Hicks Chapel had 35 worship at Sunrise Service for Easter Sunday and for the fellowship breakfast. About a dozen children enjoyed the Early

Bird egg hunt. Sunday School had children from elementary through high school participate. The worship service held a good crowd, with Samuel Mier as the speaker.

The service concluded with communion before families went out to their family get-togethers. It was a good day at Hicks and for those present.

Pastor Michael Faulkner from Rogers, Ark., will bring the message this Sunday. He brings with him his wife and five children ages 5 to college-age.

Faulkner served as pastor of two churches, one as interim pastor for more than a year, where he worked to revitalize the church and one that was rebuilding after a downturn in membership where he helped to also refurbish the church building.

He is in his last course at Clark Summit University, where he will receive his bachelor of arts degree in Bible Theology and Business Administration.

Faulkner said he has a heart for missions, both local and foreign, where he enjoys hands-on work and the support of their mission. Before heading to the mission field in Utah for three years where he started churches, held Bible School at county fairs and held revivals outdoors, he worked as assistant to the pastor at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church for several years. There he served as Sunday school superintendent and missions outreach director, and was ordained and licensed as a pastor.

The church sign at Hicks Chapel does not hold the name of a pastor at this time. The church hopes to call into service a pastor for the church very soon and repaint the sign. It was with a grateful and reflective heart that the group removed the name of a former pastor, Keith Anglemyer from the sign. He is fondly remembered by the group when the church served the community as a United Methodist Church.

After 111 years, that fellowship closed and the building was sold to the current group, which includes some of the same members. It reopened as a nondenominational church, still called Hicks Chapel Church. Although it affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and uses Sunday School material through Lifeway, the church remains a nondenominational group.

Sunday School begins at 10 a.m., and worship service begins at 10:45 a.m. The church is at 26802 282nd Road in rural Dexter.

Enter the church through the west ramp door until the new front double doors are adjusted into place.

For more information, email hickschapelchurch@yahoo.com.

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