Tonight is an important night in the future of our church. As previously announced and confirmed yesterday, I have been called to a new ministry assignment. I am taking the position of Executive Director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Making this decision has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I will leave First Baptist with many great memories and lifetime friends. My solace is that we will be connected in partnership through the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
Tonight is a regularly scheduled quarterly business meeting. Although these meetings have been usually routine reporting of financial statements, tonight’s meeting takes on a decidedly more important role. Three important items will be handled tonight.
- The Personnel Committee is going to present the name of an Interim Pastor who is prepared to begin immediately upon the church’s affirmation of him which is scheduled to take place on May 26.
- The Committee on Committees will recommend Monica Hornsby be elected to the Personnel Committee.
- The Board of Trustees and Deacons will recommend that the Personnel Committee serve as the Pastor Search Committee.
Dinner will be served as always beginning at 4:45, and the Business Meeting will begin at 6:15. The Choir is not rehearsing in order to allow their participation in the meeting.
Saturday is a historic day in the life of our church and school. We are holding the first graduation ceremony for our high school. Four years ago when we launched the high school these graduates and their families bought into a vision. They are heroes and pioneers to me. The graduation is at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The church is invited to attend as we worship the Lord and celebrate the accomplishments of our nine graduates.
Sunday is going to be an exciting day of worship as we dedicate parents of children to the LORD. That’s right—a Parent/Child Dedication Service is much more about dedication of parents than children. Pray for each of these families as they commit themselves before the LORD this coming Sunday.
I always seek to be sensitive to the fact that Mother’s Day brings as many unpleasant feelings as pleasant feelings. So, if Sunday will be a difficult day for you for whatever reason, know that we are praying for you.
I will share from 2 Chronicles 14-16. I have always thought this particular message to be the one message I would share if I had one more message to preach.
See You Sunday! Your mother would want you to be in church!