Sunday, Oct. 6, was a bittersweet day for members of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Rosa. It was their last day of service in the current sanctuary, which was built in 1958.
It was an emotional service as members sang hymns while wiping tears. Families in attendance that had relatives that founded the church were applauded as several spoke of precious memories they had in the sanctuary. The church’s beautiful stained-glass windows will be saved.
Jerry Faulkner read aloud Pine Grove’s history. The church now has 200 members attending and needs more room to grow. Recently they opened the church’s time capsule (buried in 1958) and discovered a Bible used by Pine Grove’s previous pastor Wallace Higginbotham, a copy of Blount County Baptist Association minutes, and a letter of church history from 1881-1958.
Moving forward, Pine Grove services will be held in the multi-purpose building located on their campus with plans to move into their new sanctuary by October 2020.
Pastor Randy Hale said, “It is a blessing to be a part of a church with such a rich heritage of believers, a reputation for love and compassion, and a dedication to promote and declare the gospel of Jesus to the world. I have had the privilege of being a part of this church since I was a child. I was called to preach here and God has blessed me to serve the last 22 years as pastor.
“There has been many great men and women of God that has paved the way for our opportunity to grow now, and I am grateful for their lives and testimony. Our hope is to continue this great mission by the spirit, grace, and mercy of God.”
Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. and worship begins at 10:45 a.m. The church is located at 1133 Pine Grove Road, Rosa.