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FBC Talladega Springs marks 100 years of servicecomment (0)

July 29, 2010

By Ashley Anderton

A silver-plated cup, a large Bible and a framed bank note replaced the usual floral arrangement on the Communion table June 13 at First Baptist Church, Talladega Springs.

Each article represented a piece of the Coosa River Baptist Association church’s early history as it commemorated its 100th anniversary.

Even the speaker that day represented a part of the heritage of First, Talladega Springs. Chris Mitchell — who is the great-grandson of two of the church’s founding fathers, W.H. Mitchell and J.J. Jackson — delivered the morning message.

Also highlighting the service was an opening prayer by Pastor Wesley Higginbotham; a certificate of recognition presented by the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission; and congregational singing led by Music Minister Danny Thornton.

“One hundred years ago, Talladega Springs had a post office and about five general stores. They didn’t have a church,” explained longtime member Margaret Mitchell. “Four men — J.H. Hastie, W.H. Mitchell, J.J. Jackson and V.C. Cooper — lived in the community. On Feb. 28, 1910, they met to discuss organizing a church in Talladega Springs. That’s how the church began.”

On June 19, 1910, 23 charter members began worshiping as First, Talladega Springs. Today the church has an average attendance of 20 and continues to gather in the original building, which was constructed in 1910. However, an estimated 80 people came to First, Talladega Springs, to help celebrate the centennial.

Just last year, a building project on the campus added a pastor’s study, flower room and Sunday School room. The project was a collaborative effort not only of church members and Higginbotham, who is a carpenter, but also his sons and volunteers from Coosa River Association.

The next phase is to construct a new fellowship hall.

As First, Talladega Springs, grows physically, it is also working to grow the kingdom of God. The church gives money through missions offerings and the Cooperative Program to aid in spreading the gospel. Also some members work with Coosa River Association and Carpenters for Christ, a national organization that assists in the Lord’s work through construction projects.

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