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September 13, 2012
By Neisha Fuson
Several months of preparation went into the 175th anniversary of Collinsville Baptist Church celebrated Aug. 11–12.
Nine church anniversary committee members, including Jennifer Wilkins, worked countless hours to help the event come to fruition, send out formal invitations and compile and print a church history book for attendees.
“Several decades of bulletins had been saved,” Wilkins said. “We put them together and pulled out excerpts from … church newsletters. We searched (through) many records we had in minutes and annual reports at the [Alabama Baptist Historical Commission] and included a lot of pictures.”
More than 200 people attended the Aug. 12 celebration and were given a book, according to Collinsville Baptist Pastor John E. Morgan, while more than 100 attended a casual reception Aug. 11.
During the two-hour service Aug. 12 there was “lots of special music,” Morgan said. Former pastor Fred Grissom presented a message based around his experience at Collinsville and how he was blessed by how gracious the church, his first pastorate, had been and how members had provided him with valuable guidance.
Alabama Baptist Historical Commission representative Wendell Dutton presented the DeKalb Baptist Association church with a certificate commemorating its 175 years.
Before a covered-dish lunch and fellowship, attendees stood outside the church for a group picture.
To conclude the event the children were invited to the front of the sanctuary to lead the congregation in singing “Jesus Loves Me.”
Wilkins said she felt as though the Holy Spirit was moving in and throughout the entire weekend.
“(The anniversary celebration was) a major event in my life that I will always look back on in a positive way,” she said.
Morgan said he hopes the church will continue to fulfill the anniversary’s theme and be “A Light on a Hill” to the community.
“[I hope that] we would live (as) Jesus said in Matthew 5 about being a light … and that we would work to always build everything we do on Jesus as our foundation,” Morgan said
The BYPU (now church training) State Convention was held at the Collinsville Baptist Church in April 1908. ( It was first organized in this church in 1894) At that time Collinsville Baptist had the second largest BYPU in Alabama. A Cradle Roll Department was added in 1911. The WMU (formerly the Ladies Aid Society) was organized in this church in 1900. Mrs. G.Y. Newman was the first president. In 1914 she organized a WMU at First Baptist Church, Fort Payne. She was the first associational WMU superintendent, a position she held for many years. The first Sunbeam Band in DeKalb County was organized at the Collinsville Baptist Church before 1914 when they helped organize one at First Baptist Church, Fort Payne.
Stephen M. Fox Do they preach the Unfettered Word there or is it Bound in some Creed the Southern Baptist Convention has concocted in its lesser vision of the last 30 years? Tough question and I pose it as a friend in some ways in honor of my DAd and the conversation we had with his Seminary teacher Stewart Newman about Newman's encounter with W.A. Criswell in Columbia, S.C. in 1956.... Even so the Open Bible aided by the Holy Spirit is a powerful thing and stronger than any reservations I may have about fundamentalism in the SBC; so where the Holy Spirit is engaged with the word this morning at FBC Gaffney, you have my Blessing, as well as my affirmation, Elaine, to your Invitation this morning. Momma, even though she walked out on Charles Stanley in 86, would be proud of you.
If you don't like President Obama that's fine. People shouldn't call you "racist" or whatever just because you're white and you're not a fan of the President. However, when people start throwing up his ethnic background and touting that dumb birther conspiracy junk that has nothing to do with anything, it does make them sound a little racist. I think President Obama has done the best he can with what he has, and I think everyone else knows that too. Sure, he hasn't done a lot of the things he said he was going to do. That reminds me of, I don't know, every other politician. He's a good guy. Mitt Romney is a good guy too, I suppose. I just didn't like the way he flip-flopped on a lot of his ideas, but then again, he's a politician. I also am not a "misinformed young person" as I've been accused of being. I daresay I know just as much about politics as someone 30 years my senior. I just don't go around shoving my beliefs down people's throats. This country is divided right now because of people not being able to get along because of the sole reason of who the President is. That's dumb. That's not going to get us anywhere. We need more togetherness. Maybe Obama won't solve our economic crisis, and I don't think Mitt Romney would have either. It's pretty bad. Barack Obama won the election, though. The American people chose him to serve our country for four more years. I chose him because I liked him more than the other candidate. If you didn't vote for him that's OK. It still doesn't change the fact that he won. Togetherness, people. Togetherness.
Taylor, I desperately wanted to hear you at Sanford last October in the lecture there. But I didn't make it. I want you to tell your story about the anonymous black fellow who was on the march from Selma to Montgomery in '65. He said we won when we started walking. And to Isabel my parents were married in a house about a quarter of a mile from the Faithful Baptist Church in Rome, Georgia. So I feel very kind of...
My father was a Baptist minister and I know, Taylor, you're a product of the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist in Atlanta as is Charles Marsh, who's written about civil rights. And so I know that white Baptists have a very checkered history, to say the least, in that era. But there was, you know, the priesthood, the belief thing, it's good and thanks.
Well, Isabel and Taylor we're getting all your old friends calling. Isn't that great?
Yeah, this is quite something and connecting...
...connecting the two of us. Well, the story that he mentioned is from a guy up in Lowndes County, Alabama, one of the most primitive counties -- nobody -- no black. It was 70 percent black, but not a single black person had even tried to register to vote in the entire 20th Century. But one man joined the march to Montgomery and was asked, you know, when did you know this might be a good thing. And he said we won when we started.
And what he meant by that is that if you're an ordinary citizen the hardest thing to do is to take action toward and act like you deserve the rights you're claiming. Which is a great metaphor for that whole movement, which was an aroused citizenry interacting with responsive elected representatives. That's what makes the 1960s so great.
Even more proud of Kit Deason Heifner on her promotion today to Department Manager--Application Development at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama! She has enjoyed the 20+ years she has been with the company and has had the most incredible mentor/manager who is now retiring after an incredible career with the company. Thanks, Patsy, for all you have meant to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama generally, and to Kit specifically.
Collinsville, Al has an imperfect but beautiful testimony in regard immigration reform. I hope some of the best in the community are called to testify. John Kennedy once said "Let them come to Berlin." At this moment let Gov Bentley , and Kris Kobach and Eunie Smith and all the reactionaries come to Collinsville and tell the soccer team who beat Daniel Alarcon's Indian Springs, who beat undefeated Calhoun County Ga these kids to a person have not earned their citizenship in a community where everybody knows their parents were Invited here for labor.
You can't be a beacon if your Light Don't Shine. Navigate this oped with the best lights you have and call Joe Morgan with Aderholts office or Brooks Simmons of Jasper in the National Office or if Baptists have your Pastor call Gov Bentley or his former pastor Rick Lance and lets do the right thing.
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