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Mount Vernonís Cedar Creek celebrates anniversary, welcomes new pastorcomment (0)

September 23, 2010

There was a lot of excitement in the air Aug. 29 at Cedar Creek Baptist Church, Mount Vernon.

The predominantly American Indian church in Mobile Baptist Association celebrated a special anniversary and welcomed a new pastor.

“We had a very successful 100th anniversary,” said longtime member Esther Byrd, who organized the service.

The sanctuary was filled with 200 to 300 people.

This was also the first Sunday for Nick Williams, who accepted the pastorate Aug. 22. Williams did not preach but he did provide some special music.

Former pastors returned for the event, which included the presentation of a plaque by the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, dinner on the grounds and special guests.

“The service was made special by so many former members, current members and former pastors being there and the fact that we were all able to come together in fellowship and enjoy each other’s company,” Williams said. “Of course, the Lord’s presence was the most special part.”

Byrd also organized an effort that day to sell CDs of historical photos from the church to raise money to purchase Bibles for children. And Cedar Creek Baptist members also committed to do more to share the gospel.

“We set a goal to get out into the community and … try to get people to come into the church,” Byrd said. “We want to witness more.”

Although there is some discrepancy about when Cedar Creek Baptist actually was founded, Byrd said the first church building was constructed in 1910 on Cedar Creek by J.T. Byrd, a local American Indian farmer. The one-room building served as a church and a school. There was no pastor at that time, only traveling missionaries who would come and preach once a month.

In 1926, the building was moved to Highway 96, and in 1950, a new building was erected in another place on the same highway. The church got its first full-time pastor in 1951, and by 1954, the congregation already had outgrown its building. The new church building was completed the next year.

Sunday School rooms and bathrooms were added in 1972, and in 1992, construction began on a new sanctuary. By 1996, Cedar Creek Baptist had completed and dedicated the sanctuary.  (TAB)

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