Houston Herald
August 2018
A publication of
Houston Baptist Association
Reaching Our World For Christ
From Your Associational Mission Strategist
There are times when titles need to be changed in order to be relevant with the current church culture. At the SBC Associational Leadership Conference in June, there was a unanimous vote to change the current name of Associational Missionary to Associational Mission Strategist. This came from a report that was done when there was a study to find out how churches felt about the relevancy of associations. The report indicated that there is still a strong need for associations which led to a study regarding the title for those leading associations. There was a strong sense that Associational leaders main role was helping churches in missional efforts as they reach the lost. The new title certainly brings more clarity of what the main responsibility of what we do as associational leaders. I understand that any name that is changed will take time getting use to, but I definitely will respond to Director of Missions or Associational Missionary. I really find it a great joy to serve our Pastors and our churches and am thankful for what I get to do!

This summer was a such a blessing as we had four great summer camps and two fantastic mission trips to Townsend, TN and Pittsburgh, PA. It is always exciting to see God work in peoples lives and to know we get to be part of God’s plan as hearts and lives are being changed. I am grateful that God led our two summer missionaries to us this summer to assist five churches in VBS, lead in children’s camps, and serve on our HBA mission teams. Please pray for Kelly Childers as she continues her education at Georgia Southern and Autumn Lumley at Brewton Parker College. These two young ladies were a blessing and I know they impacted many lives with the love of Christ!

On September 9th, we will be having our Annual Meeting and I want to encourage all of our churches to attend. This meeting is mainly a time of celebration and worship and this year we are going to be blessed to hear from Rev. Mike Stone who is the President of the Georgia Baptist Convention. You will not want to miss this exciting time as we come together as an association to worship and hear from God’s word. The meeting will be held at FBC Unadilla and will begin at 5:00 p.m. We will also have a children’s conference during this time. Hope to see each of you there!

Bro. Gary

Townsend, TN Mission Trip 2018

Hatley Church will have Revival August 12-15 begining at 6:00 PM on Sunday and at 7:00 PM Monday-Wednesday with Guest Speaker Dennis Phillips.

Pinecrest Church will have Revival August 12-15 begining Sunday at 10:45 AM and continuing at 6:00 PM Sunday evening and Monday-Wednesday at 6:30.

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, Dooling, Lakeshore and Penia
■TV ministries of Cordele First, and Pinecrest churches 
■Our schools, teachers and students
■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.

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

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

August 5 Social Issues Sunday

August 6 Associational Men’s Ministry Meeting 6:00 PM, Harmony Baptist Church

August 9 School Prayer Walks, 6:30 PM

August 9 Sons of Jubal Concert 7:00 PM at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Snellville

August 12 Student Evangelism Day

August 16 Evangelism team meeting, 1:00 PM, Pincrest Baptist Church

August 19-25 Worship Music Week

August 20 Executive Committee meeting 7:00 PM, HBC

Pastor's Rountable August 15, 2018
at 10:00 AM, Houston Baptist Center
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Aug 4 Bruce Howland
Aug 7 Wendy Price
Aug 12 Melanie & John Smith
Aug 19 Linda Howland
Aug 23 Isabella Leverett
Blood Drives
Cordele Community Clubhouse
108 15th Avenue
Cordele, GA 31015
08/14/2018 | 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM

South Georgia Tech
402 North Midway Road
Cordele, GA 31015
08/30/2018 | 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

AUGUST 17-18, 2018
Turning Point at Mabel White Baptist Church
1415 Bass Road
Macon, GA 31210
Who: Each Pastor and his spouse who do not have health insurance

What: Complete health screening and dental care by physicians and health care professionals.

Cost: FREE to each minister and his spouse who DO NOT have health insurance. Registration is required

Sponsored by: Church Minister Relations, The Georgia Baptist Mission Board and The Georgia Baptist Healthcare Foundation
For ministers who are new to Georgia and first-time pastors/staff in a GBMB church, who have never attended this event.
The following meals will be provided: Thursday lunch and dinner; Friday lunch. If needed, lodging can be provided for those outside of the metro Atlanta area.
The Mission Georgia Offering is an annual emphasis which supports the ministries, missions, and evangelism work of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. 
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