Lairdsville church holds dedication, celebration

LAIRDSVILLE – On June 15, St. Mark’s Church of Lairdsville had a dedication/celebration of its newly renovated handicapped accessible entrance, new picnic pavilion with electric capabilities and newly landscaped backyard and walking path.

At the ceremony, Gordon Hiller, a conservationist and lifelong grange member, gave a motivating speech that focused on three key words … inspire, aspire and expire. A few thought-provoking quotes from his speech follow:

“You have been inspired with a vision and the good judgment to use it wisely.

“You have been inspired and GOD says, “Well done good and faithful stewards.

“Today, with this event – we reminisce, recognize, honor and give thanks to all who inspired us.

“So for ALL of us – inspire – aspire – before we expire.”

He spoke of St. Mark’s history and how it has persevered while many small churches have shut their doors.

In January 2012, through the foresight of the congregation, St. Mark’s withdrew from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and became independent with the supporting arm of the church being “Community Friends in Action” serving as an outreach to the community wherever there is a need.

A picnic followed the dedication ceremony under the pavilion.