In 1977, Tyrand Parish was outgrowing its quarters at the old Carnation Milk Plant and construction was started on a new facility on the grounds retained from the sale of its earlier farm in Mill Creek. The Rev. Thomas Malcolm became the fifth director in June of 1982, and around that time, Tyrand was able to move into its new but uncompleted building where construction work and services to the less fortunate resumed with new vigor and dedication.
Late in 1983, two new ministries were in the works for the mission. The first was the Emergency Food Pantry. The original pantry was housed in a metal building on the grounds until the new building's second floor could be completed. Donald Swecker, a faithful volunteer, stayed many nights keeping fire in the wood and coal stove making sure the food did not freeze.
On Feb. 28, 1984, the name of the ministry took on a new meaning with the incorporation of Tyrand, under West Virginia code, as Tyrand Cooperative Ministries Inc., a nonprofit organization. On Aug. 25, 1985, Resident Bishop Grove of the West Virginia Annual Conference led us with dignitaries of the other Communions currently working with Tyrand, in the service of dedication for the new service center. The event was the culmination of more than 23 years of faith, action and love on the part of many people - past and present. People who voluntarily and unselfishly gave of their time, talents and financial resources in support of Tyrand.
The sign marking the entrance to Tyrand Cooperative Ministries Inc. is shown. The ministry was started in 1977 and was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1984.
Four women, all members of Fincham Chapel Church on the Mill Creek United Methodist Charge, were selected as the Volunteers of the Year during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner sponsored by the Tyrand Cooperative Ministries.
Malcolm introduced the honored volunteers during the dinner at the Catholic Rural Life Retreat Center in Huttonsville. Following the dinner, Malcolm told the audience that in 1983 more than 11,052 hours were given by volunteers. These hours were divided among the various projects of the mission work.
Volunteers have always been a vital part of the ministry, and the group is very mindful of the volunteers that help make the ministry successful. The organizers are very mindful of the wonderful volunteers that help make the programs a success. The volunteers are already working on a celebration of 50 years that will take place Aug. 25. It is going to be a day filled with gospel singing, crafts, homemade baked items, a balloon launch, soap making, homemade apple butter, a ham and bean dinner and more. Tyrand encourages individuals to mark their calendars to join in the celebration.