Lineville’s New Fellowship marks 50 years comment (0)
December 13, 2012
By Julie Payne
New Fellowship Baptist Church, Lineville, celebrated its half-century mark with a two-hour worship service Oct. 14.
The church celebrated with the theme “Through the Years He Has Led,” which also was its 25th anniversary theme.
After an invocation led by one of the deacons and a welcome by Pastor Roger Griffith, a church member sang, “Remember Me.”
A church deacon shared a time of remembrance. The service also featured congregational singing, and Griffith presented the church history.
Former New Fellowship Baptist pastors also gave remarks and memories of their time spent at the church, and New Fellowship’s first pastor, James Owens, delivered the message.
In addition, Devan Griffith was featured on flute and Bruce Willis, director of missions for Carey Baptist Association, made a presentation.
A representative from the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission also presented a plaque.
Griffith said the church bulletin listed all the charter members and the pastors through the years. The Carey Association church initially began with 29 charter members, and two of the original church members still worship there, he said.
When speaking of the vision for New Fellowship, Griffith highlighted the importance of Jesus’ command in the Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Griffith noted that he has seen the congregation carry the vision of people who reach out to others.
“It’s great to see a church that is missions-minded and wants to see people come to Christ,” he said of New Fellowship. “I see a church that takes the message and lessons [the] teachers teach”
and strives to apply them, he said.