[Waco] Emmanuel Baptist Church Collection, 1930s-1950s

Emmanuel Baptist Church was organized on September 12, 1930, with twenty-two charter members. The first pastor was a Baylor student named Gilbert Wilson, who began his duties on November 1, 1930. A donated lot at 1819 Gurley was the site of the first church building, which was completed in December 1930. The church grew rapidly; by June 1931 there were 271 members. A large auditorium was constructed in 1937. In 1950 a financial campaign was begun for the construction of a new Education Building, but before construction could begin, a tornado struck Waco on May 11, 1953, and destroyed the main auditorium. The church then needed a sanctuary in addition to an Education Building. On April 17, 1955, the church moved into the new sanctuary located at 1801 Gurley.

The Emmanuel Baptist Church Collection consists primarily of printed material related to the operation of the church from the 1930s through the 1950s. The weekly budget of the church is supplied for most of the 1935-1949 years. Copies of the weekly newsletter Emmanuel Baptist Light from September 13, 1935 to February 14, 1936 (Vol. I, Nos. 1-22) are included. In addition to providing Sunday school and budgetary information, the four-page newsletter contains short articles and poems. Detailed Sunday school records are provided for August, October, and November 1943. There are also advertisements for coming revival services; advertisements of regular church services; examples of church stationery; Vacation Bible School and building fund material; a few form letters and church programs; and miscellaneous printed material.

Emmanuel Baptist Light
Sunday School
Revival Services
Vacation Bible School

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