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The Wilmington morning star. (Wilmington, N.C.) 1909-1990, October 12, 1947, SECTION A, Image 8

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MAFFITT VILLAGE
CHURCH HISTORY
" Work Since First Organi
zation Is Told By
Its Members
w* “It was in April of 1942 that
~ Mr. M. A. Huggins saw the
need for new work in a Wil
mington area, known as Sunset
Park, because of the rapid
growth of tne city due to me
construction of the Bonn Caro
lina impounding co. me sent-me
Rev. James H. Sutler to neg.n
worK in tnat community, and,
in September 6, iy42, the Sunset
Park Baptist church was organ
ized.”
“They were not near sig1' ed,
but in the midst ot their eiforts
to carry on and ouild the king
dom within their community,
they were truly missionary, and
looked around to see what good
they could do.”
“Whereby, there was con
ceived within the hearts and
minds of the members of this
church, our mother church, an
- idea for some form of worship
for the people of the Maffitt
Village community, a wartime
housing unit.”
“It was through their love for
the need of mankind, spiritual
ly, that they launched out
though young they were, and
laboring under a financial effort
to build a church within their
midst, with a program which
started a Baptist mission m the
Maffitt Village community.”
“It was under the sponsorship
cf the Sunset Park Baptist
church assisted by the state
board, that we had our birth.
A building was purchased and
erected upon the present site.
This mission was known as the
Sunset Park mission.”
The Kev. ran u. inix. a
young man, had recently
felt the call to r ministry, and
at that time serv ng as deacon
in the Sunset Park Baptist
church, was licensed in Decem
ber of 1944. to preach and serv
ed as assistant ,to Rev. James
H. Butler until the work opened
up in this new mission. The last
Sunday in January of 1944, the
Rev. Mr. Nix took over the
work of the mission, under the
auspices of the Sunset Park
Baptist church.”
‘‘The first meeting of this
mission was held in this present
auditorium, with 90 people pres
ent. The service consisted of
Sunday school, morning and
evening worship.”
“The work grew in leaps and
• bounds and on August 31. 1944,
a Committee, consisting of Mrs.
W. Herman, Mr. L. R. Spry,
and Mr C. A. Liles, presented
a request to the Sunset Park
Baptist church, asking permis
s;nn to organize into an inde
pendent Missionary Baptist
church. The request was grant
ed, and plans were begun for
the organization of this church
on the first Sunday in October,
1944.”
“The organization service
was leld on Sunday afternoon,
Oc. / r 1, 1944. The services
were opened by singing “The
church’s One Foundation ”, and
the Rev. Carl G. Lewis, pastor
of the Sunset Park Baptist
church, conducted a devotional,
and read the names of the fifty
five Charter Members. Rev.
Bradley, pastor of Calvary Bap
tist church, acted as moderator.
The "hoT sang “The Lord is
Mv / — n rd\"
'A nominating committee,
represented by Mr. L. R. Spry,
submitted a list of names to be
elected as officers and teachers
of the Church. Sunday school,
and B. T. U. These were elect
ed; that afternoon there was
planted in the spirit of Christ,
and for the good of mankind,
a rid that begun to germinate,
and is now lifting its head as
a tree planted by a stream of
water, over the house tops of
Maffitt Village, pot as a mis
s:on but as the Maffitt Village
Baotist church.”
1 “The first business; meeting of
• the newly organized Maffitt Vil
™ lage Baptist church was held
Z October 5, at which time a pul
pit committee submitted the
*|ame of the Rev. Paul C. Nix
"is pastor. Their report was ac
— 'epted. and the Rev. Mr. Nix
/as elected first pastor of the
hurch.
At this same meeting, the
board of deacons presented a
yearly bu*«. t to the church,
amounting to $3,926.00. The bud
get was adopted. During that
-year, the first year of the life
* of the church, the collections
amounted to over $11,00000.”
“God richly blessed every ef
fort, rightly d i rected every
p’an, pastor and officer of the
church. His leadership was rec
ognized and this church worked
_fer *he glorification of His
-Nat :n ttys village. Its mem
“bt" /. i has been made up of
^.p-' "ho have moved into
•tb’V v'llage for work, but their
“consisted not altogether of
a *-Aerial nature, for they
we, and are, a part of this
church; a spiritual work. Many
have completed their work, and
have returned to their homes.
In this and adjoining states; a
rict>°r Christian.”
“During the short life span of
th’S church there has been add
ed to its membership 369. 138
upon profession of faith; 105 let
ters have been granted and at
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PFSJIS - CHAIRS
SAFES-FILES
i 18 l rincess Street
Dial 9906
Wiln.injrton. N. C.
y
the present date. October 6,
1946. the membership is 262.”
“Within the membership
there has been 2 deaths, and 13
marriages.”
“The building has grown from
a one room auditorium to a
plant large enough to take care
of a fully organized Sunday
School. The membership of
which has reached 594. At the
present writing there is a fully
organized Sunday school, a
Baptist Training organization,
Womans Missionary society; its
affiliated organizations and a
brotherhood.
“In April of this year, 1946,
the church employed Miss
Louise Adams as educational
worker for the summer .months.
Then, in August, the church ex
tended Miss Adams’ call to a
full time educational director.”
“The church has a library of
187 volumes. The library was,
and is sponsored by the adult
B.T.U, and has a fund whereby
a stream of new books will be
added monthly.”
The present and former
Hpprrvns are:
C. A. Liles, present chairman
of deacons; C. A. Riddle, chair
man of first board of deacons;
L. R. Spry. R. W. Rowers,
chairman of finance committee.
E T Teachev, J P- Cov ngton
Lonnie Carter, Elliot Rich, T.
S. Sloan, E. G. Pridgen. 3. A
Jackson. T. L. Robinette now
acting church treasurer. J. R
Byrd. J. M. Stevens, A. F.
eague.
“God has richly blessea ns
during this y 'ar of 1947. We
have had good attendance in j
Sunday school, B.T.U., and
brotherhood. There has been:
123 baptisms and a large num
ber added to our membership j
by letter.” ;
“At the September monthly
conference the church voted to i
start a budding fund, hoping m
the near future to build a per
manent building.” I
“The church has grown under j
the leadership of our pastor the j
Rev. Mr. Nix. He finishes his
third year as our pastor on Oc
tober 1, 1947. having resigned to |
enter Furman university.
Sr^enville. S. C.
“The future of this churr-fi i =
still great: a permanent village,
with a host of people to be tfnn ;
to Christ. “T :ft up your heads,
and look for- the fields are'white j
alreadv to ^nrvest.”
“Let God he glorified. and all
praise given unto Him.
Burgo”’ Church
Rc’™s $?,280
For Constmctior
Sunday, October 5, was Build
ing Fund Emphasis day in the
Burg aw Baptist church. The
guest speaker for the occasion
was the Reverend Charles W.
Duling, pastor of the Hertford
Baptist Church. Hertford. N.C..
who brought a forceful message
on the responsibilities of Chris
tian stewardship in-the light of
present-day exigencies. At the
close of the Mornng Worship
Service a special Building Fund
amounted to $2,280 in cash and
pledges. This was a gratifying
offering and adds considerably
to the total amount on hand for
the construction of a new church '
building
At the next church conference
on October 12, the church will,
consider the plans for the new i
building, with view to starting!
construction at an early date.
The new church building, as
planned, has an auditorium
seating capacity of 352, and an
educational plant wdth a capa
city of 300. The architecture is
colonial.
The present membership of
the church is 472. Reverend
William A. Poole is the pastor
of the church.
Dutch clocks are made in the
Black Forest and are really Ger
man clocks.
Army Engineers
To Hold Open House
On Buggs Island
BUGGS ISLAND, Va., Oct 11.
_,/p,—Buggs Island, the federal
government's power ■ and flood
control project on the Roanoke
river, will hold open house Oct.
17.
Army engineers, who have
charge of the project, will con
duct ours to show the people of
the Roanoke River basin and
other visitors the progress that
has been made. The Buggs Is
land project was planned to pre
vent floods along the Roanoke
river in North Carolina and
Virginia and to furnish electric
power for developing the valley
industriously in the two states.
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