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Hilldale Church devotes year to marking 50thcomment (0)

October 15, 2009

With 50 years under its belt, Hilldale Baptist Church, Center Point, continues to push forward, eagerly anticipating what is ahead.

“The God who worked in the past is the same God we serve today, and we can be excited about what He’s done, but we’re looking for more of Jesus,” Pastor Ron Pate said. “That was our theme for the whole year — we’re looking for Him to do more with us than we have done in the past.”

The Birmingham Baptist Association church celebrated its anniversary Sept. 26–27 with times of fellowship, a banquet, special singings, covered-dish lunch and a special service, as well as visits from former pastors and youth and music ministers.

One highlight of the weekend was a special time of music after the Sunday lunch provided by the Reunion Choir, which consisted of present and former church members who met for two months in preparation for the event.

“The most thrilling thing about it was seeing people re-connect after being separated for numbers of years and numbers of miles and be back together like they’ve never even been apart,” said Pate, who is serving as Hilldale Baptist’s fifth pastor in its 50-year history. “One of the other things was we had lots of former members back for various aspects of the weekend … (and) had former staff members leading and involved. … As people look back through history, it is amazing to see how God has used everyone who’s been here at every period of time to do what He wanted to accomplish and make a difference in people’s lives.”

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