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Saluda Baptist plans 175th birthday event

Saluda Baptist Church invites members and friends to celebrate its 175th birthday on Sunday, September 24. Coffee fellowship will start at 10 a.m. and worship will be at 10:45 a.m. with Dr. John Upton, Executive Director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) as the guest speaker. Lunch will be served at noon and a song and praise service will be from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

According to church historical records, Clark’s Neck Meeting House was duly constituted a Baptist Church and was added to the Dover Association in 1842. Folks from Hermitage left to make up the church and a call was extended to Elder George Northam, who became the first pastor jointly with Hermitage and Zoar. 

Several churches were formed from Clark’s Neck including Antioch and Harmony Grove with assistance from Urbanna Baptist Church. In 1938, the name of Clark’s Neck was changed to Saluda Baptist and Saluda and Urbanna shared a pastor. The old frame building dating from 1878 was removed and in May 1968 the new brick building was officially occupied.

Several important events have taken place in recent years: building of a parsonage; sanctuary was completely renovated; new fellowship hall; Sunday school classrooms, kitchen and office space were completed; a steeple and cross were added to the sanctuary as a gift from Hersey Mason in memory of Rev. William Sandman, Saluda’s pastor from 1960-1975; a stained glass window over the front door was given in memory of Clarence and Hubert Major; and the windows were redone.

“There are so many memorial gifts throughout our sanctuary showing the love and faith that our members and friends have shared over the years. Come and celebrate with us on September 24 these 175 years that have gone before and share the hope that our legacy at Saluda Baptist continues in the Lord’s name,” said a church official. 

posted 08.09.2017

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