Gabriel, the rooster, just outside the church window.
By Carl Stagner
You’ve heard of the angel named Gabriel. But you probably haven’t heard of Gabriel, the rooster. Since November, the fine feathered friend of Pleasant Ridge Church of God has become quite the phenom across the small city of Hammond, Louisiana. Like a guardian angel, “Gabe” stands watch Sunday after Sunday at the front entrance to the church, seemingly crowing Amens at just the right moment during Pastor Sarah Morgan’s sermons. Adored by adults and children alike, the rooster has not only captured the hearts of the congregation, but also the attention of neighbors and passersby. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Southeast
Tagged animals, awakening, chicken, church growth, current events, Hammond, harvest, humor, joy, LA, laughter, Louisiana, mascot, Pleasant Ridge Church of God, revival, rooster, Sarah Morgan
Photo: Inside the damaged sanctuary of Chapelwood Church of God.
By Carl Stagner
Louisiana’s unprecedented flooding disaster may be fading from the headlines, but the cleanup is only beginning. Two of our Church of God buildings sustained severe damage, one of which lost everything they had. All of our Baton Rouge-area congregations had members whose homes—sixty houses in total—were completely destroyed. Because the flooding hit areas not considered flood zones, these families did not have flood insurance. Refrigerators and ovens are no longer operable, so most are left without a way to prepare meals. Black mold is a serious threat, and FEMA can only offer minimal support. The Church of God must do something. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Disaster Relief
Tagged aid, Baton Rouge, Chapelwood Church of God, Denham Springs, Disaster Relief, flooding, floods, Louisiana, Pleasant Ridge Church of God, Steve Nelson, work teams