The Soaring Sixties

by Ken Sanford St. John’s and Charlotte moved forward together during the turbulent times of the 1960s. For the church this was well expressed in the name, “The Dream Program,” a plan to remodel the sanctuary, enlarge the choir area, and complete the basic organ. In remodeling the sanctuary the...

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A Church Staff Update

July 21, 2022 by Dennis W. Foust, Senior Minister Please allow me to update you about our church staff. Although we have experienced some changes, we are doing well and will emerge this autumn with a full and strong staff. MINISTRY COORDINATOR: Amanda Morrison serves in this role. Her primary...

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From the Heritage Room

From the Heritage Room A few more notes before leaving our celebration of the 1950’s at St. John’s— — In 1954, when the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Brown vs. Education” in which the court ruled that state laws establishing racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional, Dr. Broach preached...

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Welcoming Haley Blackwell!

The Search Task Force unanimously and enthusiastically recommends that St. John’s Baptist Church call Haley Blackwell as its new Minister for Youth and Young Adults. Haley is currently the Associate Campus Pastor of Formation at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. If called by the church, she and her husband, Austin,...

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WHAT CAN WE DO WITH OUR LEGITIMATE ANGER?

by Dennis W. Foust, Senior Minister Freedom is always fragile; for women, freedom has been shattered again, and it is maddening. More than a century ago, Oliver Wendell Holmes, an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902-1932 wrote: “Even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled...

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From the Heritage Room: June 28, 2022

If you have not yet had a chance to view them, the 1950’s exhibits in the hallway will be on display for several more weeks. A few more notes about the 1950’s— Training Union on Sunday nights was a BIG event, for adults, old and young, and older children. There...

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Church Staff in the 1950s

From the Heritage Room: A couple of additional comments about the buildings— The elevator was installed in the early 1950’s. When the Educational Building (Chapel Building) was built, the third floors of the original sanctuary building and the Educational Building were not connected. The upper floors were not connected until...

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More about the 1950s at St. John’s

From the Heritage Room— Information about St. John’s in the 1950’s is now on display in the hallway. The 1950’s was a decade of growth–in membership and attendance, in church staff, and in additional space. Due to the increased membership, the church was quickly outgrowing its building. The Sunday School...

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ARE YOU A SPIRITUAL PERSON?

by Dennis Foust Recently, a person said to me, “I have no desire to be religious but I enjoy being spiritual.” This person was shocked when I affirmed them by saying, “I wish every person was spiritual.” Do you consider yourself to be a spiritual person? Whether you answer ‘yes’...

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