In and Around Hannibal: Hannibal Methodist Church, Part 3

Part III Hannibal Methodist Church

In July of 1984, 200 years of Methodism in America is celebrated.

Both the Methodist and Community Churches joined together for worship in a special service titled “Prayer in the Square.”

We all gathered bringing our own lawn chairs, forming a large congregation for this special occasion. A good number of the attendees came dressed in the period.  

Special music was enjoyed and speakers came from a distance. It was a glorious summer day and of course the festivities were followed by a public dinner.

In the 1980s, the church addressed some of the concerns of the disabled.  The Rev. James Allen suggested a novel idea in 1984, to collect pennies during the second hymn by the church youth for the purpose of building an exterior ramp.

By November of 1988, enough pennies had been collected and the ramp was built and dedicated.

Just before Christmas of that same year, a nearly new chair lift was donated, making access to the Whitney Fellowship Room available to most folks. And finally a public address system including individual earphones was added.

I don’t know the year, but the Rev. Noni Porter was the first woman pastor of the church. She would be followed by Diane Bradshaw, Tracey Golas and Jill Magnuson.

The church has held mother-daughter banquets for many years with attendance sometimes reaching 200.  It is at this event that a Woman of the Year is honored.  Women have come from great distances to be part of this special occasion.

The Methodist Church has been known for its great church suppers — especially its Groundhog Day Lasagna, (I remember Maynard Gardner, local pharmacist made sure I received the info for that dinner in a most timely fashion).

Roast beef is probably the town favorite, but personally I like their garbage can turkey barbecue.

And as churches are apt to do, they have sent children to church camp, and seen to it that there was a Sunday School.  And Bible study is a weekly ritual.

Music has played an important part throughout the years. Irene Blanchard held the post of organist for more than 40 years and Louise Kellogg now holds that title.

Others who have played in the past are Helen Matson Hopkins, Wayne Kellogg, Marjorie Whitney, Barbara Willard, Mary Ellen Upcraft, Mary Ann Upcraft and Ruth O’Bryan.

Ruth O’Bryan and Louise Kellogg have also played for the weekly worship services at Meadowbrook Manor accompanying their pastor and other pastors who have led those services.

Now I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Key ’73.  More than 130 churches and groups, covering a broad spectrum of Christianity, joined together to “Call Our Continent to Christ.”

There were two main objectives: one evangelism and the other, the union and working together of the churches. All three churches in Hannibal joined together in this effort.

While Key ’73 is long over, the Ecumenical Key Committee continues on. Over the years, it is this group that has done Vacation Bible School, Baccalaureate Service, supported the Resource Center and Holiday Baskets and sponsored the Community Thanksgiving  Service.


This is graduation weekend.  Best wishes to all Hannibal grads.  The folks of this community have made an investment in each of you and your future. Now it is up to you, to build on it.

You will find that life isn’t always easy, but you will find that making the effort to better your life and that of your fellow citizens is well worth the energy.

Go and make us proud!


The Senior Meals Program meets at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the senior center, located in the library across from the Hannibal Fire Hall on Oswego Street.

Give Rosemary a call at 564-5471, and make your reservation.

The center will be closed Friday, July 4.

The menu for Monday and Wednesday is:

Monday, June 30 —  Barbecue chicken breast, roasted potatoes, vegetable, pudding

Wednesday — Baked ham w/pineapple, scalloped potatoes, spinach, Mandarin oranges

Activities: Monday — Games and Wii bowling; Wednesday — 4th of July celebration and Bingo.

The Jammers continue to meet at the American Legion at 7 p.m. Mondays. If you enjoy country, Gospel or saloon music, come on over and enjoy the music. If you play an instrument, bring it with you and join in the music making.

Bone Builders meet at 9:45 a.m. Thursdays at the American Legion. Bone Builders helps people concentrate on weight bearing and balance exercises to help prevent osteoporosis from getting worse.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets at Our Lady of the Rosary (Cayuga St. across from the High School) meets on Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.

The Hannibal Methodist Church serves a free lunch (donations for this ministry accepted, though) at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. The church is one block west of the Village Square on Route 3.

Plans are underway for the fourth annual SOS Music Fest July 18-20 in Hannibal.  For information call Erik at 315-564-6133.

National Honor Society is sponsoring a Red Cross Community Blood Drive from 1 to 6:30 p.m. July 22 in the board room at Hannibal High School.

 Students and adults, ages 16 and older, are asked to donate. Please sign up to donate blood by contacting Carol Burch ( or Lisa Mason ( at Hannibal High School or through the Red Cross website at

Friends of the Library is sponsoring The Concert on the Lawn (of the Library) Aug. 5. The Elderberries will be participating in this event.

Summer is upon us….now is the time to send me the news and events for your group or organization that you want to publicize.  As many of us will be hitting the road, getting your info to me soon, will enable you to put a check mark on your ‘to do’ list!

Rita Hooper

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