This is a special church and I am humbled to be the shepherd here. I hope each of you will be praying for and intentional about preparing your heart in regard to our coming events.
First, I am so thankful for the messages prepared and delivered by Pastor Eric over the last month. We are blessed to have an expert Old Testament and Hebrew scholar right here among our church. I asked Pastor Eric to bring a series of messages on Leviticus so that we will be better prepared when we plunge into the New Testament book of Hebrews next month. He has done a tremendous job and if you have paid attention then you will be prepared for and better understand what the writer of Hebrews is trying to say to us.
Dean has also done a tremendous job guiding our Wednesday night study as he builds on the previous Sunday’s message. Please do consider joining our Wednesday night group as we meet each week at 6:30pm in the Education Building.
For years I have been praying for our involvement in an Hispanic Church plant and that prayer has been answered! We have entered into a partnership with the Iglesia La Vina Bautista and Pastor Geovanni Gomez from Kenner to help plant a new Spanish Speaking church here in the Westwego area. On Sunday, March 8th we will have a combined celebration service with Church Planter, Pastor Carlos Gomez preaching with Pastor Geovanni translating for the rest of us. What an exciting thing! Please make plans to join us!
Then, on March 29th, our Abide Student Ministry will be finishing up the New Orleans wide Discipleship NOW weekend! Pastor George will be preaching and our student ministry will be leading worship. We have an exciting student ministry and fantastic leadership with Pastor George and Kelli. They make good decisions for discipleship and do a wonderful job loving on our kids.
Finally, on Sunday, April 19, the local Westwego churches have organized a combined Worship Celebration in which each local church will be participating. The service will start at 4 pm and we will gather at the Farmer and Fisheries Marked on 4th street. I am happy to say that the group of pastors have asked me to put together an order for the service and we are planning to have a combined “mass choir” in which anyone in our church can participate. More information will follow soon. Lots of great things are happening and we need each of you to be prepared to serve and participate in the work God is doing here at First Baptist Church of Westwego!