On a beautiful August day, members and guests of Monroeton United Methodist Church celebrated its 175th anniversary.  The service, led by current Pastor Kitty Keller, was broken down into three sections – “We Remember” - A time for sharing church history and memories; “We Rejoice”-  A time to celebrate our current church and its members; and “We Rededicate” – A time of lifting our church up to the future and all that it holds.  Pastor Kitty also paid special homage to Elisha Cole, who was a circuit rider in Bradford County from 1797 until 1852, spreading the word of Christ before the church was built.  She had visited his grave at the Cole Cemetery and made a rubbing of his grave marker.  What a special moment to share this part of history!

The church was filled to capacity for the service which included members from our sister churches of New Albany and Ulster, as well as former Pastors Dan Troup who served the church for ten years from 1995 until 2005; Pastor Dan Jordan who was with us from 2005 until 2009; and Pastor Sandy Brant who led the church from 2009 until 2011. Each of the former pastors participated in the service by reading scripture and leading a responsive prayer.  There was also a time for sharing memories during which many former and current members related stories and thanked those who had shaped their lives.

Caren Johnson, committee chair of the event, prepared a slide show and scrapbook of pictures taken during the past 25 years and Loraine Cummings compiled an insert for the bulletin of “25 Years at a Glance.”   Donna Dalpiaz and Denny Vermilya, accompanied by Betty Howard, sang a duet written by Donna , “Bless This Church.”   Donna also led the choir in a medley of songs about the past, present and future of the church.   The two oldest living members of the church, Betty Worthington and Frank Emory were recognized; and a star magnolia tree was planted in front of the church and dedicated in honor of the occasion.  Steve Dunn planted and landscaped around the tree, displaying it beautifully for all to enjoy.

Following the service there was a time of fellowship.  Tents were set up by the male members of the church and the women prepared a picnic lunch.  Jay Cory of Ben Franklin in Towanda donated a tent, and made hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy for everyone.  His mother, Bonnie Manahan, made pretty cupcakes and helped him to serve the food.  Susie Towner also made a beautiful cake in honor of the event.  Rick Schrader served as our event photographer, and his mother, Betty Worthington, prepared homemade mints for table favors.  The Monroeton Boy Scout troop helped to set up the tables and chairs and many other people helped to prepare and serve the food, decorate the church and side yard and clean up afterwards.  Our sister churches provided beautiful flowers for the altar, along with their congratulations on our milestone.   A special thank you to all who served on the planning committee or helped in any other way to make our day so memorable.  As we prepare for our next 175 years, we look forward to serving Christ and sharing his word.