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Inception of SAMBC 1920
 Inception of SAMBC 1920

History of Saint Augustine Baptist Church

Brush Arbor (often dialectically called Brush Harbor). Brush Arbor was a temporary structure made of nothing but tree limbs bound together and covered with brushes and bushes. Sometimes, chicken wire was used to help hold the structure together. It was crude, but at last the people had a place of worship they could call their own.

I have met the Creator of the Universe, His name is Jesus Christ. And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: 1 Thessalonians 3:12

Out of an era of turmoil, at a time when there was much disunity in the Nation, at a time when the question was whether this nation could survive half slave-half free, at a time when President Lincoln was struggling with the Emancipation Proclamation; Reverend Fred Eagle and a few faithful followers had a vision.

Through prayer and faith by our ancestors, it became apparent that this Nation could not survive half slave-half free.

The vision of Reverend Fred Eagle gave birth to the Saint Augustine Missionary Baptist Church in 1920.

Believing what Jesus said, "that where two or three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of them", these few gathered together and its first worship service was held under a "brush harbor." (Matthew 18)

Some of our earlier leaders were: Rev. Fred Eagle Brother Larry Thomas Rev. R. L. Young; Rev. W.L. Jackson; Rev. Joe Holmes; and Rev. Robert Taylor. The struggle for survival continued.

It was the vision of a group led by Reverend Fred Eagle to establish a place for worship and fellowship at 2901 Harp Street, Shreveport, LA 71103. From this vision, in 1920 built a Brush Harbor, which they called a church. Brother Larry Thomas named the church, Saint Augustine Baptist Church.

One day a storm blew the Brush Harbor down and they moved into a one-room shack across the street from their previous location at 2901 Harp Street. They later moved to where the church now stands at 2931 Murphy Street, Shreveport, LA 71103.

Sometime later, Reverend Eagle passed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     In 1930, Reverend R. L. Young was called to pastor.

(a). Members added sheetrock and painted the church.     

(b). The church progressed from torch lights to kerosene lamps.

In 1932, Reverend Ford Franklin was baptized at the age of 12 in May.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In 1935, the church used real wine for communion. (The Lord’s Supper)

In 1939, Lot 10 of Block 1, Pine Grove Subdivision, was purchased for $250.00 in February.

In 1947, Lot 9, Block 1, Pine Grove Subdivision, was purchased for $311.00 in September. Construction for the church started and in May and July the church was moved for $500.00

In 1965, Reverend W. L. Jackson was called as pastor.

In 1972, the church records burned.                                                                                    

(a). Air conditioning was installed.                                                                                                

(b). Speakers were installed.                                                                                                        

(c). Pews and organ were purchased.

In 1979, Reverend W. L. Jackson resigned as pastor on October 31...

In 1980, Reverend Joe Holmes was called to pastor in May.

In 1981, a. 30 choir robes and 12 hymn books was dedicated to the church.

In 1990, Reverend Edward Johnson became pastor. He was elected in May and served for a short time.                                                                                                                                     

(a). A van was purchased for $14,000.00.                                                                                 

(b). Renovation of the church interior was done in 1995.                                                          

(c). A piano was purchased in 1996.                                                                                       

(d). Choir robes, a church sign, and set of drums were purchased in 1997.

In 1994, Reverend Robert Taylor was called to pastor in September.                                          

(a). An alarm system was installed and burglar bars were purchased for security for $815.00.                                                                                                                                           

(b). The church's interior was renovated for $450.00.                                                               

(c). One communion table lettering board 5'x45 3/8", oak finish and tow Myrtle wood offering plates was donated.                                                                                                                 

(d). The Taylor construction Company reframed the baptizing pool.                  

(e). The roof was repaired/redone at a cost of $660.00.

In 1997, Reverend Robert Taylor passed in June.                                                                        

(a). 30 new choir robes were purchased for $3,935.41 in March.                                                   

 (b). A church sign was purchased for $548.00.                                                                        

(c). Carpet from GCO was installed at a cost of $762.32.                                                     

(d). 48x48 MDO sign with posts was purchased for $561.25 in June.

In 1997, Reverend Earnest Green was called to pastor in October.

  1. A water tank, church van, copy machine, computer, and P.A. system were purchased.
  2. In 1999, Plans for a proposed church in August.

      c. A new van was purchased in 200.

d. A new set of drums was purchased in 2001.

e. A computer was donated.

f. Sister Hazel Giles was appointed as Mother of the church in 2001.

g. Siding was installed on the outside of church in 2001.

h. A new church sign was purchased in 2002.

In November of 2001, Reverend Earnest Green resigned.

In June of 2002, Reverend John E. Mitchell was called to pastor.

These ministries and or services have been enacted since his inception.

a. Holy Week Celebration was established as an annual event in 2003.

b. Palm Sunday march was established in 2003.

c. Reconstruction of Worship Services in 2003.

d. New Tithes and Offering envelopes, paper towel and soap dispensers were added.

e. Three new deacons were ordained in 2003.

f. First Miss Precious Jewel Pageant, in December 2003.

g. Deacon Tommy Lee Ashton confessed to preach on March 20, 2003.

h. Donation of Lot number 1, Block 1, Pine Grove Subdivision by Mrs. Juanita Thomas who resides in Walnut Creek California.

Many have been baptized, joined by letter and Christian experience, and some have rededicated their lives to Christ since the inception of the church.

In 2004, Repairs to the Men's Room. Purchased of van number 2. One (1) by letter, two (2) by Christian experience, and One (1) for water baptism.

In 2005, Purchased copy machine. Paid off loan.                                                                 

First National Night Out. Community Clean Sweep.                                                        

Repaired air conditioning & heating unit. Four (4) members by restoration.

In 2006, Repaired plumbing. Replaced air ducts, and cycle control wire. Purchased Lot number 12 GEO Code: 174903-010-0012 from Mrs. Della Mae Ford Beasley on June 7, 2006. Four (4) members by restoration

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The Upcoming Church Events2018:

January 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday -- January 14, 2018

(Actual Date: January 15, 2018)

Church Council Meeting -- January 27,  2018  at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- January 28, 20178  at 11:00 a.m.

Re-Dedication of Workers -- January 14, 2018  at 12:30 p.m.

February 2018

Black History Celebration -- Month of February 2018

Church Council Meeting -- February 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- February 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

March 2018

Loyalty Day -- March 11, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

Palm Sunday -- March 20,  2018

Youth/Children Revival -- March 21 - 23, 2018  at 7:00 p.m. each evening

Good Friday -- March 30, 2018

Church Council Meeting -- March 31, 2018 

(The Lord's Supper will be served) During the Ressurection Worship

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- March 27, 2017 at 6:30 a.m. ??

April 2018

Easter/Resurrection Sunday (Sunrise Services)  -- April 1, 2018 at 6:00 a.m.

Senior Citizen Recognition Day -- April 8, 2018  at 12:30 a.m.

Senior Mission's Anniversary -- April 10, 2018  (Tuesday)  at 7:00 p.m.

Church Council Meeting -- April 28, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- April 29, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

Pastor's Aide Fellowship  -- April 29, 2018 at  2:30 p.m.

May 2018

Mother's Day Recognition -- May 13, 2018

Women's Day Fellowship -- May  20, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- May 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Church Council Meeting -- May 26, 2018   (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

June 2018

Annual Church Luncheon -- June 10,  2018  at 2:00 p.m. (Optional)

VBS --  Monday thru Friday -- June 11 - 15, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

VBS Fellowship -- June 16, 2018  10:00 a.m.  (Optional)

Father's Day Recognition -- June 17, 2018

Church Council Meeting -- June 30, 2018   (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- June 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Men's Day Program Fellowship  -- June 24, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

July 2018

Annual Choir Musical Fellowship -- July 15, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

Church Council Meeting -- July 28, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadeship in Action -- July 22, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

Pastor's Aide Program Fellowship -- July 29, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

August 2018

Church Council Meeting -- August 25, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Church Anniversary, Family and Friends Day Fellowship -- August 20, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- August 26, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

September 2018

Grandparents Recognition Day -- September 9, 2018

Senior Mission's State and Bench Rally Fellowship -- (Tuesday)  September 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Annual Useher's Day Fellowship -- September 16, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

Night Sunday School -- Thursday_September 20, 2018  at 7:00 p.m.

Youth and Children Leadership In Action -- September 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Round-Up Fellowship -- September 23, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

Church Council Meeting -- September 29, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

October 2018

Annual Fall Revival -- October 24 - 26, 2018  at 7:00 p.m. each evening

Church Council Meeting -- October 27, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership In Action -- October 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Annual Musician's Appreciation Day Fellowship -- October 28, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

November 2018

Annual Church Anniversary/Homecoming/Family and Friends Fellowship Day -- November 11, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

Feeding of the Needy -- November 17, 2018  at 9:00 a.m.

Thanksgiving Day -- November 22, 2018

Church Council Meeting -- November 22, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- November 25, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

December 2018

Deacon's Anniversary Fellowship -- December 9, 2018  at 2:30 p.m

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- December 23, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

Christmas Day Fellowship -- December 23, 2018

Acutal Christmas Day -- December 25, 2018 -- (Tuesday)