HPBA Annual Meeting Proceedings
First Baptist Church Pittsburg hosted the 49th annual meeting on October 9, 2016. Refreshments were served in the Family Life Center beginning at 5:00 p.m. while registration was taking place in the Lighthouse Building. Two breakout sessions were conducted from 5:15 – 5:45, one on church planting in Portland led by Clay Holcomb, church planting coordinator for NAMB, and the other a report by the director of missions with question and answer time.
At 6:08 p.m. Steve Packer, host pastor, welcomed approximately 335 messengers and guests and led in opening prayer. After three songs from the quartet of South Jefferson Baptist Church led by Allen Curry, Dr. Matthew McKellar, associate professor of preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, preached an exposition of Psalm 2 entitled “From Chaos to Christ.” His outline was included in the Book of Reports.
At 7:00 p.m. moderator Tommy Oglesby called the meeting to order. The 153 registered messengers were asked to stand and then seated as the official voting body of the meeting. By unanimous vote in favor of the recommendation from the associational council, New Birth Baptist Church, Daingerfield, was accepted for membership in Harmony Pittsburg Baptist Association.
The body voted to accept the procedural rules and guidelines as well as the agenda as proposed by the program committee.
The printed reports were received without comment.
The messengers approved the 2017 calendar and budget as well as the slate of trustees and officers as listed in the Book of Reports. New to the associational council were Tommy Oglesby as moderator, Shawn Thrapp as vice-moderator, Kyle Smith as evangelism coordinator, and Bill McDowell as disaster relief coordinator. James Gray was elected to serve a three-year term on the camp board. He joins those elected to rotating terms in previous years.
Also approved was the recommendation of the Time, Place, and Preacher Committee for the 2018 annual meeting: time, Sunday, October 14, 2018; place, FBC Mt. Pleasant; and preacher, Dr. David Dykes of Green Acres Baptist Church, Tyler.
There being no miscellaneous business, the moderator declared the business session adjourned at 7:15 p.m.
Bill McDowell led in prayer for the offering dedicated to disaster relief. The offering totaled $1,256.70.
After congregational singing led by Kyle Shovan, minister of worship and media at FBC Pittsburg, Clay Holcomb preached a missions challenge based on 1 Corinthians 9:19-27. He emphasized the missionary’s choice, method, reward, and endurance and issued an appeal to join in the church planting efforts in Portland, Oregon.
The meeting ended at 8:00 p.m. with prayer led by Darren Mondrell Palmer, pastor of New Birth Baptist Church of Daingerfield.
HIGHLAND PARK BAPTIST CHURCH
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
No charge, love offering will be taken!
VICTORIOUS LIVING LADIES RETREAT
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016,
Location: Piney Grove Baptist Church
Ladies high school age and up are invited to this special day. Gifted song writer and Bible teacher Teresa Harmening will share what the Holy Spirit has taught her about victorious living in uncertain days.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. with dismissal at 2 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Childcare is NOT available. A love offering will be taken. Those pre-registering by Wednesday October 26 will be entered into a special drawing. Preregistration (encouraged) may be by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (903) 305-3047.
The church is located at 4942 FM 2455 Leesburg.
The following churches have staff positions open: FBC Cookville, music minister; FBC Daingerfield, youth minister; Lake o'the Pines, music minister; Lone Star, youth minister; New Hope-Big Sandy, Youth Minister; New Mine, youth minister; FBC Ore City, youth minister; Calvary, Talco, music/youth; Piney Grove, youth minister. All positions are bivocational (parttime).
Pastors and staff will meet at Lakeview Assembly (our camp in Lone Star) on Tuesday, November 8 (election day) for the annual study in preparation for teaching the January Bible Study. The study for 2017 focuses on the book of Malachi. The study will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the camp dining hall and will conclude with lunch.
The annual luncheon for pastors, staff members, and spouses will be held Thursday, December 1, 2016, 12 noon at FBC Pittsburg. Please mark this date on your calendars.
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The IRS announced December 17 that the standard business mileage rate will fall in 2016 to 54 cents per mile (down from 57.5 cents per mile in 2015), while mileage for medical or moving purposes will decrease to 19 cents per mile (down from 23 cents per mile in 2015). Lower fuel prices are a contributor to these declines in the mileage rates. The standard charitable mileage rate remains set at the statutory rate of 14 cents per mile.
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