Houston Herald
April 2018
A publication of
 Houston Baptist Association
40 churches in Crisp, Dooly and Worth Counties working to reach our world for Christ.
From your Missionary
HE’S ALIVE! The fact that Jesus died on the cross, conquered death, and rose again should cause us to celebrate not just on Easter, but every day of our lives. We can rejoice because we have hope for tomorrow and for eternity. This message of good news should resonate in the way we live our lives as Christians. It should cause us to be passionate about reaching the lost and cause us to realize it’s all about Christ and never about us. We serve a risen Savior and the world needs to see this reality in our lives. May we commit to live our lives fully for Him and focus on what really matters; sharing the good news of the Gospel!

I am very excited that we will begin a new ministry as an Association. I have shared the plans for this ministry with the Executive Committee and I want to share it with our churches. This ministry will be to young women who do not have the resources to provide all they need to properly care for their children. This ministry will involve a boutique that will have children’s clothing, baby food, diapers, etc. Along with the boutique we will be offering classes such as life skills, parenting, computer, Bible, and other classes that will help a young mother to strengthen their abilities. The goal would be for women to be involved in the classes where they will earn baby bucks to use in the boutique to get items for their children. This ministry will also provide a way to share the Gospel and help encourage women to live Godly lives and set an example to their children. We will need all of our churches to support this ministry. We will be using the building next to our HBA office and I am excited that Denise Bauer will be overseeing this ministry. We will be providing more information regarding the needs for this ministry during the next couple of months.

Please be in prayer for the Disciple Now weekend our Association is sponsoring at the end of this month. The information is in this newsletter! I am asking our churches that have youth grades 6-12 to be involved in this exciting weekend. I can’t wait to see how God is going to move in the lives of those who participate!

Bro. Gary


Morningside Baptist Church is prepared for Palm Sunday and the annual Walk to the Cross to make the annual Lottie Moon offering. Morningside members will be celebrating the joy of our Lord's resurrection at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church sunrise service and sharing breakfast there. During the 11:00 a.m. worship service Easter Sunday the two churches will join together at Morningside Church where their combined choirs will offer praises in song with Easter musical entitled "Triumphed O'er the Grave." The public is invited to join them for the presentation of this beautiful music.
Northern Heights Church will be having  Brewton Parker Choir "Voices of Truth" Concert April 8th at 6:00 PM. Northern Heights will also be having their Easter Cantata "Who Do You Say I Am" - April 1 at the 10:00 AM Worship Service.
Men's Ministries had a great turn out for their Men's Fish Fry on March 26th. Please look out for future events and opportunities to be a part of the Men's Ministries.
Please pray for

■Asssociational Missionary Gary Leutzinger
■Church planters Drew and Shannon Cunningham, Santa Cruz Area, California
■Church planters Adam and Ashley Sewell, Pittsburgh Area, Pennsylvania
■Buford Calhoun
■Mary Linda and Warren Hall
■Janet and John Pate
■Merle Sheffield; Lauralyn & Troy Drew
■Pregnancy Care Center–Crisp, Dooly, Wilcox
■Lost and unchurched people
■Revival in HBA churches
■Unity in our churches and unity among our churches
■Churches without pastors: Bakerfield, Cordele First, Dooling, Lakeshore, Northern Heights, Penia, Omar Heights
■TV ministries of Cordele First, Omar Heights, and Pinecrest churches 
■All the events and activities mentioned in this newsletter

Church positions available

Ebenezer Church is seeking a full time worship leader.Contact Bubba Smith at smithscouting@yahoo.com.

Northern Heights Church is seeking a full time pastor. Send resumes to Brett Sinyard, 124 Ray Road, Cordele 31015.

Smyrna Church is seeking a part-time minister of music. Contact Linda White at 229-268-6792.

Unadilla First Church is seeking a bi-vocational youth director send resumes to: parflin@gmail.com. Unadilla first is also looking for a pianist. Call 478-627-3615.
Northside Baptist Church, Sylvester is seeking a full-time minister of music. Contact Gay at 229-776-6253
Opportunities coming up

Houston Baptist Association events are printed in bold. HBC is an abbreviation for Houston Baptist Center.

Tuesdays Men’s Prayer
Breakfast 8am, HBC

April 3 Bible Institute Classes Begin

April 8 Cooperative Program Sunday

April 13-14 GA Baptist Women Spring Event

April 15 Baptist Doctrine Sunday

April 22 SBC Seminaries Sunday

April 27-29 D-NOW Weekend

Birthdays and Anniversaries

April 7 Ron Foster
April 12 Jacob & Jeanie Brimm
April 13 Melanie Smith
April 16 Pat Foster
April 19 Ariel McNulty
April 21 Bobby Carpenter
April 26 Richard Chalk
South Georgia Tech
402 North Midway Road
Cordele, GA 31015 
Apr 04, 2018 | 10:00 AM- 02:00 PM
Cordele Community Clubhouse
108 15th Avenue
Cordele, GA 31015 
Apr 10, 2018 | 11:30 AM- 04:30 PM
Winshape Camps for Communities in Cordele
June 11-15, 2018. Monday - Thursday is 8:00am-5:00pm, and Friday is 8:00am-Noon. The camp is $214 and will be hosted at FBC Cordele (137 Kelly Road). promotional pricing will be offered during the first week of registration which opens March 4, 2018. Children must be in 1st-9th grades to register. Volunteers are welcomed from all churches. All adult volunteers will undergo background screening. Students that have completed 10th grade and up can also volunteer. Register to volunteer at   winshapecamps.org/volunteer  or contact FBC Cordele for more information.
August 17-18, 2018
Mabel White Baptist Church, Macon
until May 29
Sponsored by the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, GO Georgia is a 2-day church leadership training event that includes 100+ topics, top national speakers, affinity and specialized training. The title of the event is GO Georgia because Georgia needs to hear the Good News.
April 13 - April 14
An experience for women of all ages featuring inspiring worship, relevant conferences, missions challenge and fun with friends!
$139 includes three meals, all general sessions and conferences (hotel not included).
Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, Stone Mountain
Come be a part of a worship celebration event for kids that focuses on Kids spending time in God’s Word. Kids will be challenged in areas of Bible reading and scripture memory.
April 27 - April 28
Annually the GBC offers a Pastor/Deacon/Spouse Retreat that is held at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center Toccoa in late Spring. The cost is $75/person for a double occupancy room and $95/person for a single occupancy. The cost includes 1 overnight stay, 3 meals and all conference materials.
Check-in will be 3:00 Friday, April 27. The event will conclude Saturday at noon. Break out sessions will be available for Pastors, Deacons and their Spouses.
The Awakening 2018 is a two day Christian Men’s Conference open to men of all denominations. This IronMen Ministries event will be held in the Miller-Murphy-Howard Building at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Georgia on April 27-28, 2018. Tickets are $45
April 05-08 2018
Dooly State Prison Weekend

"I was in prison and you visited me" — Matthew 25:36

Kairos Prison Ministry mission is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.Team Members are currently training for KAIROS Prison Ministry and will be entering Dooly State Prison in Unadilla, Georgia the first weekend in April to take the love of Jesus to the incarcerated. Please keep Kairos in your prayers as the team prepares and trains for Kairos #38. Pray the Holy Spirit is already at work on residents (prison inmates) harden hearts to be soften and transformed as the love of Jesus is shared with the residents throughout the Kairos weekend. 

Contact the Association Office for information if you have an interest in volunteering for this ministry and/or your church would like to schedule a presentation from Kairos team members on this ministry. 

You may go to the Prayer Vigil Online at the website below and submit a “30 minute prayer commitment” to help support the weekend with 24 hour prayer coverage Prayer Vigil Website: http://www.3dayol.org/Vigil/GetVigil.phtml?pvid=14153&commid=1143 
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