Greenlawn congregation holds Easter in the cold

One Greenlawn congregation spent Easter Sunday outside in the cold after padlocks were placed over the church doors. Marie Armand was locked out of the Bethesda Weslyan Church, which she founded 35 years

News 12 Staff

Apr 13, 2009, 3:26 PM

Updated 5,579 days ago

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One Greenlawn congregation spent Easter Sunday outside in the cold after padlocks were placed over the church doors.
Marie Armand was locked out of the Bethesda Weslyan Church, which she founded 35 years ago. The Penn-Jersey District of the Wesleyan Church barred congregation members from the location because they refused a new pastor appointed by regional church leaders.
J. Stuart Moore, the congregation's lawyer, says although the district leaders claim to own the church, the mortgage was previously paid off by the members. Moore had requested a restraining order so the worshipers could hold Easter in the building, but the order was denied.
Still, members of the church say they will continue to hold services outside until their case is heard again in court later this month.
Calls to the Penn-Jersey District of Wesleyan Church were not returned.


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