HUBER HEIGHTS — A day in July marked a special day in the life of the Emmanuel Church of the Brethren. It was the first Sunday in the congregation’s history that the sanctuary was air conditioned. The summer heat might have been part of the July climate, but worshippers felt protected from it.
The air conditioning was made possible through the gift of one of their former families. Wilbur and Wanda Holbrook and their son Tony were active at Emmanuel for two decades in the early years of the church. When the Holbrooks moved to Florida in 1985, some friendships remained while the church had no idea they would ever hear from them again. But the Holbrooks never forgot the church family that provided spiritual nurture and fellowship. When Wanda passed away last year, the church was notified that it was her wish that the church building be air conditioned.
Feel free to join the church for air conditioner dedication on Sunday, September 17.
Emmanuel started in the late 1950s when the community of Huber Heights first started taking shape. The church first met in homes and rented school buildings until the church house was completed in 1960. The congregation is a Bible centered church in the Anabaptist tradition. Pastor Garrett offers an invitation to spiritual seekers and those looking for a church home. Worship is at 10:30 AM on Sunday morning with Bible study on the first, third, and fifth Thursdays of the month.