Bethel Mennonite Church, 416 Washington Ave., West Liberty, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Founded in 1890, the church’s first structure was built in 1895. That building burned to the ground following a lightning strike in 1923 and Bethel rebuilt.
The congregation has been sharing historical facts and photos each Sunday this year. Anniversary activities culminate Oct. 23-25.
The church completed a wood-fired pizza oven this summer and has been serving pizzas to the congregation, Adriel School children and the community. On Friday, Oct. 23, all are welcome after the West Liberty-Salem football game for free pizza. Donations are accepted, but not mandatory.
Bring the word II on Saturday, Oct. 24, is a unique service. Three pastors will pull (unknown to them) Bible verses from a hat and give a five-minute sermon on the verse with no prior preparation. This was a big success earlier in the year.
Several former pastors have returned to the pulpit in this year-long celebration, and Duane Beck, a former Bethel pastor, will give the message on Sunday morning, Oct. 25, in a heated tent.
Quasquicentennial Weekend Schedule
Friday, Oct. 23
– 9:30 p.m. 5th Quarter Pizza Night after the home football game with pizza from wood-fired oven.
Saturday, Oct. 24
– 4-6 p.m. Yard games
– 5-7 p.m. Wood-fired Pizza Dinner
– 7 p.m. Bring the Word II with Pastors Dave Maurer, Rick Stoner and Preston Yoder speaking and Byron Kauffman leading hymns
Sunday, Oct. 25
– 10 a.m. Worship Service – Pastor Duane Beck speaking
– Noon Pulled Pork Lunch (from the wood-fired oven). Bring sides to share
– 1 p.m. Talent Show & Bethel Historical Jeopardy
– 7 p.m. Joseph Helfrich Concert
Submitted by Bethel Mennonite Church.