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Mount Moriah service set Oct. 14comment (0)

October 11, 2001

By Malinda Hallman McGill

No members of 173-year-old Mount Moriah Fellowship Church are still alive. The church has been without a pastor since 1941 and there is no enrolled membership, but hundreds attend the annual service of this little church, which takes place Oct. 14 this year.

Mount Moriah is difficult to pinpoint on a map. While the preacher speaks from Wilcox County, the congregation sits in Butler County. The church is just between Forest Home and Pine Apple on Mount Moriah Road.

It was formed im May 1828 by white and black Christians of the community, one of whom was a slave. The church has records of confrontations between church leaders and members who missed some services, those who were rumored to dance and those who were charged with intoxication. These erring members were allowed to remain in the church after admitting guilt and asking for forgiveness.

The Oct. 14 service will have Norman H. McCrummen III, pastor of Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, Mobile, leading the service with W. David Jackson of Sylacauga providing special music. Mary Ann Ezell of Pine Apple will play the organ.

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