Today our congregation celebrate 142 years of life as a local church. The history of the Mt. Salem Baptist Church is quite unique. Beginning in 1872, many significant events took place. In that year, Yellowstone National Park became the world’s 1st national park, Bloomingdales Department Store opens, the nation’s first black governor took office and the worlds first international soccer game took place. It was a great year!
And it is also in that year that a small group of churchgoers decided to start a church (May 19, 1872) in Indianola, Texas. A few years later, a terrible storm destroyed much of the town. Forcing many churches, families and businesses to move, the Mt. Salem Church found a new home in nearby Victoria, Texas.
We had two excellent worship celebrations today; and two awesome preachers blessed us in the sharing of God’s Word. To date, it has been our greatest day of celebration in a church anniversary since I’ve served as pastor.
Both preachers had a common theme – God’s desire for us to appreciate the past while also reaching toward the future. Everything shared and said were simply affirmations, verifications and confirmation of what God has either communicated to me personally or I’ve shared with a congregation this year and last concerning God’s plan and vision for our congregation and His plan for us to reach our community, city and world. Our morning guest shared from Acts 1:8 and evening guest from John 13:34-35. Both timely.
Also excited about some great opportunities and praying now for God to have His way in my life and in the life of our congregation!