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“Hillcrest Methodist Church (M.E.) A Methodist Society was formed at Hillcrest in 1909 and a temporary tabernacle was built. The site for a church was donated on Apr. 3, 1912, by Martin Beadenkopf. The ground was broken for a new church on Mar. 1, 1913, by Dist. Supt. E. L. Hoffecker and the Rev. Thomas H. Harding, the pastor. The corner-stone of the stone church was laid on Aug. 3, 1913, at 3 P. M., by Dist. Supt. E. L. Hoffecker, assisted by the Revs. T. H. Harding, Vaughn S. Collins and three other clergymen.

The church was dedicated on May 31, 1914, with Bishop Thomas B. Neeley in charge. He was assisted by Dist. Supt. E. L. Hoffecker and the Revs. F. C. MacSorley, W. F. Cochran, George W. Dawson and Thos. H. Harding, the pastor. A new organ was dedicated on Dec. 24, 1939. On Feb. 4, 1945, a communion service was dedicated in honor of the men and women in the armed forces by the Rev. Chas. S. Clarkson, the pastor.

A new communion table, a gift of the Woman’s Society of Christian Service, was dedicated on June 3, 1945, by the Rev. Mr. Clarkson. Plans were under way in 1947 to erect a new church.” (1)

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1. Frank R. Zebley, The Churches of Delaware, Wilmington, Delaware, 1947, p. 87, 88.

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