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February 15

Immanuel OPC, Bellmawr

On February 15, 1959, the new sanctuary of Immanuel OPC, Bellmawr was dedicated "to the glory of God and to His service" at an afternoon service. Presiding was the pastor, the Rev. Albert Edwards. Neighboring pastors Harvie Conn of Stratford and Carl Reitsma of West Collingswood participated, the former giving the invocation and the latter reading the Scriptures.

According to the Presbyterian Guardian, "Consecration" was the theme of the sermon preached by the Rev. Charles Ellis, pastor of Knox Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Silver Spring, Md. Taking Romans 12:1-2 as his text, Mr. Ellis urged that the new building be filled with a people wholly dedicated to God in the service of spreading the gospel of saving grace in Jesus Christ. Mr. Ellis was pastor of Immanuel OPC, West Collingswood when Bellmawr (then Crescent Park) was started as its mission work .

The dedication responsive was followed by the prayer of dedication, offered by a former pastor, the Rev. Robert Eckardt, of Wilmington, Del. Greetings to the congregation were brought by the general secretary of the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension, the Rev. John P. Galbraith. "Would that our people throughout the country could see the fruits of their sacrificial giving on such an occasion!" he said. "They would surely rejoice in their part in helping support a missionary until the time when a church becomes self-supporting, a day almost at hand for this congregation.”

Picture: Immanuel OPC, Bellmawr

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