Houston Herald

December 2019
January 2020
A publication of
Houston Baptist Association
Reaching Our World For Christ
From Your Associational Mission Strategist
And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.”
Luke 1:38

I am very thankful for the blessings of this year and I am excited about what God has in store for us in 2020. As we prepare for Christmas and for a new year, I want to encourage you to look closely again at the passage in Luke Chapter 1. I love Mary’s response in verse 38 as she simply responded to the Angel her desire and willingness to fulfill God’s plan for her life. My prayer during this Christmas season as we reflect on the birth of Christ and His reason for being born, that we will be obedient in our lives to the plan God has for each one of us. Having a heart like Mary and being committed to God’s plan will bring peace and contentment into our individual lives as well as our churches. It is easy to become distracted and miss out in how God is trying to lead us. I know that each one of us can look back at this past year and know the times where we became distracted, but I am thankful that God is patient and waits for us to put our eyes back upon Him. I believe in the coming year God is going to do things in our lives and in our churches that will be beyond what we can even imagine if we are fully surrendered to Him. I am convinced, however, that we will have to rest in the promises of God and know that if we fully trust Him, that He will use us as we reach our communities with the Gospel! My prayer is that God will use us as an Association to love on our communities and help lead others to Christ. May this be our number one priority in 2020 and may we have a heart like Mary as He works in and through our lives!

Merry Christmas and have a very blessed New Year!

Bro. Gary


Arabi Church will have Jeff Cleghorn performing a Christmas concert at 6 pm on December 15, all are welcome and a love offering will be received. Arabi Church will also have its annual hanging of the greens Sunday Night at 6 pm on December 1st, everyone one is welcome as they kick off the season of advent.

Ebenezer Church will have their Adult Christmas Musical December 15 at 11:00am and will have their Children’s Choir perform that evening at 6:00pm

Penia Church will start their Christmas festivities with the Greening of the Sanctuary on December 1 at 7:00pm. The Adult Choir will perform a Christmas Musical “Messiah” Heavens Glory on December 8, at the 11:00am service. Also on December 8 at 6:00pm the Children’s Choir “Dream Team” will be performing a musical and play entitled C.A.K.E followed by a Birthday Party for Jesus. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and Communion will be at 6:00pm. December 29, 11:00am their will be a “Christmas Fest” singsperation

Mt. Vernon Church packed fifty boxes this year for Operation Christmas Child.
Morningside church packed 45 boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
Please pray for

■Asssociational Missionary Gary Leutzinger
■Church planters Drew and Shannon Cunningham, Santa Cruz Area, California
■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
■TV ministries of Cordele First, and Pinecrest churches 
■Our schools, teachers and students
■Raymond Gibbs
■All the events and activities mentioned in this newsletter

Church positions available

Please contact the HBC at 229-273-4127 if you would like to feature an available church position in the monthly newsletter.

The Houston Baptist Center has a wide variety of resource books and commentaries to help pastors, Sunday school teachers and others to gain more knowledge and understanding when studying the scriptures. 
coming up

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

Tuesdays Men’s Prayer
Breakfast, 8:00 am, HBC

Tuesdays Men’s Prayer Breakfast, 8:30 am, HBC

Dec 1-8 Week of Prayer and Mission Study for IMB and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering 

Dec 3 Ministers/Wives Christmas Banquet, 6:30 PM, HBC

Dec 23-Jan 1 HBC Office Closed for Holidays

Jan 9 SS Leadership Training, 6:30 PM, Pinecrest.

Jan 17-19 Youth Winter Retreat

Jan 20 HBC Office Closed in Observance of MLK Day 

Blood Drives
Cordele Community Clubhouse
Dec 10, 2019  
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Cordele Community Clubhouse
Jan 14, 2020 
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Move Conference is the largest winter evangelism conference for teenagers in Georgia, and the absolute best place to bring your youth group this winter! Mark your calendars now and plan to be a part of this Gospel-powered weekend!
Contact Laura Leutzinger at 229-406-1446 if you are interested.
January 27 & 28 2020

Central Baptist Church , 1120 Lake Joy Road, Warner Robins, GA
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.
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