Monday, June 22, 2009
The big red doors are closed and the steeple’s paint is peeling. The grass has grown long and the weeds are sprouting from the cracks in the pavement. It is obvious there is no one in there and hasn’t been for a while now. However, there is a cardboard sign that says “Emanuels at St. Johns 3rd Reed 'Food Served,' Thursday 4 p.m. to 6p.m.” From this closed up building, there is still help and hope for those in need.
Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church on Fourth Street in South of South still stands tall but is now empty. The parish moved to St. John’s Evangelist at 1332 South 3rd Streets in the fall of 2008. Although the community is very small, the spirit is very big.
The pastor, Cornelius D. Eaddy, was born in South Philadelphia and knows the neighborhood. There are many programs offered. Sunday worship is at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 am. And there is a Bible Study class on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Food is served at the Fellowship of Feeding at 4:30 p.m. and there is Praise Dance on Fridays at 7 p.m.
The original home to the Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church on Fourth Street was completed on July 29, 1868. According to the website, it is said that the tall “steeple was a landmark for Philadelphians and for ships working their way up the Delaware, and the clock chimes resounded through the city streets.”
Despite the congregation shifting locations, this church and steeple stand tall in South of South. Even without the proper maintenance, its beauty shines through.
By Emily Heinz and Rebecca Howe, South of South, Group 6
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