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HR260 192218-1 By Representative Bracy RFD: First Read: 27-FEB-18 192218-1:n:02/23/2018:JEC/jec LSA2018-1009 HONORING CENTRAL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY. WHEREAS, highest commendations and congratulations are herein proudly extended to Central Missionary Baptist Church on the occasion of its 100th Anniversary; and WHEREAS, Central Missionary Baptist Church traces its roots to 1918 and flourished under the leadership of its first pastor, the Reverend W.H. Smith; services were held in a small church located on Avenue G near Prichard Lane until a storm destroyed the building, and the congregation began to meet at the residence of Sister Mary Lou Bumpers Smith; and WHEREAS, under the leadership of its second pastor, Reverend B.M. Lovett, Central Missionary Baptist Church purchased property on the corner of Reynolds Avenue and F Street in Prichard, Alabama; and WHEREAS, in 1944, under the leadership of Reverend Emmett White, a new church was constructed and structure and organization was established within the membership; during this time, deacons were ordained and ministries began to blossom; and WHEREAS, on September 16, 1950, Reverend Leroy Boykin took the helm of leadership and under his guidance much progress occurred, another church was built across the street from the original church, 10 deacons were ordained and 25 ministers were licensed to preach, and the music, mission, and matron ministries expanded; and WHEREAS, on April 18, 1989, Reverend Harry Bernard Pugh, Sr., became pastor at the age of 37 and his leadership affected much positive change; tragedy occurred on June 19, 2007, when the church was struck by lightning and the sanctuary burned; Reverend Norvel Glover and the Mount Calvary Baptist Church altruistically opened their Life Center to Central Baptist Church at this time; and WHEREAS, when Central Missionary Baptist Church faced a dilemma because they couldn't receive a loan due to a lack of credit history, 85-year-old Richard Moore blessed the congregation by providing the funds for a new building; on August 11, 2011, Central Missionary Baptist Church broke ground and voted to appoint Pastor Pugh to oversee and design the construction project; on March 25, 2012, Central Missionary Baptist Church held its first worship service on its present site in Whistler, Alabama; and WHEREAS, Central Missionary Baptist Church has overcome trials and tribulations and prospered under the favor and grace of the Holy Spirit; Central Missionary Baptist Church will continue to serve as a beacon of light and a pillar of faith within the community and beyond; now therefore, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, That Central Missionary Baptist Church is honored and commended, and this resolution is offered to Reverend Harry Bernard Pugh and his congregation in highest tribute, as well as with sincere best wishes for continued blessings.