150th Celebration News
We are just beginning a year of celebration for the 150th Anniversary of First United Methodist Church in Greeley. We have been gathering as Methodists since before 1870 when the City of Greeley was founded, and the first church building was built. The members first met with a circuit rider at Island Grove Park to share God’s word and have continued since that time to grow and change, serving our Lord in whatever ways He showed us. We are now meeting in the third building on this same site and even as our membership changes, we continue to follow our leader in whatever he asks as best we can. We began this celebration on Rally Day, September 8th, 2019, and will continue to Rally Day in September, 2020.
The 150th Celebration Committee, Raylene Shively Co-Chair
OCTOBER - We have begun the celebration of our 150th birthday with a special Rally Day that included a visit by Pastor Antes, the circuit rider appointed by the Methodist conference for the Platte Valley. He arrived on his horse and brought news of the day as well as shared in this day of celebration. October will bring more historic information in the bulletin and other places in the church. Watch for the banner, the street sign, and other changes in the display areas of our building. The 4th Sunday of each month will be a combined service at 9:30AM and will feature a historic update.
NOVEMBER - Thanks for the support all have given to the execution of our celebration so far. November 24 will be a day for sharing not only our annual Thanksgiving Dinner, but a special quilt show to honor the art of making quilts as well as the talents of our ancestors. December will focus on the Crismon Tree, with information on that craft as a tribute to our faith. We will have representation for the Gingerbread competition at the Festival of Trees and another appearance of our Bell ringers.
DECEMBER - Thanks for the support of our celebration so far. During December we are focusing on the Crismon Tree with information on that craft as a tribute to our faith. This is a tree full of special ornaments that represent symbols of what we believe. We will have representation entered in the Gingerbread competition at the Festival of Trees and another appearance of our Alleluia Bell Ringers that has become a special part of this festival.
JANUARY - Congratulations and thanks to Nikki Barrios for her Gingerbread creation representing our church at the Festival of Trees. Thanks to the members who have chosen to share their special Nativity with us until the middle of January. The following month will feature Bibles on display. We will be setting forth the guidelines for these soon. Considerations will be age, size, and condition as an example. Thanks for the support of our celebration so far especially those who shared quilts for the Thanksgiving Display.
FEBRUARY - Many thanks to those who allowed us to borrow their Nativity sets to display during Christmas for our 150th year. We had a good variety included from small to large, homemade to special treasures such as the Tlingit set and the lovely pewter set. Bibles loaned by our members will be on display until about February 15. Please stop by on any day to see the meaningful assortment. In the month of March, we will be sharing your stories of your experiences in this church. We are requesting anyone who wishes to share any memory or experience please do so. We will share these during March and beyond in a form yet to be determined. Watch for further information on this special project - you can start writing now.
History Sunday February 23
As we celebrate our 150th year in this church, many of us are reflecting on the changes that have taken place over time - name changes, mergers with EUB Churches and other “branches” of the Methodist to become United -- the most recent merger being with Big Sky to become Mountain Sky Conference. Through all these changes this congregation continues - continues to celebrate milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries, births and deaths of our loved ones. We have moved beyond differences of opinion and through leadership changes with a strong sense of purpose in maintaining this busy congregation. We have established ministries that serve our community as well as our members. We have grown to fill this sanctuary to overflowing and have changed again to a smaller yet strong influence in the community. As we enter into this Lenten season, let us examine our hearts to determine how to keep this congregation valuable to ourselves, our community and our world. To share with each other and our community the continuing connections that make us a family of the best kind - The Family of God!!!
In continuing our hiStory your 150th committee is asking for your stories that tell of your experiences in the family of First United Methodist Church at 10th and 10th. These will be gathered and assembled into a published form to be shared on April 26th when we celebrate with Bishop Karen Oliveto.
MARCH - The committee for our 150th Celebration is grateful for all those who are allowing us to share their Bibles. As we approach the Lenten season, we will keep a few on display and add seasonal items as we select them and will welcome a small item that fits this theme such as a special cross or figurine that represents the journey of Christ to the cross.
Special Invitation from your 150th Celebration Committee - We are inviting you to share your special memories, best experiences and unique events that you have had since coming to this congregation. We are a group of people who share God’s love in many ways and have experienced many events, groups or individual events over the years that cover the time from yesterday to as far back as you have been a part of this First United Methodist Church located at 10th Street and 10th Avenue. Just a few that come to mind are Easter, Christmas, bazaars, banquets for Moms, Dads, and youth groups. Just write whatever memory you choose and share it with us during the next few weeks. We will collect these stories until about March 15th; they will then be gathered to be published in time for April 26th distribution.
We will continue with an activity or special event for each month until the Summer of 2020. At that time, we will be focused on sponsoring an entry in the Stampede parade as well as other special events through the summer months until we complete our celebration by the next Rally Day. The highlight for the year will be in April when Bishop Oliveto joins us for worship on the 26th of that month. Your committee is in the planning stages of a catered dinner for this special day. Be sure to watch for more detail on this next major event of the year.
We ask for your continued prayers and assistance as we continue to show our faith in supporting this congregation that has served Greeley from the same location for 150 years.
The 150th Celebration Committee, Raylene Shively Co-Chair