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Dothanís Cloverdale Baptist marks 50 years comment (0)

April 11, 2013

By Julie Payne

Cloverdale Baptist Church, Dothan, celebrated its half-century mark March 23–24 with a time of fellowship and an anniversary Sunday service.

Attendees enjoyed grilled hamburgers and hot dogs March 23 in the Columbia Baptist Association church’s gym during a time of fellowship from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Photo scrapbooks were displayed for the current and former members in attendance to look through.

The anniversary service March 24 began with choral singing. During the service, Alabama Baptist Historical Commission representative Virginia Stephenson presented a plaque to the church to commemorate its 50 years of ministry.

In addition, four former Cloverdale Baptist pastors — Henry Johnson, Don Carroll, Rodney Culpepper and Aaron Dickinson — spoke to the congregation.

Some of the church’s history, as well as photos of original members, were shared and the Celebration (adult) choir and children’s choir presented the special medley “Sunday School Spectacular.”

At the conclusion of the service, a challenge to the church was given by Vann Cooley, Cloverdale’s minister of education and students. Jerry Grandstaff, director of missions for Columbia Association, read a congratulatory letter to the congregation on behalf of the association.

K.W. Keene, publicity coordinator for the anniversary, estimated that 375–400 people were in attendance. After the service, a special lunch followed at noon.  

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