J.O.Y. Group

Yesterday we went on a day trip with the J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth) group from our church. It is a group of “older men and women” who get together once a month….usually they play games at the church and then have lunch together. But yesterday they took a trip to Independence, Texas/Brenham, Texas.

We started off at the Texas Baptist Historical Museum….

Paul and I in front of the museum

They had stone benches outside of the museum that people dedicated in honor of others….

Herb Reynolds was a beloved president of Baylor from 1981-1995.

Paul Powell is a retired dean of Truett Seminary (at Baylor) and was also the president of the BGCT, along with being a very well sought-out speaker

Part of the Texas Baptist Historical Museum is the original Independence Baptist Church, dating all the way back to 1830’s.

Organized in 1839, the Independence Baptist Church was the leading Baptist church and supporter of missionary work during the Republic of Texas, and is the congregation in which Sam Houston was baptized.

After Baylor was established in Independence in 1845, the church and university were closely intertwined: The same person often served as pastor and president of the two institutions, and services were held in university buildings until 1853 when the congregation moved to the present site and to a new meetinghouse built on land donated by Baylor president and church pastor Rufus Burleson.

The sanctuary is still the original building, from the 1870’s, after a fire

There was a little that was part of our J.O.Y. group that was a member at Independence Baptist Church a long time ago, and her husband helped build the pew back shelves (that hold the Bibles and hymnals)…..

This is a painting portraying Sam Houston’s baptism, in the creek near the church.

Cute little anecdotes by Sam Houston…..especially about the fish downstream.

After the museum we went over to Old Baylor Park.

About a month ago I went over to Independence by myself and saw Baylor University on Windmill Hill.

Well, yesterday we saw Baylor Female College on Academy Hill.

These are the original columns of the building that stood on that hill.

Me in the arch of the original building…..

After the museum and Old Baylor Park, we went over to see Miracle Farms, which is a wonderful residential boys ranch that teaches how to be young men of dignity and character (it’s part of the Children at Heart Ministry).

Then it was on to Brenham for lunch at Must Be Heaven (which I LOVE)!!

We got home just in time because we had a torrential downpour in Giddings for about an hour in the afternoon! It was wonderful for the land….but the streets were completely flooded around Giddings! We came home and Paul promptly took a nap to the sound of the rain…

Overall we are grateful for the J.O.Y. group and the “joy” they bring to our church!

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