More than burning a note
BR staff
June 06, 2011

More than burning a note

More than burning a note
BR staff
June 06, 2011

BR photo by K. Allan Blume

Pastor John Attaway III and the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church congregation in State Road finish their May 29 service outside with a note-burning ceremony. See photo gallery.

May 29 was a celebration day for Mount

Pleasant Baptist Church

in State Road.

Pastor John Attaway III

recently celebrated 25 years as pastor, but this day focused on the final

payment of a $1.8 million-note for the 800-seat sanctuary.

The celebration included a reading of the church’s history

along with unique stories of God’s faithfulness. Johnny Enloe, Elkin Baptist

Association’s missionary, and his wife, Kay, attended the services.

Attaway challenged the people to be a kingdom focused church

and be obedient to the Great Commission. His message from 1 Chronicles 29

celebrated what God has done in providing their facilities.

He encouraged the congregation to “give the next generation

more than a paid-for building. Let us be a launch pad for a bigger mission.”

The church already gives to missions through the Cooperative Program, and they

send mission teams out regularly. But they want to increase their giving since

the debt is paid.

When the church broke ground on the facility, each member

brought a shovel. So, the whole church got involved. With the note burning, the

church wanted to involve all members in a similar manner. So each member was

given a copy of the note. After the service, everyone marched out to the front

lawn where each person tossed the note into a covered burner.