How in the world do I describe the 75th anniversary that we had on Sunday? Some of you reading this may not know that this past Sunday, September 12, our church celebrated its 75th anniversary. In September of 1935 the beginning of North Central Baptist Church became a reality with a handful of people under a temporary shelter that covered some cypress stumps. This past Sunday we celebrated what the Lord has done.
We rejoice in the day that the Lord gave us. First of all, we set an all new record for our attendance in our building–775! Our theme for the day was taken from Hebrews 13:8--“Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.” Our commitment continues to be to Jesus Christ, who has radically changed our lives by redeeming us. Our own choir and orchestra led us in worship and then thrilled us with the song, “God of the Ages”. Our special guests were the Voices of Mobile, led by Roger Breland. Dr. Breland is the director of the Center for Performing Arts at the University of Mobile and was the director of “Truth” for many, many years. In the early days of Truth, they frequently came to perform at NCBC.
Seeing friends from the past just absolutely blessed me. The memories just flooded my mind and heart as I saw folks I hadn’t seen in years. We were honored by former staff being there-including a former Minister of Music who served with Pastor Shepard Bryan in the ’50’s. It was truly a special time. Most stayed til 1:30 or 2 in the afternoon. I left at 3:30.
I also loved seeing our newest folks. It was important to me that those who were newest in our fellowship felt as much a part as the rest. You know what? I think they did. These folks will help shape the future of our wonderful church. During the invitation, a sweet young couple joined the church fellowship. The legacy of North Central continues.
One thing that was crystal clear to all of us. It was Jesus who has done the work in our wonderful church. We’ve had great friendships, and spiritual memories that could fill volumes, but it is Jesus Christ to whom we look. The same, yesterday, today and forever!