LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Members of a Lufkin church are busy setting up for their centennial celebration.
Harmony Hill Baptist Church first opened its doors in 1913 and has been serving the Lufkin community on the same piece of land ever since.
East Texas News caught up with some of the staff as they looked back on where the church came from and where it is going."It's an exciting place to be. You come here, and it's a warm church body," said Stacy Perkins, Harmony Hill's music minister. "The people are very welcoming."
"It's about people who have a desire to do something with their lives and live a life of purpose,' said Dr. John Greene, the church's senior pastor.
For the last 100 years, that has been the messaged preached at Harmony Hill Baptist Church in Lufkin.
The first pastor on record was L.M. Westmoreland. However, for the last 41 years, the church has been under the Greene's leadership.
"What the Holy Spirit has asked him to do, he does," said Joel Weir, Harmony Hill's worship leader. He's a man that trusts in the Lord and knows the Lord."
However, Greene says it is not about one person.
It is about what God has done with this congregation, that was very small at first," Green said.
The church has changed over the years, starting with a few families and growing to the worship mall completed in 2001. Plus, the church has expanded its walls to include a school, youth, and children's area. Their vision goes beyond the physical property.
"One of the things that has driven us for the last decade is to be a church that lives outside the walls,' Green said.
The church wants to be active in community events and serving through their food pantry. As the world changes, new ways of presenting the Gospel arise. But the message is always the same.
"The gospel never changes. The word of God is true and always there," Perkins said. "And the way we communicate that with the world is how we will be changing."
The church has a big celebration planned this weekend. They will be moving their service to the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in downtown, and they invite everyone to attend as they celebrate their 100th birthday.