Church Reflects on Long History
Ebenezer United Methodist Church held their 125th Anniversary September 29. The congregation of the Sykesville, Maryland church celebrated the special event by reflecting on the changes the church has undergone throughout the decades.
Rev. Judy Emerson, who presides over the church, began her time at the church in July 2006. Emerson has over 27 years of experience in local ministry. Before being appointed to Ebenezer United Methodist, Emerson has served at Towson United Methodist, Nichols-Bethel United Methodist, and Woodberry United Methodist as a pastor. She has also been a member of the Amolia and Linden Heights Methodist Churches. Apart from serving Ebenezer United Methodist, Emerson also currently serves as an Ordained Elder in the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.
“We celebrated the 125th Anniversary of our church,” said Emerson. “We had a special worship service, took a group picture afterwards out in front of the church and had a luncheon. We then gathered back in the sanctuary for a power point presentation of the last 125 years of Ebenezer United Methodist Church.”
In order to promote the event, Emerson and the clergy used many different types of advertising.
“We had bulletin boards all around the church filled with pictures of the past, organized by groups or events,” said Emerson. “We invited previous clergy, members and the community at large. We advertised in all the local newspapers, TV stations, and radio. We reached many people this way and had quite a few attend the event from out of town.”
Everything concerning the event went according to plan. “Pretty much everything went as planned–we even had leftover food from the luncheon, which we had catered so our church members could also enjoy the lunch–and not have to cook it and serve it!” said Emerson.
The event was a great way to remember the history of the church. “The best part of the event was hearing the stories of the past from previous members and hearing how much everyone enjoyed the celebration,” said Emerson.
If you’re planning your own remembrance, Emerson said to begin planning as soon as possible.
“The one piece of advice I would give to anyone planning a large event like this would be to start planning early and have a committee of people willing to divide up all the tasks.”
You can learn more about the Ebenezer United Methodist Church by visiting the church’s site.