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Fairview turns 100

Fairview’s 100th birthday celebration will include memorabilia photos and papers such as this one of members of the founding families. From left, Limuel Hardin, Lavon Jones and Wayne Pressley (all deceased) talk in an old church building. | Special to the Enquirer
Fairview’s 100th birthday celebration will include memorabilia photos and papers such as this one of members of the founding families. From left, Limuel Hardin, Lavon Jones and Wayne Pressley (all deceased) talk in an old church building. | Special to the Enquirer

Church celebrates with 10,000 acts of kindness

Fairview: The Grace Place is celebrating their 100th birthday with 10,000 acts of kindness church-wide during the 100 days before their celebration in September.

They held a kickoff Sun., June 7 during their regular service. The culmination birthday bash will be Sept. 12-13 at Fairview in Falkville.

Christal Dekich, Fairview’s office administrator and event coordinator, said they had been planning birthday events and acts of kindness since the beginning of the year.

“Everyone has been excited about this whole 100 days of celebration,” Dekich said. “We have come up with new ideas at every meeting, so we will eventually have to cut if off somewhere. We have so many people helping and several committees formed to work on different areas. We are hoping this is a huge event that the whole community will get involved in.”

Dekich said the hope behind the 10,000 acts of kindness is that participants will do the small things they neglect from day to day and make a habit of being kind.

“We are encouraging everyone to do the little things like baking cookies for someone that they don’t always fit into their schedule,” Dekich said. “Once people are trying to incorporate acts of kindness into these 100 days, the hope is that they will continue to do them because they will become customary.”

They are encouraging people to utilize the church’s Facebook account to share how they are spreading kindness to others.

This celebration is for everyone, not just Fairview members.

“Fairview is a very open congregation with a lot of community interaction,” Dekich said. “We have lots of sports teams that practice in our gym, and the community often uses the facilities for weddings. We would like for the entire Fairview community to find their place in this celebration.”

Planned events include secret church meetings in June and July, a Christian comedy performance by Brad Stine, family game night and more.

“Some of our events will be fund raisers for the church,” Dekich said. “We have plans to put these funds toward paying off the church building and adding to the general funds. We want to make sure that this celebration of the past 100 years is a tribute to the next 100 years. We hope to have these events benefit the next generation at Fairview so they will have it easier financially.”

The church’s 100th year is also coinciding with Pastor Milan Dekich’s 35th anniversary at Fairview.

Fairview has been in three different buildings since it began in 1915. The first building was destroyed by a tornado in the 1920s, and the second building was built in West Lacon. Their third building is where they currently meet on Huckaby Bridge Road in Falkville.

They are trying to incorporate their history into this celebration as well. They are working on recording stories of the church from a 95-year-old member to show in a celebration video. A journal is open at the church for each member to tell the story of how they came to Fairview and any special memories of family baptisms or marriages in the church.

Dekich said they hope to display the church’s history in a program styled like a newspaper at the birthday party in September.

They have also invited any former Fairview members and all the living former pastors to attend the celebration.

The party in September will be themed like an old-fashioned fair.

“We liked that this theme might be like a celebration the church would have had for its first or second birthday,” Dekich said. “We will have apple-bobbing, a pie eating contest, an old fashioned singing, bluegrass bands, story telling and more. We want it to be a huge celebration.”

The party will also offer free dinner with hotdogs and homemade ice cream. Dekich said they are planning on having bouncy houses, lots of music and hopefully fireworks.

“We want everyone to be able to find a way to plug into this event,” Dekich said. “We want people from the community, old members and new members alike to be able to enjoy the fun.”

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