Pontotoc church damaged by fire to have services in fellowship hall

By David Helms/Pontotoc Progress

Despite a fire on July 4 which destroyed the church sanctuary, Black Zion Baptist Church officials announced that worship services will be held on the church grounds this coming Sunday and all activities planned the following weekend for the upcoming 175th church anniversary will be held as previously planned.

Church pastor Bro. Robert Armstrong said Friday (July 6) that church worship services will be held this Sunday (July 8) in the fellowship hall beginning at 10 a.m.

No Sunday School services will be held this Sunday.

However, Bro. Armstrong emphasized that all activitites planned for the July 14-15 celebration of the church’s 175th anniversary will be held as planned on the church grounds.

“We’re still going with the same previously planned schedule of events and everything will be held right here on the church grounds,” Armstrong announed.

“We’re renting a tent and the fellowship hall will be operational so everything is still set for Saturday (July 14) and Sunday (July 15),” he said.

The anniversary celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday (July 14).

Everyone is invited to enjoy fellowship with current and former members, pastors and staff.

Lunch will be provided at noon, follwed by recognition of former staff.

On Sunday, July 15, services will begin at 10 a.m.

Services will be led by former music director Johnny Eubanks and former pastor Dr. David Lee.

Potluck lunch will follow.