Pearl Street Church of Christ hosts 117th homecoming
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 by Jenna Magness
For 117 years, the Pearl Church of Christ has celebrated its annual Homecoming to recognize its establishment in 1895. On Oct. 21, 94 people came to attend this celebration that included a barbeque, speaker Edward Schaub and former minister Joe Baisden leading the worship.
"The Homecoming is always well-attended and everyone has a wonderful time," said Baisden. "It gets sad though because some of the older members are gone, but the point of Homecoming is to celebrate those who are here and those who have been there in the past. In fact, a plaque is given to the oldest member at the time."
The worship on Sunday included a four-part harmony with the choir singing a capella. Baisden picked popular songs including "Amazing Grace", "How Great Thou Art" and "It Is Well."
Schaub's lesson that week intertwined the history of the church.
"It was a masterpiece," said Baisden. "He explained how Pearl Church fits in to the history of churches in Genesis. How our feasting keeps with the teaching of Jesus when he fed people to celebrate worship."
Since 1895, the church has grown in several ways from the congregation to the expansion of the building itself. In 1904, a tabernacle was built and is still in use for vacation bible school. Soon after, a playground and fellowship hall were added as well.
"Pearl Church of Christ is located, really, in the middle of nowhere. And yet, it has survived as a live church. The people there are so friendly and treat visitors like royalty. They appreciate any support they can get," said Baisden.
The church's doors are always open to those who need to pray or talk.
"Pearl is a great place to come," said Baisden. " You'll find at Pearl a worship and fellowship that majors in sincerity and simplicity."