EATON — On Sunday evening, Sept. 18, a dedication and open house brought longtime members Sterling and Paula Bateman, all the way from Springboro to celebrate the rededication of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Eaton Ward building.
“We served as members of this church here in Eaton for a number of years, and love the people. We are so happy to be back for it’s rededication. We wouldn’t miss it.”
County Commissioner Denise Robertson attended saying, “I love to go to events like this. It reminds me of all the good people we have in our community.”
To begin the dedication, Bishop Baughman spoke first, conveying his love for the members “both within this congregation and inside the community.”
He was followed by President Valencia, the lay leader of the Dayton Ohio Stake, which is a geographic subdivision similar to a Catholic diocese.
“We are most grateful for his leadership and support,” commented one attending church member.
The dedication was followed by an open house. Over 100 people came to participate in both the dedication and tour. Auxiliary leaders stood in each room with displays prepared to answer questions and share their purpose.
Jen Bluemel, who serves the Eaton congregation as President of the Relief Society Organization in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said, “The new building provides more space and present-day technology allowing us to “build faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need” especially in our community.”
The presentation was organized by the Eaton Ward Bishopric and was free and open to the public.
This church is one of 19 Latter-day Saint congregations in the Greater Dayton area. It is located at 220 Wayne Trace Rd., Eaton. The new building consists of a chapel which seats approximately 400 combined with a “cultural hall” for sports and cultural arts activities, eight classrooms and two offices. For more information, visit facebook.com/DaytonOhioStake.
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