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PIONEER VILLAGE - This year marks the bicentennial celebration of Little Flock Baptist Church.
Still one of the most vibrant community churches in Bullitt County, Little Flock plans to celebrate throughout the year with special events, the first scheduled for this weekend.
Former Little Flock pastors and staff members have been invited back for weekend-long homecoming festivities.
Stephanie Patterson, director of music and worship, said the entertainment would begin Saturday afternoon with a potluck supper in the gymnasium.
The entertainment follows at 5:30 in the worship center. Cathy Marcum and Bob Hamilton will be the emcees for the evening.
“They are church members and they’re hilarious,” Patterson said.
Former pastors and staff will be recognized and interviewed during the event, while former church musicians will perform.
Sunday includes more special events and fun for the community, including church services at 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Patterson said various community and civil leaders will attend the services, including Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts and State Representative Linda Belcher, both Little Flock members.
“Ms. Belcher will be presenting a special citation to the church,” Patterson added.
Patterson said 13 former pastors and staff members are scheduled to attend services and be recognized.
Sunday afternoon festivities will begin following the 10:30 service on the outside north campus. Patterson urged church patrons to bring a change of clothes, blankets and lawn chairs for the Sunday festivities.
Gospel entertainment will be highlighted throughout the day, featuring ladies’ ensemble Hosanna, men’s ensemble Testify, and gospel quartet Voice of Grace.
The kids will be entertained with free balloon bounces, face painting and hayrides. Tethered balloon rides were planned at an extra cost.
A special event for kids is placing handprints on 6x6 tiles that will be permanently placed in the church’s children’s lobby.
Not to be outdone, all ages are invited to sign a parchment scroll in honor of the bicentennial. Patterson said the scroll would be placed in a special time capsule planned for later in the summer.
The afternoon festivities include free popcorn and cotton candy. Ehrler’s ice cream, provided by Sub Zero, will be available at $1 per scoop.
Dinner will be provided throughout the afternoon courtesy of Bootleg BBQ. Tickets are $5 per person.
Patterson requested that dinner tickets be registered in advance to help determine dinner size. To register call Little Flock at 955-8760.