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From your missionary page 2 The race is on page 2 Clarkston mission trip page 3 VBS clinics in March page 3 GBC events page 3

Pinecrest Baptist Church was filled with people at the Ugandan Thunder Concert on January 22. See more photos on our website including one with Mason Davis dancing with the group.

Newsbriefs page 4 Opportunities coming up page 4 Church news page 5 Missions Celebration page 6

Over 120 people attended the Youth Rally at Wenona Baptist Church on January 26.

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From your missionary It has been a long time since our nation and the world has experienced a Spiritual Awakening. The last Spiritual Awakening that swept the world was probably the Welsh Revival at the turn of the Century. I believe there have been pockets of revival throughout our land but nothing like the Gary Leutzinger movements that took place when people began to pray and God moved in such a way that lives were transformed. As a result it changed the shape of the culture. We desperately need a great Spiritual Awakening, and I know that many have been praying for a long time that we would see it take place in our land. I believe we may have an opportunity as churches to participate in a movement that could foster an Awakening we haven’t seen since 1905. I am talking about an evangelistic tool called, “My Hope with Billy Graham”. Here is some information from the website: My Hope with Billy Graham is a massive effort to reach people across the United States and Canada with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Following a simple biblical model, My Hope with Billy Graham combines the reach and excitement of a nationwide media event with the power of personal relationships. Under the guidance of their local pastors, Christians across these two countries will open their homes to share the Gospel message with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors using different media programs featuring Billy Graham, dynamic music, and testimonies. Like the Apostle Matthew, some will invite their guests into their homes to learn about Jesus using primetime television, while others will gather at a coffee shop or the park to watch the program on a tablet or smartphone. I encourage every pastor and every congregation to be involved in this effort as we could literally see thousands come to Christ through this outreach. We

will discuss this at our next Minister’s meeting on March 18. May we continue to unite in prayer that God will give us a passion for the lost and we will see the result of a great evangelistic harvest! Pressing On Toward the Goal! Bro. Gary

Visit for more info.

The purpose of this event is to win men and their families to Christ. To be successful, our churches need to provide prayer, financial support and physically help. There will be a car show, children's activities, free food (hamburgers/hotdogs), and door prizes. Chris McDaniel, former Conferate Railroad member and now Christian musician, will entertain. Evangelist Bill Saye will share his testimony and the gospel. Efforts to obtain a well known Christian sports figure to give his testimony are underway. Please commit to pray, promote, invite unchurched and lost people, and help with this event.

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An opportunity to do international missions in Georgia Associational Missionary Gary Leutzinger has planned a mission trip to Clarkston, GA April 4-6th. A team of 15-20 people is needed to minister to the 400+ refugees from all over the world by prayerwalking and visiting the residents there. There may be other activities as well. This will be a great opportunity for older youth and adults. Contact the associational office to sign up and for more information.

Get ready for VBS 2013 Two of the five regional VBS clinics are very close to our churches so we have opted to encourage VBS directors, teachers and other VBS workers to attend one of these rather than hosting one in our association. Locations are March 9 at Ingeleside Baptist Church, 834 Wimbish Road, Macon and March 23 at Northside Baptist Church, 4605 Murray Avenue, Tifton. Time is 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. for both locations. Registration fee is $15 per person if registered by March 1 and $20 thereafter. Visit or call 1-800-746-422 extension 286 to register and for more information.

GBC events

Church financial compliance seminar This seminar will focus on: (1) Federal and state payroll reporting requirements and paying your minister legally and (2) keeping the church and the treasurer out of trouble by handling the church's income correctly. Locations are March 18 at Green Acres Baptist Church, 901 Elberta Road, Warner Robins and March 19 at Mell Baptist Association, 4022 Tift Avenue North, Tifton. Time is 3:00 p.m.–8:45 p.m. for both locations. Cost is $25 which includes textbook and a lite meal. Visit (click on Church Financial Services) to register and for more information.

Priority of Administration and Leadership Workshop This workshop provides help for critical areas of leadership and administration. Breakout sessions concentrate on budget/financial issues, building bridges to effect leadership, and issues of administration such as staff relationships, planning, and organization. It will be held on March 25, 2013, 8:45am-2:45pm at First Baptist Church, 400 S. Main St., Moultrie. Registration fee is $10 per person (by March 13). Visit (click on leadership ministries) to register and for more information.

Georgia Baptist Women Spring Event to be at Callaway Gardens April 19-20, 2013 The Early Bird Rate is $95 per person, if postmarked by March 15, 2013. Regular rate is $105 per person, due by April 12, 2013. Esther Burroughs is this year’s special guest. Visit register and for more information.


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NEWSBRIEFS Please mail to post office box Please use PO Box 1274, Cordele, GA 31010 when mailing anything to HBA instead of our physical address of 2116 Hwy 41 North.

Has your church signed up yet? HBA’s On Mission Connection (formerly known as On Mission Celebration) will be September 8-11. An OMC builds relationships between church members and Southern Baptist missionaries. It emphasizes the biblical basis for missions, leading the church to broaden their missions commitment and strengthen financial support of missionaries. OMCs can also inspire a deeper commitment to pray for missions and missionaries as well as lead churches to re-evaluate their methods of church-wide missions awareness and mobilization. Fifteen churches have signed up so far. If your church has not please do so by mid March.

Please pray for these ™Associational Missionary Gary Leutzinger ™Happi Keenan ™Moldolva mission team (Ray Burnette, Pam Dollar, Chris Hurt, Fred Jones, Gary Leutzinger, Stacey Posey, Greg Sims, Rob Underwood, Aubrey Wynn and others outside our association) ™Unity in our churches and unity among our churches ™Upcoming associational and church events ™All our churches and particularly those seeking pastors–Acorn Pond, Arabi, Mars Hill, Morningside, Oakfield, Omar Heights, Pinehurst, Warwick First, Wenona.

March 28, 2012, 7PM

Albany Civic Center 100 W Ogelthorpe Blvd, Albany

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

Mar. 3-9

Week of Prayer for North American Missions and Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

Mar. 4-15

Moldolva Mission Trip

Mar. 9

VBS Clinic, Ingelside Baptist Church, Macon, 8:30am–1pm

Mar. 10

Daylight savings time begins

Mar. 14-16 South Georgia Hispanic Pastors Conference, HBC Mar. 15-17 Journey, a Missions-Focused Retreat for Teen Girls Mar. 18

Ministers Fellowship, HBC, 10:30am Missions Celebration, Byromville Baptist Church, 6:30pm Church Financial Compliance Seminar Green Acres Baptist Church, Warner Robins, 3-8:45pm

Mar. 19

Church Financial Compliance Seminar Mell Baptist Association, Tifton 3-8:45pm


VBS Clinic, Northside Baptist Church, Tifton, 8:30am–1pm

Mar. 25

Priority of Administration & Leadership Workshop FBC Moultrie

Mar. 31


Apr. 4-6

Clarkston Mission Trip

Birthdays & anniversaries March 6 March 14 March 21 March 26 March 29

Kristy and Matt Stephens Thurmond Collins Geneva and C. R. Gamble Brenda Lockerman Ceclia and Damon Fountain James McBurrows

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Ebenezer Church, 118 Crisp Academy Drive, Cordele, will have a dedication service March 17 at 11 a.m. for their new education building. Victory Church, 397 Campers Haven Road, Vienna, is having Homecoming March 17 starting at 11:00 a.m. with The Songman Quartet singing. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Also, the church will host a singing on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. featuring The Singing Echoes from Tennessee. Lakeshore Church is having a special Easter program March 29 at 6:30 p.m. Rock Hill Church’s pastor Lee Breedlove has resigned. Omar Heights Church has called Roy Taylor as pastor.

Pictured above is Penia Church’s newly renovated sanctuary which was dedicated on February 3. Pleasant Grove Church, 133 Emmaus Road, Cordele, will have revival services March 3-6 at 7:00 p.m. Terry Chupp will be the guest evangelist. On March 24 at 6:00 p.m., they will host a a Singing featuring The Believers with refreshments to follow. Lilly Church women invite all the Dooly WMU and Mission Action women to a joint meeting March 4 at 7:00 p.m.. Helen Fountain Barfield will be the guest speaker, and refreshments will be served. Call Happi Keenan at 229-805-3136 for more information. Hatley Church, 979 Williford Crossing Road South, Cordele, is having revival services March 10-13. Sunday’s services are 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Tuesday–Wednesday time is 7:30 p.m. Buford Tanner will be the guest preacher.

Why should our church support our association? Churches can do collectively through the association what no one church can do by itself. An association involves churches in varied mission ministries. Churches can better serve the total geographical area cooperatively through the association. An association is a family of churches involved in special local missions and ministries such as (1) language or ethnic congregations, (2) ministries in inner cities, recreation areas, or institutions, and (3) seminary extension classes.

THE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION Churches working together to accept the Acts 1:8 challenge.

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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 @



March 2013 Houston Herald  

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