At 3:00pm on Sunday July 19th, approximately 70 BEPC members and friends gathered on the sand at Wildcat Lake in Banner Elk for baptism by immersion. The Rev. Feild Russell was the officiating pastor. Thirteen members of the Men’s Choir, accompanied by Diane Rydell on the autoharp, sang, “I’ll Meet You by the River”. Fulfilling a request from Morgan Matney was Margaret Tate, age 97. As the oldest regularly attending Elder, Margaret questioned and represented the congregation at the service. Rev. Russell called the gathering to order with prayer. He also gave a statement of purpose, and explained the meaning of baptism as a symbol of faith. Morgan Kaisse Matney, daughter of Terry Matney, and Sidney Malone Taylor, daughter of Amy Anderson, were baptized by immersion in Wildcat Lake. The worshipers sang together, “Lord I Want to Be A Christian,” and Rev. Russell closed the gathering with prayer. Other persons present at Wildcat Lake sat on the dock and around the lake while listening to the music and watching the proceedings. I am proud of the statement of faith presented during this baptism by immersion at Wildcat Lake, by the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church to the vacationing and Sunday afternoon activity crowd.
Baptisms at Wildcat Lake - July 19, 2015