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Subject: [GM-L] Mullein Hill Church, Lakeville, MA: History, Part 5 1966-1972
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 17:22:06 EST
This is my continuing work on the history of the Mullein Hill Church,
This is part 5 of the same book I posted earlier.
_History of Lakeville 1953-1978_ by Phyllis Elliott Draghetti & D. Evelyn
Sylvia Norris, Pub. By Lakeville History Society. Ref: 974.4 HIS.
1966-197, Rev. A. Chester Gushee.
In December 1966, the Mullein Hill Church called Rev. A. Chester Gushee of
Fall River to be their pastor. Later he moved into a farm house on Pierce
Avenue. Under his ministry, the Church continued to grow and to have an
effective evangelical outreach in the community.
Like Pastor Dederick, Pastor Gushee enjoyed the prison ministry at
Bridgewater. The Gushees' large family caused them naturally to become
involved in the youth ministry which was very active especially in the
earlier years of his tenure.
Visitation, community involvement, nursing home ministry, Christian music,
Christian education, building improvement, evangelism, bus ministry, and many
other aspects of Church life flourished.
During this time, the membership voted to complete the final phase of the
addition. In 1970, the men built the trusses for the superstructure. At an
enthusiastic and well attended Dedication Service on January 19, 1972, the
Larry Crump Memorial Auditorium was dedicated. Many ministers and laymen
from the greater-Lakeville area participated in the Service.
Along with the new Auditorium, the congregation has also improved the outside
of the building as well, and enlarged and paved the parking area.
In the fall of 1972, Pastor Gushee left his ministry at Mullein Hill Church,
but the beautiful sanctuary is a monument to the foresight of him and the
people of the Church.
Betty, Middleboro, MA