Today we revisited a church that we had not attended in quite a while. A friend of ours had relatives there from Texas, two of whom were going to sing. She asked that we visit and we were most happy to do so. It was quite a good service, met some old friends and some new ones. During the service, i confess that my mind wandered a bit in an odd direction. I wondered what kind of church would come out of a combination of features from the churches with which we have been affiliated. For example, the sanctuary from one church the music program from another and so on.
So, here we go. For technical reasons, I shall include my home church and my wife’s home church even though neither of us were formally affiliated with the other’s church. Bear in mind, these are strictly subjective, based on how these places and I interacted. And if one takes all the parts that assemble, they might form an odd looking church.
I have a great fondness for history and we have been part of 3 old churches with all that means in terms of facilities and grounds etc. I have an affinity for the grounds of FBC Eden, a smallish church sitting on a little hill, that has been in its locale for over 100 years. Each time I see it, it seems somehow unchanged as the first time I saw it.
So, we have a sanctuary, but since my wife prefers the stained glass windows from FBC Salisbury, NC and I like what what we called the praying hands window from Columbus, GA. , those shall be added as well. Already becoming complicated, huh?
Next, we need a library. For that we will somehow mesh those from Eden and Salisbury. Almost forgot, FBC Columbus had what they called a loggia. I had never heard of such, but I and my children loved it. Alas, I could not locate a picture, but I would describe it as an interior walkway witha beautiful courtyard in the center.
Now, for a hard choice, music. I am not musically talented but i love music. We have been blessed to be in several churches with top notch music, both the traditional and the contemporary. This was tough. So, i took the Living Christmas Tree from Columbus, along with a world class organist named Rex Whiddon. The worship team comes from Rowan Cristian Assembly in Salisbury. This was a place where I could literally lose myself in the music and I shall remember it forever. Thanks to Gay Lynn Dckens and those who served with her at that time. Close second to Bob Chambers at New Community Church in Elizabeth City.
As I am getting a bit lengthy, I will conclude tomorrow with more of a people focus. This church stuff is hard, is it not?
I could have a bit of fun with the title, but no,it has little if anything to do with sports or a law firm or politics. It refers to pastors, from my first to my current. You can learn quite a lot about my current pastor who is listed on my blogroll. And I would invite you to do do. As for the others, that will take a little time and space.
I have only referred briefly to my various pastors but thought it might be interesting to do so in more depth. First, some general info and guidelines. The term pastor refers to men who led a church that we attended or I attended as members. As has been the case in recent years we have not officially joined the churches we have regularly attended but these pastors still make the grade.
I was interested to note that there are 11 names but 12 people on my list, on e being there twice, like Grover Cleveland. With the exception of the last 2, all were older than I when I was under their ministry. Several came from Tennessee(don’t know what that says) and a couple from South Carolina. One played minor league baseball and one has an inexplicable attachment to the Detroit Tigers. Two were independent Baptists, two were Assembly of God, six were Southern Baptist and one was non-denominational.
I have learned and grown spiritually under most of them, some more than others. I counted two of them as very dear friends, each of which was a minister to me in a difficult time of life.
- Rev. Odell Hall – Bethel Baptist Church- Eden, NC
- Rev Eugene Wood “ “
- Rev. Harry Wood- First Baptist Church – Eden, NC
- Dr Ken Altom “ “
- Dr Harry Smith “ “
- Rev. Bob Potts “ Columbus, GA
- Dr Harry Smith “ Eden, NC
- Dr Cris Cannon “ “
- Dr Phil Cooley “ Salisbury, NC
- Rev Glynn Dickens Rowan Christian Assembly- Salisbury, NC
- Rev Clay Manos New Life Assembly of God- Elizabeth City, NC
- Rev Mike Gothard New Community Church- Elizabeth City, NC
I owe a spiritual debt to each of these individuals . Having said that, I will attempt to explore in the coming days what I have gleaned from these men and what I think one should realistically expect from ones pastor.
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