We celebrated 118 years of worship Sunday at Mill Creek Baptist Church. Susan Cory, Alesia Parish and Levi Hamilton were celebrating their birthdays. Doug Cory greeted the congregation and visitors, and special prayers were asked for several, including Vernie Cook and Cleo.

Linda Abercrombie shared the “Together” devotional and read the scriptures from Acts 1:8. We are to be disciples and followers of Christ.

Mitchell Lett asked for God’s blessing on the offertory, and he and Rick Lett served as ushers. The congregation joined in singing “Showers of Blessings”, led by Karen Gardner with Susan on piano.

We were fortunate to have the Butler Creek Boys with us with special praise music during our song service. We enjoyed a wonderful fellowship dinner after the service. Wayne Holly gave the blessing.

At first, the original church was located across from Petty Cemetery on the Bill Mitchell Farm. In the late 1800s a fire destroyed the mill and the church was abandoned. Mill Creek Baptist Church was formed on August 7, 1904, and the church was built in 1906 on the banks of Mill Creek where it currently stands. Earlier records show that it was common for a Sunday offering to be five or eight cents, with a business meeting showing a balance of 32 cents. In 1938, after being remodeled by Twentieth Century Studios, the church was used in the filming of the film Jesse James for the wedding scene between Tyrone Powers, who played Jesse James, and Nancy Kelly.

On January 16, 2010, a fire destroyed the church building, and the congregation gathered at the Ozark Funeral Home at Christmas for ten months as it was rebuilt. The building was completed and a dedication service was held on November 7, 2010. The church bell was saved from the fire and erected in the new church. We found a date inscribed on the bell dated October 1902. The church survived flooding and record snowfall. Thirty-seven pastors were ordained at Mill Creek, including the first pastor, Elmer Abercrombie, in 1929.

We invite you to worship with us on Sunday mornings at the Little White Church on the Creek. Mill Creek Baptist Church is located 3 1/2 miles east of Noel, just off Highway 90. Worship begins at 11 a.m. and Sunday school at 10 a.m. Bible study takes place on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

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