September 11, 2019
Ebenezer Baptist Church, Stanton, held its bicentennial service July 28, but its celebration began much earlier. Since April, Ebenezer Baptist has held special services and events in honor of the church’s 200th anniversary including a picnic and a balloon release. The church also received a state historical marker from the Alabama Historical Commission.
On the day of the celebration Pastor Danny Rasberry preached and former pastor Rick Glenn shared memories of the church. Music was led by worship leader DeLina Lenoir.
Lonette Berg, from the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, and Larry Felkins, director of missions of Chilton Baptist Association, presented the church with certificates.
Photos, a timeline and newspapers dated back to 1859 were on display. A large stone donated by church member Casey Carter was placed in front of the church. At the base of the stone members placed smaller stones upon which they had written how God has helped them.
Fans with a brief history of the church and small stones with the church name and 1 Samuel 7:12 were given as mementos.
“The highlight was watching church members work together to prepare for the celebration,” church member Hannah Totten said.
A “brunch and browse” was held before the service. Members and guests enjoyed food and viewed the displays. (TAB)