Thank You from Our Pastor

Scott Street Baptist Church
Dear Everyone,
(right to left) Mr. Isaac Newton Farris, Mrs. Kimberly Moore, and Rev. Garry D. Moore, Sr.

(left to right) Mr. Isaac Newton Farris, Mrs. Kimberly Moore, and Rev. Garry D. Moore, Sr.

We have looked through the dictionary and the thesaurus and cannot find words that can remotely express our gratitude to everyone who played a part in the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the Scott Street Baptist Church. It was an awesome weekend.


We were all blessed by the inspiring words and challenges from our keynote speaker Isaac Newton Farris (nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). We are also thankful for Rev. Dr. George Bolden (the former pastor of SSBC) and former First Lady, Geraldine Bolden. Dr. Bolden gave us our marching orders for the next 125 years at our banquet on Saturday. It was a fantastic place to be on the eve of our anniversary as we heard a word from the Lord.
We cannot thank the City of Bluefield and Bluefield State College enough for their cooperation and participation in the rededication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge. Regardless of our faith traditions, we believe that God was honored with all of the inspiring words given by each speaker. The bridge was decorated so beautifully and it was a good day for all Bluefieldians.

We wanted to share this weekend with the City of Bluefield and BSC because of our symbiotic history. Pastor Garry D. Moore, Sr. and Dea. J. Rudolf Brammer have served the the city as mayors. Dr. Leroy Allen served BSC as its President while simultaneously blessing SSBC as its pastor.

Our joy is wrapped up in how we came together. You helped us and we’ll never forget how you blessed us. We cannot praise the Bluefield Police Department, the BSC campus police, the Mercer County Sheriff Department, and the Mercer County detachment of the WV State Police enough for their professionalism and keeping us safe. Thank you Bluefield Daily Telegraph and WVVA for such wonderful coverage of all events and the positive comments about our city and church. We must take the time to also thank the staff of the Chuck Mathena Center. You have a wonderful facility and it is a great asset to our county!
Thank you Senator Bill Cole and Senator Joe Manchin for your proclamations. Your representatives, Jason Crowder and Michael Browning (respectively), blessed us tremendously.
We the members and pastor of the Scott Street Baptist Church thank all of you for such a joyous weekend. No one in history has ever done anything worthwhile without help. We thank you for your support and prayers. We thank you for being a friend of God.
To God be the glory for all the things HE has done. Just remember that God is not finished with any of us yet!
May God Bless and Keep You,
Rev. Garry D. Moore, Sr., Pastor

Please come join us as we celebrate our 125th Anniversary!

Saturday, October 10th

6pm: Meet and Greet Reception for Mr. Isaac Newton Farris

(Bluefield State College – Herbert Gallery)

7pm: Anniversary Banquet

(Bluefield State College – Student Union)

Sunday, October 11th 

2pm: 125th Church Anniversary Celebration

(Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, WV)

Our celebration will begin with a banquet on Saturday, October 10th at Bluefield State College Student Union. Dress for the occasion is semi-formal attire. A “Meet and Greet” reception with Mr. Isaac Newton Farris (nephew of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President and CEO of the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia) will proceed the banquet in the Herbert Gallery at 6pm. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Scott Street Baptist Church 125th Church Anniversary Banquet will begin at 7pm with Rev. George Bolden as our speaker and feature special performances by Gypsy Lewis and our own Ronnell Thompson.

Tickets for the banquet are on sale for a donation of $15.
If you would like to celebrate this momentous occasion with us please contact – Carolyn Williams at (304) 327-6786.

Sunday, October 11th, service will be held at the Chuck Mathena Center at 2pm. Mr. Isaac Newton Farris will be the speaker and guest of honor for our church anniversary service. Dessert and punch will be served following service.

We hope that you will join us in celebrating our many blessings throughout our 125 years of existence!
“To God be the glory for the GREAT things He has done.”

We are honored to announce our speaker and guest of honor for our 125th Anniversary Celebration – Mr. Isaac Newton Farris, nephew of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the President and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

October 10th (Saturday)

6pm: “Meet and Greet” Reception at Bluefield State College

October 11th (Sunday)

2pm: 125th Church Anniversary at Chuck Mathena Center

OTHER CITY EVENTS THAT MR. ISAAC NEWTON FARRIS WILL BE ATTENDING:

The City of Bluefield will be hosting a Unity Celebration Program/Re-dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge at Bluefield State College on Saturday, October 10th at 2pm. Area clergy and dignitaries will be speaking with Dr. Krotseng (President of Bluefield State College) serving as Mistress of Ceremony. The program will conclude with a march to the bridge and a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. This event is free and open to the public.

Scott Street Baptist Church

Isaac Newton Farris Jr. nephew of Dr Martin Luther King Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia and attended his uncle’s alma mater, Morehouse College where he majored in Political Science. Mr. Farris’s background has given him a unique prospective and real life experience on some of the most pressing issues of our times. Growing up in one of America’s most socially and politically active families has provided him with a front row seat, witnessing how policy is formulated and implemented.

Mr. Farris has met and dialogued with countless heads of State, CEOs, religious leaders, academic leaders, and grass roots activists, in addition he has also participated in debates and commentaries for print, radio and television media outlets ranging from CNN, USA Today to WSB radio. In 1984 Mr. Farris got his first hands on experience as a political operative when he served as Georgia Field Coordinator for the Walter Mondale Presidential campaign. A year later he served as Deputy Manager for the reelection of Andrew Young as Mayor of Atlanta.

In 1986 he was campaign manager for Martin Luther King III in his successful bid to become a Fulton County Commissioner. From 1987-1992 he served in executive level positions in government where he was responsible for implementing policy.

In 1992 – 1996 Mr. Farris was tapped to become President and CEO of the Clean Air Industries Inc., a company who was not only involved in environmental clean up but also developed a patent technology which allowed combustion engines of truck, buses, and cars to run on clean burning natural (Methane) gas.

In 1996 Mr. Farris was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, and in 2005 he was appointed President and CEO of the King Center and served in that capacity until March 2010. In August 2011 Mr. Farris was elected President/CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Mr. Farris currently serves as Senior Fellow of the King Center where he continues to write, research and lecture on the life, philosophy and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Prayer Requests – April 2015

  • Catherine Leftwich
  • Angela Tappert
  • Gracie Martin
  • Greta Johnson
  • Sue Mitchell
  • Deoratha Ferguson
  • Alma Littlejohn
  • Marie Alexander
  • Melba Taylor
  • Shirley Eggleton
  • Honey Lewis
  • Viola O’Neal
  • Iwan Seymour
  • Carolyn Williams
  • Tonia O’Neal
  • Beth Meyers
  • Beverly Martin
  • Barbara Green-Harris
  • Nawana Cole
  • Carol Simmons
  • Betty Thompson
  • Tarronda Martin
  • Brenda Sigmon
  • Alice Smith
  • Samantha (Sammy) Shrader
  • Evangelist Margaret McKnight
  • Janice Walker
  • Deborah Walker-Hurt
  • Melva Brooks
  • Deloris French
  • Lillian Fields
  • Jackie Whitehead
  • Marlene Dowell
  • Ada Morris
  • Joan Ray
  • Billie Jean Woods
  • Becky Lewis
  • Beth Morris
  • Sherri Rutherford
  • Akira Kelly
  • Amanda Lee Ann Shrader
  • Claudette Clemons
  • Gabi Williams
  • Betty Hawkins
  • Linda Kay Johnson
  • Helen England
  • Pam Dobbins
  • Clara Dickerson
  • Veronica Banner
  • Festina Spencer
  • Michelle Vrown
  • Toni Green
  • Betty Shrader
  • Shirley Trigg
  • Karen Hunt
  • Linda Wilson
  • Veronica Stephens
  • John Hurt
  • Raymond Lewis
  • Keith Allen Shrader
  • Wesley Shrader
  • Willie Hunt
  • James Baylor
  • Charles Cole
  • Donald Dodson
  • James (JD) Shrader
  • Mayor Carl Hutchinson
  • Melvin Pannell
  • David Ferguson
  • Jake Dirby
  • Floyd Ray, Sr.
  • Floyd Ray, Jr.
  • Marcus Brooks
  • Kevin Jones
  • Todd French
  • Richard Anthony
  • Ricky Price
  • James Harrell
  • Michael Lewis
  • Andre O’Neal
  • Bruce Houston
  • Charles Thompson
  • George Taxley
  • Cliff Barnett
  • Craig Hammon
  • Gordan Weston
  • Coy Lewis
  • Demont Lewis
  • Samuel Dickerson
  • Louis Stokes
  • Ricky Williams
  • James Culp
  • Twyman Ferguson
  • Earl Martin
  • Johnny Peoples
  • Donald Caffee
  • David Lee Peoples
  • James Martin
  • James Woodruff
  • Courtney Wallace
  • J. Franklin Long
  • Donald Reece
  • Kevin Haden
  • David Powell
  • David Kade
  • Stanley Cuthbertson
  • Eugene Shrader
  • Special Prayer is asked for William Dickerson and Becky Lewis of our church.