Finally, after several hundred hours of volunteer work over the last few weeks, the doors of the completely renovated sanctuary at the Union Hall Baptist Church in Liberty Hill will swing open for a formal re-dedication March 9.
Pastor Robert Butts said the community is invited to their welcoming and rededication services at 11 a.m. this Sunday at 301 County Road 259. Light refreshments will be served followed by the opportunity for fellowship.
Renovations include new carpeting, repainting, new lights and some new furnishings including a new alter. The sanctuary was also rewired throughout to include upgrades for technology.
In a unique twist to the familiar time capsule idea, some church members inscribed a life verse or something meaningful to them on the floor platform before the carpet was laid as a testament of their faith.
“The excitement for the changes has been growing,” said the Pastor. “It is humbling as a pastor for the desire of the church people to praise the Lord in this way. It’s been a blessing.”
Pastor Butts said there had been much talk over the years of renovating the sanctuary, which was constructed in 1986. Last Thanksgiving, when he approached the congregation about a “praise offering,” everything changed.
“The time was just right,” he said. “At first, we were just going to do some touch ups, but then we added another thing and then another.”
The church has been active for 125 years having been established in 1888, but many are not aware of its presence.
“When I went knocking on doors, many people didn’t even know we were here,” said Pastor Butts. “We’re traditional and really love the Lord. We try to do the best for Him.”
With the sanctuary completed, Pastor Butts said the church is trying to get “forward momentum.” Other projects are being considered, programs planned and a mission trip has been scheduled to the Phillipines to assist with the relief efforts following last year’s devastating typhoon.
For more information about the historic Union Hall Baptist Church, visit www.uh-bc.com.