By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal
The congregation of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church returned to its original home with the opening of their new church on August 4 at South Martin Luther King Drive in Louisville.
Construction of the new church began on Sept. 11, 2011 after a fire destroyed the original building in 2008. Since then the congregation has held their worship services at Beck Funeral Home and at the former J.R.’s Restaurant.
The congregation and members made a day of the reopening starting at J.R’s Restaurant, where the congregation and Rev. Benjamin Pittman held their Sunday School program. After the service, Rev. Pittman and others held a prayer before leaving the restaurant for the last time.
From there, the congregation made their way to Beck’s Funeral Home. During their stop at Beck’s, Rev. Pittman thanked Robert Beck, Sr. for allowing the church to use their facilities during the time of the construction of the new church.
The church was blessed to have access to the facilities of the funeral home and restaurant, which allowed them to have their services still. “We never missed a prayer service nor did we miss a worship service after the fire,” Rev. Pittman said. “For that, we thank Bro. Beck for opening his doors to us immediately after the church burned,”
The congregation then proceeded to march to the new church. Before entering, Rev. Pittman was presented with the keys to the building and allowed to open the doors for the first official service in the new church.
Rev. Pittman was thankful for the new building and was appreciative of all who made it possible. “We want to thank all of our members who made contributions and stayed there and worked hard and faithfully,” Rev. Pittman said. “We especially want to thank our building committee. Thank God for them.”
With the church now returning as a pillar of the community, Mt. Moriah can continue to bring others into contact with their spirituality. “Our mission is to seek and save those who are lost,” Rev. Pittman said.
Mt. Moriah holds Sunday school service at 9:15 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday morning. They also have bible study at 6 p.m. on Wednesday night. For other information regarding the church, you may contact 662-779-0147.