Canadian Union Messenger, May 14, 1935
A Newspaper Report of the Oshawa Church Dedication Service
THE following account of the dedication of the Oshawa, Ont., church appeared in the Evening Telegram of Toronto, April 8, and is printed here as a report of that event.
OSHAWA ADVENTISTS MARK DEDICATION OF BUILDING
Solemn and Impressive Ceremony Conducted by Prominent Elders—Completed by Members
Oshawa, April 8—A solemn and impressive dedication ceremony was held at the Seventh-day Adventist church only recently completed on Saturday when prominent elders of th« Seventh-day Adventist movement in Canada and the United States attended the service. The church, which stands on Albert street, was completed by members who gave their time and labor, and now the congregation is practically free from debt.
Nathan Wagar was the minister in charge of the dedication service while those who took part included Elder M. N. Campbell, elder in charge of the church in Canada and Newfoundland, and Elder M. V. Campbell of Union Springs, New York. C. G. Maracle of Oshawa Missionary College, gave a history of the local church, while representatives included S. G. White of St. John’s Newfoundland; Elder H. A. Lukens of Toronto, in charge of the province of Ontario; P. D. Gerrard of Winnipeg, and E. A. Beavon of Vancouver.
Elder Campbell outlined the reasons for the existence of the Seventh-day Adventist movement, and reviewed the basic doctrines on which it was founded. Chief among the doctrines, he said, was the belief in the nearness of the second coming of Christ and observance of the seventh day in the week as the Sabbath.
“Work of the Seventh-day Adventists began in the year 1912, when Brother and Sister Nathan Wagar moved into Oshawa in January of that year,” Mr. C. G. Maracle said, in his historical review of the church. Soon after the Ontario Conference decided to locate their conference academy east of Oshawa. About the end of February the forerunners of the school came to the farm where the college and publishing house are now located, and started Sabbath services in the old stone house now used as the woodworking plant.
The Oshawa church was organized in March, 1912, with seven charter members. Through four years of lay effort by Brother Nathan Wagar, the membership steadily increased. For a number of years meetings were held in the Sons of England Hall. The question of a church building had been talked of but did not take definite shape until four years ago, when a lot was secured and the basement of the church completed, in which meet ings were held during that time, the depression hindering the completion of the church.
“About two and a half years ago,” Mr. Maracle said, “the union president, Elder M. N. Campbell, secured from the General Conference Extension Fund $2,000 for the completion of the building, and this money, in addition to the time and labor of the members of the church, brought the project to its completion. The building stands practically free from debt and it is a source of great rejoicing to the church that it now has so comfortable and artistic a home in which to worship the Lord. As the property now stands it represents a valuation of about $6,000. Gifts outside the membership amounted to about $1,700.”