Sweet centennials

  • Emmanuel College and Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church are both turning 100 this year and will celebrate Saturday from 5-9 p.m. with a free community event.
    Emmanuel College and Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church are both turning 100 this year and will celebrate Saturday from 5-9 p.m. with a free community event.
  • LifeSprings Resources, formerly known as The Advocate Press, will celebrate its 100th anniversary along with Emmanuel College and Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church Saturday from 5-9 p.m. with a community event behind the LifeSprings building in Franklin Springs.
    LifeSprings Resources, formerly known as The Advocate Press, will celebrate its 100th anniversary along with Emmanuel College and Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church Saturday from 5-9 p.m. with a community event behind the LifeSprings building in Franklin Springs.
  • Emmanuel College is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
    Emmanuel College is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
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Three of the cornerstone institutions in Franklin Springs and all of Franklin County will celebrate their 100th anniversaries Saturday with a joint celebration behind LifeSprings Resources.

Emmanuel College, LifeSprings and the Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church are all turning 100 this year.

It’s been quite the century for all three.

Emmanuel went from a 30-student institute to a private college that is regularly ranked among the best in the Southeastern United States.

There have been storms and struggles for the college over the years, including a financial burden that was lifted just last year.

Through it all, the college has continued to serve the educational needs of students in Franklin and surrounding counties. That includes the dual-enrollment program the college currently has with local high schools.

And, it has served as a training ground for ministers and missionaries in the Pentecostal Holiness Church.

LifeSprings began as the printing house for the Pentecostal Church, a function it still serves today.

But it has evolved into a multi-media production house that represents some of the top brands in the world. LifeSprings has produced television shows, websites, television commercials, publications and a host of other resources, along with its long-standing work to print Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and other religious materials.

Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church has served as the home church for Emmanuel and the place where numerous ministers for the church have trained while attending the college. That’s not to mention the witness and service the church has invested in Franklin Springs and Franklin County.

It would be hard to imagine Franklin County without any of these institutions.

Everyone in our community should be thankful that God has seen these three cornerstones through the struggles of the past 100 years. And, we should all pray the Lord’s blessings on them for 100 more.

–– Shane Scoggins