Wednesday, October 7, 2015

All of My Life I Have Attended Scottsville Baptist

(Note:  A version of this testimony was shared by Pat Pitts at the 175th Anniversary program.)

All of my life I have attended Scottsville Baptist Church.  Church and Scottsville Baptist are synonymous with me.  On Easter Sunday, 1955, along with two friends, one of whom is here today, I walked down the aisle to be received by Pastor John Elliott and officially joined the church and gave my life to Christ.

Pat singing in the children's choir (Pat is in the second row on the far right)

One Sunday morning many years ago we had a confrontational episode in Sunday School.  It was haunting and worrying me greatly until the worship service as I waited in the back to help take up the offering I literally felt God's presence say to me "Don't worry, it's all going to be alright."  Truly a burden was lifted from me...

Pat (in yellow) and his VBS class (2015)

I have seen God at work through our former pastors and I now see and feel God's presence in our pastor and the wonderful things that are happening in our Scottsville Baptist Church.  I feel certain we can have another 175 years of successful and meaningful ministry in our wonderful, little town. 

Pat and his wife Baxter enjoy the choir party.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

"It is a very exciting time to be a member of Scottsville Baptist..."

Matthew and Hallie on Pentecost
After searching for a local church, God led my husband and I to Scottsville Baptist. From our first visit, we felt at home. Scottsville Baptist welcomed us with open arms. A lot has happened for my family since joining almost two years ago. We bought our first home days after our son was born. From the minute we shared we were expecting the entire church has showed us so much love and anticipation for our sweet bundle of joy. Our little Matthew could not have better church grandmas, grandpas, aunts, and uncles! Our church family jumped right in to help us prepare to move; it would have taken me weeks to do all of the cleaning that these ladies and Alex did in just one day. I do think they may have been motivated by hopes of seeing our newborn. :) 

Matthew Jr. and Hallie at our yard sale
It is a very exciting time to be a member of Scottsville Baptist; the church is growing and is busy. Not only have our members been busy using their various gifts to prepare for the celebration today, but they have donated their time and unused items to a yard sale to benefit missions and most recently they have delivered food to a group of teenagers working in the area. From picnics to coffee dates to baby showers, every member has embraced table fellowship which I believe has made Scottsville Baptist a stronger and closer community. 
Hallie organized a kickball game.  It was amazing.
I am so thankful for the friendships I have formed and the relationships that my son will have here.

Scottsville Baptist has been an incredible blessing to me and my family.

(Note:  This is a version of a testimony shared by Hallie Earman at our 175th anniversary.)