2016 Projects

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Elder John Leland-Interpretive Sign  Cheshire, Mass.

Erected June 10, 2016

On June 8th I left Ohio in a rented pickup truck hauling a beautiful interpretive sign dedicated to the memory of John Leland. In Emmaus, PA. I met Gary Stinnett  and we loaded his tools into the truck and continued our journey toward Mass. Pastor Aaron Rodgerson flew in from Missouri and met us in Mass. The marker was erected on Friday, June 9th, downtown, near the Cheese Press monument and right on the Appalachian Trail. The current, and a former long-time pastor (of the church Leland pastored) met with us, as well as the chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen in Cheshire. Gary and Aaron did a professional job and the town and the Baptists were very appreciative of the new marker. On Friday evening we held a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedicated the marker.

A special thanks to all who donated to this special project! We could not do it without you!




A small donation towards the cause of reviving and preserving our heritage would be greatly appreciated. All donations here will be directed into our Project Account.


 

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Preparing for concrete

Preparing for concrete

 

Preparing for landscaping

Preparing for landscaping

 

Hikers on the Appalachian Trail stopped by. The Marker is right on the trail!

Hikers on the Appalachian Trail stopped by. The Marker is right on the trail!

 

Hard workin' men :)

Hard workin’ men 🙂

 

Ted Alexander, Gary Stinnet, Aaron Rodgerson

Ted Alexander, Gary Stinnet, Aaron Rodgerson

 

A former longtime pastor of Leland's church was very helpful.

A former longtime pastor of Leland’s church was very helpful.

 

Lecturing on John Leland prior to the official ribbon cutting.

Lecturing on John Leland prior to the official ribbon cutting.

 

Carol Francisconi, chairwoman of the board of selectmen for Cheshire cut the ribbon for us.

Carol Francisconi, chairwoman of the board of selectmen for Cheshire cut the ribbon for us.

 

The pastor (Brother Odorno) of the First Baptist Church (where Leland pastored) aided in the ceremony.

The pastor (Brother Odorno) of the First Baptist Church (where Leland pastored) aided in the ceremony.

 

Pastor Rodgerson enjoying the fruits of his (and Gary's) labors.

Pastor Rodgerson enjoying the fruits of his (and Gary’s) labors.

 

Thankful to have the full approval of the city and the local Baptists. Looking forward to the next BHRS project!

Thankful to have the full approval of the city and the local Baptists. Looking forward to the next BHRS project!