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Paint Rock Baptist members ‘able to meet many needs’ comment (0)

October 10, 2013

By Anna Keller

Paint Rock is a small, tight-knit community of just more than 200 people in North Alabama, and the Putnam family has been a part of the town for decades. Harvey Putnam grew up in Paint Rock attending Paint Rock Missionary Baptist Church, and when he married his wife, Betty, she also became a member. When the Putnams’ children, Paige and Lance, were born, they began attending Paint Rock Baptist as well.

According to Pat King, the wife of Paint Rock’s pastor, Charles, the Putnam family is a “bedrock of this community.” They have given their time and resources over the years to lend a hand to anyone in need, she said. 

So when Lance Putnam was diagnosed with acute leukemia earlier in 2013, the church family was ready to help.

While he is insured, his medical bills began piling up after chemo, an abdominal surgery and a stem cell transplant. The church held a fundraising auction at the church’s family life center, and at any given time, 400 to 500 people were present bidding on everything from Brunswick stew to homemade cakes to household items. Be The Match also had a booth set up where people could register to be added to the bone marrow transplant list.

“In everything we did, God really did pour out His favor and establish the work of our hands,” Pat King said. “It was like loaves and fishes.”

Lance Putnam says he and his family — wife Jenny and children Sydney and Sawyer — are so thankful for the church’s support. 

“The people of Paint Rock and the surrounding areas are some of the kindest and most giving people I know,” he said. 

But that is just who the congregation is, Betty Putnam noted.

“The church has helped cultivate our gifts and to work with others to better serve our Lord,” she said. “It’s always been a very giving church. Even though it’s small, we’re able to meet many needs.” 

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