Kay Evans said those present at First Baptist Church Demopolis “truly felt God’s presence among us” as they gathered to celebrate the church’s 150th anniversary Oct. 24.
“We were so blessed to be able to come together and offer thanks,” said Evans, anniversary committee co-chair.
The church — led by Pastor Carl Williams — had originally planned to celebrate in October 2020 but postponed the gathering in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. More celebratory activities are planned for spring 2022.
During the Oct. 24 service, Rick Lance, executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, was guest speaker. Tim Hall, minister of music, led congregational singing and directed the choir. The choir sang an original song written by Ed Rush, former minister of music.
Also during the service, Anna Speir of the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission and Mike Snow, director of missions for Bethel Baptist Association, presented the church with certificates. Woody Collins, mayor of Demopolis, shared his memories of growing up at FBC.
The anniversary bulletin included a brief history of the church and the lyrics of Rush’s song. Special anniversary cookies with the church logo were handed out.