October 1992: The Rev. Joseph E. Penn and his congregation this month celebrate the 125th anniversary of First Baptist Church, founded by former slaves.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of Oct. 9, 1992
His 125-year-old church won’t stand still
Friends and members of the First Baptist Church in Warrenton find it easy to praise the community efforts of the Rev. Joseph Penn.
They laud the 76-year-old’s leadership and ability to keep a struggling church running and growing in tight financial times.
Rev. Penn, however, would rather talk about the church’s Family Life Center, a community hall built in 1990, and downplay his own life.
What makes a church great?
“More members certainly don’t, and money can’t make a church great either,” he says, adding a beautiful interior and a wonderful choir to the list.
“The one thing every church needs to have is the Holy Spirit,” Rev. Penn affirms. “If you don’t have that spirit, then you’re not going to have a great church.”
Founded by former slaves in 1867, First Baptist this month celebrates its 125th anniversary.
1,600 register to vote in final week
From 9 to 5 last Saturday, the county registrar’s office hummed.
More than 1,600 Fauquier citizens registered last week to vote at the 16 Hotel St. office in Warrenton and several locations around the county. Saturday was the final day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election.
“This happens every four years, Registrar Ansley Hulfish said of the rush before a presidential election. “For the last 10 days, there’s been a steady flow of people.”
The county has about 22,000 registered voters.
Jefferson S&L gets $6.79 million
Warrenton-based Jefferson Savings & Loan Association has finalized a stock offering in which it sold 3.39 million shares for $6.79 million.
Jefferson surpassed its minimum goal of $6 million need to shore up its reserves to meet federal regulatory requirements.
“We have strengthened our position considerably and it is a big step forward for the association,” President/CEO Tom Winfree said.
The cash infusion concludes almost a decade of readjustment for Jefferson, which suffered losses because of bad loans for real estate development in Texas, Utah and other western states. The thrift has over the years sold branches and shrunk to become profitable again.
With total assets of $312 million, Jefferson has six branches in Warrenton, Leesburg, Culpeper, Charlottesville and Luray.
County hires consultant to look for cost savings
The Fauquier supervisors hope consolidation of several county and school system departments will save money, but some people have their doubts.
The supervisors agreed Tuesday to hire Municipal Advisors Inc. to study the feasibility of consolidating the computer, finance, purchasing and personnel functions of county government and schools. The study will cost $6,000.
“This is the way government should be going in the year 2000,” Supervisors James Brumfield (Center District) said.
Linden and Oasis wines win state gold medals
Two Fauquier County wineries emerged with gold medals from the 1992 Virginia Governor’s Cup competition, celebrated Sept. 26 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in McLean.
Linden’s 1991 Riesling-Vidal and a 1990 Cabernet Sauvignon from Oasis claimed two of the top prizes in competition with 104 other wines, representing 25 of Virginia’s wineries.
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