Summary of 50th Anniversary Year-2004 Addressed To Wesley
Congregation in Year 2054
From the WUMC 50th Anniversary Committee
There was a Guest reception in the Wesley
Church Parlor on 3 April 2004. The
Reception was provided especially for those who could not attend on Sunday, as
well as for those who wanted additional time to visit informally with our
We Especially Welcomed Our Honored
The Reverend George & Mrs. Lucille Henley, our founding
The Reverend Wrightson and Mrs. Betty Tongue, our pastor,
Mrs. Lois Bayne, our Music Director, 1968 -2002
Doeppner, our founding Preschool Director, 1967
Mrs. Gloria and Mr. Robert
Thompson, Christial Educator, 1968-1974
Members for Fifty Years: Irene
Bowman, Ehael Lam, & George Talbot
We Gave Thanks For Our Guest Worship
Guest Speaker, Mr. Grayson Koogle is a
charter member and the son of our founders: George and Lucille Koogle. We
welcomed Grayson and his wife, Valerie and their family.
Mr. Scott Gearhart is a resident of our neighborhood and plays professionally.
We welcomed Scott and his wife, Vicki.
This was the apex of our 50th anniversary
celebration. On Sunday, April 4th, we worshiped together at 10 a.m. The
Reverend George Henley, who led the churchs first worship service, was
here to welcome us and lead us in the opening prayer. Mr. Grayson Koogle, who
is a child of Wesley and whose parents stored the portable altar in their
basement, gave the message of faith: Question: Would You Buy A Brick
Today? Pastor Teresa led the service and gave the childrens
message: Once Upon A Time. The Reverend Wrightson Tongue and his
wife, Betty, who pastored the church during the 1970s was with us as our
Other special guests include our Alexandria District
Superintendent, the Reverend Alan Reifsnyder and his wife, Libby.
service included glorious music sung and rung by all of our choirs. Mrs. Lois
Bayne returned to be the Guest Director of the Handbell Choir as they ring,
Glorious Things. We were honored that Mrs. Bayne also directed the
Chancel Choir and all present Choir alumni as they sang, Look For Me
Around the Throne. Our Music Director, Jane Colgrove directed the Chancel
Choir as they sang, In the Shadow of the Palms and she provided
musical selections throughout the service. Mr. Scott Gearhart accompanied the
hymns and the Handbell Choir anthem with trumpet. Rhonda Reeves lead our
Childrens Choir as they sang.
A Commitment Tree was planted at the
conclusion of the service. This gave everyone the opportunity to make a
spiritual commitment and place it around the roots of the tree as a sign of our
faith and our determination to go forward in the name of Christ in the years to
come. A group photo was taken on the front steps of the church, following the
A beautiful and delicious catered lunch was served at noon in the
Fellowship Hall. Richard Inlow provided a glimpse of the last 50 years via a
power point presentation during the dinner. A display illustrated the history
of this land throughout the 1700s and on into Wesleys founding in
A big thank you goes to all who made this celebration
The next step in our Anniversary Celebration includes taking
pictures in May 2004 for a new church directory and completing a time capsule
to be buried in September 2004 which will conclude our Anniversary Celebration.
Together we celebrate the many ways in which God has moved in our midst to
minister to the world that all might know the light of Christ.
28 September 2003 (Complete) 50th
Anniversary kick-off with the dedication of our 50th Anniversary Memorial
5 October 2003 (Complete)
In conjunction with World wide Communion Sunday we will dedicate our
& Prayer Garden (MAP) after worship services.
14 December 2003 (Complete) Lighting
of our 50th Anniversary outdoor Christmas tree and singing carols will begin at
5:30 p.m. Afterwards we will celebrate Christmas with a feast of holiday
refreshments and hot cider in the Fellowship Hall.
18 January 2004 (Complete) Wesley
will conduct a special historical worship service. All the choirs will be
singing and the handbells will be playing selections of your all time favorites
followed by a potluck feast in the Fellowship Hall.
6 March 2004 (Complete)
Hosting the Alexandria District UMM Rally at Wesley.
3 April 2004 (Complete)Guest
reception in the Wesley Church Parlor. All are invited to the Saturday evening
guest reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the parlor. Come visit and remininisce
with past clergy and laity friends from years past.
4 April 2004 (Complete)This is the
apex of our 50th anniversary celebration. Past ministers will be invited to
attend and take part in the Worship celebration. After the worship service we
will plant a spiritual commitment tree. Everyone is encouraged to
write spiritual commitments on paper and just prior to planting the tree we
will place our written commitments into the hole with the tree. We intend to
use the same shovel which broke Wesley church ground 50 years ago to plant our
commitments and with the tree. As the tree grows we each will have a present
reminder that we also are growing in our faith quest. At noon there will be a
catered dinner in the Fellowship Hall with innovative table decorations by
Sally Jackson and a remembrance display assembled by Watson Pryor. Additionally
there will be a continuous Powerpoint presentation of memorable graphics.
13 June 2004 (Complete)We celebrated
50 years of Wesleys Youth fellowship and nearly 40 years of Wesley
Pre-School as well as 50 years of Vacation Bible Schools.
07 August 2004 (Complete) Is the
Fourth Annual Peach Festival with theme of 50
years of sharing Christ in our community.
12 September 2004 - Wesley Celebration Sunday