FOCUS September 2016

Bowie Baptist Association

We’re Stronger Together!

How easy it is to take on life’s challenges alone. Mind you, it’s not particularly easy to successfully navigate the twists and turns of a fallen world by yourself. But, human nature being what it is, this is certainly our temptation.

Of course alone was never God’s intention. Through faith in Christ we have His presence with us, and His church. So together we face life, encouraging, challenging, assisting, serving, and when necessary correcting one another along the way. We’re stronger together.

This truth also applies to your church. Congregational leaders face the same temptation to “go it alone.” “We’ve got this,” I hear them say.

But when you read the scripture, just as we see interdependence within the local church, we see it between them. Paul’s letters repeatedly affirm this.

The truth is, no single congregation can represent Christ and His kingdom to everyone in a given place. We need our Lord first and foremost, but we most assuredly also need each other.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 reminds us, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” I praise God for our partnership together. I hope you can too.

Bro. Jim

Baptist Student Ministry

With the fall semester beginning, our campus missionary, Josh McDonald, stands ready to serve students at both college campuses in Texarkana. To contact Josh about schedule information or any questions you may have, call 817-233-4049 or email him at

Texarkana College Luncheon begins August 29th, Room 204 in the Humanities Building. Info on ministry at Texas A&M coming soon!

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Administrative Team Meeting

The next Administrative Committee Meeting will be September 13th, 10:00 AM, at the BBA Office. Meetings are open to participation from interested persons within the association.

Executive Board Meeting

Make plans to attend the next Executive Board Meeting. It will be at Circle J Cowboy Church, September 20th, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Please RSVP by Thursday, September 15th to Valerie at the BBA Office.

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 needed by Monday, October 3rd 903-656-3871


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

Runnin WJ Ranch

The Runnin WJ Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center is a Christian based non-profit organization, looking for caring individuals (14yrs & older) to donate their time to help children and adults with disabilities.

To sign up, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Narda Launius at 903-838- 3223.

Annual Offerings

BGCT Mary Hill Davis

September 11-18, 2016

For more information and promotional materials for your church, click here.

SBTC Reach Texas

September 18-25, 2016

For more information & promotional materials for your church, click here. The 2016 statewide Goal is 1.45 million dollars.

Labor Day

September 5, 2016

BBA Office Closed

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.


  • Myrtle Springs
  • Sand Hill
  • Cross Pointe
  • Avery FBC
  • 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.

Voiceless Movie

1st Choice Pregnancy Resource Center is hoping to bring the movie Voiceless to Texarkana this fall. They are recruiting churches to commit to purchase groups of tickets in order to make this happen. You can watch the trailer for the film at

If your church is interested in attending as a group and purchasing advance tickets, or if you have additional questions, please contact Kristie Wright at 1st Choice: (903) 792-5735 or


5 Labor Day - BBA Office Closed

11-18 Week of Prayer - Texas Missions & Mary Hill Davis Offering

13 Administrative Team Meeting, 10 AM

18-25 Week of Prayer, SBTC

20 Executive Board Meeting, 6 PM

Circle J Cowboy Church


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

September Friendship Center

  • Downtown FBC
  • Faith Community
  • Fellowship
  • Myrtle Springs
  • New Baptist Bible Fellowship
  • Oak Street
  • Old Salem
  • Redwater FBC
  • Cross View

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