Houston Herald
May 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
Summer is right around the corner and I am very excited about what God is going to do again through Vacation Bible Schools, HBA camps, and mission opportunities. During the third week of May there will be a special emphasis for the association. This is a week where our churches can pray for all of the efforts of the association. I want to encourage each church and individual to diligently pray that God will strengthen our churches and that he will continue to guide us as an association of churches that will be faithful to carry out the Great Commission. I trust that you are already praying for each other and for how God is going to move in a mighty way this summer as we reach people with the Gospel!

This month we are going to have our first Annual Association Spring Inspirational meeting. This meeting will be similar to our annual meeting. The meeting will be held at Morningside Baptist Church on May 21st at 7:00 pm. We will begin with a brief time of business for the executive committee members from our churches and will move right into a wonderful time of worship. Bro. Kenny Peters will be leading our worship and Rev. Randy Mullinax will be bringing the message. I hope that you will make plans to attend this exciting evening as we gather together to sing praises and to hear from God’s word!

I want to make you aware that we have many needs at our HBA camp. There are many things that need to be repaired and renovated to make our buildings more efficient. There will be a special fundraiser for the camp at First Baptist Church of Cordele on May 19th at 6:00 p.m. This fundraiser will consist of a Gospel Sing and a cake auction. We need to raise approximately 12,000 dollars. I know that our association appreciates the ministry of the camp and I trust that you will want to contribute toward the efforts of making this camp a better place for all of those who attend camps and for the many churches that use the camp as a spiritual retreat!

I know I have said many times that I consider it a joy and a blessing to serve our churches as your missionary, but I want to say it one more time. We have great Pastors and churches and I pray everyday that God will continue to do great things through our churches and through all the many things that we do together to have an impact on the lostness in our community and around the world. May we continue to unite together so that God will be glorified and that His Kingdom will grow.

Bro. Gary


Ebenezer Church will be having Homecoming May 6 with special music by the Day Spring Trio. Sunday School will start at 9:30 am and the service will begin at 10:30 am.
Pleasant Grove Church will hold their Homecoming service on May 6 at 11:00 am with Guest Speaker Rev. Gary Leutzinger, and dinner following the service. There will be no evening services.

Unadilla First Baptist along with several other churches in Dooly County hosted their first ever Crop Duster Egg Drop. More than 4,000 Easter eggs were dropped over a field in Unadilla by pilot David Etheridge.
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, Penia, Omar Heights
■TV ministries of Cordele First, Omar Heights, and Pinecrest churches 
■ Summer Camps
■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.

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

May 3 National day of Prayer

May 6 Senior Adult Sunday

May 20-27 Baptist Association Emphasis week.

May 19 Camp Fundraiser at Cordele First, 6:00pm

May 21 Spring Inspirational Meeting, 7:00pm

Birthdays and Anniversaries
May 1 James Gauthier
May 7 Brian Leverett
May 7 Cody Price
May 8 Phil Streetman
May 10 Tiger McNulty
May 11 James Edmunds
May 12 Amy & Brian Leverett
May 17 Ronnie Dumcan
May 19 Merle Sheffield
May 20 Charlotte & Bobby Carpenter
May 25 Gary Leutzinger
May 27 John Smith
Cordele Community Clubhouse
May 8, 2018 
01:00 PM - 06:00 PM
108 15th Avenue
Cordele, GA 31015

Cordele Badges for Life
Blood Drive
May 14th 2018 
09:30 AM - 05:30 PM
108 15th Street
Cordele, GA 31015
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.
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