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Park Avenue Baptist Church
900 Park Avenue, P.O. Box 866
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
242-1882
Pastor: Brother Chuck Ellis
Submitted By: 
Park Avenue Baptist Church

Park Avenue Baptist Church
Pastor: Brother Chuck Ellis

A Short History of 
Park Avenue Baptist Church
Mt.Vernon, Illinois

	Park Avenue Baptist Church (PABC) is a church with a rich history - a history of 
sharing and caring, of helping others; a history of being the first to go forward and 
start programs for the betterment of the community. Hardships and trials just seem to 
strengthen the church as they "kept the faith and stood firm."

	PABC started out with Sunday School in a little grocery store, after a tent meeting 
on the corner of what is now Park Ave and Tolle Road. After being housed in this store 
and later an empty grocery for a time, some land was donated and a one room building was 
built, decicated in November of 1907. The Ladies Aid quilted and served meals to meet expenses. 

	In 1922 a basement was dug, a furnace was installed, and a wing was built on each side 
of the church. Baptisms were held in the pump house creek on the Tolle Road. In 1932 the 
auditorium was enlarged. Two lots west of the church were purchased in 1940, and the present 
parsonage was built in 1941. 

	In 1948 ground was broken for a new church, to include an educational building and 
a sanctuary. By March of 1952 the Sunday services were held in the new educational building. 
The sanctuary was then begun in 1955 over the site of the orginal building and joined to the 
educational building. It was dedicated on September 15, 1957, 

	During 1975 and 1976, Park Avenue built an Activities Building east of the church. 
In 1984 this building became the home of the PABC Food Pantry, which serves the people of 
this community to this day.

	Park Aveune was the first full-time church in the Salem South Association. Groups of 
people from PABC organized churches in Zion City, IL, Hammond, IN, and Rapid City, SD, 
Summersville and Old Union Churches were sponsored by the Men's Brotherhood of Park Avenue 
and later organized into churches.

	Our present membership carries on the tradition of caring and sharing with others. 
A group of volunteers mans the Food pantry each month. We have several people who are 
involved in disaster relief - some on trained chain saw teams and some on food preparation 
teams. The 2005 Hurricane Katrina found these people traveling to the Gulf Coast for a week 
at a time to help people to rebuild their lives and to witness to them of God's love and power. 
Various members are involved from time to time in mission trips to places like Chicago or 
Mexico, to help people there to show them God's love.

	Park Avenue Baptist Church has Sunday School classes for all ages. We have weekly 
church services on Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening. In 2005 we 
started Team Kids, a Wednesday night Bible-based program for children K-6th grade. We 
also have Youth meetings on Wednesday. We have an adult choir which practices before 
the Sunday evening service. They sing at both Sunday evenings service. They sing at both 
Sunday services, and perform cantatas to celebrate Easter, Christmas, July 4th, etc. 
We hope to soon have a Children's Choir as well. 

	We have two Mission organizations for women. WMU and WOM, so that those who wish to 
participate can attend meetings either during the day or in the evening.

	The Baptist Men also have an active group. Our annual Block Party helps us to stay 
connected to other peole in the community, as well as to meet new ones.  

God has really blessed our church and its members!


	Opportuinities for Worship and Service

Sunday		8:30am	Altar Prayer
		9:30am	Sunday School
	       10:30am	Morning Worship
	       	5:00pm	Choir Practice
		6:00pm	Evening Service

Wednesday	6:00pm	Prayer Meeting
			Team Kids
			Youth

3rd Thursday	8:00am	Food Pantry





 

 


 


 



 




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