Northwoods Baptist Church held its opening service on Sunday, February 12, at the Beltrami Electric Building in Bemidji, Minnesota. They had over 50 in attendance!… Pastor Scott Naill from Faith Baptist Church in Wesley Chapel, FL, spoke in the Sunday School hour about the local church. Then Pastor Preston Hoiseth preached the morning service. Following the morning message, lunch was provided for all the guests, and worship concluded with a special afternoon service.
“I wasn’t sure what kind of attendance to expect on our very first Sunday,” said Pastor Hoiseth. “We advertised heavily leading up to the opening service via newspaper, radio, internet, and even with a billboard. Over the last few weeks, we had over 50 volunteers from other churches come help us pass out 5,000 door hangers throughout the city. Several of those volunteers flew up to Bemidji from our sending church in Wesley Chapel Florida, to be a part of this special day! Our visitors seemed to enjoy the service and several of them said this is the type of church they have been looking for and they will be back.
“Thank you to all the churches around the country that have been supporting us, both in monthly finances and in prayer. The Lord answered many of those prayers at our opening service. Please pray for souls to be saved as we continue to reach out and develop relationships with the people of Bemidji.”
Check out a recent article about our opening service in the Bemidji Pioneer: http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/event/article/id/100036944/