Million dollar day for Mt. Zion PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Religion Editor   
Friday, 10 May 2013 09:43
Members of the church sing in the sanctuary during the Mt. Zion Dedication Ceremony for its new building on Sunday afternoon. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
WAYNE - A full day of activities were celebrated Sunday as the congregation of Mt. Zion United Brethren Church celebrated the dedication of its new building.
The new building will provide for the congregation for many years. It came in with price tag of $1 million.
According to the administrative assistant at the church, Gayle Thorn, the new facility features many amenities.
The focal point of the building is a new sanctuary. It also features four classrooms, four offices, two new restrooms, and a small chapel. The chapel, also called the Heritage Room includes many historical pieces for the church.
Upon entering the building, visitors and the congregation will be in the new lobby and welcome center. It is a grand place for visiting outside the sanctuary.
On the outside, one new feature is a carport which will provide shelter when people are dropped off.
Thorn indicated people came and went throughout the day, but many of the faithful began with the morning worship and stayed throughout all of the day's events. She said there were 125 to 160 people at each of the events, with as many as 200 or more different people in attendance at some point during the day.
Rev. Howard Munn played the piano and gave testimony during the morning service. Munn, a lifelong Wood County resident, shared how he was raised in Bowling Green at the Wood County Children's Home until his adoption by the Munn family.
An exterior view of the new building for Mt. Zion United Brethren Church in Wayne.
He witnessed to the congregation how he accepted Christ as his Savior at age 8, and felt called into the ministry at 13.
Munn will soon celebrate his 91st birthday. Both Thorn and Munn's daughter, Margaret Montague, said it was a joyous service for Munn, his family and the entire congregation. He served as pastor of the church for 26 years beginning in the 1960s.
Following that service, members visited and attended their small group Sunday School sessions which were abbreviated for the celebration. Good food was enjoyed by those attending the potluck lunch.
Pastor Lee Hiney, who previously served the church for 20 years delivered the "Dedicatory Address" at the 3 p.m. dedication service.
The current pastor, Mark E. Ralph, welcomed everyone to the service and his wife Ruth A. Ralph led the music for the service.
The dedication prayer included the following words, "Holy God, Creator Lord ... As we come and go from this place, may we know your presence always, find consolation for our weary hearts, and be empowered by your Holy Word to go forth to serve you in the world."
A reception followed the service.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 May 2013 11:36

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