mpbc – 50 Years on Mann Road

MPBC 1946

The Mills Road facility (1940-50)

Rev. Clive McGuire (20 years service as pastor, 1930's, 40's, 50's

Rev. Clive McGuire (20 years service as pastor, 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s)

After 103 years of worship in the small white-framed church house on Mills Road the family of mpbc held the first worship service on the new seven acres of property (sold by the Lugar family) just north of the intersection of Mills and Mann Roads.  It was Sunday, June 5th, 1966 at 10:30 A.M.; just before the service began the patrons of the church gathered as usual in the little white church and consecrated their past with a song and a prayer and made their way on foot (about 1,000 feet) to the new structure, singing as they journeyed.

It had been a vision cast into the hearts of the people since 1958 when Rev. Clive McGuire lead the people into a unprecedented exploration of ideas and research for a brand new building – something that had not been done since the purchase of the property on Mills road ($1 for one acre) in 1860. When Rev. Ron Kerr was hired as the first full-time pastor in mpbc history on January 1st, 1963 (exactly 100 years after the official charter of the church) plans and fundraising were in full swing – extreme baking, cooking, selling, lifting, singing and praying spanned the course of 3 years until the building was finished and people began what has been 50 years of worship and ministry this Sunday morning – June 5th, 2016 – service begins at 10:30 A.M. (some things never change).

Rev. Ron Kerr, 1963-69

Rev. Ronald Kerr, (1963-69)

The original look for the Mann Road Sanctuary (1976)

mpbc - Mills Road construction - 1965

mpbc – Mills Road construction (1965)

 

mpbc - New Facility opening weekend - 1966

mpbc – New Facility opening weekend (1966)

Make a point to come this Sunday and worship with us!  We will highlight the anniversary but the Lord will guide us into a message of continual devotion and service. See you Sunday

 

Today's structure - 2016

Today’s structure (2016)

Comments
  • Norma Gardner

    Thank you Pastor John. What a wonderful gift this bit of history is to the congregation of Mt. Pleasant. I know it means so much to me. I, of course, can remember all of it. My children can too. Yes, it was a dream for so many people that have gone on to be with Jesus. I’m praying that they are looking down on us now and smiling for all that has been accomplished. What a beautiful picture of today’s church – 2016. One person stands out in my mind on the new building. It was Earl Taylor. He was a builder and he was instrumental in the planning and guiding the people in how to accomplish a new building. He, also, along with other members put forth some good hard physical labor too. I hope that Linda Taylor is on the shepherd ministry mailing so she can see “us” now and share in this celebration. Thanks again and blessings to you for all that you do in serving us and the Lord. We love you very much. Norma Gardner and family.

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