Church Celebrates 140 Years

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

After 140 years of community service a local church is celebrating keeping their faith alive. Today members of the Friendship United Methodist Church met to worship and celebrate a century and a half in the making.

"You walk in door and it's like you've been here forever," said Pastor Charles Hahn.

Even after 140 years, members of the Friendship United Methodist Church are celebrating their service to the community.

"The grace and blessings the church has brought this community we've done so many things here for Sherman, we've had chili and stew fest, bazaars every year, and people from all denominations come to this little church once a year," said Jo Ann Bell, a church member since 1963.

Today marks the anniversary of a church that still stands strong as it began almost a century and a half ago.

"There's families in this area in 1867 that wanted to start a church, so they first started meeting together and then they built the log cabin," said Bell.

In the late 1800's they rebuilt the church, but a fire destroyed it years later and now a building that's stood tall for nearly 80 years with a congregation so inviting.

"This church really stands for its name. A visitor or person that comes into this church that sneaks into this church to sit on the back row. There's always someone, a lot of people that welcome them into this church and always ask them to come back," said Bell.

Sunday all 109 members celebrated their church's history.

“When people come back to see these things it reminds them of their childhood in the church and the fond times they've had,” said Bell.

"You see the love and caring that's developed here to see the people come back and share in the celebration because it just proves god works in mysterious ways," says Hahn.


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