Elim Baptist Church
By Lalla L. Carter
1986 Schedule of Bicentennial Activities
Debt Retirement Sunday
Note of indebtedness burned
Guest Speaker: Dr. Lloyd Birch, interim pastor
Home Mission Sunday
Speaker: W. C. Dudley, Representative of the Home Mission Board
Telephone Directory Presentation Day
Mr. George Beckroge, Public Relations Manager of Southern Bell presented to Vassy Davidson, Deacon Chairman, the first copy of the 1986 Southern Bell Telephone Directory featuring pictures of Elim Baptist Church on the front cover.
Easter Sunrise Service
Nine local churches participated
Speaker: Robert G. Winburn
Music: Elim Adult Choir
Good News America Revival
Evangelist: Rev. Ron Avant, Emmanuel Church, North August, S.C.
Mrs. Aline Langston honored as the oldest mother present; Ellie Mae Wiggins and Shirley C. Whitehead as the mothers with the most children present; Billie Joe Davidson as mother with the youngest child present. Announcement made of the appointment of Mrs. W. F. Jones, Jr. and Amanda Jones (a Winthrop College Senior) to the General Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. They are the first mother and daughter ever to serve on the board simultaneously.
Dedication of Organ
Rogers Organ given by Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Carter in memory of Emmie Lee Hill, Elim's first Church Organist. Recital given by English G. Morris, Jr., Organist of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C.
Special features of the day: A brief history of the church by Dan T. Carter, Professor
of Southern History, Emory University, Atlanta; Recognition by Dr. Robert Winburn
of former pastors and members, and representatives of churches Elim helped to organize;
Reception for Pastor
Dr. Robert G. Winburn, who graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, on May 23, with a Doctor of Ministry Degree, was honored with a reception and love gift after an evening service.
Southern Baptist Convention
Messengers from Elim to the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta were Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Winburn, pastor and wife, and Lana F. Jones, WMU director.
Father's Day Special Recognition
Vacation Bible School
Director: Sheryl W. Evans
Church Pictorial Directory Day
First Directory Presented to G. Vassy Davidson, Deacon Chairman, by Sheryl W. Evans.
Dedication in honor of Lalla L. Carter, given by Lana F. Jones, Chairperson of the Directory Committee.
Joint Worship Song Service
Joint Service with Bethany Free will Baptist Church, Timmonsville. Many in Bethany Church are descendents of members of our early church.
State Mission Sunday
Speaker: Dr. George Bullard, Director of the State Mission Department of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Presented by the Adult Choir, directed by Buck Ham.
GA/Acteen Recognition Service
Theme: "A WMU to Celebrate-
Guest: Ms. Evelyn Blount, Executive Director, S.C. Woman's Mission union.
Guest Speaker: John E. Roberts, Editor of the BAPTIST COURIER. Copies of the church history, WE BEGAN BY THE RIVER, to be available.
Time Capsule Sunday
Speaker: Ray P. Rust, Executive Secretary-
Important documents and articles to be enclosed.
Foreign Missions Sunday
Guest: Rev. Ronald Boswell, Foreign Mission Board, Richmond, Virginia.
The Bicentennial Committee:
Pastor, Dr. Robert G. Winburn
Chairman: G. Vassy Davidson
Frances D. Johnson
Wilbur M. Ham, Sr.
Sylvia S. Padgett
Wilbur M. Ham, Jr.
Lalla L. Carter