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Empire’s Temple Hill celebrates centennial comment (0)

October 25, 2012


Temple Hill Baptist Church, Empire, celebrated its centennial with an anniversary service Sept. 9 at 10 a.m.

After a time of fellowship among the approximately 65 attendees, Linda Rodgers, representative from the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, presented the church with a commemorative plaque.

Tim Shaner, former minister of music for Temple Hill and current minister of music for Spring Hill Avenue Baptist Church, Mobile, served as the guest minister of music.

According to church clerk Phyllis Green, Shaner also presented a “photo story” on a large screen — both prior to the service and again afterward — that featured photos from years past and special music. Green noted the presentation evoked good memories. 

Patricia Martin and Monica Shaner provided additional special music during the service.

O.E. Langner Jr., interim pastor of Temple Hill, delivered the day’s message titled “Then-Now-Until,” which was based on Ephesians 2. 

Lunch was served after the service in the fellowship hall and “was enjoyed by all,” Green said.

Green compiled a condensed history of the Sulphur Springs Baptist Association church into a several-page program and listed Temple Hill’s pastors. One portion of the program included two copied pages from a preserved church record book kept when the church was first established.

Church secretary and treasurer Sharon Burton and her daughter, Ashley, created an announcement about the anniversary service that was mailed out to church members before the event.

According to Langner, the anniversary was a joyous occasion and the participation of Shaner was a special element of the day. 

(Julie Payne)

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