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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Dedication services slated

  • The Aldenville Baptist Church announces a special day of events on Pentecost Sunday, May 19, to dedicate the new building addition.
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  • The Aldenville Baptist Church announces a special day of events on Pentecost Sunday, May 19, to dedicate the new building addition.
    Church moderator Rev. David Laubach noted that “Pentecost Sunday is the birthday of the Christian church and an appropriate day to celebrate a rebirth for the 158 year old Aldenville church.”
    The day will begin with worship and a dedication litany at 9:30 a.m., followed by an open house and a noon chicken dinner.
    At 1:30 p.m. there will be a community service to say thank you to everyone who has made the new church addition possible and to cut the ribbon formally opening the new space. Members of neighbor churches and the community are expected to attend.
    The speaker at both the morning and afternoon services will be the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Johnson. At 9:30 a.m. Johnson will speak on Matthew 28:18-19 ("The Great Commission") with a focus on individual spirituality, asking people on this special day to dedicate themselves anew to God's plan and purposes. At 1:30 p.m. he will preach from II Kings 6:1-8 ("The Great Construction").
    Johnson is director of evangelism and new church planting for the American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) in Valley Forge. His primary emphasis is the Got Style?™ personality-based evangelism training and coaching members of the National Evangelism Team (NET).
    Johnson says, "Although there is only one way to God through Jesus, there are many avenues God uses to bring people to faith in Christ."
    His passion for evangelism led him to accept a position with ABHMS, under the auspices of the NEW LIFE 2010 initiative with the goal of making 1,000,010 new disciples by 2010.
    Johnson also serves as regional pastor with congregations for the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware.
    Johnson has a B.A. in Philosophy from California State University (PA); an M.A. in Ministry from Carolina University, Charlotte, N.C.; and a Ph.D. in Theology from Tyndale Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He has served as senior pastor of churches in Hurricane, W.V. and Amity. He was Director of Development and Church Relations, Washington City Mission, Washington.
    Page 2 of 2 - Highlights of the day, in addition to the chicken dinner organized by the American Baptist Women Ministries, include presentation of a framed portrait of Deacon Richard Tresham, whose generous bequest laid the foundation for the building addition, presentation of a framed biblical “widow’s mite” expressing appreciation to all who contributed gifts large and small in support of this project and presentation of needlework art with the names of God created by choir director Shelley Mihalik.
    The choir will sing at both services with a men’s trio in the afternoon.
    The new building addition doubles the fellowship hall space, increases seating in the sanctuary, improves handicap access, includes two new ADA-compliant bathrooms, a new meeting room and foyer, new technology and new outside paving.
    Dakan Enterprises of Honesdale was the general contractor and John Lee of Bethlehem was the architect. James Hauenstein, a member of the church building committee, was “clerk of the works.”
    Pastor Gary Gilpin reflects, “We gather to dedicate this new addition to God, to enjoy fellowship with neighbors and friends, and to express appreciation for those who have helped in concrete ways over the past three years as we moved from dream to reality. We are especially mindful that this new addition will provide access to the handicapped, comfortable space to grow worship and Christian Education participation and an enlarged fellowship hall to welcome and serve the community.”
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