A new milestone

Reed City Seventh-day Adventist Church holding building dedication

HERSEY — Members of the Reed City Seventh-day Adventist Church are closer to hitting another benchmark in the 132-year history of the church.

The congregation will have its building dedication at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the church, located at 17290 U.S. 10, in Hersey.

Despite moving to its current location more than six years ago, the church’s mortgage recently was paid off, providing the congregation an opportunity to hold a dedication, said Ray Welsh, a member of the church.

“I think we’ve been looking forward to this church being paid off for a while now,” he said.

The Rev. Immanuel Roth said the building’s dedication represents the hard work of many people over the last several years.

“For a congregation of this size, it is really amazing that they built and paid for the church in such a short amount of time,” said Roth, who has been pastor for more than a year. “In just six years, the Lord really provided in a lot of ways.”

Located on a parcel of property between Reed City and Evart that once held numerous discarded mobile homes, the land was purchased by Hampton and Dorothy White after it had been cleaned up by the efforts of the Osceola County Community Foundation.

Ray and Janet Welsh, Linda Bianchi and Roth credit the Whites’ dedication to the church as motivation for members to get the building completed and paid off in such a short amount of time.

“We’re not a large congregation by any means,” Ray Welsh said. “But a lot of people had a hand in this happening.”

Bianchi noted the Whites helped in anyway they could, despite their age, and the congregation came together to complete the project.

“We heard for a while that it wouldn’t happen, but impossible things happen every day, and (the church) is one of them,” she said.

Ray Welsh, who helped with planning the move from Chestnut Street in Reed City to its current location, said former pastors, families and the contractors who worked on the building have been invited to the dedication.

Once the dedication is complete, Roth said the focus for the church will be moving ahead.

“The future is to continue growing with faithful group of people following the sermons of Jesus,” he said. “What you have is a building, and a building is just that, a building. When it is filled with people, that is what we want. That is what makes it a church.”

Roth added the church also can focus on helping others.

“It’s a blessing it is paid off, and that means more funds will be available for what we were called to do,” he said.

That calling, Roth explained, includes providing help for others with programs the church has participated in for a while, including health screenings, the food bank and coat drive.

“We’re not just interested in someone’s spiritual health, but also their physical health,” Roth said.