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Locust Fork Church celebrates 50 years of service to communitycomment (0)

December 6, 2007

By Ashley McCleery


On Oct. 21, former and current members of Locust Fork Baptist Church not only celebrated the church’s annual homecoming but also its 50 years of service to the Lord and community.

To begin the celebration, former pastor Roger Willmore spoke at the Sunday morning worship service about the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in a Christian’s life.

“It was a real honor to preach,” said Willmore, pastor of Deerfoot Baptist Church, Trussville, and president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention. “It (the 50th anniversary) was a high-water mark for the congregation.”

Willmore preached from 2 Kings 4:1–7, in which Elisha instructs a widow to pour her flask of olive oil into empty jars. After one flask miraculously filled several jars, she then sold them to pay her debts and support her family.

He explained that Christians are empty vessels, allowing Christ to fill them and perform miracles in and through them.

“Roger’s words were great for the church, because they challenged us and made us reflect on our lives,” current Pastor Rufus Harris said.

Following the worship service, the 574 people present initiated the recently completed family life center with a homecoming meal, service recognizing former members and staff and PowerPoint presentation on the Friendship Baptist Association church’s history.

Throughout the meal, several members shared stories about mishaps at Locust Fork Baptist, which Harris said was his favorite part of the afternoon.

For example, Harris mentioned a story about a woman who was about to be baptized several years ago in the former worship center. As she was walking into the baptistry, she slipped and fell.

“The noise was just horrendous,” Harris said. “Thankfully she wasn’t hurt but we were able to look back at that and laugh.” 

Also a former church secretary shared that Harris accidentally ran his car into the church building on his first Sunday at Locust Fork Baptist. He said the congregation got quite a laugh from that story.

While the congregation remembered the past, it also looked to the future as Locust Fork Baptist is expanding each year with new members and additional buildings.

Harris said he has seen the Lord bless the church during his nine years there as pastor and was glad that the 50th anniversary celebration gave him an opportunity to hear more stories about God’s grace, mercy and love within it.

“It was so amazing to see how God worked in the past through the years and allowed the church to become stronger and stronger.”

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