GlenGlenn Ward, Director of Missions
                                       LOOKING AHEAD AS AN ASSOCIATION

            As they say, the 139th annual associational meeting is now in the books!  And what a fantastic meeting it was!  Such a sweet spirit of cooperation and unity—Jacob’s expression following his dream at Bethel says a little how I felt: “Surely the Lord is in this place…” (Genesis 28:16).  And as Pastor Erick Anaya reminded us from Psalm 133:1, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!”  What a fitting and joyous description of our fellowship!

            Very special thanks to the FBC Glen Rose pastor, staff, and congregation for their gracious hospitality!  They made us feel so welcome and comfortable in every way, plus an outstanding delicious meal!  Thank you to all of you who served us with such warmth and kindness.

            Pastor Rick Lineberger, in preaching the annual sermon, read from 2 Timothy 2:1-7 with the title “Be Encouraged.”  With his permission, here is his outline:

1.         We must depend on the grace of God, resisting defection or desertion, while being strengthened with inward spiritual strength.
2.         We must be faithful with the gospel, that gospel that has been entrusted to us, which is also to be passed on to faithful followers.
3.         We must endure hardships that come to us in ministry, as a good, obedient soldier; as a good, disciplined athlete; and as a good farmer who is involved in his work while depending on God for the harvest.

            I’m excited when I see how the Lord is blessing our churches and extending His Kingdom in our area.  I’m excited when I think of the determination and cooperative spirit that moved us through the various business decisions that help prepare us for working together for His glory in the days ahead.

            Please mark your calendar for January 26, 2019, at the Granbury Conference Center.  The Association will host an event called, “Planning for Life and Retirement.”  It will feature 4 sessions with very qualified speakers, addressing the following subjects:

1.         Having the Other Talk (healthcare, end of life issues, funerals, etc.)
2.         Navigating Retirement Communities (independent living, assisted living, nursing homes, memory-care facilities).
3.         Protecting Your Estate (wills, trusts, durable power of attorney, etc.)
4.         Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc.

            Your church is encouraged to bring brochures or other information about your church to share with attendees and help us make guests feel welcome.  Brochures of the event are available at the office and registration is open on the PBA website.  Please pray for and participate in this great opportunity to show our communities that our churches are here for them—not the other way around!

            May the Lord bless you as we move forward with Him!

                                                                                             I’m so glad to be your DOM,
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