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FBC Samson celebrates 100 years of faithcomment (0)

September 9, 2004

By Lauren Brooks

Homecoming held a little greater significance this year for First Baptist Church, Samson. In addition to welcoming back members, the church also celebrated its 100th anniversary.

“I’m most proud that people stayed faithful enough over the years so that that church would remain,” said Sam Totten, pastor of First, Samson. The homecoming and anniversary celebration was held at the church on July 25.

Former pastor George Anderson, who is now pastor of First Baptist Church, Canton, in Canton, Ga., preached at the Sunday morning and evening services.

Dicky McAllister, director of missions for Geneva Baptist Association, said First, Samson, is one of the oldest churches in the association.

“It’s got a rich history and the people are very faithful and committed,” he said. “Over the years they’ve had godly leadership and have always responded very well to it.”

Besides being a healthy body of believers on the inside, they have also made a good impression on the town of Samson. “The church has a good reputation in the city,” McAllister said.

But the church is not stuck in the past. “We had to ask ourselves, ‘Now what will we do for the next 100 years?’ We want this church to continue,” Totten said.

The church especially sees the importance of training and leading children and youth, and Totten said they are putting forth much effort in this direction.

“We have a great group with Awana on Wednesday nights,” Totten said. “We have about 100 to 120 kids and about 50 or 60 adult workers.” He added that they are also starting up Junior Varsity, Varsity and 24/7 programs for the youth.

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