The history of the ministry dates back almost another 100 years, but this recent celebration was in recognition of it being 50 years since the current church structure was officially opened and dedicated.
At the time the cost to construct the church was $234,000. That was a sizeable sum back in the 1960’s and the investment has paid for itself time and time again, but not just in a financial sense. You can’t put a price tag on having a place where people can freely express their faith in a welcoming setting surrounded by those who also want to celebrate their beliefs.
The recent anniversary dinner was time for reflection on what the church has meant to so many people over the years. Young couples have shared their love and committed to each other in marriage — the first being Roy Manuel and Noreen Simms on July 10, 1964. Children have been baptized (999 as of February of this year) and developed in their faith over the years of attending church with family members. People have offered up countless prayers and will continue to do so for many more years to come.
There has been great joy, but with that also comes great sorrow as friends and family have had to say their final goodbyes within the walls of St. Matthew’s. But even those memories can give comfort, as those in mourning are surrounded not just by a safe structure but by an even more secure bond in their faith and the faith of those around them.
Following are the clergy who have served at St. Matthew’s over those 50 years and led the congregation in their journey of faith:
Rev A.B. LeGrow
Rev. Nelson K. LeGrow
Rev. Arthur Elliott
Rev. Edgar Williams
Rev. Franklin Curtis
Rev. Lee Michelin
Rev. Bernice Spracklin
Rev. Calvin Ginn
Rev. Stephanie McClellan
— Karen Wells