Gainey Day at First Missionary

Brenda Thomas sings during The Rev. Eugene Gainey Day service at First Missionary Baptist Church in southeast Gainesville.

LEE FERINDEN/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:53 p.m.

The Rev. Eugene Gainey Day service at First Missionary Baptist Church featured one of Gainey's sons in the ministry preaching a powerful sermon about the importance of Christians being obedient to God in order to enter into the gates of heaven.



Pastor: Dr. Tyrone A. Blue.
Location: 1515 SE 15th St.
Services: Sunday breakfast is 8:30-9:15 a.m., followed by Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and morning worship at 11 a.m. Sunday school training is Wednesday at 6 p.m., followed by youth fellowship and Bible study at 6:45 p.m., prayer meeting at 7 p.m. and Bible study at 7:30 p.m.
Phone: 352-373-8852.

The Rev. Jake Davis, a member of Springhill Baptist Church, preached the sermon Sunday afternoon at the service held in honor of Gainey, pastor emeritus of First Baptist, where he served as pastor for more than 36 years before retiring in 2002.

Dr. Tyrone A. Blue, who has served as pastor of the church for almost five years, makes sure the church honors Gainey every year since he has been leading the church at 1515 SE 15th St. The church has had two pastors between the retirement of Gainey and the arrival of Blue.

"I felt that with the service and commitment that Pastor Gainey had given to this church for more than 36 years, that he was worthy of being honored for his work here," said Blue after the service.

The atmosphere was set by the church's mass choir during praise and worship, which began with the choir, led by Brenda Thomas, singing "The Lord is Blessing Me Right Now."

"We're honoring Rev. Gainey today, but we are also honoring our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ," Thomas said.

Later in the service, Davis preached from Romans 8:26-31, dissecting each verse for the packed church. He said verse 26 informs Christians that the holy ghost tells the Lord their needs and intercedes on their behalf.

"That is highly important, because some of us think we have to pray all day," Davis said.

He also read each verse of the remaining scripture he preached from, telling parishioners at the end of his sermon that God will take care of them no matter what they are going through. He also told parishioners they must repent if they want to go to heaven.

He said there are some people, church-going folk and pastors included, who are going to hell because they don't want to repent.

"You've got to live holy because God is a holy God," Davis said.

The Rev. Sidney Jackson of Shiloh Baptist Church in Alachua presided over the service. Jackson emphasized that it was kind of Blue to honor Gainey with such a service.

During brief remarks at the end of the service, both Gainey and his wife of 61 years, Jerlene Gainey, thanked Blue for having a loving spirit.

Jerlene Gainey said she is thankful for having Blue as her pastor because he has "such a wonderful spirit."

Eugene Gainey said the idea behind a day in his honor at the church came solely from Blue.

"He said to me ‘We are going to give you a day,' and he has given it to me every year since he has been here," Gainey said.

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