|Methodists celebrate 125 years as Grant congregation|
Clergy who have served the church, along with their spouses, gather by one of the church’s banners. (Front, l-r): Rev. Harold Backus of Grand Island, who delivered the morning’s message; Rev. Rich Savage who is currently serving the church; Pastor Julian Miguel. Back: Mrs. Sue Backus, Pastor Sally Ruggia-Haden who formerly served the congregation, Rev. Joy Savage who is assigned to the the Big Springs United Methodist Church, and Mrs. Venus Miguel. (Photos by Jan Rahn)
Only one 85-year member, Evelyn Mayer, was on the church’s roll.
Recognition went to (l-r): Toby Hansen, Lois Jennings and Dorothy McArtor for 75-year membership.
Members receiving certificates for 70-year membership as Methodists include (Front): Katheryn Brown. Middle (l-r): Bernie Kuskie, Ruby Porter, Turzah Michael, Gladys Tharp, Joyce Long. Back: Dolores Sexson, Ruth Ochsner, Ina Thompson, Ann Rau, Norma Kroeker.
Recognized for 60-year membership were (Front, l-r): Jim Salsman, Daryl Snyder, Pat Wilson, Pearl Kuskie. Back: Lasca Dudden, Clem Hansen, Lois Jones, Ron Patrick and Ellen Gillett.
Those receiving 50-year pins were (Front, l-r): Twilla Gartner, Jean Cochran, Marvin Stumpf, Marilyn Holscher, Judy Tickle, Genevieve Bullock. Middle: Charlottie Wallin, Gary Talich, Wendell Shalla, Gloria Patrick, Karen Thurin, Rex Wilson. Back: Larry Pritchett, Darlene Kuskie, Diana Pankonin.
Sixty-five year honorees included (l-r): Virginia Ford, Joyce Salsman and Katy Carlson.
A light-hearted skit on “Generations” was performed in the afternoon prior to the serving of ice cream and cookies which ended a full day of celebration. Performers included (l-r): Rachel Patrick as Baby Boomer, Jody Snogren in the role of Traditionalist, Marlene Pritchett as a Millennium youth, Jonie Johnson playing the part of Generation X and Kathy Woodmancy as Rev. Rich.