Happy 125th birthday to Eastport Baptist Church

Posted on June 26, 2009


Linda Gallagher asked me to do a story on the 125th Anniversary of Eastport Baptist Church for the Antrim Review, so off I trotted to interview Jerry Troyer, the youthful pastor. I found him in the gym behind the church painting the walls.  (You know how it is when company’s coming.)  He showed me around and told me about the celebration planned for this Sunday and next.

On June 28, right after the 9:45 am service, there will be a Good Ole Family Dinner with ham and side dishes and storytelling. The following week Jonathon White will play at a Patriotic Concert, tasty potluck dishes will be passed at a Good Ole Church Picnic, and the congregation will take a look at the future. It’s all free and it’s all open to anyone who cares to come. “Everyone is invited,” said Jerry Troyer. “We’re a friendly bunch, and we’d love to have you.”

The story ran in today’s edition of the Antrim Review, which is still on sale at fine newsstands everywhere in the County. I encourage you to read it.  But there’s always more to the story.  There’s never enough space in the paper for all the photos. Blogs are more flexible.  Remember the nursery rhyme that goes This is the church . . .

This is the church

This is the church
(although as Pastor Jerry will be the first to tell you, it isn’t really the church but only the building)

Internet reception in the bell tower

This is the steeple
(and the internet receiver)

125th Anniversary Committee - Shirley Farrell - Sheila Essenberg - Pastor Jerry Troyer
Open the door
(125th Anniversary Committee: Shirley Farrell, Sheila Essenberg and Pastor Jerry Troyer)


And see all the people!
(OK, you move over there, kids down here in front, bunch up so we can get everybody in)

Longtime members, brand new babies, cute little kids, doting grandmas and grandpas, soccer players, busy moms and dads, creative teens, really good cooks . . .  as Pastor Jerry would again be the first to tell you, they’re the church.  For lots more photos, press the little “more” there, and don’t forget to click on the image for a larger version. I’ll post more about the history of Eastport Baptist in a week or so.