Sistersville Church Of Christ Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Jerry Toothman

The Sistersville Church of Christ held a special Homecoming Celebration on Sunday, May 29th to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the congregation. Former members and friends from all over the country gathered with present members to share in a time of worship, fellowship, and reminiscing.

Speaker for the day was Phillip Black, who currently resides near Montgomery, AL. Brother Black, a graduate of David Lipscomb University, served as minister for the Sistersville church from 1955-1958. The theme chosen for the Homecoming celebration was "Reflections," with brother Black focusing on reflections on the heritage, the mission, and the future of the church. The singing was led by Sistersville resident John Knowlton, who has led part or all of the singing at each of the four previous Homecomings held by the Sistersville church.

Others who returned to take part in the three services held throughout the day were Larry Ice and Jim Kelley, both Sistersville natives who now reside in Vienna, WV; Denver Haught, who preached at Sistersville from 1978-82 and now preaches in Romney, WV; Tom Menges, Sistersville native who preaches for the church in Norwood, OH; Denver Cooper, Director of the WV School of Preaching, who is married to the former Florence Smith, a native of Sistersville; Albert Farley, editor of WV Christian, who is the father of Sistersville member Clista Heintzman; and Charles Aebi, who preached at Sistersville from 1961-64 and now preaches for the congregation at Barlow, OH.

Members and guests enjoyed a fellowship luncheon in the church annex at 12:30. This afforded all those present the opportunity to visit and reminisce, as well as enjoy the abundant meal together.

The 90th Anniversary celebration was a joyous one for the Sistersville church. A large crowd of nearly 200 met to rejoice together over the rich heritage afforded them by their ties to this steadfast old congregation of the Lord's church in Sistersville.


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