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Sojourners paint, pray and prepare a new home for New York church


The Times Herald-Record reports from the town of Wallkill, N.Y.:

Sojourner Dottie Hasty of Southampton, N.J., paints the kitchen of the new home of the Middletown Church of Christ in New York. (Photo by Tom Bushey, via www.recordonline.com)

Townley Hall is looking better, with help from “Sojourners.”
Eight RVs from as far away as New Mexico and west Texas converged on the Circleville building Thursday night. They’ll be here for the next two weeks, refurbishing it for the Middletown Church of Christ, said Ed Stokum, the sojourners’ team leader from Brownfield, Texas.
The church bought the building from the Town of Wallkill for $250,000 in December 2012. They’ve been meeting at the Howard Johnson Hotel on Route 211 East for 15 years or so, said church member Greg Johnson. He said they’d been looking for a home for five or six years.
“There (weren’t) a lot of buildings like we were looking for in the Middletown area, and the ones that we did find were very, very expensive,” he said. “We happened to come across that one, and things worked out wonderfully.”
The sojourners are about 350 retired members of the Church of Christ who travel around the country helping out with church projects. They pay their own way in their travels. To “sojourn” is to stay somewhere temporarily; the word appears many times in the Bible.

Read the full story.
Read Bobby Ross Jr.’s recent report from Middletown, N.Y., about the congregation.

  • Feedback
    Awesome story…..I’d like some more information about the Sojourners….Do you have their website or email? Thanks!
    Pebble Tedford
    July, 10 2013

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