Letters to the editor
Pastor welcomes people back to to church
We cordially invite you to attend the annual National “Back To Church,” Sunday, Sept. 20, at a church of your choice. “Back to Church” is a campaign strategically designed to help churches reach out and invite everyone to try church again. This powerful spiritual movement encourages church attendance by inspiring and empowering church members to invite their neighbors, friends and loved ones to a special Sunday service designed just for them. “Back to Church” is designed to be just that sparkplug — a Sunday service dedicated not only to the people who do not attend church, but to those who have left the church — and encourages them to return. A special time to reconnect with fellow believers, reconnect with friends, but most importantly, reconnect to God.
In that 15th chapter of Luke’s recording, the writer states: “Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the 99 in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it — there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over 99 good people in no need of rescue.” But the question comes to mind with no answer giving! Why did the sheep leave the pasture? Did the sheep leave the pasture because the flock didn’t welcome the sheep? Did the sheep leave the pasture because of the pastor! Do you have an answer? Whatever the reason may be, this campaign gives the pastor, and the church the chance to reach out and welcome the sheep back to the flock. What a great opportunity!
So on behalf of St. Luke Baptist Church family, and the agreeing churches in the community, we take this opportunity to reach out and welcome you, “Back To Jesus!”
Eddie Caston Jr.
Pastor, St. Luke Baptist Church
Who do you believe?
Headlines in a local newspaper of Sept.3, 2015, reads “Parish, Zydeco Star Strike A Sour Note.” Keith Frank a world-class Zydeco super star has filed a civil lawsuit against the St. Landry Parish Government and owners of the Yambilee building for breach of contract. Frank claims that a year ago he signed a lease agreement to use the Yambilee building for the annual Creole Renaissance Festival and paid the deposit with checks. Now, one whole year later the Parish President can’t locate the contract. Frank claims the checks were cashed and the Parish President claims the checks were returned to Frank within the last 90 days. Instead of saying someone is lying — lets be politically correct and use the term “misspoke.” How can one not find a lease or contract alleged to have been signed one year ago and did not deposit the checks? Why would the parish president hold on to these checks for nearly one year? Was there not a responsible person assigned to those finances? Evidently not. According to the newspaper another party had leased or asked to use the Yambilee building during the same time frame as a standby site in case of inclement weather. My opinion is that we have two victims in this “disagreement.” The newspaper article does not indicate as to why there are not two civil lawsuits.
It is a known fact that Keith Frank is one of the several musicians to help put St. Landry Parish in headlines along with the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival and Step-N-Strut trail riders. They are all responsible for bringing thousands of dollars to St. Landry Parish all in the name of entertainment. I would like to refresh your memory that the Step-N-Strut Trail riders were banished for a short period of time due to false information provided to the Parish Council by the incompetency of the parish president and the former chief advisor/chief administrator/ finance officer and other titles heaped upon him from one week to the other.
It comes to no great surprise that the present Home Rule Charter for St. Landry is not working now nor has it ever worked. Each of the elected parish presidents were overwhelmed with the responsibilities of the position. They took the easy way out by hiring political parasites without experience in governing with the assumption that the taxpayers of St. Landry would accept the above type of foolishness and others too unethical to mention.
If in fact the information published in the newspaper is near correct this affords Mr. Frank a slam dunk in court and now the parish government will be forced to sell “The White Elephant” (Delta Grand) to pay for the damages afforded Mr. Frank.
I am puzzled at the audacity of the parish president to even mention a pay raise for accomplishing absolutely nothing except to make false statements of accomplishments in this parish. He may be taking the “Smooth Ride Home” as his idea. Wrong, the taxpayers in the parish areas were just tired of paying high motor vehicle repair bills and voted for the road tax. This was a taxpayer decision.