Dorothy Price starting playing the Berryville Baptist Church organ in 1961 at the age of 22. Fifty years later, she is still going strong, playing the organ and piano, directing the choir and managing other responsibilities as Minister of Music. And the church congregation is ecstatic! To commemorate this milestone, church members and friends surprised Dorothy at the Sunday service on October 30th with a celebration.
Dorothy called the celebration “pretty incredible.” In addition to the celebration, she was surprised that her three children and their families were all in attendance, something she didn’t realize until the end of the service when the family came to join her at the front of the church. During the event, church member and friend John Lyttle read two very moving letters from past ministers Rev. Julian Orrel and Rev. Bill Ingram.
One interesting note is that the congregation threw the celebration at the end of a Music Sunday Service – a service that Dorothy organized! One of her tasks as Minister of Music is to organize Music Sundays, services held in any month with a fifth Sunday. Dorothy fills the service with music of different types, from different groups and soloists, all for the glory of God. A typical Music Sunday has a mix of hymn singing, choir anthems, bell choir pieces, bluegrass, praise songs from our GLOW praise band, soloist or group vocalists from the congregation or guests, and a mix of organ, piano and flute. The services are uplifting and filled with worship, all through music.
After the service, a luncheon was held. The highlight of that was a beautiful cake, baked and decorated by Patti Royston, in the shape of a hymnal open to a page with the words to “How Great Thou Art,” Dorothy’s favorite hymn.
To further commemorate her golden anniversary, a plaque will be hung in the church in her honor.
Dorothy views her position as more than a job; it’s a calling. And she plans to “do this as long as I feel I can and feel the need.”
About Berryville Baptist Church:
Berryville Baptist Church is located at 114 Academy Street in Berryville, VA. Rev. Dan Stanley holds Sunday services at 9 and 11 AM. Nursery and pre-school are provided for children through the first grade during the 11 a.m. worship service. Sunday school for all ages starts at 9:45 AM each Sunday and other Bible studies are available throughout the week. Call 540-955-1423. Visit them online at www.berryvillebaptist.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/berryvillebaptist.
Both photographs – courtesy of Cheryl Levi