Baptist Camp Meeting
Vineyard Gazette
The dedicatory services at the new Baptist Temple on Vineyard Highlands Sunday morning, were very successful. Despite the unpleasant weather the friends of the Baptist denomination gathered in large numbers, and some two thousand people were present at the opening services, among them eighty prominent divines.
 
The introductory services were conducted by Rev. R. G. Seymour of Boston. Mr. J. E. Simonds led the singing and Mrs. Simonds presided at the organ.
 
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Legacy of Vineyard Deaf Community Endures Today
Holly Pretsky

David Martin, former educator and administrator at Gallaudet, visited Vineyard Haven on Sunday to talk about the legacy of the Martha’s Vineyard deaf community of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Christmas Services Around the Island
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day religious services around the Island.
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Tax Lien Mars Celebration for Historic Gay Head Church
Noah Asimow
The Community Baptist Church of Gay Head will celebrate its 325th anniversary this weekend. But a recent tax lien placed on the church parsonage is a reminder of an uncertain financial future.
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Tower of History: Stone Church Readies for a Facelift
Holly Pretsky
Trustees for the United Methodist Church in Vineyard Haven plan to restore the interior structure of the church tower, including its nearly century-old clock and brass bell.
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Methodists have Purchased an Organ
Vineyard Gazette
The Methodists have purchased an organ for their church, and hope to have it placed therein by Christmas. It is said to be a fine-toned instrument.
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Volunteer Homeless Advocates Are Winter's First Responders
Louisa Hufstader
The volunteer-powered Houses of Grace winter shelter system has opened for its third season. “If I didn’t have this, I’d be sleeping around a fire, bundled up,” said Derek MacLeod.
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Vineyard Clergy Hold Vigil On Anniversary of Sandy Hook Shooting
Steve Myrick
A group of Island clergy gathered Thursday morning in Owen Park, to march and stand in vigil on the fifth anniversary of Sandy Hook.
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Rev. Alden Besse, Spiritual Leader, Dies at 93
Bill Eville

The Rev. Alden Besse, pastor, sailor, president of the Martha’s Vineyard Peace Council and spiritual leader of the Vineyard Crop Walk, died on Dec. 13.

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Setting a Spell With Vineyard's Pastor of Peace
Sara Brown

Years ago, in Whitinsville, the Rev. Alden Besse was asked to participate in a Memorial Day parade. “I thought, what can I carry? Lots of people carry guns and I’ll carry a pruning hook,” he recalled.

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