Columbia Falls UMC celebrates 125th anniversary

Columbia Falls UMC celebrates 125th anniversary

Columbia Falls UMC celebrates 125th anniversary
7/31/2017

Story submitted by the Rev. Dawn Skerritt
Pastor, Columbia Falls United Methodist Church, Montana
Photos by Erma Gladieux
Member, Columbia Falls United Methodist Church, Montana


On July 30, Columbia Falls United Methodist Church had a wonderful worship with guest preacher Bishop Karen Oliveto as part of an entire weekend of celebration events marking 125 years of ministry in Columbia Falls. Luci Yeats, lay historian, led a team for approximately a year to gather history and translate it to the present life of the church. Her team reached out to former pastors, to friends, and members both past and present to encourage people to attend.

In faith, we witnessed to thousands in the street on Saturday from our float during the Columbia Falls' Heritage Days parade, over 200 during an ice cream social, 18 on Saturday night during our vespers service, and 98 on Sunday morning during worship. Following worship, we celebrated with a brunch and program that highlighted ministries of the past and present, and recognized individuals active in ministry for over 60 years.

Photo of Columbia Falls UMC members in a parade July 29  Photo of Columbia Falls UMC members during church's 125th anniversary July 29  Photo of Columbia Falls UMC members enjoying brunch July 30

Photos of Columbia Falls UMC brunch July 30  Photo of Columbia Falls UMC members enjoying brunch July 30  Photo of Columbia Falls UMC brunch celebration July 30


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