Farmstead Baptist Church to begin offering special services for county’s growing Hispanic population
by Zac Kennedy
Jul 16, 2010 | 1712 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In an effort to reach out to the Spanish speaking residents of Walker County, Farmstead Baptist Church will host its second Hispanic service Sunday at 3 p.m. in its Family Life Center Fellowship Hall. Photo by:Zac Kennedy
In an effort to reach out to the Spanish speaking residents of Walker County, Farmstead Baptist Church will host its second Hispanic service Sunday at 3 p.m. in its Family Life Center Fellowship Hall. Photo by:Zac Kennedy
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Members of a local church are taking action to provide a worship service for the Spanish speaking residents of the surrounding area.

Farmstead Baptist Church will host its second Hispanic service Sunday at 3 p.m. in its Family Life Center Fellowship Hall.

Church members David O’Mary and Leigh Ann Rotter, as well as Children’s Minister Bro. Sonny Bennett began discussing the possibility of beginning a Hispanic service months ago and provided the first in May.

“Bro. Sonny Bennett and I began talking about the community interest in having a Hispanic service for the many immigrants we have in our community. We brought on Leigh Ann Rotter and she has been extremely helpful,” O’Mary said. “We held the first service in May at the City Park. We had about 15 attendees.”

Since then, the members have been planning to host a second service at the church.

“We wanted to hold the next service in the church because of the obvious reasons: Air conditioning, better seating and facilities,” O’mary added.

University of North Alabama foreign language major Carina Rios volunteered to serve as translator for the message Bro. Sonny Bennett preached at the May service. Jose Galaviz will provide Spanish music for the service.

“The Hispanic community and I are very excited that this church has started this new service,” Rios said. “I am glad to be a translator and help with communication.”

Rotter said that the team made flyers and took them to local Hispanic grocery stores and restaurants. Rios spread the word of the service throughout her family, which, in turn, quickly spread to many members of the Hispanic community.

The announcement of the service is currently displayed in Spanish on the church’s marquee. Rotter learned that quite a few Hispanic citizens commute to and from Winston County to work, so the sign is sure to catch the eyes of even more Hispanic residents.

O’Mary said, “Our goal is to provide a leadership perspective to help build a Hispanic church that can operate under its own power. We have been very pleased with the response thus far and we hope that we will be able to continue the service every other week.”

O’Mary will welcome all attendees and Bro. Bennett will deliver the message Sunday, with Rios translating and Galaviz providing music. Refreshments will be served immediately following the service.