Mt. Calvary will celebrate 50 years at Sunday service
It has been 50 years since Mt. Calvary Baptist Church was first endorsed by the late Rev. RH Howard on June 22, 1965. The church will have a Golden Jubilee celebration during the morning and afternoon services on Sunday. Community members are invited to be a part of the celebration.
The fourth pastor of the church, Namon Melvin, said the church family has been preparing for the celebration.
"We will have guest speakers, singing and a memorial service," Melvin said. "We want everyone to come and fellowship with us and help us celebrate the 50 years."
In its 50 years of service the church has been operated from two different locations before moving to the current location. The church's motto "Yesterday is behind us. Tomorrow is not promised. Today, we move forward in Jesus' name" was penned by its second pastor, the Rev. Landis Odum. Melvin has been the church pastor since 2011. He served as a pastor at churches in Davis and Temple in Oklahoma before his service in Lawton.
"It has been a great experience for me here," Melvin said. "We have a great bunch of people who are bonded and loving and are sharing the words of God."
The service on Sunday will feature guest speakers Pastor Bobby Ray Easter at the 11 a.m. service and the Rev. Armogen Walker at the 3 p.m. service. Cake and refreshments will be served after the service.
Melvin said this year the church's goal is SALT is Sharing And Loving Together.
Sharon Avery, the church secretary who has been with the church for more than 26 years, shared her experience of being a part of the church since she was a little girl.
"My uncle was one of the founding members of the church and I remember coming to the church as a little girl," Avery recalled. "I also remember that my uncle was very punctual and he would start the service on time even if he was by himself and would welcome others to join the service as they came in."