Houston Herald

November 2020
A publication of
Houston Baptist Association
Reaching Our World For Christ
From Your Associational Mission Strategist
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”  1 Thessalonians 5:18

As we approach this special time of year when we celebrate Thanksgiving, I wonder how often we give thanks in all things. I know we gather as families and church families to give thanks and thank God for His blessings during this time of year, but do we give thanks every day? Can we give thanks for the trials and difficulties that come into our lives? I know this year has been challenging for all of us and for some individuals, this COVID virus has devastated many lives and families. In times like these, can we give thanks? The scripture is clear that we must give thanks in all thanks because it is God’s will. I can tell you from personal experience that when I give thanks for the trials that have come into my life, I draw closer to God and my mind is set on Him and not my circumstances. I honestly believe when we follow God’s will and give thanks in everything which includes the bad things that happen to us in life, God will bless us more than we expect! My challenge for all of us is to give thanks everyday in all things not just during Thanksgiving celebrations. It will cause us to experience His peace and joy and I believe when people look at our lives, they will want what we have!

I want to personally invite all our Ministers and their wives to a special Christmas banquet that will be held on December 7th at 6:30 p.m. The location will be at the HBC unless changes need to be made for social distancing. We will enjoy a great meal and some music as we celebrate our Saviors birth! I hope that every Pastor and Staff including wives, will attend this special evening!

I am praying for each Pastor and their congregations as God works in every church and every life! We are moving into a season where we can minister to many people and share the love of Christ. May we all be sensitive to the needs in our communities and show them that we love them, and that God loves them!

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.
Hatley Church will have Revival Services November 1-4. services will begin Sunday at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM and Continue Monday- Wednesday at 7:00 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.

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

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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

Nov. 1 Orphans and Widows Sunday

Nov. 1 Daylight Savings ends

Nov. 8 Disaster Relief Appreciation Day

Nov. 9 Georgia Baptist Convention Annual Meeting

Nov. 26 HBC office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov. 29 - Dec. 6 Week of Prayer and Mission Study for International Missions and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Dec. 7 Ministers and Wives Christmas Banquet, 7:00 pm

The Mission Georgia Offering Emphasis
represents the collaborative efforts of 3,600 Georgia Baptist churches to do what Jesus Christ commands His followers to do – love
our neighbors and serve the vulnerable.
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Human Trafficking
  • Childhood Literacy
  • Pre and Post Natal Care
  • Refugees and Internationals
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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