Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 13, 2013

Church will mark 65th year

The Independent

FLATWOODS — First Baptist Church Flatwoods will mark its 65th anniversary Sept. 28 and 29 with special programs at special times.

The program is from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday while Sunday services start with the morning worship, followed by lunch and then afternoon service.

The church got its start during a tent meeting in Flatwoods in 1947, when area Baptists expressed an interest in starting a church in the community. Raceland Baptist Church and its pastor, Edwin H. Ketner, agreed to help organize the church.

The following year, the church borrowed enough money to build a basement, where the congregation met for the first time Oct. 17, 1948.

The church continued to strive for a building, raising $30,000 by 1956, the same year ground was broken for a building. The new auditorium and and part of the education building were finished in early 1957,

In 1970, an addition was finished and it became the education building. The next year, the pastor’s office was moved from the basement of the main building to the education building.

The kitchen got an update in 1972¸ the same year Robert C. Elliott became the pastor and ultimately was the longest-serving pastor of the church.

The church also instituted a program called Because We Care, a financial plan for repairing and remodeling church facilities. The program enabled rapid growth for the church, including reorganization of resources, purchase of property, building renovation, expansion of Sunday school class space and creation of a media library.

Other improvements include padding for pews, new sound system, landscaping, a sign, assistance for the hearing impaired and a handicap ramp for the sanctuary.

Additions and updates have enabled the church to offer its site for meetings such as Scouts, Mommy and Me and the baby bottle ministry as well as open a clothes closet and pantry and take worship services to Oakmont Manor and participate in community projects such as Operation Christmas Child. Rick Crews is pastor. The church is at 1209 Bluegrass St.