Immanuel Baptist Church at 1931 W. Nichols St. in Springfield, Missouri is celebrating its 100th anniversary on the 26th and 27th. That is this coming Saturday and Sunday. For friends that have only known your Examiner through these articles or in the last twenty or thirty years, Immanuel is home. Their altar is where salvation was claimed as a boy in Vacation Bible School. The baptistry there was the one that was terrifying as mentioned in “Doulos”. Immanuel’s youth group saw maturation and rejection of the principals that were taught by parents and grandparents. It was also where a return to the Lord was made in college and a writer began training to be a minister.
Many memories are held in connection with both the building and the congregation. Friends are still there after all these years. That is why it would be a good place to meet your Examiner on Saturday and Sunday. Services at Hamlin will be attended as usual, but at least some of Immanuel’s activities will see Cindy and her husband.
September 26 at 11:00 a.m. the food, games, music, fun and laughter will begin. The celebration of 100 years of ministry will allow reminiscing and renewal of these friendships. Displays of historical and sometimes hysterical materials will be available. As a teenager many pictures were taken in and around the church. Archives will be searched and many may wish they were not. Gary, Mike and Sam know what is being spoken of.
From 1968 to 1970 Tommy Bilyeu was the pastor. He was also the Assessor in Christian County after that. He continued pastoring and held that position for 28 years. Tommy went home to be with the Lord in 2011. His children, Tammy, Tonya and Jamie will be featured Saturday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the same building where their father preached.
Sunday morning starts with a continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m. followed by Life Groups (Bible study) for all ages at 9:30 and worship at 10:45. Previous commitments will prevent your Examiner from attending these activities. Harold Williams, the Interim Pastor, Brian Berns, the Minister of Music and the congregation would appreciate your presence, if you do not have a church you attend.
David and Carol Wright and their Bluegrass band will take the platform at 2:00 p.m. Sunday for a Wires On Wood Concert. David is an old friend and many of you who are not pests know and like David. Plans are to be there to see him and his wife. Former members, friends, those who grew up in the neighborhood around Nichols park, York School and Immanuel are invited to celebrate. Hope to see you there.