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First Methodists To Dedicate Native Sword

A native sword from Rev. Josiah Chidzikwe in Southern, Rhodesia will be presented for dedication at services Sunday of the First Methodist Church.

At the 9 a.m. service, during which the sacrament of baptism will be administered to infants and little children, Dr. Winslow G. Fox, chairman of the church’s pastoral relations committee, assisted by the Rev. I Paul Lungi, minister from the Congo, will present the gift for dedication.

The Rev. Josiah Chidzikwe served on the staff of the First Methodist Church during the summer of 1960 and now is serving at Nyadire Mission, Sailsbury, Southern Rhodesia under the sponsorship of the First Methodist Church, Ann Arbor.

In a letter to Dr. Fox, the Rev. Mr. Chidzikwe stated, “the sword represents the spirit of the Lord.”

At the same time, Dr. Donald L. Katz will present portraits of pastors who have served the First Methodist Church during the quarter of a century the Charles Wesley Club, which is observing its 25th anniversary, has been in existence.

The framed picture containing the 19 portraits will be hung in the Narthex of the church.

With music for both worship services provided by the chancel choir, directed by Lester McCoy with Mary McCall Stubbins at the organ, Dr. Hoover Rupert will preach on “The Promise of His Coming” at both services. WOIA will carry the service from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.