Well, we are two days away from our big celebration for our 175th anniversary as a church. The weather forecast at this point looks perfect: mostly sunny, upper 70’s, only 20% chance of rain. So, once again, this Sunday, June 18th, at 10:00 (note different time), we will be worshipping in back of 610 10th Street, here in Marion. This is the site of the first Presbyterian church that was built in 1856, and part of the back wall of the building belongs to the original structure. Music for the worship service will be provided by an outstanding bluegrass band, called Castle Ridge. They will be playing old time gospel music, including songs like, “I Love to Tell the Story” and “Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior.”
There are some other things that you might want to know. We will be outside, so wear your FPC t-shirt, sunscreen, bug repellent and a hat would be a good idea. Gentlemen, you are allowed to wear your hats during worship. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. You may park in back of Witte’s End Coffee shop, the Another Road Brewery, over at the library or along the street. The north side of 6th Street will be handicapped parking. We will have strong able bodied helpers available to assist those who need it. You may also set up your lawn chair on the sidewalk, if you are uncomfortable walking on the grass. Restrooms will be available across the street at the Heritage Center, as well as at the Depot Pavilion in Marion Square Park. Coffee will be available before, during and after worship, and you may buy some absolutely outstanding pastries provided by the Kettel House Bakery. (Suggestion: take some goodies home for Dad for Father’s Day)
Following worship, we will be heading over to the Depot Pavilion, but you might want to take a short detour through the Heritage Center. We have planned a delicious barbecue picnic of pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, potato chips, and ice cream and cake for dessert to celebrate Paul and Carolyn Draper’s 60th anniversary. There is no charge, but we will be accepting donations to help cover the cost. We have been collecting tickets just to get a head count, but if you did not get one turned in, don’t worry. You are still more than welcome. There will be plenty. The tickets will also be used for a drawing to win one of my watercolor paintings. So if you did not turn in a ticket, do so when you get your meal so you can have a chance to win.
At the Depot, you can buy one of our new 175th commemorative coffee mugs, along with FPC plates, trivets, and cookbooks. (You can’t have a milestone event without some souvenirs, can you?) Castle Ridge will be playing some of their traditional as well as gospel tunes. So bring your lawn chair, sit and enjoy after the meal is over. There will be lawn games and bubbles for the kids.
I hope you are looking forward to this as much as I am. It will be a wonderful way to celebrate and to give thanks for what God has been able to do through and among us over the many years. If you have any questions, please let me know. In the meantime…
Stay in One Peace,