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A summary of our 50th celebration in 2004:

There was a Guest reception in the Wesley Church Parlor on 3 April 2004. The Reception was provided especially for those who could not attend on Sunday, as well as for those who wanted additional time to visit informally with our special guests.

4 April 2004

We Especially Welcomed Our Honored Guests:
The Reverend George & Mrs. Lucille Henley, our founding pastor, 1954
The Reverend Wrightson and Mrs. Betty Tongue, our pastor, 1971-1982
Mrs. Lois Bayne, our Music Director, 1968 -2002
Mrs. Marjorie Doeppner, our founding Preschool Director, 1967
Mrs. Gloria and Mr. Robert Thompson, Christial Educator, 1968-1974
Members for Fifty Years: Irene Bowman, Ehael Lam, & George Talbot

We Gave Thanks For Our Guest Worship Leaders

Guest Speaker, Mr. Grayson Koogle is a charter member and the son of our founders: George and Lucille Koogle. We welcomed Grayson and his wife, Valerie and their family.
Trumpeter, Mr. Scott Gearhart is a resident of our neighborhood and plays professionally. We welcomed Scott and his wife, Vicki.

This was the apex of our 50th anniversary celebration. On Sunday, April 4th, we worshiped together at 10 a.m. The Reverend George Henley, who led the church’s first worship service, was here to welcome us and lead us in the opening prayer. Mr. Grayson Koogle, who is a child of Wesley and whose parents stored the portable altar in their basement, gave the message of faith: “Question: Would You Buy A Brick Today?” Pastor Teresa led the service and gave the children’s message: “Once Upon A Time.” The Reverend Wrightson Tongue and his wife, Betty, who pastored the church during the 1970’s was with us as our special guests.
Other special guests include our Alexandria District Superintendent, the Reverend Alan Reifsnyder and his wife, Libby.
The service included glorious music sung and rung by all of our choirs. Mrs. Lois Bayne returned to be the Guest Director of the Handbell Choir as they ring, “Glorious Things.” We were honored that Mrs. Bayne also directed the Chancel Choir and all present Choir alumni as they sang, “Look For Me Around the Throne.” Our Music Director, Jane Colgrove directed the Chancel Choir as they sang, “In the Shadow of the Palms” and she provided musical selections throughout the service. Mr. Scott Gearhart accompanied the hymns and the Handbell Choir anthem with trumpet. Rhonda Reeves lead our Children’s Choir as they sang.
A Commitment Tree was planted at the conclusion of the service. This gave everyone the opportunity to make a spiritual commitment and place it around the roots of the tree as a sign of our faith and our determination to go forward in the name of Christ in the years to come. A group photo was taken on the front steps of the church, following the blessing.
A beautiful and delicious catered lunch was served at noon in the Fellowship Hall. Richard Inlow provided a glimpse of the last 50 years via a power point presentation during the dinner. A display illustrated the history of this land throughout the 1700’s and on into Wesley’s founding in 1954.

A big thank you goes to all who made this celebration possible.

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50th Anniversary Group Pictures

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Wesley's March 3rd 1957 Bulletin