Decatur Sharon UMC celebrates Heritage Sunday, honors 50-year members

11/1/2016


Row 1 (L to R):  Francis (Bud) Wilson, Linda Wilson, Michael Albert, Janice Gulick, Beverly Carmean
Row 2 (L to R):  Patricia Bales, Alan Bales, Pastor Pablo Marty, Stanley Lehn, Jean Lehn, Herbert Gulick
 
Photo courtesy of Jarred Leeper

By Jarred Leeper
Decatur Sharon UMC

DECATUR -- Sharon UMC recognized 50-year members of its congregation in a special Heritage Sunday worship service Oct. 30.
 
The following individuals were recognized:  Michael Albert, Alan Bales, Patricia Bales, Reba Brown, Dan Brummerstedt, Marcella Brummerstedt, Edith Bunning, Sandra Caldwell, Beverly Carmean, Patricia Dunn, Herbert Gulick, Janice Gulick, Jean Lehn, Stanley Lehn, Francis (Bud) Wilson, and Linda Wilson.
 
Pastor Pablo Marty gave each of the recipients a certificate, a cross and flame pin, and a bookmark and thanked them for their years of dedication and service to the church. 
 
“I started attending Sharon Methodist Church in 1960.  The last 56 years have seen many changes, said Jean Lehn. “Over the years, our focus has expanded.  We are not just a place to worship.  We serve our community through Vacation Bible School, blood drives, Fishes and Loaves, Operation Christmas Child, Bible studies, backpacks for students, Boy Scouts, and a 4-H club.  We reach out to the needs of others.
 
“No matter how the face of Methodism or Sharon Church changes, we are children of God, we are family, and we are home,” said Lehn.
 
Rev. Thomas Logsdon, IGRC Director of Connectional Ministries, was the featured speaker for the service.  The congregation was also treated to solos by Pastor Pablo Marty and Jim Stewart, a member of Elwin UMC.  The Rainbow Bell Choir and Praise Team performed as well.  A potluck luncheon followed the service.