The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Hoopeston

September 19, 2013

Hoopeston church marks its 100th year

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The church does more than care for the souls of its congregation, it also houses a recycle center for cell phones, ink cartridges, store coupons, eye glasses and cases, hearing aids, aluminum cans and pop tabs in the church library. Some of the programs at the church include a clothing shop, an emergency food cupboard for church members, a “Marriage by the Book” program, Awana program for children, an addiction recovery program and, after the recent J&R Used Tire fire, the church was designated as the official Red Cross station in city emergencies.

“As far as future plans, we do still need more space,”said Pastor Micah Mobley. “ I believe the church should be a light to, a hub of community.”

He added, “Starting in January 2014, we will be starting community support groups. These groups will be marketed to and open to everyone. We will be providing meals and tutoring for children and an outlet for people who need community, help and support.”

Sadie Evans, daughter of the Rev. Walter and Gertrude Evans, added, “The history of this congregation is not finished. It is ever on-going, into each successive generation.”

For information about First Church of God, call 283-9330, e-mail: office@hoopestonchurch.org or go to the web site: http://www.hoopestonchurch.org.

Ministers 1913-present — It is not known who started the tent meetings at the Charles Beaver farm near Wellington, nor who the itinerant preacher was who conducted the meetings. However, the following list of ministers have pastored at Hoopeston Church of God during the last 97 years: Brother Radaker; Rev. Phoebe Harrington; Rev. Joseph Hoopingarner; Rev. Walter P. Evans Sr.; Rev. G.H. Stringfield; Rev. Henry Stamm (first term, 1940s); Rev. Forrest Witt; Rev. Edward Duty; Reverends Walter P. Evans, Jr. and Gertrude Evans; Reverends Thomas and Jean McCracken; Rev. Harley Benthin; Rev. Rick Blumenberg; Rev. J.F. Selvidge; Rev. Henry Stamm second term, 1970s); Rev. Marilyn Henry; Rev. Billy Wiles; Rev. Lewis Mershon; Rev. Ardeen Webster; Rev. Jeremy Morton; and Rev. Micah Mobley.

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