Local church marks 150-year milestone

By on May 9, 2012

Mellingers Evangelical Lutheran Church is celebrating its 150th anniversary in the Stevens community with several events in May and June.

Mellingers Evangelical Lutheran Church is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The first service held at Mellingers was in December of 1861. The first Holy Communion was celebrated in June of 1862.

In May and June, previous pastors, vicars and deaconess will preach with Bishop Hoover coming on June 10. They will include: May 13, Sister Phyllis Enck; May 20, Rev. Traci Glover; May 27, Rev. Robert Kurz; June 3, Rev. John Minnich; and June 10, Rev. Bishop Penrose Hoover.

The events will lead up to the June 3 Holy Trinity Sunday service of Holy Communion at 9 a.m. and a hymn sing at 4 p.m. at Homecoming. Pastor John Minnich, son of long time and beloved Mellingers pastor, Rev. Harold Minnich, will preach at the morning service. Linda Weaver brought up the concept of Homecoming, which was an event that occurred once each year uniting the congregations of Mellingers, Swamp, Reinholds and Salem Lincoln. The members of the congregations would gather for a meal and a worship service.

This year on June 3 Pastors Jim Miller and Dick Geib Sr., who served as student pastors, will talk about Homecoming. A joint choir will offer anthems and Pastor Tim and Kim Craven will lead a hymn sing of old country Gospel songs. The congregation and all are asked to bring food for a potluck meal.

Information will be shared about the current church alliance, the Cocalico Area Lutheran Ministry, which is comprised of Mellingers, Swamp, Faith, Muddy Creek and St. Paul, Adamstown.

On June 10 the Rev. Bishop Penrose Hoover of the Lower Susquehanna Synod will be invited to preach and preside. A brass ensemble will add to worship on that morning and historical documents will be on display. A lasagna meal will follow the service.

The church is located at 80 Gockley Road, Schoeneck (Stevens).

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