Painting and Preparing

Paint

This week marks our first week of summer groups. College students from across Georgia plan to work with us over the next week and a half. In addition to painting and other things associated with our various building projects, they have been preparing the camp site for the big summer of 2011. We have over 2 dozen teams on the calendar for the next 8 weeks. I’m excited to see all that God has in store for his glory on the gulf coast.

The Lakeshore Mercy House Grand Opening

The Lakeshore Mercy House Grand Opening

Lakeshore Baptist Church invites the entire community to celebrate the completion of their newest building, affectionately known as “The Mercy House.” The “Grand Opening” scheduled for 9:15 am Thursday May 19 will include an open house tour, refreshments, door prizes, and a Couponing Seminar led by Jeni Ward.

The Mercy House stands on the corner of Lakeshore Road and Third Street in Lakeshore. The 4,000 square foot structure, built almost entirely by volunteers will allow the church to expand her ministry to the community. A bricked pump house out front and a secondary storage building in the rear, complement the main facility along with a limestone parking lot. The church plans to landscape the property over the course of the summer.

The lower level, enclosed with flood resistant materials, serves as storage for the items distributed through the church’s benevolence ministry. The Distribution Center” operates Wednesday-Friday from 9:00 am – 3:00 PM weekly. Clothing and other donated items stock the shelves. The church also provides food for families experiencing emergency needs.

The upper level boasts a large meeting room, a kitchenette, and restroom facilaties. The space will host various church and community outreach functions. For example, the church sponsors a free monthly luncheon for senior adults in the community which includes various activities and special speakers.

“Its a beautiful yet practical building,” said Pastor Don Elbourne. “Now that we have completed the main construction of the facility, this building opens the door to a multitude of ministry possibilities as we continue to serve as a conduit of blessing to our community for the glory of God.”

In addition to the May 19th “Grand Opening,” the church will dedicate this new building with an old fashioned pot-luck dinner on the grounds following their 11:00 Sunday morning service on May 22, 2011. The congregation invites the entire community to these two open house events.

The Lakeshore Baptist Church Mercy House is located at 6077 Lakeshore Road, Bay St. Louis MS 39520. For more information call the church office at (228) 469-0110 or visit their web site at www.lakeshorebaptist.net.