This Sunday, all members of the community are invited to join the First United Methodist Church of Plymouth in celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the congregation coming to their current church building located at 400 N Michigan St.
It all begins with a celebration worship service led by Reverend Larry Whitehead which will commence at 10 am[EDT]. Some musical entertainment is scheduled to take place following the sermon. “That Old Rugged Cross” will be sung by Jan Heeren and next the Chancel Choir will be performing “Give Me That Ol’ time Religion” under the direction of Thomas Boys accompanied by organist Kay Finlay. These events will be followed by a building dedication and balloon launch.
Chairperson Pam Michel said the church will also be displaying some historic memorabilia from a century ago, “We found some original notes of what went on in 1915. They’d been housed temporarily in the old Gem Theater, and so they paraded down Michigan Street with 300 Sunday school children leading the parade and then they had their new service at the new location which is our current location at 400 N Michigan.”
Around approximately 11:30 am the “Picnic Lunch” will start in the fellowship hall. Tickets are sold out but those who have already purchased theirs will dine on fried chicken and homemade pie and ice cream.
Instead of receiving “birthday presents” the church has decided to take this opportunity to give back to the community. Since the beginning of June they have been collecting non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, cleaning and paper products.
Pam Michel encourages all community members who attend to brings something along, “We have a ‘birthday tree’. We’ve been collecting things for the various food pantries in Marshall County and so people are still encouraged this Sunday, if they come to the worship, to bring items to put under our very colorful birthday tree.”
Collected items will be disbursed to the Marshall County Neighborhood Center, The Bread of Life Food Pantry and the Heminger House.