During the church year of 2000, there were 7 additions by baptism and 8 by
letter; the Sunday School Attendance average was 148; the budget for the year
was $140,200.58, and the recorded deaths were:
- Edith Craig
- Kevin Farmer
- Irene Maupin
- Sarah Taylor
- Chester Paul Whitehouse
In the business meeting of January 2001 we voted to make
a distinction between "Building Fund" and "Building Fund Loan". Money given to pay
on the debt for the new addition will need to be marked
"Building Fund Loan".
"Building Fund" will go into a fund to take care of our church
building needs such as a new roof, some other maintenance or repairs as needed.
There was a discussion of whether the church would benefit
from being incorporated in April 2001. No action was taken at this time. In
October 2002 the church voted to have a lawyer draw up a proposal for
incorporating the church and present it for the church’s approval.
A group from the church attended the Billy Graham Crusade
in Louisville, KY June 21st, 2001.
On July 15th, 2001 the Sunday bulletin reads:
“Over the last few weeks, we have had
several extra expenses at the church. We have had our tractor with
belly-mower worked on costing over $340. The Cub Cadet has blown an engine
and we don’t know what it is going to cost to fix it. We put tires on the van
and other work on it that has amounted to about $800. We have put a new roof
on the church building at a cost of around $7,000 and repaired a sidewalk that
cost around $800. It is expensive to keep things going. It takes all of us
giving and working together to meet the expenses of the church."
September 11, 2001 about 8:45 a.m. America was attacked
by terrorists. Two jet planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade
Center in New York. Minutes later the Pentagon in Washington, DC was also hit
by a plane. Thousands lost their lives and America suffered a great financial
George W. Bush and Vice-President – Dick Chenney)
On Sunday, September 16th the bulletin reads:
"This has been a very hard week for our
nation. We have all been deeply touched by the mass destruction and loss of
human life brought about by terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC.
Each of us need to remember that our God is a loving God and the One we need
to turn to in a time like this. Let us be in prayer for our nation and all
those who have been affected by this terrible attack. Our hearts and prayers
need to go out to the families of those who lost loved ones and for the
injured. We need to keep those who are medical workers, police officers, and
rescue workers in our prayers as they cope with the awful task before them.
Pray for our President, Vice President, Congress and the leaders of our nation
and other nations as they seek to respond to the situation. Continue to lift
up our servicemen that may be called on to risk their lives to respond to this
terrible act. Also pray for those who are responsible for planning this act
of aggression that they might come to know the true God of love and be
converted from their evil ways."
September 30, 2001: This past week, Nick Szymansky,
one of our former Ministers of Music and Youth passed away in Louisville, KY.
Nick served our church from September 1981 to November 1983. Nick’s wife,
Marty, started Mission Friends while she was here and Nick started the Sunday
School Gazette. Another former Minister of Music and Youth, Steve Skaggs,
was ordained November 4, 2001 at Valley View Baptist Church in Vine Grove, Ky.
During the church year of 2001, there were 3 additions by baptism and 6 by
letter; the Sunday School Attendance average was 142; total receipts were
$136,597.05, and the recorded deaths were:
- Jessie Benningfield
- Jesse Cox Cundiff
- Lettie Mann
- Elbert Caulk
- Lucille Wise
- Lester Farmer
The Building Committee was asked to get
information/estimates/bids for an elevator or lift in the new addition in March
2002. In June the committee reported that an elevator in the new addition would
cost $50,000. A lift could be installed for 16 to 20 thousand dollars but state
codes will not allow a lift to go through a floor. If enough interest is shown
a fund could be established and when a designated amount is reached we could go
ahead with the project. No action was taken.
The family of Evelyn Cooper donated a shawl to the
church in April 2002. The shawl was worn at the dedication of the first church
in 1874. The History Committee was appointed to have this bit of history
preserved by framing it in a shadow box.
At July’s business meeting there was a first reading of a
proposal to amend the Constitution By-Laws Article VII Section 7 and to add
Section 15. Article VII Section 7 changes the number of members on the
Personnel Committee from three to five. Adding Section 15 to Article VII forms
a Youth Advisory Committee. The amendment was approved in the business meeting
On September 8, 2002, the church bulletin read:
“We would like to start running the
church van on Sundays to pick up people for church but in order to do this we
need people who would be willing to drive the van”.
Volunteers were asked to sign the insert and turn it in.
This idea was first mentioned June 13th, 1999 and again in January
2003. There have been meetings of people willing to drive the van, but as of
January 2003 nothing definite has been done regarding the matter. Amended
regulations for use of the church van were approved in November 2002.
Central Association asked its churches to gather at the
Marion and Washington county courthouses the first Saturday in October 2002.
They were asked to gather at 10:00 a.m. to pray for their county and the people
of their county.
During the church year of 2002, there were 4 additions by baptism; the Sunday
School Attendance average was 131; total receipts were $134,513.25; and the
recorded deaths were:
- Louise Melton
- Charlie Wise, Jr.
- Cora Inman
- Evelyn Cooper
- Kelly Thompson
- Edna Porter
- Winnie Porter
The Sunday School Director for 2002-2003 was
Kelly Holderman; the Sunday School
Director for 2003-2004 is Sam Graham.
During the church year of 2003, there were 2 additions by baptism and 7 by
letter; the Sunday School Attendance average was 129; and the budget was
Larry Bright was ordained as a deacon on
September 28, 2003.
Several repairs and improvements were made to the church’s
properties in the year 2003. A new roof was placed over the existing one on the
Fellowship Hall due to faulty shingles. Replacement windows and doors were
installed on the parsonage and a dehumidifier was placed in the basement. A
porch and ramp was added to the south side of the church building. Air
conditioning units for the church sanctuary were replaced. The Sunday school
rooms in the basement of the church were painted and the windows replaced with
thermal windows. The carpet and pews in the sanctuary were cleaned by Coit
Cleaners of Louisville in November. Several trees were removed from the
cemeteries at New Market and some fencing was done around the unused cemetery.
A row of pine trees was planted on the south side of the parsonage in November.
A fifteen passenger van was purchased from Pickerill Motor
in Lebanon for $16,000 dollars in October 2003. At the September 2003 business
meeting Chris Stansbury, an attorney, presented The Articles of
Incorporation. He stated most of the paper work involved had been completed. A
motion was made to proceed with the legalities of becoming incorporated.
In March our country became engaged in war with Iraq. A
special prayer service was held Sunday night March 30th for our
service men and women. Those present were asked to name a loved one or someone
they knew in the service or deployed to the Persian Gulf for prayer.
Beginning September 7th and going through
December 15th, the Kentucky Baptist Convention asked its churches to
participate in “100 Days of Prayer”. A prayer guide was given out by the
Convention to help with prayer concerns. The Convention held a special
International Mission Board Appointment Service for missionaries at Rupp Arena
in Lexington during their annual meeting November 11, 2003. Churches were urged
to bring their members to this special service.
Some of the men and boys participated in a church softball
league in Campbellsville. Other recreation activities included the youth
traveling to Six Flags KY Kingdom for a Christian Concert Day, Youth Camp,
church wide swimming party at the Campbellsville City Pool, Youth bowling,
Senior Citizens meal, an occasional trip to Lincoln Jamboree, annual picnic and
worship service at the farm of Marion and Joyce Payne, and a fall
festival in October. The Fellowship Hall was opened one night a week for
recreation. The Marion County Board of education has used the Fellowship Hall
for a third year for a summer reading program.
Gary Vidito, a former Minister of Music, presented a
program of music entitled “Generation Reconciliation” February 9th.
He is presently serving as Minister of Music at Taylorsville Baptist Church. In
July a Civil War Band from New Mexico, participating in the Civil War Festival
at Campbellsville University, performed special music for the morning worship
service July 27th.
John Wesley Farmer who attended church here for much
of his youth died September 16, 2003 in Lexington, Kentucky at the age of 78.
He was the son of the late Alvin and Nettie Farmer. He is survived by
his wife Bernice Jarboe Farmer and two children Lynn Farmer and Karen Marshall.
Two sisters also survive Esther Veatch and Frances Skaggs. He became an
ordained minister on December 8, 1949. His pastorates included Pikes Ridge
Baptist and Walnut Hill Baptist Church in Taylor County, Kentucky; Menlo Baptist
Church in Menlo, GA; Buice Memorial Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA; Little Untion
Baptist Church in Fairfield, KY; First Baptist Church in Irvine, KY; First
Baptist Church in Carrollton, KY; and Mt. Gilboa Baptist Church in Taylor
County, KY. He was buried in Campbellsville at Brookside Cemetery with full
Quoting from the Bullein of December 21, 2003:
“Our White Christmas Offering” will be
taken up during the morning worship service. As in years past you will be
given an opportunity to designate your offering to where you would like it to
go. We still owe close to $17,000 dollars on our building, about $14,000 on
our van and $5,000 dollars for our milti-periol insurance. We also have a
goal of $1,500 dollars for International Missions, a cemetery fund, reclad
Steeple Fund, New Organ Fund, etc. We also have large heating bills for the
next few months. Money not designated will go into the regular offering to
help meet our bills."
We had an outstanding White Christmas offering of
On January 5,
2004, the paperwork was sent in for the Articles of Incorporation.
On January 18, 2004 we had our first annual birthday
celebration after the morning worship service. A table was decorated for EACH
month of the year (we had some awesome tables) and members sat at their birthday
month table. The church furnished a large birthday cake. The youngest and
oldest member was recognized at each table. The oldest member present was
Mrs. Lucy Benningfield (age 93) and Avery Rayann Cochran daughter of
Kevin & Tracy Mays Cochran (age 2 months) was the youngest member. The
tables were judged and an award was given to the best decorated table. The
event was enjoyed by all!!!
The morning and evening worship services were cancelled
January 25, 2004 because of an ice storm. Several surrounding churches
Larry Hunt, a layman from Taylor County, spoke at Sunday
morning worship services, January 18. Larry and two other men went to Africa on
a mission trip. Our church gave $560.00 to help with their expenses. Larry
spoke to the church about his trip June 13th. Dr. Eugene Shively
spoke and showed slides of his recent Medical Mission Trip to Togoa, Africa on
Sunday night May 23rd. Other mission projects, besides our special
mission offerings, included purchasing school supplies for Brookhaven Mission in
Lebanon and soccer balls for missionary Joe Beal to take to children in South
The basement of the church was painted in March, 2004.
On March 2, 2004, Bro and Mrs. Stansbury became
grandparents for the second time. A girl, Haylee Ray, was born to
Chris and Heather Stansbury.
Jason Logan’s first Sunday with us as Minister of
Music was March 21st. He is from Bowling Green, KY and a student
at Campbellsville University.
A group from the church attended an Easter play March 25 at
Southeast Christian Church in Louisville. Some of our members attended the
“Passion for Christ” movie in Bardstown, KY on April 17th. A group
of ladies traveled to Lexington, KY in August to attend a Beth Moore Conference
in Rupp arena.
A carport was installed in May to serve as shelter for our
On May 29, 2004 copies of the paperwork were sent to
Frankfort for the Articles of Incorporation (since the paperwork sent in January
had been lost!).
Eddie Fightmaster, our Minister of Youth, and
Teresa Sermon were married May 29, 2004. Eddie and Teresa were instrumental
in starting a Puppet Ministry with our youth this year.
Bro. Stansbury issued a challenge to the church in
the bulletin dated June 20, 2004:
“As of Tuesday, June 10, 2004, we owed $10,894.22 on our
new addition. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get this paid off by our 130th
anniversary celebration on November 7, 2004? If 50 people gave an extra $220.00
each we would have $11,000. There are approximately 20 weeks between now and
the 130th anniversary, so that would average about $11.00 a week per
person until then. Even better, if 100 people would contribute an extra $110.00
you also have $11,000. Spread that out over 20 weeks and that would be $5.50
per person per week. The most of us spend more than that for soft drinks or
something else in a week. I would like to challenge us to work together to pay
this off by our 130th anniversary”.
The MHBC Men’s Church League Softball Team began
play again June 28th at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Campbellsville.
We were saddened to learn that the wives of two of our
former pastors passed away: Mrs. Mildred Janell Hullette, May 30, 2004
and Mrs. Gladys Carrier, August 13, 2004.
Our Articles of Incorporation were filed July 13, 2004.
(Receipt #0590254.09, Trey Grayson, Secretary of State).
An associational wide revival was held August 22 – 26, 2004
with Rev. Al Norris as evangelist. Nightly services were at Temple Baptist
Church, Springfield Baptist Church and Willisburg Baptist Church in Washington
The church choir participated in the annual Central Baptist
Association Music Night September 12 at Springfield, KY.
Work began the week of September 27, 2004 on the renovation
of the steps and ramp out front. Henry Brockman is doing the work. You do not
have to step up now to get in the front door of the church!!!
Bro. Vic announced on Sunday morning, October 3,
2004, that the loan on the new addition was paid in full!!! So we will
be having a note burning at our 130 year celebration service Sunday morning,
November 7, 2004.
During the church year of 2004 (from September
1, 2003 to August 31, 2004), there were 5 additions by baptism and 8 by letter; the Sunday
School Attendance average was 130; and the recorded deaths were:
Sunday School Director for 2004-2005, Kelly
The budget of $147,991.74 began January 1,
2004 and went through December 31, 2004. The budget called for an average
weekly collection of $2,846.00.