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181st Anniversary of Indian Springs Baptist Church

July 18, 2010

Today was the 181st Anniversary of Indian Springs Baptist Church.  We knew that church would be packed and made an extra effort to arrive early.  While I gave Mason and Julia baths Becks picked out their clothes and got herself ready. Getting one child ready for church is a challenge and two is even harder.  Amazingly everyone was able to get showered and dressed before 10:15 a.m.  and we were out the door at 10:30 a.m.

It was hot outside and by the time the kids were loaded into the car I was sweating.  I had grabbed a towel on my way out so I could still be presentable when we arrived at church and blasted that air to cool things down.  I also decided to forgo the tie and jacket since both seemed like a crazy idea in 95 degree heat.

I was impressed that we arrived before 11:00 a.m. and were able to take a seat before the first hymn was underway.  Steve had saved us the pew in front of him, Carl, Katie and Joseph.  If he had not we would have been hard pressed to find a pew to fit us and the kids as our little church was packed with members, visitors and several politicians including the Sherriff of Leon County.

Becks was again asked to talk in front of the congregation about the history of our church.  She told a story about buying a Christmas ornament of one of the churches in Cade’s Cove, TN and how we have just as beautiful and historic a building in our little clapboard structure.   She gave a wonderful account of our church’s past.

Julia and Mason lasted up until the offertory hymn and then we took them into the nursery.  Mason had fun playing with the other kids while Becks and I went back and listened to Pastor Greg’s sermon on the importance of the name of Jesus.  It was a good sermon.

After church was over everyone moved into the hall for dinner on the grounds.  I’d imagine the food served at these dinners has not changed much in 181 years.  We had black eyed pea, squash, potatoes, ham, fried chicken, rolls, fresh tomatoes and every kind of casserole you could think of.  The dessert table covered one wall and ran the gambit from brownies to banana pudding to coconut cakes. Everything was delicious and we had a good afternoon at our church!

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