Spring Grove Church To Dedicate Addition

Members of the Spring Grove Friends Church will dedicate a recently-completed addition to the church Sunday.

The church, founded in 1856, is located 6 ½ miles southwest of Osawatomie. The present church sanctuary was built in 1877. An annex, containing a kitchen, one classroom, and a large meeting room, was added in 1963.

The latest addition is 30 by 32 feet and houses four classrooms and the pastor's office. Construction started last spring and the area was occupied in December. Final touches to the structure were added last week.

Funds for the construction project were raised through the use of "talents" as told in the biblical parable in Matthew 25:14-30. In February 1972, 49 persons in the congregation were given $5 each and challenged to increase that amount as much as possible by Easter Sunday.

Baked goods, handiwork, craft, items, greeting cards, candy and knives were sold, product parties were sponsored and a hog was raised to increase the initial amounts. By Easter, a total of $2000 had been raised. Other gifts and contributions have since been received for the project.

Most of the labor was donated by members of the congregation.

The Rev. June Worden is pastor of the church. Lloyd Cook is Sunday School superintendent. Teachers are Dora Baucom, Evelyn Hay, Mrs. Charlie Hay, Sr., Mrs. Lavern Ellis, Mrs. Frank Boehm, Mrs. Ray Cottrell, Mrs. Gerald James and Charlie Hay, Jr. Mrs. Cletus Hampson serves as substitute teacher and one class has members teach on an alternating basis.

Other pastors who have served the church Jacob Perry, C. N. Averill, Grace and Oscar Thompson, Clinton Whybrew, Ellis and Ferne Cook, Dan Timblin, Howard McNeice, Freida Craven who is now Mrs. Challous Hay, and Fay Wheeler.

Services Sunday will begin with the 11 a.m. worship hour. Dr. John Robinson, Kansas yearly meeting superintendent, will be the speaker. A basket dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the church annex. The dedication service will be at 2:30 p.m.

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