Barnesville Christ Lutheran church celebrates its 200th anniversary
JORDON FLEXER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Christ Lutheran Church, Barnesville, were, front center: Mary Heffelfinger; Second row: Charlotte Lorah, LaVern Shafer, Beth Bradbury, Paul Zukovich, Linda Yurkanin, and Margaret Fegley. Third row: Rev. Joseph Hager, Rev. Durrell Seip and the Rev. Robert Adams, pastor.
The Lutheran congregation of Christ Church ended its year long celebration of its 200th anniversary with a special service and dinner on Oct. 17.
The current ministers, the Rev. Joseph Hager and the Rev. Robert Adams, pastor, conducted the worship service and former minister, The Rev. Durrell Seip was the special guest speaker. A letter from former minister, the Rev. Ernest Huston, wishing Christ Church congratulations on this special observance was read.
The altar flowers and flower basket were presented by Charlotte Lorah in memory of the Neifert family members, who were the founding family of the church back in 1809. Special musical selections were performed by the "Ring His Praise" handbell choir from Zion's Stone Church, Snyders, directed by Audrey Christ, before and during the service.
Beth Bradbury and her children Codie, Ford, and Naomi tolled the church bell 200 times once for each year before the service. Special recognition was given to the oldest member of the Lutheran congregation, Mrs. Mary Heffelfinger, age 99, who attended the service and was honored with flowers.
Each person who attended the anniversary celebration received an anniversary booklet that provided the history of the church throughout the years and a church ornament.
Worship services are held on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m., and anyone is welcome. The church is handicapped accessible.