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Rosalind Carter and Valerie Bratten participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the dedication and opening of the Elder Rossi Alfonze Bratten, Jr. Memorial Library.

New Life Church Converts Room Into Community Library

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

Members of the New Life church in Salisbury, Md., voted to convert one of its rooms in the church into a community library. At the end of December, they officially dedicated and opened it to its members and are planning to open it up to the community soon. The room was officially named the “Elder Rossi Alfonze Bratten, Jr. Memorial Library,” to honor the church’s late head elder. Bratten’s family was invited to perform a ribbon-cutting ceremony and view the completed room for the first time.

All of the material for the library project was donated by AEC, the North American Division (NAD), Paul Anderson, former director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries for NAD, and Bratten.

“I believe that it is very important that the members be well-equipped to study the Word of God to assist in growing the foundation of learning and being a constant witness in our community,” says David Thorpe, New Life pastor.

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