Monday, Sept. 25
Members of Old Bethel attended the Natchitoches Association meeting at Natchitoches First Baptist Church Sunday evening. Josh Currie, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church was the moderator. Bro. Tommy Rush was to be the speaker but he was unable to be there, Bro. Trey Etheridge from Briarwood Baptist filled in for him. Bro. Trey’s message came from Exodus 6:1-9. His two points were, God’s ways are not our ways, but He is always right; and although my ways will change, God’s way will not change. Johnny Dunn from Westside Baptist led the music. He and Lori Speir sang a special. Those from Old Bethel attending were Bro. Jay and Ida Jones, Kevin, Freida and Allison Berry and Malcolm and Liz Durr. Refreshments were served after the meeting. Westside Baptist Church cooked for the fourth Friday fish fry. They served 355 people.
Westside members sang some great music that night. Next month, Clara Springs fourth Friday fish fry will be cooked by Robeline First Baptist. This will be the last fish fry for this year. The fish fry will resume in January. Clara Springs has openings for cooks for March, April, May, August and October, 2018. Anyone interested in cooking, can contact Mandi Mills at 318-796-3875. Sunday, Malcolm and I attended Kisatchie Baptist Church to hear our son, Matt Durr, preach. He got a call Saturday night around 8 p.m. from Mandi Mills who asked him to preach for Bubba Jack Sunday morning.
Matt preached on Matthew 28:16-20, The Great Commission. He said everyone is called to lead someone else to Christ and Christ makes disciples. He told a story about a man who was shipwrecked on deserted island. The man was alone and didn’t know survival skills. He prayed to ask God to help him. The man managed to construct a hut and find some food. One day after returning from scavenging for food, he found his hut destroyed by fire. There was nothing but ash and smoke. He cried to out to God, “How did you let this happen?” He finally fell asleep and was awakened the next morning to a sound of a ship. He asked the sailor, “How did you know that I was here?” The sailor said, “We were sailing east and saw your smoke signal.” The lesson is, God is working in our lives, even in our pain and suffering. Remember the next time your hut is burning, it is your smoke signal. Old Bethel will celebrate its 170th homecoming Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. Bro. Bill Blackman from Anacoco will bring the message. He was pastor at Old Bethel January, 2003 until October, 2003. Paul Cormane will lead the music. At one time Paul was choir director at Old Bethel. Paul will sing a special. Also on the program are his daughter-in-law, Stephanie Cormane, and Daisha Vercher. Lunch will be served after the service.
I would like to say that Megan Berry also worked very hard on the float that Old Bethel had in the Marthaville parade. Her name was inadvertently left out of the newspaper last week. We are looking forward to the Robeline Parade at 11 a.m. on Oct. 7. Westside Baptist Church will have a two-night revival Oct. 1-2 at 6 p.m. Bro. Keith Manuel will be the speaker. Bellwood Baptist Church will have a Ladies Night out at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5. The cost is $10 per person.