Elmore Association celebrates 100th anniversary comment (0)
November 7, 2013
By Neisha Fuson
Elmore Baptist Association celebrated its 100th anniversary Oct. 20 with the theme Celebrate Our Past, Affirm Our Present, Embrace God’s Future.
Jim Jackson, who has served as director of missions (DOM) for 18 years, said the day combined a celebration with the regular annual meeting.
Held at First Baptist Church, Wetumpka, the morning service featured several speakers, with messages focused on the past, the present and the future of the association. Wayne Smith, former pastor of Millbrook Baptist, and John MacLaren, former Elmore Association DOM, both focused on the past. Jackson shared about the present and reported on missions partnerships and church starts in the association. Derek Gentle, pastor of First Baptist Church, Tallassee, focused on the future.
Special music was performed by Laurie Harris, James Bush, Kevin Boyer and the Daughtery Family.
Lonette Berg, executive director for the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, presented the association with a plaque, as did Rick Barnhart, director of the office of associational missions and church planting for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
A fellowship lunch followed the morning service along with an anniversary cake and ice cream.
Jackson said about 225 people attended the morning festivities and in the afternoon the annual meeting was held.
He said Elmore Association is involved in church planting in the area, in Maryland and in Guatemala. The association is currently focusing on planting an African-American church in Tallassee, Jackson said. First, Tallassee, and Journey Church, Millbrook, are working in collaboration with the association to start the new church and are close to deciding on a church planter and finalizing the covenant for the church plant.