2008-10-09 / Church News

Mount Tabor Church Celebrates 100th Anniversary

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On October 5, Mount Tabor Church of the Nazarene in Waterfall, joined with 18,000 other Nazarene churches in 151 world areas to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Church of the Nazarene.

Preparations for the day began in 2004 with the writing and translation of materials sent to every Nazarene church across the globe. The plan was that all 1.6 million members of the church would hear the same sermon, celebrate with the same music and participate in the same readings in 24 time zones on the same day.

"Our congregation is excited to celebrate this anniversary with all of our Nazarene family around the world," said Pastor Duane Williams, pastor of Mount Tabor Church of the Nazarene. "At the same time, we want to emphasize that the family never stops growing, and there is plenty of room for all. In our society today, it seems that relationships often don't last very long."

The October 5 anniversary celebration at Mount Tabor began at 11:00 a.m. The church is located at 5286 North Hess Road, Waterfall.

The Church of the Nazarene has its roots in methodism, drawn from the teachings of English evangelist John Wesley (1703-1791). The denomination was established in October 1908 in Pilot Point, Texas, the culmination of mergers of several like-minded groups. The mission of the Church of the Nazarene is to make Christlike disciples in the nations.

With a long history of mission work and 20th- and 21st-century advances in communication and transportation, the Church of the Nazarene has deliberately decided to steer an international course. "A century ago, the Nazarenes were an American family with relatives in other countries," wrote Stan Ingersol, the denomination's archivist, in a brief history of the group. "Today we are an international family of districts and congregations planted on each of Earth's inhabited continents. No single language, race or nationality claims a majority of our members."

Attesting to the success of the denomination's international initiative, the Church of the Nazarene now includes graduate theological seminaries in North America, Central America and Asia-Pacivic; liberal arts colleges in Africa, Canada, Korea and the United States; nearly 40 theological schools worldwide; hospitals in Swaziland, India and Paupua New Guinea; radio broadcasts in 30 languages; and printed materials in 103 languages. At the Church of the Nazarene's quadrennial general assembly in 2001, 42 percent of delegates either spoke English as a second language or did not speak the language at all.

The denomination has been headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., since 1912. Mount Tabor Church of the Nazarene was established in 1932.

More information may be obtained by contacting Pastor Duane Williams at 717-294-3944.

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