"It is with warmest greetings that I say 'hello' to each one of you as your new pastor." This was the opening line from the November 1978 issue of the monthly newsletter, The Lamplighter, of the Lebanon Federated Church. It was written by Reverend Don C. Medoff, who joined the yoked parishes of Lebanon Federated Church and the Georgetown Baptist Church on Nov. 1, 1978.
"Rev," as he became affectionately known, stayed with the two churches for 16 years. During his tenure, he performed many Sunday services, baptisms, dedications, weddings, and funerals, Bible studies and was a spiritual influence with his enthusiastic youth group programs.
A graduate of Philadelphia College of Bible, Piedmont Bible College, Medoff has taken extra courses at various institutions of higher learning. Though he began his pastoral ministry in December 1956 at Mt. Holly Baptist Church, Mt. Holly, Vt., he actually preached his first sermon at the age of 13 in his home church in Surry, N.H.,where his grandmother was pastor of the Congregation Church.
In 1962 he moved to New York State to pastor the North Darien Baptist and West Bethany Baptist churches. He is an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches/USA and was ordained in 1963.
Lebanon Federated Church will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, to honor the 50th Anniversary of Ordination of Rev. Medoff. All are welcome to come and share a past memory and a moment of congratulations with Rev and his wife AJ. The event will be held in the dining area of the church, located at 1494 Billings Hill Road, corner of Billings Hill and Lebanon roads.
"May God's blessing be yours as we work together for Him," wrote Medoff as he ended his first of many articles "From the Pastor's Desk."
The above article was submitted by Lydia Maltzan, a member of the Lebanon Federated Church.
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