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Fountain Campground to hold annual campmeeting

It's Campmeeting time again at Fountain Campground

Campmeeting will kick off with a barbecue chicken supper and Gospel Sing on Saturday, June 3. The barbecue chicken supper will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. and will include a half barbecue chicken, homemade potato salad, green beans, bread, tea and your choice of homemade cake. Tickets are $6 each and may be purchased from any Fountain Campground Tentholder or by calling Ronnie Johnson at 595-6146 or Henry Fluker at 595-5245.

The Gospel Sing will feature the following groups:

  • 4 p.m. - The Jones Boys

  • 5 p.m. - Jordan River Boys

  • 6 p.m. - Freddie Brown

  • 7 p.m. - The Master's Call

  • 8 p.m. - The New Apostles.

    On Sunday, June 4, a One-Night Youth Revival begins at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Megan Devane, Pine Grove Baptist Church Youth Pastor, as the featured speaker. Special music will also be provided.

    Morning Worship Services will be held daily at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 5 through Saturday, June 10. Rev. Andy Collins of Sharon Baptist Church will provide the message. Evening Services will be held on Monday, June 5 through Saturday, June 10 at 7:40 nightly. The nightly service will begin each evening with special music followed by the worship service featuring Rev. Pierce Norman. Additional special music will be provided during the service. On Wednesday, June 7, there will be a special Memorial and History Service beginning at 7:15 p.m. Activities conclude on Sunday, June 11, with Sunday School at 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. and a covered dish lunch at noon.

    Special activities during the week include a covered dish dinner at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7. An ice cream social will be held immediately following the worship service on Friday night, June 9.

    The morning worship service Monday through Saturday will feature Rev. Andy Collins, Pastor of Sharon Baptist Church since June 2004. He worked as Youth Director at Sharon for two years and at Powell Baptist Church for four years. Rev. Collins has a heart for kids. He taught high school social studies for a year at Butler High School before becoming full time Pastor at Sharon Baptist. His calling to youth ministry came during a mission trip to Mexico. He went to Mexico to pour concrete and to be part of a construction crew to add on to the church building. But as the Lord would have it, it rained too hard to pour concrete and the only thing left to do was to work with the children. It was during this week that the Lord touched his heart to enter into youth ministry. Andy's service to the Lord as Pastor at Sharon has been a time of spiritual growth and fulfillment for Andy personally and for the Church. He currently attends Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta where he is working on a Masters of Divinity degree.

    The guest evangelist for the Monday through Saturday evening services and the Sunday morning service is Rev. Pierce Norman. His ministry began in 1966. He served in several churches before becoming a full-time evangelist in 1981.

    As a full-time evangelist, he has led hundreds of revivals and camp meetings. In 1989, he was appointed as Pastor of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church in Evans. He retired from that church in 2002. He was called out of retirement in 2005 to pastor Riverview United Methodist Church in Evans. He is a pastor who combines keen intellect, deep religious insight and an unusual ability to communicate.

    Fountain Campground was established in 1822 on land deeded for religious purposes only to be governed by nine trustees - three each from McDuffie, Warren and Wilkes Counties. The nondenominational campground does not fall under any one church affiliation, but invites people of all faiths to attend and worship.

    The tabernacle is open with hand-hewn beams and trusses, wood benches and a sawdust floor. Surrounding the tabernacle are open wooden tents (cabins) which also have sawdust floors. Modifications such as electricity and running water have been added. There are recreational vehicle campsites and public bathhouses.

    Fountain Campground is located on Highway 80 North, approximately nine miles from the Camak/Warrenton Exit on I-20. It is located between Cadley and Washington.

    For additional information, contact Ronnie Johnson at 595-6146.

    Web posted on Thursday, May 25, 2006

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