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White Pond Baptist celebrates 100th anniversary comment (0)

November 29, 2012

White Pond Baptist Church, White City, marked its centennial in a unique way. During the three Sundays leading up to homecoming weekend Sept. 22–23, several special events were planned for church members. 

On the first Sunday of the anniversary month, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions Executive Director Rick Lance spoke to the Autauga Baptist Association church. The second Sunday of the month marked “old-fashioned Sunday” where church members dressed up. On the third Sunday of the month a lighted cross, which was purchased by the church for a wall of its education building, was put up. To pay for the cross church members compiled and printed a cookbook titled “Celebrating Our Roots — 100 Years.”

The anniversary weekend began Sept. 22 with an afternoon barbecue and singing. According to Dora Huett, who served with two other church members on the homecoming committee, the Victory Quartet from Georgia sang, and ice cream and cake followed the singing. Two cakes — one for Saturday and one for Sunday — were made for the 100th anniversary weekend. “We enjoyed it very much,” Huett said of the day.

The worship service Sept. 23 again featured Victory Quartet as well as church member soloists. 

Former pastor Lamar Lyon delivered the sermon, and a representative from the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission presented the church with a plaque.

The sanctuary was decorated with mums purchased by church members in honor of loved ones. There were 84 mums total in all different colors, Huett said. 

After the service the approximately 225 attendees enjoyed a lunch set up in both the church fellowship hall and overflow tables outdoors. 

“We had a lot of visitors” that day, Huett said, adding that Pastor Woodie Turner helped the committee plan for the weekend.

Turner noted the centennial was “special” and it was evident how White Pond Baptist had touched so many lives through the years. He said he believes the reason the church “has stood the test of time” is because its foundation is the Word of God. “As long as that is the case White Pond will be here for a long time,” he said.

(Julie Payne)

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