2008-10-08 / Faith

Delphi church has closed its doors

Comet staff report

Mt. Zion Independent Baptist Church of Delphi has closed its doors after many years of ministry.

The church was established in 1987. Pastor and Mrs. Alfred Smith said after much thought and prayer, they decided to retire from the ministry due to health reasons. They have been with the church since its inception.

Members of the church voted on the final arrangements for the building and property. Contents of the building were given to a church of like faith. Proceeds from the sale of the property will be given to a mission board that will disperse the funds to the missionary family supported by the church.

Under the leadership of Pastor and Mrs. Smith, the church reached out to the community. It hosted missionaries and held evangelistic meetings. During the Christmas season, the people of the church gathered together to sing Christmas carols in various places in Delphi. Christmas cantatas were directed by Mrs. Smith. The church also conducted Easter sunrise services in the park. Members made it a priority to visit shut-ins and hosted church services in area rest homes.

Besides the Smiths, also giving many years of service to the church and the Lord's work were Buck and Uva Coffman.

The building that housed the small congregation was located on Connelly Street. It was not a church before Mt. Zion moved in, and it won't be a church now that it's been sold. But for more than 20 years it was a living church, and left its mark on the community.

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