Tren­ton’s First United Church cel­e­brates 128th an­niver­sary

The News (New Glasgow) - - FAITH & COMMUNITY -

The con­gre­ga­tion of First United Church will be cel­e­brat­ing 128 years of Chris­tian wit­ness, study, fel­low­ship and ser­vice this week­end.

Lo­cated at 81 High St., the Tren­ton church, un­der the lead­er­ship will hold their cel­e­bra­tory ser­vice on Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. Guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Dou­glas MacEach­ern.

Spe­cial mu­sic will be pre­sented by The Car­rilon Singers and a fel­low­ship will fol­low the ser­vice.

Eastlink will be tap­ing the ser­vice and it will be aired the fol­low­ing Sun­day, Nov. 11.

All are wel­comed to at­tend this spe­cial 128th an­niver­sary ser­vice.

About the speaker

MacEach­ern is a na­tive of Tren­ton and is the son of the late Fred and Edith MacEach­ern, brother of Bill (Joan) and sis­ter Marg (Char­lie) Fer­gus.

He re­ceived his early ed­u­ca­tion within the Tren­ton school sys­tem. In 1954, he grad­u­ated MacEach­ern from Mount Al­li­son Uni­ver­sity with his B.A. and in 1956 from Pine Hill Di­vin­ity Hall (A.S.T.) with a Mas­ter of Di­vin­ity. He served stu­dent mis­sion fields in Old Wives, Sask.; Raw­don, N.S., and af­ter or­di­na­tion, in Raw­don, Hopewell-Eureka, Brunswick Street, Truro, and St. John’s, Monc­ton, from where he re­tired in 1995 and where he con­tin­ues to serve as Min­is­ter Emer­i­tus. Dur­ing the pe­riod from 1967 to 1990, MacEach­ern served as chap­lain, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor and Dean of Stu­dents at the Nova Sco­tia Agri­cul­tural Col­lege (Fac­ulty of Agri­cul­ture, Dal­housie Uni­ver­sity) in Truro.

MacEach­ern’s in­volve­ments within the church and com­mu­nity have been nu­mer­ous, in­clud­ing Cana­dian Bible So­ci­ety, United Way, Board of Di­rec­tors of both Wind­sor Elms and Drew Nurs­ing Homes. The au­thor of three books and sev­eral ar­ti­cles, he has been a com­mis­sioner to Gen­eral Coun­cil and pres­i­dent of Mar­itime Con­fer­ence. And in re­tire­ment, mem­ber and hon­orary board mem­ber of Hospice/ Pal­lia­tive Care Inc. in Greater Monc­ton. He gives lead­er­ship in grief and be­reave­ment groups and as­sists in the train­ing of vol­un­teers who work with pa­tients in their homes.

Mar­ried in 1956 to the for­mer June Bow­man of North Wilt­shire, P.E.I., they are the par­ents of three chil­dren: Robert (Su­san), Ruth Anne (Peter Mor­ris) and Ross­lyn (Bob Hod­der) and grand­par­ents to five grand­chil­dren.

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