Houston Herald

September 2020
A publication of
Houston Baptist Association
Reaching Our World For Christ
From Your Associational Mission Strategist
The time has come once again for our HBA Annual Meeting. On September 13th we will gather in person and online for a great time of worship and preaching from God’s word. I want to remind our churches that since we are social distancing, we are asking each church to send only three representatives. We ask that the Pastor be present and bring the HBA executive committee representative and one other person. We will also be asking everyone to wear a Facemask. The meeting will be streamed online through FBC Vienna Facebook page. The meeting will be shorter this year, but I know that God is going to move in our hearts as we gather together. I am excited to have PJ Dunn with us this year as he will be preaching from God’s word. The theme for this meeting is “Disciples-Making Disciples”. Bro. Dunn is our SW Region Discipleship Consultant and I am looking forward to what he will share with us regarding our theme. I believe that we are seeing the decline of the local church because we have drifted from the mandate given to us in scripture to make disciples. I am praying this meeting will help challenge us and encourage us to be more diligent in fulfilling the Great Commission. I pray that every church will have their representatives present and that we will have a large number with us through social media. 

It is a joy to serve this Association and I am looking forward to the coming year as we continue to focus on strengthening churches and encouraging each other to reach more people with the Gospel!

Bro. Gary

Arabi Baptist Church will have Revival Services September 20-24 starting at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM on Sunday and Continuing Monday-Thursday at 7:00 PM With Guest Speakers Brad Hughes and Trey Brown and Special Music with Ron and Claudia Henderson and Brandon Hughes.

Ebenezer Church will have Revival September 27-30. Services will be Sunday at 8:45 AM, 10:45 AM and 6:00 PM and continue Monday- Wednesday at 7:00 PM with GBC's Southwest Regional Consultants as Special Guest Speakers.

Bakerfield Baptist Church is open Thursdays from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM for anyone who would like to stop in for prayer.
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

Smyrna Baptist Church is seeking a Music Director. Job Description is as follows : Must have music related experience, ability to work with different age levels, and must be cooperative with pastor. Primary function will be to provide leadership of the church’s Music ministry. Responsibilities and duties include: Direct music for Sunday services, revivals and other church related activities, be responsible for Special Music for both services and for seasonal musicals, direct adult and children’s choirs. There is one week paid vacation and absence on special occasions as arranged with the church music committee. Call (229) 268-6852 or send resumes to P.O. Box 382 Vienna GA 31092

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

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

September 6 Single Adult Sunday

September 7 Labor Day HBA Office Closed

September 13 Anti-Gambling Sunday

September 13 Annual Meeting, 5:00 PM, VFB

September 18 Ministers Meeting, 12:00 PM, Ebenezer (lunch provided)

September 20 Baptism Day

If you would like your church news or events featured in the Houston Herald please send it to secretary@houstonbaptist.org
Annual Church Reports are due.

For 2020, there are two options for reporting your church's ACR:
Option 1: online at
You will need your username and password. If you do not have your user name or password please call the association office.
Option 2: download the
printable forms. You can get these forms from your associational office or go to
ACR Forms to download them.
You can mail them to the directly to the GBMB
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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