RBC’s 60th Anniversary Celebration
We are moving forward in hope as we mark our 60th anniversary with a celebratory weekend!
Saturday, March 16
Simultaneous events at 3pm:
Concert with Will Baskin and Jesse Baskin, followed by a dessert reception– bring your favorite dessert to share! (fellowship room)
Children’s Activity: A special activity for kids where they create an anniversary artwork piece to display (Children’s Classroom)
Sunday, March 17
9:45am: Sharing Memories (fellowship room)
11am: Worship, with communion and Rev. Dr. Mahan Siler, preaching (sanctuary)
12:30pm: Anniversary lunch (no cost), with Rev. Alicia Davis Porterfield speaking about our anniversary theme, a special video, and more storytelling (sanctuary)
RSVP for each event by calling the church office or email email@example.com
Rev. Alicia Davis Porterfield Since August, 2016, Rev. Alicia Davis Porterfield has served as Associate Pastor at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church in Huntington, WV, along with her husband, Eric, who serves as senior pastor. Before embarking with her husband and three teenaged boys (Davis 17, Luke 15, and Thomas 13) on a grand adventure to Appalachia, Alicia spent twenty years in North Carolina serving in various ministry roles from healthcare chaplain to Bible study writer to interim pastor. A graduate of the University of Georgia and The Divinity School at Duke University, Alicia first came to RBC as a “summer missionary” through the Baptist Student Union at UGA in the summer of 1993, working under Rev. Patti Faesy Myer’s supervision. That summer marked a paradigm shift for her on what church could like like, what it meant to be Baptist, and what God might be calling her to be. Two summers later, she returned as the pastoral intern during James Lamkin’s tenure, preached her first sermon and discovered that she loved the local church. Another two years later, RBC ordained Alicia to the gospel ministry and blessed her on her way in ministry. Almost 26 years later, Alicia still claims RBC as home.
Rev. Dr. Mahan Siler A story of three intertwining vines is my attempt at the impossible, to image my life, in particular my vocational narrative.
The first to begin growing in me was a mystical yearning, more a tender shoot on the vine that emerged from the soil of long, solitary walks each school day from the end of the bus line in Knoxville, Tennessee. Over time my curiosity about the meaning of life in general and God in particular gradually undermined my parents’ assumption that, being the only son, I would go into the family business. Following graduation from Vanderbilt University (BA) in 1956, this longing took me to seminary. Keep reading…