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Memorial's jubilee

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Congregation celebrates 50 years of worship on North Miles

By Becca Owsley

By BECCA OWSLEY

bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com

ELIZABETHTOWN — It is the year of jubilee for Memorial United Methodist Church and the congregation plans to celebrate this weekend with many festivities.

The church is calling the celebration a jubilee based on an Old Testament traditional celebration marking 50 years. On June 8, 1958, the first worship service was held in the current building at 631 N. Miles St. in Elizabethtown.

Since the initial construction, a Christian Life Center was added in 1980.

The congregation has created a pamphlet describing the historical sites of Methodism in Elizabethtown, including a self-guided tour.

While the current building is 50 years old, the congregation has been established in the area since 1824.

A public reception is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday to commemorate the anniversary. The reception will be followed by a communion service at 4 p.m. A communion set from 1873 will be used and videos of church members and activities from the past 50 years will be shown during the reception.

On Sunday, the church will have a joint worship service that will including the many styles of music typically found in its three services.

The Rev. Rachel Marshall said all former pastors were invited to participate and the ones who have decided to come will have a part in the service. The same anthem and one of the hymns used in the first service held in the current building will be performed during the anniversary service.

A commemorative afghan, featuring pictures of a previous building, the current structure and the church pipe organ, has been created. A Louisville Stoneware mug and a United Methodist Women’s cookbook also have been commissioned for the event.

The building committee is at work on a set of expansion plans to be brought before the congregation soon. The church is planning to enlarge its fellowship hall, youth area and complete other building maintenance projects.

“It’s an exciting time here at Memorial because it is fun to look back and reminisce, but at the same time we hope and pray that in 50 more years there will be a wonderful congregation still here serving the Lord and celebrating,” Marshall said. “It’s our hope and our dream and our plan.”

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741.