Church celebrating 100th anniversary

Submitted photo The congregation of the Tom Anderson Mission Center will host its 100th anniversary of the Adrian United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

ADRIAN — The congregation of the Tom Anderson Mission Center will host its 100th anniversary of the Adrian United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 276 Abbott Road in Adrian with music, remembrances and snack foods.

Past members and pastors are invited to remember the many years of service the church has provided.

The church originated as the Adrian Union Sunday School in 1908 and was held at various locations until the current building was dedicated in 1922. The cornerstone was laid in 1918 and is used as the beginning date for the church. The church was a social center of the community which was a coal boom town in the 1930s and 1940s. The church had an active Methodist Youth Fellowship group as well. Photos from the 1940s show the galleries full and chairs filling the aisles for normal services.

The Adrian Elementary School did not have a meeting place so children walked down the hill, across a bridge over the creek and up the hill to the church for school assemblies.

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