Historic Bethany Church Plans Dedication Ceremony on Sunday | News
The historic New Boggy Baptist Church, located just outside of Waskom in Bethany, Louisiana, will celebrate the highly anticipated construction of a new building with a special groundbreaking service on Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m.
The church family will participate in its first Pew rally for the occasion, benefiting the building fund. The guest speaker will be the Reverend Bertrand Bailey Jr., pastor of New Greenwood Baptist Church in Greenwood, Louisiana. New Boggy pastor Rev. Bryten Johnson will deliver a groundbreaking sermon at 11 a.m. before the 3 p.m. service on Sunday.
The theme for the day will be: “Rooted in faith while honoring our heritage”. It is based on the biblical passage Colossians 2:6-7.
After the morning service, the church will have communion on the church grounds. Hot and fresh catfish dinners will be available for $10 a plate.
The church looks forward to a full day of fellowship as it celebrates the inauguration of the new building.
“Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the new building will serve the church family, the community, our outreach programs, and provide a safe meeting place for children and youth in the community,” Johnson said. who grew up in the nearby town of Waskom. “We persevere in the midst of a global pandemic and pray as we walk by faith and not by sight.”
“This new building will provide a comfortable and healthy space to continue to grow our faith and will provide a permanent place that we can call home for many years to come and for generations to come,” he added.
Johnson noted that over the past three decades the church’s current interior has shown signs of serious water leaks, with bent wooden beams and continuous leaks from old pipes that have been replaced. . In 2019, under Johnson’s leadership, a new plan called “Vision 2025” was presented.
The church continues to be in its fundraising phase as it has encountered obstacles due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Johnson said plans for the new construction include a new multi-purpose hall that can be transformed into a sanctuary, a gym and a meeting area for community forums and family gatherings. Plans also include a foyer, full-size classrooms, youth worship area, audio/media room, baptismal pool, choir loft and more.
“We look forward to forging supernatural unity and relationships as we work together to construct this multi-purpose building,” Johnson said. “Through this process, we ask for your prayers, support and financial contributions to make our new architectural vision a reality.
Deacon Patterson, chairman of the deacon ministry, said the donations will help the church build a place of worship that will be accessible to people with disabilities.
Donations can be made through multiple platforms. Donors can send donations to New Boggy’s New Building Fund through Zelle at [email protected] or by mail to PO Box 144, Bethany, Louisiana. Donations can also be dropped off at the church on Sunday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
“If you cannot give at this time, please pray that God will continue to guide and direct us,” Pastor Johnson said.
Giving the history of New Boggy, Johnson noted that the church is a small church built in 1869. Its walls were built during the period of reconstruction after the Civil War.
“From 1869 through the 1950s, African American men and women led the way in church as they worshiped in a small white wooden box,” Johnson noted. “The church has produced young lawyers, doctors, educators and many other professionals.”
Johnson recognized the pastors of the church throughout its history who have contributed to its growth.
“During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, under the leadership of the late Pastor Harry Blake, the church persevered while trusting in the Lord. In the 1970s, under the leadership of the late Pastor Clarence Williams, the church was renovated,” Johnson noted. “Additional classrooms and brick facades were added to the chapel. toilets, a pastor’s study, a finance office, a metal roof, new musical instruments and a sound system.