This article was written by Kathy Black, member of Tennerton UMC and previous published in various local newspapers.
On Sunday, August 20, 2023, motorists driving by would notice that something special was happening at Tennerton United Methodist Church. Balloons were alongside the sidewalk leading to a large banner on the top step declaring 100 years. Tennerton United Methodist Church was celebrating 100 years of service to the community with at least ninety-six people present during the day. Friends, families and former pastors came to help celebrate.
Pastor Dwayne Brown opened with a welcome to all in attendance as well as those participating at home. Church history was read by Candy George. Pastor Brown was also joined in this service by Tennerton UMC Lay Leader, Joe McDaniels and Greenbrier Wesleyan District Superintendent, Rev. Rick Swearengin. Previous pastors and spouses were recognized and acknowledged. A memorial service for those who have gone on to glory was conducted by Rev. Swearengin. A special service of baptism and confirmation was held with Mary Alma Ann Carson being baptized and joining the Church at this time. Also, Bishop Steiner Ball performed the baptismal service for Mary Alma Ann Carson’s infant daughter, Josephine. A wonderful sermon, “Valuable,” was given by the Bishop.
Each family in attendance received a booklet of pictures, history, remembrances, and memorials to those who made this Church their home in the last one hundred years. A bookmark with the past history and present information was also given.
A covered dish luncheon was enjoyed by those in attendance with a huge amount of food. Topping the meal was three white cakes with filling each containing our 100-year status. Tables were beautifully decorated with white and gold cloths on which a vase of red carnations was arranged on a red table runner.
Following lunch, Soldiers of the Cross ministered to the crowd with their blue grass gospel. Rev. Dwayne Lowther blessed us with his photography skills during this event. Our prayer is this Church will be a valuable asset to this community for another one hundred years and beyond.