The public is cordially invited to a party Saturday, Sept. 21, at Crossroads United Methodist Church to celebrate its 140th birthday.
The party will begin with a commemorative service at 1 p.m. at the church, corner of Haslett and Zimmer roads east of Haslett and north of Williamston. All former and current members of the once Williamston Center and more recently-named Crossroads UMC, and all former pastors have been invited.
The service will feature messages by the Rev. Dr. David Bard, bishop of the Michigan United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Jerry Devine, superintendent of the Mid-Michigan District. Former music leaders of the church: Cary Cornwell, Beverly Finch, Jayne Hankins and Sarah Mortenson will return to provide solos and instrumental music.
After the service, Crossroads will host an open house, with birthday cake and other desserts. Guests will be invited to “walk down memory lane” to view exhibits of historic church records, photos and furnishings, and to visit landmarks of the church facility still in use or on premises. The area Circle of Friends acoustic strings group will provide hammered dulcimer and other music during the open house.
Crossroads was founded in 1879 as the Williamston Centre Methodist Episcopal Church on land donated by Merrit Andress and on the site of the former District Nine School. The church has undergone several renovations in its 140 years, and the original sanctuary now serves as the fellowship hall. Current pastor is the Rev. Martin Johnston.
For details, you may call the church at 517/655-1466, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message at the Crossroads Facebook page.