Congregation honors former pastor
“It doesn’t take great men to do great things, it only takes consecrated men,” was a quote printed in the bulletin for the Sunday, September 15 service at the Hughesville Baptist Church. Gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. Robert Berger which occurred September 19, 1954, were a sanctuary filled with family, friends and former members. Traveling to join the celebration were daughter-in-law Sarah Berger, Cape May, NJ; brother-in-law James Berger and wife Eleanor, Bloomsburg; Mrs. Sally Dorman Bennett, Fairfax, VA; Ed and Ruth (Hall) Smits of Nassau County NY; and Elaine Harman, Jersey Shore, daughter of the late Rev. Lester Barton, who served 10 years as pastor of the Moreland Baptist Church during the 1940’s.
In brief remarks, Rev. Berger said that in times gone by, the meeting place where worshipers met was known as ‘the meeting house’ emphasizing the word church denotes its people. He also introduced his first great-grandchild, Malcolm Robert Mailleue, son of Samuel and Brittany Mailleue of Pine Summit.
The Rev. Dr. Frank Frischkorn, Regional Executive Pastor of the American Baptist Churches, gave the message entitled “Confidence in Ministry.” Singing the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ were a quartet of sisters: Gabrielle, Emily, Abigail and Hannah Staman, daughters of Eric and Lori (Rupert) Staman of Turbotville. Soloist Kaitlyn Sheets sang ‘Here I am Lord,’ accompanied by choir members Valerie Arthur, Dorthea and the Rev. Thomas Brokow, Linda Bower, Linda Frye, Frank Johnson, Rhiannon Simmons, Thomas Smith and Jared Summers. Sandy Bitler served as pianist and choir director.
Attendees viewed memorabilia displayed in the fellowship hall where food and fellowship was also enjoyed.