Hannibal Methodist Church celebrates 175 years of faith

The Rev. Dean Flemming and Lowell Newvine, town historian, led the processional into the open air pavilion for worship.
The Rev. Dean Flemming and Lowell Newvine, town historian, led the processional into the open air pavilion for worship.

Between 150 and 175 people helped the Hannibal Methodist Church celebrate its 175th anniversary at a church revival and picnic Sunday, June 22.  

The morning’s message was brought by Charles Wesley himself, founder of Methodism, in the form of the Rev. Dean Flemming. He recounted that about 9,100 sermons, bringing the message of hope and grace, had been preached from the Methodist pulpit in Hannibal in the past 175 years.
The morning’s message was brought by Charles Wesley himself, founder of Methodism, in the form of the Rev. Dean Flemming. He recounted that about 9,100 sermons, bringing the message of hope and grace, had been preached from the Methodist pulpit in Hannibal in the past 175 years.

Those gathered at the Firemen’s Field celebrated in worship and song with a spirited message bought by the Rev. Dean Flemming.   

Participating in the service were a number of church members who have since moved on to the  “roll up younder!”  Those included church founder David Peckham (Lowell Newvine); Fanny Rhoades (Gloria Kempston), local president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union; Pete and Irene Blanchard, who were active in the church’s youth program and honored by the Methodist District as Couple of the Year and Irene was church organist for 57 years (Carlton Blanchard and Melissa Baker.)

Former member Leslie Wells read scripture and was portrayed by his grandson Wendell Blanchard. Rockwell Powers (Civil War veteran and commander of the Hannibal GAR) and his wife Ella graced the congregation with song (Faye and Jack Beckwith.)

Don Davenport was honored for being the member of longest standing.

A handmade quilt donated by Barbara Gifford (recently deceased and member of the planning committee) was won by Harrison Wilde and the handmade black walnut bowl and basket of snacks donated by Ron Scott was won by Wayne Kellogg.

A picnic, served by the Martville Methodist Church, followed the service.

 

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