By Gwen Sisson
For five months, the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Eupora has been a construction zone.
The sanctuary “facelift” has freshened up the historic sanctuary, while providing better acoustics, air conditioning and more stage space. Some of the changes that have been part of the renovation project include:
• Increased airflow to the choir loft;
• Enlarged stage area for an orchestra, children’s programming, other worship programming;
• Upgrades to the projector area;
• The organ and the piano are on the same level–there is more open area around the instruments;
• New paint, flooring and pew cushions;
• Sound booth modifications;
• New railing in the balcony;
• Men’s and ladies’ restrooms in the vestibule area.
“I got chills after that first choir practice in the newly renovated sanctuary,” said Associate Pastor Jason Carson. “The acoustics are so much better for musical worship in the sanctuary space. There was an immediate improvement in the sound of choir.”
On Oct. 13, the church family and the community came together to celebrate the end of construction and returning to the revamped worship area. The service was a special time for the church to share the Lord’s Supper, as well as the testimonies and baptisms of three new members.
“(The dedication service) was a wonderful experience and I hope we will look at it as a new beginning — a revitalization of our church,” said Lloyd Young, chair of the board of deacons. “Overall it was a wonderful service and the three baptisms added so much to the event.”
Keely Cresap, Breanna Hunter and Jackson Edwards shared video testimonies before their baptisms as part of the dedication service, then the church family shared in the Lord’s Supper for the first time since the sanctuary renovation project began in May.
“The sanctuary dedication service was a very special time in the life of First Baptist Church of Eupora,” said the Rev. Travis Gray, pastor of FBC Eupora. “We were reminded of the efforts and sacrifices that many have made through the years. Through the observance of the Lord’s Supper, we were reminded of who gave the greatest sacrifice of all — Jesus Christ!
“We were also reminded through the ordinance of baptism that our task is not finished. We are to still go and make disciples. It is my prayer that we will strive to always look beyond the beauty of the building and covet the presence of almighty God. He has blessed us with a tremendously beautiful sanctuary to worship him. May we seize every opportunity to worship him.”
For more information about First Baptist Church of Eupora, go to www.fbceupora.com.