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Mt. Calvary celebrates reopening

C. Lisa Johnson | 4/11/2014, 6 a.m.
On April 6, 2014, a breezy sunny Sunday morning, Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church held it’s grand reopening ceremony on ...
Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church held it’s grand re-opening ceremony on the lawn of the church in Arnold, Maryland on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Taking part in the ribbon cutting ceremony with Rev. Dr. Reginald Tarpley, (left) is Bro. Keith Cain and Sis. Norrine Smith. (Lawrence Kimble)

— On April 6, 2014, a breezy sunny Sunday morning, Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church held it’s grand reopening ceremony on the lawn of the church in Arnold, Maryland.

The church was damaged back in December due to a severe furnace malfunction during one of the coldest winters in Maryland. The congregation was displaced and neighboring Asbury United Methodist Church welcomed them to come and hold services at their church in Arnold. Dr. Reginald Tarpley, pastor of Mt. Calvary and his congregation did just that. For three months they worshipped at Asbury United Methodist Church.

The church renovations took place under the leadership of Brother Keith Cain, chair of the board of trustees and his trustee team. They oversaw the renovation project which cost an estimated $60,000

Pastor Dr. Reginald Tarpley held a special ribbon cutting ceremony on the steps of the church.

The congregation eagerly entered the church and celebrated the reopening of their place of worship with praise dancing, great gospel singing, a fiery sermon and the first holy communion of the year.

Pastor Tarpley says that not only was the building rededicated but the congregation rededicated their souls as well.

After the morning service a brunch was held. The afternoon service was a special celebration of the 114th anniversary of the Mt. Calvary Ushers Day.

The Trustee Chairman Keith Cain thanked his trustee team which consists of Ronnita Cook; Robert Majors; Ronald Queen; Leon Porter; Norman Watts; Ronald Gross; Charmaine Edwards; and Donald Smith.