Happy birthday, Peachtree Baptist Church!
The Peachtree congregation and friends met last Sunday to celebrate the 210th anniversary of Peachtree Baptist Church. God is so good all the time.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Lynn Griffin in honor of her husband, David, whose birthday was Feb. 7, and in celebration and recognition of Peachtree Baptist’s 210th anniversary.
Jerry Hobgood welcomed the Sunday school gathering. He led the gathering in the song, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” accompanied by Jane May on the piano.
Jerry begin by telling what his life has been like since he came to Peachtree Baptist, how he felt the day Peachtree burned down and the church family he now has there.
Jerry then read,“Family Makes It A Home.”
“My family moved to the banks of the Ouachita River when I was 8 years old, just prior to my third-grade school year. We had driven as a family to our potential new home to check it out, and I remember coming over the hill and seeing a spectacular view of the river on our left. Thar’s when my dad decidedly stated, ‘We’ll take it!’
“We had not even seen the house, and Mom thought Dad had ruined any chance of our getting the best deal possible. We bought the place, and I really believe the only requirement needing to be met for my dad was that the house be upright. The house is just a building. The people who dwell there make it a home. The place we resided gave us not only a great backdrop of God’s creation but the perfect place to enjoy life together as a family.”
I led the Sunday school Bible study, “When Marriage is Questioned: Marriage is Between One Man and One Woman For Life,” with scripture from Genesis 2: 18-25.
“A lot of people these days question the whole nature of marriage; who can marry whom, what makes a marriage a marriage, or even if marriage is needed at all. But marriage is still a good idea. A lot of confusion exists in today’s culture about gender and marriage. For the first time in its history, Western civilization is confronted with the need to define the meaning of the term ‘family.’What until now has been considered a ‘normal’ family, made up of a father, mother and a number of children, has in recent years begun to be viewed as one among several options.”
Thankfully, the Bible presents a clear picture of what defines marriage. For those who question marriage, God has given us the answer. “Marriage is Between One Man and One Woman For Life.”
Bible verse of the month is Philippians 3:10-11.
Special music,” To God Be The Glory,” was provided by Jane May on the piano. Special music,“The Old County Church” and “Jesus Is Coming Soon” was provided by the Peachtree Adult Choir led by Pastor Gene Whitehouse.
210 YEARS OF PEACHTREE
On Sunday, Peachtree had a guest speaker, Deacon Beverly Wilson, who is the Peachtree Baptist historian. Beverly spoke on Peachtree Baptist Church’s’ 210-year history.
We know for sure because we have written records that our congregation has worshiped God in the vicinity since 1809 but most likely, Baptists had been active here 25 years earlier. We see threads of our early days woven throughout our 210 years of church life. The threads that bind us are our stand on beliefs, our people and their struggles to follow God’s leadership.
We first joined other churches in the Kehuckee association. We left them and helped organize the Tar River Association in 1831. At that first meeting, Peachtree had 199 members. The following year, we reported 232 members.
We take for granted the right to worship written in the First Amendment to that U.S. Constitution. It is important to understand why this was so important to Baptists in the early days. When North Carolina was a colony, the Church of England or the Episcopal Church was the state-approved church. There were no other approved religious groups. The government and the Episcopal Church were determined to stamp out the Baptists. The Baptists were fined, arrested, imprisoned, tortured and killed for their Baptist faith.
Based on this background information of discrimination, it is remarkable the Peachtree congregation has continued. We praise God for His continued grace and abundant blessings.
• Saturday, Feb. 16 — Faith Christian Ministry store responsibility, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Sunday, Feb. 17 — Observance of the Lord’s table, 11 a.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 21 — Men’s Ministry ladies’ night, 6:30 p.m.
• Monday, Feb. 25 — Faith Christian Ministry store responsibility, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 26 — Deacons’ meeting, 7 p.m.
Barbara Hardison entertained her friend, Mary Dryer from Rocky Mount, Saturday night with a sleepover and Mary attended church and lunch with Barbara on Sunday.
The Peachtree Hostess Ladies sponsored a soup and sandwich lunch for the Peachtree congregation and friends Sunday after worship. This was to celebrate Peachtree’s 210th anniversary.
IN LOVING MEMORY
The entire Peachtree Baptist Church family expresses heartfelt, deep sympathy to the family and friends of:
• Estelle “Sister” Bass Matthews of Momeyer. She was born May 17, 1922 and the Lord took her home Feb. 5 while surrounded by her family.
• Edith “Joyce” Strickland Hinton of Momeyer. She was born Aug. 17, 1930 and the Lord took her home on Feb. 5.
These ladies will be missed by all.
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
Those friends and family members who are sick or taking treatments who need our prayers:
• Mike Sykes underwent a heart treatment and is doing well.
• Janice Sykes has hurt her shoulder. Please keep her in your prayers.
• Dela May needs prayers.
• My father, Jake Robertson, was moved to a permanent nursing center. He needs our prayers.
• Jean Bunn, Billy Bunn, Norman Whitley, Ronnie Matthews, Bobby Sykes, Mary Alice Davis, Tyler Winstead, unspoken requests, Dallas Matthews, Wayne Edwards, Jake Robertson, Krissy Anderson, Gene Braswell, Diane Denton, Trish Bunn, Art Munoz, Amy Rowe, Brenda Joyner, Art Vick, Renee Jones and Jack Harris.
Birthday blessings to Ashley Edwards (Feb. 14), Jonathan Macquin (Feb. 24) and Amy Sykes and Scotty Edwards (Feb. 26).
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“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.” — Hebrews 3:4.
Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.