Originally created 08/21/05

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As Tabernacle Baptist Church celebrates its 120 years of ministry in the Augusta community, many in this morning's congregation will notice the bright flowers around the pulpit.

They'll also see the picture of the church's founder, Charles T. Walker, and the photo of church members taken more than 75 years ago.

But many will not see the work that went into giving the sanctuary an added brilliance for the occasion.

That work is a labor of love for Classie West and the church's beautification committee.

"It makes me happy to come in and embellish the church, so people will say, 'Wow!' when they see it," said Ms. West, who has been a member of Tabernacle for more than 27 years. "It adds to the joy."

While waiting for the florist to deliver an arrangement Saturday afternoon, her fellow committee members joked about her habit of coming to the church as late as 10 or 11 p.m. the night before Sunday services to make sure everything looks good. Ms. West says she sometimes dreams of ways to decorate the church.

Today's anniversary service is particularly important to her. She says it's a time when the congregation can look back and appreciate where they came from and give thanks to God for where he has brought them.

"I just want to contribute to the celebratory mood," she said.


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