Second Baptist worships in new sanctuary

It was a glorious day on July 23 when Second Baptist members entered their new 11,000-square-foot sanctuary for their first worship service. Second Baptist, formerly known as Center Hill, was established before the 1800s.

Sunday school was in the old sanctuary followed by the congregation marching into the new facility singing, “I’ve Learned How To Lean and Depend On Jesus.” Pastor Larry M. Stone, associate ministers and deacons led the march.

More than 300 attended the dedication services at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The program consisted of special music, poems and a message delivered by the Rev. Nollen Elzie, pastor of the Zion Spring MBC in Okolona. Also in attendance were out-of-town guests who were former members of Second Baptist.

We pray and believe God has placed the church on this corner in this community to make a difference.

The youth, intermediate and children’s departments will have their Choir Day on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Pastor Stone will be guest evangelist for revival services Aug. 20-24 at Johnson Chapel in Shannon. The Rev. Marvin McWhorter is host pastor.

Mission Ministries will have a Women’s Day Program at 3 p.m Aug. 27

City news

Please join us to wish Jean Vinson best wishes on her retirement reception from 4 until 6 p.m. Friday at the Verona City Hall.

Raymond East Neighborhood Association

The group will host its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at Old Town Hall. Homeowners, landlords, renters, schools, churches and business representatives are asked to attend.

Chandlers Temple CME Church

Get well wishes to Connell Roberson at NMMC recuperating from surgery.

First Baptist Church

The church will be joining in a Community Worship Service at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Harrisburg Baptist Church.

Water park outing is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Saturday. All children, nursery age through 6th grade, and their parents are invited to spend a day at the park in Red Bay, Ala.

Stewardship meeting at 5:30 p.m. today.

LIFE meets at 11 a.m. Thursday. Carolyn Lee will be the guest speaker.

Senior Adult Revival will be Aug. 28 through 30. Lunch will be provided each day.

First United Pentecostal Church

Puppet team performance will be on Wednesday nights for the children.

Sister McAlister and her daughter, Misty Baughman, have just released a new CD. For purchasing information, call 842-0971.

Verona UMC

Verona UMC just finished its revival with the Rev. Tim Green.

We will not have the usual prayer meeting, Bible Study or choir today, but will resume our usual schedule on Aug. 23.

Hope Morgan Ward, the resident Bishop for the United Methodists in Mississippi, has asked every church in our Conference receive an offering on Aug. 27 for church rebuilding on the anniversary of Katrina. Also, Katrina Church Recovery bracelets are available for $2 each, with free shipping for orders of 50 or more. To order call toll free (888) 346-3862 or go to The purchase of bracelets adds money to the effort.


Sincere sympathy to the families of Willie Leroy Berry Sr, Velma L. Davis, Detris Deloris Scales Trice and Regina Lynn Beasley.

Margaret Baker is the Verona correspondent for Lee County Neighbors. E-mail her at