The landmark Eckert Presbyterian Church is observing its centennial year this year.
The church leadership and congregation are in the process of planning some activities they may want to have during the observance, explained Jo DeVinny, pastor.
"We're excited about celebrating our 100 years of service, but we've been more involved to date with determining what we want to do and how we want to do," Pastor DeVinny told the Delta County Independent.
A banner went up last week in front of the historic stone church at North Road and Highway 65 in the heart of Eckert and the Surface Creek Valley.
"Last Sunday (April 21) we began with a worship service to which we had invited the surviving descendants of the James Hunsicker family," Pastor DeVinny told the DCI.
"Rev. Hunsicker was the founding pastor of the church. We had also invited former members and surviving families of the original 37 church members.
"The worship service was both a celebration of the church and its relationship to folks in the area, and an occasion for reconnecting with people from our past. Last Sunday's worship service was well-attended, and we were able to interact more deeply at the meal which followed the worship service."
Pastor DeVinny explained that "Eckert Presbyterian Church was officially founded in the summer of 1913 so, first of all, we decided to set aside this summer to celebrate in various ways.
"We hope to create more opportunities to connect and celebrate through the rest of the summer, but we have nothing specific planned to this point until September 14 and 15. We will want to publicize that weekend in advance because, in addition to the people who joined us last Sunday, folks from all the communities which support and participate in our ministry will be invited (Cedaredge, Austin, Cory, Eckert and Delta). We hope to have games and food and other activities on (that) Saturday for all who come.
Hopefully one of the activities will be dedicating a memorial garden in the corner of our campus where the gigantic old blue spruce once stood. We may also bury a time capsule at that time. We will close out our celebration on Sunday with worship," Pastor DeVinny said.blog comments powered by Disqus