Midway Christian marked a milestone in 2019: our 175th Anniversary! Midway Christian Church was chartered on July 20, 1844, and on Sunday, July 7, we marked this occasion with a special day-long celebration for our members as well as former members, ministers, and friends of Midway Christian.
The day began with a special Sunday School lesson as church Historian John Batts led a brief Midway Christian history presentation followed by a few of our current members sharing stories about recent history Midway Christian Church history.
The morning worship service began with a video greeting from Rev. Terry Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Linda Jones, CCK Associate Regional Minister, was in attendance and brought greetings from the region. And, our beautiful anniversary banner (below), created and assembled by Melinda Whitehead with the help of Mary Sayre, Carole Munson, and Helen Agee, was presented.
The choir performed "We Answer to the Call", an anthem commissioned by Midway Christian Church for this occasion and written Dr. Johnie Dean (Assistant Conductor of the Lexington Singers). A Fun Activity Sheets packet was made available for youth (of any age!). And a keepsake Christmas ornament, featuring the angel from one of our beautiful stained glass windows, was presented to all.
View the Sunday bulletin of this service.
Immediately after worship, we gathered outside for a group photo and a picnic on the grounds with food trucks from Red State BBQ and Spotz Gelato providing the meal, drinks, and dessert. Musical entertainment was provided by The Highs & The Lows. The Hall of History was open with a "Midway Christian Church Through the Years" month-long display of old photos, cookbooks, church directories, and other mementoes.
Also on July 7, we kicked off the "Infinite Hands in Service & Love" capital campaign with a goal to collect $175,000 over three years. These funds will be used for two purposes: toward completing capital projects on our "Wish List", and to invest in the Endowment Fund.
Anniversary Monthly Mission Projects
January: Collect 175 hats and mittens for the Hope Center in Lexington.
February: Perform 175 Acts of Kindness and record them on paper hearts to be displayed in the sanctuary.
March: Collect 175 canned goods for Hope Ministries Food Pantry.
April: Collectively purchase 175 trees, or shares of trees, for Heifer International. ($60 per tree or $10 per share.)
May: 175 Things to be Done at Church. Throughout the month, we will work together to check items off this list!
June: 175 Volunteer Hours. Log your volunteer hours, whatever they may be, and turn in to Heather.
July: Collect 175 pounds of bottle caps toward another bench for Northside Elementary.
August: Collect 175 school supplies for Northside Elementary School.
September: Collect 175 items for Military Care Packages.
October: Collect 175 items for the Backpack Project.
November: Collect 175 pairs of cozy socks for The Homeplace.
December: Collect items to assemble 175 Blessing Bags for the homeless.
A Moment in History
This series of articles, excerpts from If These Walls Could Talk: A History of The Midway Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) by Margaret Ware Parrish, July 1998; The Bluegrass Clipper; and other sources, appeared in the church bulletin each Sunday, in the weeks leading up to the Anniversary Celebration, as a way to share and recall our history.
Read the compiled A Moment in History.
Hall of History
The Hall of History's "Midway Christian Church Through the Years" collection of old photos, cookbooks, church directories, Board Meeting Minutes, and other mementoes were on display for the month of July.
Purchase a Piece of MCC History
This beautiful anniversary Christmas ornament was given to all as a keepsake of this special occasion.
See Joni or Heather.
Midway Christian Day at Cane Ridge
On Saturday, September 28, a group of 13 from Midway Christian Church gathered at the Cane Ridge Meeting House, the birthplace of the Disciples of Christ. Cane Ridge Curator, James Trader, presented a history of the 1791 building as well as review of the Campbell-Stone Movement from which the Disciples of Christ was created. Former minister, Rev. Bill McDonald, spoke about our history and connection with Cane Ridge.
Afterwards, the group explored the 1791 log Meeting House, grounds, cemetery, and museum. We then shared a picnic lunch on the grounds.
Oyster Stew and Chicken Salad Lunch
Following the worship service on October 27, we held the first Infinite Hands in Service capital campaign fundraiser. As a nod to the original Midway Christian Church Thanksgiving Market, which dates back to 1897, an Oyster Stew and Chicken Salad lunch was served with a goal to raise $1,000 in donations. To help in this effort, carry-outs were available for $15 and a silent auction of homemade pies was held. Over $3,000 was raised!
The menu, planned by our own Chef Ouita and prepared by her Holly Hill Inn staff, included:
• Oyster Stew
Lexington Cemetery History Walk
On Saturday, November 2, church Historian John Batts led a History Walk through Lexington Cemetery. It was a beautiful, although brisk, day to explore the grounds, and to learn about and visit the gravesites of several Disciples of Christ founders and former ministers. Lexington Cemetery is the final resting place of L. L. Pinkerton, Richard Ricketts, John S. Shouse, and Mark Collis as well as members of several Midway Christian Church families.