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Emmanuel Church dedication is today

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Catherine W. Idzerda
October 18, 2009
— A new church, a new minister and lots of new programming.

It’s all on the agenda for the Emmanuel Free Methodist Church, 4224 Whilden Court, just off Highway 14.


At 10 a.m. today, the church will lay its cornerstone and dedicate its new building that was several years in the planning. The public is invited to the ceremony.


It also will welcome the Rev. Daniel J. Grimes, a doctor of divinity and a former teacher at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla.


“Ministry is really my calling,” Grimes said. “I was teaching my calling; it left me wanting to be back with people, wanting to return to the local church.”


The leadership of Emmanuel Church is a plum job. It’s the largest Free Methodist church in a seven-state region.


He also feels like it is a church that has embraced a larger vision and wants to extend itself to the community.


“I’m very excited about what’s happening there; it’s very visionary,” Grimes said. “It’s about reaching people with the love of Christ.”


The church recently started a support group for single moms. Emmanuel, along with two other local churches, is hosting “Fifth Quarter” events after Friday night football games. The “Fifth Quarter” event includes Wii, other electronic games, basketball and other activities for teens.


The church also is holding a “Harvest Park” event Monday, Oct. 28. Kids can come in their costumes for candy, games and other activities.



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