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Evangeline & Gulf Coast Baptist Associations

PO Box 81244
Lafayette, LA 70598-1244
337.237.6956 * Fax: 337.237.4319


U. S. Postage

Lafayette, LA

PERMIT No. 201


Publication of Evangeline & Gulf Coast Baptist Associations

of Louisiana Baptists


APRIL 2015
Volume 43, No. 3
Evangeline Baptist Association
3000 W Pinhook
PO Box 81244
Lafayette, LA 70598-1244
Phone: 337-237-6956
Fax: 337-237-4319


Bert Langley
Interim Director of Missions

James Craft &

Chris Holloway

Elizabeth Langley
Office Administrator

Melaney Dudley
Administrative Assistant

Mary Langford


Monday, April 20 at 11:30 am

at the EBA Office
Lunch will be provided

DOM Lines -

Bert Langley, Interim Director of Missions

In a few days, we will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. If the thought of HIS resurrection and the fact that we serve
a living Savior doesnt ring your bell, then as the late Dr. Landrum Leavell II would say Your clapper is broken. The
excitement and joy of HIS resurrection never grows old. We will be celebrating it for eternity!
Alfred Henry Ackley (1.21.1887- 7.3.1960) a Presbyterian minister, was born in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania. He wrote a
number of hymns I have enjoyed singing over the years (Take Up Thy Cross, Coming Home, and I Want Jesus). He wrote over 1,500
religious and secular songs. In 1933 he wrote He Lives, which best describes the resurrection for me. I close these lines with his words
and hope they add to your rejoicing as you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus:
I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today; I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, And just the time I need Him, He's always near.
CHORUS: He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.
In all the world around me I see His loving care, And tho' my heart grows weary I never will despair;
I know that He is leading thro' all the stormy blast, The day of His appearing will come at last.
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find, None other is so loving, so good and kind.
Alfred Henry Ackley

Counselors Corner -

Mary Langford, Counselor

Most of the time I spend in the counseling office is used to deal with the spaces that have developed between people due to
hurts, arguments or misunderstandings. As human beings, it seems that we are very prone to pride, selfishness, anger, envy
and other negative emotions and behaviors which affect our relationships with others. I am being challenged and helped
regarding this just now by a long-distance Bible study Im doing with our daughter-in-law. The study emphasizes the oneanother passages in scripture which remind us how we are to treat each other, especially our family members and fellow Christians.
Named Grace in the Empty Spaces, the study encourages us to bridge the gap of differences with others by employing the
elements of grace on a daily basis and as a lifestyle. What is your definition of grace? Some have described it as Gods undeserved favor,
being given by Him what we dont deserve. So what would that look like in our interaction with those with whom we have close and
frequent contact?
The authors of the study lay out six areas for consideration and action: Love one another, Forgive one another, Submit to one another, Pray for one another, Fellowship with one another, and Minister to one another. Simple words, but impossible to accomplish without
Gods spirit of grace within us. He will give us the will and the strength to accomplish these actions, not as duties, but in obedience to and
in honor of Him whose every gift to us is wrapped in grace. In practical terms, that would mean we wouldnt have to have our own way, we
would listen to the ideas and needs of others, have a humble attitude, be ready to forgive, pray earnestly for others and seek ways to
minister to them.
As we look to Easter, let us see again the amazing and unforgettable picture of Christ at the Passover meal, washing the feet of
His disciples, even the one who would betray Him. He could do that because He knew who He was in the Father, and even the lowliest act
could not change that. And He said He did it as an example to His followers as the attitude they/we are to have toward each other. May
our lives be channels of His grace to those closest to us and to the world around us.

Event Calendar - EBA


Good Friday - EBA Office Closed

Easter Sunday
EBA Missions Dev. Comm; 10:30 am; EBA office
WMU Missions Celebration/Annual Meeting;
Airline Baptist, Bossier City
EBA District Bible Drill
EBA Executive Council Mtg; 11:30 am; EBA Office
Administrative Assistants Day
EBA Ministers Annual Crawfish Boil; 10 am;
ABC Camp, Eunice

1 - Rose (Mrs. Frank) Pellissier, FBC Amelia

3 - Misti (Mrs. Adam) Whitney, FBC Broussard
9 - Debbie (Mrs. Fred) Davis, The Open Door
11 - Tony Ronsonet, Coteau Holmes
Carol Mills, The Bayou
17 - Frank Ducharme, FBC Scott
18 - Marianne (Mrs. Gary) Ruffin, FBC Lafayette
23 - Joe Sauce, Myette Point
22 - Shonda (Mrs. Robert) Burdeaux, Parks
26 - Loretta (Mrs. Frank) Ducharme, FBC Scott
Nathan Rush, FBC Morgan City
28 - Olivia (Mrs. Toby) Ryder, Duson

Event Calendar - GCA


Good Friday - EBA Office Closed

Easter Sunday
WMU Missions Celebration/Annual Meeting;
Airline Baptist, Bossier City
EBA District Bible Drill
GCA Brotherhood Breakfast; 8 am;
Administrative Assistants Day

* To Frank Dudley in the loss of his mother,

Martha Franklin Dudley
* To Mary Floyd in the loss of her brother,
John Wilfred Lege, Jr.
* To John Frank Reeve in the loss of his mother,
Mary Reeve
* To Steve Younger in the loss of his wife,