On Sunday, October 16, 2005, the Harmar Hill congregation in Marietta, Ohio, marked her 50th anniversary with a special afternoon service. This joyful milestone also served as the commencement to our Fall Gospel Meeting with brother Charles Pugh III.
The special service began at 2:30 PM and lasted until 4:30. Afterwards, members and visitors, alike, enjoyed cake and punch. The afternoon program was punctuated with congregational singing led by Dean Shepherd. Two of the elders, Paul Hickerson and Paul Wells, led the assembly in prayers whose thoughts embodied that of thanksgiving for the past and God's continued blessing for the future. Glenn Briggs, who was in the first group of men appointed as elders in 1963, presented a detailed history of the congregation, tracing the Harmar Hill church all the way back to its conceptive and planning stages. Next, W. Terry Varner presented a lesson entitled, "The Need for Faithful Christian Service." At the program's conclusion, Paul Wells made a Power-Point presentation consisting of both old and new pictures. These pictures included construction of the original building in 1955 and the new addition in1988. Seeing old pictures of current members infused the occasion with levity. The congregation has sixteen charter members remaining. The day ended with Charles Pugh III preaching a lesson called, "Sweeter Than Honey."
October 16th was a great day of remembrance. The balance of the week was equally as great with the Gospel of Christ being so ably proclaimed. It was a week the Lord's church which meets atop Harmar Hill will cherish for a long time. May the God of Heaven bless her with another fifty, rich years.
Preachers who have faithfully served the Harmar Hill church are as follows: Leon Matheny: 55-58; Jess Nutter: 58-76; Richard Perrault: 76-78; W. Terry Varner: 78-97; Bob Vincent: 97-03; J. D. Conley: 04-present. Associate preachers: Charles Pugh, III: 70-72; Dillon Bayes: 72-75; Tim Rhine: 80-83; John Chowning: 83-86; Eric Dougherty: 99-03. 200 Edgewood Dr., Marietta, OH 45750.
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