Special to The Greenup Beacon
What a privilege it was to all who attended the 100th Anniversary Celebration at First Pentecostal Church in Flatwoods. It is hard to find adequate words to describe this special time of Homecoming. It was certainly a celebration of God’s faithfulness.
The three day event kicked off with a night of “Music and Memories.”
Special songs and memories were shared by both those who currently attend FPC as well as those who are scattered across the country due to moves and other life changes.
Those who were in attendance that evening thoroughly enjoyed the memories shared by others. Some memories brought the hearer to tears while other memories brought laughter.
One thing was certain, those who were present for this special time of music and memories left knowing they had been in the presence of the Lord. What a special evening it was.
People filled the sanctuary on Saturday evening for a special night with the gospel singing group, The Bowling Family.
The atmosphere was charged with the presence of God from the moment those attending this special event walked into the building. The congregation was led in a time of praise and worship by Pastor Shane Cox before he turned the service over to The Bowling Family. How hearts were stirred and touched by the very special ministry this family has.
This was not your normal concert night with a national singing group . . . this was a night of anointed ministry where people were moved and touched by the presence of the Lord.
On Sunday morning, following the reading of a special Citation from State Representative Tonya Pullin, then special congratulations by Flatwoods Mayor Bobby F. Crager who presented the church with a Proclamation from the City of Flatwoods, the 100th Anniversary Homecoming service was officially opened by Pastor Cox.
His emotional welcome was made to a packed house. Knowing the significance of what was to come, he gave a brief history of the old church bell, and then directed everyone’s attention to the ringing of the bell that had once hung in the old Sanctuary steeple and had been rung each week prior to service.
The ringing of the bell came as a surprise and was quite an emotional moment for those who remembered its beckoning call during those days of old.
Special speakers at this service included former Pastor Charles L. Pancoast (accompanied by his wife, Marcella. They were at FPC the years of 1957-1964), and former Pastor Bob Overton (accompanied by his wife, Pam. They were at FPC during the years of 2001-2008), as well as two of those who left FPC to pursue the full-time ministry, KY District Pentecostal Church of God Bishop James Rayburn (accompanied by his wife, Mimi), and Rev. Gene Roberts who is the Sr. Pastor of New Life Worship Center in Frankfort, KY.
We honor those who came to represent former pastors. Representing Rev. and Mrs. D. C. Chambers (1964-2001) was his son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Carol Chambers and their daughter, Charis. Pastor John Turner (1951-1957) was represented by granddaughter, Donna Howell and family.
Pastor Roy Boyles (1938-1942) was represented by three grandchildren, Donna Howell, Danny and Shorty Boyles.
A few comments found on Facebook seem to sum it up. One writer put it simply: “The celebration exceeded all expectations!” Another wrote, “What an amazing spirit-filled celebration of 100 years at Flatwoods FPC! Three days of memories, music, family, fun, good food, fellowship and awesome praise and worship! So fortunate to have been a part of this once in a lifetime experience.”
And from one who traveled quite a distance for this event: “The presence of The Lord was so evident in the services. I am returning refreshed and confident in the faithfulness of God.”
One Hundred years have now passed. The celebration is complete.
But for those who attend First Pentecostal Church, we have stepped into a brand new era.
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