Mt. Vernon, NY
Church holds 100tAnniversary Closing Service
were treated to a respite from weeks of negative
press from the Journal News and News 12,
allowing hundreds to partake in a three-day
celebration revolving around the 100th
Anniversary of the founding of Macedonia Baptist
First, there was
an incredible celebratory gala held at the
luxurious Glen Island Harbour Club in New
Rochelle – Westchester's premier banquet
facility, held on Friday, March 1st. The event
was attended by over 300 guests, including an
endless list of dignitaries.
Saturday, March 2nd, hundreds were treated to an
unprecedented Gospel Concert held at Macedonia
Baptist Church, featuring the legendary, Vanessa
came to a conclusion on Sunday, March 3rd, as
hundreds flocked to Macedonia to attend a
closing church service.
service was attended by many dignitaries and
elected officials, including Mayor Ernest D.
Davis and his wife, Betty; Yuhanna Edwards,
President of the Mount Vernon City Council; as
well as the Westchester County Executive Robert
Astorino. Also in the audience were Rev. Dr.
Richard H. Dixon, Jr., Pastor Emeritus and his
a long ovation from the large audience when he
was introduced by Rev. Morton and asked to
approach the podium.
“This is my
second time here at this beautiful church, which
has a wonderful congregation, and I want to
thank you for inviting me. Macedonia has been
here as an anchor of this community for 100
years and that is simply amazing. So, I wish to
thank you for what you do for the Mount Vernon
community every day, and on behalf of the people
of Westchester County, I wish to present you
with this Proclamation,” said Astorino.
Prior to the
introduction of the guest preacher, Rev. Dr. W.
Franklyn Richardson, Senior Pastor of the
historic Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon,
the audience heard reflections about Macedonia’s
100 year journey from Rev. Morton.
Macedonia Choir sang a magnificent selection
prior to Rev. Richardson commencing his sermon.
was well received by the audience, which gave
him a thunderous ovation.
“The Lord has
allowed this wonderful church to sustain itself
for 100 years, and we have come here today to
say, “thank you.” What we are attending today is
a thank you service, and I am blessed to be here
amongst you,” said Rev. Richardson.
Richardson’s sermon, the members of the church
received Holy Communion, followed by the