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Newsite women ‘backbone of church’comment (0)

December 23, 2010


The pastor is the face of the church, but it takes committed members to make sure everything runs smoothly.

At Newsite Baptist Church, Sylacauga, Leverne Bice and Lorene Sherrill have been the epitome of committed for nearly eight decades.

“Leverne and Loraine are the ladies that have been the heart of the church,” said Pastor Don Evans. “Anytime I need something, I call those women.”

Bice, 78, and Sherrill, 76, were raised in the Central Baptist Association church and raised their children there.

Being involved in the church is something that’s always been a priority for them, and over the years, each woman has taken on a variety of positions, ranging from Vacation Bible School worker to treasurer to church clerk to singing director, among others.

“We’ve been there for a lifetime, and so I guess we just kind of do what needs to be done,” said Sherrill, who is currently serving as Newsite Baptist’s clerk and kindergarten Sunday School teacher.

Newsite is a small church, with roughly 100 members and an average Sunday attendance of 40. Bice, who is currently serving as treasurer, said the church’s size leads it to be an especially tightknit congregation.

“We’re all just family there and get along well with each other,” she said. “I think in a smaller church you have a closer community.”

It’s something that makes each member’s contribution especially needed, too, making Bice’s and Sherrill’s contributions quite vital to Newsite. “I’ve known these ladies a long time,” Evans said.

“They, along with their husbands, were two families that were part of the backbone of the church.”

Evans first met Bice and Sherrill when he came to Newsite as a student pastor in the late 1950s. He said they were significantly involved members even then.

A little more than 20 years ago, Evans was given the chance to return to the church as pastor, and it was an opportunity he was thrilled to take.

“Sylacauga was my home and so I loved getting to come back,” Evans said.

“Coming back to Newsite was like coming home again, too, and Loraine and Leverne are two of the reasons why.”  (TAB)

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