Praise be to the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has
blessed us in the heavenly realms with every
spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3
On June 24, 2007 Port Gibson
Baptist Church celebrated our 135th Anniversary along with our
sister church, Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Tim Rowan
welcomed everyone to this special event. Our service was also
blessed to have a visiting mission team from Iowa, Michigan, and
Canada. Also sharing part of the day were former pastors and supply
pastors, Rev. Chuck Terrell, Rev. Mark Dearman, and Rev. Dale
special morning service began as Gary and Joyce Young played
favorite hymns on their dulcimers. A quartet made up of Dykes Cupstid, Larry Davis, William May, and Gary Young provided special
music of "Rock of Ages" and Praise Him! Praise Him!". A combined
choir of members of PGBC and Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church sang
"Amazing Grace". Sonny Harpole provided a
history of the church which began before the War Between the
States with a small congregation outside Port Gibson called Magnolia
Baptist Church. Rev. Tim Rowan delivered the message from Hebrews 9.
Our church invited the Magnolia
Missionary Baptist Church members to share in our celebration.
However, we did not tell the visitors what was in store for them.
The bell which had been part of the first Magnolia Baptist Church
had survived a fire in the old church and came to Port Gibson
Baptist Church several decades ago. Port Gibson Baptist Church
wished to return the bell to the Magnolia Missionary Baptist
Church, who are building a new church. The new church is located
near the original Magnolia Baptist Church.
Rev. Rowan and Rev. Hugh Johnson as
well as Albert Butler from Magnolia Missionary Baptist were
emotional about the returning of the bell. Mr. Butler and the
members of Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church accepted the gift.
The morning worship was followed by a
wonderful lunch prepared by Lamar Curry of Raymond. Everyone enjoy a
lunch of the wonderful fried chicken, pulled pork, potato salad,
baked beans, and slaw. The ladies of the church provided a delicious
variety of desserts. Members and visitors enjoyed the lunch and
fellowship lunch was followed with an afternoon service of music.
The PGBC Quartet entertained with several hymns. Larry Davis sang
several songs including a favorite hymn, "The Way That He Loves" by
Elmo Mercer. They were followed by Port Gibson's own Heritage