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Ethan Temple Celebrates 90 Years
Story by Allegheny West Conference Staff
Choirs from the Ethan Temple church and Dale Wright Memorial church in Germantown added their harmonious selections to the momentous occasion.
Borrowing words from a gospel song, Allegheny West Conference’s Ethan Temple chose the theme “…and No Ways Tired!” to commemorate their congregation’s 90th birthday. They celebrated during a recent weekend that started with a lively Friday evening service, where three men raised at Ethan Temple broke bread: pastors Michael Dyson, Terry Giles and Albert Dyson.
On Sabbath morning, Pastor Joe Grider welcomed current and returning members from every decade, including their inaugural year. William Wright, from Germantown, Ohio, was just a boy 90 years ago when his parents, Nathan and Willa Wright, and others started Ethan Temple. He sat smiling on the front row during the special service. After a grand processional to recognize notable historic members, the eldest congregant, Bennie Grissom (99), sang “I Will Trust in the Lord.”
The Sabbath service also included congratulatory remarks from the city mayor and a state representative. Choirs from the Ethan Temple church and Dale Wright Memorial church in Germantown added their harmonious selections to the momentous occasion.
“Singing ‘Total Praise’ with the choir, including members from the last 20 years, brought tears to my eyes and made me think of heaven,” responded Yvonne Bailey.
Another son of Ethan Temple, Calvin Watkins, the director of Evangelism Ministries at the South Atlantic Conference, concluded the divine service with God’s Word. Blessed by his message, many attendees consecrated and rededicated their lives to Christ.
Member Brooke Harris sings praises to Jesus during the celebration Sabbath.
Don Black is Ethan Temple’s 90th chairperson.
Calvin Watkins, the director of Evangelism Ministries at the South Atlantic Conference, concluded the divine service with God’s Word
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