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September 6, 2013

Franklin Baptist Church to celebrate 115 years, demolish old facility

NORMAN — During the summer of 1932, several members of Franklin Baptist Church visited with a man who preferred making whiskey over attending church. He told the congregation he didn’t have a Sunday shirt to wear, so he never attended services.

Feeling this wasn’t a good enough excuse, then minister Bro. Joseph C. Flynt pulled his own shirt off and gave it to the man. Church history books report that the man started coming to church.

During that same time, members still relied on wagons as their main mode of transportation. One evening while members were enjoying a church revival, their children slept in pallets on the wagons.

As a prank, church lore tells us, the older boys of the congregation switched the children around. In the darkness, the parents didn’t realize they had the wrong children until they reached their homes. It was reported that it was 11 the next morning before all the children were happily reunited with the right set of parents.

It’s obvious that members of Franklin Baptist Church appreciate the history that surrounds their place of worship. Over the years, members have, in great detail, chronicled the church’s history. That’s 115 years of pastors leaving and new pastors filling their place at the pulpit, new hymnals, new carpet and even new bathrooms.

And, on Sunday, the church will have another notch in its history book as the church will host a homecoming celebration to celebrate those 115 years.

The morning will start off with Sunday school at 9 and worship at 10:50. A luncheon will be served at noon.

“We felt like this was an important Sunday because we are getting ready to build a new building in a few months and there are people who have moved off and we want them to have one more shot at worshiping in this building,” Pastor Brent Parsons said.

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