UNION — “I am the person that I am because of the people in this church and my family,” declared Larissa Moore during the First Saint Paul Baptist Church Reunion. Moore along with past and current church members came together May 16-18, 2014 for a good old fashion reunion that promoted a time of reflection and re-establishment of relationships.
The weekend’s festivities began with a reconnection supper on Friday evening where former and current member reacquainted themselves with each other as a church family. The environment was exciting and electric as one witnessed the introductions of new family members to old acquaintances. Attendees experienced an array of emotions, from joy and elation regarding the news of family additions and successful achievements to sadness as it related to the passing of loved ones and friends.
The visual commencement of new friendships warmed the hearts of many. Such moments offer hope and connotatively define the essence of “church family and friends.”
The evening concluded with a choir rehearsal in preparation for Sunday’s Reunion Concert. Choir members traveled near and far, over state lines, to participate.
Saturday afternoon’s cookout provided additional opportunities for reconnection and bonding. Participants adorned themselves in a specially designed reunion T-shirt, which further emphasized family and friends unity. Saturday evening’s banquet focused on reflections pertinent to the reunion theme of “Down through the Years.” Current and former members highlighted the church’s history and the impact of its training on many noted individuals who have contributed significantly locally, nationally and internationally. The event also featured a pictorial presentation of church members from a historical perspective.
Pastor A.L. Brackett’s Sunday morning message again emphasized the theme of dwelling together in unity. The weekend’s festivities concluded with the Reunion Concert. Various genres of religious music — hymns, spirituals, traditional and contemporary gospel were performed.
Reunion organizer Amouel B. Brackett, Jr. commented, “It is this type of unity that will strengthen components like love that is imperative to the church family unit in carrying out God’s divine plan for our lives.”
Plans are already being discussed for the next church reunion, perhaps in 2016 when the Saint Paul Baptist Church turns 100 years old.