After nearly 60 years of ministry on Lookout Mountain, the little Adventist church in Rising Fawn, Ga., still had no baptistery—and we had to change that! So, late last summer, the church board voted to raise funds for a baptistery. God honored the members’ faith a few months later with their first baptisms inside the remodeled fellowship hall.
As Chris Donavan, pastor, visited with the Saggio family to discuss their desire to join the church by baptism, he quickly realized that they were already Seventh-day Adventists in belief and practice; they just had never taken the formal step of getting baptized and joining the movement.
Over the years, the Saggios had attended several Sabbath-keeping churches. (Way to go, Georgia-Cumberland churches, for sowing seeds and investing in growing disciples!) Last year the family received a flyer for our Fall Fest, but they didn’t attend. What eventually brought them to our congregation one Sabbath was a desire to see the church where Medal of Honor hero Desmond Doss had worshiped and been a member. (Yes, his impact is still being felt to this day!) The love this family received from the church members impressed them from the start, and they continued to participate and fellowship with us.
The four members of the Saggio family were baptized on Sabbath, March 18. On Sunday the 19th, our Health Expo at the community center put these newest members directly in ministry on the very first day of their new walk with Jesus!
The free community wellness event brought us into contact with several people we have never met before and also gave us an opportunity to strengthen friendships with others who were already well-acquainted with the church family. Several students from Wildwood Lifestyle Center joined us to staff each of the eight stations, and we hope that their practical guidance enriched a number of lives. All in all, it was a good experience to reach out with our right arm in compassion and blessing to the community.
The third weekend in March turned out to be a wonderful one at the Lookout Mountain Adventist Church. All of heaven rejoiced with us, and the joy continues as we make, mature, and multiply disciples up on the mount—remaining always on the lookout for “just one more.”
by Chris Donavan, former pastor of the Lookout Mountain Church