Sunday, October 10:
Worship at 10:30AM
No Sunday School or nursery.
First Baptist Church has been ministering in our community for over 75 years. Established in 1944, our church is committed to the preaching of God's Word, the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ, corporate worship, and the equipping of the people to grow and share their faith.
Our church is located on Highway 23 in Belle Chasse, LA, just past the local high school and post office, and just 1.9 miles north of the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base of New Orleans. Our congregants are eager to welcome new visitors and help you to feel at home whether you are here for just one Sunday or many.
If you have any questions regarding our church, please fill out a Connect form and someone will contact you.
September 30, 2021
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ,
The past month has been a flurry of activity at First Baptist Church of Belle Chasse. With a new crew of Disaster Relief workers arriving each week, our church grounds has felt more like a bus station and hotel than a place of worship. However, our building has been a place of worship in a different sense as of late. Each Sunday morning at 7:30AM we have had a worship service for the Disaster Relief workers so that they can get on with their work day helping in our community. Each week day morning the Disaster Relief workers eat breakfast and have a devotional. Chaplains have been sharing the Gospel with walk-ins at the church and on the streets of Belle Chasse and beyond. Our brothers and sisters of Iglesias Vision De Reino have continued worship on Saturday nights. And, of course, we have gathered for worship each Sunday morning since September 5, one week after Hurricane Ida. Though the pandemic and this recent storm have caused setbacks in our plans, they are no match for God’s purposes. We are blessed to be used by God as we have over the past four weeks, and I anticipate so much more.
As the month of October creeps up on us, 2021 is already coming to a close. Before we know it the Christmas season will arrive and a whole new type of busy will begin. As we look forward to the remainder of this year at First Baptist Church of Belle Chasse, I am excited to inform you of the following dates and events:
The Disaster Relief teams have informed us that they plan to take their leave on Friday, October 15. The remaining two weeks’ time will enable them to finish the hundreds of jobs that still remain in their queue.
Once the Disaster Relief teams have departed, we will need some time to rearrange our campus. We will have a Church Work Day on Saturday, October 16 from 8AM to noon. This time will enable us to put everything back where it belongs in all areas of the church to prepare for the following Sunday and will also allow on Sunday School teachers to arrange their teaching spaces as desired.
Sunday School for all ages will resume on October 17 at 9:30AM. This includes nursery, children’s Sunday School, Students, and Adult classes. Sunday School teachers, we will have a Sunday School Teachers’ Meeting on Sunday October 10 at 9:30AM. At this meeting we will have an opportunity to fellowship, check in with everyone, and disperse new teaching materials.
We will resume Wednesday Nights on October 20 at 5:30PM. This includes Wednesday night suppers, Adult Bible Study, Students Bible Study, 3:16 Choir, 3-5yr Old Bible Study, and nursery.
Finally, the Special Called Business Meeting to vote on our prospective new deacons, Spencer Jorden and Luther Wiggins, that was postponed in August will take place on Sunday morning, October 17, after the morning worship service. Once the church has approved these men to be ordained as deacons, we will hold an Ordination Service on Sunday, October 24.
I am excited to resume our accustomed activities at First Baptist Church of Belle Chasse in the month of October. Our church has seen encouraging growth and activity over the past year and I anticipate more of the same and greater.
I am reminded of the remnant of Israel, whom, after being exiled from the promised land into Babylonian captivity, were allowed to return to their homeland. By the decree of King Cyrus, the Israelites were allowed to go back to Jerusalem and to rebuild the Temple (Ezra 1:1-4). As the Israelites prepared to return to Jerusalem, they were supported by their neighbors with word and with supplies (Ezra 1:5-11). Once the people had returned to Jerusalem, they gave gifts and tithes to support the rebuilding and the ministry of the church (Ezra 2:68-70). And what did the people of Israel do once they had gathered together again? They worshipped. They made offerings and read from the Scriptures. They shared what they had and cared for one another in the Spirit of the Lord. They made sure that the church had what it needed to be rebuilt and to continue its ministry (Ezra 3:1-7). What strikes me most about Ezra’s account of the return of Israel to Jerusalem is not about the Temple, but about God’s people. The temple is merely a place; the church is just a building. What made the ministry possible is the people. God’s people gathered with one common goal can accomplish wonders in His name. The people of Israel gave what little they had to care for each other and to accomplish God’s will. In this time of return for First Baptist Church of Belle Chasse, we have an opportunity to do the same: to care for one another and to give of ourselves to do what God has called us to do. As we return, let us join with the remnant of Israel who sang, “For He is good; His faithful love to Israel endures forever!” (Ezra 3:11).
Worship with us.
One way to worship with us is to attend a worship service on Sunday mornings. Our worship services are held once a week at 10:30AM on Sunday mornings. A typical service consists of worship through song, prayer, and a sermon from our pastor. We encourage families to worship together at First Baptist Church. Children ages 5 and up are invited to join us in worship and childcare is provided for children ages 4 and under. Our desire is that every member of your family will find worship at First Baptist Church to be engaging, edifying, and inspirational.
The worship gathering is not meant to be your family's one exposure to God's word per week, but rather it is meant to supplement the study of the Bible taking place in your home and to celebrate how you and your family are living for God outside of the church.
To view our video library of past worship services, visit our Watch page. Or, you can listen to past sermons in a podcast format by visiting our Listen page.
Another way to worship with us is to join a small group. We have a number of groups for all ages meeting on Sunday mornings at 9:30. If you would like to be contacted with more information about small groups, please fill out a Connect form and someone will contact you.
Worship through service.
The most effective means of growing in your relationship with Christ and with the church is to serve. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our areas of service are somewhat limited, but we do have needs in our nursery, children's ministry, worship team, and production team. If you would like to volunteer in any of these or other areas in our church, please fill out a Serve form and we will contact you.
Worship at home.
The most effective and lasting faith training happens at home. We want to encourage you to worship with your family and study God's word in your home. Joining us for a worship service is wonderful, but worship is a lifestyle. We want to encourage you to invite the Holy Spirit into your home and worship outside of the church as well as inside.
Worship services will be live-streamed via Facebook Live at 10:30Am on Sundays, and past services are available on our YouTube Channel.
Worship through giving.
To keep our church financially healthy and able to do ministry, we need the financial support of our members and of those who feel led to give. Please use our online giving system to give your tithes and offerings so that the ministry of First Baptist Church of Belle Chasse may continue today and in the future.