FOCUS October 2016

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Appreciate Your Pastor

As many of you know, October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Hopefully you appreciate your pastors and ministry staff year-long. But having a month set aside is a nice reminder that, while the IRS might define them as employees, those who serve in pastoral ministry are servants to the Lord and His church, worthy of love, respect, and yes, appreciation.

In my work with congregations across the country, I have heard some weird ideas about pastors. From the member who flippantly says his pastor only works Sundays to those who expect him to have a hand in every ministry of the church, few in the church have a genuine understanding of their pastor and his ministry.

Pastors work hard. They are generally responsible for the overall ministry of the church, though in healthy situations this comes more as coach of a team than as the actual go to guy (1 Peter 5:2). Given the time spent preparing sermons and lessons in addition to their delivery, the preaching ministry is always a challenge. But the preaching takes on greater meaning when you understand that it occurs as part of his call to disciple and equip God’s people for service (Eph. 4:11-12). Add to that the expectation for personal support and prayer for the members, not to mention concern for their own family needs, I hope you see that ministry is a stressful occupation.

Yes, God sustains your pastors. He empowers their ministry. But often He does so through you.

Your pastors love the Lord! They love their families! And yes, they love you. So this October, take some time and communicate your love and appreciation for the ministry they provide. Share the same sentiment to your entire church staff. And do your part to see that your church as a body affirms those who serve you in Christ’s name. Whether you see it or not, God blesses you through them. Now is your opportunity to bless them.

Bro. Jim

Lakeview Senior Adult Rally

October 6, 2016

Speaker: David Rose, Pastor of FBC, Winnsboro

Music: Mark Fried, Minister of Music and Senior Adults, Forest Home, Kilgore

Registration begins at 8 AM

Program begins at 9:30 AM

Cost: $9.00, includes lunch & 2 snacks

All activities will be located in the Dining Hall.

If pastors help serve, they eat free! When registering, mention you are helping serve the meal.

Please call with reservations by Monday, October 3rd 903-656-3871

Pastor Appreciation Month

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Be sure to show your appreciation for the service that your pastor provides for your church and community. For some ideas from Focus on the Family, click here, or from LifeWay click here.

Administrative Committee Meeting

The next Administrative Committee Meeting will be October 11th, 10:00 AM, at the BBA Office. Meetings are open to participation from interested persons within the association.


Church secretaries and clerks should have received the Annual Church Profile. The ACP is an annual report to our Baptist partners on your ministry this past year. Data is used by convention entities to plan support for local churches and assess SBC ministry priorities.

When your profile arrives, please pass it along to the appropriate individual in your church.

If you have questions or need additional help, please contact Valerie at the BBA Office.

903-792-0641 or

1st Choice Pregnancy Center Fall Fundraiser

1st Choice Pregnancy Center’s annual fall fundraising dinner will be Tuesday, November 1st at the Texarkana Convention Center. Henry Jernigan, a pro-life advocate who has a son born with spina bifida, will be the guest speaker.

If your church would like to help with underwriting costs or have a group attend, please contact Kristie Wright at 903-792-5735 or email her at for further information.

1st Choice Pregnancy Volunteer Orientation

A volunteer orientation will take place Tuesday, Oct. 11th, at 12 - 1 pm for anyone interested in volunteering in any aspect of 1st Choice. All volunteer positions will be described. Everyone will have the opportunity to tour the center, ask questions and fill out an application. Please RSVP by calling 903-792-5735.

Youth Ministry Search

Highland Park Baptist Church, Texarkana, is seeking a couple to serve as bi-vocational youth ministry leaders. If you believe God is calling you to youth ministry or you know someone who may be a candidate, please contact HPBC at (903) 792-6996.

Churches Seeking Staff

Please continue to pray for the numerous churches in the Association that are seeking staff members.


  • Sand Hill
  • Cross Pointe
  • Malta
  • Liberty Hill

Praise & Worship Leader:

Youth Leader:

  • Korean Mission
  • Flower Acres (call 903-824-8412),
  • Highland Park Baptist Church (call 903-792-6996)

For more information, you may contact the respective

congregations with the information provided, or contact the BBA Office.

SBTC Annual Meeting

Messengers to the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention will gather at Great Hills Baptist Church November 13 - 15, 2016 to conduct the convention's nineteenth Annual Meeting.

BGCT Annual Meeting

The BGCT Annual Meeting will be at the Waco Convention Center in Waco, TX, on November 13-15, 2016.


6 Lakeview Senior Adult Rally

10 Columbus Day

11 Administrative Team Meeting

BBA Office, 10 AM

16 BBA Partnership Celebration

Siloam Baptist Church, 3 PM


6 Daylight Savings Time Ends

8 Administrative Team Meeting

BBA Office, 10 AM

11 Veteran’s Day

13 SBTC Annual Meeting

13 BGCT Annual Meeting

24 Thanksgiving Day

24-25 BBA Office Closed

October Friendship Center

  • Liberty Eylau
  • Korean Baptist
  • Leary FBC
  • Maud FBC
  • Cross Power
  • Pleasant Grove
  • Red Springs FBC
  • Rock Creek
  • Siloam

These churches have been asked by the Friendship Center to get involved in the food drive for this month. The Center needs all kinds of canned goods, flour, corn meal, dried beans, macaroni and cheese, powdered milk, baby foods and formulas, and diapers. Any effort made for the Friendship Center will be appreciated. Some churches have chosen to include the Friendship Center in their annual budget and send a monthly check for support.

Runnin’ WJ Ranch needs financial support, volunteers, and supplies as well.

Associational Staff

Dr. Jim Turnbo

Associational Missionary

Valerie Mills

Ministry Assistant

Paul Burkhalter

Ministry Training Director

Joshua McDonald

Baptist Student Ministry Director

Fraternal Organizations

Sam Clem

Runnin’ WJ Ranch

Edna Walker

Hospitality Director

Bryan Bixler

Friendship Center Director