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Church celebrates more than a centennial

Church celebrates more than a centennial
A guest choir shares in song the faith that fires and inspires the Floresville Greater Bethel Missionary Church congregation, during the church’s anniversary celebration. The church is located at 1805 Standish St.

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Pascalle Bippert
WCN Correspondent
March 26, 2014
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The congregation of the Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, founded in Floresville in 1892, celebrated the church’s 122nd anniversary March 23.

The pews were packed with congregants who have worshipped at the church for many years, youngsters, and several guests.

“This Little Light of Mine” rang out from the congregation, and the 14-member combined choir filed into the chapel. As music from the choir filled the sanctuary, hands were raised in praise and celebration.

Flowers were presented to the ladies of the church.

Sister Edna Ferrell, “Mother of the Church” and 52-year member, greeted the congregation and shared tales of church activities long ago. She learned to cook for the whole church from her mother, who had done the same. She stressed the importance of this country church, saying even though folks have moved to the big city, they still remember their little country church.

First Lady Judy Flowers from the Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church of San Antonio and her church’s choir sang “Every Praise to Our God,” among other favorites.

Also attending were the Rev. Peter Aguilar of the Floresville United Methodist Church and Floresville First Lutheran Church Pastor John Conrad.

The Rev. A.D. Mack welcomed and introduced special guest speaker Pastor Romey Flowers of the Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church.

A meal followed the celebration in the church’s Gertrude Evans/C.R. Grant Sr. Fellowship Hall.

Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church is located at 1805 Standish St.; call 830-393-2803 for information. Sunday school is at 10 a.m.; services are held Sunday at 11 a.m. Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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