From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun
First Independent Baptist celebrates 145 years
First Independent Baptist Church will be celebrating its 145th church anniversary with special services on Sunday, Oct. 20.
The Rev. Marvin Jones, executive assistant pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Waco, where Rev. Delvin Atchison is pastor, will deliver the 11 a.m. message.
At 3:30 p.m. Bishop Gregg Beard and the True Vine Missionary Baptist Church of Dallas will be the special guest for the afternoon service.
The public is invited to share this special anniversary day with the congregation and church body of First Independent Baptist Church.
Some of the following statements are based on information handed down and gathered by older persons, relatives and friends and therefore may not be completely accurate in all details. However, it is meant to give an insight into the past and present life of this pioneer church.
During the early years, in 1868, this was a church struggling to build a religious organization for the service of God. The Second Independent Baptist Church was the original name of the church, as it was considered the second independently operated black church in the state of Texas. It was found later that the legal records show the name was original listed as The First African Baptist Church, while the record of the church itself and the cornerstone on the building identified it as Second Independent and First Independent. The term “independent” was used to differentiate it from the already existing Baptist movement carried on by whites here and to show also that it was independently organized by Negroes.
The Rev. Simon Perry organized the first church, The Second Baptist Church, which was organized on North 14th Street. It was considered the second Independent Baptist Negro Church in the state of Texas. After a storm destroyed the building at this location, the Rev. Z.T. Pardee (congregation’s second pastor) along with the deacons, recommended that the property on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Third Street be sold and that they would purchase the property at the present location of the church.
The following pastors have served the First Independent Baptist Church: R.T. Taylor, R.E. Wilkins, C.T. Sykes, A.D. Crawford, Robert Toliver, Rev. Lyons, A.L. Moore, Samuel T. Alexander, B.L. Bradley, John Coleman, Robert Rowe, Wiley Nellums, A.B. Brown, A.D. McCraw, B.P. Perry, Donald L. Ellison, Larry L. Polk, Forrest Davis, Wesley K. McLaughlin, Kennedy Young Sr., Gregory Foster, Keith B. Henry Sr. and Donald Lacey.
The construction of the new building began June 19, 1917 and was completed September 1918 at the cost of over $25,000. Other changes were renovating the building, the naming and renaming of the church, the purchase of furniture and fixtures for the church and parsonage, and other modern conveniences.
In the years from 1960 to 1968, Rev. Vernon P. Perry was pastor. Under his leadership were some major remodeling projects such as the enlargement of the parsonage and some internal remodeling of the church at a cost of $25,000. This debt was liquidated in one year.
On May 5, 1980, Rev. Forrest Davis became pastor of First Independent Baptist Church. Under his leadership a historical Marker was erected recognizing the church locally as well as on the state level.
First Independent Baptist Church officer and members observed Rev. Wesley K. McLaughlin’s installation services on Dec. 13, 1981. The church continued to grow under his leadership. In 1984, Rev. McLaughlin resigned and moved to Virginia to pastor a church.
Rev. Kennedy Young Sr. was the next pastor to be installed on April 28, 1985. Under his pastorate, a small renovation took place. Rev. Young’s last service was held Feb. 7, 1993.
Rev. Gregory J.L. Foster, pastor/teacher from Dallas was installed by his father Dr. J. Lee Foster on Feb. 20, 1994.
The installation service for Rev. Keith B. Henry Sr. was held on Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999. He went on to pastor a church in Kilgore.
Pastor Donald Lacey, the 24th pastor of First Independent Baptist Church, was installed Oct. 29, 2000.
Pastor Kenneth Walton Jr. from Waco was installed on June 10, 2012 and is presently serving as pastor and leader of First Independent Baptist Church.
We are happy to say that God has blessed First Independent Baptist Church with capable leaders for the 145 years the church has been in service.
Greater Haynes Memorial COGIC, Mexia, will celebrate the 26th Pastoral Anniversary and 27th year of service of Elder and Mrs. C.D. Washington Sr., at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. The anointed messenger is Supt. C.D. Evans of Centerville. Choirs and churches from Corsicana, Jacksonville, Dallas, Butler and Buffalo will be on the program. Pulpit conductor is Elder Gatson, Mistress of Ceremony is Mt. B. Calhoun. Associate pastors Rev. L. Brown and Min. C. Turner. It’s worth the drive to a church alive!
Ebenezer Baptist Church, FM 633, Powell, Elm Flat area will hold a Revival at 7:30 p.m. nightly Oct. 17, 18. Evangelist is Elder Curtis Johnson Sr. of Olive Grove Church in Blooming Grove. The word of God will be preached and you will be blessed by this anointed man of God. Dr. Arilla Moore, pastor.
Blooming Grove United Methodist Church will celebrate 100 years of worship in its present church building on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Although the local church began in 1873 and has held services in two other church buildings, construction of the present edifice was started, completed and dedicated in 1913. The church will welcome family, friends and guests with coffee, juice and donuts at 10 a.m. in its Heritage Hall followed by a worship service at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Bishop Mike Lowry and special music by the Douglas Family. Following the service, lunch will be served in Heritage Hall.
Barry and Emhouse Lord’s Acre Festival will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at the Fannie Mae Vernon Room of the Navarro County Exposition Center with a country store and sweet shop. Lunch will be held at 11 a.m. with turkey and dressing and homemade pies. Adults meals will be $8 and children’s $4. Take out meals will be available, and there will be an auction held at 12 noon.
Hubbard Methodist Church will hold its 35th Annual Lord’s Acre on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Hubbard First United Methodist Church, 208 NW Second St. Activities will be begin at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Many handmade gift items, baked goods of all kinds, jellies, etc. will be available for purchase at the Country Store until 12:30 p.m. Visitors may enjoyed a sandwich lunch as they preview the many beautiful quilts and other items that will be featured in the auction that begins at 2 p.m. At the conclusion of the auction, a turkey and dressing meal with all the trimmings will be served in the Haralson Family Life Center which is adjacent to the Church. Cost of the meal is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Take out meals will be available too. For more information, contact the church office at (254) 576-2313.
Harmony Baptist Church, 400 East 12th Avenue, Corsicana, will hold a special youth service on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. Guest speaker will be Minister Broderick Taylor of Gethsemane COGIC, Dallas under the pastorate of Pastor W.D. Taylor. Come and join our youth in action and expect a blessing from the Lord. All are welcome. Bishop John Baker is pastor and Minister Vanessa Baker is First Lady.
Lighthouse of Praise Ministry, 200 E. Collin St., (903) 872-7379. Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for a study on prayer.
Missionary Baptist Church, 405 S. 15th Street, Corsicana. Last Sunday was a wonderful day at MBC. The Youth Led Morning Worship, the noon meal and the baptismal service in the early afternoon were all excellent experiences for everyone in attendance. The church resumes its normal schedule this week with Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:50 a.m., Afternoon Worship at 4 p.m. and Wednesday evening Adult Bible Study and youth activities at 7 p.m. A change is being made to the Friday Fun Night. Due to many being involved in the local football activities, Friday Fun Night will not resume until the football season is concluded for the year. Please come and join MBC in worship, song, fellowship and the study of God's Word. You will be blessed.
The Kerens Ministerial Alliance will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Missionary Baptist Church of Kerens. All local pastors are encouraged to attend.
Westminster's XYZ (Extra Years of Zest) invites members and friends in the community to share an excellent lunch and enjoy a fun and challenging program. Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 11:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Westminster Presbyterian church. Bring a side dish or dessert; entrée is provided. Call Westminster for more information: (903) 874-3781.
Church of the Living God PIllar Ground And Truth, 517 S. Powell St., Corsicana, cordially invites you to join in the celebration to honor Sis. Helen Newsome and the late Overseer Robert Newsome in celebrating their 19 year Anniversary in leadership at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Overseer I.J. Givens will be the guest speaker. Overseer Sis. Wilma Johnson pastor.
The Reaching Out to You Ministry of Sixth Ave. Baptist Church, 125 S. Fifth St., invites you to join them as they celebrate “Ushers Annual Day” on Sunday, Oct. 13. Special guest will be Dr. J.H. King III of Greater New Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Dallas. Also, join this congregation for a day of fun at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 when they have a Fall Festival and V-Ball Tournament. For more information, call (903) 874-4873.
Life in the Word Bible Church located at 1408 N. Beaton, where Emma Jessie is pastor, will host “Reaping the Harvest” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Guest preachers are Minister Valorie Horn and Prophetess Shantae Littleton. Recognition of cancer survivors will be held and prayer of healing for those previously diagnosed. Come and witness a mighty move of God through ministry in worship songs, The Spoken Word, food and fun. If you are interested in setting up a booth the fee is $15. Contact Beverly Molly at (903) 872-9218.
Faith Lutheran Church, 3824 W. Hwy 22, Corsicana, will be the site for a free seminar on Social Security at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Keynote speaker Jim Caulder is a Social Security expert, having been employed by the Social Security Administration for over 33 years. He is known for his witty and entertaining presentations that explain complex Social Security laws in a way that is easily understood by all. This workshop will cover what your full retirement age is and how your benefit is determined; how to maximize your benefits and avoid costly mistakes; how retiring earlier than, or later than, your full retirement age will affect your benefits. This educational workshop is hosted by Natalie Topham, MBA, financial advisor with Thrivent Financial and is open to the public. Refreshments will be available. To register contact Natalie Topham at (903) 939-8711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockhill Baptist Church, Richland, will honor its pastor Charles Kelley with an appreciation program at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. For 32 dedicated years Rev. Kelley has preached the gospel. If this man of God has touched or has made a difference in your life through the years, please come to this program and be a blessing to him. Guest churches are Woods Chapel Baptist Church, and St. John Baptist Church. Soloist will be Bro. Curtis Sparks, with Sis. Gloria Miller as Mistress of Ceremony. The Spoken Word will be brought by Pastor Sharon Holmes of Carroll Chapel and Church of the Living God.
Petty’s Chapel Baptist Church, 1300 FM 3041, where Elvin Sikes serves as Pastor would like to invite everyone to our worship services. Petty’s Chapel Baptist Church is located on Old Roane Road a half mile east of I-45. Sunday worship begins at 8:30 a.m. There is a short time of fellowship and Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday night services begin at 6:30 p.m. We would also like to invite all women to a special time of fellowship and Bible study. It is held every second and fourth Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall. (Light lunch and childcare will be provided.)
Lone Star Cowboy Church of Navarro County, located at 4495 W. State Hwy. 22, invites all to join us for our Sunday Church Service starting at 10 a.m. We have nursery for babies through age 2 years and activities for 3 and 4 year olds. Children ages 5 through 12 are invited to meet in the children's building for Children's Church. We also have the following activities; Monday Nights at 7 p.m. Mounted shooting and Celebrate Recovery at 6 p.m. Tuesday Night Women's Fellowship at 6 p.m. and Team Ropin' at 7 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study at 7 p.m., Youth Dinner 6:30 to 7 p.m. and Youth Service 7 p.m. Thursday Practice is at 7 p.m. For more information call the church at (903) 872-1670. Oct. 2 a children's Bible study began on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Children from Toddlers to the fifth grade are all welcome. A Lone Star Stampede will take place on Oct. 18, and Truck or Treat will be Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Pelham Community Homecoming will take place Oct. 11-13. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 a Worship Service by Rev. Charles Kelly will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church. Rev. Dennis Weaver will be the speaker. On Saturday, Oct. 12, from 2 to 6 p.m. will be Pelham “Fun and Frolic.” Family and friends activities at the Pelham Community History Museum, bring your lawn chairs, and the museum will be open for tours. Beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 will be Sunday School, followed by 10:45 a.m. Homecoming Worship Services held at the Wesley United Methodist Church, with Rev. Willie Green of Bethel AME Church, Corsicana as the speaker. Dinner will be served following the service at the Pelham Community Center. If you can’t be present but would like to donate, please send donations to Mrs. Alva J. Porter, 22425 FM 744, Hubbard, Texas 76648.
Saint Luke United Methodist Church is a wonderful caring congregation who would like to welcome anyone looking for a church home to give us a try. We are located at 2308 N. Bowie Drive just beyond Collins Middle School. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and our Sunday worship service begins at 10:45 a.m. Pastor John Nader preaches encouraging messages that will stir your heart and enliven your relationship with God through Jesus Christ. St. Luke United Methodist Church is also a church that loves children of all ages. Children's sermons are energetic and well thought out. Your children will feel loved and inspired by the congregation. So, come visit us on Sunday morning and find the Spirit-filled worship for your thirsty soul.
Beulah Baptist Church, 814 Martin Luther King Ave., Wortham, invites you to join for “Fill My Cup” at 12 noon Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Pink is the color. Pastor Arthur Minnit of Nazareth Baptist Church of Perry, overseer. Guests will be 7-UP Women’s of God Assembly of Waco. Pastor of Beulah Baptist Church is John L. Delancey.
Love Chapel Baptist Church located at 400 North Benton Street where David E. Wilson serves as Pastor and Sharron D. Wilson serves as Minister will observe its Sunday School Annual at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Theme: “Obeying God Above All* from the Scripture Text: Acts 5:25-32. Pastor Donne' Watson who serves as Pastor of the New Corner Stone Baptist Church will be the messenger.
First Baptist Church of Eureka would like to invite anyone searching for a home church to visit with us for Sunday morning service beginning at 11 a.m. We are a growing, relaxed, comfortable, casual dress, family oriented church, with a loving and caring congregation. If you haven't yet found 'your' church, we invite you to give us a try.
First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin, Corsicana Kidz Day Out Preschool Program is now enrolling children ages 6 weeks old through Pre-K for the Fall. The program operates Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., September through May. More information can be found at www.fbccorsicana.org or by contacting the church office at (903) 872-7473.