Town praises church's 100th

By Mo Moore

There's nothing like turning a hundred years old and for the First Presbyterian Church of Lemon Cove there's a 100 years of ministry to be thankful for. The church will host their Centennial Celebration starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29.

&#8220The timing of our Centennial Celebration is perfect,” says Co-Pastor, Rev. Dan Schwan. &#8220We're celebrating renewed life and activity in the church. God's spirit is moving here and we're excited to see what God will do next.”

The First Presbyterian Church of Lemon Cove features youth programs such as Club J.E.L.L.Y (Jesus Everyday Living Loving You) Monday afternoons for fourth through six graders. For grades 7-12 students have the J.A.M. (Jesus and Me) Youth Ministry program. Eight students from J.A.M. joined 25,000 other youth in March at the Battle Cry Conference in San Francisco. And starting in May, church members will be inviting the community once a month to &#8220Family Movie Night.”

&#8220There's not a lot for families to do in Lemon Cove, so we want to offer great entertainment for the whole family,” said church elder Marie Munger.

The First Presbyterian Church of Lemon Cove was first organized on April 7, 1907 as a sister church to the Woodlake Presbyterian Church founded in 1866. Founding families of the church included Jonathan and Della Pogue, Nora Pogue Montgomery, Thomas and Mattie Pogue, James Aubrey Moffett and William Moffett.

Rev. Edward Piepenburg of Exeter served as the first pastor while serving at the Exeter and Woodlake Presbyterian churches as well. A cabinetmaker by trade, Piepenburg crafted the original communion table, pulpit, pews and chairs himself. The church moved to its current location at Sierra Drive and Avenue 300 in 1965 after the original building burned down on the corner of Sierra Drive (Highway 198).

Current Co-Pastors Dan and Kathy Schwan will join several of the previous pastors for the Centennial Celebration. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. with a special Sunday worship service at the church, followed by a Garden Party at the Pastor's residence from 1-3 p.m., featuring deep pit barbecue.

With innovative worship times, bi-weekly food distributions and exciting youth and children ministry programs the First Presbyterian Church of Lemon Cove is striving to reach out to the community.

&#8220We look forward to celebrating what God has done on our community over the past century, as well as celebrating what God will do in the next 100 years,” Kathy Schwan said. &#8220So please join us!”

The First Presbyterian Church of Lemon Cove is located on Sierra Drive and Avenue 300 in Lemon Cove. For more information call 597-2249.

Start typing and press Enter to search