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December 13, 2013

FBC of Duncan’s renewal project almost completed

DUNCAN — It’s going to be an exciting Sunday for First Baptist Church of Duncan this weekend with a return to the newly renovated worship center and the revival of a favorite holiday production.

FBC began raising funds for the Renovation and Renewal capitol campaign in November 2012. Budget for the project was set at $500,000 and that goal was surpassed. Work began in late May of this year and services have been being held in the FBC Family Life Center for the duration of construction.

“We came in pretty close (to budget),” said Bryan Pain, FBC pastor. “We have a few finishing pieces to add but will be completely done in the next few weeks.”

One of those pieces will be a new pulpit to fit in the remodeled surroundings.

Although the First Baptist Church will celebrate 125 years next year, having been established in 1889, the worship center was built in 1950. It underwent some renovation in the late 1980s because of fire and flood damage. However, the sound technology used in today’s services was lost in translation because of the lack of acoustics.

“The genesis of the entire project was the sound system,” Pain said.

“We tested the sound system last Saturday and Sunday when the praise band came it to sing. You can tell a difference. It’s incredible.”

Although improving sound was the main focus of the project, many visible changes were made as well. The entrance to the worship center was broadened, columns were created and new pews installed. The color scheme was chosen by the project committee which includes a pleasant combination in carpet and pew fabric and the use of wrought iron.

“The committee needs to be commended because the visualized the worship center from beginning to end,” said Pain. “I can’t state it enough what a wonderful job those ladies have done.”

On the committee is Mary Sue Leu, Sue Boles, Nancy Allen, Kitty Beavers, Maxine Wilson and Katie Atchley.

When it was announced Dec. 15 would be the first Sunday back in the worship center, Pain said there was much applause. Though the congregation that day was small because some bad weather was in the area, the word spread fast, he said.

“I’m anxious to be back in there,” said Pain.

A formal induction for the worship center will take place Feb. 9, when Jack Graham, former pastor for FBC, will return and speak during the occasion. Before that date, however, Pain said the church welcomes the community to enjoy the worship center during FBC’s Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24.

“We want this to be where the community can enjoy a place of worship,” he said.

Adding to the Christmas spirit, FBC’s music department will be hosting the Living Christmas Tree and Dessert Theater at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday in the Family Life Center. The production has not been performed since 2009.

Standing 24 feet tall, the tree features 60 performers in seven tiers with 25,000 colored lights. The audiences will be seated around tables and are encouraged to get to the performances early to grab holiday goodies and their seat.

“We have a lot of fun putting it on and the community enjoys it,” said David Leu, FBC minister of music. “It’s a lot of work by a lot of people; that’s the reason we don’t do it every year.”

Preparation begins in August for the music production that Leu said features a wide variety of music from jazz and classical to contemporary and Christmas carols. There is music for all tastes and styles he said.

“We’re ready to go and sounding really well,” he said. “The team works really hard and do a great job.”

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