Houston Herald

March 2021
A publication of
Houston Baptist Association
Reaching Our World For Christ
From Your Associational Mission Strategist
(Report from the February, 2021 Executive Committee Meeting)

I’m grateful for a new year and the opportunities that will be before us as we continue to focus on our mission of reaching people with the Gospel. I want to share with you about many things this evening regarding previous meetings with committees and teams as we move forward with great plans for the year.

I met with the Evangelism/Missions team a couple of time within the past few months. We have been discussing an Evangelism rally for this year. The intent for this rally is to encourage each other and also to give more tools that are available for reaching people with the Gospel. We have been working with our Evangelism Consultant in our region to coordinate this event. At this moment we are looking at having an event in August. We will be working on a date, time, and location soon. We pray that we will be in a position where there will not be as many restrictions for us to be able to have as many people as we can at this rally.

I have also met with the Camp committee a couple of times during the past few months. We discussed having our children’s and youth camps this summer. In order to keep everyone safe and ensure that we won’t have issues with COVID, we are going to have only day camps for every camp. Each camp will only be three days and the times will be 8:30-4:30 on each day. We will be planning all the logistics for each camp and ensure that we are able to provide transportation and have enough workers at each camp. Please pray for our committee as we continue planning our camps. I also want to mention that I have asked Pastor Max Rodgers to plan and coordinate and Golf Tournament fund-raiser for our camp so that we can ensure that we continue to have the funds available for the camp ministry. Our goal is to try to have enough funds so that we will not have to use the budgeted camp amount. As you know, the camp is one of the largest expenses for our association. 

I also have met with the Youth Team and we are discussing the summer youth camp. We will continue to meet to create a great experience for our teenagers.

I will be meeting with the Prayer team, Leadership team, and the Music/Worship team in March. I hope to meet with each team to discuss how we can implement events as well as provide training for each of these ministry areas for our churches.

I am glad to report tonight that we are attempting to continue our Bible Institute. We have not had any classes since the pandemic started last March. Kenny Peters from Pinecrest is our main teacher and he will continue a class in Christian Theology. If you know of anybody in your churches that would be interested in taking this class, please let me know. We hope to start the class next month. For those who feel uncomfortable meeting in-person, we can set up Zoom so they can do the class virtually.

I am looking forward to what God is going to continue to do in our churches and I encourage you to pray for one another and may we reach more people with the Gospel than ever before!

Bro. Gary


Bakerfield Baptist Church is open Thursdays from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM for anyone who would like to stop in for prayer.
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church will have Revival services beginning Sunday March 21 at 11:00 am and 6:00 pm and will continue Monday- Wednesday at 7:00.
Pinecrest Baptist Church will have Revival services November 28-March 1 at 6:00 pm.

Please pray for

■Asssociational Missionary Gary Leutzinger
■Church planters Drew and Shannon Cunningham, Santa Cruz Area, California
■Pregnancy Care Center
■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

Dooling Baptist Church is seeking a part-time or Bi-vocational pastor. Please contact Donald Peterman at 478-433-6846, 478-952-2963 or call the HBC at 229-273-4127.

Morningside Baptist Church is seeking a Director of Family Ministries. This position will be a part-time position and will work closely with the pastor to lead and shepherd young children, youth, and their families. In addition, this role may grow over time to include other responsibilities based on gifting, experience, and ministry needs. Please contact Stan Bowen at 229-938-4022.

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

If you would like your church news or events featured in the Houston Herald please send it to secretary@houstonbaptist.org
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, Denny's

March 3 Minister’s Meeting, 10:30 am, Ebenezer

March 17 Pastor’s Roundtable, 10:00 am, Northern Heights

March 7–14 Week of Prayer and Missions Study for North American Missions and Annie Armstrong Offering

March 7–14 Youth Week

March 21 Church Planting Emphasis Sunday

March 21 Substance Abuse Prevention Sunday
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