by Dr. Mike McLemore
Happy 2018 to all of you! I hope you had a great celebration at Christmas with your family and friends! Well, we begin a new year with all of its challenges and opportunities.
We have so much to do at the association this year! I just met with our Executive Staff to give them an overview of the things we want to accomplish this year.
We are getting ready to host our Missionary Appreciation Luncheon at The Club on Thursday, January 18th, at 11:30 a.m., in the Glen Iris State Rooms. Our guest speaker is Dr. Wanda Lee, Retired Executive Director of National WMU. What a joy it is to have Dr. Lee to be the speaker this year! The Voices of Mobile will be our guest ensemble and will bless your heart with their Christ-honoring music.
We have sent formal invitations to the missionaries who signed up for our mailing list as well as missionaries names that were submitted to us from our churches and National WMU. This list includes NAMB, Associational, and State missionaries that live in the Greater Birmingham area. We have also invited all BBA pastors and their wives; BBA staff members; and church WMU Directors and Assistant WMU Directors. Formal invitations have been sent out, but if you are on this list of invited guests and did not receive one, please call us to make your reservation. The deadline for reservations is Thursday, January 11th. Please RSVP to Meg Hawley at (205)599-3245 or email her at email@example.com to let us know you are coming to this special event.
Our Holy Week Emphasis will be the week of March 26-30, 2018. Our theme this year for our devotional studies will be “Words of the Cross.” We have a great line-up of speakers and singers for each day. It is going to be an inspiring week and I hope you can join us! Call now to make your reservations. A complimentary lunch will be provided each day.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers for me over the last several weeks. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I am recovering slowly but surely each day. The staff has done a tremendous job in carrying on in my absence. I am back in the office and looking forward to our work in 2018! My speaking schedule is on hold for awhile until I regain my physical strength. Hopefully, that won’t be long. I will be visiting in our churches and hope to see you soon! Thanks for all you do for our King and His Kingdom!
Let’s make 2018 the greatest year ever in the BBA! God bless you all!
In the work together,