PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH HISTORY
FOR 2018
ELLIJAY, GEORGIA

Rev. Dan Rosser, Pastor
Rev. Jeff Phillips, Family Minister
Doug Lee, Minister of Music

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church remains a Southern Baptist Church and contributes 20% of its offerings to missions.  There is a full time Minister, Dan Rosser, a full-time Young Family and Children’s Minister, Jeff Phillips, a part-time Music Minister, Doug Lee, with volunteer musicians.  Two ladies serve as secretary, hostess and receptionist part-time. Lisa Bradley also serves as the Financial Secretary.  She began working mid-summer when Donna Brady resigned.  Heather McCann works one day a week as receptionist.  Dixie Ball remains our other part-time secretary and Church Clerk.  A full-time Janitor, Doug Pritchett serves to keep our church clean and the grounds neat.  The church office is now closed on Fridays.

Currently, we have 13 Deacons at Pleasant Grove Baptist.  They are Loy Jarrett, Jack Harper, Kent Sanford-Chairman, Davis Buchanan, Ron Floyd, Keith Bost, Ralph McCann, Jim McElveen, Randy Huntsman, Don Howard, Jack Case.  Winston Quarles and Duane Richardson were both ordained as deacons in August this year.

The Food for the Hungry, Clothes Closet, and Medical Clinic are active mission outreach programs taking place each month.  An average of 65 families are served.

An afterschool program has been established for one day each week during school months.  It has been successful.

The young children have been led by Anna Phillips, Jeff’s wife.  The young children have sung to the church during worship service and recited the books of the Bible.  They also attend Children’s Church during worship service on most Sundays.

In April, there was an Easter Egg Hunt at the Ellijay River Park.  This was sponsored by Pleasant Grove and the Park & Recreation Department.  About one hundred attended.  There were two salvations.  The church gave one hundred flash lights and candy to those who came.

The teenagers are few at Pleasant Grove but are faithful.  They have also gone on day trips and attended Youth Rallies and conferences.  All graduates were recognized in May during Sunday Services.

Bible School was held for one week this summer and we saw three children get saved during the week.  We had seventy-seven average daily.  The church had a one-day revival in April with Matt Dyer as the preacher.  Another revival was held in August from Sunday morning through Wednesday evening.  Pastor Bucky Kennedy stirred us up to follow God’s calling and we had a great time in the Lord.

A Fall Festival was held on the church grounds and portico to welcome the community and the church families to celebrate together.  There were games, food & drinks and a time to visit each other and witness.

The women at Pleasant Grove Baptist continue to stay busy by serving meals for bereavement, and meals at church to celebrate holidays and opportunities to fellowship.  The Sewing Sisters are busy making lap quilts for shut-ins.  The Sisterhood meets monthly to fellowship together, pray for those in need and support each other. 

Many women help with Food for the Hungry and The Clothes Closet.  Many of our volunteer musicians are women.  They share their talents playing the piano, organ, keyboard, and cello and violin at special services.

A husband-wife team serve as hosts for our food ministry.  They work very hard to offer fine meals for the church family for special occasions.  Keeping our fellowship hall decorated and stocked is another job done by the ladies in the church and our Food Service Hostesses.

There is a group of ladies who serve as librarians and keep a wonderful selection of books to offer the membership.  It is a blessing to have this in our church.

Another group of ladies care for our children in the nursery each time there are services.

The Angel Wings Ministry is a group of women that send cards and make contact with those who can’t be at church.  It is a huge encouragement to those who are homebound, in the hospital, in rehab or in an assisted living facility.  Angel Wings is a vital and necessary ministry to our church.

We have a group of women who meet to pray on a weekly basis at the church.  Men also have a prayer ministry and a Brotherhood ministry.  Jeff Phillips lead a Turkey-Shoot and Skeet Shoot twice this year with a good number from the community and church attending.

The Children’s Home fruit juice drive, Annie Armstrong and Lottie Moon goals were set and met.  Our church continues to donate to the M28 Ministry located inside the Atlanta Perimeter.  The Christian Learning Center in Gilmer County is another ministry that we support and have members who serve as board members of the CLC.  The Shoebox Ministry is another project we support.  We collected 194 shoeboxes.

The Music Ministry has done special music each Sunday with the Sanctuary Choir, special music by individuals and guest singers.  We also have a Senior Adult Choir who sing a few times each year.  Our music is mainly traditional with a scattering of praise songs.  With extra practice, the Sanctuary Choir does Easter, Independence Day and Christmas music.  This year’s music was a great addition to the Christmas season.  Selections from this were sung at the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service which was well attended.  The church was almost filled with members and many visitors.  We had communion, preaching, singing and candle lighting ceremony.

The men at church are diligent to serve the Lord through working as teachers for Sunday School, Brotherhood, men’s prayer meetings, Deacon of the Week, bus and van maintenance, Food for the Hungry counselors & food distribution, ushers and security service.  They do many other things at our church that may not have a title, but when called, help is always offered.  They also attended the Associational Men’s Conference in Blue Ridge.

The Senior Adults are involved in many of the ministries that have been mentioned.  Each month they enjoy a luncheon at church or a trip somewhere to learn something new or to just have fun with someone else driving.  They participate in the Association’s Singspiration and Old Fashion’ Camp Meeting each year.  Many of our seniors are enjoying being able to serve God at Pleasant Grove and this is a way to thank them for their ministry.  The Deacon’s also planned and held a banquet for Widows and Widowers again this year.

We had one wedding of a non-church member this year. 

There were two births to Kyle and Chelsie Mize, a girl, Alice Marie.  Another daughter was born to Leslie and Justin Monteith, Kora Jordan.  They brighten our lives each Sunday in church.

There were many members that went to be with the Lord this year; Charlie Culp, Lillian Woodring, Clayton Brothers, and Kathryn Waters. 

There were 19 new members to join Pleasant Grove Baptist this year.  And, there were four baptisms.

Pleasant Grove Baptist still meets three times a week for worship service and prayer.  We have Sunday School Bible Study and two services on Sunday, and Prayer Meeting and Bible Study on Wednesday evenings.  We observe Communion each quarter.  The Advent season was celebrated at Pleasant Grove this year.  Several young families led the Advent Candle Lighting Ceremonies.  A candlelight service was also held on Christmas Eve.

The Associational Minster, Claude Mathis, has been a real blessing to our church and offers much support and guidance.

The Cemetery is still in operation and offers members a free burial plot.  A committee oversees the operation of the Cemetery and up-keep of the grounds. Members should see Kent Sanford for more information about choosing a grave site.  Pleasant Grove Baptist keeps up the Logan Cemetery so that it is accessible to visitors.  The property is land-locked at present and it is recommended that one should get permission to pass on land of an adjacent landowner.  See Kent Sanford for more information about land owners.  A map of the cemetery is enclosed in this report. 

We also continue to rent the old church to Pastor Johnny Grizzle and his church, Daily Walk Ministry, for $1000.00 a month.  We were given a property on Talona Mountain with a large cross.  We rent some space here to a cell tower which helps with upkeep on the fenced-in grounds.

We thank God for our church, the blessings that we have enjoyed this past year and the opportunities that we have been given to serve.