FUMC celebrates 100 years in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN – Doubling as an observance of 175 years of Methodism in Aberdeen and a little more than 100 years since the first church service held in the current building, First United Methodist Church will host a centennial celebration Sunday, March 3.

COURTESY PHOTO  100 YEARS – As the celebration of the 100th anniversary of  First United Methodist Church's building approaches, the pastor, Rev. Truman Thompson, left, event chairman Bob Barrett and Deborah Herndon, registration chair, look over a framed news story about one of the major events in the church's history, hosting the North Mississippi Annual Conference meeting in Aberdeen in June of 1957.

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100 YEARS – As the celebration of the 100th anniversary of First United Methodist Church’s building approaches, the pastor, Rev. Truman Thompson, left, event chairman Bob Barrett and Deborah Herndon, registration chair, look over a framed news story about one of the major events in the church’s history, hosting the North Mississippi Annual Conference meeting in Aberdeen in June of 1957.

Church members used historical research of the church to help illustrate the timeline of its history. The first worship service held in the current building on College Street was held Dec. 15, 1912.
“I found it interesting that when the church decided in 1908 to build a new building, they decided it would cost no less than $27,500. That price included the Tiffany windows that are now valued at at least a quarter of a million dollars,” said anniversary chairperson Bob Barrett.
The current church building is the fourth location for FUMC since it was founded. The building’s first renovation was in the 1940s and cost at least $20,000.
The Rev. Jack Smith and the Rev. John Staggs are expected to join current pastor, the Rev. Truman Thompson in the Holy Communion during the 11 a.m. worship service. Four communion stations will be set up to accommodate the expected large crowd.
Anniversary chairperson Deborah Herndon expects more than 300 people for the celebration.
Planners decided to push the anniversary to March to allow for more time to plan while not interfering with the Christmas season.
The festivities begin at 10 a.m. for meeting and greeting since there will be no Sunday school classes.
For those interested, there will be a DVD available about the history of the church. Those interested in copies can call the church office at 369-8135.

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