As one of the oldest Methodist congregations in the area, Trinity decided it was fitting to celebrate our 200th anniversary in 2012 with a yearlong series of events. A Sunday dinner of Thanksgiving held in October 2011 with the FAC full of church members and visitors provided the perfect kick off. During the following months, inserts in church bulletins gave historical information regarding the foundations of our church. All church families received ornaments depicting the church. Commemorative wood block replicas of the church were offered to the congregation as were notecards and prints of Priscilla Barbour’s painting commissioned for this event. A chili cook-off and a talent show added fun and fellowship to the year.
A reception on May 19 honored former pastors who were able to attend. And Sunday, May 20, after days of weather forecasts threatening stormy weather, dawned bright and beautiful – a fitting and splendid day for our 200th celebration service. The sanctuary was filled beyond capacity, former pastors participated in the service, glorious music performed by various groups within the church connected and lifted us all – truly a celebration. After the service, a celebratory lunch was enjoyed by all with music and conversation well into the afternoon.
The logo used to denote all Trinity 200 items and events was designed by Pastor Jeff Cannon with collaboration among members of the anniversary committee. The committee solicited “theme” ideas from the congregation for several weeks in advance and agreed unanimously on “Generations of Faith.” In addition to the years of the church’s existence, 1812-2012, the logo reflects an open heart, symbolizing the loving spirit of the church; a family, representing our loving church family; and a row of confetti celebrating the anniversary milestone and all that Trinity has to celebrate.
JoAnn Hall, Chair