What a wonderful last couple of months I have had visiting and filling the pulpit for some of the greatest churches in the state of Texas.  I am constantly pleased when I see how the churches love and care for each other and for those outside the church, and how they are striving to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.  The Kingdom of God is alive and well in the Lake Ivie Baptist Association, and we need to continue to be about God’s business of winning souls to the Lord before his triumphant return. 

            We have a litany of events upcoming in the not-too-distant future of which you need to be aware.  First off, on October 4, La Iglesia de la Comunidad church in Ballinger will be celebrating their one year anniversary with the regular morning services, followed by a meal in the Family Life Center at FBC, Ballinger.  Then at 1:00 p.m., they will move back into the sanctuary for a time of praise and worship, testimonies, and other activities, and then hope to adjourn by approximately 3:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to help them celebrate this milestone in their church’s life.

            The following Saturday, October 10, Glen Cove Baptist Church will be dedicating their new facility that was recently finished and want to invite everyone to help them celebrate this momentous occasion.  At 3:00p.m., the program will start with testimonies, praise and worship, the building dedication and other activities.  A meal is planned at approximately 4:45 after which tours will be given through their new facility.  They expect to adjourn around 6:00-6:30 that afternoon. 

            On October 17, Lighthouse Community Church will be celebrating their new beginning in Winters, with activities most of the day. For more information on this event, please call Pastor Danny Martinez at 325-365-0678.  I encourage all of us to keep these new endeavors in our prayers and if possible, through our attendance as well.

            Probably the highlight of the year will come on October 25 at Seventh Street Baptist Church as we come together for our Annual Meeting at 4:00 p.m.  We are trying something entirely different this year and hope that it meets with great success.  Our business meeting will be from 4:00-4:30 p.m. at which time we need to elect leadership positions for the upcoming year, set the budget and calendar for 2016 and conduct some other items of business.  From 4:30-5:15 we will be having two breakout sessions, of which you may choose one, either Autopsy of a Deceased Church, presented by Chris Curtis, Pastor, FBC, Eden, or Senior Adult Emphasis, presented by Rick Marshall, Minister to Senior Adults, FBC, Coleman.  Then from 5:15-6:00 p.m., we will have two more breakout sessions entitled Vital Church, presented by Robert Cuellar, BGCT and a Youth Emphasis, presented by Dr. Russell Wheelington of Howard Payne University.  Following those two sessions at 6:00 p.m., we will enjoy a fellowship meal together.

            At approximately 6:45, we will adjourn into the sanctuary where Philip Smith will be doing a performance Scripture as Paul the Apostle while he is in prison and writing the letter to the Philippians.  This performance comes complete with scenery and costumes. You won’t want to miss this stirring performance.  As his intro says, “St. Paul speaks to you from a Roman prison where he is “in chains for Christ.”  During this presentation, you become a dearly love Philippian and experience a personal encounter with the Apostle Paul, a man with real concerns and passions.  In spite of Paul’s circumstances and suffering, no other book in the Bible is so filled with hope and joy as is this letter the church at Philippi.”

            May God continue to bless each of you as we reach the world for Christ.