On February 15, 1959, the new sanctuary of Immanuel OPC in Bellmawr, New Jersey, was dedicated "to the glory of God and to His service" at an afternoon service. Presiding was the pastor, the Rev. Albert Edwards. Neighboring pastors Harvie Conn of Stratford and Carl Reitsma of West Collingswood participated. Conn delivered the invocation and Reitsma read the Scriptures.
The Rev. Charles Ellis, pastor of Knox Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Silver Spring, Md. preached from Romans 12:1-2. Mr. Ellis urged that the new building be filled with a people wholly dedicated to God in the service of spreading the gospel of saving grace in Jesus Christ. Mr. Ellis was pastor of Immanuel OPC, West Collingswood when Bellmawr (then Crescent Park) was started as its mission work .
The service closed with a prayer of dedication, offered by a former pastor, the Rev. Robert Eckardt, of Wilmington, Del. Greetings to the congregation were brought by the general secretary of the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension, the Rev. John P. Galbraith. "Would that our people throughout the country could see the fruits of their sacrificial giving on such an occasion!" he said. "They would surely rejoice in their part in helping support a missionary until the time when a church becomes self-supporting, a day almost at hand for this congregation.”
Picture: Immanuel OPC, Bellmawr