Ahhh, May. Spring has sprung, school will soon be out, summer vacations are being planned, and things slow down just a tad for a while. As I sit here and reflect on the last four months since the beginning of a new year, it is clear to see that God has done a great work in Lake Ivie Baptist Association and prayerfully, will continue to do so. We have had the opportunity to host the Senior Adult Rally, with approximately 60 people in attendance, the (un)Apologetics seminar with Scott Willingham with 15 in attendance, and just recently, the Ladies Spring Luncheon event in which we had 48 in attendance. These types of events are to encourage each of us in a particular endeavor, or just to fellowship, eat, and have a good time. Our breakfasts are well attended and it seems as if everyone who attends enjoys the fellowship and food there as well. May will be the last month that we will have our breakfasts, but then we will start them up again in September.
The Association exists for its member churches/or pastors and tries to bring current events/topics/ workshops/ seminars to keep our members abreast of current events going on, not only in the great state of Texas, but nationally and internationally as well. I know sometimes that churches feel as if they are out there all alone, but WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!!! If there is any workshop that you would be interested in, please do not hesitate to call the office and let us know and we will see if we can arrange to do it. I currently have materials on Church Safety if any church is interested, and we are looking at formulating plans to do a “Weekend to Remember” video series on marriage. Other plans are also in the works for the fall, and our Annual Meeting will be upon us before we know it. We do not have a definite date set, but FBC, Eden will be hosting it in October, and we hope to have some break-out sessions similar to last year.
We will be having our next Associational Meeting/Executive Board meeting in Santa Anna on May 17 at 5:00 p.m. I am currently working on securing a speaker for the event. Remember, these meetings are open to anyone who is interested, the food is always great and the fellowship is even greater, so I encourage you to attend. Our Brady breakfast will be May 2, with Coleman breakfast on the 9th, and our Ballinger breakfast on the 16th.
And last, but not least, I must say how impressed I am with the work our churches are doing across the Association. I have the opportunity to either fill the pulpit or to visit a different church each Sunday, and the warmth and welcome we are receiving is beyond belief, and I encourage each church to “contend for the faith” as Jude says. Even though there may be few in number, the spirit is always there, and I applaud our churches for remaining steadfast and true to their calling. God doesn’t count numbers as much as He counts faithfulness and spiritual growth, and I see that occurring in each of our churches. Never give up doing good. Acts 2:42 says, “And they continue steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in prayers.” (ASV) We still need preachers who will preach that Hell is hot, Heaven is real, God is not dead, sin is sin, and Jesus is the ONLY way! Go forth and proclaim the Good News to all who will hear, and may God bless your every effort.