First Baptist Church of Sweetwater invites the public to join in celebrating the opening of the newly remodeled Education Building. The building will provide safe and functional meeting rooms and multi-purpose rooms for church education and community events.
Members of the community are encouraged to join in worship in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 6, with special guest speaker Tommy Culwell from Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Snyder. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the south entrance (across from First Financial Bank) at 2 p.m. followed by an open house from 2-4 p.m.
The aforementioned building was originally built as worship and education space and was opened in 1924. Tula Mae Pinkard is one member that recollects what the building was like when she joined First Baptist Church in 1925. “It was a wonderful place,” she states, “It was the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen…it made me want to be baptized again.”
In the interest of the church’s great history and strong foundation, First Baptist entered into its building campaign in early 2009 with the slogan “Connecting Generations: Embracing our Past, Enhancing our Future.” The campaign brochure reads, “We are looking to enhance our future so we may serve God more effectively. At the same time we will never forget to embrace the rich history of what God has done through the people of this church.”
The front corner of the building, as pictured above, truly demonstrates this campaign phrase, with a sense of the past coinciding with the current. This Education Building features 16 classrooms, three large conference areas, six spacious bathrooms, three kitchens, a large welcome center and a coffee bar. One essential addition was that of an elevator giving access to all three floors as well as the fellowship hall and kitchen located beneath the Sanctuary.
Members of the Building Committee include Dr. Robert Eaker, Gene Elston, Cresta Mitchell, Watson Moore, with co-chair persons Rusty Goates and Debbie May.
Building plans and designs are credited to CADCO Architects and Engineers of Abilene and construction management credited to W.B. Kibler Construction Company of Dallas.
The renovation of this extraordinary building is a dream come true for all at First Baptist Church and all are encouraged to join as current and former members celebrate this major accomplishment.