Broken Arrow, First is the site of the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), Nov. 11-12. Nick Garland will be pulling double duty as the host pastor and BGCO president, and he insists this year’s Annual Meeting will be a great time for all who attend.

“All the stuff that needs to happen is happening,” Garland said, regarding the preparations both Broken Arrow, First and BGCO representatives are handling to prepare for the event. “All we need is for you to come join us, Nov. 11-12. It’s a great time for all Oklahoma Baptists to celebrate the good things God is doing in our midst.”

The church is located at the intersection of Albany (61st Street) and Elm Place (161 Street), just off the Broken Arrow Expressway. Anthony Jordan, BGCO executive director-treasurer, is looking forward to the Annual Meeting being in the Tulsa area this year.

“Every five years or so we go to the Tulsa area, and we are excited to be there this year and especially want to invite our friends in the Tulsa area to join us. It will be a great time of business, but it will be a time of celebration,” said Jordan who mentioned the Annual Meeting’s theme this year will be “Serve” and shared how the theme will be relevant in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, which will highlight the Mon., Nov. 11 evening session.

“It’s going to be a great service in which we honor those who have served so faithfully and have given themselves to minister to people who are in great need,” Jordan said. “I can’t think of any organization in Southern Baptist life and certainly in Oklahoma Baptist life that has more impact for the Gospel than our Disaster Relief.”

Following the Monday evening session, the BGCO will have a reception honoring Ron Fannin, senior associate executive director, who will retire in 2014. “Don’t tell anybody. We don’t want Ron to know,” Jordan said jokingly about the reception. “Ron will be retiring in July of next year, and this will be our time to get together and honor him.”