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Local church celebrates 140th anniversary

Posted: October 28, 2010 3:29 p.m.
Updated: October 29, 2010 5:00 a.m.
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“Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for 140 years” is the theme of the activities Emmanuel United Methodist Church will celebrate for its 140th anniversary. The church is located at 1163 Bishopville Highway.

To begin the weekend of celebrations, a dinner theater will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 6, in the fellowship hall of the church. The presentation will be “The 23rd Psalm,” a series of biblical readings, written by Andrea Kent-Jones and directed by Clifton Harryton Anderson.

The story-line of the presentation is about four readers who are engaged in idle chatter, nervously waiting for the guest leader to arrive. It is obvious that these people aren’t very sure of what is going to happen to them or how they will respond to this situation.

The setting is a bare stage with five chairs in a semi-circle.

The readers are Ransom Smith, as reader no. 1: Materialistic and knows it all. He considers himself a Christian but thinks more of himself than of anyone else. Eugene Bolden, as reader no. 2: No self-confidence. Afraid of people. Afraid of change. Bertha Marshall, as reader  no. 3: A person with deep, real problems. She has, however, a very real soundly based faith. Although she is now in a deep struggle, she still looks to God for all of her strength. She has inner joy and peace that comes across. Esseline Cook, as reader no 4: Very up to date. (Dressed in the most up-to-date clothes, may even have a hat on.) Probably has money. Very concerned about what people think of her.

Other people scheduled to appear in the presentation of “The 23rd Psalm” are Ollie Thompson-Brisbane, as the leader: this lady is very adept and knowledgeable. It is clear that she quite often does this sort of thing and could do it with her eyes closed. Reverend Constance “Connie” Barnes, the pastor of Emmanuel United Methodist Church will play the narrator: business-like, straight forward.

Admission to the dinner theatre will cost a donation of $5 for ages 6 to 12; a donation of $10 for ages 12 and older; and no admission for ages 5 and under. Persons attending will receive an anniversary souvenir.

Tickets for the dinner theatre and/or your advertisement contracts, for the anniversary calendar (to be available January 2011) are available by contacting Barnes at 424-2344, Delores Eichelberger at 432-2171 or Ollie Thompson-Brisbane at 432-9713 on or before Nov. 6.

Checks and money orders can be made payable to Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

The weekend of activities will conclude with a worship service at 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 7, in the Sanctuary of the church.

The public is invited to participate in the calendar as well as all church activities during the anniversary weekend.

“The Lord has blessed Emmanuel in its efforts to be a warm, inviting, loving, nurturing, community of believers who are equipped to lead others to Jesus Christ by the way we live. We are in the ministry to meet the holistic needs of the community. Our present ministries include a summer camp and an afterschool program. It is our endeavor to add additional ministries. Your support of the anniversary will help us in our efforts. We solicit your prayers and financial support as we seek to model Christ in the world through our words and deeds,” Barnes said.

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