Special guest speaker for church anniversary service

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The congregation of First United Church will welcome a special speaker on Sunday, Nov. 4, for a special service.

The church, located at 81 High Street and under the leadership of Rev. Wade Reppert, will celebrate 128 years of Christian witness, study, fellowship and service at  3 p.m.

Guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Douglas MacEachern. Special music will be presented by The Carillon Singers. Fellowship will follow the anniversary service and Eastlink will be taping the service to be aired the following Sunday, November 11.

A native of Trenton, Rev. Dr. Douglas MacEachern is the son of the late Fred and Edith MacEachern, brother of Bill (Joan) and sister Marg (Charlie) Fergus. He received his early education within the Trenton school system. In 1954 he graduated from Mount Allison University with his B.A. and in 1956 from Pine Hill Divinity Hall (A.S.T.) with a Master of Divinity.  He served student mission fields in Old Wives, SK; Rawdon, NS and after ordination Rawdon, Hopewell — Eureka, Brunswick Street, Truro  and St. John’s, Moncton from where he retired in 1995 and where he continues to serve as Minister Emeritus.

During the period 1967 -1990 he served as chaplain, associate professor and Dean of Students at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University) in Truro.

His involvements within the church and community have been numerous, including Canadian Bible Society, United Way, Board of Directors of both Windsor Elms and Drew Nursing Homes. The author of three books and several articles, he has been a commissioner to General Council and president of Maritime Conference. And in retirement, member and honorary board member of the Hospice / Palliative Care Inc. in Greater Moncton. He gives leadership in grief and bereavement groups and assists in the training of volunteers who work with patients in their homes.

Married in 1956 to the former June Bowman of North Wiltshire, PE they are the parents of three children:  Robert (Susan), Ruth Anne (Peter Morris) and Rosslyn (Bob Hodder) and grandparents to five grandchildren.