In marking another milestone in the history of Beacon Baptist Church, the fellowship celebrated once again with another note burning on Sunday, the second such event in the church’s short history.
The celebration came after the final payment had been made in August on the church’s two-story multi-purpose facility, which houses Sunday School classrooms, a large fellowship hall, youth room, two restrooms and a spacious kitchen.
Construction began in June 2008 and has evolved over time as needs arose and funding was available to complete projects, such as the open upstairs area where Beacon’s youth group meets.
The space has since hosted dozens of fellowship dinners as well as wedding receptions, birthday parties and family reunions for families associated with the church.
Sunday’s note burning celebration included special music with Rod
Messer and Voices of Praise, as well as Pat and Trey Chesnut from Barbourville Church of God. Pat’s father, Dennis, was elected Beacon’s pastor shortly after the church formed in spring 2001 and has since shepherded the congregation.
The church was founded in 2001, with a meeting at the former Hillbilly’s Restaurant.
Other locations provided a meeting place for the fellowship, such as Curt Corey’s gym on Hwy. 229 and the old Smith’s Cabinet Shop, before construction begain in spring 2003 on the permanent facility which houses the sanctuary and offices. The first worship service was held in that building in January 2004.