Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Celebration of Sekere Congressional Church

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): February 2000 - More than 400 people attended the Sekere Congregational Church anniversary celebration of it 31 -year separation from the Sokehs Pah church, Sunday, February 13, in Sekere, Sokehs, Municipality.

Also attending the ceremony and festivities were Dohsis Halbert, Federated States of Micronesia Senator from Pohnpei State; Tesiwo Liwy, Pohnpei State Legislator; Keller Phillip, Sekere Council; traditional leaders; and the church's leadership.

A representative of Vice President Redley Killion, delivered a congratulatory message saying that the Vice President and President Leo A. Falcam "deeply understand the importance of religion in building the foundation of strong communities, and strong communities build strong states, and strong states build a strong Federated States of Micronesia."

The Sekere congregation left the Sokehs Pah Congregational Church in 1969 because of the transportation problems posed in traveling to Sokeh Pah, which at the time constituted either traveling across the bay in small boats or walking many miles, said Lepty Herry, church chairperson.

At first, the congregation held services in the area known locally as Sekere Pah, but later it moved to a building behind Sekere Elementary School, said Phillip. This celebration is the 12th festive celebration of the 3 1 -year split, said Phillip.

Dakio Syne is the senior pastor.

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