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Delta’s Mount Moriah marks 150 years of servicecomment (0)

March 31, 2011

Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Delta, was established in August 1860, back when Delta was actually the town of Rocky Mountain. Over the years, the Carey Baptist Association church has survived dire financial situations — at one point in 1890, it had only $2.85 to its name — and changing associations three times.

On April 2, the church will celebrate its 150th anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m.

Several Alabama Baptist leaders and church members will spotlight Mount Moriah Baptist’s rich history at the anniversary celebration.

Director of Missions Bruce Willis will speak, and Anita Sparks of the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission will present a plaque recognizing the milestone. The church’s oldest member, Irene Daugherty, will also share some childhood memories and stories about her role as a member of the first building fund committee.

The celebration will include a parade of the saints, recognizing the oldest members, and a slideshow of photographs of church functions and members and former pastors dating back to 1903. About 150 people are expected to attend and enjoy the dinner that follows.

Typically about 60 people gather at Mount Moriah on Sundays.

“I hope to see church growth and especially spiritual growth in the next 150 years,” said Pastor Jimmy Bray, who came to lead Mount Moriah about eight months ago.

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