·Greetings! I Would like to begin this issue of our Associational Newsletter with some goals set forth in a book authored by Wayne Cordeiro. Pastor Cordeiro has spoken at our annual Northwest Baptist Convention.
Question, “What does an irresistible church look like?”
1.You grow spiritually at this church. 2.You witness a strong sense of mission. 3.You long to go to this church every week. 4.You want to invest in this church for the long haul. 5.You tell others about this church. 6.You relax at this church, knowing it’s a model of growth. 7.You are delightfully challenged at this church.
·A special thanks to the High Desert Baptist Association for investing in our first Associational-wide Mission trip. Eleven of us representing four HDBC churches traveled to Calgary, Alberta this past July 22nd thru July 28th. Another special note of appreciation to those who sacrificed of their time. Many took time off of work. In addition to loss wages, each person did their very best to contribute $200 a piece in order to participate. The HDBC granted this mission team $6,500!
This past Sunday, myself and two members of Calvary Baptist in Prineville shared pictures through Power Point and gave our own testimonies as it related to this meaningful trip. Briefly, we were able to group together from different churches. The people from the four churches, for the most part, had never met each other. The way they served together was simply amazing. These things, without question took place: 1.We went to a place that moved us out of our own environment. 2.We served in a diverse area. At least 5 different people groups are located in Calgary. White Europeans made up 55% of the population. 3.We were on mission in an area where only 5% could be classified as Evangelical Christians. 4.We encouraged the local SBC churches in Southeast Calgary. 5.We planted a variety of seeds through ‘God-centered’ actions and activities. 6.We tilled the soil for a new church plant in Southeast Calgary.
TRCC at Crooked River Ranch just completed a very successful Backyard Bible Club the week of July 8th-12. The Bible club was a joint effort lead by David Johnson and his team of young people from the “Gathering Place” church in Vancouver, Washington. Our workers helped with games and crafts with many new contacts being made in the community. On our final day we had 47 with 3 young people accepting Christ as Savior. The Church continues to grow and add new people. We are so excited about the possibilities and the growth God is giving us. We are currently looking to the Lord for guidance as we consider finding a more permanent location. Please pray with us as we seek His will and perfect plan.
The RodeHouse ·The Rodehouse Church which meets at the Harley Davidson store in Bend is hitting the road from August 14th-18th. Their church will be in northern California painting the house of a former leader in the High Desert Baptist Association. Kinne Calloway and his church will be in service to Aaren Gushawa. Aaren is currently recovering from a heart procedure surgery.
Smith Rock Community Church Please join us in prayer for the Annual "Cruz in" that Smith Rock Community Church participates in Terrebonne, OR. It will be on Saturday, August 17th from 10 am - 3 pm. HDBA Annual Meeting
The annual High Desert Baptist Associational meeting will be held at Juniper Golf Course on Saturday, October 26th. We will begin this time of food, fellowship, and reports at 12 noon. Those from out of the area who would like to attend, will upon request, receive fuel vouchers, and/or hotel accommodations.
HDBA ANNUAL Summer Gathering Our annual end of summer gathering of past and present ministry personnel and their spouses (children welcome) will take place at Steve & Pat Heinze’s home, on September 7th-We live at 827 NW Oak Place in Redmond, OR. This year we will have a Mexican Potluck style meal. Personal Invitations will soon be sent your way. We would love to have you attend from either the central Oregon area, or those representatives from outside the area.
This quote comes from a past leaves us with this commandment: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just a MISSIONS: JOHN & MARY HANES NORTH AFRICA/ MIDDLE EAST
Today we are going to pray for two of our missionaries who serve in North Africa and so of course we won't say exactly where they serve and we won't use their real names, but we'll call them John and Mary. They are working to reach the Berber people, a large and almost completely Muslim people group who live in more than half a dozen countries across North Africa. The work is slow, but not impossible, because a number of churches have been planted among the Berbers. Our church has helped in all those, because we support missionaries like John and Mary across that region through our Cooperative Program giving each month. How could John and Mary get the Berbers to trust them - and the message about Jesus they wanted to share? Our missionaries found that the people in their area needed fuel for cooking. So they began collecting trash and converting it into usable fuel. Their local church started helping - and opened a trash processing center. Now the church provides fuel to more than 40 needy families around them. This helps meet a serious need, but also enables John and Mary to get to know people and establish trust. Today let's pray for our missionaries, John and Mary, and let's thank God that even trash can be used to share the Gospel! Let's ask that so many Berbers will come to faith in Christ that they won't be called "unreached" any more!
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Association Strengthening Coordinator: Steve Heinze Devotional Thoughts:
This quote comes from a past president of the SBC shared at an Annual Convention: “Across America, people are thinking less and less of Christian groups. I think it’s because we always talk about what we believe and don’t spend near as much time demonstrating it. If it’s really all about the glory of God, we ought to be doing things that cause people to see our good works and glorify our God in Heaven.”
In John 13:34-35, Jesus tells, and leaves us with this commandment: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
I am convinced that we can reach the lost in a much more effective manner when we demonstrate a Christ-centered love for one another. Let’s continue to encourage, build-up, and cut each other an extra measure of slack.
Steve Heinze Pastor Prayer Time The next Pastor Prayer Time will be August 22, 2019. We will be meeting at the Bend Abby's this month.
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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 26th ANNUAL MEETING—Noon @ Juniper Golf Club No PPT in Nov. or Dec. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- High Desert Baptist Association Church Contributions 2019
Church Giving for: January--$910 February--$1281 March--$570 April--$735 May--$625 June--$615 July--$515 August--$1,169 September--$ October--$ November--$ December--$ Total church giving for 2019: $6,420