Mason County is in the final months of its celebration of the 150th anniversary of the county. At the same time that the state of Texas was recognizing the formation of Mason as a county, the early Methodist movement in Mason County also was getting its start. This weekend, First United Methodist Church will honor that 150th anniversary with a series of celebrations and services, and the public is invited to join in the festivities.
The celebration begins on Saturday morning, October 18, with a 9:00 a.m. Service of Remembrance at the church. There will be a rededication of the church, and special persons will be honored with gifts.
At 10:00 a.m., there will be coffee and special displays in the social hall. These historical displays will honor the contributions of the Pluenneke and Grote families to the early Methodist church in Mason County.
At 11:30 a.m., there will begin a series of dedications, beginning with the planting of a redbud tree. This symbolic act will honor the church's 12 longest serving members (Silas Brandenberger, Jr., Ruth Dannheim, Mildred Gipson, Alex Grosse, Roy Lehmberg, Norris McMillan, Hoppy McMillan, John O’Donnell, Jr., Jean Stengel, Jordan Zesch, Donald Ziriax and Hildegarde Schulze), as well as the 13 youngest children in the church (Leah Schmidt, Callan Langehennig, Mitchell Underwood, Kate Shoemaker, Delani Bauer, Karli Bauer, Linden Chapman, Blixen Hofmann, Conner Rearden, Tate Spencer, Garrett Low, Jay Ahlschwede and Maci Underwood).
That will be followed by dedication of stained glass windows honoring Clara Velma Starks, and remembering Mary Maude McMillan. Immediately following will be the unveiling of the Texas Historical Marker featuring short remarks from Fran Hoerster.
At noon, a meal will be held in the west parking lot.
At 2:00 p.m., a special Sesquicentennial Celebration Service will be held in the sanctuary. There is a skit that has been directed by Laura Lehmberg Austin and Carlene Brollier, which will be followed by vignettes presented by the church youth.
Finally, on Sunday, October 19, there will be a combined service at 9:45 a.m. The church worship committee has worked on planning this special part of the weekend, and are honored to have the new Methodist Bishop, Jim Dorff, leading the service. The Mason Men's Community Choir will be performing special music for that service.
Former First United Methodist Church pastor, Janice Huie, now also a Bishop, will be in attendance for the weekend, as will many former ministers from over the years.