Houston Herald
December 2018
January 2019
A publication of
Houston Baptist Association
Reaching Our World For Christ
From Your Associational Mission Strategist
It’s hard to believe we are at the end of another year. This has been a great year and the Lord has worked in many ways. We truly have much to be thankful for and as we approach this Christmas season, it is my prayer that we will see many come to faith in Christ. Many of our churches are presenting special Christmas musicals with the Gospel message and there will be many sermons preached that will emphasize the reason why Christ came into this world! Let us pray that the Lord will work in the heart of many lives and that we will have the opportunity to disciple those in the coming year that give their heart to Jesus!

Since this Newsletter is for December and January, I want to encourage all our churches as we begin the new year to focus on reaching more people with the Gospel! We must be intentional in the mandate we have been given to be witnesses in our communities, our State, our Nation, and all around the world. We will have Associational mission efforts in the summer of 2019 and there will be individual churches that will go on mission trips. We will also be strategizing ways we can reach our communities as well. If you would like to be a part of a mission team whether it is in local missions or in other regional efforts, please let me know. We have a team going to Moldova again in February. If you are interested in being a part of this missional effort, please call our office as soon as possible! 

I am looking forward to what God is going to do in 2019! Let us commit to praying for each other and that God will give each of us a burning passion for reaching the lost. May each of you have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!

Bro. Gary


Arabi Church will have their Christmas Musical "There is a Bethlehem Sunday December 23 at 11:00 A.M.
Unadilla First Church would like to invite all to "Wreaths Across America" December 15 at 12:00 noon, Andersonville National Cemetery. They will also have their Adult Choir Musical "Good News From Home" Sunday December 23 at 11:00 A.M. and Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service December 24 at 5:00 P.M.
Vienna First Church will have Hanging of the Green Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 10:55 A.M. and their
Adult Christmas Cantata will be Sunday, December 9 at 6:00 P.M. Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service Monday, December 24 at 6:00 P.M
Morningside Baptist Church Shoe Box Mission:

Glenda Hearn, Vicky & Tony Japuntich, Gerri Stillwell, Lounelle Vaughn, Lana
Members from seven churches in our Association came together to help paint Mt. Vernon Church .
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
■ Myra Davis-Hatley Baptist Church
■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 and Lakeshore
■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 part time worship leader for more information please contact Jared Worthy at jworthy00@gmail.com

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

Pinehurst Church is seeking a part-time youth leader. Contact Pinehurst for more information
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

Dec 13 Youth Leader Meeting, 6:30 pm, HBC, Meal will be privided.

Dec 21-Jan 1 HBC Office Closed for
Jan 9 Pastors Rountable, 10:00 am, HBC

Jan 11-13 Youth Winter Retreat

Jan 21 HBC Closed, MLK Day
Pastors Roundtable
January 9, 2019
@ 10:00 AM, HBC
Youth Leader Meeting 

December 13, 6:30 pm, HBC. 

This meeting is for all for all Youth leaders, Youth Pastors and Volunteers.
There will be discussion about the upcoming Winter Youth Retreat and plans for other events in 2019.
Meal will be provided.
If you would like your church news or events featured in the Houston Herald please send it to secretary@houstonbaptist.org
If your church is interested in recycled GA magazines for your GA’s please contact the Houston Baptist Center.
2019 Ministers' Wives Winter Retreat
Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa, GA
Dates: Thursday, January 24 @ 4:00 PM through Saturday, January 26, 2019 @ 12 PM

The Georgia Baptist Ministers Wives Retreat is designed to give our Georgia Baptist Ministers' Wives aweekend retreat for spiritual renewal, physical rest and wellness, emotional restoration and encouragement in the role of a Ministers' Wife.

Cost: $50 per person double occupancy / $125 per person single occupancy
Pre-registration is only available through January 18, 2019. Registration Is required. 

Please Contact Laura Leutzinger at 229-406-1446 if you are interested.
What to do with all those old Sunday School books?  

Don’t throw them away–bring them to HBC

Bring your old SS literature to Houston Baptist Center. Chad Harris will take it to a Edwin L. Hodges Ministries collection site to send overseas. ELHM is a Christian literature ministry that collects donated Bibles, books, magazines, tapes, and tracts from American Christians and ships them to Bible schools, churches, missionaries, and ministries overseas. ELHM is a non-denominational, nonprofit, evangelical ministry.
Blood Drives
Cordele Community Clubhouse
01:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Note: Come to give for a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card*, via email. *See: rcblood.org/GiftCard

Cordele Community Clubhouse
01:00 PM - 06:00 PM
December 28-29, 2018
MOVE Conference is the largest winter evangelism conference for teenagers in Georgia, and the absolute best place to bring your youth group for their retreat this winter! The generous gifts of Georgia Baptists to global missions through the Cooperative Program help to provide MOVE at such affordable rates. Thank you for giving. Ticket prices $59.00 before December 6 $69 after December 6 online $79 at the doo r.
Partner with Lifetouch to create a no cost, updateable directory for your leadership, staff and families and start 2018 with new tools to help your church stay connected.
Be a Church Host or Volunteer in times of disaster!