MEDINA — The United Church of Christ, Congregational, is celebrating its bicentennial.
The church, 217 E. Liberty St., will celebrate with events all year.
The celebration will kick off at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 with a Founder's Day worship service set in the style of a service in 1919, complete with outfits from that era. A covered dish lunch and theater program will follow.
"Founders' Day is an annual celebration during which the congregation recalls the commitment and vision of its charter members who gathered during February 1819 to formally organize a Congregational Church in Medina,” bicentennial committee Chair Harry Buch said in a prepared statement. “This year's celebration promises to be an especially festive occasion since it marks the 200th year since that handful of pioneers entered into a covenant of church membership and mutually pledged to '...walk worthy of their vocation.'”
The church also plans to offer a concert in June that highlights the history of the music of the church, a homecoming picnic in September, unveil a new Ohio Historical Marker, place a time capsule and other activities.
“We have a lot of great stories, and a look back can help ground us where we are and inspire us for the future,” senior pastor Rev. Luke Lindon said in a prepared statement. “We're looking forward to welcoming, loving and serving for the next 200 years.”
Congregational worship services began in 1817 in a log cabin shared with the Episcopalians shortly after the first settlers arrived in Medina Township. The congregation was established in 1819 and worshiped in the cabin, which was located about three miles northeast of the current city.
When the village of Medina was founded a few years later, the congregation purchased its current site on the corner of Liberty and Broadway at the northeast corner of the square. A brick church was built.
In 1957, the Congregational-Christian Churches merged with the Evangelical and Reformed Churches to form the United Church of Christ. The congregation changed its name from First Congregational to United Church of Christ, Congregational, to recognize the new union.
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