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Enon Grove marks 125 years during homecoming servicecomment (0)

July 22, 2010

Neither a fire nor a tornado have stopped Enon Grove Baptist Church, Cedar Bluff, from doing the Lord’s work for 125 years.

And June 27, the Cherokee Baptist Association church celebrated those years of ministry during its annual homecoming service.

During the service, longtime member DeAnne Burt sang a solo and several members shared testimonies of how God has used the church. Scott Hosey, pastor of Sand Rock Baptist Church and former pastor of Enon Grove Baptist, preached the morning message.

Deacon Carl Money said he appreciates the church and wants “to do whatever I can for the church.”

And Enon Grove’s history is filled with members who shared a similar philosophy. In 1885, a group of farmers erected a one-room church building in Cedar Bluff where Yancey’s Bend, Clifton Camp and Hardwick Road came together. The church was named Enon Grove. In the 1920s, the church building doubled as a school for children in the community. The building stood for 61 years until it caught fire just a few days before Christmas in 1946. Leaders from the church and community got to work rebuilding the church. Local farmers cut their own logs, hauled them to a sawmill and pitched in on the building effort.

But in March 1947, a second tragedy struck. With work on Enon Grove’s building almost complete, a tornado scattered the wooden church structure over the community. But church members picked back up and soon had a building that would serve them for about a decade.

In the late 1950s, Enon Grove sold its building and property to Alabama Power Co. as Weiss Dam and Weiss Lake were being developed in the surrounding area. Alabama Power, in turn, gave the building back to the congregation, and in 1960, it was moved from Yancey’s Bend to a location on Sewell Ferry Road.

“It’s been amazing what the church has withstood,” longtime member Vivian Mobbs said. “The people have remained committed and dedicated to the Lord. I am amazed at what God has done with the church’s limited funds. We’ve never had a big bank account.”

During the decades of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, Enon Grove enlarged and remodeled its facility as the congregation grew. In 1994, the church purchased property on Highway 9 in Cedar Bluff, its current location, and broke ground in September 1998. The erection of the new facility received a huge boost when volunteer work crews from Carpenters for Christ and Campers on Mission came to help with the construction. The congregation held its first service in the new building in May 1999.

Today Enon Grove’s ministry focuses on the next generation: children, youth and young families, Pastor Gary Hardin said.

“We have wonderful people, a spacious facility and a terrific location,” he said. “Now we just need to go after the folks who need to be reached for Christ.”   (TAB)

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