The holiday season is a wonderful time that, for most people, focuses on family, friends, and fellowship. It involves traveling to see family, exchanging gifts and presents, and, if you are like my family, lots and lots of food. For most, the holidays are a time to reflect back on some of the best memories… Read More»
Pastor Viars explains why RFRA is an important step in preserving our state’s religious freedoms.
So I want to give you a real simple, real practical, real way to love your neighbors. Here it is…Serve on your HOA board. OK, I am sure some may say, what is an HOA? Well I am glad you asked that. Let’s depart with the acronyms and reveal the opportunity. HOA stands for Home… Read More»
What has become of Thanks-giving? Growing up I remember people, from all over the globe, actually taking time from their busy schedules, to express some level of thanks for all they had in their lives. Although giving thanks for a bountiful harvest is part of the historical traditions of Thanksgiving Day, the response of showing… Read More»
That church I attended called itself “The friendliest church in New York.” Now, I did not visit every single church while I was there, so I can’t verify that that claim was true. However, based on the way I was treated, I can tell you that if this church was not the friendliest church in New York, it would have given the friendliest church a run for its money.
The people there were so welcoming to me that I continued to worship there for the rest of my time in the New York. At a time in my life when I was a new believer, living in a new city, building all new relationship, this church made me feel like I was part of a family.
Friendliness goes a long way.
Having previously worked as an accountant, I am amazed and humbled to be given an opportunity to direct Community Ministries here at Faith. Some of my current responsibilities include the oversight of a great community center, which incorporates the administration of a beautiful building, grounds, staff, and a host of volunteers to support its everyday… Read More»
Growing up in suburbia, I’ve never been a fan of cities. In fact, they make me feel claustrophobic. Cities are often places with higher crime rates, heightened materialism, and a faster rate of decay of traditional morality. Unlike suburbs, they force you to rub shoulders with those around you, whether you want to or not…. Read More»
The Meeting Allen was wandering through the halls of Faith (then Baptist) Church one day when he was looking for the Counseling Office, instead he found the intern office. As he sheepishly popped his head in and asked for directions, I rose out of my seat and volunteered to take him down to the office. … Read More»
The sun beats down hot on the concrete, metal and wood of the Lafayette Community Skate Park. A lone skater stands at the top of the half-pipe. With his shoes firmly attached to the grip tape on his skateboard, he adjusts his helmet and prepares to drop in and perfect his newest trick. The skateboarders,… Read More»
Although I have not conducted a formal survey in my thirteen years of overseeing our Vacation Bible School ministry, I have heard many reasons why people send their children to VBS. Here are four of those reasons: 1. It’s FREE, reliable child-care for 2 ½ hours. Actually, it costs our church around $7,000 to make this… Read More»