A wonderful celebration of our church’s 140 years of ministry, and our present building’s 50 years of service was held on Sunday, June 15th. Worshippers filled the sanctuary for the bi-lingual service led by pastors Lance Carrithers and Tania Montero.
Worship highlighted the diversity within our church, with music from our Hispanic, Contemporary and Traditional worship services. A special anthem commissioned for the occasion and composed by Robert Roth was sung by the Sanctuary Choir.
The morning’s preacher, Rev. Don Hasty spoke of growing up in the church. He was brought to the “old” church at First and Vine for baptism the week following his birth. When he was seven, the congregation moved to the present building. Rev. Hasty talked about “counting the crosses” on the walls and light fixtures of the sanctuary.
Using the “living stones” passage of 1st Peter, Rev. Hasty connected our congregation’s beginnings to our present, and called the congregation to place the future in God’s hands. “It is Christ who builds the church,” he said.
Most of the congregation then made their way to the Dodge City Civic Center for smoked brisket prepared by White Smoke BBQ. Festive cupcakes by Crumbs Bake Shoppe were featured on a multi-level stand.
The afternoon program again featured the Sanctuary Choir, and recognized those who had worked for the past year on the Anniversary celebration. Greetings were read from former pastors who could not be in attendance, and time was given over to those who were able to return, including Dr. Jim Godbey and Rev. Harold Cooper. Rev. Don Hasty, current Dodge City District Superintendent also shared his gratitude for the “seeds planted” when he was a child that helped him later, as an adult, respond to a call into ministry.
Doug Austen’s video was then shown, featuring many of the photographs from the commemorative book which he also compiled. DVD’s featuring the Faith of our Founder’s video, along with an extended play of photos not included in the book and video are available for $10 each in the church office. While they last, a few copies of the hardcover commemorative book are still available for $35.