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100 Year Celebration at Waverly!!

The slides above are activities from our celebration.

The First United Methodist Church in Waverly celebrated 100 years of worshiping God in the same building on November 26, 2017.  It was a nice sunny day with temperatures in the mid-50s. People started gathering early for a full morning of activities. Several joined Pastor Mark Milhouse for a symbolic walk from the Catholic Church which originally housed the Methodist congregation in the mid-1800s.

During the Sunday School hour, the children entertained us with readings about the history of our building and with songs. A group picture was taken on the front steps of the beautiful building and then the LaMoine River District Superintendent, Rev. Nic Showalter and Pastor Mark Milhouse arrived in a horse drawn buggy provided by Bill and Celia Edwards.  Several others enjoyed buggy rides throughout the morning as well.

The Church service was well attended by 82 individuals as Reverend Showalter delivered the sermon and presided over communion. We enjoyed several traditional hymns accompanied by Terri Benz on the organ.

Our celebration continued following the worship service with a basket dinner and more reminiscing. It was a great day celebrating this milestone for our Church and the community of Waverly.

Among those attending the worship service of our 100th Anniversary of the Church Building are Maurice Stewart (age 92 standing in rear center pew) and Don Rakes (age 90, tan jacket seated in center pew in front of Maurice) both attending in this church building all of their lives.

Rev. Nic Showalter, LaMoine River District Superintendent, brought the worship message “Where You Stand” and presided over Communion. Cedric Milhouse was our song leader & soloist; and Rev. Mark Milhouse, our pastor served as Liturgist and assisted with Communion.  Rev. Alan Newhall told some stories of his time as pastor of Waverly First UMC.

Do One Thing!

 Do 1 Thing is intended to overcome barriers to emergency preparedness, but it is also intended to facilitate better crisis decision-making during an emergency event. It is more than an emergency awareness program; it is a program that improves disaster outcomes through action.

The goal of Do 1 Thing is that everyone has access to information about risk and vulnerability, allowing them to make informed decisions; and access to resources that can help them become better disaster decision-makers.

Starting January 2018 Waverly First United Methodist Church will participate in the Do 1 Thing twelve month preparedness program that focuses on a different area of emergency preparedness each month, and provides a range of preparedness options for each topic. Every month has a low or no-cost option to become better prepared. We will have a choice of three things we can do, then we choose one. You can jump in at any time, but the program will work better if we are all participating together as a congregation.

Stay tuned for more information about these activities that will help us as individuals and families, as well as our congregation and the Waverly community.

“12 months, 12 things – Small Steps Toward Being Prepared for an Emergency”




All are Welcome in the name of Christ!