|Out with the old|
The mold-covered pews of First Baptist Church, Chalmette, had to be cut with a chainsaw for removal. Volunteers from Missouri have helped the church, in the New Orleans-area St. Bernard Parish, prepare for the still-unknown day when they can begin to rebuild. Photo by Keith Manuel
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Pastors in St. Bernard Parish have taken steps to expand worship opportunities in the New Orleans-area parish where Hurricane Katrina sent floodwaters crashing through their sanctuaries Aug. 29.
Before Katrina, approximately 67,000 people lived in the New Orleans-area parish. Since the storm, the pastors estimated 500 residents have returned to live, but thousands of temporary workers are there. Beginning Feb. 12, Poydras Baptist Church at the lower end of the parish will host one worship service, while another service at the upper end of the parish will be held at a location in Chalmette yet to be determined.
The hymnal is still open to “Victory in Jesus,” the last hymn played in the New Orleans-area Poydras Baptist Church before storm waters inundated the auditorium. On Feb. 12, pastor John Galey will host the first joint worship service for lower St. Bernard Parish in the fellowship hall. Photo by Keith Manuel
Only First Baptist Chalmette and Delacroix Island Baptist churches have had any type of meetings, but neither in their buildings. The Chalmette congregation meets on Saturday mornings in Baton Rouge at Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, along with others from the parish, in services led by Pastor John Jeffries, with attendance ranging from 20 to 150. Boogie Melerine, the Delacroix leader, is living in the Poydras area and they're running 15 or more in home meetings. Read More