November 2012

Friendly competition creates ‘win-win’ for church, school, LBCH

Memorial Baptist Church and Preschool, and Memorial Baptist Christian School in Metairie, collected all these food items, hygiene products and cleaning supplies for the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home annual Fall Food Roundup. They also donated $850 to support day-to-day needs of the Home.

By Marc Eichelberger
LBCH Communications.
METAIRIE – God works through the annual Fall Food Roundup to bless the children at the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home.
Every year, hundreds of Louisiana Baptist churches collect groceries and other needed items to share with the Home. This literally helps to feed our children for the entire year!

 

2012 Fall Food Roundup has near record-breaking year!

For decades, Louisiana Baptists have been sharing their groceries with the children living at their Children’s Home. This year was no exception. In fact, it was a near recordbreaking harvest of groceries!
“The helpless entrusts himself to You; You are a helper of the fatherless.” Psalm 10:14
Louisiana Baptist churches literally help to feed the children at the Children’s Home for an entire year through their faithful participation in the Roundup. Their expression of God’s heart for His children makes a difference in their lives every day.

 

29 churches reached ‘Manchuria’ level of LMCO giving

By Staff, Baptist Message

STATEWIDE – Southern Baptist Missionary Lottie Moon died of malnutrition Dec. 24, 1912, on a ship named the Manchuria.

She had given everything, including her own food, to her beloved Chinese people. The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions is named in her honor.

The “Manchuria” level of giving to the offering is the highest of four given for per-capita giving, based on average Sunday morning worship attendance.

 

Five ways Messengers can participate

 WEST MONROE – This year’s annual meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention is to take place Nov. 12-13 at First Baptist Church of West Monroe – known informally as “First West.”

In order for members of Louisiana Baptist churches to participate in the business of the LBC, they need to be elected by their church to serve as messengers, who then are able to vote their conscience on matters of convention business.

 

Through the years, Testify has reached many through worship

Members of the group Testify lead worship during the Louisiana Baptist Convention’s 2009 Annual Meeting. After 18 years of service to the Lord, the group will perform their final concert at First Baptist Church of West Monroe on Nov. 17.

By Robert Lemoine, Regional Reporter

WEST MONROE – Touching the masses through worship.

The group Testify, whose musical genre is a blend of Southern Gospel, Adult Contemporary, and Praise and Worship, will perform their final concert on Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of West Monroe after 18 years of service to the Lord.

Since the group started in 1995, they have gone through some member changes, over­come personal doubts, and traveled across a large portion of the United States perform­ing.

 

Church upends Sunday School, doubles attendance in four weeks

Prayer makes a difference, men involved in Bible study at First Baptist Church of Ville Platte have learned.They gather strength from each other’s walk with the Lord “as iron sharpens iron.”

By Rachel Ortego, Regional Reporter

VILLE PLATTE – When First Baptist Church of Ville Platte increased its adult Sunday school by 64 percent in less than four weeks time in October, director Neil Ortego was pleased, but not surprised.

“With only 38 percent of our adults being discipled through traditional Sunday School, I began praying for a way to increase participation in small groups to 100 percent,” Ortego said.

 

Koinos Plan would offer health insurance option

A health insurance program for Louisiana Baptist individuals and churches could launch in the near future that its trustees believe could not only save ministers money but extend to cover others outside the state.

By Brian Blackwell, Marketing Director

HAMMOND – A health insurance program for Louisiana Baptist individuals and churches could launch in the near future that its trustees believe could not only save ministers money but extend to cover others outside the state.

 

State churches have busy slate in October

Fellowship, Bible study, caring for each other, reaching out into your community and inviting others to be a part of the class, all are important aspects of Sunday School. Seen at left is a senior women’s class at First Baptist Church of Ville Platte.

LOGANSPORT – one year after a fire destroyed the sanctuary and educational building at First Baptist Lo­gansport, the congregation is hoping to rebuild soon.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 24, 2011, the two buildings burned to the ground. However, the church’s fel­lowship hall, gymnasium and youth building all survived, allowing the congregation to meet in those structures for worship services, Bible study and other activities.

 

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