The Lamar Avenue Church of Christ, 3535 Lamar Avenue, is celebrating its 150th year in Paris this year. The congregation was organized in July 1869 by James M. Biard of Biardstown and Charles Carlton of Bonham.
To Begin the year’s celebration, the congregation will be hosting an evening worship service at the Antioch Cemetery pavilion this Sunday, April 28th beginning at 5:00 pm. This is the site of the old Antioch Church of Christ (1848-1918) and is the location of the first Church of Christ in Lamar County and is one of the oldest churches in the early days of Texas statehood.
James M. Biard was the first minister for the Paris congregation known as Lamar Avenue Church of Christ. The reason for going back to Antioch in Biardstown is to recall and remember this first congregation in Lamar County and the contributions it made and the influence it has had in Paris, Northeast Texas and beyond.
“Roots and Wings” will be the theme of the worship service. “Roots-Where did we come from?” and Wings-Where are we going?” Leading the worship in song will be Patrick Cannon of Texarkana, former minister (1999-2017), Dr. Randy Johns, present Minister and Dr. John Cannon, former minister (1977-1988). Dr. Cannon will speak on “Roots-Our Past” and Dr. Johns will speak on “Wings-Our Future.”
Area Churches of Christ are expected to be represented and the public is cordially invited. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Directions to the Antioch Cemetery: Turn off of South Loop 286 onto CR 1497. Go South for 6 miles. CR 1497 turns to the left at a sign directing you to Biardstown. Go 2.4 miles (East) you will see an Antioch Cemetery sign, turn left. The cemetery will be on your right.
Another larger celebration is planned for Sunday, September 8, 2019. On this date former ministers and former members are expected to return for a great reunion day highlighting the church’s 150 years in Paris.