A sesquicentennial Celebration - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

A sesquicentennial Celebration

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

February 07, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One South Georgia church is celebrating a milestone this year.

For 150 years, Campbell Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church has been in Americus.

 "It's very significant because a lot of churches who have almost gotten this far have crumbled with all the pressures of the congregation and the world," said Rev. Lodenia W. Coleman, Pastor.

But the Anniversary is bitter sweet.

"The structure of the church has deteriorated some what," said Coleman.

Because of the building's condition Saturday's celebration took place at Sumter Middle School.

The rapid deterioration caused church officials to move their services to another building in August 2008.

"Not only that but the bell fell from the tower, over 700 pounds fell from the tower back in September, and I just thankful to God that he gave me the vision to move the congregation out in August ,"said Coleman.

"It has been through quite a bit but the congregation has been very faithful," said Bishop William P. DeVaux, Six Episcopal District Prelate.

But all is not lost, though small in number the congregation is working bit by bit to raise close to a million dollars for renovations.

"It's going to take over $800,000 to restore our church," said Coleman.

Money the church will use to get their building back to its original beauty and beyond.

"We're not ashamed to ask because the bible said, ask and you shall receive," said Coleman.

The church is determined to be faithful until they reach their goal.

"We're asking the community for donations, we're a very small congregation but we're doing the very best that we can."

And though their building may be broken; for 150 years, the church is still standing strong.

 Feedback
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Second man arrested in connection with Albany burglary

    Second man arrested in connection with Albany burglary

    Sunday, June 24 2018 5:58 PM EDT2018-06-24 21:58:51 GMT
    Charles Brandon Harris was arrested Sunday in connection to a burglary Albany. (Source: Dougherty County Jail)Charles Brandon Harris was arrested Sunday in connection to a burglary Albany. (Source: Dougherty County Jail)

    A man wanted in connection with a burglary in Albany was arrested Sunday by the Lee County Sheriff's Office. 

    More >>

    A man wanted in connection with a burglary in Albany was arrested Sunday by the Lee County Sheriff's Office. 

    More >>
  • Body found sparks safety concerns from residents

    Body found sparks safety concerns from residents

    Sunday, June 24 2018 5:58 PM EDT2018-06-24 21:58:14 GMT

    We spoke with residents in the area and they say this event has sparked some concerns. One woman who lives just steps away from where the body was found said she wants to see more security in the neighborhood. 

    More >>

    We spoke with residents in the area and they say this event has sparked some concerns. One woman who lives just steps away from where the body was found said she wants to see more security in the neighborhood. 

    More >>
  • Dangers of hot playground equipment

    Dangers of hot playground equipment

    Sunday, June 24 2018 5:45 PM EDT2018-06-24 21:45:54 GMT
    The fire chief recommends parents to take their kids to the playground early in the morning or in the evening.  (Source: WALB)The fire chief recommends parents to take their kids to the playground early in the morning or in the evening. (Source: WALB)
    The fire chief recommends parents to take their kids to the playground early in the morning or in the evening.  (Source: WALB)The fire chief recommends parents to take their kids to the playground early in the morning or in the evening. (Source: WALB)

    The Lee County fire chief is issuing a warning tonight about how hot playground equipment can get during the summer. Chief David Forrester said some equipment can reach more than 150-degrees this time of the year. 

    More >>

    The Lee County fire chief is issuing a warning tonight about how hot playground equipment can get during the summer. Chief David Forrester said some equipment can reach more than 150-degrees this time of the year. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly