FROM THE DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS:
Here we are looking at September in the rear view mirror. We had a great men’s retreat, a great “See You at the Pole” rally and now the Fall colors are upon us. At the men’s retreat we were able to raise $5,424.00 toward the operating budget of Choices Pregnancy Center for the coming year. That is truly a blessing! As most of you already know, Choices Pregnancy operates solely out of donated funds. Though they office out of the associational building they receive no funds from the LBA to operate. Their total budget is set out of funds raised from events such as their annual banquet and other events during the year. So for the Kiamichi Men’s Retreat be able to add a lump sum like this is a tremendous help.
October is going to be a great month to be part of LeFlore Baptist Association. We are looking forward to our Annual Meeting on Monday, October 13th. Be sure you make a note of that date and set your mind to join us. There will be an afternoon session to take care of the business part of the meeting and then we are setting aside the evening session for a purely wonderful praise and worship experience along with our annual message from guest speaker Jeff Anderson, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Hannibal, Missouri.
Another associational event taking place in October, is the “Pastor, Deacon and Wives Conference” hosted by First Baptist Church in Poteau. This Conference is led by Dr. Russell Cook, Director of Missions in the Pottawatomie-Lincoln association and his wife Marsha Ragsdell Cook. Russell and Marsha have led this conference in Oklahoma and around the nation for the Southern Baptist denomination since 1983, and Russell is a certified deacon trainer for Lifeway. This is a great opportunity for pastors, deacons and their wives to receive valuable spiritual training. Be sure your pastor, deacons and their wives know about this. The conference is Friday evening October 24th, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm and Saturday morning October 25th, form 8:30am to Noon. The evening meal on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday are provided.
We are, once again, getting ready for “Operation Christmas Child” and we will be getting shoeboxes ready for boys and girls of all ages to spread the love of Jesus around the world. The deadline for dropping off your church’s shoeboxes to the LBA is November 13th. Each year more and more of our churches participate in this worthy cause. We are looking for record numbers of shoeboxes so get yours in early to help us with being able to handle them in the proper manner and not having too much of a struggle to get everything done at the last minute.
We have been blessed this past year to be able to pay approximately $100,000.00 toward our associational debt. That means we were able to knock 8 years off of the length of the loan and save literally thousands of dollars in interest. However, our journey is not over. You’re Executive Committee and the executive board is working on a plan to finish what we have started in removing the debt. As you know, at last year’s Annual Meeting we voted to never go into debt like this again unless there was at least and 80 percent vote of church members from each church in approval. What that means is it will be virtually impossible to for the association to borrow a large sum of money again unless everyone is on board.
Now it’s time for us to double our efforts to get rid of the debt and be prepared for whatever the future holds in our goal to reach the lost for God’s kingdom. Each church, or pastor, will be visited over the next few weeks to inform them of the plan to rid ourselves of the debt. Our prayer is that everyone will see the need and get on board with the vision.
Don't forget that Saturday night, October 25th, Albion First Baptist will be hosting their 2nd Annual Hallelujah Night and Chili Cookoff at Albion, Oklahoma! Events start at 6pm and go until 9pm! Bring your Chili prepared and see if you can win the Apron! Bouncy Houses for young and old! Candy for the kids, and prize for the best decorated trunk! Bonfire and devotion to follow! Free of charge! Come join us for a night of safe Christian Fun!
Go to Info Center > Youth & Children Events for information on the upcoming Judgement House production at Spiro First Baptist Church. Make your reservations now.
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