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Minerva Baptist Church celebrates 200 years

MINERVA The Minerva Baptist Church held its Bicentennial Celebration on Oct. 13 and 14. Church members, friends, former Pastors, and community leaders all gathered to share in the two-day event. The celebration opened on Saturday with a prayer and message of welcome provided by current Pastor, Reverend Trudy Pettibone. Speakers on Saturday also included former Pastor, Reverend David Powles, who delighted the group with entertaining tales of his introduction to the community. On behalf of the Town of Minerva, Supervisor Michael McSweeney presented the church with a resolution of congratulations in recognition of its achievement and contribution to the community. Throughout the celebration, attendees were invited to share in their recollections of the church and to reflect on its history. In addition to events at the church, guests were invited to visit the special honorary display hosted by the Minerva Historical Society in Olmstedville. The North Country Christian Brass accompanied all congregational singing on Saturday. A significant event highlight was the opening of the much-anticipated cornerstone time capsule. The capsule, sealed behind a discarded section of tombstone, was removed to reveal a tin box encased within the buildings foundation. Within it were discovered numerous documents dating to the previous 150 year celebration. Found among the enclosed documents were listings of church members, a record of the celebration, a list of contributors to the church, and the official deed to the church property. Further events included a celebratory dinner at the Minerva Firehouse, followed by comments from guest speaker and former interim Pastor, Dr. Sheldon Hurst. On Sunday, a regular service was held with the message provided by another interim Pastor, Reverend Ray Lloyd. Following the Sunday service and brunch, church members added their own special memories to the cornerstone box and resealed it for the next celebration event.

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