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Church celebrates 150 years

November 7, 2004

Worth County- The members of Red Oak Baptist Church don't just sing about old time religion, they practice it.

Hundreds of members some dressed in clothing circa 1854 packed the sanctuary to celebrate the church's 150th anniversary, making it the oldest church in Doles and oldest baptist church in Worth County.

Gail Sawyer's great-great-grandfather helped found the church in 1854.

"I'm proud of them and I'm proud of this church for still being here and still spreading the word of Jesus Christ," she says.

"It's just great to be back home to see all these folks," says former member Nona Slappey.

As they gathered for a Sunday lunch, members remembered the days of old.

"I like the new facilities. I like modern plumbing. I came along in the day when they had an out house. I can show you where the out house was way back then. I remember when the church was just one big room," says Slappey.

"I was baptized right out there across the road in a little cement pond," says Edna Earl Whiddon Stephens.

The 83 year old has been a church member for 72 years, longer than any other.

"It started my life off right. That's what I was taught. We were brought to church all the time and that's the only place we really went," Stephens says.

The church may have a rich history, but members say it's also has a bright future.

"We can see the next generation coming along. The young people are involved and the children are involved and they're taking on leadership roles as they grow up," says Pastor Donald Cole.

Red Oak will continue to celebrate their 150th year with a week-long revival.

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