FOCUS November 2016

Bowie Baptist Association

Thank You

On behalf of your Bowie Baptist Association staff and administrative committee, thank you!

Thank you, Siloam Baptist Church, for serving as wonderful hosts for our 2016 Partnership Celebration. The facilities and meal were wonderful, as was the fellowship with your congregation. Pastor Tim, thanks for carrying the ball on this one.

Thank you, pastors Todd Reed, James Sparks, and Kelsey Coleman, and convention representatives Roy Ford and Tim Watson, for the panel discussion on church health. It was a highlight of the evening. And Bill Nichols, Billy and Carolyn Sparkman, and pastor Clay Williams, thanks for your work leading breakout sessions. Your service is a blessing to our partnership.

And thank you, pastors, staff and fellow believers within BBA churches. It is a genuine privilege serving you and serving the Lord with you. We truly are stronger together than apart. May God bless and keep you. And may this season of Thanksgiving be one of great joy in our Lord.

Love the Lord! Keep the faith!

Bro. Jim

Administrative Committee Meeting

The next Administrative Committee Meeting will be November 8th, 10:00 AM, at the BBA Office. Meetings are open to participation from interested persons within the association.


Please remember to complete the Annual Church Profile. These need to be completed and returned to the BBA Office by November 1st. Thank you to the churches who have already completed the ACP!!

The information gathered in the ACPs assists with strategic planning, learning about the culture and community of each church, and evaluations over past years. It also help in updating the BBA’s church directory. Please help us keep your church’s information up-to-date.

If you need assistance, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Valerie at the BBA Office, 903-792-0641 or email her at

Senior Adult Winter Festival

FBC Redwater will be having the Senior Adult Winter Festival on December 3rd. The Piney Woods Christmas themed night will feature entertainment from Truth Infusion Worship Band at 4:30 and a meal to follow at 5:30. Tickets can be purchased through the church office for $10 and entertainment only tickets can be purchased at the door for $5. Reservations for tickets can be made by November 21st by calling (903) 671 2142 or mailing payment to PO Box 98, Redwater, TX 75573. Tickets can be paid for at the door. Call (903 671 2142) or e-mail ( FBC Redwater for more information.

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.

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

The week of Prayer & Missions Study for International Missions and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is December 4th - December 11th.

Starting in 1888, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® was established to empower the international missions efforts for Southern Baptists. After more than a century, the annual offering continues its steady growth. Your giving enables missionaries to be sent to make disciples and multiply churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.

For more information and promotional materials for your church, click on the following link.

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Nursery Worker Needed

Redwater FBC is seeking a full time nursery worker. For more information, you may call the church at 903-671-2142 or email Joanna Thornhill, Children’s Ministry Coordinator, at

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.

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time ends November 6th.

Remember to "Fall Back"

Thanksgiving Day

November 24-25, 2016

The BBA Office will be closed for Thanksgiving.

2016 Christmas Musicals

Myrtle Springs

“The Valley Haven Christmas Show”

December 1st, 2nd & 4th, 7 pm

Highland Park

"Here With Us"

December 11th, 5 pm

Redwater FBC

“The Night Shift Before Christmas”

December 11th, 6:15 pm

Liberty Eylau

“Family Night at Christmas”

December 18th, 6 pm

Pleasant Grove

“The Arrival”

December 18th, 6 pm

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

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,

November 13-15, 2016.


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


4-11 Week of Prayer & Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

13 Administrative Team Meeting

BBA Office, 10 AM

23-31 BBA Office Closed

25 Christmas Day

November Friendship Center

  • College Hill
  • DeKalb FBC
  • Primera
  • Friendship
  • Sand Hill
  • Spring Hill
  • Texarkana FBC
  • Village Community

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