Celebrating 120 years in Bridgeport, Texas
First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport is located just off U.S. Highway 380 in Bridgeport, Texas, not too far west of Decatur.
“We always say if you can see the water tower, you can see the church!” says Rev. Jim Ramsawh, pastor at Bridgeport. You’ll find Rev. Ramsawh and church secretary, Diane Fullingim, keeping standard office hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays. “Of course Sunday is worship and the first person usually arrives about 9:00 a.m., classes begins at 10:00 and worship follows at 11:00.”
In September of this year, First Presbyterian Church celebrated an impressive milestone – 120 years of ministry for God in Bridgeport!
“This congregation is truly Presbyterian,” says Ramsawh. “They follow the Book of Order and are faithful about their responsibilities and mission. As they say, we adhere to doing things decently and in order.”
5 new members joined during Bridgeport’s anniversary worship service, and a fellowship luncheon followed.
Pictured here is church member Marie New. Bridgeport Elder, John Curry, says she may be the “oldest” member at 92, but not necessarily the longest attending. “We think Elder Claudia Lawson is the longest serving member, followed by Elder Fred Meyer.”
The anniversary celebration was a special day all around – one that started with an anonymous gift left in the early morning hours. “A cross was donated by an unknown person,” says Curry. “My wife Sharon and I found it propped up by the rear entrance with a note. Beautiful. All cedar and very heavy!”
Rev. Ramsawh, who also serves as pastor at the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth, speaks with pride about the outreach and mission endeavors of FPC, Bridgeport. “KraZ Quilters donate quilts regularly to the local Court Appointed Special Advocate program in Wise County.”
“And with the help of another church member, we’ve also developed a program to assist local high school students in obtaining scholarships, grants and loans for college.”
Bridgeport hosts several other special events throughout the year, including a Christmas Candlelight Service and Maundy Thursday Service held jointly with the local Methodist church.
You can learn more about First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport by joining the church’s Facebook group.
Our thanks to John Curry for sharing his pictures and event highlights, and to Rev. James (Jim) Ramsawh, seen here cutting the anniversary cake, for visiting with us.
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