April 5, 2009 at the Church of the Open Door, was an amazing day. The Church was full to capacity for the dedication of one of the newest churches in San Saba.
The Sunday school hour was filled with praise and worship through music by the Baggy Bottom Boys. The Boys are Eugene Montgomery, Glenn Wyley, Jerry Robinson, Paul Bolton and Stevie D. Eugene's wife Sandra helped out with the singing. They love to play and sing Southern Gospel and worship God. They sing the old hymns and add country twang. Some of the songs are their own writing. The Church Hour started with a brief history of the birth of the Church of the Open Door. Richard Arons began by telling of the first few weeks, that twenty four Fellow Christians needing a place to worship came together and met at member's homes the first two weeks and how on the third Sunday we met at the Live Oak Home Extension Education Club. After repair on the building, these Christians called that little cinder block building their Church Home for over a year. Jim Harkey gave a report on how the current building was found and carried the history of the purchase of the land where the horse barn was transformed into a house of God. Earl Sutton took up the history at this point and spoke of how the property and building was purchased and donated to the Church. J. T. Smithhart gave history of day by day work of the construction of The Church and Gene Horn reported on the completion of the building and purchases of a new building moved in to serve as a Fellowship Hall. After the history lesson Casey Perry, area Ministry coordinator for Southern Baptist of Texas Convention, presented the Church with a congratulation plaque. Mr. Perry and wife Lettie traveled some distance to be present and were warmly welcomed by the congregation.
The only disappointment of the day, was the absence of the first pastor, Charles Holland and his gracious wife, Jeanette. They were surely missed, but they did send a letter congratulating the members and expressing their pride in the progress, growth and potential of the Church of the Open Door.
Pastor Bruce presented a beautiful plaque of charter members and Earl presented a plaque of recognition to a couple of members. The Church had many visitors to help in the celebration and dedication of the new building to honor God.