Bicentennial Celebration Launch
West Henrietta Baptist Church launched its yearlong bicentennial celebration at the annual WHBC Deacons’ Retreat held Saturday, Oct. 11, at the church and Maplewood Cemetery. Evie Scott and Mary’s Gang sang for participants, who also enjoyed soups made by Deacons Kathy Juby and Mary Bailey. Historian Bonnie Healy presented the stories of Elizabeth Eby McFarlane and Mellicent McNall Fenner MacFarlane. The wives of the Rev. J.C. M(a)cFarlane, an early 20th century WHBC pastor, their stories unlock much of the church history buried in the stained glass windows and the portraits of the Elizabeth McFarlane Memorial Class still hanging in the Fellowship Hall. For more information about Elizabeth and Mellicent M(a)cFarlane, see “Mystic Sweet Communion.”
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