A Word from Mike.....

I know all are looking forward to a break from the heat now that fall is coming, but also are likely busier than before with school starting and more events on the calendar. I pray God will bless in fresh ways as we move toward the end of 2022. Also (just to get this out of the way) it’s time to fill out your ACP material. I know some don’t see the pertinence of all this, but it is important to the ABSC as they try to keep everyone informed about the stats of the various churches. Pastors, even the ones who resist filling these out, go to these stats when considering an opportunity to move to another place of ministry! We are an interesting lot, are we not? You can find more information about the ACPs elsewhere in this letter.

Our Ethics Conference was a great event where we learned some very important information about several pertinent topics of our day, and had a really good time of interaction and fellowship. Dr. Alan Branch, from Midwestern Baptist Seminary, led us for this Saturday morning gathering and shared some sobering and challenging things that are extremely applicable for our ministries. I have sent his extended notes to our pastors; I can also send them to others who are interested in having them. If you have questions about any of them, let me know, and, if needed, I can get you in contact with Dr. Branch directly. Also, please feel free to forward this information to others who might benefit from them.

We are still working on plans for renovation of our new HBA facilities. The building is already proving to be a useful place for more extensive ministry than we are able to do on S. Cherry St. We’ve already had two events here (Sr. Adult Revival and Ethics Conference), and even before any renovations, it has served us well.

Since we now have a kitchen, I want to start having some breakfasts and lunches together. I want to try them 2x per month for a while and see what you (pastor’s particularly) are interested in doing. By the time you get this letter, we will have already had a lunch together…but beginning on Sept. we’ll do these on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays and rotate between breakfast and lunch. THEY ARE FOR YOU, so come if you can and enjoy some food and fellowship. Come to both, or just one (and bring someone with you if you like), but I hope you will consider spending some time with us. The next one will be BREAKFAST on SEPT. 8, at 8:30 a.m. If you like it, we’ll continue; if not, we’ll adjust. We’ll keep you informed about these. If you think about it, let me know if you’re coming and bringing anyone with you so we’ll will have enough food. I look forward to these times together!!

Our HBA Annual Meeting is coming up on Oct. 10 at FBC White Hall. Registration and ministry exhibits will be at 6:15 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 7:00. I encourage you to elect your messengers and encourage as many people as possible to come and share this time with us. It is an opportune time to hear about all that is going on in the HBA and also a great time of fellowship with the other brothers and sisters in the association. HOPE TO SEE YOU THEN!

Please call on me for anything I can do to assist or encourage you and your churches in any way. You’re also welcomed to come out to see our new facilities at the former South Pine Wood Baptist Church, at 8869 Hwy 79S; 6 miles SW of I-530. You might want to call first to make sure that we are there. Elaine is there on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I am there most of the time Monday-Thursday, but am sometimes away from the building. We would love to see you and show you around. Also, our phone numbers are still the same, and they are always forwarded to my cell phone.

Thanks for the privilege of serving Christ with you!




  September 2022  
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