From Staff Reports
An Erwin church will celebrate a century of ministry with a special service.
Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church, 910 Hoback Street, Erwin, will celebrate 100 years of ministry with a Centennial Celebration Service on Sunday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m.
Activities lined up for the day include preaching from current and former pastoral staff, worship, a cookout, live music, events for kids and a blood drive in partnership with Marsh Regional Blood Center. Special guests for the day include the executive directors of the National Association of Free Will Baptist and North American Ministries, as well as the state director of the Tennessee State Association of Free Will Baptists.
For the Evergreen Church community, this is a day to honor, celebrate, praise and worship, according to Pastor Noah Taylor. To deliver this, Taylor said the service will be filled with special music, guest speakers and many memories as we look back over the past 100 years.
“Our hope is to take this moment in time to thank and praise God for His faithfulness over these past 100 years of ministry as well as thank the community for the opportunity that we’ve been given to serve in Erwin,” Taylor said.
He invites worshipers to join the church in marking their first century in the ministry. The pastor extends the invitation to all those who are or have been affiliated with the church in its history.
“We want to invite anyone who has been connected to Evergreen Church over the past 100 years to come and celebrate together with us,” said Taylor, adding that this is a special moment that lets the congregation review the past, look at the present and celebrate this achievement. Taylor noted that it’s also an opportunity to anticipate the future.
The church appeals to members, as well as those who are connected with Evergreen Church, to invite their friends and family.
“If you know of someone that would like to celebrate this special moment in our church’s history with us, send an invite to them,” Taylor encouraged.
Taylor said that the church is delighted for the opportunity the Lord has granted them. He noted that the congregation is excited for this achievement and continues to pray for more blessings.
“We are delighted at the opportunity we’ve been given to serve, share the gospel and be a beacon of hope in the Erwin community for 100 years,” he said. “It is our prayer that our light will continue to shine brightly for the next 100 years.”
Evergreen Church began in the Evergreen community of Erwin, more than a century ago. The church was officially organized in 1920. Although the name and location has changed over the years, the mission of reaching people with the gospel of Christ has remained the same, according to Taylor, who noted that Evergreen Church continues to be one of the most vibrant and healthy congregations in East Tennessee.