Community Thanksgiving Service

Members of Coushatta area churches came together Tuesday evening to give thanks and worship.  The event was hosted by First United Methodist Church.  The speaker was Pastor Richard Logan of Elizabeth Full Gospel Baptist Church. There was special music provided by the choirs from First Baptist Church and Elizabeth Full Gospel Baptist Church.

Bro. Nathan Davis of First Baptist opened with prayer for unity.  Davis said, “We can’t have community without unity.  Being together.  I pray for unity in Jesus Christ.”

The sermon was presented by Bro. Logan.  He opened with, “Touch someone tonight.  Say to them God has a blessing for you tonight.”

Logan’s message was based upon Luke 17, the cleansing of the ten lepers.  Logan said, “Imagine being an outcast, unable to see friends and family, unable to be among people, because you have a disease with no cure, and it is contagious.”  Logan added, “He cured ten when they followed Jesus instructions to ‘go show yourselves to the priest.’  Then why did only one come back to thank and worship Jesus?”

Logan’s message was one of God being the same yesterday, today and forever.  He noted the healings performed by Jesus, the healings by the disciples, and then Logan asked, “Why don’t you thank Him, he’s cleansed you too!” Logan gave an opportunity for several people in attendance to come forward for healing.  And he closed with the proclamation, “He still heals!”

For the second year, the service was hosted by First Methodist Church.  Rev. Curtis Carroll proclaimed, “We are going to take an offering.  And this year the offering is going to go to the Red River Council on Aging, so be extra generous.”  Later Carroll told The Journal the 107 people in attendance were very generous, contributing over $700 to the Council on Aging.

Five or more area churches were represented at this year’s Community Thanksgiving Service.  Carroll said he hopes even more can take part next year.

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