The Sand Lake and South Ensley United Methodist churches are both celebrating anniversaries this summer. The First Methodist Church of Sand Lake, 65 W. Maple, was given a formal commission in August of 1872, after having met in the local school house for several years. The South Ensley Methodist Church, 13600 Cypress, was commissioned in November of 1887 and became a part of the Pierson, Sand Lake circuit. Together they are celebrating 265 years of worship and service to the Lord—140 years for Sand Lake UMC, and 125 for South Ensley.
Both small country churches have a lot in common; they share a Pastor (Darryl Miller) and a strong desire to serve their communities. Both churches lost their original buildings to fire—Sand Lake in 1894, and South Ensley in 1945. The churches have had a rich history of community services, such as victory gardens during war time and chicken barbeques for the community, Sunday school programs and many out reach ministries. This tradition continues with such ministries as helping with a community picnic, food trucks for those in need, a water team helping those who have no drinking water, and a free pizza and praise family night, where families are invited to come to learn, play, and have a little pizza.
The churches have three special services and several other events planned to commemorate their upcoming anniversaries. On August 19, Sand Lake United Methodist church will celebrate 140 years of service with a special day starting at 9:25 a.m., with a worship service featuring music, poems and sharing. This will be followed by a potluck.
On October the 28, South Ensley United Methodist church will celebrate 125 years of service with a special worship that will also be followed by a potluck. This service will begin at 10:55 a.m. and will also feature special material and some of the attendees and staff will be wearing period dress.
On September 30 at 10:55 am we will hold a joint service at Salisbury Park in downtown Sand Lake. This service will recognize past pastors and their families and will also be followed by a meal. On August 12 the Brummels will offer a music service at the Sand Lake church and on October 21 Souls Harbor will perform at South Ensley.
If you have questions or have memories of these churches you could share please call 616-636-5659. We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to celebrate with us on any or all of these dates to join us.