June 6 2011 by BR staff

    BR photo by K. Allan Blume

    Pastor John Attaway III and the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church congregation in State Road finish their May 29 service outside with a note-burning ceremony. See photo gallery.

    May 29 was a celebration day for Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in State Road. Pastor John Attaway III recently celebrated 25 years as pastor, but this day focused on the final payment of a $1.8 million-note for the 800-seat sanctuary.

    The celebration included a reading of the church’s history along with unique stories of God’s faithfulness. Johnny Enloe, Elkin Baptist Association’s missionary, and his wife, Kay, attended the services.

    Attaway challenged the people to be a kingdom focused church and be obedient to the Great Commission. His message from 1 Chronicles 29 celebrated what God has done in providing their facilities.

    He encouraged the congregation to “give the next generation more than a paid-for building. Let us be a launch pad for a bigger mission.” The church already gives to missions through the Cooperative Program, and they send mission teams out regularly. But they want to increase their giving since the debt is paid.

    When the church broke ground on the facility, each member brought a shovel. So, the whole church got involved. With the note burning, the church wanted to involve all members in a similar manner. So each member was given a copy of the note. After the service, everyone marched out to the front lawn where each person tossed the note into a covered burner.
    6/6/2011 8:12:00 AM by BR staff | with 0 comments




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