A lot can be said of the word vintage.More often than not, it conjures up the imagery of something valuable. To the late and beloved Jack Borden, he saw something valuable. Only instead of a rare coin or an antique automobile, it was something much more. It was a building and not just any building, but a church - his church - which has been standing for more than 157 years and at virtually the same location.At 1 p.m. on May 4, the First Baptist Church of Weatherford will be recognized as historically valuable by the Texas State Historical Commission. The special designation comes following a little more than a two-year quest, and a mound of data to filter through, before it was to become a reality.The journey began in 2010 when Jo Sneed was approached by Borden.“Jack called me one morning and said, ‘Jo - I’ve got something I want you to do,’” she said. “ You never told Jack no so I asked what and he said he wanted me to get a historical marker for our church.”She recalled saying, “Are you kidding me? I don’t know a thing about that.”In spite of that, Borden said he would be there to help her along the way if she needed it, but that the first item of business was to form a committee.By now Martha McClung, known as the church’s historian and author of the book First Baptist Church: The first 140 years, was already on board. The two enlisted the help of Jean McClure and Helen Savage and the work began.“I had no idea what this was going to entail,” Sneed said. “We worked - I don’t know how long - going through records, going thorough Martha’s book gathering information.”She said that Dr. Harold Lawrence, Chairman of the Parker County Historical Commission, was a tremendous help with the project.“He helped us a great deal on getting what we needed to do in order,” Sneed said.Lawrence said as a rule, applications for historical markers are written and submitted by one person.“Jack Borden took it upon himself to set a whole committee to the task, and did that committee ever get after it,” Lawrence said. “ I have never seen such enthusiasm, not only for the project the committee undertook but also to please Jack Borden. Their regret, as well as mine, was that Jack died one week before the Texas Historical Commission notification came that the marker was to be awarded to the First Baptist Church of Weatherford. The marker is long overdue for such a deserving congregation.”The First Baptist Church was organized in 1856, all information that is contained in Martha’s book, which was published in 1997. Her book was a source heavily referred to during the vetting process.“It made me feel great that they used the book to help with this,” McClung said.The biggest undertaking McClung and Sneed had was reducing all the information they had compiled into just a few pages before submitting it as part of the filing process.“It was an honor to be given this responsibility,” the two said. “We’re just so excited.”The dedication ceremony will be at 1 p.m. on May 4 in the front of the church. Many local and state officials will be present. A reception in the Family Life Center will follow the ceremony and the public is invited to attend.