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Shades Mountain celebrates its legacy; marks 100 yearscomment (0)

October 13, 2011

“Living the Legacy” was the theme of the 100th anniversary celebration at Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills.

Kim Hancock, director of member development for the Birmingham Baptist Association church, explained the theme was developed, in part, to commemorate the people who sacrificed so that their children and community would know about Christ. The goal was to remind the church of where it has been and look forward to the future, Hancock said.

Prior to the centennial service Sept. 18, a come and go event was held Sept. 15 for Shades Mountain Baptist to say thank you to its senior adults and leaders for all they have done.

The centennial service featured a video montage of the church’s history. Former Pastor Charles Carter spoke to the crowd about the importance of God’s Word, and current Pastor Danny Wood delivered a message about laying the groundwork for the future.

Wood also recognized Ken Flowers, who has taught preteen Sunday School for more than 30 years.

Lonette Berg, executive director of the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, delivered a presentation and plaque to commemorate Shades Mountain Baptist’s 100th year.

“It was just a true celebration service,” Hancock said.

A unique element included a late afternoon reunion of New Wind, the church’s youth group that began 30-plus years ago.

And that wasn’t all. That evening, A Century of Song highlighted 100 years of Shades Mountain Baptist music. “It was just an incredible spiritual experience,” Hancock said.

Afterward everyone enjoyed dessert during 100 Cakes for 100 Years.

“We’ve had an amazing past. … We’ve really been blessed,” Wood said of Shades Mountain Baptist.

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