February 2017
Ancient City Baptist Church

27 Sevilla Street  St. Augustine, FL 32084

   History of Our Norman Tower
Ready for Another Century of Battle

Contrary to local tour guides, we have been informed by Dr. Bob Booth that the Ancient City Baptist Church tower was never designed to be a bell tower, but is an example of Norman architecture.  Most of us remember history well enough to know that "D-Day" in WWII was an invasion of Normandy, France, after France had come under German control.  That invasion by the Allied powers was launched from England and led to the liberation of France.  Farther back in history the Normans of France invaded Britain from Normandy.  The term Norman architecture is used to categorize styles of Romanesque architecture   developed by the  Normans   in the various lands under their dominion or influence in the 11th and 12th centuries. In particular the term is traditionally used for English Romanesque architecture. This  Romanesque   style originated in  Normandy   and became widespread in  England  Ancient Rome's invention of the arch is the basis of all Norman architecture
Our historic Norman tower has recently been repaired after 122 years of fighting the ravages of weather in the battle against time. We were alerted by a business that specializes in repairing church steeples that our tower may have been damaged by hurricane Matthew. One of our members, R.J. Inman, came to our aid with his new drone which is equipped with a camera. The camera produced pictures that were enlarged to approximately life sized close-ups of damaged shingles. Some were the original slate shingles placed on the tower in 1895!  Sure enough, we had a number of missing or damaged shingles. A specialty roofing company replaced every damaged or missing shingle. Led by Mark Hall, church administrator, a group of men including Larry Sheaffer, Bob Blake and Tony Ortiz, made other repairs while the scaffolding was in place. These included cracks in the mortar joints of the bricks and leaks around windows. They also pressure washed and painted window frames.
The history of our tower is even more interesting when we include the fact that at least one former pastor lived in the tower. The top room was also used as a Sunday School classroom when Tom Parrish, former church administrator, was a little boy. Curtis Powell's father taught his class! The Bible says, "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe." ( Proverbs 18:10)

                             Nursery Schedule for February

Feb. 05
Dottie Rice
Cindy Athanaseas
Terri Wampler
Holly Wampler
Feb. 12
Jeanette Booth
Louise Meade
Loise Trivette
Mary Perry
Feb. 19
Linda Crosby
Brad Burnsworth
Polly Burnsworth
Ruth Mull
Feb. 26
Dot Barnes
Betty Lee
Linda Parrish
Cindy Athanaseas
Mar. 05
Jeanette Booth
Sandra Caraway
Jill Chapman
Joanie Steele


   Greeters for February

Pat Foerch

B.J. Lee

Eunice Muzzy

February 05
Mark Hall
Brad Steele
February 12
Bob Booth
Jimmy Meade
February 19
Joe Blewett
Brad Burnsworth
      February 26
Rod Hampton
Mike Doyle

Vol. 4 No. 6 

In This Issue

Weekly Schedule

Adult Bible Fellowship
& Sunday School
f or children
9:40 on Sundays

11:00 am Sundays

Get Acquainted Time
following worship
every Sunday
in the Fellowship Hall  

Prime Time Singers
Tuesdays 10:30 am
Soup, Salad and Scripture

Wednesday Night
Bible Study & Prayer
6:30 pm
Choir Practice
7:30 pm

Upcoming Events


February 2
Keenagers Meet
at 10:30

February 7
Prime Time Singers

February 14
Trustees Mtg.
5 pm

February 23
Womens Ministry
7 PM
Save This Date
March 23-6:30 pm
Life Services 
Annual Banquet
Crescent Beach Baptist
Church Staff

Clarence Hackett
Interim Pastor

Larry DuBose
Associate Pastor

Mark Hall
Email Mark

Cutis Powell
Director of Music

Pat Hampton
Office Manager

Cindy Lewis
Volunteer Coordinator
Join Our Mailing List


Join us for an evening of fellowship and Bible study
Thursday, February 23, 7:00 pm
Fellowship Hall

Ancient City Christian Academy News

The Academy hosted Ms. Kate on Thursday evening, January 26. Academy children, their siblings and parents enjoyed an up-beat evening of refreshments, music and fun led by Kate Carpenter of Callahan, FL.  Hosting young families who elect to have their children in a Christian pre-school provides our church with a great opportunity to get acquainted with them. Church members are always encouraged to attend.

Baby Bottles and Undie Sunday

The Baby Bottle campaign was initiated on Sunday, January 22. All the available bottles were taken and more were made available on January 29. Those who take a bottle will place their loose change into the bottle and return it to the church when it is full. All of these funds will go toward the ministry of Life Services, a pregnancy care ministry supported by Ancient City Baptist Church. 

According to Cindy Lewis, Volunteer Coordinator, another important event will arrive on February 19. That is our annual Undie Sunday! This year, in addition to underclothes for the youngest children in our adopted schools, we will include shorts rather than socks. An example of the shorts and the sizes needed for both underclothes and shorts will be posted in the entrance to the church as well as in the Sunday bulletins and Friday reminders. 

Mary Mulholland, Charlotte Fletcher, Bethany Large working in the Otis Mason Elementary School clothes closet

Pat Foerch volunteering as a literacy coach at Webster School

Handley Caraway volunteering at the Webster School

Rod Foerch volunteering at the Webster School

Larry DuBose
Ancient City Baptist Church