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Believe Your Prayers

By Bishop “DD” Hayes

Again, I bring you another article on prayer. There is one thing about our nation, and that is when trouble or calamity strikes, we as a people know how to turn to our Father God in prayer.

The problem is that many people don’t follow through. What I mean is that many do not believe that God will answer prayer. Praying to God and not expecting an answer if like going to the bank, fill out a withdrawal slip to receive money from the bank, then turning around and walking out before getting your money. We must believe that God will answer our prayers!

A story is told of an old country church in the red hills of Alabama, where it was 100 degrees in the shade. The rain had not fallen for some time. The pastor of a local church called the members together stating that they were going to meet at the church the next day for a special prayer meeting to pray for rain.

The next day they assembled together, but noticed that Sister Johnson had not arrived. They looked down the street and saw a person wearing a raincoat and boots, and carrying an umbrella. They noticed that it was Sister Johnson. When she reached the church, they asked her why she was wearing such clothing, to which she responded, “if we are going to pray for rain, we should at least dress for rain.”

Believe that you will receive when you pray. We are PRAYING for You! “I’ll see you in the terminals!”

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Pioneer Drive Baptist Church celebrates 75 years of worship

Founded 75 years ago when a lone man preached the gospel in the glow of a naked light bulb, in an empty parking lot, Pioneer Drive Baptist Church grew up with Irving. After three church buildings and a location change, pastor Bobby Joe Raper says the church still serves Christ, "On the corner where you are." Courtesy Photo.
Founded 75 years ago when a lone man preached the gospel in the glow of a naked light bulb, in an empty parking lot, Pioneer Drive Baptist Church grew up with Irving. After three church buildings and a location change, pastor Bobby Joe Raper says the church still serves Christ, “On the corner where you are.” Courtesy Photo.

Pioneer Drive Baptist Church is proud to be celebrating 75 years of serving Christ, “On the corner where you are,” as current pastor Bobby Joe Raper is fond of saying.

The church members would like to invite the community to share in our celebration on Sunday, Oct. 20. Morning worship begins at 11 a.m. Immediately following the morning worship, will be spaghetti lunch, followed by a time of sharing memories of our church history and singing praises to our Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ.

According to historian Anice Baley Price the church began by chance when a gentleman by the name of Paul Morgan traveled through the area in 1938.

Morgan, a dedicated Christian, came through the small community of Sowers. He saw that there were houses, people and children, but no church. This greatly troubled Bro. Morgan and he began to study about this small community and ask questions. A short time later, he came back and talked with some of the residents and got permission to preach on the empty lot at the corner of Sowers Road and Beltline. The property was owned by a lovely Christian lady named Mrs. Culp who attended First Baptist Church in Irving.

Word began to spread and excitement became apparent. A single light bulb was strung across the property and the few that owned cars came and people sat on running boards, hoods and anywhere else they could to listen to the Word of God being preached. Bro. Morgan was in his 30’s or 40’s, lacking a formal education, but his greatest asset was his caring heart and a passion to share Jesus. Mrs. Morgan played an organ/piano that folded up like a cardboard box and their son, Johnny, led the singing.

October came quickly and the need to move inside. Permission was given to meet in the Sowers School House. Sunday School was conducted in the cloak room and the book room. There were enough people with religious backgrounds to begin teaching.

Shortly thereafter, a group of seven women, all with concern for their children to grow up knowing and loving God, decided to start a formal church. This took place shortly after The Great Depression and money was scarce. One dollar out of the week’s earnings was a tremendous sacrifice. The ladies were persistent and began organizing and recruiting. The seven original founders: Mrs. Floy Baley and Grannie Baley, Mrs. Eubanks, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Hodges, Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Barton.

Eventually the men in the community caught the enthusiasm and began to work. The congregation built a little wooden building on the property that Mrs. Culp had so graciously donated. The building was completed in 1939 and grew and became the center of the lives of these ladies and remains so to this day, in the lives of some of their children.

On April 23, 1944, the church called Rev. W. M. Biggs to be their pastor. In October, 1945, the church voted to join the Southern Baptist Convention. Rev. Biggs was instrumental in leading the church in a building program and a foundation for a new brick building with stained glass windows was poured on July 4, 1951. Some years later, after Mrs. Culp passed away and Mrs. Stovall now owned the property next to the church, she made land available to build the church’s first parsonage to house the Biggs family.

In March, 1986, the church relocated to the present location, due to the widening of both Beltline and Pioneer Drive (formerly Sowers Road).

Many changes have taken place over the years and several other Pastors have been an integral part of the church.

Again, we invite you to join us for Sunday Services and/or a time of food and fellowship and shared memories. Lunch, fellowship and sharing will commence around 12:30 p.m.

SOURCE Pioneer Drive Baptist Church

Landmark church changes location, expands mission

Christ Church, formerly known as South MacArthur Church, is relocating to a new building off of Highway 183 and Loop 12. The space is a renovated car dealership, large enough to accommodate a growing congregation, and occupies a central location that the church hopes will allow for more widespread ministry to the Irving community.

Christ Church is not new. Founded in 1972, its roots grow from the very first Church of Christ founded in 1903. The current congregation exceeds 500, and steady growth prompted the church to sell its former facility two years ago and find a new location to fit its needs. Co-pastor Keith Lutrell said the new location will be “one of the top five facilities in the Metroplex” for Christian ministry. It has a variety of amenities, notably classroom and play areas, that will help the church to “administer to all ages of people.” The worship center is located in a large space that was formerly an auto repair shop, which is appropriate, Lutrell said, because it is a place where people may come “to repair [their] broken and wrecked lives and relationships.”

The church will move into its new facility by late November or early December, and Lutrell is confident that the new location on the highway will attract more people to the church. He says he expects the congregation to expand exponentially after the move.

Christ Church has been heavily involved in the Irving community since its inception. “The community knows us very well,” said Mike Gregory, business administrator for the church. “[We have] a good reputation…for the service we have done. We have a lot of connections with some of the schools. We’ve got some connections with social service agencies.” Among the service programs the church has been involved in are Family Promise of Irving, a service which provides care for homeless people and families, and Great Days of Service, an event that takes place every April when volunteers rebuild houses for impoverished families.

Above all else, the church’s mission is to be a place “that people come to have love and to have hope,” said youth pastor Brian Bunch. “Discipleship is our goal,” he said. “Our mission is to disciple to people who don’t know Christ.” While the church was worried that they would lose recognition because of their drastic change of face, they decided they had greater goals in mind. “That was one concern when we talked about relocating and possibly changing our name, because South MacArthur Church of Christ had such a good reputation in the community”, Gregory said. “But we decided it’s not about us. We’re not trying to sell South MacArthur Church of Christ as a be all and end all. We have a mission in mind to serve. It doesn’t matter what name we have. Our role is to serve.”