October 2017 FOCUS

Bowie Baptist Association

The Work of the Church

Again I write you from the field, deployed with Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief to Vidor, Texas. Hurricane Harvey cut a broad path across the Texas Gulf Coast, leaving great damage in its wake. Numerous teams will come in and out through the end of the year, helping the people return to some sense of normalcy.

I have met some wonderful volunteers in my two Harvey deployments. In addition to the teams from Texas, I’ve worked with men and women from Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and New Mexico. At any given time as many as 80 people are on site, living at the church as they perform mudout operations for families whose homes were flooded by the storms.

What do these people have in common? They share a couple of traits. First and foremost, they share a love for Jesus Christ. As have you and I, they turned from sin to trust Him as Lord. They are our brothers and sisters in faith.

But the other trait they share is that they are putting their faith into action. Not content with sitting in the sight of such great need, they answered God’s call. Some are trained. Others are not. Some are highly skilled, with others less so. But they left their own sense of normal behind in order to serve the people hurt by recent storms, all in Christ’s name. And because they’ve done so, broken lives are mended with many persons joining us in Christ’s family through their efforts.

This is the work of the church. Don’t get me wrong, what we do on Sunday, and any other time in our church facilities, is important. It’s through these things that God shapes His children for ministry in the world. But if Christians are not leaving their normal to influence a broken world for Christ, something is amiss in our activity.

My encouragement to you, be Christians who engage. Don’t just drink in the faith. Live it. May the Bowie Association be a family of churches that raises up disciples that serve in the spirit of Romans 12:1.

Please remember the upcoming BBA Partnership Celebration and Annual Meeting, Sunday, October 15, at Buchanan First Baptist Church, Texarkana, Texas. The mission fair will open at 3:30 PM, with a panel discussion at 4:15, meal at 5:00, brief business session at 5:45, and worship at 6:00. A special training for Disaster Relief will run from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. RSVP by calling or emailing the BBA Office.

Finally, I’d like to welcome Bro. Heath Coston as our new Campus Missionary / BSM Director for Texarkana College and Texas A&M Texarkana. Please pray for Heath as he begins his service in collegiate ministry.


Bro. Jim

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Lakeview Senior Adult Rally

October 5, 2017

Speaker: Grant Sutton, FBC Hooks

Music: Gospel Bluegrass Band

Registration begins at 9 AM, Program begins at 9:30 AM.

Cost is $10.00, includes lunch & 2 snacks. Please call by Monday, October 2nd with reservations. 903-656-3871

Disaster Relief Training

Saturday, Oct. 7th, 8am

11131 FM 2868W

Flint, TX

This is an introduction to Southern Baptists of Texas Disaster Relief, Basic Manual in selected ministry area (clean-up/recovery, feeding, assessment, shower/ laundry, chaplaincy, childcare, or communications), and hands on Training in selected ministry area.

The bus will be leaving Wake Village FBC on Saturday, October 7th, at 6 am. If you would like to attend, please let Valerie know by calling 903-831-0194 or emailing receptionist@bowiebaptist.org.

Administrative Team Meeting

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

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Annual Church Profile

Church secretaries and clerks should have received the Annual Church Profile. If you have yet to receive any information, or you need help, please contact Valerie at the BBA Office by email or phone 903-831-0194.

Churches Seeking Staff

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


  • Victory City
  • Midway FBC

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 Committee

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

October 2017

5 Lakeview Senior Adult Rally

10 Adminstrative Team Meeting, 10 am, BBA Office

15 Partnership Celebration, Buchanan FBC, 3:30 pm

November 2017

12-14 BGCT Annual Meeting

12-15 SBTC Annual Meeting

14 Administrative Team Meeting, 10 AM

23-24 Thanksgiving Holiday, 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


Fraternal Organizations

Sam Clem

Runnin’ WJ Ranch


Edna Walker

Hospitality Director


Cody Howard

Friendship Center Director