Former First Baptist pastor Jack Robinson tells of winning gold in the 1948 London Olympics

On Wednesdays this summer, members of First Baptist Church in Augusta have turned their attention to the Olympic Games.

Not the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but the series of weekly events that include family dinners, opening and closing ceremonies and games.

The event this past week featured the Rev. Jack Robinson, the church’s former pastor.

Years before coming to First Baptist, Robinson won gold with the men’s U.S. basketball team at the 1948 London Olympics.

“He was here for 21 years. He’s our longest-tenured pastor,” said the Rev. Rodger Murchison, the church’s associate pastor.

Last Sunday, Murchison preached his final sermon.

This week, he retires from the church where he has served for 25 years.

In one of his final events as associate pastor, Murchison used Wednesday’s dinner to interview Robinson about his experiences on the Olympic team in the first Games held after the end of World War II.

“It was called an austere Olympics and it was,” said Robinson, 85. “But they got it done.”

Children flocked to see Robinson’s gold medal, which his wife, Charlotte, wore around her neck on a chain.

“They’re a treasure to us,” Murchison said. “Both he and I are lucky to have called this church home.”

FAMILY SUMMER OLYMPICS

First Baptist Church continues its summer Olympics program for two more Wednesdays. Make a reservation by calling the church at (706) 733-2236.

• On July 18, dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a family movie at 6 p.m.

• On July 25, dinner and event sign-up begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by indoor Olympic games for families and a closing ceremony. A devotion begins at 7 p.m.

 

FAREWELL LUNCH FOR MURCHISON

WHAT: A retirement reception for the Rev. Rodger Murchison

WHEN: Sunday, after the 10:50 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary worship services

WHERE: First Baptist Church of Augusta fellowship hall, 3500 Walton Way Extension

COST: $7 adults, $3.50 for children, $24 family maximum; visitors get in free.

LEARN MORE: See fbcaugusta.org.

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