The congregation of Mount Enon Baptist Church in Milford will be celebrating two historical events during the third weekend in August. Not only will the church be observing their 95th Anniversary but they will also be hosting a mortgage burning to commemorate their full ownership of the building.
For nearly 100 years, followers of Mount Enon Church have been celebrating the word of the Lord and fellowship in the Milford community. In 1918 Emma Deputy from the Union Baptist Church in Dover began holding services in her residence. The fellowship was not large enough yet for a Pastor but continued to grow as members held services in a tent and eventually bought a building to house their congregation.
Reverend Custas was the first official Pastor of the church followed by Rev. Marshall, Downing, Freeman and Holt. Reverend Holt guided the Church, now located on Church Street in Northern downtown Milford, for over 20 years. In January of 2012, Reverend Dr. Patricia E. Green made history in the Mt. Enon Baptist Church, becoming the first licensed and ordained female pastor.
“The past year and a half has been good, it’s growing and time has gone by so fast,” commented Reverend Green. “We have been able to truly make this church a community center where celebrations take place and children programs have been held.”
On Saturday, August 17 members of Mount Enon will hold a devotional service with members of the community that helped to finance and support the building of the new Mount Enon Church nine years ago. A $2.5 million, 20 year mortgage the Mount Enon Church was able to pay off their debt 10 and a half years early. In celebration of that success, the congregation will literally burn a copy of the mortgage to symbolize the end of the mortgage payments and the full ownership under the direction of the church.
“The Lord has blessed us to pay the mortgage off early,” stated Reverend Green. “We have never been a large congregation but we have been blessed with this beautiful building, which was a result of our members giving directly from their pockets.”
After the mortgage burning ceremony, the congregation will continue the celebration with a festival on the grounds of the church including activities for children and adults, food and entertainment.
That Sunday, August 18 the Mount Enon Baptist Church will recognize another historical moment as they host two religious services in honor of their 95th Anniversary. The church’s strong history and commitment to the community has kept the small congregation together for almost a century and Pastor Green looks to continue this legacy by involving more youth.
“We want the youth to understand that God has a program that involves them too,” commented Reverend Green. “We welcome the youth and want them to bring with them who they are. We do not want to strip them down to fit who we are but want them to use their own abilities to build up the kingdom.”
The two events at Mount Enon Baptist Church are open to the public as Pastor Green invites the entire community to join in celebration. Normal worship hours for Mount Enon Church occur every Sunday morning at 10:30 am. For more information on the church and their upcoming celebrations, individuals are encouraged to visit the church online at http://mtenonbaptist.com.