September 1 - Anne Wesley Mayes

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What is your prayer for our church going forward?

By Anne Wesley Mayes

“I thank my God every time I remember you.”

When my father passed away in 1995 at the age of 85, I began his Eulogy with these words pennedby Paul in his letter to the church at Philippi.

Since that time I have lost several close family members and these same words always came to mind. For each life I gave thanks to my Heavenly Father.

As we celebrate our church’s 200th Anniversary, it is only fitting that we give thanks for those who have gone before us-- their faithfulness and their love for Jesus Christ and for each other-- in order to sustain and grow this body of believers.

History books, membership rolls and church directories reveal many names and faces who have left an indelible mark upon this church.

As demonstrated in the past, it is my hope for the future that through our continuing mission efforts, First Baptist will provide needed aid and continue to be a witness to even more of God’s children in our community and around the world. May we remain faithful to God’s word by reaching out to the lonely, the hungry, the homeless, the hurting and the poor in spirit.

As future generations celebrate the church’s anniversaries in years to come, I pray they will also be able to repeat the words of Paul, “I thank my God every time I remember you” Philippians 1:6.