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A century of fellowship

Register Baptist Church celebrates

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    Register Baptist Church will be celebrating 100 years of worship and fellowship Sunday with a special centennial service.
    The two-hour service will begin at 10 a.m., and a special dinner will follow. Rev. Will Griffith, pastor of Merrywood Baptist Church in Statesboro, will deliver the sermon.
    Register Baptist Church has had many changes during the last 100 years.

A history

    The church began as Missionary Baptist Church in 1906 when people met together to worship. Because there was no building at that time, the members were allowed to use the Methodist Church building. In April of 1907, Register Baptist Church was constituted and accepted into the Bulloch County Baptist Association in November 1907, according to Correll and the church history.
    According to the church history, the first building was erected in 1908 but was later destroyed in 1956 by fire. Construction of the current church building was completed in 1957 and dedicated on June 21, 1958. A social hall was later added in 1976, and the most recent addition was in 2006 when the education building was completed.
    When the church first began there were only 19 members, but today there are nearly 200 members, according to Correll.

A celebration
    Commemorative plates with a church picture on the front and a brief history on the back will be sold for the occasion as will a special cookbook put together by members of the church. A pictorial book has been created over the last year and will be on display Sunday, according to Linda Suddeth, a longtime member.
    “To celebrate the occasion, we are also encouraging members to dress in the old days,” Suddeth said. “For example, the ladies could wear long, big dresses and the men would wear overalls with a white shirt and a bowtie.”
    The church choir will be singing selected songs, and several members will be providing special music. The congregation will sing hymns that date back to the early years of the church, said Suddeth.
    The Georgia Baptist Convention sent a plaque in honor of the church’s centennial.
    Several Georgia politicians have been contacted about the event, and many have responded with commemorative statements, according to Dr. Jim Correll, pastor of Register Baptist Church.
    “Governor Sonny Perdue and Jack Kingston, as well as others, have replied so far,” said Correll. “We have yet to receive a response from President Bush, but there is still time.”
    Register Baptist Church welcomes all guests and visitors that would like to attend their special celebration.
    For more information, please contact Dr. Jim Correll at (912) 656-6279.


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