Elkton church changes name to bet­ter re­flect mis­sion

Cecil Whig - - RELIGION - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

ELKTON — A church that’s been in Ce­cil County for 56 years qui­etly changed its name ear­lier this year to bet­ter re­flect its mis­sion.

In March, Pleas­ant Hill Wor­ship Cen­ter in Elkton changed its name to En­deavor Church.

“We are serv­ing with pur­pose. We are here to serve our com­mu­nity and do it ... with a God-driven pur­pose,” said Amy Fagan who, with her hus­band Chris, shep­herd the church at 32 Hill­top Road. “En­deavor means ‘called to a set pur­pose.’”

And that pur­pose, Chris said, has taken them be­yond the church walls. Mem­bers of the church re­cently spent a day hav­ing fun with the Hollingsworth Manor com­mu­nity.

“Giv­ing is im­por­tant to us at home and abroad,” Chris said. “We did face paint­ing, served hot dogs, we prayed with peo­ple.”

En­deavor Church be­gan in 1961 as Gospel Taber­na­cle. The name changed to Spirit and Life Bi­ble Church not long af­ter. In 2005, it changed again to Pleas­ant Hill Wor­ship Cen­ter. Chris grew up in the church. He met Amy in col­lege, although they dis­cov­ered they had both at­tended church con­fer­ences at Spirit and Life.

The Fa­gans served at the church as youth lead­ers from 2002 to 2009, then went to Ohio. By 2015, they felt called to re­turn to his home church. They’ve been in charge of the Elkton area church for over a year. Their board of di­rec­tors agreed to the name change, which be­came ef­fec­tive in March.

“God has re­ally blessed us. It’s been a good year and a half,” Chris said. “At­ten­dance has gone up, mis­sions have tripled. God has re­ally met all our needs.”

With that growth, the cou­ple have no­ticed more teens and more fam­i­lies.

“We want a sense of wel­com­ing for all ages,” Chris said.

En­deavor Church of­fers Sun­day School classes at 10 a.m., with a wor­ship ser­vice at 11. On Wed­nes­day night, there are classes for chil­dren ages 2 to 11 while there is an in­for­mal wor­ship ses­sion for all.

“We live stream the wor­ship on Sun­day and Wed­nes­day,” Amy said.

Go to www.en­deav­ormc.com to find the live stream link or to get more in­for­ma­tion.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF EN­DEAVOR CHURCH

Free hot dogs, chips and more were served by mem­bers of En­deavor Church dur­ing a re­cent street fes­ti­val out­reach in Hollingsworth Manor in Elkton.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF EN­DEAVOR CHURCH

The En­deavor Church praise band per­formed dur­ing the re­cent street fes­ti­val at Hollingsworth Manor.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF EN­DEAVOR CHURCH

Face paint­ing is al­ways a crowd pleaser and the young­sters in Hollingsworth Manor in Elkton were no dif­fer­ent when En­deavor Church held a street fes­ti­val in the com­mu­nity.

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