By Nathan Prewett
North Jefferson News
Fultondale First Baptist Church has a long history. It was first built in 1946 after being moved from Lewisberg.
Many years after it was established, a time capsule was buried in a wall behind the church in 1970. It was concealed behind a concrete slab with an inscription of the date that it was buried. Edward Nassey was pastor of the church at that time.
The time capsule was to remain buried for 100 years.
On Thursday, the time capsule was taken out of its place in the wall where it had lain in rest for 42 years. The part of the church where the capsule was buried will soon be torn down.
“We’re taking this [the wall] down in preparation for the demolition of the building for the new edition,” said John Mcguirk, who was at the church recently with his wife, Judy. They are both members of the church and were there when the capsule was buried.
The wall will be taken down to make room for a welcome center and office space.
Fultondale First Baptist was one of many buildings damaged by the April 2011 tornadoes. Fultondale councilman Tommy Loden is a deacon at the church and was present when the time capsule was uncovered.
It is not known what is contained inside, as it will not be opened until the hundred years is up, according to custom.
“I think that’s just tradition” said Mcguirk on why the time capsule has to remain unopened for so many years. “You put in a time capsule and you open it back up after a hundred years.”
Members of the church will be selling bricks taken from the old building to help pay for the new addition to the church.
The capsule will be reburied once the renovations are complete in about six months.