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Wayman Chapel is celebrating important milestone

At Monday night’s Ellis County Commissioners meeting, a proclamation was approved honoring a very special anniversary for Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ennis.
Wayman Chapel, located at it present location at 1013 W. Ennis Avenue – where it has been since 1905 – is celebrating its 127th year this Sunday, Jan. 28. On this auspicious occasion, this beloved house of worship will also be dedicating a Texas State Historical marker placed in its honor.
Formed in 1880, the church moved to its present location on West Ennis Avenue in 1905, and built a new building on that site in 1966. The church occupies that building today and holds regular worship services there.
During the anniversary services, the congregation will also dedicate the Lena Rogers Memorial Fellowship Hall, named in honor of Sister Lena Rogers, “Mother Sweet”, who served the church and its members selflessly for more than 50 years prior to her death in 2004 at the age of 108.
Sunday will be a great day for this fine church and Pastor Robert Uzzel will lead the way for his congregation to pay homage to those whose struggles and tenacity paved the way for the church’s success through the years.
The event will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday with the renowned retired Rev. Gregory G.M. Ingram, Presiding Bishop of the Tenth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church scheduled to speak.
Over the years, the church has served the community of Ennis in many ways. Descendants of individuals and representatives of organizations that have played important roles in the church’s history, as well as parishioners, their family and friends, will participate in this dedication.
This celebration carries an open invitation to all in our community. Wayman Chapel’s history is our history. We are hopeful the citizens of Ennis will recognize what an important event this is and come out to honor Wayman Chapel on this special day.

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