Sumner United Methodist Church has been an involved force in the community since 1888. This year marks its 125th anniversary, and the church will hold celebrations on Sunday
The day will kick off at 10 a.m. with a worship service led by the Rev. Alvin Aosved, a retired pastor who also preached at the 100th anniversary. The church plans for a 4 p.m. concert featuring organist Jeff Orr and cellist Stuart Hake. Both are musical directors at Annie Wright School in Tacoma.
Former Pastor Annie Hayes, the church’s longest-running pastor, will travel from Snohomish to attend the event.
Concert attendees will be able to gather information about becoming involved in some of the church’s several missions.
“One of our major projects is the food bank,” current pastor Pam Osborne said.
The church began to offer a study program last year to help community members pursue GEDs. Information will be available about the mission during the afternoon concert.
Throughout its history, the church has tried to maintain an involvement in the community. It allows the Sumner High School Latino club to use its computer lab for homework once a week, and it hosts Alcoholics Anonymous and other support groups within the building.
“We’re a church that’s growing,” Osborne said.
The church boasts a rich history during the past century, including the installment of the first elevator in Sumner in 1988 for its 100th anniversary. The stained glass windows that adorn the structure are a part of the history that continues to grow.
A new stained glass window will be added to honor a member of the church who died last year. The window will be installed by members of the congregation.
The stained glass windows became part of the church in 1911, when the first set was installed in the original building. When the church built a new location in 1923, the windows came with it.
The most recognized stained windows serve as a memorial for Sumner’s first casualty in WWI, Cpl. Clifford Lewis of the First Division Infantry. The window was donated by his parents after Lewis died in 1918.Elsy Pawelak is a freelance reporter for the Herald.