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Our Church History
When your great-grandfather was looking for a Gospel preaching church, he might have considered attending First Assembly of God. Our church has been serving the needs of families in the Springfield, Ohio area since 1927!
First Assembly found its origin in 1927, holding services in a small building on Lagonda Ave. in Springfield, Ohio. It was built through prayers, tears and hard work. It all started because of one woman’s vision, Geneva Matthews.
On June 1, 1928, the first business meeting was held at 1223 Lagonda Ave. with twenty-two members present. The members elected Geneva Matthews from Dayton, Ohio as the first pastor. They chose Elbethel Tabernacle as the name for the new church, and petitioned the Assemblies of God for recognition. R. J. Evans, Secretary of the General Council, responded in a letter dated June 13, 1928 which had 1 John 1:7 as its letterhead, officially recognizing Elbethel Tabernacle as a General Council Church. The church later moved into a regular building at the corner of Belmont and Prospect streets.
Following Geneva Matthews, Rev. Cecil M. Good was called to pastor and served the church until 1935. Following this, the Church called Rev. Victor Gopperton who served the Church faithfully for fourteen years. In April 1943, the church purchased property they had been occupying for the price of $1,825.00. With the purchase of the building, the church name was changed to El Bethel Church of the Assemblies of God.
In April, 1949, Arthur H. Parsons was called as Pastor. In June, 1956, the present location was purchased by the Church. In October, 1958, ground was broken beginning the construction of this building. The building was contracted and put under roof by our contractor, Mr. William Yoder. From there the congregation took over and the entire building was completed inside by our own people. The dedication service of the present sanctuary was held on September 11, 1960. Seventeen years later, the addition of the fellowship hall and classrooms were started and completion was made in 1978.
Pastor Parsons served until 1968 and was followed by Robert A. Curie from 1968-1974; Robert A. Hallquist from 1974-1980; Joseph Hartley from 1980-1987; Thomas Bell from 1987-1992; James Armpriester from 1992-2003; David Frank from 2003-2007; and Bud Rose from 2007-present.
The success and blessing of the past can be attributed to the faithfulness, sacrifice and consecration of the Church’s pastors and congregation.
High Priest of Christmas
Read Hebrews 1:1 through 6:20
Singing Christmas carols about the Infant born in Bethlehem’s manger brings many warm memories and joy during stressful, hectic days of holiday preparation. Today’s passage takes the reader beyond those thoughts to the very purpose for Christmas.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15).
God’s plan for redemption required Jesus to enter the world and experience those things common to all people. He set aside His heavenly state to become a helpless infant, grow as a child, and experience all of the struggles that come with life. As a result of these experiences, He can empathize with the cares and weaknesses of life. These experiences make Him the perfect high priest who can intercede before God for His people. Remembering Christ as the high priest of Christmas helps bring focus to the many details and activities that can crowd out the purpose and joy of Christmas.
Thought for Today: Christ, the great high priest, stands as the reason for the Christmas season.
Quicklook: Hebrews 4:6–16
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