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03/28/04

Church Celebrates A Century Of Living For Christ

From this church's humble beginnings under a brush arbor in 1904, members of the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church definitely have a lot to look back on in a century of living for Christ.

"Remember when you sang on these steps, remember when your mother prayed for you because you didn't do what you should do," advised church member Danielle McClellan.

This centennial celebration included fond reflections of the past with church members and guests reminiscing on how the church "used to be."

But many of these precious memories will help Morning Star to shine even brighter in the future as they aim to revive the surrounding community and spread the good word.

"One of the things that I've tried to focus on and I think I am building upon a legacy that was established by the former pastors, and that is that we are here to serve humanity and to carry out the mandate that we believe that God has given us," said Morning Star M.B. Church pastor Dr. Lewis Ragins, Sr.

The church believes in the motto "faith brought us, grace kept us, and mercy will lead us."

And that mercy will continue to guide the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church to strive for the greatness that was only dreamed of a century ago.

"One of my favorite terms here at Morning Star is 'to God be the glory'. Amen. So we're looking forward to the next one hundred years," said Ragins.

The church has big plans for the next one hundred years.

One plan is to one day build a family life center, which would include a gymnasium as well as a walking track.

By Karla Redditte

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