GLADSTONE - Sunday will be a momentous day for the congregation of Memorial United Methodist Church when they celebrate the 125th anniversary of the church's founding. The service begins at 10 a.m. with District Superintendent Rev. Elbert Dulworth as guest preacher and numerous former pastors of Memorial will be in attendance. A catered dinner will follow.
"The church is inspired by the words Hebrew 13:8, 'Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever,'" said Pastor Elizabeth Hill. "The church has been a beacon of Christ's light for the world, as well as a welcoming Christian family open to all who come to worship God at the Lake Michigan Shore. Over the years this congregation has served God through the community of Gladstone and to the ends of the earth. We give thanks to God for the church's faithfulness in discerning God's will for past and present ministries and missions, as we continue to be in prayer and discernment about the ministries and missions God is calling Memorial to lead from this day forward."
Members have been leading up to the event since January when the church kicked off the year-long celebration with a potluck dinner. Celebrations and special events have continued throughout the past 11 months, including an anniversary float featured in the Gladstone Fourth of July Parade.
Over the months, a number of former pastors have returned to guest preach at the Sunday worship services.
Church members, Lettie Houghton and Liz Kempher completed a time-line that stretches around three walls of the church sanctuary, and Alice Butch, Sally Brainard and Diane Oxford created a banner depicting the church's theme based on Hebrews 13:8.
The anniversary celebration is open to the public. The church is located at 1920 Lake Shore Drive in Gladstone.