Friendship Baptist Church (222810)
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One of the oldest churches in New York will be celebrating their 80th anniversary, starting Nov. 5. The celebration will include a luncheon and four dynamic services that will span three Sundays.

The church then relocated to 447 Elton St., which is currently the Bethelite Institutional Baptist Church, in East New York.

The Friendship Baptist Church is most famously known as the place where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King gave a sermon.

Olivia Ridley, a member of the board of trustees, said, “We are very grateful that we still stand after 80 years.”

Below is a schedule of the celebration:

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

Maestro’s Caterers, Bronx, N.Y., donation: $80

Four Sunday services

Nov. 20, 2016

11 a.m.—the Rev. Dr. Orlando McReynolds, pastor, First Missionary Baptist Church, Metropolis, Ill.

3:30 p.m.—the Rev. Dr. Jesse T. Williams Jr., senior pastor, Convent Avenue Baptist Church, Harlem, N.Y.

Nov. 27, 2016

11 a.m.—the Rev. Dr. Laura Sinclair, retired pastor, Parkchester Baptist Church, Bronx, N.Y.

3:30 p.m.—the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem, N.Y.

Friendship Baptist Church,

“In the Heart of Harlem, Serving the Heart of its People,” is located at 144 W. 131st St., New York, N.Y., the Rev. James A. Kilgore, pastor.

For more information, call 212-281- 0600 or email