Second Baptist Church dedicates new sanctuary


In the year that Second Baptist Church of Eutaw will celebrate its 99th anniversary, the members dedicated the Church’s new Sanctuary at a special ceremony held Sunday, January 2, 2011. Rev. Eugene Foster is currently church pastor.
The new church facility which can seat 300, with ample space for additional seating and standing when needed, was constructed in just over a year with much of the labor provided by the members.
According to Hugh Isaac, chairman of the Trustee Board and chair of the building committee, the lowest contractor’s bid was approximately $475,000 to construct the new facility. “With the volunteer labor of Second Baptist members, we spent just over $200,000 using quality materials,” he explained. “We worked with patience, deliberation and creativity. After all, this is our church,” stated Isaac.
The Isaac brothers installed all the wiring for the church using the best technology and Hugh Isaac is especially proud of his role in putting in the sound system for the church.
Hugh Isaac is credited with the original concepts for the new church. “When I presented my ideas to the members, no one objected. No one asked about money. Everyone just enthusiastically said lets do it.
“Second Baptist is a wonderful family. We knew the Lord was with us in this effort, so we just got started and here we are with this magnificent sanctuary for praising the Lord,” Isaac said.
He explained that while some worked on the building, other members provided food and additional support.
James Isaac, who also served on the building committee, said that everybody did their part. “The week before the dedication, we asked for help in the final cleanup and other adjustments and the grounds were packed with members coming to clean windows, take out trash, and help with many other tasks. There was a joyous spirit among the members,” he stated.
Other building committee members included Albert Brewer, co-chair and a church trustee; Fletcher Summerville, Joe Thomas, Herman Thomas, Monroe Summerville, William Lee, Cecil Cotton, Raymond Smith, Lawrence Busby and Pastor Eugene Foster, along with the Isaac brothers.
The new church provides additional rooms for Sunday School classes and association meetings as well as a spacious pastor’s study suite complete with adjoining bathroom and shower. The church secretary and deacon board have their alloted spaces as well. A noted feature is the choir room.
The church foyer is inviting and spacious for accommodating members and visitors who may need to delay before entering the sanctuary.
The members expect to complete the landscaping and other final touches to the facility this spring. The former church building will be converted to a fellowship hall.
The dedication services on Sunday commenced with a processional and ribbon cutting. The program featured Rev. Randy Miller of Mt. Zion Mt. Hebron Baptist Church as guest minister along with his church choir. The church was filled to capacity with members and guests who had come to share in this memorable occasion.

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