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Title: Pence United Methodist Church Centennial Celebration
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Cover: Pence United Methodist Church
Centennial Celebration
1871-1971
November 7, 1971
Pence, Indiana

Page 1: PASTOR'S PAGE

Dear Friends,
How wonderful to be celebrating our centennial year.
One hundred years of serving Christ and the community together.

And yet we must recognize that the one hundred years of our existence is only about one-twentieth of the life of Christ's Church. Think of the impression that this one individual has made upon this world of ours. With His birth, the ages of time were split - B.C. and A.D. With His ministry came the good news for all mankind. With His death came the supreme sacrifice for all time.
And in His resurrection came our hope of eternal life. All are indications of our Father's love for us.

So as we celebrate, let us remember that we are the hands and feet of Christ, working under His direction. It is good to reflect upon our past; but our work is for today and the future.

So let us again this day rededicate ourselves to the tasks of Christ. For the one hundred years in the History of the Pence United Methodist Church belongs to us the generations to come - not the past ages. Let us work hard for Christ!

Your, Pastor,
Charles Anderson

Page 2: BOARD CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE

Dear Friends,
It is my pleasure on behalf of the entire congregation of the Pence United Methodist Church to welcome each of you to our services today.

We sincerely appreciate your interest and support not only in this day, but in all of the work and events of our church.

Thank you for sharing this day with us.

Bert Mathews,
Board Chairman
Pence United Methodist Church

SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

It is with pleasure that I extend to you on behalf of myself and the Lafayette District of the United Methodist Church best wishes of the day.

May you with pride, review the fruits of your labors of past years; and may God grant you His blessings that your next one hundred years be even more prosperous.

Yours in Christ,
W. M. Littrell, Superintendent
Lafayette District
North Indiana Conference
United Methodist Church

Page 3: The United Methodist Church
Indiana Area
1100 West 42nd Street Box 88188
Indianapolis 46208
Bishop Reuben H. Mueller
Phone 317-924-1321

October 15, 1971

Rev. Charles Anderson
Pence United Methodist Church
Box 84
Montmorenci, Indiana 47962

Dear Brother Armstrong:

Congratulations are centainly in order for the congregation of Pence United Methodist Church at having reached it's 100th milestone. I am sure that your celebration on November 7 will be very noteworthy. The accomplishments of ministry over a period of 100 years have undoubtedly reached the ends of the earth for even a small group of people contribute an important leaven to the whole lump.

Now as you reflect upon the past, it is my fervent prayer that you look forward to the future with clear eyes and expanding vision. May God grant you increasing strength and faithfulness for the ever important task of serving His Son.

Most cordially yours,
Reuben H. Mueller, Bishop
RHM:JP

Page 4: HISTORY OF PENCE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Jordan Methodist Episcopal Church, or as it was sometimes called, Jordan Chapel, was organized, and a frame building erected on the sight of the present Pence United Methodist Church in the year of 1871, under the direction of Rev. Colbreth Hall, popularly known in the community as "Coley" Hall. He also served the charge at the Marshfield and Walnut Corner, and made many trips by horse-back. The building was dedicated in 1871, by Rev. John Lewis Smith, the presiding Elder at Crawfordsville. The people worshiped there until 1914. It became evident that the church needed a more commodious building to meet the growing demand and after much thought and consel it was decided to rebuild.

Early in the summer of 1914 a subscription was started by Rev. Geo. A. Kenyou, which was carried forward and in the fall the trustees decided to begin construction of the new building and the contract was let to Brown Brothers of Bismarck, Illinois.

The present building was didicated Sunday, July 11, 1915, before a large number of people. The new edifice was packed to everflowing at every meeting during the day and at the noon hour more than one hundred people were fed in the basement of the church.

The new church, which cost in the neighborhood of $8,000 was dedicated entirely free from debt, more that $3,000 of this amount being pledged at the dedication services. There was enough money left on hand to lay concret walks about the church, the parsonage and this work was done in the near future.

Snyder's orchestra, of Danville, Illinois, was present and rendered some fine music during the day which included a sacred concert.

The services began with Sunday School at 10 o'clock conducted by John W. Wyatt, the superintendent. The regular church service was started at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. U. G. Leazenby, D.D. He preached a strong sermon that was very much enjoyed by the congregation. There was special music by the choir and by Snyder's orchestra. The dedication service followed the sermon and at the noon hour the dinner was served.

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The afternoon program started with a song service. There were short talks by visiting pastors and others and a sermon by Rev. McKinzie of Attica. The evening consisted of a sacred concert by the orchestra, a song service, and a fine sermon in keeping with the day.

The people of Pence and the surrounding community felt that they had accomplished a great deal in the building of this church, which was considered one of the best in the entire country. The officers and trustees had worked hard to accomplish the prupose they had in view of the start and their efforts were crowned with success. The officers of the church were: George A. Kenyon, pastor; John W. Wyatt, superintencent of the Sunday School; Mrs. J.D. Martin, president of the Ladies' Aid Society.

The trusteees were among the best men of the community and were as follows: Abner Goodwine, Joseph Winegardner, James D. Martin, Martin F. Briggs, Goerge R. Keister, Fred R. Bell, and Charles Renville. The building and finance committee was the board of trustees. The stewards were George Holt, James D. Martin, and Mrs. Floyd Martin. The ushers were Lester Campbell, Harley James, Harley Briggs, Floyd Martin and Joe Trickey.

Page 6: MORNING WORSHIP 10:30 am
PENCE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
November 7, 1971
Centennial Sunday
Charles B. Anderson, Pastor
Rev. W. M. Littrell, Guest Minister

CALL TO WORHIP:
INVOCATION:
HYMN:..........72 THIS IS MY FATHER'S WORLD
PSALTER:.......642-1
SILENT MEDITATION:
PASTORAL PRAYER:
LORD'S PRAYER:
SCRIPTURE:
PRESENTATION OF THE GIFTS:
DOXOLOGY:
ANTHEMN:..........THE BELIEVERS
LIFE IN THE PARISH:
HYMN:..........381 A CHURCH'S ONE FOUNDATION
MESSAGE:..........REV. W. M. LITTRELL
HYMN:..........278 LEAD ON, O KING ETERNAL
WORDS TO LIVE BY:..........REV. ANDERSON
MEDITATION OF MUSIC:
BENEDICTION:
SONG OF BENEDICTION:

Page 7: THE AFTERNOON PROGRAM
2:00 P.M.

WELCOME:..........BERT MATHEWS
INTRODUCTION OF SPECIAL GUESTS:..........REV. ANDERSON
THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC:..........THE BELIEVERS
THE GUEST SPEAKER:..........DR. ALBERT STEWART
CORRESPONDENCE AND LETTERS:..........JANET REYNOLDS
THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC:..........THE BELIEVERS
CLOSING REMARKS:..........REV. ANDERSON
BENEDICTION:..........REV. ANDERSON

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photograph of Dr. Albert P. Stewart with caption
"There is no fun without music and no music without fun."

Our speaker for the afternoon, Dr. Albert P. Stewart, director of the world famous Varsity Glee Club of Purdue University, is one of the nation's ourstanding leaders in choral music. A brilliant director with an inspirational touch that brings out the best in any vocal group, he also has a pleasing personality and a ready wit, which make him an audience favorite on any occasion.

A native of Lafayette and the son of Rev. Olin S. Stewart, a Methodist Minister (his father was the Minster of the Pence Methodist Church from 1907 to 1909), Dr. Stewart attended high school in West Lafayette. He later attended DePauw University, Purdue university, and the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Vocal music very early became his major interest.

In 1933, Mr. Stewart was named as director of the Purdue Glee Club by Dr. Edward C. Elliott, the President of the University. Since, Dr. Stewart has been the director of the Purdue Musical Organizations - a highly unique department since the University has no School of Music nor any music curriculum carrying academic credit.

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Development of the Purdue Musical Organizations to the status it holds today is one of the strongest testimonials to Dr. Stewart's leadership ability and to his slogan, "no fun without music and no music without fun."

Dr. Stewart does not mean by this philosophy that musical programs must be "funny" - a quality many seem to think necessary for any entertainment, but he does mean that music on any occasion can be fun, and not work, under proper handling; and the best music can be produced only when those participating really enjoy producing it.

To list all the honors which have been conferred upon Dr. Stewart would almost be impossible for the list is great. Each is a tribute to his capabilities, direction and inspiration.

Dr. Stewart is married to the former Miss Charlotte Friend, a highly talented soprano soloist. The Stewart's are the parents of two children and six grandchildren.

We welcome Dr. Stewart as our Centennial Celebration Speaker.

page 10: PENCE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH MINISTERS

1869.....John L. Smith
1870.....Thomas Bartlett
1981.....Colbreth Hall, W.C. Lambert
1872.....Joseph Foxworthy
1873.....Martin L. Green
1874.....W.H. Green
1875.....Sylvester Barcus
1876-78..Allen Lewis
1879.....Thomas Mason
1880.....Dr. Wesley Prettyman
1881-81..John B. DeMotte
1883-84..Martin L. Green
1885.....Martin L. Green, Thomas C. Davis
1886.....Henry Vencill
1887.....Frank W. Gee
1888-89..John C. Kemp
1890-92..Caleb Mock
1893-95..Charles Jakes
1896-97..John P. Shagley
1898-99..Edward M. Dunkelbarger
1900.....Russell D. Utter
1901-02..John W. Ranier
1903.....Rollor Fisher
1904-05..R.C. Welch
1906.....Roy J. Hicks
1907-09..Olin S. Stewart
1910.....Winifred S. Simonsoin
1911.....P.T. Shields
1912.....J.A. Kootz
1913-15..George A. Kenyon
1916-17..A.B. Simpson
1918-19..Verne E. Fruits
1920-22..V.V. Hackley
1923.....R.E. Emery
1924.....John Walton
1925-26..L.E. Watson
1927-29..Lowell Morris
1930.....Verne E. Fruits
1931-32..O.L. Chivington
1933-34..Roy J. Hicks
1935.....O.R. Sides
1936.....John Kirkpatraick (E. I. Odle appointed but did not serve)
1937.....James Burroughs
1938.....E.T. Miles, H. D. Norhstine
1939.....H.C. Nothstine
1940.....M.W. Crider, Orville Haley
1941.....Orville Haley, H.P. Barnes
1942.....M R. Burgette
1943-44..R.C. Rayle
1945-65..Everette White
1966.....Howard Allen
1967-68..Charles V. Alexander
1969.....Charles B. Anderson

page 11: OFFICERS

Board Chariman...........Bert Matthews
Secretary................Janet Reynolds
Treasurer................Frances Dunavan
Financial Secretary......Jane Ellen Foxworthy
Membershop Secretary.....Janet Reynolds
Church Lay Leader........Walter Reynolds
WSCS President...........Dorothy Bray

TRUSTEES

Claude Nolin
Mrs. Claude Hamilton
Everett Foxowrhty
Bert Matthews
Leslie Worley
Bob Zenor
Mrs. Lewis Lohmeyer

CHARIMAN

Children and Youth..........Jane Ellen Foxworthy
Adults......................Olive Renville
Family......................Virginia Nolin
Education...................Claude Nolin
Missions....................Ethel Worley
Evangelism..................Gertrude Hamilton
Social Concerns.............Frances Lohmeyer
Stewartship.................Bert Matthews
Worship.....................Sandra Miller
Ecumen, Affairs.............Frances Dunavan
Health/Welfare..............Esther Foxworthy
Higher Educatioin...........Esther Foxworthy
Organist....................Gladys Nolin
Pianist.....................Sandra Miller
Sunday School Treasurer.....Gertrude Hamilton
Youth Member of the Board...Cathy Nolin
Communion Steward...........Ethel Worley

Charles B. Anderson, Pastor


page 12: W.S.C.S OFFICERS AND MEMBERS

President...........................Dorthy Bray
Vice President......................Esther Foxworthy
Secretary...........................Mary Sloan
Treasurer...........................Gladys Nolin
Christian Social Relations and Church Activities... .....Frances Lohmeyer
Missionary Education................Ethel Worley
Spiritual Growth....................Virginia Nolin
Program and membershop Material.....Trudy Hamilton
Nominating Chairman.................Maxine Bryant
Nominating Committee................Marge Snively
Noninating Committee................Geneva Mathews
Flossie Briggs
Ethel Galloway
Dorotha Miller
Shirly Zenor
Frances Dunavan
Minnie Ford
Olive Renville
Mabel Foxworthy
Mae Martin
Janet Reynolds
Goldie Turnpaugh
Elaine Gildersleeve
Ollie Robers
Mertie Hevel
Vivian Baird
Stella Miller
Lena Vestal

SUNDAY SCHOOL OFFICERS

Supintentent.......Claude Nolin
Secretary..........John Foxworthy
Asst. Secretary....Greg Miller
Treasurer..........Trudy Hamilton
Pianist............Sandra Miller
Organist...........Gladys Nolin

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS

Nursery...........Cathy Nolin and Jo Ellen Reynolds
Primary...........Jane Ellen Foxwrothy
Juniors...........Sandra Miller
Ladies Classes....Frances Lohmeyer and Virginia Nolin
Men's Classes.....Kenneth Miller


page 13: PENCE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

John Baird
Vivian Baird
Terry Baird
David Baird
Mrs. Roy Bessee
Dorothy Bray
Harley Briggs
Flossie Briggs
Quentin Bryant
Maxine Bryant
Greg Bryant
Marcia Bryant
Frances Dunavan
Gary Dunavan
Larry Dunavan
Sharon Dunavan Cramer
David Eaton
Richard Eaton
Minnie FOrd
Jane Ellen Foxworthy
Everett Foxworthy
Mable Foxwrothy
Ethel Galloway
Gertrude Hamilton
Susie Hoskins
Frank Hoskins
Hazel Hoskins
Frances Lohmeyer
Mae Martin
Robert Martin
Bert Matthews
Geneva Matthews
Larry Matthews
Earl McLaughlin
Kenneth J. Miller
Dorothea Miller
Kenneth Miller II
Bertie Jane Miller Buchannan
Ura Leslie Miller
Sandra Miller
Calude Nolin
Gladys Nolin
Arthur Nolin
Virginia Nolin
Elaine Nolin Gildersleeve
Marsha Reeder
Claude Reeder
Ilo Mae Reeder
Olive Renville
Janet Reynolds
Archie Ridgeway
Maude Ridgeway
Ollie Roberts
Calmon Sloan
Mary Slaon
Robert Snively
Margery Sniveluy
George Steinbaugh
Vivian Steinbaugh
Goldie Turnpaugh
Lean Amick Vestel
Kenneth Watson
Nelda Watson
Leslie Worley
Ethel Worley
Glady York
Robert Zenor
Shirley Zenor
Alice Foxworthy
John Foxworthy
Karen Foxworthy
Nancy Foxworthy
Jo Ellen Reynolds
Leann Reynolds
Cathy Nolin
Greg Miller
Linda Dunavan
Johnny Bray
Mike Bray

Preparatory Members:

Gary Reeder
Rodney Miller
Denny Miller
Randy Miller
Angela Miller
Timmy Cramer
Scott Gonzelages
Brandon Cripe
Yvonne Rice
Leslie Kay Miller
Tracia Lynn McCormick

Date: 11/7/1971
Origin: Unknown
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Record ID: 00002142
Type: Book
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Pence
Entered By: Margaret J. Fink

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