New Castle Christian Church Special Homecoming services

Photos by Church Homecoming Committee

Beautiful stained-glass windows were installed during the 1950s when Rev. Bill Sleasman was pastor. They were removed, cleaned and repaired last fall by Raynal Studios, Inc. of Natural Bridge Station. The large sanctuary windows depict scenes from the life of Christ.

Special Homecoming services will be held at New Castle Christian Church on Sunday, May 21. Located at 282 Salem Avenue across from New Castle Commons, the church invites all members and friends to attend this special day of fellowship.

The day will begin with an old-time hymn sing at 10 a.m., followed by the morning service at 10:30 am. Everyone is welcomed back at 5 p.m. for a covered-dish meal and evening service at 6 p.m.

Guest speaker for both services will be Gary Taylor from Knoxville, TN, pastor and financial adviser to churches and ministries.

The morning service will include music by James Christian, Ronnie Price, the Adult Choir and children from the Wednesday youth ministry. Communion meditation will be brought by member Eric Burger and a special dedication of the churches’ newly restored stained glass windows will be led by Elder Dallas Helems. The evening service will feature music performed by Penn Forest Christian Church choir led by Missy Paxton.

According to current Pastor Cody Rader, who will lead the 10:00 a.m. hymn sing, “this day is an opportunity for members to honor the history and heritage of the church, while looking forward to the future which God has in store for us”.

The church was established in the late 1880s and met on Main Street on the lot, which is now the Family Dollar parking lot. After the 1895 fire destroyed much of Main Street the church relocated to its current location, which some members then thought was too far out of town! The building has undergone many expansions and improvements since then, but met continuously and been a beacon of hope in the community.

-Submitted by Church Homecoming Committee

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