Lagniappe: Tis the Christmas Season

This past Sunday we kicked off the Christmas Season with the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree on the South lawn. It was a wonderful experience with music and fellowship. This Sunday, you may notice “Bethlehem” on our south lawn. The Children’s Connect Groups will be celebrating Miracle in the Manger – focusing on the birth of Jesus that includes …

Lagniappe: Welcoming the Holidays

As I write this, I am looking out my office window at our Plaza Christmas Tree going up. We are looking forward to Sunday night when we will celebrate this Christmas Tree Lighting with carols, cocoa, and cookies at 6pm on the South Lawn. The Christmas tree lighting is a fun event tailormade for children and adults to think about …

Lagniappe: Congregational Meeting Report

Thanks to all of you who joined us this past Wednesday night for our fourth Congregational Meeting of 2023. I want to give you a brief report of the meeting. Most congregational meetings contain information that pertains to the health and vitality of the congregation. Therefore, We received reports about new members, attendance for Connect Groups, and attendance for worship. …

Lagniappe: Last Congregational Meeting of 2023

Please join us for our last Congregational Meeting of 2023. This meeting will take place this Wednesday night, November 15, at 6:45 PM in the Worship Center. These meetings are where we give information that you need about the church. This includes those who desire to join us in membership, as well as a picture of the financial health of …

Lagniappe: Upcoming 2024 Budget Presentation

Last week I announced our proposed budget for 2024. This week I want to give you my (our) view of budgeting for a church. First, a church budget should be a reasonable and reachable amount. For example, a church with 100 people cannot have an $8 million budget, but a church with an average attendance of 2,400 can. We also …

Lagniappe: Proposed Budget for 2024

The month of November is a time when we emphasize thanksgiving. That makes November a special time. November is also important for FBC Covington because it’s when we culminate our budget planning for the new year. Each year we plan a budget – which we live within – and present it to the congregation. Beginning next week, you will receive …

Lagniappe: Renovation has begun on Central Hall!

We are happy to announce that the renovation has begun on Central Hall. You may remember that this is part of the reason we began the Anchored capital campaign. Your faithful giving is making this much needed renovation possible. The work began this past week and will conclude sometime late in the spring. Until the work is complete, most of …

Lagniappe: Three Congregations

First Baptist Church Covington is privileged to be a part of a wonderful family of churches, specifically Metairie Church, Metairie Korean Church, and First Baptist Church Kenner. Each of these congregations are different, but each is vital to our ministry and to the Southeast Louisiana region. Let me tell you about these three congregations. Recently, with the concurrence of all …

Lagniappe: Revisions of Pastor Responsibilities

I want to let you know of some revisions of Pastor responsibilities. These changes were made to re-align areas of ministry as we continue to grow and reach our community. Minister of Growth and Leadership—Clif Smith Build and strengthen all areas of congregational leadership such as Deacons, Ushers, First Impressions, Parking Lot Greeters, etc. Actively work with and advise the …

Lagniappe: Three Questions

As we deal with life, I think three questions are pertinent to deal with just about any situation. This particularly has to do with self-improvement. Whether it’s health, finances, or our relationship with God, these three questions seem to make sense to help us deal with the issues in our lives. Question One: “Where am I?” This first question is …