Friday, November 27, 2009

New Elevator to the Youth Floor

This article appeared in the Douglas County Sentinel on September 13, 2009.

It says:

First Baptist Church, Lithia Springs dedicated a new elevator during a short dedication service on Sunday, August 23rd.

The elevator project began in January, 2009 by the church building committee consisting of Dot Callaway, Tom Richardson, Jim Rose, Jim West and Richard Young. Thyssen Krupp Elevator Company of Marietta constructed and installed the elevator, and the building construction was handled by Fine Living Home Builders, Inc. under the leadership of Danny Harrison. Along with the elevator, new restrooms were also installed on the third floor. The project took longer than was initially anticipated due to weather and a planned time-out while church members participated in a Church Mission Trip to Blairsville, Georgia. Final approval by the State Inspection Department on August 18, 2009 prompted the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

During the dedication ceremony, Senior Pastor, Kevin McKoy advised several things prompted the installation of the elevator including the fact that one wheelchair bound student, Stevie Spurrier, as well as other students from time to time, could not reach the third floor where youth services and activities were held. Since the campus only had one elevator other members of the congregation were often inconvenienced when the elevator was out of service. Pastor McKoy also noted the installation of the elevator extended the work of former pastor, Dr. Robert Whitmire, and the Journey to Tomorrow building campaign.

After Pastor McKoy led the congregation in a dedication prayer, the elevator key passed from Danny Harrison to building committee member, Tom Richardson. Mr. Richardson along with other members of the committee cut the ribbon. The first official elevator trip was taken by Natasha and Steve Spurrier in their son’s absence and senior members, Roberta Quinn and Jeanne Redwine. A ribbon cutting was also held on the second floor. Once the elevator arrived at the third floor another ribbon was cut and Danny Anderson, Associate Pastor to Students, along with several youth members rode the elevator on the return trip to the first floor.

First Baptist Church, Lithia Springs has a long and rich history. The church was founded in 1946 following a vision received by Mr. Loy T. Chandler, Sr. where he saw a beautiful church located in the heart of Lithia Springs. Mr. Chandler shared his vision with friends and family and a small group of twelve people including Mr. Chandler organized the church on April 7, 1946.

Over the years First Baptist Church, Lithia Springs located at 3566 Veterans Memorial Highway has undergone several expansions. The church offers two morning worship services and one evening service each Sunday . Wednesday activities include dinner, Faithweavers, a program for pre-schoolers and children that combines music and missions, youth activities, and new discipleship training for adults begins September 9th. The church office can be reached at 770-948-2126.

You can see a video of the actual dedication here.