I send you greetings, in the name of Christ, from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. On behalf of our church and community I want to thank you for your commitment to the ministry God has granted us. I do not know how we would have made it through the difficult days following Hurricane Katrina without your prayerful support and encouragement. I am writing this letter to our faithful partners to share with you some exciting news.
On October 30, 2011 we will celebrate a 100 year milestone. Lakeshore Baptist Church began in 1911. The minutes of the first meeting of the congregation records that the original members professed a single theological affirmation that “Christ is the head of the church,” followed by a prediction that the church would produce “much good.” One hundred years later we desire to stand firm under the headship of Christ and continue to persevere in the “good” ministry God has granted. Please consider sending a card or letter to encourage the congregation as part of this centennial event. As pastor, I know hearing from you would bring our folks much joy.
Six years ago, Lakeshore Baptist chose to place the reconstruction of her own buildings on hold while we undertook a massive mercy ministry focused on the needs of our storm ravaged community. For six years our faithful folks have worshiped in temporary structures for the glory of God. Even the initial construction on the property began with a bunk house to facilitate this ministry and the Mercy House to continue demonstrating Christ-like compassion on those in need. We have traveled a long road of recovery. I am excited to announce that we now stand almost ready to break ground on the main church buildings containing a spacious fellowship hall, full restrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, Sunday School classrooms, and a beautiful church sanctuary. If you would like to share in the joy of reconstruction with us, please consider making a financial contribution to the “Lakeshore Baptist Church building fund.”
God’s gracious hand of providence holds the future of Lakeshore Baptist Church securely in his grip. If the Lord sees fit to give us another 100 years of ministry on the coast before his return, I pray that he will find us faithful to our mission as we stand shoulder to shoulder with partners like you who join our voice and efforts for the glory of God.
Pastor Don A. Elbourne Jr.
Lakeshore Baptist Church
6028 Lakeshore Road
Bay St. Louis MS 39520