January 2011

Shoeboxes filled in Louisiana set for global distribution


By KAREN L. WILLOUGHBY, Managing Editor

STATEWIDE – Churches large and small across the state, and of several denominations, filled shoeboxes this year for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse organization.

[img_assist|nid=6949|title=Shoeboxes filled in Louisiana set for global distribution|desc=About 50 volunteers at Hebron Baptist Church in Bush helped pack more than 3,000 shoeboxes on Big Box Party day. “I believe God has called our entire church to the shoebox ministry,” said co-coordinator Shelli Herring. “So many people surrended to that call this year.” Above: Mikayla Strain, 11.|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]The unofficial total was 88,314 shoeboxes from Louisiana alone, said Bryce Wilks, a ministry spokesman for the Texas/Louisiana regional office of Operation Christmas Child.

"That’s up more than 7,500 shoeboxes from last year," Wilks said. "The New Orleans collection center went from 9,300 last year to 12,000 this year. That was the biggest increase in any of the eight regional collection centers in Louisiana."


Another Silent Night (Luke 2:8-20)

By CHARLES QUARLES, Chair of Christian Studies, Louisiana College

Silent night, holy night,

All is calm; All is bright.

Round yon virgin mother and child;

Holy infant, so tender and mild;

Sleep in heavenly peace;

Sleep in heavenly peace.[img_assist|nid=6933|title=Charles Quarles|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=75|height=100]


Ray Teal successfully juggles being Mayor, Pastor while serving God

BY QUINN LAVESPERE, Message Summer Staff Writer


ATLANTA – Horace "Ray" Teal has accomplished a lot in his long life. There are two jobs, however, which Teal can claim to be the benchmarks of his life.

Teal is going strong as he both serves as mayor of the town of Atlanta and pastors at First Baptist Church of Montgomery.

"I’ve been blessed that God has allowed me to do so much in my life and do His work," Teal said. "I’m enjoying living my life and both of these jobs."[img_assist|nid=6936|title=Ray Teal|desc=Ray Teal serves as mayor of Atlanta, La., and he also is pastor of First Baptist Church in Montgomery. He was elected mayor in 1978, a position he has held since, and became pastor of First Montgomery on March 15, 2001.|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=75]




David (wife June) Trimbur new as pastor at Bayou Rouge Baptist, Evergreen.

Jonathan Clark resigns as college minister at Emmanuel Baptist, Ruston, going to Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, as BCM director.



Mike Canady to retire as Director of Missions

[img_assist|nid=6944|title=Mike Canady|desc=LBC Executive Director David Hankins (right) recognizes Mike Canady, his wife Linda, and son Matt during the 2010 Annual Meeting. Canady, the LBC’s Director of Missions, is retiring Dec. 31 after serving in that post for the last 17 years.|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]By STAFF, Baptist Message