(Photos: Top row, new Pastor installation at Calvary Baptist church...welcome Jayson Larson to Prineville! Bottom row, Singspiration at Madras First Baptist Church) Happenings in the HDBA
Churches: Smith Rock Community Church in Terrebonne will be conducting surveys in the Northern areas of Redmond (North of Antler Street) on Saturday, April 13th beginning at 10 am. There will be people from SRCC and other churches in our area represented. Additionally, there will be some churches from the valley and representation from the NWBC. Please contact Scott Elliot (SRCC) at 919-602-8260 or email@example.com if you would like to be a part of this associational opportunity. Contact Steve Heinze @ 541-991-7225 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Calvary Baptist Church in Prineville welcomed their new pastor, Jayson Larson with an installation service on Sunday, April 31st @ 10:30 am. Steve & Pat Heinze were able to be in attendance. Steve prayed for Jayson and presented him with a gift basket from the HDBA, which Melody Boyd had put together. Please be in prayer for the Larson’s and Calvary Baptist Church in Prineville.
Trinity Baptist Church in Lakeview is in need of pulpit supply as they continue their search for a new pastor. Please contact John in Lakeview @ 541-219-0395. They are providing a $150 stipend for one morning service (11 am). The HDBA will reimburse your fuel costs (gas receipts).
First Baptist Church of Madras and Warm Springs Baptist Church held a joint Singspiration and Fellowship on Sunday, March 31st at 5 pm (Madras). It was a wonderful time of God Glorifying singing and sharing. Warm Springs Baptist Church began a revival on Sunday morning, March 31st. The revival will continue in the evenings at 6:30 pm through Friday, April 5th. Pastor Larry invites all from our association to pray, and attend if possible.
Mission Opportunity:There will be a distribution via email of a grant funding proposal to send a group of up to 15 people from our association to the Calgary, Alberta area for a mission trip on July 22nd thru the 28th. The focus will be to help three area churches to conduct block parties, help to make preparation for upcoming sports camps, conduct various community outreach projects as they look to plant some additional churches, and to provide some manual labor for a local pastor at his home and grounds. There will be a need to participate financially with approximately $200 that will go towards the expenses incurred. This cost sharing requirement will be waived depending upon the inability to raise funds. Senior Pastors, contact Steve Heinze @ 541-991-7225 to schedule an appointment to discuss futuristic plans for the HDBA.
“Praise is a Good Thing”
Over our years of pastoral ministry, we spent periods of time either leading, or being a part of the Worship Team at the church we were pastoring. Honestly, I enjoy singing and praising God through song. On the other hand, I am a bit uncomfortable, and not all that gifted or talented as it pertains to singing. In the pastorate, we often just fill in the holes.
I came across these instances of Praises during critical times recently. Most of these came by way of a Henry and Richard Blackaby devotion.
In the Old Testament account of King Jehoshaphat, God’s people faced a seemingly insurmountable enemy who was determined to destroy them. Yet God assured them that they would “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” (2 Chron. 20:17). The people of Judah believed God. Their army was led by singers, offering praises to the Lord for their promised victory, and the victory came. When King David led the procession bringing the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem, he praised God with all of his strength (2 Sam. 6:12-23). David’s praise was pleasing to God, and God’s powerful presence remained in David’s kingdom to give him victory against every enemy. Jesus was about to go to Gethsemane and to the cross, where God’s greatest victory would be accomplished. He led His disciples to sing a hymn. The disciples were all about to fail Him, and Jesus was about to be cruelly executed, yet Jesus insisted that they praise God. Their praise looked beyond the cross to God’s ultimate victory. Praise is rooted not in circumstances of the moment but in the nature and trustworthiness of God. A couple of thoughts. Do we limit our praise of Him to just Sunday morning? When we do praise Him, is it an unrestrained heartfelt praise?
When in a Worship team role, I use to utter two things specifically on a rather regular basis. Worship through song is a participatory activity. Secondly, and this may cause some of you to cringe, “Sing unto the Lord loud enough, that you may even embarrass that person standing next to you.” Point being, let us practice our Praise and Worship on Sunday so that we might be the same on Friday night as we are on Sunday morning.
Blackaby’s devotion for this day closed with these thoughts: “You ought to rejoice when God asks you to proceed in the work of His kingdom because you know the victory is already secured. Don’t focus on the problems and failures of others. Focus on God’s assurance of victory. If you have trouble praising God with a song in your heart as you serve Him, it may be that your focus is not on God, but on your circumstances.”
Thanks & Blessings,
Steve Heinze Strengthening Coordinator High Desert Baptist Association
Pastor Prayer Time Calendar
2019 January 24 Noon Abby's Pizza, REDMOND February 28 Noon Abby’s Pizza, BEND March 28 Noon Abby’s Pizza, REDMOND April 25 Noon Abby’s Pizza, BEND May 23 Noon Abby’s Pizza, REDMOND June 27 Noon Abby’s Pizza, BEND July 25 Noon Abby's Pizza, Redmond August 22 Noon Abby’s Pizza, BEND September 26 Noon Abby's Pizza, REDMOND October ANNUAL MEETING—To be determined No PPT in Nov. or Dec. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- High Desert Baptist Association Church Contributions 2019
Church Giving for: January--$910 February--$1281 March--$570 April--$ May--$ June--$ July--$ August--$ September--$ October--$ November--$ December--$ Total church giving for 2019: $2,761