Lancaster Church Opening Includes Wedding and Baptisms

Lancaster Church Opening Includes Wedding and Baptisms

Church Opening Includes Wedding and Baptisms

Story by Tamyra Horst / Photos by Ray Hartwell

Five years after a small group began meeting as a church plant, the Lancaster Hispanic 2 church in Lancaster, Pa., celebrated their first Sabbath in their new facility with a wedding and a baptism—and by welcoming nearly a dozen new members. Ray Hartwell, conference president; and his wife, Jeanne, associate ministerial director; Will Peterson, vice president of mission and administration; Gabriel Montalvo, Hispanic Ministries coordinator; and Juan Lopez, retired Hispanic Ministries coordinator, with his wife, Daisy, joined the packed church for this special worship service.

Eilleane Rodriguez Mercado and Leonardo L Rivera valle prepare for their baptism with Pastor Feleidi Garcias. Photo by Ray Hartwell

Eilleane Rodriguez Mercado and Leonardo L Rivera valle prepare for their baptism with Pastor Feleidi Garcias. Photo by Ray Hartwell

The new building will allow the church to continue growing. It will also enable them to better serve their community.

Pastor Feleidi Garcias and church leaders are working on setting up a food bank and center for other necessities. Members will also handout literature and invite the community to their evangelistic events. “We know that God is in control, and that He will lead us in all our plans,” shares Garcias.

Read this story in Spanish.