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In Touch: Traveling, preaching, fellowship around Texas

Hello, Texas Baptists! I had a great Sunday at Eastwood Baptist Church in Gatesville Feb. 2. Thanks to Pastor Matt Richard and his welcoming congregation for their hospitality. It was a joy to worship with them.

hardage david130David HardageI was in the Houston area Feb. 4 and was able to meet with the leadership of First Baptist Church of Angleton. We had wonderful discussion and fellowship there. The Lord is working in a mighty way in and through that church. Later that evening, I attended the missions banquet of Trinity River Baptist Association at First Baptist Church  in Liberty. They had a great turnout. I look forward to making another visit to that church later this year.

On Feb. 9, I had the wonderful privilege of preaching at New Sunset Community Church in Killeen. Pastor Ed Talley is faithfully serving that church, and I am excited about what is in store for their future.

Another successful Welcome Pastor Day has taken place thanks to Joe Loughlin and his excellent staff here at the BGCT Executive Board. Thanks to all of the pastors who were able to make it to Dallas. I hope those who were unable to make it due to weather or last-minute commitments will be able to join us in August for the next one. For more information about Welcome Pastor Day or how to connect to the BGCT, please contact Joe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

In chapel, the staff at your Baptist Building celebrated Black History Month. Thanks to Pastor Oscar Epps Sr. and his praise team from Community Missionary Baptist Church in DeSoto for making that such a special celebration. I am sad I was unable to attend, but I heard great reports!

Please mark your calendars for April 7. The BGCT will host the Texas Baptists Golf Classic at the Dallas Athletic Club. Even if you are not a golfer, I hope you will consider participating in some form or fashion. Money raised for this event will go toward Texas Baptists’ disaster recovery efforts around the world. So, by sponsoring a team, a hole or registering to play, you are changing communities globally.

Our Committee on Convention Business met to continue planning the “Live the Difference” annual meeting. I hope you are planning to make it out to Waco Nov. 16-18. It is going to be an exciting time for Texas Baptists.

God bless you all!

David Hardage is executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board.


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