The Third Street Church of God will celebrate its 104th anniversary, June 13-15, with the dedication of a new annex. The dedication will mark the end of a 12-year, two-phase, $2 million building project designed to meet the needs of the church in its second century. The church is located at 1204 Third Street, N.W. in Washington's Mount Vernon Square Historic District.
"The theme of the dedication, and our anniversary, 'Rebuild the Foundations, Restore the Soul of the City,' underscores the amount of work that went into this project, and celebrates our commitment to the needs of the District of Columbia," said the Rev. Dr. Cheryl J. Sanders, the third pastor to lead the church in 104 years. "We faced a lot of challenges in this project, from restrictive historic preservation requires to changes in project management and design. We're rebuilding the foundations of antiquated buildings and continuing our vital witness to restore the soul of the city."
The annex features the Pansy M. Brown Christian Education Center, a music and fine arts studio for choral and dance rehearsals, office and meeting space, and a kitchen. The administrative lobby is named after the Rev. Dr. Samuel G. Hines, whose 25-year pastorate brought global attention to reconciliation and urban outreach. The first phase of the project, completed in April 2007, included renovation of the existing fellowship hall and sanctuary. The renovation required the church to hold services at Howard University School of Divinity for nearly four years. "With all this work done, we're really coming home," Sanders said. "The Third Street Church of God remains committed to our mission identity as 'Ambassadors for Christ in the Nation's capital.' "
The weekend's festivities begin with a free dedication concert at 7 p.m., June 13, featuring music, dance and drama, and special guest Steve Key and Co., a local contemporary Gospel ensemble. The anniversary and award banquet will be at 7 p.m., June 14. The ticketed black-tie event will be at Camelot by Martin's in Upper Marlboro with Dr. H. Beecher Hicks of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington as the guest speaker. Music will be performed by Handel and Vickey Smith of Celebration Church in Columbia.
Three services are scheduled for Sunday, June 15:
– The Rev. Hervin D. Green of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Hollywood, Fla., will preach at the 8 a.m. Community Worship Service.
– Co-Pastor Susie Owens of Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington will preach at 11 a.m.
– The 3 p.m. dedication Service will be preached by the Rev. John K. Jenkins Sr. of First Baptist Church of Glenarden, following a parade on New Jersey Avenue and a ribbon cutting ceremony.
For more information contact Pastor Cheryl Sanders at 202.347.5889 or visit www.thirdstreet.org.