There should be an all points bulletin issued in the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the arrest and capture of Rev. Allataye Russ, who preached us senseless today at First Baptist Church as we celebrated 179 years of ministry. For the first time, we celebrated in two services – 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
At 8:00 a.m. (led by Sis. Marsha Young, one of our faithful Deaconesses) during the worship we heard history for one of our chief historians, Deacon Jacobs and Deacon Townsend, two loyal servants at FBC. For the first time I remember, Sis. Debra Miles blessed us in song (my how she did). Pastor Russ WORE US OUT – I can’t believe how incredibly strong and hard he preaches. I later joked with the congregation that I lost five pounds listening to him preach. He started in four gear and never let up. God tremendously used him and I’m glad that FBC received him so well.
At 10:00 a.m. we had a 30 minute Sunday School joint class that I taught. Thank God for His favor.
At 11:00 a.m. the celebration concluded in great order. Sis. Hettie Oldham, one of our faithful Trustees, led our worship. Praise and Worship went well. We paused for a unique historical presentation by our Church Treasurer, Bro. Freddie Johnson and Sis. Gloria Morgan.
We celebrated by recognition awards for some of our great saints at FBC presented by me and my wife, Lady Jessica G. Houston: Dr. Gus T. Ridgel, The Golden Girls (WMU) Ministry, Sis. Deborah Bobbitt, Sis. Norma Hogan, our bus drivers – Deacon J.D. Smith, Sis. Eula Thomas and Bro. Richard Hawkins, and then it was a delight to honor our Man of the Year – Bro. Freddie Joe Johnson and very emotionally our Woman of the Year – Sis. Carol Davis (posthumously).
The Choir from Guildfield Baptist Church of Guthrie, TN, which is actually on the State Line of Tennessee and Guthrie, Kentucky, blessed us with three selections of praise. Then Pastor Russ preached, “Too Legit to Quit” (I’ll post it later tonight). It was like a Holy Ghost explosion. In his closing, Pastor Russ told us to tell our Davids in the church not too quit and then ran through a litany of reasons why he’s glad that David didn’t quit: i.e., If David had quit, we would have never heard “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.”
After the sermon, with tears in my eyes, I led us into a period of praise and worship, and yes, dancing. It was awesome. After our closing remarks, the Culinary Ministry of FBC served us uniquely – every table had a server and a menu to personalize your food order. Kudos to y’all – and yes, I marked my menu (“A little bit of everything”).