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Video will show church's 150 years

First Baptist Church of Thomson continues its sesquicentennial celebration, and the next event will serve as a reference for future generations.

A video of the church's 150 years will be shown in the sanctuary during the evening service on Sunday, Jan. 24. The 90-minute video will be shown in two parts, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The first part of the video consists of re-enactments of the church's beginning. The last half hour is a documentary-style narrative along with historical pictures.

"Really, just the whole of it has been so enjoyable to work on. It's fun to watch," said Kathie Mogish, who wrote and narrated the video. "We're really pleased to be able to leave a little bit of a filmed legacy. So, at the 200th anniversary, they'll be able to look at this and see what we did."

Ms. Mogish said the idea evolved from past monumental celebrations, when church members would perform live dramas, or pageants, of the church's history. The only record of those pageants is a few still photographs.

"And we just thought this time, if we did it as a film, we could cover a lot more, we could do a lot more, we could actually go on location," Ms. Mogish said.

The video begins in a replica home of Dr. William Pitts, the founder of the church. Ms. Mogish said Mr. Pitts' original home stood where SunTrust Bank is on Jackson Street today. That house still exists -- it was moved to Salem Road -- but because it is undergoing renovations, the church history committee opted to use a similar house from the same time period for the video. So, they used the home of Tom and Krista Wells, located on Main Street in Thomson.

Another building used in the re-enactments is the historical Wrightsboro Church. Ms. Mogish said it is "a small, wooden church" just as the original First Baptist Church was. The church was originally called Thomson Baptist Church.

"The video tells the story of our church, but it also puts it in context of the growth of Thomson," Ms. Mogish said. "That's why we're inviting the community to come watch the video, because there are a lot of things people will be interested in knowing."

Others in the church and community were instrumental in making the video, including Ben Howell, Jr., who was the videographer, Julia Lambert, who directed the re-enactment scenes, and Brad Pirkle, who edited the final version. Most of the pictures used in the second part of the video came from a collection of Rusty Lovelace. And long-time church members were interviewed, giving their personal memories of the church.

"It was interesting to work on it. I learned a great deal, not only about my church, but about Thomson, as well," Ms. Mogish said.


What: Video of 150-year history of First Baptist Church of Thomson

When: 5:30 p.m., Sunday

Where: First Baptist Church sanctuary, Jackson Street at West Hill Street, downtown Thomson

Admission: Free

For more info: Call the church at (706) 595-4252

Web posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010

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