On Sept. 5, the congregation of Mount Pleasant Community Church gathered to rededicate the 148-year-old former Methodist Episcopal church. Following the service, the church bell rang out across the countryside. Pastor Larry DeWitt of Vans Valley Community Church in Sunbury conducted the service.
The church, located at 5697 Condit Road (in Porter Township), was closed for several years before Kenneth Paul Ursiny reopened them 2½ years ago. Ursiny, whose father was a pastor there 47 years ago, wanted to see the doors open again for service. Although the congregation is small, it is optimistic.
“Right now the congregation size is about 10, but we will grow,” said Pastor Dwayne Wampler, who described the Sunday service as “sort of a cross mix and very laid-back and relaxed.” Sunday school starts at 10:30 a.m. with the worship service at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday night Bible study starts at 6:30 p.m.
“We believe in the Trinity, and all messages come from the Scripture,” said Wampler. “We believe that music is an important part of every service, and all who play are welcome.”
Built in 1868, the church needs a lot of TLC. Ursiny has painted the roof and fixed the rope so the bell can now ring out for the Sunday service. New flooring, repairing the interior walls and weather-proofing are among the renovations needed.
“The long-term goal is total restoration, but, as you know, that takes time,” said Wampler.
To reintroduce the church to the neighborhood, the congregation plans a gospel sing-a-long on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. An offering will be taken to help defray restoration expenses.
The community is invited to attend Sunday and Tuesday services and the sing-a-long. For more information call or text Wampler at 614-332-9600.
Information for this story was provided by Mount Pleasant Community Church.