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Pine Level Baptist Church marks 175 years comment (0)

September 13, 2012

By Julie Payne

Pine Level Baptist Church in Montgomery Baptist Association celebrated a significant milestone Aug. 19 with its 175th anniversary.

According to Elaine Clifton Dicks, director of Pine Level Baptist’s Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU), the church’s WMU acted as the planning committee for the homecoming festivities. 

Before the anniversary worship service began, the church bell — purchased from a U.S. Navy ship in the 1900s — was rung, and special greeters handed out pamphlets of the church’s history to the 200 attendees.

Former pastors and various church members were recognized, including Alice Jewel Townsend Tyson, a descendant of a founding church member, and her daughter, Elizabeth Tyson Gentry.

Some of the church’s artwork also was recognized during the service, including two paintings hanging in the sanctuary titled “The Lord is My Shepherd” and “In the Garden.” A member of the church painted the artwork in the early 1900s.

Dicks noted the theme of the church is “To God be the glory.” “That [theme] was really what everything centered around that day,” she said.

Lonette Berg, executive director of the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, presented the church with a plaque recognizing its years of existence.

Ken May, director of missions for Montgomery Baptist Association, and Bob Dempsey, associate director of missions, also were present. May also presented a plaque to the church.

Interim pastor Danny Shadix delivered a message titled “Standing with Jesus.” The service was followed by a fellowship dinner that afternoon and revival Aug. 20–22.

Shadix appreciated all the members and former pastors who came back and helped the church celebrate 175 years.  

He noted that Pine Level Baptist needs to continue to reach out and minister to the community. “It (the church) still is a light for Christ in that area, and even though it’s small the light still shines brightly,” he said. 

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