Isn't it wonderful that the same God we worship here in Crestview, Florida is the One worshipped in Noirmoutier, France? We share our faith in Jesus Christ in a different language and with different music, but He is the same Lord.

There will be three worship services for our French guests and residents during an upcoming Sister Cities International visit.

The first worship service will be held 11 a.m. Oct. 16 at Mt. Zion AME Church, 502 McDonald St. This will feature inspiring Gospel music. The church will share the Gospel in song and Pastor Darryl Hooks will bring a timely message.

The second service will be an Ecumenical one led by the Crestview Area Ministerial Association and Father Pére Grégoire Cieutat from Noirmoutier, France. This service, 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at First United Methodist Church, 599 - 8th Ave., will feature music by the Wesley Boys and songs led by Macedonia Missionary Baptist church choir. Several local pastors will offer prayers and Scripture readings. Monsignor Michael Tugwell will give the message. 

The third service will be held 11 a.m. Oct. 23 at First Presbyterian Church, 1063 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs. This historic church was founded in 1888 and has a beautiful building complete with pipe organ and stained glass windows. Pastor Joanne Kublik is pleased to welcome all visitors. Since the church is across from Lake DeFuniak, she suggested this would be a beautiful place for a picnic after the service.

We share a rich history of Christian fellowship with our French friends. In 2013, a service was held in the church of La Guérinière, at which time the Crestview Area Ministerial Association sent several messages with the delegation. At this service, Crestview was presented with a French language Bible. In 2015, we received votive candles bearing an image of St. Philbert, the island's founder and patron saint. 

Plan to attend one or more of these worship services. You will be blessed.

Janice Lynn Crose, a former accountant, lives in Crestview with her husband, Jim; her two rescue collies, Shane and Jasmine; and two cats, Kathryn and Prince Valiant.