November 2012

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.

 

Louisiana Milestones

Arrivals/Departures

Mike Edens, new as interim pastor of Hebron Baptist in Bush.

John Talbert has resigned as pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist in Winnfield.

Joe Thornton has resigned as pastor of Shady Grove Baptist in Sikes.

Brett Campbell has resigned as pastor of First Baptist Church of Zwolle.

Stacy Morgan, new as transitional pastor of Ferriday First Baptist.

James Patrick Deshotel was ordained to the gospel ministry Oct. 28 at Sale Street Baptist in Lake Charles.

 

Needed/Giving

 

New season brings increase in homosexual characters to TV

New Season Brings Increase in Homosexual Characters to TV

(WNS)--The number of gay and bisexual characters on scripted network television progams will be at its highest-ever level ever during the upcoming season, according to a study released last week from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). The total on cable television is also rising.

 

As troops & their chaplains return, churches must be ready

U.S. Army Chaplain Jared Vineyard and his wife Amanda receive a standing ovation from messengers at the 2012 SBC annual meeting in New Orleans. Capt. Vineyard, a decorated combat veteran, represents the 1,425 NAMB-endorsed chaplains serving in the U.S. military.

By Mickey Noah, Baptist Press

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) –They’re coming home. They’ve witnessed death on the battlefield and led soldiers, sailors and Marines to Christ. They’ve baptized converts in water-filled barrels and led worship during rocket attacks. They’ve risked their own lives and sacrificed time away from their families. They are the among the nation’s unsung heroes – military chaplains.

 

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