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Church celebrates 181st anniversary
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Church celebrates 181st anniversary

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Chatahooche RiverCounty Line Baptist Church will celebrate the 181st anniversary of its founding on Sunday, May 2, 2016. County Line was constituted a church on Sunday, May 2, 1835, in the frontier house of William C. and Lucinda Morgan, about two miles due east of Dudleyville. Other charter members were Green (deacon) and Mary Tolbert, Tilman and Sarah Brawner, Charles and Almeda Bussey, James Sanders, Thomas and Cindarilla Berry, and Elender Butler. The founding clergy were Francis Calloway, Henry Perkins, and Benjamin Lloyd, great-great grandfather of Wayne Barrett Sr., a member of County Line. When the church opened the door to receive members, the first two to join were Charles and Eliza Tolbert, bondservants.

The present building, on the National Register of Historic Places, was erected in 1890 to replace a meeting house that had burned. The pews, unchanged except for cushions, were made by members of the church at that time. Though small in number of members, the church consistently receives commendation for its per capita mission giving. County Line includes in its budget the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention, the East Liberty Baptist Association, the Woman’s Missionary Union Foundation, and the Christian Service Center, and gives annually special offerings for International Missions, North American Missions, State Missions, the Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes, the American Bible Society, the Gideons International, Samford University and Florida Bible College (Student Sunday), Samaritan’s Purse (Operation Christmas Child), and other missions ventures.

County Line has ordained 14 ministers of the gospel and has had other members or former members ordained elsewhere, notably James W. Allen, Woodrow Owen, William Yancey Sanders, and Robert Wooddy. County Line is also blessed by counting among its children such women as Anne Washburn Morse, whose career has been in Christian journalism, and international missionaries Mary Ellen Yancey and Vivian Langley. The church was instrumental in founding sister churches Mount Zion and Center.

Services begin at 10:45 a.m. CDT, followed by dinner on the grounds or in the fellowship hall if preferred. Speaker for the occasion will be the Reverend Bill Lunceford of Dunwoody, Georgia, a former pastor and faithful supporter of County Line. Music will be by the County Line Singers. County Line is located on County Road 51 at Dudleyville. From LaFayette, take County Road 48, turn right on County Road 54 just past the Ridge Grove Fire Department, and go to the intersection with County Road 51, and turn left. All are welcome