Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church's centennial celebration begins Thursday


Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church in Baker is celebrating 100 years of worship this week by inviting former members, who are now ministers at area churches, to speak before their congregation.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM.

BAKER — Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church members invite area residents to celebrate 100 years of worship.  

 "We are throwing ourselves a party and we want everyone to come," longtime church member Aljonia Porter said.

Porter, 65, is the daughter of Samuel Allen, the church's oldest member at age 92. The Allens started worshipping at Lebanon in 1952, she said.

The church was established in 1914, with the first pastor being Rev. J.A. Thomas. In the early years, church baptisms would take place at the nearby Blackwater River.

Porter said she remembers attending first grade at the then-segregated Drew School, which shared facilities with the church.

The church is part of her family's past, present and future, she said.

"Our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were members here," she said. "... We are working on the fourth and fifth generations now," Porter said.

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