Wenatchee’s Free Methodist Church will mark its 100th anniversary Sunday with a celebration service at 10 a.m., followed by a lunch and an additional more informal 12:30 p.m. program.
The church worships at 1601 Fifth St.
Planted by Nebraskan homesteaders in 1910, the church was a city fixture at the corner of Mission and Peachey streets before relocating to property near Wenatchee Valley College in 1979.
The celebration event will include four stories of lives that have been transformed by the ministry of the congregation, ministry by the choir and other music features.
In addition to a message by Lead Pastor Joshua Brooks, the church will commission the Kelly and Heidi Boyle family for mission work in Bogota, Colombia, and receive a special offering to be shared with The Lighthouse Christian Ministries of Wenatchee and to purchase land for a new Free Methodist Church in Nigeria.
The local church began with a handful of Free Methodists, who met in homes and then rented a variety of meeting places, including a funeral parlor. They purchased a ramshackle building that became the first of several rebuilt and enlarged sanctuaries at the Mission and Peachey site. The church was legally incorporated June 18, 1913.
Several national church leaders, including two bishops, have risen from the congregation, whose mission outreach stretches around the world. On average, 1,200 persons attend Sunday services at the church’s 15-acre campus.
The church is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church/USA, established in 1860 and with a million adherents around the world, the largest contingent in Africa. Its headquarters are in Indianapolis.
Jeanne Zornes attends Wenatchee Free Methodist Church. She is a former Wenatchee World staff writer.