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From your m issionary page 2 Trim Price Pinehurst’s new pastor page 2 More church news page 2 Prayer requests page 3 Birthdays/anniversaries page 3 Sunday School training opportunities page 3 VBS pics page 4 & 5 On Mission Connection page 6

Pictured above are scenes from their great Vacation Bible School at Omar Heights Church June 10-14. Penia Church joined in the fun to help make it an awesome week. Average attendance of kids was 70 and total average attendance was 110 with five professions of faith. Great and glorious things happen when God’s people work together!

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From your missionary I recently went to Houston, Texas for the Southern Baptist Convention. I enjoy being able to hear the reports of what we as Southern Baptist are doing to reach our world for Christ. This year was similar to many of the past conventions but I felt like there was a stronger emphasis on Global Missions. Gary Leutzinger The IMB reported some great things that God has been doing internationally. They reported in 2012 there were 266,451 baptisms and 199,162 churches and 24,073 were new churches. These numbers give us reason to rejoice about the people that are being reached but there are over 6,000 people groups and 1.7 billion people still live with little or no access to the gospel. There is definitely a lot more work to do to get the gospel to those who need to hear it. We need to make sure we are supporting international missions by praying for the missionaries and giving faithfully to the Cooperative Program and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. I also heard a great report by Kevin Ezell who is the President of the North American Mission Board. He reported that there were 929 new churches planted and 155 joined the SBC by affiliation in 2012. He shared that churches plant churches and we only plant Southern Baptist Churches. There is a strong emphasis right now on planting new churches and they are doing a better job with planter assessment and to make sure planters affirm the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message and give to the Cooperative Program. They also reported that they are making efforts in the area of Church Revitalization to help churches that are plateaued and declining. I am very pleased to hear of the efforts that NAMB is making to help us to see the urgency to reach North America with the Gospel. September 8-11, fifteen of our churches will be participating in the “On Mission Connection”. Each church will be having IMB, NAMB, and state missionaries who will be sharing what God is doing on their mission field. It is my prayer that members of each congregation will attend every service and be

sensitive to how the Holy Spirit will speak and that we will sense the urgency to pray more, give more, and even be personally committed in sharing the Gospel. Pressing On Toward the Goal! Bro. Gary Church news

Pinehurst Church has called Tim Price of Warner Robins as pastor. Pictured above is Tim, his wife Wendy and their three children. Ebenezer Church has called Dan McPherson as minister of music and youth. He will begin August 1. Omar Heights Church is looking for a volunteer music leader. Call Pastor Roy Taylor at 229-3139200 for more information. Pinecrest Church’s youth traveled to Huntington, WV June16-22 on a World Changers mission trip. Filadelphia Church will have VBS July 10-13, 6:45–8:30pm. Penia Church will be going on a mission trip to Kentucky July 26–August 1. Harmony Church will have revival services July 2831 with guest preacher Michael Franklin–Sunday at 11am and 6pm, Monday through Wednesday at 7pm. Smyrna Church will have revival services July 2831. Sunday services are Sunday School at 9:50am and Morning Worship at 11am. Nightly services are at 7pm, and a nursery will be provided. Donnie Melton will be the guest preacher.

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Please pray for these ™Associational Missionary Gary Leutzinger ™Thurman Collins ™Jim Britt ™Tyler Smith ™West Virginia Mission trip, July 20-26 ™On Mission Connection, Sept. 8-11 ™Unity in our churches and unity among our churches ™Upcoming associational and church events ™Churches without pastors–Acorn Pond, Arabi, Mars Hill, Morningside, Oakfield, Rock Hill, Warwick First.

Opportunities coming up Houston Baptist Association events are printed in bold type. HBC is an abbreviation for Houston Baptist Center .

June 30

Citizenship and Religious Liberty Sunday

July 4

Independence Day, HBC closed

July 8-11

Connect Boys Camp

July 20-26 West Virginia Mission Trip July 21

Serving Your Community Sunday

Aug. 3

PrayerWalking Our Schools, 9am

Aug. 5

Men’s Ministries Supper, Unadilla First Church, 6:30pm

Aug. 10

Senior Adult Banquet, Penia Church, 6pm

Aug. 24

WMU/WEM Luncheon, Pleasant Grove Church, 11am

Birthdays & Anniversaries July 3 July 4 July 5 July 6 July 8 July 10 July 12 July 13 July 15 July 17 July 20 July 22 July 31

Elsie Cox Jim Cox Roger Hanson Happi Keenan Janet Pate Kenneth Tukes Korbin Jones Lily Duncan John Pate Valorie Tukes Rose Maria Davis Roy Gibbs Peggy Taylor Robin Kimbrel Christine Collins Lila & Charles Cobb

The Disciple-Making Sunday School

2013 Training Workshops This will be great training for all Sunday School workers. Four Saturday mornings in August at 23 locations in Georgia. Register online at for $10 or at the door for $15. Closest locations for HBA churches: Aug. 10 Central Baptist Church, Americus Aug. 17 First Baptist Church, Rochelle First Baptist Church, Perry Aug. 24 Byne Memorial Church, Albany

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Unadilla First Church’s VBS averaged total attendance of 142, 76 of which were kids and youth. Best of all, they had 17 professions of faith!!!

Byromville Church enrolled 62 children; 91 was the highest total attendance. One profession of faith was also reported.

Scenes from Penia Church’s VBS.

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Pleasant Grove Church Northern Heights Church

Cordele First Church


Page 5 Smyrna Church

Sharon Church


pics Pinehurst Church

Wenona Church

Ebenezer Church

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Fifteen Houston Association churches (Arabi, Byromville, Cordele First, Ebenezer, Hatley, Harmony, Lake Blackshear, Penia, Pinecrest, Pleasant Grove, Sharon, Tippettville, Unadilla First, Vienna First, and Zion Hill) have committed to host an On Mission Connection. Nonparticipating churches are invited to join any of these churches to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Schedule details will be forthcoming. Houston Herald is published m onthly by Houston Baptist Association.

Send news and/or com m ents to P O Box 1274, Cordele, GA 31010, em ail to secretary@ or call 229-273-4127.


Hous on Baptist Association 2116 Hwy 41 ^ P O Box 1274 ^ Cordele, GA 31010 229-273-4127 (phone); 229-273-0626 (fax) Associational Missionary: Gary Leutzinger a.m @



July 2013 Houston Herald  

A monthly publication of Houston Baptist Association