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A Special Gift from First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain

Gift from First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain

On January 18, 2005, the First Baptist church in Jamaica Plain was destroyed by fire. Determined to rebuild, the church broke ground on a new building in 2008. In support of our friends in Jamaica Plain, First Baptist Church of Worcester gave the church a loan to start the rebuilding. On Pentecost Sunday, May 15, three visitors from First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain surprised us with a very special gift during worship.

The Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird, Linda Karpeichik and Shirley Latham joined us in worship. Linda Karpeichik expressed her church’s deep appreciation for the support we gave them during a difficult time and presented us with a lantern, hand-crafted by Linda and her husband. The lantern is a replica of a Civil War lantern and is made from wood salvaged from the pews in the fire-damaged church. The glass sides of the lantern are etched with an image of the church steeple. The mirror inside shows endless, multiple reflections of the lit candle – much like God’s light in the world.

Here are some photos from that special day.

Gift From First Baptist Church In Jamaica Plain

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