Sargent Baptist Church is celebrating 100 years – a century in Sargent.
According to the 1988 “History of Coweta County,” the Sargent congregation came from a rural congregation, New Lebanon, which was founded in 1874. The first pastor at New Lebanon was Robert Whitton Hamrick (1823-1905), who pastored several area Baptist congregations.
“We are making plans for several events celebrating this occasion,” said Brenda Clark, a longtime member who is serving on the homecoming committee.
“In 1916, property for the church on Main Street in Sargent was purchased from the Methodist Conference, and construction began,” according to the 1988 history. “The church was then constituted as Sargent Baptist Church in 1917.
The church has served the Sargent area consistently since its organization.
The first event in the centennial celebration was a church-wide picnic on Sept. 2
at Georgia Power Park on Highway 16 West. A group photo was made with members wearing T-shirts designed for the occasion.
“A meal of hot dogs, hamburgers, sides and desserts” was served, Clark said.
A “Take Me Back” service will be held this Sunday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. in the old sanctuary. “This service will have an ‘old timey’ feel and hopefully be reminiscent of prior services through the years,” Clark said.
Homecoming will be celebrated on Sept. 17 at 10:45 a.m. Jeff Smith, pastor of Mills Chapel Baptist Church, will lead worship.
“The Spencer Family will provide special music for the service,” Clark said. Those in attendance will enjoy a covered dish meal immediately after the service.
Brian Self, senior pastor at Sargent, said all former members and friends of Sargent Baptist are invited to participate in the centennial events. Serving on the homecoming committee are Clark, Buster and Mary Lynn Meadows, Self and Sherry Story.