Saint Mark United Methodist Church celebrated fifty years of grace on Sunday, September 25, 2011, the anniversary of their charter date. More than 600 people gathered for worship and a celebration luncheon. Morning worship involved two previous pastors, Rev. Jeff Havens and Rev. Belon Friday, as preaching guests. Involved in the service were youth, adult, and children’s choirs, “The Hillside” praise band, and handbells. Charter members and previous pastors were recognized and honored. A choral piece written by a church member and a hymn text written by the pastor for this occasion were sung. The new history hall was unveiled.
Pastor Steve West says, “A milestone was once commonly seen on the road, a large rock erected alongside the path. Its purpose has since been replaced by the little green signs on the highway. The milestone told you how far you were from where you had been, and how far you were from where you were going. This occasion was truly a milestone for Saint Mark. As we look back on fifty years and see how far we’ve been, we are also very excited about stepping into the next fifty years.”
Saint Mark’s anniversary was featured in the Birmingham News in a recent article by William Singleton. Click here to read it.