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Contraila’s Cornerstone celebrates 10th anniversary

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 6:00 am

A decade can seem like mere moments in some contexts. In others it can seem exactly what it is, 10 years.

Marcus Blair, pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church, speaks to the congregation during the church’s celebration of the 10th anniversary of its founding.

A decade and change ago, a group of families started their own search for Jesus and began the path that would lead to the formation of a Centralia church that could be here to stay: the Cornerstone Baptist Church.

The congregation spent a few years going from location to location. First, worshipping in the homes of various members, their first “building,” was the old Fireside Guard building on the corner of Sneed and Allen Streets, then they rented space at the Centralia Masonic Lodge, and finally their own plot on Hickman Street, across from the Centralia Fairgrounds.

More than 70 people gathered beneath a shelter at Centralia’s Nathan A. Toalson Bicentennial Park to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Cornerstone Baptist Church.

“We’ve lost some people along the way, but gained more,” said one congregation member of the little churches’ journey. Cornerstone has grown from 27 members in May 2009 to 100 now, with an average worship attendance of 73.

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.