Celebrating Diversity

New Orleans First Church Hosts International Day

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New Orleans, La. » The New Orleans First Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted its first annual International Worship and Fellowship Day on February 25, 2017. Church members and friends came to support this special Sabbath event with a fellowship meal while they celebrated the diversity in God’s church.

This year’s celebration was a huge success. Ten countries from around the globe were represented with church members who came dressed in their country’s colors. Many brought their favorite native dishes to share. 

During the worship service, representatives from some of the countries were chosen to participate in their native tongue. Elias Kurall, from Brazil, led out with a beautiful prayer; our pastor, Glenn Farinola, from the U.S., gave the children’s story; and Mikylla and Mezeshabell Maghirang, from the Philippines, presented the scripture reading. 

Angel Quintanilla, a member of the New Orleans Kenner Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church, presented the message in Spanish, entitled “Choose Today Whom You Will Serve.” A translator was present for those who did not speak Spanish.

Following the worship service, everyone gathered in the Fellowship Hall for the abundant feast of favorite native dishes that were brought to share.

The event was such a blessing to all who attended and participated. Everyone was full of joy and love. International Day was a representation of God’s kingdom. Although we all are different, we all have a common denominator: the love of God in our hearts.

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