On October 14, 2023, the Mansfield Methodist Church will be celebrating a centennial milestone. Pastor Ron Newberry and congregation has a day of celebratory worship planned.
The service is set to begin at 10 a.m., at the church located at 111 S. Division Ave. in Mansfield. According to Newberry approximately 11 former pastors of the church have been invited to attend. Additionally, District Superintendent Dr. Blake Bradford will serve as the keynote speaker, and the service will feature a personal video greeting from Bishop Laura Merrell.
Mansfield Mayor Buddy Black will be on hand to issue a proclamation honoring the congregation’s commitment and contribution to the community.
The current building has been at the corner of Division and Center Street for the past 100 years. Standing strong as the congregation, past and present. “The message of the church has essentially been the same,” shared the pastor. “Worship in community, strive in faith, and draw new people in.”
The church puts that mission statement in action providing a blessing box, and most recently opening their doors to the community as a cooling center during the 100 degrees plus days. “We also provide an annual teacher appreciation breakfast,” Newberry continued. “We just held one, and we served about 75 teachers.”
Newberry, who is a retired minister, found the opportunity to continue to serve within the congregation at Mansfield. “In my 33 years in the ministry, I have never been in a more open and welcoming congregation. The congregation is very active in inviting people…Studies have shown that the most effective way to reach people is one on one, by inviting friends and neighbors.”
The Foundation of the church that has stood for generations will undoubtedly remain for the steadfast for the future.
Congratulations to the congregation of the Mansfield Methodist Church on this commemorative anniversary.