And it came to pass, on the Seventh Day of the First Month in the Year One Thousand Nine Hundred Seventy-Eight, on the Sabbath Day a small group of believers from the First Church in Montclair, Morristown church and Trinity Temple crossed over territorial lines to meet in worship for the 1st time as a group of eager Pilgrims. This gathering of 40 members was the culmination of weeks of planning and the search for a rented meeting place to worship – the Church at the Crossroads, East Orange. This first meeting was truly an occasion for gratitude, gladness and rejoicing – the idea of establishing a Branch Sabbath School in the Oranges had finally become a reality. This attitude of gratitude was evident throughout the day and also resounded in our Divine Worship Hour in song – “We’ve Come This Far By Faith…”
From a humbling beginning, this small group filled with faith, hope and love would be guided over the succeeding years by 9 lead shepherds and 5 under-shepherds. These Pastors share in the spiritual nurture, growth and development of the membership and the establishment of a permanent church home, which would become a beacon to the Oranges.