New Light Missionary Baptist Church, 725 Cedar Ave., invites the public to celebrate its 34th anniversary and the official dedication of its new church edifice this weekend.
The church previously was located on 170 Sharpsville Avenue in Sharon for 32 years before purchasing the Cedar Avenue triplex in September 2011.
The first family of the founding pastor will return to Sharon to commemorate the official celebration.
The Rev. Robert L. Simpson, former pastor of New Light, will be guest speaker for the 11 a.m. Sunday service. Theme is “This is the Lord’s Doing: It is Marvelous in Our Eyes,” Psalms 118:22-24
Overseer Darrell Owens, senior pastor of Sacred Place Community Church, Clinton, Md., is the guest speaker for the 4 p.m. service. Overseer Owens is a son of the founding pastor, the late Rev. Darrell Lee Owens.
Evangelist Edna Owens, wife of the late Rev. Owens, is the keynote speaker for the celebration banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday. The banquet will take place in the church’s education center at 753 Cedar Avenue. Tickets are available for a $20 donation.
On Dec. 30, 1979, Rev. Owens and 37 followers held their first worship service at Farrell Christian Assembly Church, 1825 Roemer Blvd. They moved into Sharpsville Avenue site on Jan. 3, 1980.
Rev. Brian K. Johnson Sr. has served as pastor since his appointment on Dec. 11, 2004. New ministries have been instituted, including a mission and Christian charity tithing system, a capital campaign, and diverse investments that were used toward the purchase of the new church building, parsonage and education center.
After purchasing the triplex in 2011, the church held its first worship service in the education center on Jan. 1, 2012, later moving services to the fellowship hall of the church until renovations were completed this year.
New Lightprovideseducation, food and clothing outreaches to youth in the Shenango Valley by sponsoring a free pre-kindergarten program and free afterschool recreation program.
The church also has served more than 40,000 hot meals to local students since moving to the Cedar Avenue location.
For more information about the official dedication service or the church’s outreach programs, call the church office at 724-981-4525 or the education center at 724-347-0100.