Founded in 1869, Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian church in Easton, Missouri, is celebrating 150 years as a congregation this year.
Longtime congregation member Viola Schafer has been a member since she was 10 years old and said the congregation has brought her happiness and life lessons.
“The church has brought me a lot of joy because a lot of things have happened here. There were programs for church members to be involved in and that kind of helped me in later life,” she said. “We used to have Sunday school in every room in the church, but now all the extra rooms are kind of stored with memories.”
Charlene Keck, who has been a member of the church for 20 years, said she loves the people at Harmony Cumberland.
“My favorite thing is here is the friendliness of the people. You just always feel welcome here. Nobody seems to judge you or look at you differently and it’s a very comfortable, loving place,” Keck said.
Joan Lang also has been at Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian since she was 10 and reflected on raising her family in the church.
“I raised three children in this church and they are moved from this area so they no longer come with us, but when they do come to St. Joe they come to church with us,” she said.
The Rev. Marion ‘Buck’ Cannon said he is optimistic to see how the church develops in the next 10 years.
“I hope to see people come to the church and meet Jesus Christ to change lives,” Cannon said.
Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian Church will be hosting a 150th anniversary celebration Sunday, Aug. 11. The day will start at 10:30 a.m. with a worship service, there will be a fellowship dinner at 12:15 p.m. and entertainment will begin at 2 p.m.
Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian Church is located at 47 S.E. State Route Z, in Easton.