First United Methodist Church in Alpena had a busy day. The church celebrated their 150th anniversary. First United Methodist Church had a major milestone this afternoon with their ribbon cutting ceremony. There were a lot of emotions, but happy emotions Monday as the church that’s standing over 100 years old celebrated their 150th anniversary.
First United Methodist Church in Alpena held a ribbon ceremony to honor their historic moment. Pastor Sue Platt said she is proud to witness her first anniversary with the church.
“I have not been apart of anything like this before. To be 150 years, and to be the pastor in that moment, it’s exciting and it is emotional. I didn’t cry, but my heart is rejoicing inside that we can be here and be who god wants us to be,” Platt said.
Not only was the anniversary a history fact Monday, but also some of the members. Betty McDonald revealed that she was married and baptized at the old church location when it was on Chisholm Street. McDonald has been a member of First United Methodist Church for over 75 years.
“I was baptized at the old church and I singed on the choir there and I was in the youth fellowship there and my husband and I got married at that church,” McDonald said.
The Alpena Chamber of Commerce was also present during Monday’s event and said it was wonderful to see a major event in the community.
“As Chamber Ambassadors we really love to go out in the community and show support for organizations like this who’s been in place for over 150 years. That’s amazing, it’s a great celebration and it’s something they should really be proud of. So as a Chamber Ambassadors we wanted to come and be apart of that celebration with them and to honor that great achievement of the church,” Amanda Pilarski said.
Pastor Platt said she wants the community to know that the church that was founded on April 17th 1867 is there when anyone needs a helping hand.
“We want the community to know we’re here for you. We just thank you for today and the chamber for today that we can come and get this opportunity to share our church with this community,” Pastor Platt added.
To celebrate their 150th anniversary the church has planned a number of events.