the card for a fridge magnet.): “God put it all together for you.” Or “Puzzled? Talk to God.” Or “Don’t let Jesus be your missing piece!” or “If life is a puzzle, turn to the Lord.” Or “Now I know in part, then I shall know fully. 1 Corinthians 13:12.”


Little notebooks or note pads. “Write this down: Jesus Loves You!”

He has written your name in the Lambs book of life. Rev 13:8

Small calendars:

(wallet size are good): “I am with you always. Jesus”

Seed packages:

“Grow in Christ.”

Life Savers:

“Jesus is the real life saver!” John 3:16

Small rulers:

“Measure your life in Christ.” Or “Jesus Rules!”

Emory Board:

Emory board or small piece of sand paper on a card: “Jesus can smooth away all our rough edges!”


Nail on a card. “Need an eternal fix? Try John 3:16.”

Butterfly anything:

“God changes things.” Eph 4:23

Diaper pin:

“God can change even the worst of things.”

Maps or compasses:

“Jesus is the way” or “Lost? Talk to God” or “Need directions? Talk to the Father.” Or “Lost? Follow the Son.” Rom 10:10

Magnifying glass:

“See everything clearly with Christ” or “Let your faith be magnified.” Or “If they dusted your Bible for fingerprints, would they find any fresh ones? Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105.”

Small bars of soap:

“God can make all things clean.”

Emergency rain ponchos:

“When life gives you rain, God gives you rainbows!”


“God will be there though all your ups and downs.”


Write “Jesus is the rock” and draw a cross on the rock.

Duct tape and nail:

Put a small piece of duct tape on a card. Then put a nail through the card as if you were pinning something to it. On card write: “Men fix everything with duct tape. God used his son.”


Penny hot glued to a card. “Jesus just makes ‘cents'”


Runts candies in a small bag. “The fruits of the spirit are.”

Paper clip chain:

Paper clip chain made of brightly colored paper clips or several brightly colored paper clips hanging on an earring hoop: “Genesis 9:13”


Foam heart glued to a card: “Give your heart to Jesus.” Or any heart verse.

Candy conversation hearts:

“These go in your tummy. Put Jesus in your heart.”


Teddy bear stickers or very small (1/2 inch) teddy bears or gummy bears. “God’s love bears all.”


“Jesus erased all your sins.”

Key chain:

“Let Jesus be the key to your life” or “Put God in the driver’s seat.”

Shoe horns:

“For a perfect fit every time, try Jesus.”


“For all those times when noise is not so joyful.”

Atomic fireballs:

“Get fired up for Christ!”

Smiley face anything:

“Smile. God loves you.”


Small plastic or balsa wood planes or miniature kites: “Fly high with Christ.”

Band aid on card:

“Christ heals all.”


Small jars or pots made from Play Dough and hardened. “Put yourself in the potter’s hands.”

Golf tees taped to a card:

“Jesus will always fit your needs to a tee!”

Airhead candy:

“Don’t be an airhead! Listen to Jesus!”

Kool Aid packages:

“Let Jesus be the cool aid in your life.”

Hershey kiss(es):

Hershey kiss(es) on a card: “A good night kiss for you. Sleep in peace as God watches over you” or “An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.” Proverbs 24:26 or with 2 kisses “Angel kisses.”


A mint taped to a card: “Jesus is ‘mint’ for you.”


Small piece of sponge attached to a card: “Soak up God’s love.”

Chewy Candy:

Gum, caramel, starburst candy, tootsie roll or other chewy candy: “Choose Jesus” or “Choose this day whom you will serve.” Joshua 2:4-15

Now and Later candy:

“Jesus Now and Later.”


Q-tip taped to a card: “Open our ears, Lord. We want to hear Jesus.”

Small plastic frogs:

“FROG: Fully relying on God.”

Gold Fish crackers:

“Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

Small back scratchers:

“God always has a hand for you!”

Skittles candies:

“Taste the rainbow of God’s love.”

Equal package:

“Nothing equals Jesus!”

Picture of a cell phone:

Photocopy picture on paper and color with bright colors: “Call on God. Unlimited free anytime access.”

Small packages of tissues:

“God will take your tears and make an ocean.”

Gold wrapped chocolate coins:

“His love is more precious than gold.”

Corks or fishing bobbers:

God’s love is unsinkable.

Small match box-size cars:

“Put God in the driver’s seat.”


Bit of Honey or fast food size honey package: Psalm 19:10

Cream Savers:

You are the cream of the crop. Let Jesus be your Life Savior.

Small pocket size mirrors:

“Let Christ be reflected in you.”

Letter openers:

“God opens up a whole new world of possibilities.”

Toy watches:

“God has all the time in the world for you.” Or “Ecclesiastes 3:1”


Small plastic or feather birds (floral section of craft store): “Matthew 10:31”

Toy paratroopers (party favors):

“Let Jesus be your parachute.”

Individually wrapped hand wipes:

“Jesus makes all things clean.”

Rubber Ducks:

“Life with Christ is just ducky!”

Mini-frisbees or spinning tops:

“I may not always know where I’m going, but the one I’m following does. ‘The Lord will guide you always.’ Isaiah 58:11”


“Whistle while you work Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23.”

Milky Way candy bars:

“He had a universe to choose from, but God chose you.”

Baseball trinkets:

“No outs. All safe with Christ” or “Hit a home run with Christ.”

Mustard seed:

Mustard seed glued to a piece of cardstock: “A little faith goes a long way. Matthew 17:20.


Tape or glue a “fun-size” Snickers bar to a note card and put the words, “Hungry for God, Why Wait…”


Place your thumb onto an inkpad and place on a note card. Draw each thumbprint as a person – be creative! Write “Thumbody Loves You!”

Stick with God

Tape or hot glue a small stick to a note card and write “Stick With God”

Dryer Sheets

Staple a dryer sheet to a note card and write “Cling To Jesus!”


On a travel-size package of Kleenex, write Rev. 21:4 – “God shall wipe every tear from their eyes.”


Attach this message to a noisemaker: Psalm 100:1 – “Make a joyful noise…”

Bag of nuts

On a bag of nuts, write: “Jesus is nuts about you!”


Write: “DO UNO JESUS?”


On a piece of sponge, attach the message: “You made the journey, soak it all in!”

Belly Button Cleaner

On a piece of matchstick, glue a piece of pipe cleaner, rounded. Attach the message: “Just when you think you had everything, a belly button cleaner!” and the verse 2 Cor. 7:1 – “Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

Pixie Sticks

Attach a Pixie Stick (sugar stick) to a note card and write: “God ‘picks’ you as His beloved.”

Candy Cane

Attach a candy cane to a note card and write “By the stripes, we are healed.”

Birthday Candles

Attach a birthday candle to a note card and write “Let your light shine…” – Matthew 5:11

Play Doh

On a small Play Doh container, write Isaiah 64:8 – “We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

Prayer Rock

Wrap a small rock in cloth and tie shut. Attach a sheet that says “Jesus ‘spoke to them in parables to show that they should keep on praying and never lose heart.'” – Luke 18:1

Stir it up

Attach a plastic spoon to the message “…let us consider how to stir up one another to love and to good work.” Hebrews 10:24


Attach a Band-Aid to a note cards that says “God Heals all Wounds.”


Attach a pencil to a note card that reads “Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.” Proverbs 7:3 or “You’re all ‘write’ with God!”

Gummy Worms

Throw some gummy worms into a bag and attach the message “Come follow me, Jesus said, and I will make you fishers of men.” or “Let Jesus work His way into your heart.”


Attach a metal washer to a note card and write “Jesus will wash away your sins.”

Paper Umbrella

Attach a paper umbrella to a note card and write “His love shelters us from the storm.”

Rubber Band

On a rubber band, attach the message “Band together for Christ’s Sake.”

Hawaiian Lei

Attach the message “Jesus Leid down His life for you” to a Lei.

Missing Piece

Attach a puzzle piece to a note card with the message “Jesus is the missing piece.”

Paint Brush

Attach the message “Let Jesus be the artist of your soak” to a small paint brush.


On a notepad, attach a marble and the message”Jesus is Marble-ous!”

“Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.” Psalms 98:1


Attach a packet of sugar to a note card with the message “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus!”


Attach a sour candy or Warhead to a note card with the message “Don’t let your love for the Lord grow sour.”


Attach small gift card to compass that says: “God’s direction is always true!”

Sunflower Seeds

Attach card to bag of seeds that says: “You are a seed sewn by God. Grow and bloom where you are planted”

Door Hangers

Print on computer “Resting in the Lord” Do Not Disturb and Walk# our group name

Almond Joy

Put on label or attach small gift tag that says: “The JOY of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10


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Agape Party!

Monday April 4th at 7:00pm — IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING WORSHIP SERVICE. Join us for the worship service at First Presbyterian Church and then help to prepare agape in the gym for the Great Banquet weekends!

Sponsor Someone!

Sponsors: Have you been thinking about sponsoring someone on the Great Banquet? Now is the time to ask and have applications completed and turned in. If you have any questions, contact Dawn at First Presbyterian Church 270-821-6426.

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