Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
Sunday, June 2nd Trinity Baptist Church of Orange will celebrate the dedication of their newly acquired church located at 1819 N. 16th Street in Orange. The Dedication Service is expected to draw a large number of members and visitors to celebrate the dedication of the newly renovated facility. The church was formally the longtime home of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Orange. One Lutheran Church member expressed gratitude that the facility would remain a church and God's work would continue.
For several months the church has undergone a facelift to prepare for this great event. There has been a scurrying of activities as the dedicated church members and contractors completed the renovation of the inside of the church sanctuary, fellowship hall, offices and education building. The outside of the church has been painted in beautiful earth tone colors along with new landscape plants to enhance the front of the building.
Upon entering the church the open foyer serves as a welcome area for members and guest to greet each other before the church services. The beautiful sanctuary features high ceiling, plush red carpet and lovely warm wood. For several months Trinity Baptist had a “Become a Key Person” campaign where the member could purchase a key designated in memory or honor of a friend or loved one to acquire funds to buy their new Yamaha Grand Piano. The beautiful piano is featured at the front of the church. Marian Finnell, who participated in the selection of the piano, was adamant about purchasing the best the church could afford and had faith from the beginning it would happen. That must come from years as a school teacher.
Special guest minister will be Dr. Charles (Rusty) Walton who will deliver the message during this special service. Dr. Walton was the first pastor of the church who was instrumental in organizing the church from its inception. Dr. Walton's approach to leadership was to develop a relationship with the people of the congregation as he taught and preached God's word. He stated, “God has done some wonderful things at Trinity Baptist Church. I don't know of a better church with more loving members in Orange County.”
Dr. Robert (Bob) Webb will do the dedication service to celebrate the purchase of the property and give God the glory of how far the church has come. Dr. Webb is the pastor at Trinity Baptist Church. He, also, serves as Chaplain of the Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, TX. Dr. Webb is married to Dianne Webb who is a member of the Trinity Baptist Choir. Dianne is a high school math teacher.
Special music for the June 2nd service will be provided by the Trinity Baptist Choir under the direction of Dan Cruse. Dan serves as Worship Leader at the church. He is married to Sarah Cruse.
Everyone is invited to come and celebrate this great occasion. Sunday School will be at 9:45 AM and the Sunday Dedication Service will start at 11 AM. A luncheon for members and guest will be served immediately following the service.