‘The back­bone of the whole com­mu­nity’

Gib­son Woods United Bap­tist Church’s des­ig­na­tion as ed­u­ca­tional tourism des­ti­na­tion will help pre­serve com­mu­nity his­tory

Valley Journal Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY KIRK STARRATT KINGSCOUNTYNEWS. CA

The Gib­son Woods United Bap­tist Church is much more than just a space for wor­ship and so­cial gath­er­ing.

Church dea­con and clerk Geral­dine Brown­ing said a re­cent in­vest­ment made in the church prop­erty in as­so­ci­a­tion with its des­ig­na­tion as an ed­u­ca­tional tourism des­ti­na­tion makes her very happy and she thanks God for it. She’s thrilled to see the church be­ing rec­og­nized for its cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance.

“I think it’s the back­bone of the whole com­mu­nity,” Brown­ing said. “It brings the com­mu­nity to­gether.”

Brown­ing be­lieves the new des­ig­na­tion and the as­so­ci­ated work on the church will be great for the com­mu­nity.

The build­ing has served as a place of wor­ship and a gen­eral meet­ing place since the doors first opened in 1902. And that long­time im­por­tance in the com­mu­nity is easy to see, Brown­ing says, adding that there are a lot of hugs to go around when­ever the con­gre­ga­tion gath­ers.

“I just love liv­ing here,” Brown­ing said. “We’re all one fam­ily.”

KIRK STARRATT

Gib­son Woods United Bap­tist Church dea­con and clerk Geral­dine Brown­ing looks at an in­for­ma­tion dis­play fea­tur­ing sev­eral projects and ini­tia­tives that mem­bers of the Gib­son Woods United Bap­tist Church Ladies Aux­il­iary have been in­volved with over the...

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