Houston Herald
October 2018
A publication of
Houston Baptist Association
Reaching Our World For Christ
From Your Associational Mission Strategist
I praise God for the wonderful time we had together at our Annual meeting last month. God spoke to us in a very powerful way and reminded us how important it is for us to reach the lost with the Gospel. I appreciate the message from Rev. Mike Stone as he brought a very strong and convicting message that Hell is a real place and many will go there if we don’t reach them with the Good News! We had approximately 150 in attendance which included the children’s group that met during the meeting! I look forward to next year as we meet at Pinecrest Baptist Church on September 8th! Please mark it on your calendars. You won’t want to miss it!

On October 5th and 6th we will be having a Church Revitalization Summit at Morningside Baptist Church. I want to strongly encourage all our Pastors and their key leadership to attend this summit. Dr. Steve Sells will be sharing information that will be very beneficial regarding the health and vibrancy of the local church. Many of our churches are plateaued and declining and this summit will bring awareness to key realities that we are facing and how to revitalize the local church. The information about the topics and the time of this summit is found in this newsletter. Please make every effort to attend and let us know as soon as possible how many from your church will attend.

Our Hispanic mission in Vienna, GA is having a special conference on October 11th and 12th. Rev. Brian Leverett and I will be preaching messages to this congregation that will encourage them to fulfill their mission in reaching the Hispanics in Dooly County. On Sunday afternoon October 14th at 4:00 p.m. we are going to have a joint worship celebration with them! Rev. Bruce Howland will be bringing the message and I want to encourage our churches to send as many people possible to this worship celebration to let them know that we support them in their ministry. They are going to provide a meal after the service. Please make plans to attend this special service at New Life Baptist Church (Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida). The address is 211 North 7th Street in Vienna, GA. Let’s shower them with our love and support!

May God continue to bless our Pastors and our Churches, and may we work tirelessly to reach the lost in our communities!
Bro. Gary

Please RSVP at 229-273-4127 or secretary@houstonbapt.org
By October 2nd
Picture from the 188th Annual Meeting

Byromville Church will celebrate Homecoming on November 4 with a fellowship meal following the service.

Lake Blackshear Church will have a Gospel Sing Saturday October 13 at 7:00 P.M. featuring New Grace from Roberta, GA. They will also be having their Fall Festival Saturday, October 27 from 4 PM – 7 PM.

Northen Heights Church will have their Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20 from 3-6 P.M.

New Life Hispanic Mission Church invites all to a special joint worship service on Sunday October 14th with a message by Pastor Bruce Howland. The church will provide a meal following the service.

Tippetville Church will celebrate Homecoming Sunday, October 7 at the Morning Service.

Vienna First Church will have Homecoming Sunday, October 28th at 10:55 A.M. and Dr. J.W. Wallis will be their Guest Speaker.

Zion Hill Church will have Revival services Sunday, October 7,at 10:30 A.M. and Monday-Wednesday at 7:00 P.M. with Guest Speaker Kevin Moore.

Lake Blackshear ordained Ken Long and Robert Spainhour into the Deacon ministry. Bro. Phil Streetman brought the charge to the church and Bro. Gary Leutzinger brought the charge to the deacons. 
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, Lakeshore and Penia
■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

October 1 to 31 Cooperative Pragram Sunday

October 5-6 Church Revitalization Summit

October 7 Personal Evangelism Commitment Day

October 14 Special Worship Service at our Hispanic Mission Church Nueva Vida (New Life) 211 North 7th Street in Vienna at 4:00 pm, meal following the service

October 14 Global Hunger Sunday

October 17 Pastor’s Roundtable, 10:00 am, HBC

November 1 Ministers and Wives Appreciation Banquet, 7:00 pm at Northern Heights Church Fellowship Hall.

November 5 Men's Ministries meeting, 6:30 pm at Northern Heights
Pastor's Roundtable
October 17, 10:00 am
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
108 15th Avenue
October 9
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

October 6-7
GO:21 is a missions immersion weekend for middle and high school students sponsored by Georgia Baptist Women, Georgia Baptist Student Groups & Faith Development, and Northeast area missions. Students will leave with a greater understanding of people from other parts of the world, of needs in their own communities, and how God is calling them to respond.

Cost $89
Includes: Program fee, Lodging, 4 meals, and a t-shirt
All participants need to bring bed linens or sleeping bag, pillow, and towel.
The Summit is a day-long conference focused on addressing the risk of child sexual abuse in ministry environments. Summit speakers are attorneys and experts who repeatedly address legal issues related to child sexual abuse.
Topics include:
  • Understanding the Risk
  • Implementing Preventative Measures
  • Preparing for and Responding to an Allegation
  • Complying with Abuse Reporting Requirements
  • Creating Registered Sexual Offender Policies
  • Searching Criminal Records Effectively
  • Applying Changes in the Law
The Mission Georgia Offering is an annual emphasis which supports the ministries, missions, and evangelism work of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. 

  • 20 Gospel Presentations
  • 361 Volunteer Days
  • Meals Prepared
  • 21 Assessments
  • Mudout Jobs Completed
  • Pressure Washes
  • Mold Remediations
  • 31 Chainsaw Jobs Completed
  • Tear Outs/Repair Jobs
  • Roofs Tarped
  • Children Cared For
  • Showers Completed
  • Laundry Loads
  • Communication Messages
  • 78 Chaplaincy Contacts
  • Other Decisions
  • 61 Ministry Contacts
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