86R18941 SME-D
  By: Bell of Kaufman H.R. No. 832
         WHEREAS, The members of First Baptist Church Forney are
  celebrating the 150th anniversary of their church's founding on May
  5, 2019; and
         WHEREAS, First Baptist Forney has played a vital role in the
  community since residents first gathered for worship in 1868; the
  church has since been housed in a number of different structures,
  and after its first building was struck by lightning in 1918, its
  second facility, which was dedicated the following year, served as
  the church home for more than five decades; with the growth of its
  membership, a new building was constructed in downtown Forney in
  1972, and in 1996, the church moved to its current location, a
  28-acre site on College Street; and
         WHEREAS, With more than 6,400 members, 2,000 of whom have
  joined since 1994, this notable house of worship has continued to
  expand its facilities; additions include the Higher Ground project,
  a multiuse worship and gymnasium facility that is expected to open
  in the spring of 2019; and
         WHEREAS, Over the years, the congregation has benefited from
  the able guidance of many dedicated pastors, and today that
  tradition of service is maintained by Dr. Jimmy Pritchard; under
  his leadership, members enjoy myriad opportunities for spiritual
  growth, fellowship, and outreach, including Bible study,
  discipleship classes, and mission trips; and
         WHEREAS, First Baptist Forney has long served as a source of
  inspiration and guidance to those who worship there, and its
  continued existence is a testament to the unwavering commitment of
  its members and clergy, both past and present; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby commemorate the 150th anniversary of First
  Baptist Church Forney and extend to its congregation sincere best
  wishes for the future; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the church as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.