Celebrating the past, and embracing the future.
This is the focus for Plain City United Methodist Church as its celebrates 200 years serving the people of Plain City. The congregation began its ministry three years before the village of Plain City was even established.
In 1815, Rev. Robert Finley came from Kentucky, and organized the first Methodist Church — a group of 17 men and women. They met in a log schoolhouse, on the west bank of the Big Darby Creek, one mile south of our town.
“Two hundred years (and several church buildings) later, this congregation is still helping connect imperfect people on a journey growing to Be, Love and Serve like Jesus,” a spokesperson said. “This 200th anniversary celebration will be a time to remember all God has done, rejoice in God’s goodness and faithfulness and renew commitments to follow God wholeheartedly.”
Members will gather to worship and celebrate the church’s ongoing legacy at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27 at the church, 202 N. Chillicothe St. Attendees are also invited to share a meal immediately after the worship service.
Members past and present, former pastors, friends, family and all community members are invited to join in the celebration.
Long-time parishioner Pat Cooke said the church has been “God’s home for me to worship with the Body of Christ.”
“Through the years it has been a joyful time of praise and worshiping with other believers,” she said. “This celebration is a blessing to honor and glorify our heavenly Father. May we continue to grow in our faith by being salt and light for Him.”
Bishop Gregory Vaughn Palmer will be the special guest preacher for the worship service.
Since September 2012, Palmer has been the leader of the 1,100-plus congregations in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.
He received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University and earned a Master’s of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School. Baldwin-Wallace College, Iowa Wesleyan College, Simpson College, Hood Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary have all awarded him honorary degrees.
Palmer was ordained an elder in full connection in the East Ohio Conference in 1981. His pastoral career includes pastoral appointments in the East Ohio Conference in Cleveland, Canton and Berea. Palmer also served as district superintendent of the Youngstown District of the East Ohio Conference.
In 2000, Palmer was elected to the episcopacy and assigned to the Iowa Area where he served until assuming responsibilities in the Illinois Area in 2008. He has also served as president of the Council of Bishops, which is charged with providing oversight and leadership to the 12 million people of the global United Methodist Church.
“His passion and conviction to share God’s Word with God’s people will bless all in attendance,” a spokesperson said..
Those wishing to attend the celebration should find Plain City United Methodist Church 200th on eventbrite.com to RSVP.
For more information about the church, visit www.BeLoveServe.org or call 614-873-4513. The pastor is Blaine Keene.