The day, already proclaimed “Churches Coming Together Day” in Crowley, was set aside for churches in the West Crowley area to come together in a sign of unity and cross denominational lines.
The nine churches involved in the 2010 event were Greater Mt. Zion Baptist (Ambassador Ministries), Israelite Baptist Church, Jerusalem Baptist Church, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, St. Joseph Baptist Church, St. Theresa Catholic Church, Greater Love Family Worship Center, Holy Temple Church of Deliverance and New Beginnings Primitive Baptist Church.
The event began at 9 a.m. and was slated to last through 5 p.m. There was a fun jump for the children, a Bible Bingo, a health center, food and at 1 p.m. there was a program to celebrate the occasion that also served as a joint church service of sort.
This year’s motto, “One Family In CHRIST - Highly Favored,” from Psalm 85:1, wrapped up the over arching purpose of the event.
A scripture was read by Rev. Ernest Williams III, and a prayer Sis. Cheryl Thomas.
As Mistress of Ceremonies Sis. LaVera George welcomed everyone she also explained the meaning and the purpose of the event. The community churches day started in 2004 and has grown into the day-long event that many members of the churches enjoyed Saturday.
City Councilwoman Laurita Pete along with Chief of Police K.P. Gibson, City Councilman Vernon “Step” Martin and Mayor Greg Jones were on hand to join in the program. Martin also was in charge of the audio at the event.
“I thank you for the invite,” said Pete. “We have a country that’s divided, but if we love each other we can make ‘America the Beautiful’ what it can be.”
The message of God and love was mentioned throughout the program.
Jones read the proclamation for “Churches Coming Together Day” and honored Christopher J. Arvie by naming Aug. 21 also “Christopher Arvie Day” in the City of Crowley. Arvie, who is the former minister of Jerusalem Baptist and has since moved on to St. Mark Missionary in New Orleans, was very instrumental in the first years of the event. He was on hand for the annual program and brought several people from his new church with him.
“I am what I am because of, first, God; second, my parents; and third, my Jerusalem family,” said Arvie. “I hope you all will continue to pray for me as I continue to pray for you all.”
A youth community choir that was accompanied by musician Bro. Larry Wiltz and directed by Bro. Thaddeus Nolan sang several songs throughout the program.
Minister Dennis Smith of the Israelite Baptist Church served as guest speaker at the West Crowley Community Churches Day.
Serving on the committee for the 2010 event were officers, Rev. Ivan J. Lewis, president; Sheral Garrick, vice president; Josefia Soloman, secretary; LaVera P. George, treasurer; and Beverly Garrick, assistant treasurer; and committee members Betty Baker, Lynn Bates, Brenda Broussard, DeBira Broussard, Vera Davis, Dora Johnson, Cheryl Lewis, Agra Margin, Debbie Nolan, Thaddeus Nolan, Lula Sanderford, Minister Dennis Smith, Cheryl Thomas, Paula Whittington, Danna Williams, and Jesse Wilson.