Church marks 50th jubilee

WARREN — Members of Grace United Methodist Church marked the 50th anniversary of when the church’s sanctuary was completed.

The jubilee event on Sunday included a special worship service with Pastor Kyle Tennant and had the theme “The Journey to Jubilee,” which was a reflection of the past and celebration of  what lies ahead.

Tennant noted that in 1966, when the church sanctuary was dedicated, gas was 32 cents a gallon, a house was sold at $14,200, and “Batman” and ”Star Trek” were among the new television shows. Also, President Lyndon B. Johnson had created the Department of Transportation and there were  protests against the Vietnam War.

“As we celebrate our jubilee we look at the faithfulness and heartfelt worship of this congregation all reflecting as family and friends of 50 years of memories. We gather to look at the past 50 years and look forward to the next 50 years,” he said.

Tennant remarked on the weddings and baptisms and what Jesus has done at the church.

The event included historical displays, photo albums, newspaper articles  and memorabilia.

“We will keep running the race for the next 50 years. The need in our community is overwhelming but God does not call the equipped, he equips the called,” Tennant said, noting the many outreach efforts the church does for the local community.

“We reflect on the past and look forward to the future as we celebrate the work that the Lord has done in this place,” Tennant said.

Warren Mayor Doug Franklin attended the event to recognize the church on its jubilee.

Roberta Davis, the church’s longest attending member, said she has been a member since the 1930s. Also attending was former pastor, the Rev. Warren Outhwaite.

Davis said she remembers when the church was growing in membership and needed a larger sanctuary.

Bob Thompson, who served as chairman of the building committee at that time, said the project was approved by the church congregation and was one of the  major renovation and expansion projects in the church’s history.

“It is hard to believe it has been that long,” said Thompson.