Rev. Luke Curry Sr. and the members of Young’s Temple AME Zion Church announce plans for the church’s 138th anniversary to “Remember the Old Landmark.” The celebration begins at 11 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 20 as Curry delivers the message, “Nobody told me the road would be easy!”

“God has truly been merciful to this church,” said Curry, now in his third year as senior pastor. “We are thankful to God Almighty for His divine guidance.”

During the morning service, the church will honor Bishop George E. Battle Jr., the presiding prelate, Iris M. Battle, missionary supervisor, and Rev. Herbert Grant, presiding elder of the Asheville district of the Blue Ridge Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

The anniversary will continue at 3 p.m. as past and current church members gather to continue marking the occasion, and will conclude with a “spiritual awakening” with noted speaker Rev. Dr. William Butler and the Rock of Ages choir and congregation joins in the celebration as guests. Tributes will honor former pastors and leaders of Young’s Temple.

“This is an exciting time in the life of our church,” Curry said.

The theme, “Remember the Old Landmark,” as directed in Proverbs 23:10-35, was selected by the trustees and anniversary committee, led by Betty Peak, trustee chairperson.

Also available for the celebration will be a memorial booklet compiled by the church historian, Ruth Thompson, and her committee for members to enjoy and reflect.