July 2017 FOCUS

Bowie Baptist Association

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Redwater Freedom Fest 2017

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Maud Freedom Fest 2017

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July 4th

The BBA Office will be closed July 3rd & 4th in observance of Independence Day.

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Administrative Team Meeting

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

Executive Board Meeting

The next BBA Executive Board Meeting will be July 25th, at the BBA Office, 12 Noon. To stay up to date on your association, please plan to attend.

RSVP by calling the BBA office at 903-792-0641 or by emailing receptionist@bowiebaptist.org.


Looking for a tool for effective disciple-making? How about church revitalization? Consider D-Life. D-Life is a relational disciple making approach where groups of 3 to 8 men or women commit together to do several things:

· Read a chapter of the Bible daily

· Meet for an hour once weekly for fellowship, accountability, prayer, and Bible study

· Complete a ministry project at least once every two months

· Multiply / form a new group at least once every year

Several BBA congregations are launching D-Life. If you would like to explore how D-Life can bless your church, or if you are interested in joining a D-Life group, contact Bro. Jim.

Bi-State School of Ministry

Registration is open for the Fall Semester of the Bi-State School of Ministry, offering college level training for ministry. Fall courses include:

Ministry Foundations

Begins Monday, August 21, 6 pm

A study of the call to ministry and foundational abilities necessary for fruitful ministry, taught by Dr. Jim Turnbo. In Jim’s previous work as a missionary to Native Americans, a large part of his assignment was “raising leaders from the harvest.” Anyone exploring God’s call, either to vocational ministry or lay Christian service, would benefit from this class.

Introduction to the Old Testament

Begins Tuesday, August 22, 6 pm

A survey course through the Old Testament scriptures taught by Dr. Bill Steeger. Dr. Steeger is an Old Testament specialist with a special gift for communicating the richness of Biblical narrative. Preachers, ministry leaders, and Bible study teachers would all benefit from this course.

If you are interested in either of these classes, contact the BBA office or Ministry Training Director, Paul Burkhalter, at 903-826-4489.

Churches Seeking Staff

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


  • Malta
  • Victory City

Worship Leader:

  • Hooks FBC

Youth Leader:

  • Highland Park (903-792-6996)
  • Flower Acres (903-824-8412)
  • Korean Mission
  • Myrtle Springs
  • New Boston FBC
  • Midway FBC - Send resume to 1415 FM 2148, Texarkana, TX 75501, ATTN: Youth Minister Search Comm.

For more information, you may contact the respective congregations with the information provided, or contact the BBA Office.

Evangelism Event Trailer

Several churches have already reserved the BBA Evangelistic Event Trailer for their events this year. It is an excellent tool to connect your church with unbelievers.

To secure the trailer for your event, please contact the BBA office. When scheduling the trailer, make sure you allow time for training.

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BBA Annual Meeting

Sunday, October 15th

Buchanan FBC

More information coming soon!

Grandparenting Matters Conference

August 11-12, 2017

Woodland Hills Baptist Church

Longview, TX

Get equipped to face the challenges of grandparenting in the 21st century!

For more information contact Kelvin Gunnells at kelvingunnells@yahoo.com or click here to register online.

JULY 2017

4 Independence Day

BBA Office Closed

11 Administrative Team Meeting

BBA Office, 10 AM

12-15 BBA Ignite Camp 1

15-18 BBA Ignite Camp 2

18-21 BBA Ignite Camp 3

25 Executive Board Meeting

BBA Office, Noon


8 Administrative Committee Meeting

BBA Office, 10 AM

14 - 19 Texarkana Children Charities Open

Benefiting Runnin' WJ Ranch

July Friendship Center

  • Calvary
  • Eylau Hills
  • Flower Acres
  • Hooks FBC
  • Nash FBC
  • Oaklawn
  • Bowie County Cowboy
  • Wake Village FBC
  • Midway FBC

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


Fraternal Organizations

Sam Clem

Runnin’ WJ Ranch


Edna Walker

Hospitality Director


Cody Howard

Friendship Center Director