A week of special activities planned

Augusta First Baptist Church is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a week filled with special activities.
History records show that after one year of the establishment of Augusta community, worshipers met in the home of Ruth and David Richards, three miles south of town.  As the congregation was organized and grew, it met in the homes of people and then met regularly at the C.N. James Trading Post, which still stands at 303 State Street and part of the Augusta Historical Museum.
The congregation built a meeting house in 1877 on E. 7th St. and when the oil boom days arrived, the church erected a new brick building in 1917.
The corner of Kelly and State Street became the home of the First Baptist Church in 1959 and the first worship service held in the new building took place on March 19th of that year.
An education wing was built and the corner stone was set in a brand new sanctuary in 1972.  A choir wing and office wing were added in 1975.
The Christian Life Center, a gymnasium that is used for exercise classes, youth and children’s ministries, local sports teams, and as a voting poll for the community, was added in 1997.
The congregation continues to grow and remains vital in the community.  
This week will not only honor the souls that have passed through in those 150 years, as their songs and prayers still echo through the walls, but focus will also be on the future.  Community outreach programs/missions are creating positive results and plans are being made for a new west entrance to the complex.
150th Anniversary events include:
• Wednesday, Jan. 23 - Children/Youth Ministry Night at First Baptist Church.  Celebration of youth and children’s ministries continues to be active, with approximately 225-250 children and youth calling FBC home.  Youth/children will lead in praise and worship, along with testimonies from previous members.
The anniversary week will also feature a video with highlights from the last 20 years.
• Thursday, Jan. 24: 6:30 p.m. Missions Night at the church.  Featured guest will be Zak Mirazeh, illusionist with Reach Your City.  He will share his journey from the Muslim faith to Christianity.
Twenty-five percent of FBC’s general giving goes to missions, both locally and worldwide.  A video of overseas missions and representatives from local missions, such as The Augusta Community Caring Center, the Pregnancy and Family Resource Center, and Bright Futures Families.
• Saturday, Jan. 26: 6:30 p.m. Community Night at Augusta High School with Rick Green, Wallbuilders, and the Erwins, gospel quartet.  Free admission.
Sunday, Jan. 27: 10 a.m. at AHS, Community Worship.  The Erwins will lead worship.  The FBC Choir and the Lighthouse Quartet will perform.  Rick Green and Pastor Rick Neubauer will both speak  in the morning worship service.
Following the worship service, the Anniversary Banquet, a catered meal will be served at the church building.  Menu will featured glazed ham, lemon pepper chicken, wild rice, roasted potatoes, southern green beans, corn, dinner rolls, and desserts.  Cost is only $5 and reservations are requested.  Call the church at 775 5466 or email: fbcaugusta@gmail.com to reserve your spot.