Quincy church celebrates two historic milestones
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 01:10:27 GMT —
The Unitarian Church of Quincy celebrated its 100th anniversary of worship in the same facility Sunday.
Members of the congregation came to the church to honor this historic day.
There's a deep sense of unity you immediately notice when you talk to any member of the Unitarian Church of Quincy.
"We are welcoming and we're rooted in this community," Unitarian Church of Quincy Minister Scott Aaseng said.
Every week, members of the church gather for service to find peace, hope and spiritual guidance.
"It's neat knowing that such a wonderful, welcoming religious home is here in Quincy," Unitarian Church member Annastasia Gabbert said.
But this Sunday, the congregation sang and prayed to celebrate two historic milestones for the church.
The long life of its congregation.
"It's really neat to know that this congregation has been around for a 175 years," Gabbert said.
And the re-dedication of its 100 year old building by the church's 37th Minister, Scott Aaseng.
"The church is actually very similar to the way it was a 100 years ago," Aaseng said. "It was built as the beautiful building as it is now."
Aaseng said after 100 years, the congregation's beliefs are stronger than ever.
"We really are about engaging with each other in a respectful way and difference of opinion are not a barrier to treating each other with respect," Aaseng said.
As a part of a long standing tradition, two of the church's oldest members participated in the chalice lighting ceremony.
It's a tradition Ted Morrison and Nancy Winters have seen for decades but finally got to partake in.
"Just being here and celebrating the idea that we have been here so long, this is really a part of my heritage," Winters said.
Morrison and Winters spent every Sunday inside the church as kids and developed a deep bond through their faith.
Over the years, these friends have seen many members come and go.
"A lot of my friends are dead now so while their faces are gone; but the new ones that come in are just as interesting and warm," Winters said.
Although many years have past and their lives have changed, both Winters and Morrison say they will continue to come to the church for the rest of their lives.
"This church building is such a jewel that we seem to appreciate," Morrison said.
More than a hundred members of the congregation attended Sunday's event.