Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall Festival....this Saturday!!

Baptist Church

Fall Festival
October 31st
3:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Hey Kids….Come and climb on
Montevallo’s Big Red Fire Truck
Food, Fun & Fellowship
Games, Costume Contest
Trick or Treating

Contest and Dinner starts at 5:00 pm
Hot Dogs
Costume Contest for kids and adults
Chili Contest
Cheese Toast
Dessert Contest
Prizes will be given!!!

Fun For The Entire Family

Wilton says Goodbye and Thank You....

On Sunday October 25th, 2009, Wilton Baptist Church said goodbye and thank you to Bro. Matthew Pless, who had been our interim pastor for over a year. Matthew blessed the congregation with a song prior to preaching his final sermon and all of Wilton was blessed. Thank you Bro. Matthew for your faithful service to the Lord - for leading us while we searched for a pastor and for your friendship, your love and your smile! We wish you the very best in your future endeavors and pray God's blessing upon you and your family for years to come! You may never know the impact that you had on Wilton Baptist Church but we will be careful to give God all the glory! Go in peace until we meet again!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

WOW takes on Memphis......

Saw billboard sign on the ladies trip to Memphis that said ‘What happens in Vegas started in Memphis’! Hmmm…. This past weekend the WOW (Women of Wilton) embarked on a journey to Memphis to attend the Living Proof Conference with Beth Moore. Like so many other visitors to Memphis, we had to stop at Graceland – Home of Elvis Presley –the king of rock and roll; the legend, the great talent that died too soon. In dreary rain, we toured the mansion, auto museum and the airplanes. We ate at the Rock n Roll Diner and we shopped. We stood in the memorial gardens at the gravesites and realized how quickly life can leave us even from someone who had every worldly luxury at their fingertips. So much more he could have done for the Lord with his talent….

A fun day led us to the Fed Ex Forum for the conference – Travis Cottrell praise and worship team is like none I have ever seen or heard. The music, the singing, the crowd involvement was electric from beginning to end. Beth Moore taught us on a “Wild God Chase” . Spunky and funny, serious and bold, Beth has a way of teaching that inspires all to go forth and produce good fruit. Time with her goes by too quickly and she always leaves us wanting more. 13,300 women from 32 states – all in that arena because God wanted them there – He had something to say each and every person there….were we ready to listen? Each women walked away from that conference with a different experience yet all left refreshed with a burning desire to share with others the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

As the event closed on Saturday, Travis began the song “Shout to the Lord” - all he sang was the first line; My Jesus, My Savior,Lord, there is none like You;All of my days I want to praise The wonders of Your mighty love; there was no music at all; the 13,000 ladies in the arena sang praises to the Lord and it was beautiful – words just don’t do it justice. I kept thinking that this must be how sweet heaven will sound when all God’s people are rejoicing together for eternity……what a day that will be!

So the theme “What happens in Vegas started in Memphis” now more appropriately could read – “What is happening at Wilton now is the result of revival in Memphis” . Thank you Beth Moore and team for your devotion to the Lord. Thank you ladies for your dedication to Jesus Christ and to Wilton Baptist Church.

PS – this post would not be complete without thanking the two Wilton men that spent the weekend chauffeuring the women around – Randy Johnson and Mike Boudreaux. Our sincere gratitude for your driving skills, your attitudes and your servant hearts. We appreciate you more than you know!

More pictures....

Monday, October 12, 2009

A new chapter begins....

On Sunday evening October 11, 2009 after a wonderful day of worship at Wilton Baptist Church, we turned the page and began a chapter in our service to the Lord. At the conclusion of the evening services, the votes were tallied and Greg Sellers became the new full time pastor of Wilton Baptist Church! Greg and his family had spent the entire day at WBC starting with Sunday School, preaching the AM service, fellowship luncheon, question and answer session, preaching the PM service and then the vote...Greg accepted the call to be our pastor and we are overwhelmed with joy!

Wilton has a new found sense of excitement - laughter abounds, praise and worship is beyond words - the choir loft is filling up and we welcome more to join; bible study curriculum seem to fit right where we are! As we enter into this chapter, may we pause a moment and give thanks for all the blessings that the Lord has bestowed on us recently - what a roller coaster ride it has been and we give all the glory to the Lord for the past present and future experiences!

The new few weeks will be very busy for WBC as we say goodbye to our interim pastor, ready the parsonage for the Sellers family and work on the upcoming fall mission projects. Therefore,let us go forth in unison - hand in hand -armed with the Bible and the love of Jesus and together we will shine the light into the darkness.

Welcome Greg, Amory, Kelli, Taylor and Carl!!! We look forward to serving the Lord with you!

Friday, October 2, 2009

And all God's people said AMEN!


The Next 125 Years.....

As Bro. Kevin Peters summed it up in the 125th memory book....

The call went out. The answer was returned. A gathering of God’s servants came together in obedience to His command. “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20 NIV) This gathering in 1884 was the start of Wilton Baptist Church. Wilton Baptist Church has survived the turn off two century marks, two World Wars among several other wars. Amid all the calamities and trials of this world, Wilton Baptist Church always remained an anchor point for the community.
Where will Wilton Baptist Church be over the next 25, 50, 100 or 125 years? God alone knows. He orders our footsteps. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) As we answer God’s daily call to His service and remain faithful to God’s direction, Wilton Baptist Church will be a beacon of light, reflecting God’s glory to the those in need.
From humble beginnings, Wilton Baptist Church has remained a body of believers standing ready for the trumpet call. The numbers, faces, and personalities may have changed over the years but the goal has remained the same. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

Homecoming 2009 - the celebration!!

Thank you Lord for a BEAUTIFUL day!!! Wilton Baptist Church celebrated Homecoming with a full house of friends, family, guests and fellow believers - all were there for one reason - To give God the glory on this special occasion!

The choir started things off with special rendition of Lighthouse. This was followed by presentations from the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, the Shelby Baptist Association, the Town of Wilton and the Office of Senator Erwin. WOW - what a morning as we stopped to thank the Lord for all the blessings of the past 125 years.

As the room continued to fill up, our resident calico cat decided to make an appearance down the aisle - guess he/she wanted to hear the GOOD NEWS and join the party!

Uplifted was the featured musical guest and they were a crowd pleaser. Carolyn Monk was the guest pianist - she was fabulous. Wilton's very own Ron and Austin Foster blessed our hearts with a song. Sara Whitfield rocked the house with "David Danced" - she has an awesome voice. Julie Johnson followed and put us in the perfect frame of mind for worship - thanks to all of them - Wilton is so blessed with singing talent!! Kathy Weese played that clarinet the sweetest ever!!!

Bro. Charles Stroud preached the word like he has done many times in the past and God was glorified throughout. The service ended with recognition of the oldest living member - Ms. Ruth Gaddy! Thank you Ms. Gaddy for your service to Wilton Baptist Church!

The dismissal sent everyone to the front steps for the celebration photo then upstairs for the best food and fellowship ever!!! What a day - What a blessing! What a memory!

Homecoming 2009 -Worship!

Brother Stroud delivered the Homecoming message just the way God planned for it! Thank you Brother Stroud for always being willing to do what the Lord ask of you and for your dedicated tenures at Wilton Baptist Church!

Thank you Carolyn Monk for your piano playing during our Homecoming service - you are a treasure to Wilton Baptist Church!!

Thank you Lord for packing the house!!!!

Homecoming 2009 - the presentations!

Pat Musselwhite from the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission

Brother Charles Stroud from the Shelby Baptist Association

April Price from the Town of Wilton

Mr. Baker from Senator Hank Erwin's Office

Homecoming 2009 - Ms Ruth Gaddy

Special hugs and kisses to Ms. Ruth Gaddy (Wilton's oldest living member) who was able to join us on this most wondrous ocassion... Thank you Ms. Gaddy for your many many years of service to the Lord! May God continue to bless you!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Homecoming 2009 - the fellowship!


Reception day 09.26.09

The day began with a beautifully decorated fellowship hall with royal blue and white as the primary colors. With a forecast of definite rain, the crowd was small but what a great time we had! Lots of stories were told, good fellowship, new friends made, sharing of memories and making of new ones!! The food was excellent - the memory boards were a hit and the Lord again blessed the efforts of Wilton Baptist Church. The pictures tell it best.....