Aulne church to celebrate 125th anniversary

The Aulne United Methodist Church will be celebrating its 125th

birthday July 2.

The day-long celebration combines the church?s anniversary events with

annual Fourth of July activities.

?It will be a time to reacquaint people with past members and past

pastors,? said Jim Hett, lifetime member.

The celebration begins with Sunday school at 9 a.m., followed by a

worship service at 10.

A basket dinner will be held at noon. People need to bring their own

table service.

Following lunch, a program will be given by Stephen Rankin, a former

pastor of the congregation. The program, beginning at 2 p.m., will

feature special music and a skit.

Past and present members and ministers, as well as friends and family,

will have time to visit and get reacquainted from 4 to 5 p.m.

Following that, a light supper will be served.

A gospel program will be held at 7 p.m. with an ice cream social to

follow at 8. Music will be provided by the Aulne Quartet, vocalist

Julie Nelson and trombonist Brice Nelson.

The celebration will conclude with fireworks at 9:45.

Hett said the celebration is intended to be a time to look to the

future but also to remember the past.

A short history of the church will be given by the church historian,

Ellen Darrel.

Included in the history are a number of changes over the years,

including several different buildings.

Church services were first held in the Cole School House, with John

Harris as pastor. Then, from 1875-1896, services were held in another

schoolhouse until the white-frame church was built in 1896.

Ministers for the church were circuit riders until the early 1900s.

Services were held in the original building until it burned down in


In 1917, the present building structure was erected. An addition,

including the chairlift to the sanctuary and the ramp to the basement,

was completed in early 1992.

The congregation has close to 110 members, with an average attendance

of 85 to 90.

The congregation has a number of younger married couples with

children, which is a good situation for a stron

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