Jackson County Baptist Church breaks ground for God’s building

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Pastor Jack Lawson holds the Bible just before placing in the hole dug by Deacons and committee members. The pulpit will be placed near where the Bible is buried so His Word will be preached.

A building to glorify God is envisioned for the property at 79 Memorial Drive in Jefferson.

It was on that ground on Sunday afternoon that Pastor Jack Lawson said the plans were to dedicate the building for Him.

“We dedicate it to our God,” said Lawson. “This will be a house where we want to serve God and let the gospel spread out from it. This house belongs to God where people can find help and services they need.”

Lawson, who said he never imagined God would place it upon his heart at the age of 70 to have him be a part of planting a new church in Jackson County, shared scripture from 2 Cornithians.

Lawson said Millard Garland of Garland Construction will be building the 12,000-square-foot, $1.2 million church that will seat 279.

“When the building is built, we will be standing over the word of God,” said Lawson.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, Lawson said he had announced to the congregation earlier in the day that the event would be two-fold. In addition to placing a Bible in the soil unearthed by Deacons and members of the building committee, a copy of the note on the land was burned and placed in the hole as well.

Lawson said the church will enter 2013 free of debt. In less than three years from its founding, the congregation of Jackson County Baptist Church located a parcel of land, acquired the property at half the listed price which he said was nothing short of a miracle and paid off the debt on the land on Dec. 31.

“Our members have sacrificially given,” said Lawson, of those who are part of answering God’s call that there be a new church in Jackson County.

Brother Sam Holman said, “Today is a great beginning.” He said it was a once in a lifetime work to be able to start a church from the ground up.

The church was constituted on July 11, 2010, according to the church’s first-year history compiled by Elaine Ferguson.

“On Sunday afternoon, May 2, 2010 at 3 p.m., a group of 33 like-minded believers plus two children met at the First Georgia Bank, Community Room in Jefferson, for the purpose of a discussion of starting a mission church of the Corinth Baptist Church of Loganville with Dr. Jack Lawson, Pastor.”

More from Elaine Ferguson’s history:

After much discussion & prayer, it was unanimously agreed that we felt a church was needed for the purpose of feeding the believers of Jackson County and winning the lost to Jesus Christ. The name “Jackson County Baptist Church” was suggested by Dr. Jack Lawson and agreed upon to be the name of the church. An offering was received so the work could immediately begin and a committee was named to begin the search of the area for a building where the temporary church services can be held. It was mentioned that several families were unable to attend the meeting today due to previous plans. The meeting was closed in a united prayer circle.

 In Attendance @ Planning Meeting

Arnold, Chris & Sherry Land, Ben & Jamie (Garrett & Wyatt) Clark, Gene & Darlene Land, Tim & Carol

Coombs, Gene & Rita Lawson, Brother Jack & Renee Cooper, Rufus & Estelle Leclaire, Ron & Audrey

Crowe, Derrell & Marsha Meeks, Wayne & Jenet Eberhart, Don & Charlotte Thomas, Tim & LeighAnn

Ferguson, Jerry & Elaine Watson, Allen Freeman, Dan & Florence Hamrick, Joe & Betty Head, Danny & Linda

PLANNING COMMITTEE Named : Chris Arnold, Derrell Crowe, (First Meeting) Tim Land, Tim Thomas, and Allen Watson

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle,

and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let

your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is

in heaven.”  – Matthew 5: 14 -16

 Jackson County Baptist Church       www.JCBaptist.org

May 09, 2010 – First worship service for Jackson County Baptist Church was held on Mother’s Day – May 9, 2010, at 3 p.m. at the Jefferson Community Clubhouse.

Brother Jack Lawson brought the message “Is there Not a Cause?” – I Samuel 17:29. “Let us rise up and build…strengthen our hands for this good work” – Nehemiah 2:16-18

 “God, what are we to do – our eyes are upon thee. We need the spirit of the Lord in the midst of this congregation – The battle is not yours, but God’s – For the Lord will be with you.” – II Chronicles 20:12-17

 May 16, 2010 – Second worship service was held at the Hoschton Community Center on May 16 at 10 a.m. with 44 in attendance. The title of today’s message was “Where Do You Live?” – Ephesians 2:1-10… We should be living in Canaan Land. God transplants us from Power of Darkness into the Kingdom of His Dear Son.

Elected Jackson County Baptist Church Officers: CEO (Allen Watson); Financial/Treasurer: (Mike Nabors); and Secretary: (Linda Head)

 May 23, 2010 – Third worship service was held at Jackson Trail Christian School. Arrangements were made for the services to be held at the Jackson Trail Christian School gym on a permanent basis until somewhere else could be secured. We had 71 in attendance today.

First JCBC Bulletin was published. Message for today was “Secrets of a Great Work” – II Corinthians 8:1-5:

A. Blessed because of His council – must walk in the council of the Godly

B. Blessed because of His companions – must be with Godly people

C. Blessed because of His convictions – must have Biblical convictions and get under God’s wings. Verse 5…First we must give ourselves unto the Lord and unto the will of God.

 “Sharing Jesus Christ with Jackson County”

God’s eyes and heart shall be there perpetually – His ears are open to the prayers of His people – II Chronicles 7:14-16: “ Forgetting those things which are behind us and reaching forth to the things which are before us.”

Some things we need to forget and put under the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some things we need to remember are the blessings God has bestowed upon us. – Philippians 3:13

Constituting Service for Jackson County Baptist Church – July 11, 2010 –  6 p.m.

Corinth Baptist Church, 3156 Langley Road, Loganville, GA – Don Richards, Pastor

 July 11, 2010 – Jackson County Baptist Church was constituted on Sunday night at Corinth

Baptist Church. Dr. Jack Lawson brought the evening message from Matthew 16: 13-18, with his text taken from verse 18 “Upon this rock , I will build ‘my church’.”

Five Marks God would call His church and the purpose of Jackson County Baptist Church:

1. A Church where the Savior is exalted and lifted up – to draw people to Jesus Christ.

2. A Church that expounds the scripture and preaches the Word of God.

3. A Church that emphasizes soul winning.

4. A Church that will educate the saints by teaching them what the Word of God says – get them ready to obey His Word and that is all they will need to be spiritually strong.

5. A Church that equips the servant to do the work of the ministry with the tools they need to do the job. We want to build a Church in Jackson County that God will call His Church.

 After the church was constituted as Jackson County Baptist Church, Dr. Don Richards asked for a recommendation to nominate a Pastor. A motion was made by Mike Nabors and seconded by Tim Thomas to nominate Dr. Jack Lawson as the Pastor of Jackson County Baptist Church. Dr. Lawson was unanimously elected to be our Pastor. Mike Nabors closed the service in prayer.

First Year of JCBC

May 23, 2010 – First Fellowship and Cookout was held after service on Sunday night

May 26, 2010 – First Wednesday evening Prayer Service

May 30, 2010 – First Children’s Church

June 27, 2010 – First Men’s Prayer Group – Sunday evening before service

July 4, 2010 – First Ice Cream Social after the service on Sunday night

July 18, 2010 – First Pancake Breakfast for “all new members” was Sunday morning before church

First Missionaries Supported -

Erik & Holly Johnson – San Francisco de Macoris , Dominican Republic

Keith & Rebecca Shumaker – Burkina Faso, West Africa

Wesley & Evelyn Hutchins – Jamaica

Hope Resource Center – Jefferson

August 10, 2010 – Jackson County Baptist Church website and Pastor’s Mini Messages established

www.JCBaptist.org

Aug. 29, 2010 – First Choir Practice – Sunday afternoon before evening service

Sept. 18, 2010 – First Jackson County Baptist Church Family Directory published

Oct. 2, 2010 – First Ladies Meeting “Let’s Get Together” Brunch was held on Saturday morning,

Oct. 3, 2010 – First Sunday School classes (4)

Oct. 6, 2010 – First Church Conference – Wednesday night

Oct. 10, 2010 – First Communion Service – Sunday morning

Oct. 23, 2010 – First Fall Festival – Saturday evening

Nov.21, 2010 – Tim Thomas was licensed to preach at a 3 p.m. service.

Dec. 9, 2010 – First Ladies Christmas Fellowship – at home of Leigh Ann Thomas

Dec. 19, 2010 – First Christmas Fellowship – after evening service

Dec. 21, 2010 – First Choir Caroling

Jan. 1, 2011 – First New Year’s Day Service at Jackson County Administration Building, Dr. Jack Lawson, Speaker

Jan. 2, 2011 – First Choir Nursing Home outreach at Bentley Assisted Living

Jan. 16, 2011 – First Ordination Service of Deacons – Sunday at 3 p.m.

(Derrell Crowe, Dan Freeman, Danny Head and Charlie King)

Jan. 30, 2011 – First Soul was Birthed into God’s Kingdom – Michael Knight – Sunday Morning

(church was approximately 9 months old )

 Feb. 18, 2011 – First Men’s Fellowship was held on Friday night

Feb. 20, 2011 – First Service & Dedication of Property at the future site of Jackson County

Baptist Church at 4 p.m. The new address will be 79 Memorial Drive, Jefferson.

March 2011 – JCBC “G-R-O-W” visitation teams formed and weekly visitation program began.

March 9, 2011 – Purchase of the Damon Gause Estate property signed and transaction of property

finalized

 March 12-13, 2011 – First announcement of “Future Home of Jackson County Baptist Church” signs erected on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the property. Sunday, March 13, following the Sunday morning service we met at the signs for a special sign erection ceremony, a devotion & dedication prayer. We had 96 in attendance in the morning worship service.

April 9, 2011 — First Easter Egg Hunt was held at Crow’s Lake and the Land’s

April 24, 2011 – First Sunrise service was held at the property. We rejoiced as we broke our goal of having over 100) – with attendance of 150 present Easter Sunday morning for our service – our highest attendance at JCBC. We had seven join for church membership and one for baptism.

May 8, 2011 – Mother’s Day – (our first-year anniversary). Second highest attendance with 115 present for the service. PRAISE THE LORD FOR HIS BLESSINGS DURING OUR FIRST YEAR……………………………

July 10, 2011 – First Anniversary Service – Following the morning service a picnic lunch and first baptism at Crow’s Lake. First members that joined the church for baptism were Michael, Lynn & Nick Knight, Clair Crow and Isaac Thomas.

July 8, 2012 — Second Anniversary service will be observed on the church property with the beginning of an old-fashion tent meeting (Sunday – Wednesday, July 8 – July 11). Pastor Lawson will be baptizing those that have joined our church during the last year in this service.

 The Mission of Jackson County Baptist Church is:

“Building the Family of Faith”

“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel” – Mark 16:15

Evangelizing

“Go ye therefore and teach all nations” – Matthew 28:19

Discipling

Preach – Teach – Reach – Each

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