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40th anniversary celebrated

Heritage Baptist Church recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

The church was organized on Feb. 8, 1976.

The celebration event began with a get-acquainted time and light refreshments served under the front portico. A large enthusiastic crowd attended the worship service, including current and former members, Longwood students from the church’s student adoption program, friends and invited guests.

A number of pastors were in attendance., including the Rev. Dr. Ben Powers, the Rev. Alden Hicks, the Rev. Furman Joye, Dr. Fred Anderson, and the Rev. Steve Allsbrook.

The worship service began at 10:30 a.m. with a digital photo history presentation featuring members and showcasing events, activities and mission projects since the church began. “Stir Thy Church, O God Our Father,” the Heritage choir anthem directed by Camille Rabon, was accompanied by Toni Puckett, pianist, and with trumpets played by Thomas and Claire Watson.

After the children’s sermon was shared by the Rev. Alden Hicks, the morning message was brought by Dr. Fred Anderson, executive director of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society. He spoke on the history and the meaning of the church’s name.

A catered picnic lunch, by Sheldon’s Restaurant in Keysville followed in the fellowship hall. Many stayed afterward to enjoy fellowship and renew old acquaintances.