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Warren church marks 100 years

WARREN — Warren resident Leroy McKinzie said he spent some time fixing 150 pieces of chicken for the congregation of Third Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Warren so people would have something to take with them for the 100th anniversary of the church.

Third Christian Church marked its 100th anniversary Sept. 27 with Pastor Robert Faulkner sharing the church’s history. Pictures, newspaper articles and memorabilia of the church over the years were displayed in the lobby. There also was a special carry-out dinner of baked or fried chicken, green beans and macaroni and cheese.

Faulkner said people, no matter what they have in their lives, always return to the Lord.

“I believe with all my heart that COVID-19 will move on, but people will always stay and be here for the Lord. Now is the time for God’s people to come to Jesus and not give up on his plan for their lives,” he said.

He said many churches have not been able to do much or have made adjustments because of the pandemic.

Faulkner said the 100-year milestone is amazing because many churches never reach that milestone.

“I am blessed here not only because of the church, but because of all the people and staff. I feel blessed that I have an impact on people’s lives. I tell people, ‘Let God be Your Blessing’ and ‘Always reach to the Lord’,” he said.

Faulkner, 75, said when he and others are no longer with the church, others will carry the church into the future.

Quwan Baker, a church member, said, “It means a lot to me for the church to mark 100 years. I hope the church makes it to 200 years. The church is an important part of the Warren community.”

Elder Barbara Murray said the church has a very important story of love, faith, hope and prayer.

She said her husband, Eliza Murray, 83, died recently and was a very active member of the church during his life.

Mae Etta Peterson, a church member, said it is awesome to see the church achieve success by reaching 100 years.

The church was established in 1920 and is located at 241 First St. SW, Warren. The church was started by individuals wanting to see the establishment of a Christian church in Warren and was called the Church of Christ. Services were held from house to house until the purchase of a building at 123 Fulton St.

In 1941, the Fulton Street Christian Church became incorporated and changed its name to the Third Christian Church Disciples of Christ.

The church’s corporate seal is the figure of an ox standing between an altar and plows and states “Ready for Either.”

In 1952, the church purchased the present building.

In its 100-year history, the church has had 19 ministers with the first, C.R. Johnson, serving 1920 to 1935 and Faulkner from 2017 to the present.

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