Demopolis Singers offer history of Demopolis in White Bluffs Pageant

For 200 years the people who have called Demopolis home have looked over the white bluffs of the Tombigbee River.

To celebrate the history of the city, the Demopolis Singers will present a spring concert of narration, music and photographs highlighting different eras its past.

The White Bluffs Pageant will be held Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. and Monday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the First Baptist Church. There is no admission to the concert, which was made possible through a donation by the Alabama Power Greene County Steam Plant.

Directed by Ed Rush, the pageant will touch on events in Demopolis history, from the first Native Americans who lived along the river, to the French exiles who tried to start a vine and olive colony, the German Jews who settled in the rough frontier town, slavery and the Civil War, the Rooster Auction, the Depression, World War II, Civil Rights and the 21st Century.

Narrators dressed in period costumes will introduce each section, and the Singers, soloists and musicians will perform songs honoring the era.

As the pageant unfolds, photos of Demopolis and its people will be displayed in a photo montage prepared by Tim Hall. Janelle Baker is the accompanist for the Singers. Other musicians will join her for instrumental compositions.

Narrators dressed in the garb of the time include Bill Baker, Christopher Hoven, Sandra Booen, Jan McDonald, Jaclyn Figeroa, Brian Tripp, Lee Jordan, Tommy Carr, Ann Taylor Wood and Alex Williams. Soloists are Tristan Mullens and McDonald.

Lutzenkirchen to speak in Demopolis May 13

Mike Lutzenkirchen

Mike Lutzenkirchen

Mike Lutzenkirchen, father of former Auburn student athlete Philip Lutzenkirchen, will speak on Wednesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Demopolis.

Mike speaks to all groups on behalf of the Lutzie 43 Foundation to carry Philip’s legacy. Philip, a former Auburn University tight end, lost his life in a single vehicle accident on June 29, 2014.

Mike, a native of Wheaton, Illinois, has been married for 29 years to Mary and is father to Amy (27), Ann (25), and Abby (21). Mike is a former two-sport athlete at Coe College playing basketball and baseball.

Philip Lutzenkirchen

Philip Lutzenkirchen

Mike’s career in sales, sales management and marketing included positions with Macmillan Publishing, Catapult Training, IBM, SpeedTracs and currently Vice President of Sales for Fuel My Club, a mobile app fundraising company.

Mike is also currently Executive Director of the Lutzie 43 Foundation, which carries forward Philip’s legacy through the education of students, student athletes and coaches. The Foundation focuses on leadership, charity, compassion, mentorship, hard work, honesty, and faith.

There is no charge and everyone is welcome to attend.

FBC to present its version of ‘Gaither Homecoming’

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Plans finalized for ‘Stand in the Gap’ Men’s Rally

Plans have been finalized for the May 2 “Stand in the Gap” Men’s Rally in Demopolis.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church, and will include testimonies from Demopolis High School head football coach Stacy Luker and a special guest.

men's rally flyerAfter a meal, the evening’s events will conclude with a message from keynote speaker Dr. Kevin Hamm, pastor of Gardendale First Baptist Church.

Hamm has been the Senior Pastor of Gardendale First Baptist Church since April 2006. The church averages 3,500 in worship and is consistently among the state leaders in baptisms.

He has the unique ability to hold an audience’s attention by communicating God’s Word with tremendous clarity and enthusiastic passion. He has preached at Evangelism Conferences in Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Hamm has served on the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention and as President of the Alabama Baptist Pastor’s Conference. His articles have been published in “Growing Churches”, “Leadership” and “Leader Life”.

The May 2 event is sponsored by the Thursday Morning Men’s Prayer Group, which meets weekly at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital and includes men from various area churches.

“This event is totally free,” said Prayer Group organizers Jeff Holley and Jim Stanford. “There will be no admission fee and no love offering will be taken. We want the men in this area to come out and just enjoy a great meal, great fellowship and hear a challenging message. This will be a wonderful evening for us as men to be challenged to stand in the gap for God.”

The organizers chose Ezekiel 22:30 as the theme for the evening. The verse says, “I searched for a man among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap.”

First Baptist Church to hold Christmas Eve Service

First Baptist Church, Demopolis will host a Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m.

The public is invited.

“We want the community to know that everyone is invited to come and share in this special service with us,” said First Baptist Pastor, Rev. Carl Williams.

Upward Basketball registration underway in Demopolis

Registration is currently underway in Demopolis for Upward Basketball, a national program designed to strengthen young athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually and socially. The season will begin in January.

Participants practice at Saturday morning's Upward Basketball clinic

Participants practice at Saturday morning’s Upward Basketball clinic

The program held its second clinic for children and parents Saturday morning at Fairhaven Baptist Church. More than 100 youngsters have participated in the two clinics, giving organizers hope for a successful first season.

The program is designed to build character and skill for youngsters both on and off the court. The league holds one practice and one game per week, promotes a unique sub system that ensures every young athlete plays and provides a quality game day uniform and other sport related gear. More than 4.5 million youngsters across the nation have participated in Upward Basketball over the past 18 years.

Parents who wish to register their children may do so at Fairhaven Baptist Church in Demopolis, or at First Baptist Church, Demopolis. For more information, call Fairhaven at 334-289-0712 or First Baptist at 334-289-0473.

Youngsters hear a Bible story during the break

Youngsters hear a Bible story during the break

The cost is$62 per child, and all participants must attend one basketball evaluation. Those evaluation sessions will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 6-8 p.m. for K5 through second grades and Thursday, Nov. 6 from 6-8 for third through sixth grades. A makeup evaluation for all grades will be held Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 6-8 p.m. All evaluation sessions will be held at Fairhaven. Once the season begins, games will be played at Fairhaven and First Baptist.

The first practice for the new season is scheduled for Dec. 2, with the first games scheduled for Jan. 3, 2015.

An awards celebration will be held Feb. 28.


Old Town Home residents made ‘Queens for a Day’

Residents and on duty staff of Old Town Home Assisted Living Facility in Linden were made queens for a day on Saturday, July 26.

Members of the Friendship in Christ Sunday School Class of First Baptist Demopolis enjoyed pampering each resident and staff as “A Queen for a Day”.

Linda Massey entertained the ladies as she played her psaltery for them. Favorite hymns presented were “Just a Closer Walk”, “Jesus Loves Me”, “Come Thou Fount” and “Take It to the Lord in Prayer”. Another favorite selection was Elvis’ ever popular “Love Me Tender”. The beautiful melodies filled the room and were enjoyed by all.

Nettie Short

Nettie Short

Immediately following the musical presentation the Friendship in Christ Class was introduced and shared their desire to serve God by serving these precious ladies. After a prayer the ladies were escorted into the dining room which had been elegantly decorated with chairs covered in regal cloths and tied with ribbons, each featuring the initial of the resident.

The table was covered with a white brocade tablecloth and jewel toned placemats. Personalized place cards lay on each plate and a single, white candelabra with crystals and white tapers centered the table. The dessert table held a beautiful silver vase with fresh flowers on a silver runner over a white cloth.

As they were seated, each lady was adorned in royalty with gemstones and a golden crown trimmed in white pearls. The eldest resident of the Old Town Home, Ms. Nettie Short, was crowned the Royal Queen for the evening. Ms. Short, who is 86 years old, was presented a necklace with a silver Royal crown embedded with a large pearl. Queen Short presented her five sister queens of the Old Town Home with a gold and pearl brooch.

The royal feast consisted of fresh fruit, chicken and wild rice casserole, assorted vegetables and desserts fit for a queen. Instrumental selections from the 30’s played softly in the background as the residents enjoyed their dinner.

At the conclusion of their royal evening each queen was presented a gift bag of assorted goodies and items for enjoyment. The class also prepared gift bags for each staff member of Old Town Home for their diligent and loving care.
Reflecting on the evening with tears in her eyes, one of the dear ladies said, “It made me feel so special!” Old Town Home Dinner 041.jpg 2

Residents enjoying their “Queen for a Day” event were Mary Lou Mackey, Mary Westbrook, Real Nichols, Nettie Short and Alma Osburn. They were joined by staff member Betty Rembert.

Members of Friendship in Christ Sunday School Class who participated in the special event were Betty Malone, Bernice Johnson, Dawn Quarles, Tara Sanchez, Lisa Acker, Debbie Foxhall, Linda Massey, Tammy White, Trenella Davis, Dale Smith, Cathy Adams, Sabrina Harrell, Donna Mullins, Deborah Griffith and Cindy Rice.

FBC Choir to present “His Life for Mine” Easter Sunday

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Renowned Moody Chorale to perform at FBC, Demopolis

The renowned Chorale of Moody Bible Institute will perform at First Baptist Church, Demopolis at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17.

Xiangtang Hong

Xiangtang Hong

“We consider it an honor to be hosted by local churches wherever we go and be able to present our Christian faith and Moody Bible Institute through the music that we do,” said Dr. Xiangtang Hong, associate professor of music and director of the Moody Chorale.

Founded in 1946 at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill., the Chorale has long been established as one of the leading collegiate choral organizations in the United States specializing in sacred music. The repertoire includes a broad range of music chosen from all periods of music history. The Chorale ministers through music as it tours the United States twice a year and travels abroad during the summer, performing in Great Britain, Europe, Australia, East Asia, Israel, Guatemala, South Africa and in many other parts of the world. In addition to the Chorale, Moody has three other music ensembles: the Women’s Concert Choir, Men’s Collegiate Choir and Symphonic Band.pic - Chorale_2(1)

Dr. Hong, who joined Moody’s faculty in 2006, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Music from East Carolina University and a Masters in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College. She also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Xiangtang enjoys sharing her love for music and conducting as a choral clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, but her greatest joy is in being a mentor to her students.

Moody Bible Institute is a higher education and media ministry that exists to equip people with the truth of God’s Word to be maturing followers of Christ who are making disciples around the world. Moody is best known for its education branch, which includes a fully-accredited undergraduate school and seminary, as well as distance learning. Other primary ministries include Moody Radio and Moody Publishers.

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First Baptist schedules adult, children’s Christmas musicals

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