Franklin Street UMC celebrates 25 baptisms on Independence Day

Franklin Street UMC celebrates 25 baptisms on Independence Day

Franklin Street United Methodist Church in Wytheville District has been very busy since the beginning of 2010.

During the month of February, the ladies of the church were treated with a Valentine’s dinner which was served by the men of the church. Also in February, the children of the church shared their talents during a special “Black History Program.” May was another special month in which we celebrated “Mother’s Day” with a program and dinner. Again, the ladies were served dinner by the men of the church.

During the month of June we celebrated “Father’s Day” with a special program and dinner. Of course, the ladies could not allow the men to “outdo” them so they served the men their dinner.

July brought about total inspiration and commitment to the glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  On July 4, the Rev. Elizabeth Allen-Villinger, pastor of Franklin Street UMC, led 25 individuals to the “water” to be baptized. These individuals confirmed their faith and surrendered their life to Jesus Christ one by one as the pastor, along with other ministers and lay leaders, embarked on the sacred waters of New River. The New River is located in Austinville, Va. Two infants were also baptized at the church in July.

Vacation Bible School added more inspiration during the month of July to the theme of “Step Up and Go Green for Jesus.” More than 35 children and adults enjoyed this three-day time of worship. To cap off the month of July, a first time ever “Gospel Fest” was sponsored by the church in the Elizabeth Brown Memorial Park in Wytheville. More than 15 choirs and soloists participated and hundreds of people attended this very successful event. The church will possibly make this an annual event each year.

Last but not least is the month of August. Franklin Street UMC celebrated its 144th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 8. About 150 people attended the wonderful worship service which included a very inspirational sermon titled, “It's Been a Long Time Coming." Music was provided by the church choir and soloists. The songs were, “We have Come Into This House," "I Love To Praise Him," "Soon and Very Soon," "This Little Light of Mine," "Alabaster Box," and "One Time God." Dinner was served after the service.

By the way, the highlight of the day was a surprise visit from Bishop James Swanson. Thank you, Bishop Swanson.