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Lori Padilla | for the Daily Courier
First Baptist Church on Pittsburgh Street in Connellsville now has exterior lighting.

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By Nancy Henry
Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A dedication service was held at the First Baptist Church of Connellsville for the outside lighting that was recently installed. Floodlights given in memory of Fred D. Coughenour by his wife, Margaret, illuminate the church at night.

“Fred and I were married in the East Connellsville United Methodist Church in 1958. His family attended there, and he was very involved in the church. He sang in the choir and was a soloist for weddings and funerals. He was the adult Sunday School teacher for quite a few years. He also sang in a quartet. We joined the First Baptist Church in 1997. He sang in the choir there for as long as he could. He had a return of cancer and attended church as long as he could. He died on Aug. 18, 2000. I thought Fred's light shone on many people in his life, so I thought about lighting the church in his memory,” said Margaret Coughenour.

“Our pastor, Rev. Will Hough, had a very nice service about light,” she said. “The hymns were about light. My granddaughter, Katie (White) Noel sang Amazing Grace, and it was beautiful.”

“The hymns that were sung during this special service were all specially chosen because they reflect the theme of light. It was our joy to dedicate the lighting, because it is our prayer that it would demonstrate the wonderful truth that Christ is the light of the world and that we are to give His light to the world all around us. The songs at our service that morning all had the theme of light, again, that Christ is the light of the world,” Hough said.

Ron Rulli installed the lighting.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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