NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio – Clague Road United Church of Christ’s year-round 100th anniversary celebration includes a special worship service and ceremony on Sunday, October 16 in North Olmsted.
“There was a lot of excitement, and the congregation was certainly involved in preparing for Sunday,” said North Olmsted resident Betty Lord, one of the congregants organizing the centenary celebration.
“We have reservations for around 100 people for the afternoon lunch, and then there will be a few presentations. It won’t be a long program.
The special event begins with a worship service at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon attended by former members, civic officials, United Church of Christ officials, local ministers, former employees, friends and neighbors.
Guests are encouraged to visit the Church’s Centennial Hall, where photos, a timeline, historical documents, and newly written history will be available.
“We think it’s important for people to look at things,” Lord said. “We have old documents, old annual reports and that kind of thing that tells the story of the church.”
Clague Road United Church of Christ is the second oldest church in North Olmsted. However, Lord pointed out that it was in fact the oldest church still standing in its original location.
“People are amazed when I tell them we’re 100 years old,” Lord said.
Previously, Clague Road United Church of Christ had nearly 500 members; however, this figure has recently dropped to around 100 devotees.
As to whether the church is ready for another century of service, the Lord said, “Certainly, yes. That’s what we hope.
“I tell people with a laugh, ‘I want you to enjoy it now, because I won’t be there for the 200th – but someone will be.'”
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