After only a few months as pastor at FBC Lorena, Heath Kirkwood appreciates the church’s kindness to his family and the members’ desire to serve.

“They’re ready to get going and serve the community. To let them know that they are there for them and to serve them.”

With a high-traffic location, they built a “Blessings Box” for non-perishable snacks, hygiene items, etc. People can take as needed or stock it for others. This, with a growing hunger ministry and more involvement in community events, is a part of their desire to “love Lorena.”

Kirkwood said, “The first sermon series I did with the church was #LovingLorena.”

The hashtag has shown up many times as people see how the church impacts Lorena.

In keeping with this desire,  members will worship and bring gifts for local needs at their Christmas Eve service. They learned that more unchurched people look for a Christmas Eve service than an Easter service. So the church will “focus on children and families.”

They are laying the seeds for their vision of being a “healthy, multi-generational church.”

Kirkwood asked the local believers to pray for FBC Lorena to reach the community during upcoming changes, for encouragement as God molds them, and to maybe partner with them. He also thanked local pastors for welcoming his family.