Cedar Grove Baptist Church rises from the ashes. Seventeen months ago, the little white church on the hill at the corner of Belotes Ferry Road and Cedar Grove Road burned to the ground. It seemed invincible before this, having celebrated its bicentennial on May 19, 2013. Fortunately, they were well-insured and for one year I've watched the progress of the rebuilding while the sign on the property announced the congregation would be meeting at Walter J. Baird Middle School.
Geraldine Graves said that the membership had taken a fall while the construction proceeded, but a core group continued to have both the faith and patience to see the new building completed. Bobby Byrd served on the new building committee and told me about a month ago that things were on schedule to get them in by the end of July. The last few weeks seemed to pass slowly while Dillon Cabinet Company sized and built the final touches for the bathrooms and kitchen. Another hold up for the grand opening was the purchase of new pews.
"It's beautiful," announced one of the old faithful members when I talked to him on Sunday, their first day back in the newly decorated building. They were to have a pizza party that afternoon at 6 p.m. for the youth. Geraldine was quick to say that this was not the grand opening that should happen with the dedication on Sunday, August 21 at 11 o'clock. The meeting times will be 10 o'clock for Sunday School and 11 o'clock for worship. Bro. Keith Cameron is the new pastor and has served the congregation at the temporary meeting place for several weeks. He served his previous congregation for 23 years before coming here.