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Harpersville’s Providence Baptist celebrates 125 years comment (0)

July 18, 2013

By Julie Payne

Providence Baptist Church, Harpersville, celebrated both homecoming and the church’s 125th anniversary June 16. 

“It was a Spirit-filled service — (there were) a lot of tears shed and (it was) just a joy to be part of the fellowship of Christians,” Pastor David Williams said.

During the service, Lonette Berg, executive director of the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, presented a framed certificate to the Shelby Baptist Association church. 

In addition to the preaching and congregational singing, the service also featured Strait Way Quartet from Cullman. Williams spoke on the topic, “If this was my last opportunity to preach Jesus, what would I say?” 

He noted the church has recorded names of some of its founding members and that a woman in the church has preserved a quilt made in the 1950s by Providence Baptist women. “It had names of people who were in the church at that time,” Williams said.

Following the service, there was a dinner and afternoon singing. “We just celebrated the preaching of Christ for 125 years at that same location,” Williams said of the day’s festivities.

When asked what his vision entails for the future of Providence Baptist, Williams’ answer was simple. “I have one goal and that’s to preach Jesus,” he said.  

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