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From 1959 —
Be friendly and reverent
This is a friendly church. Wherever its members meet, they are happy. They exchange warm handshakes and hearty greetings.
Hearts beat in tune to joyous gospel truths, “uttered or unexpressed.” Fellowship in the Church promotes joyful living – for “men are that they may have joy.”
But there’s a time and place for all things: a time for fellowship and for recreation; a time for study and for service.
And there’s also a time and a place for quiet and solemn worship – reverence.
Wisely, the Church provides facilities and opportunities for all these activities.
There’s the entry hall or foyer where friend greets friend before, after, and between meetings.
There are classrooms with teaching facilities where Gospel principles are explained and discussed with dignity and sincerity.
There’s the recreational hall for plays dances, pageants, dinners, receptions, sports.
And then there’s the chapel for worshiping assemblies.
Each of these places deserves a decorum of its own – suitable to both the place and the occasion.
So, be happy, be joyful, be buoyant, be friendly. But always, when reverence is due, be reverent!
BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF